Company News

Continental to show EV battery charging systems at CES

Continental to show EV battery charging systems at CES

Two new Continental battery charging systems for electric vehicles will be presented at next month’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The first of these is an automatic wireless charging system and the second is known as AllCharge and aims to optimise the compatibility of cable-based systems.

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UK News

AA Guide Price saves time and boosts booking conversion

AA Garage Guide, the online search and booking site that puts quality first, says that its new service Guide Price system, launched in June this year, has already been adopted by a significant proportion of its vast UK network of 4,900 garages.

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Product News

The Parts Alliance’s GMF Trade Show draws garage crowds

The trade show held on 23rd November by Parts Alliance owned business GMF Motor Factors has proved to be a resounding success. The South Wales-based motor factors have been busy ever since the event following up on a deluge of enquiries received on the night but have already done sufficient business to have declared it more than worthwhile.

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International News

Orion completes Korea Carbon Black plant

Orion Engineered Carbons has completed construction of a new carbon black production line at its plant in Yeosu, South Korea, to produce specialty products. The line started production on 23 November and has begun commercial sales.

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Retreading News

TRIB goes live with redesigned website

TRIB goes live with redesigned website

A redesigned version of the TRIB website has been launched. The retreading association’s updated www.retread.org site aims to provide an easy way for visitors to learn about the retreading process. Key features of the redesign include:

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A maturing industry

For a long time people have referred to the European tyre market in general and the UK tyre market in particular as mature markets. This kind of maturity is generally taken to mean low growth markets that are already well developed. Here markets are significant in size and 1 to 2 per cent growth per annum is normal. However, a number of recent market research reports give us the opportunity to reconsider this assumption on two grounds - firstly, with technology developing as it is, quantitative growth should be considered in a wider context; and secondly there is the qualitative question.

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Official opening for Linglong’s 1st Atlas tyre centre in China

Official opening for Linglong’s 1st Atlas tyre centre in China

Monday 11th December 2017 | 0 Comments

The establishment of Atlas as Shandong Linglong Tire’s flagship tyre brand in China has been further reinforced by the opening of the first Atlas-branded retail outlet within the country. The centre in Guangzhou aims to meet the “highest industry standards” in regards to design, equipment, products, service, scale and professionality, comments the tyre maker.

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Site testing for Belshina giant tyres

Site testing for Belshina giant tyres

Monday 11th December 2017 | 0 Comments

The entry of Belarus-based tyre maker Belshina into the giant tyre market comes another step forward with the successful testing of the 57- and 63-inch tyres at quarry sites. The tyres were fitted to 360 and 450 tonne payload BelAZ dump trucks; Belshina has been approved as an original equipment supplier to the manufacturer, whose BelAZ 75710 is said to be the highest capacity haul truck in the world. Belshina reports that the results of these operational tests are a prelude to volume production.

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Layoffs at Cooper Tire in North America

Monday 11th December 2017 | 0 Comments

Cooper Tire & Rubber reports that it has laid off around 80 salaried employees in North America. Approximately 60 of these were located at the company’s Findlay site, and the remainder in Texarkana and Tupelo. According to a statement issued by the tyre maker, these job losses come as part of a reorganisation of certain departments within the company in order to “best position” it for “long-term profitable growth.”

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