Company News

Michelin signs land contract for Mexico factory

According to reports from Mexico, Michelin has signed a contract to acquire land for a new passenger car and light truck tyre factory in Guanajuato state. Mexican publication ‘am’ shares that Hector Lopez Santillana, mayor of Guanajuato León municipality, has reported a sale contract has been signed for one block of land, and negotiations are currently being held over the sale of a second, 80 hectare block.

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UK News

Pirelli celebrates quarter-century of Carlisle Rally title sponsorship

Pirelli celebrates quarter-century of Carlisle Rally title sponsorship

One of the UK’s most prestigious rally events celebrates two important landmarks this weekend, with its title sponsor and tyre supplier at centre stage. The Pirelli Carlisle Rally – part of the British Rally Championship 2016 following the series’ relaunch – runs its 40th edition, and 25th under the Italian manufacturer’s name. Pirelli said its British Rally Championship stars would fight to deliver a victory on the home ground of high-speed gravel roads in the Kielder Forest. The rally consists of seven stages over Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, totalling 75 competitive miles.

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International News

Omsk Carbon Europe appoints new MD

Omsk Carbon Europe appoints new MD

Tomasz Celka is the new managing director of Omsk Carbon Europe GmbH (OCE) effective immediately. Celka has more than 15 years of chemical industry experience. He was previously responsible for the development of Omsk Carbon Group in Eastern Europe. His new priorities include: implementing the OCE development strategy and coordinating sales and distribution in the European market.

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Motorsport

Pirelli previews 3rd Russian grand prix at low-tyre degradation Sochi circuit

Pirelli previews 3rd Russian grand prix at low-tyre degradation Sochi circuit

Pirelli will take its medium, soft and supersoft compounds to the Russian Grand Prix at Sochi, marking the fourth time in as many races in 2016 to feature the Red, Yellow and White P Zero Formula One tyres. The varied, technical track has a smooth surface that typically leads to low tyre wear and degradation, but Pirelli says its nomination will deal with any evolution of the three-year old asphalt that may have occurred since 2015’s visit, or indeed across the weekend, since the circuit is not heavily used.

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Retreading News

Bandvulc to show new “look & feel” at CV Show

Bandvulc to show new “look & feel” at CV Show

Well-known retreader and truck fleet specialist, Bandvulc is once again exhibiting at the CV Show. Evolving from its 2015 stand, with a few changes to the ‘look & feel’, this year’s stand is all said to be all “about the message”.

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Product News

European launch for Mitas tractor pulling tyre

European launch for Mitas tractor pulling tyre

It may not be on the shortlist of sports under consideration for the next Olympic Games, however tractor pulling has a dedicated following, both in its homeland the USA and in a number of other countries. Within Europe, the sport is most loved by the Danes, Dutch and Germans, and to meet demand for tractor pulling tyres within our region, Mitas has launched the Powerpull into Europe.

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Career Tracks

New head of Continental’s APAC truck tyre business

New head of Continental’s APAC truck tyre business

Patrick Haarmann is now head of Continental’s Asia Pacific (APAC) Truck Tire business. He began in this role on 1 March, succeeding Benoit Henry, who now works for Continental in Mexico. Haarmann is located in Continental’s APAC headquarters in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia and is responsible for the region’s replacement truck tyre business. He reports directly to Dr Andreas Esser, executive vice-president at Continental and head of the company’s Commercial Vehicle Tires business unit.

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Comment

When it comes to tyre testing, where’s the line?

When it comes to tyre testing, where’s the line?

Last month, talk of tyre testing irregularities came to the fore following Nokian’s admissions of “mistakes” in this area. In the April edition of Tyres & Accessories we follow up on this story in some detail with a survey of leading manufacturers’ responses to the issue of the day and an exclusive interview with Nokian president and CEO Ari Lehtoranta. While the detailed views of the world’s leading tyre makers are many and varied, they are all unified in their denials of any underhand behaviour relating to magazine and association tyre testing (see "Top tyre manufacturers deny involvement in tyre test manipulation" for the full story). And yet Nokian’s Lehtoranta has clearly pointed the finger at the broader industry on a number of occasions in the past – and apparently is continuing to do so.

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