ATS Euromaster will mark 50 years in the industry on its largest ever stand at the 2015 Commercial Vehicle Show. Hosted at the NEC, Birmingham, ATS-E has exhibited at consecutive CV Shows for more than 10 years, and will occupy over 25 per cent more space than in 2014. Group Sales Director Peter Fairlie says the extra investment from the business is a combination of celebrating achievement, and growing confidence in the market.
During the course of the recent Brityrex exhibition in Manchester, Chris Dawson, head of sales and marketing at Silverline explained how the company's latest products are helping it achieve its goals. According to Dawson the Atturo brand, for example, has been “exceptionally well received”, with the company having sold out of certain products and sizes six months earlier than expected – despite computer modelling stock projections. The next goal is to sell 10,000 more units of these niche off-road 4x4 tyres during the next 12 months, a goal that should be “easily achievable”, according to Dawson.
After three and a half years of selling the Dynacargo range in the US, Canada and Mexico, Interstate launched this truck brand in Europe at the Essen show in Germany in May. Back then it was one of a number of new ranges launched across the continent. During October's Brityrex, Interstate gave Dyncargo its UK-specific debut and this time the truck tyre products were the company's central focus.
Pirelli will bring its softest tyre compounds yet to the Circuit of the Americas in Texas when it hosts its third Formula One grand prix. The soft compound replaces the hard, with the medium present in both 2012 and 2013. The compounds are designed to cope with the varying demands of the track, which takes in three long straights, but also a number of more technical corners.
After a one-year gap Bandvulc recently held its Key Partner Conference for its dealer network at the prestigious Midland Hotel in Manchester. Famous for a particular historical partnership, the Midland was where Messrs. Rolls and Royce met and agreed to form their company. The conference theme was: Partnerships, loyalty and recognising customers. Company representatives explained that this year’s conference was designed to inform the network of Bandvulc’s performance amongst other things.
Randstad has launched an Extended Interval Engine Oil Cleaner ‘Engine Flush’, providing independent garages with a profitable engine service. As engine oil deteriorates, sludge and other contaminants can accumulate within the oil system. These can damage engine components and, during a conventional oil change, become trapped, leading to further contamination of the new oil.
After 34 years in the tyre industry, Uniroyal truck tyres manager Glen Birkwood is retiring on 31 October. Having entered the tyre business in 1980, Birkwood rose through the ranks at Pirelli, Firestone and then Bridgestone before becoming Uniroyal truck tyres sales manager in 2000.
“The retail motor industry compromises of 8,000 member sites and too often the Government listens intently to the manufacturing sector, but takes scant account of the interests of retailers,” said RMI deputy chairman Peter Johnson, speaking at this year’s Retail Motor Industry Federation annual dinner in London on 23 October 2014.