Company News

Major automotive players collaborate in #StopTheCrash campaign

Thatcham Research, Bosch, Continental and ZF TRW are joining forces at the London Motor Show as part of the Global NCAP #StopTheCrash partnership. Their goal? To ensure consumers considering buying a new car ask three questions, the group believe are life-saving, namely:

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UK News

Cooper brings together football and motorsport in pendulum Precision Challenge

Cooper brings together football and motorsport in pendulum Precision Challenge

A key marketing component of Cooper Tire Europe’s sporting sponsorships has been its Precision Challenge videos. In two previous instalments, the tyre manufacturer challenged players from Arsenal, to whom Cooper is the Official Tyre partner, to hit targets made of tyres. In the third such challenge, Cooper brings together drivers from the World Rallycross Championship, for which it is the exclusive tyre supplier, and three more Arsenal stars to compete in another difficult test of accuracy.

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International News

Prinx Chengshan returns to Essen after 10-year break

For Prinx Chengshan Tire Company, which is exhibiting at Reifen between 24 and 27 May, “Essen is calling”. The firm’s attendance marks its return to the well-known tyre exhibition some 10 years after the company’s last appearance. Lots has changed since then, not least the ownership of the company following the firm’s decision to buy-out joint venture partner Cooper Tire back in December 2014.

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Motorsport

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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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

Launch UK adds automatic transmission cleaner, fluid exchanger to range

Launch UK adds automatic transmission cleaner, fluid exchanger to range

Launch UK has introduced a new automatic transmission cleaner and fluid exchanger, the CAT-501S, to its wide product range. The CAT-501S comes supplied with a comprehensive range of adapters, allowing connection to most automotive transmission units, including double clutch and CVT types.

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Career Tracks

Jan Heuver retires at wholesaler’s 50th anniversary celebration

Jan Heuver retires at wholesaler’s 50th anniversary celebration

This year Heuver Tyrewholesale celebrates its 50th birthday, and at the same time another person of significance to the company celebrates an important birthday milestone. Jan Heuver has turned 65 and reached the Netherland’s official retirement age, and therefore is stepping down as a director of Heuver Tyrewholesale. He was honoured by Heuver Tyrewholesale employees at an internal function held to mark the company’s half-century, and his retirement was further observed by the establishment of ‘Jan!’, the Jan Heuver Foundation, a surprise farewell gift the wholesaler believes a fitting one for the public-minded director.

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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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