Goodyear Dunlop Tires Germany has released a statement regarding the planned closure of its tyre factory in Philippsburg, northwest of Stuttgart. The closure will occur as part of the tyre maker’s efforts to reduce overcapacity for low-margin products. A timetable for winding-down production in Philippsburg has not yet been made public, and the plant’s closure will follow negotiations with employee unions. Some 890 jobs are expected to be lost.
D & S Autos Ltd has become the first trade customer to win a brand new Peugeot 108 car in the ‘Cars and Stars’ promotion from GSF Car Parts. Delighted garage owner Chris Kellett arrived at the Northampton branch on the windy morning of Wednesday 19th October to pick up his shiny prize. ‘Cars and Stars’ – GSF’s biggest ever trade promotion - started in September and offers Love2Shop vouchers worth £100, £250 or £500 based on hitting individual 1, 2 or 3 star spend targets, across each of the three months until the end of November.
The Trelleborg Wheel Systems manufacturing facility in Sri Lanka was recognised for its export achievements when it was honoured with a Presidential Export Award in a ceremony presided over by Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena in Colombo.
This weekend’s MotoGP round at Phillip Island is officially titled the Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, and the tyre maker’s engagement in the event isn’t limited to name sponsorship and tyre supply. The Australian MotoGP round will also be the launch venue for a tyre that Michelin believes will become the “sport motorcycle road market’s new benchmark.”
Retreading solutions provider Eversafe Rubber has outlined plans for expansion beyond the Asean region once it has completed its current initial public offering (IPO), with South America identified as a target. The company has released a draft prospectus describing potential investment in South America, following its first moves into Brazil this year. Plans include trademarking its brand in several regions, including South America.
Solus HA31 is Kumho Tire’s latest all-season tyre, and it has now all but replaced the Solus Vier KH21 in the UK market; though the older pattern is currently still available in some sizes. According to the tyre maker, the HA31 is “the ideal choice for drivers of all sizes of passenger car seeking optimum performance and reliability in all weathers.”
As part of the organisational changes at Alliance Tire Group (ATG) following its acquisition by the Yokohama Rubber Corporation, Angelo Noronha, who is currently chief of aftermarket sales for Europe, will become president of the ATG’s APAC and MEA regional businesses. He takes on responsibility for markets in Asia, Oceania, India, the Middle East and Africa as of 1 January 2017.
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?