Company News

Michelin reaffirms opposition to 3mm replacement

While some manufacturers lobby for tyres to be replaced at 3 or even 4 mm, Michelin maintains that the current legal limit of 1.6 mm is “perfectly suited” to modern motoring and has reaffirmed its opposition to a change in the legislation. Indeed, during the course of the Paris Motor Show, Michelin’s top executives will be making this argument with journalists, OEMs and of course the public.

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UK News

LeasePlan urges drivers to carry out simple checks

LeasePlan UK has reacted to the RAC’s 2016 Report on Motoring that revealed car maintenance was the second biggest concern for motorists. Jennifer Gradden, fleet risk management account director at LeasePlan UK, part of the world’s largest vehicle management group, comments, “There is a worrying level of motorists in the UK who are baffled by car maintenance. It’s hugely important to maintain the upkeep of a vehicle, not only to conserve its value and improve fuel economy, but also because poor maintenance can be dangerous and potentially cause an accident.

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International News

DriveRightData opens US wheel testing facility

DriveRightData, the wheel and tyre data provider, has established a new testing facility based in Fullerton, Los Angeles, which opened in July. According to DriveRight, the majority of the world's wheel production is shipped via LA, meaning the establishment of a testing facility close to the port is an “ideal location”.

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Motorsport

Third place for Falken drivers in Endurance event

Third place for Falken drivers in Endurance event

Falken Motorsports drivers Peter Dumbreck and Martin Ragginger claimed a third-place finish at the eighth round of the 2016 VLN Endurance Championship on 25 September. Held at the legendary Nürburgring race circuit in Germany, it’s the second VLN podium finish of the season for the Falken duo. “After changing from the previous Porsche 997 to […]

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Retreading News

Apollo Vredestein veteran appointed commercial manager at Obo Tyres

Apollo Vredestein veteran appointed commercial manager at Obo Tyres

Netherlands retreader Obo Tyres has appointed Peter Schrijver as its new commercial manager. The company said his appointment would further stimulate the growth of the company. Schrijver starts in his new position at Obo Tyres BV on 1 October, 2016, having worked previously for Apollo Vredestein for 29 years.

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Career Tracks

Former Nokian boss appointed head of green tech firm

Former Nokian boss appointed head of green tech firm

Immediately following the announcement of his departure from Nokian, Ari Lehtoranta has been unveiled as the new president and CEO of Caverion Corporation, a supplier of energy-efficient technical solutions for buildings, industries and infrastructure on whose board he has sat since 2013 (as chairman since 2015). He will assume the new position on January 1, 2017.

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Tariff time again, but will they make a difference?

Tariff time again, but will they make a difference?

It’s tariff time again. The US government has imposed trade sanctions on US-produced OTR and industrial tyres before. They have done so with car tyres twice before. This time it’s truck tyres. But are they effective? Will they halt the rise of Chinese tyre manufacturers in general? And what does it mean for those doing business with truck tyres in the UK and Europe?

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