Netherlands-based leading tyre manufacturing machinery maker VMI reports that it has won its first patent invalidation case against Chinese firm Safe-Run. As part of ongoing legal action commenced by VMI against Safe-Run, VMI filed for invalidation of a number of Safe-Run patents. Recently, the Chinese Patent Review Board has ruled in this case and invalidated the first Safe-Run patent in its entirety as the patent “was based on prior art”.
Dorothy Caldwell, who lives in Flagstaff, New Zealand, and is the Guinness World Record holder as the world’s oldest active rally navigator, is to take to the roads again in the New Zealand Haka Classic Rally, a 5,354 kilometre classic car competition on the North and South Islands of New Zealand. The rally starts in Auckland on October 30th and heads to Wanaka before coming back to Auckland again, ending on 25th November. 98-year old Dorothy will be navigating for her son, Alastair Caldwell in his 1963 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III. The same team and car took part in the TransAm rally from New York to Alaska four years ago and Dorothy won the “Spirit of the Rally” award and her team came 5th overall.
Goodyear has released a new light truck tyre that the company says can offer 10,000km more mileage than before. The successor to the Goodyear Cargo Marathon light truck tyre, Goodyear EfficientGrip Cargo reportedly enhances fleet mileage by up to 10,000km, improves fuel efficiency and offers enhanced grip, especially in wet conditions. 28 sizes will be available by May 2017, covering then 82 per cent of the market.
Dmack said it would target another top gravel result on its home round of the FIA World Rally Championship next weekend at the penultimate event of the season, Wales Rally GB. The 2016 UK round of the WRC could be one of the toughest in recent history, Dmack states, with new stages, significantly extended competitive sections and lack of mid-leg servicing making it a huge challenge for drivers and tyres alike. Since the supplier introduced a new range of gravel tyres in May, Dmack World Rally Team’s Ott Tänak and Raigo Mõlder have scored 16 fastest stage times and led events in Poland and Finland in their Ford Fiesta RS WRC.
Next January, The Tyre Equipment Company is returning to the LAMMA farm machinery and equipment show in Peterborough to showcase its range of workshop tools and equipment. As a long-established online supplier of workshop tools to a cross section of transport sectors, the company offers a ‘no minimum order’, free packaging and delivery service throughout the UK for all of its products.
This winter, any garage, warehouse or workshop will need fast, efficient heating. The XR80 is part of Clarke’s paraffin or diesel heater range, providing up to an impressive 61.5kW, enough to warm a space of up to 1174mᶟ. You can guarantee these will keep you warm for a long time with fuel tanks as big as 53 litres for up to 13.5 hours of run time. There are no safety worries about leaving these to warm up either as the 230V power supply is fitted inside a stainless steel combustion chamber with automatic flame failure cut out and a variable heat control thermostat to keep rooms at the perfect temperature. Wheels and handles are included on all models (except the XR60) for easy movement.
John DeSalle has been named president of Hoosier Racing Tire Corporation following the company’s acquisition by Continental. In his new role he will report directly to Dr Jochen Etzel, chief executive officer of Continental Tire the Americas, LLC and Hoosier Racing Tire Corporation.
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?