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Curiouser and curiouser – ‘Alice’ theme for Pirelli Calendar

Curiouser and curiouser – ‘Alice’ theme for Pirelli Calendar

In his 1865 classic, Lewis Carroll wrote that “imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.” Tim Walker used this weapon to nice effect when shooting next year’s Pirelli Calendar, and in images released ahead of the creation’s official launch later this year, the London-based photographer invites us down the rabbit hole into a surreal world of dreams drawn from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

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UK News

Tractamotors wins Pirelli 4×4 Key Dealer of the Year 2016

Tractamotors wins Pirelli 4×4 Key Dealer of the Year 2016

Pirelli has named Tractamotors in Cavan, Ireland as 4x4 Key Dealer of the Year award, for its focus on excellence in customer service. This is the second year Pirelli has provided this award to one of its exclusive 4x4 Key Dealer Club member tyre dealers. Each dealer nominated a depot and was then subjected to three independently run mystery shop audits by phone. Judging took into account everything from the way a call was answered and time taken to answer, to general attitude over the phone and product knowledge.

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Product News

Bridgestone Bandag introduces new trailer tyre treads

Bridgestone Bandag introduces new trailer tyre treads

Bandag has brought a trio of new pre-cure treads to market. The first of these is the M-Trailer 001, and in a statement the Bridgestone subsidiary reports this tread was developed with on-/off-road conditions in mind. “Combining robust performance with a high resistance to cuts, chips and punctures, this advanced retread is ideal for use on construction sites, civil engineering projects and other on/off applications where durability is key,” claims the manufacturer. The product’s new tyre counterpart was launched last summer and came to market at the start of the year.

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International News

Germany tightens winter tyre requirement

Germany tightens winter tyre requirement

As of next year, new tyres will need to carry the 3PMSF ‘snowflake’ symbol on the sidewall in order to count as winter tyres in Germany. Colleagues at our sister publication Neue Reifenzeitung report that a new regulation which took effect on 1 June sets out that all tyres made from 1 January 2018 must be 3PMSF certified in order to qualify as winter tyres under German traffic regulations. This replaces the ‘situational winter tyre requirement’ in place since 2010, which only calls for tyres to wear the M+S marking.

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Career Tracks

Sonne appoints new business development manager

Sonne appoints new business development manager

Hella’s paint brand, Sonne, has grown exponentially in the past year, which is why the team behind the popular brand is introducing Colin Thompson into the Sonne group, as its new business development manager, Thompson has a wealth of knowledge and experience that has been accrued in successful roles within the automotive industry. He specialises in refinishing, tools and equipment and service segments.

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Motorsport News

British GP: Investigation confirms Vettel slow puncture theory

Pirelli has concluded its analysis on Sebastian Vettel’s damaged front-left P Zero Yellow soft tyre, which affected him two laps from the finish of the British Grand Prix. Commenting that this full investigation has “now confirmed” what “appeared clear” since the race on 16 July, the tyre maker states that the original cause of the failure was a slow puncture. “The consequent driving back to the pits on an underinflated and then flat tyre led to the final failure,” elaborates Pirelli.

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Retreading News

Marangoni signs Finland Ringtread partnership with Lujakumi Oy

The Marangoni Ringtread system is entering “new territory” with the signing of Finnish retreader and Point S member Lujakumi Oy has signed up as a Marangoni partner. Based in Pori on the country’s west coast, Lujakumi Oy has been in the retreading business for more than 60 years, and look forward to the new partnership agreement.

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Comment

The ethics of tread depth

At the end of last year, during the Paris Motor Show, Michelin reaffirmed its position on tread depth. The leading French tyre manufacturer believes a tyre should perform well throughout its whole life. And seeing as the European legal tread depth limit is 1.6mm, this means all the way down to this particular tread depth. Taken in isolation, this is a strong argument that basically no-one would contradict. So why did we immediately receive strong feedback from companies and associations? What are the counter arguments? And what are the implications of adopting such a stance?

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Creditors, Doublestar Tire receive final offer for use of Kumho brand name

Wednesday 19th July 2017 | 0 Comments

Negotiations over the use of the Kumho brand name are drawing to a conclusion, with Park Sam-Koo and the board of Kumho Industrial Co. announcing their final offer following a meeting yesterday. This offer centres on the payment of 0.5 per cent of Kumho Tire’s sales in brand royalties for 12.5 years and a clause ensuring that Doublestar uses the Kumho name for the entire period.

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PCR capacity at SRI’s Hunan, China plant to treble

Wednesday 19th July 2017 | 0 Comments

According to a news report from Japan, production capacity at the Sumitomo Rubber (Hunan) Co. Ltd passenger car tyre plant in Changsa, China will treble by 2020. Nikkei Asian Review writes that Sumitomo Rubber Industries will invest some 30 billion yen (£205 million) in its subsidiary to increase daily output from 20,000 to 60,000 pieces. The publication adds that the company aims for a daily capacity of 100,000 passenger car tyres in China, an amount that anticipates growing demand for fuel-saving tyres.

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Tyre production ends in Goodyear’s Philippsburg plant

Tuesday 18th July 2017 | 0 Comments

In May, Goodyear Dunlop Tires Germany stated it would cease production at its Philippsburg car and light commercial vehicle tyre factory by the end of July. The end came a fortnight before this self-imposed deadline. The last regular shift within the plant went to work last Friday – employee union BCE comments that production ended earlier than planned due to “a labour shortage.”

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