Company News

Kumho Tyre begins Spanish La Liga football sponsorship deal

Kumho Tyre begins Spanish La Liga football sponsorship deal

The Kumho tyre brand will be visible at La Liga BBVA football matches throughout the 2014/2015 season following the signing of an agreement between the Korean tyre manufacturer and the Spanish football league. The exposure will consist of a mix of free-standing logos positioned behind the goals and digital billboards around the periphery of the pitch. The initiative will support the work of both Kumho Tyre’s Spanish dealer network and those throughout Europe, by exposing the brand to the attendant crowds and an enormous television audience.

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UK News

Autocar grounds wannabe jet fighter pilots

Autocar grounds wannabe jet fighter pilots

Car manufacturers are often all too keen to compare the cabins of their new vehicles with the cockpit of a jet fighter, but even if they have the Gloster Meteor in mind it appears such claims hold little water. An investigation by Autocar magazine has shown how ridiculous this oft-used assertion really is.

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International News

IRSG/Sing-Ex revamp World Rubber Summit

IRSG/Sing-Ex revamp World Rubber Summit

In partnership with SingEx Exhibitions, IRSG will launch the newly revamped World Rubber Summit (WRS) 2015, which is to be held in Singapore from 24 to 25 March 2015 at MAX Atria@Singapore EXPO. Held under the umbrella of “World Rubber Week”, the event takes place alongside Tyrexpo Asia, IRSG’s Assembly of Nations and other related industry seminars and networking receptions.

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Motorsport

‘Hard’ Michelin Force LTX tyre debuts at Rally Australia

‘Hard’ Michelin Force LTX tyre debuts at Rally Australia

Both the hard ‘H4’ and softer ‘S4’ versions of the Michelin LTX Force gravel tyre have now enjoyed a taste of WRC action. The tyre maker reports that all WRC teams ran the Michelin LTX Force during the 2014 Rally Australia on the weekend, fielding at various times the S4 – which also hit the gravel during 2014 Rally Finland – and, for the first time, the H4. The Australian round was won by Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia in their Volkswagen Polo R WRC; the pair shared the podium with team mates Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila along with Andreas Mikkelsen and Ola Floene in a 1-2-3 Volkswagen clean sweep.

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Retreading News

Conti offering third generation retreaded trailer tyres from October

Conti offering third generation retreaded trailer tyres from October

Continental AG has announced that its first third generation truck tyres will be available as retreaded tyres from October. Specifically it will be the first hot retreaded ContiRe EcoPlus HT3 from the ContiLifeCycle plant in Hanover.

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Product News

PCL products will look different, but are the same quality

PCL products will look different, but are the same quality

Following the news that PCL is changing the colour of its couplings, Tyres & Accessories reports on recent visit the company's Sheffield headquarters. While switching from silver to gold is arguably an aesthetic improvement it is clearly a lot more than that. As we have seen there are clear environmental and ethical benefits (several times during T&A’s tour company representatives spoke of how the switch was simply the right thing to do from a number of perspectives). It is also about communicating both the change and the reasons for it. Indeed, it is now that the phased changeover is well underway, that the tough work really begins.

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Career Tracks

Harter resigns as Giti Tire’s German-region boss

Harter resigns as Giti Tire’s German-region boss

Giti Tire is currently looking for a new general manager for the DACH market – Germany, Austria and Switzerland – following the departure of Rainer Harter. The company’s managing director for Europe, Richard Lyons, told Tyres & Accessories that Harter recently “left of his own accord in order to pursue new opportunities.” Harter joined Giti Tire in summer 2013 and held the position of managing director at Giti Tire Deutschland GmbH. Lyons commented that the former Michelin manager “had done a very good job.”

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Legislation

Conflicting views on higher speed limits for trucks

The Government has announced plans to raise the speed limit for lorries on single carriageway roads to 50 mph and the move has generated diametrically opposed views. On the pro side, Transport minister Claire Perry says that the move is part of a package of measures to cut congestion, reduce dangerous overtaking and help get the country moving. Brake, the road safety charity, has expressed serious concerns about the proposed limit increase and the announcement comes as a survey by Brake and Digby Brown solicitors reveals the extent of risky driving on country roads.

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