UK News

Delphi supports ‘Best of Brakes’ promotion

Service Delphi’s braking vans will both be out through September and October, aiming to visit 600 garages. The campaign will support of The Parts Alliance’s ‘Best of Brakes’ promotion, which is offering six spectacular holiday prizes. The vans remind customers how they can win 25,000 prizes just by buying Delphi brake pads, with a video hosted by three-time BTCC Champion Matt Neal.

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Product News

Tesla to launch electric truck

Tesla is set to launch its first autonomous electric lorry next month as the company attempts to break into the commercial vehicle market. The Tesla Semi truck is scheduled to be unveiled on October 26 and is expected to have a working range of 200 to 300 miles, making it more suitable for inner-city transport than long-distance motorway haulage.

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International News

Goodyear to acquire Ventech Systems from Grenzebach Maschinenbau

Goodyear has agreed to acquire Ventech Systems GmbH, a leader in automated tyre inspection technology, from Grenzebach Maschinenbau GmbH. The company was founded in 2006 and offers a fully-automated tyre inspection system that checks tyre pressure, tread depth and vehicle weight for buses, trucks, cars and other vehicles. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter. The business and technology will be integrated into the company’s Goodyear Proactive Solutions business.

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Career Tracks

New head of business development for Carbon Clean

New head of business development for Carbon Clean

Carbon Clean, the engine decarbonising system that works using electrolysis, is expanding its dynamic workforce with the recent appointment of Ben Rudge as head of business development. With more than 20 years’ industry experience covering a broad spectrum of roles and responsibilities, Carbon Clean states Rudge is well-placed to help take the business forward and grow Carbon Clean’s presence in the UK marketplace.

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Motorsport News

Dmack to supply new WRC gravel tyre at 2017 final trio

Dmack to supply new WRC gravel tyre at 2017 final trio

FIA World Rally Championship tyre manufacturer Dmack has launched a new gravel tyre, available to competitors at the final three rounds of the 2017 championship. Aimed specifically at WRC cars and competitors, the new DMG+22 gravel tyre will first see action at RACC Rally de Espana next month – equipping Elfyn Evans’ M-Sport World Rally Team Ford Fiesta WRC. The brand hopes to build upon its success this season, having missed victory in Argentina by 0.7 seconds, and setting fastest times on five of the six gravel rallies this season.

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Retreading News

Giti Tire refreshes retread programme with new name, partner

Giti Tire refreshes retread programme with new name, partner

Giti Tire has renamed its UK retread programme Giti Genesis as part of its European truck and bus rebranding project. Originally known as GT REE-Tread when it was launched at the CV Show 2012, the next generation products show strong continuity in most aspects – it will remain a hot cure bead-to-bead retread manufactured using Giti casings, though there have been some changes, the biggest of which is the identity of the retreader. The Giti Genesis is available in two patterns: the GDR690 regional drive axle tyre is available in 295/80R22.5, 315/70R22.5 and 315/80R22.5; the GTR990 regional trailer tyre is offered in size 385/65R22.5.

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Comment

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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Other Recent News Articles

LeasePlan survey reveals the self-driving car generation gap

Friday 22nd September 2017 | 0 Comments

Are British drivers comfortable with the thought their grandchildren may never drive a car? Over a quarter (26 per cent) claim they are, believing the autonomous evolution is simply ‘part of life’ with the next generation having to embrace learning new skills, other than driving.

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Machine Mart introduces Clarke micro multi function jump start/charger

Machine Mart introduces Clarke micro multi function jump start/charger

Friday 22nd September 2017 | 0 Comments

Machine Mart has introduced the Clarke CLIPPJS; a small and lightweight portable lithium-ion power pack acts as a multi function jump start, charger and torch, described by the company as “the ideal compact emergency power source this winter.”

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Accolade for Trico at A1 Convention

Accolade for Trico at A1 Convention

Thursday 21st September 2017 | 0 Comments

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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