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BASys control system, Bandag extruder installed at Bridgestone’s Bulldog plant

BASys control system, Bandag extruder installed at Bridgestone’s Bulldog plant

Bridgestone’s largest Bandag franchise, Bulldog in Bourne, Lincolnshire is a central pillar in Bridgestone’s UK Total Tyre Care truck and bus tyre strategy, and as such has been a target for ongoing investment. Most recently, Bridgestone has installed the BASys casing and production control system, digitally linking the tripartite facility and tracking the journey of retreads through the manufacturing process. This joins the latest piece of retread production equipment, the latest generation Bandag extruder builder the 9110ES, which was installed in 2016, and is now fully operational. Tyres & Accessories visited the Bulldog site to see the latest upgrades in action, and how Bulldog intends to capitalise on the current moment of what Bridgestone retread development manager for the North region (UK, Ireland, and the Nordic region) Terry Salter terms a “golden period” for retreading.

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UK News

Motorcycle sales down again in August

Motorcycle registrations in August fell by –17.8 per cent compared to the same period last year, with the total number of bikes being sold down to 6,856 units. “Demand for motorcycles continued its downward trend in August – marking eight consecutive months of decline in the market”, said Stephen Latham, head of the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA).

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Product News

Accolade for Trico at A1 Convention

Accolade for Trico at A1 Convention

Windscreen wiper blade developer and supplier Trico has won the prestigious Retail Product of the Year Award for the Mota1 range at A1’s Convention recently held in Dubrovnik, Croatia. In turn, Trico presented A1 member, Sam Gutteridge from Epic Accessories with a Peugeot Partner van having successfully exceeded its target during the three-month wiper blade promotion.

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International News

Hamilton wins first battle of Pirelli wet tyres at Singapore

Hamilton wins first battle of Pirelli wet tyres at Singapore

The first ever wet Singapore Grand Prix saw the top six starting on Pirelli’s Cinturato Green intermediate tyre and a mixture of Cinturato Blue wets and intermediates further down the grid. the early safety car periods provided the opportunity for some drivers to change from wet to intermediate tyres, while Daniel Ricciardo, who had started on intermediates, opted to change to a fresh set of intermediates. The Red Bull driver finished the grand prix second, behind the Mercedes of race winner Lewis Hamilton.

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Career Tracks

Pelmar promotes EMEA sales director

Pelmar promotes EMEA sales director

The Pelmar Group has appointed Enrique Guix to the position of sales director EMEA. Guix takes on the role on top of his responsibility for the South and Central America market, effective from 1 September 2017. Guix will report directly to Robert Adam, managing director of Pelmar Germany, which has become the hub of all Pelmar Engineering European activity.

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Motorsport News

Briton James Walker puts Dunlop mindset to test on return to Nordschleife

Briton James Walker puts Dunlop mindset to test on return to Nordschleife

British racing driver James Walker will return to the gruelling Nürburgring after a four-year hiatus, driving a Dunlop-shod BMW 235i in the ultra-competitive VLN series. After a successful 15-year career spanning single seaters and sportscars, Walker moved his family back to Jersey and gave up racing, until being tempted back to racing in Germany on 22-23 September.

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Retreading News

Lukatec launches robotic buffer website

With more than 100 machines in operation, Lukatec, felt the time was right to launch a new exclusive robotic buffer website. According to the company, the firm’s reputation as an innovation leader can be directly attributed to Lukatec’s development and launch in 2012 of a Dual Tire Robotic Buffer.

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Emissions inspections push Chinese tyremakers to the brink

Emissions inspections push Chinese tyremakers to the brink

With a headline like that, you could be forgiven for thinking that this month’s column refers to the ongoing geopolitical sabre rattling taking place between China’s North Korean neighbours and the USA. However, as important as the hint of nuclear escalation is, here we focus on how the overheating Chinese tyre market is as close as it has ever been to boiling over. Two key subjects have raised the temperature in the People’s Republic during the last month or so: The European Commission’s (EC) decision to initiate an anti-dumping investigation against Chinese-produced truck and bus tyres; and the even more imminent effects of local environmental emissions investigations within China itself, which have led to the suspension and even closure of numerous businesses in the country (see below).

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IAAF Conference to focus on implications of Brexit

IAAF Conference to focus on implications of Brexit

Friday 15th September 2017 | 0 Comments

The 2017 IAAF Conference will tackle issues facing the automotive aftermarket post Brexit. Taking place at The Players’ suite, Double Tree by Hilton, Milton Keynes, on Thursday 7 December 2017, the conference will look at the complexities of the Brexit negotiations and explore how the Brexit decision will affect the UK automotive aftermarket. The event is sponsored by Autoparts UK.

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The Parts Alliance acquires Lancashire parts distributor BBC Superfactors

The Parts Alliance acquires Lancashire parts distributor BBC Superfactors

Friday 15th September 2017 | 0 Comments

The Parts Alliance has completed its acquisition of Blackburn Brakes Holding Limited, owner of BBC Superfactors Ltd (BBC), a leading distributor of vehicle parts in the Lancashire market. BBC, an affiliated member of The Parts Alliance, has a network of seven locations across the county. Employing more than 150, it makes more than 1,000 deliveries per day to commercial customers with approximately 97 per cent of orders delivered within one hour. It has been in business for more than 30 years.

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Borbet – future technologies and new rims

Borbet – future technologies and new rims

Friday 15th September 2017 | 0 Comments

In addition to presenting numerous new products at the IAA motor ship, wheel manufacturer Borbet also shared details of three new future technologies.

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