As of 1 June 2017 Hille Korhonen will be Nokian Tyres’s new president and chief executive office. Hille Korhonen has more than 20 years of experience in international consumer business. Before joining Nokian Tyres, Korhonen was member of the executive team of Fiskars Oyj Abp (2008–2012) and Iittala corporation (2003–2008) as well as CEO of Alko Oy from 2013. Korhonen has been member of the board of Nokian Tyres plc since 2006.
Euro Car Parts has launched its new trade website, Omnipart. The new site features market-leading search technology with the aim of making any part for any car only a click away. Technicians can now search for parts by vehicle registration, VIN or model number with enhanced vehicle details, such as engine or chassis number, associated to every part.
Pirelli enters its tenth season at Donington Park supporting the MCE British Superbike Championship as both presenting sponsor and sole tyre supplier with newly developed rubber to increase the pace. Shane Byrne starts as title favourite, targeting a sixth series crown, but he will be forced to fight for every race by rivals Leon Haslam, 2015 BSB Champ Josh Brookes and ex-World Superbike Champion Sylvain Guintoli. The 25 rider grid features 10 race-winners, and a further five podium-finishers.
George Rietbergen (who was formerly Goodyear Dunlop’s UK and Ireland managing director before becoming the firm’s group’s vice president Commercial EMEA and then managing director, DACH) has been nominated to the board of Nokian Tyres.
Major organizational changes have been announced by Cimcorp. the robotic gantry-based and tire-handling solutions supplier. Three senior executives have been appointed to Cimcorp’s Group Executive Management, two sales units have been merged and a more highly integrated software department has been formed. Masatoshi Wakabayashi, CEO, Cimcorp, says, “The changes have been made in response to […]
Formula Brembo has launched an online game challenging mechanics and technicians to show their knowledge of Formula One. Run in the UK for Euro Car Parts’ customers, the game allows technicians to guess the starting grid, the top three podium places and the driver with the fastest lap for every race in the championship, with prizes available for the winners. The brake manufacturer has appointed Prova to manage all the related activities and to promote the new game throughout the 2017 championship season.
Continental has made its versatile Hybrid HD3 commercial vehicle tyre available as a ContiRe hot retread in sizes 295/80R22.5, 315/70R22.5, and 315/80R22.5. The retread has the same rubber compounds as the new tyre in both the tread and the sidewall, and retains the new tyre’s low weight, optimised rolling resistance and high ride comfort.
The UK economy grew 0.6 per cent in the October-to-December period. Taking the year as a whole, the economy grew 2 per cent, 10 per cent slower than the growth of 2.2 per cent achieved in 2015. Good news, I hear you say. But, as with many things in life, the details tell a more complicated story. Many sources, such as the BBC, contend that this better-than-expected growth is because of increased consumer spending during the last quarter of the year. However, it is also worth pointing out that UK car production achieved a 17-year high in 2016, according to the latest figures published by SMMT. This comes at the same time that the motor manufacturer’s association reported new car registrations of just under 2.7 million for the year – itself another record. This being the case, it is worth taking a closet look at the figures and the messages give us in the inextricably linked tyre sector as well as the economy as a whole.
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First Stop has added a new outlet in Taunton, as automotive equipment supplier Hickleys joins the fast fit network. After growing to a total of 72 centres by the end of 2016, First Stop is continuing to evolve and expand via a new approach to recruitment. First Stop’s retail business consultant Ollie Turpie is targeting businesses not currently boasting a tyre retail arm. Hickleys, based in Castle Street, offers a broad range of automotive solutions, from diagnostic equipment right through to heating and air conditioning installations.
National motor factor GSF Car Parts is celebrating its first birthday after seeing sales surge on the Vetech multi-fleet engine oils launched in 2016. The standard service life (5W30 SSL Pro) and extended service life (5W30 ESL Pro) formulations were launched in March 2016. Vetech high performance C4 (5W30 SLX Pro) extended service interval engine oil followed a few months later, as the high demand for the oils became clear.