Braking systems manufacturer Knorr-Bremse has announced that Dr Lorenz Zwingmann, 52, executive board member responsible for finance, IT, controlling and processes, is to leave the company on 31 December 2017. The company adds that he leaves on the very best of terms, opting not renew his contract in order to take up a new professional challenge in his North German homeland. Dr Zwingmann intends to meet his contractual obligations until the termination date, while the supervisory board, noting its regret at his decision, said it would make a decision on a successor as rapidly as possible.
Avon Tyres held its first Mascot Challenge, celebrating its English football club sponsorships. Derby County’s Rammie, Swindon Town’s Rockin Robin and Bristol Rovers’ Captain Gas competed against each other in a series of fun physical tests featuring Avon tyres. Click "Read More" to see the video of the event, featuring commentary from beloved football pundit, Chris Kamara.
WEX Europe Services’ presence at Transpotec Logitec 2017 in Italy allowed it to reaffirm relationships with existing customers and introduce new contacts interested in its fuel cards and telematics systems, the company stated. Held at Veronafiere, the exhibition for fleet owners and distributors attracted more than 84,000 visitors, from 86 countries, in four days. With this visitor base, WEX Europe Services, owner of the Esso Card fuel card portfolio, said the exhibition was the perfect platform to illustrate the benefits the card can provide fleets in Italy.
The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) will be taking its key messages surrounding the Commercial Vehicle (CV) sector to industry personnel at the CV Show in April. IAAF has welcomed many of the recent amendments approved by the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection committee (IMCO) as part of the forthcoming type approval legislation, and the federation will be available to provide more details about the current situation and what it means for the sector.
As of 1 July, Jean-Paul Mindermann will switch from the Trelleborg Wheel Systems business unit to become the new business area president of Trelleborg Industrial Solutions. He succeeds Mikael Fryklund, who leaves Trelleborg to assume the position of president and chief executive officer at Hexpol. Like his predecessor, Mindermann will become a member of Trelleborg Group Management.
Oscar Solberg has claimed victory on Pirelli tyres on his British Rally Championship debut. Driving a Ford Fiesta R2T, the 20-year-old Norwegian won the Junior BRC category on the opening round of the 2017 season, the Border Counties Rally in southern Scotland. Solberg is the son of World Rally Championship podium-finisher Henning and nephew of Petter, who used Pirelli tyres to become world champion in 2003 with Subaru. He is just the latest second-generation rally star to show his potential with Pirelli recently: Kalle Rovanpera, 16, last year became champion in Latvia, where Solberg’s own cousin Oliver is now also embarking on his rally career.
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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Cenex – the UK’s first centre of excellence for low carbon and fuel cell technologies – has announced its participation in the European leg of the Global Electric Vehicle Road Trip and E-Mobility Events, a 6,500 km long road trip through ten European countries, from 25 April to 10 May, showcasing the best of electric vehicle technology and innovation.
The Parts Alliance has announced Steve Patch, Parts Manager of W&M Stevens as the first garage customer to win the ‘road trip of a lifetime’ along America’s iconic Route 66 in the current ‘Dream Drive’ promotion. Patch said: “I’m truly blown away to win a real once in a lifetime prize. It really is one of those bucket list moments.”
21 March saw the unveiling of the National Body Repair Association (NBRA), the UK’s trade association for vehicle body repair sector – formally known as RMI Bodyshops (NAB & VBRA). The association held an exclusive evening event in London with both industry colleagues and press in attendance.