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BASys control system, Bandag extruder installed at Bridgestone’s Bulldog plant

BASys control system, Bandag extruder installed at Bridgestone’s Bulldog plant

Thursday 21st September 2017 | 0 Comments

Bridgestone’s largest Bandag franchise, Bulldog in Bourne, Lincolnshire is a central pillar in Bridgestone’s UK Total Tyre Care truck and bus tyre strategy, and as such has been a target for ongoing investment. Most recently, Bridgestone has installed the BASys casing and production control system, digitally linking the tripartite facility and tracking the journey of retreads through the manufacturing process. This joins the latest piece of retread production equipment, the latest generation Bandag extruder builder the 9110ES, which was installed in 2016, and is now fully operational. Tyres & Accessories visited the Bulldog site to see the latest upgrades in action, and how Bulldog intends to capitalise on the current moment of what Bridgestone retread development manager for the North region (UK, Ireland, and the Nordic region) Terry Salter terms a “golden period” for retreading.

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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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Motorcycle sales down again in August

Thursday 21st September 2017 | 0 Comments

Motorcycle registrations in August fell by –17.8 per cent compared to the same period last year, with the total number of bikes being sold down to 6,856 units. “Demand for motorcycles continued its downward trend in August – marking eight consecutive months of decline in the market”, said Stephen Latham, head of the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA).

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NFDA releases leaflet to clarify emissions debate

NFDA releases leaflet to clarify emissions debate

Thursday 21st September 2017 | 0 Comments

The NFDA has produced a leaflet which analyses the different types of pollutants including NOx, CO2 and particulates, and from what sources these derive. The leaflet examines the role of diesel with a clear differentiation between old diesel and modern Euro 6 and the different impact they have on air pollution.

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Royal Mail goes electric with Peugeot

Thursday 21st September 2017 | 0 Comments

Royal Mail has signed an agreement with Peugeot to purchase 100 zero-emission Partner L2 Electric vans, to be used by postmen and women on their delivery rounds. The vans will go into service from December 2017 at delivery offices around the UK, supported by a comprehensive rollout of charging infrastructure.

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Dmack to supply new WRC gravel tyre at 2017 final trio

Dmack to supply new WRC gravel tyre at 2017 final trio

Thursday 21st September 2017 | 0 Comments

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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KPMG appoints Ed Thomas UK head of transport

KPMG appoints Ed Thomas UK head of transport

Thursday 21st September 2017 | 0 Comments

KPMG has appointed Ed Thomas as its UK head of transport with immediate effect. Thomas joined the firm as a graduate in 1995 and was promoted to partner in 2013. He has been central to KPMG’s transport advisory business since he joined. Specialising in rail, he has led both policy reviews for Government and bidding engagements for the private sector in the UK. With a wide international grasp of the sector, Ed has also led rail projects in North America and Southeast Asia. Beyond rail, he advises public sector transport authorities on the funding of new infrastructure.

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Selecta invests in CAM Cloud

Thursday 21st September 2017 | 0 Comments

Independent tyre dealer Selecta Tyre has invested in CAM Cloud, which allows CAM to host Selecta’s Cameo system in its data centre. CAM states the managed service will provide quality, hassle-free maintenance of Selecta’s server and backup solution across its 15 depots and 40 users.

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Nokian breaks ground on new North America factory

Nokian breaks ground on new North America factory

Thursday 21st September 2017 | 0 Comments

Nokian Tyres marked the beginning of building work on the company’s third factory on 20 September. The new greenfield site is located in Dayton (Rhea County), Tennessee, USA. Annual capacity will be 4 million tyres, with expansion potential in the future. The site will also house a distribution facility with a storage capacity of 600,000 tyres. Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2018 and the first tyres are to be produced in 2020.

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Giti Tire refreshes retread programme with new name, partner

Giti Tire refreshes retread programme with new name, partner

Wednesday 20th September 2017 | 0 Comments

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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Vacu-Lug seeks to capitalise on advantages of independence

Vacu-Lug seeks to capitalise on advantages of independence

Wednesday 20th September 2017 | 0 Comments

With Continental’s acquisition and subsequent integration of Bandvulc, the UK retreading market was left with one remaining large independent operation in Lincolnshire-based Vacu-Lug. There were obvious comparisons between the firms – both private, family-owned businesses before Conti’s takeover; both in possession of a large chunk of UK retread market share; both offering the sorts of fleet management service options – but the change of ownership of one gives a new dimension to commercial vehicle tyre manufacturers’ decision of which firm to partner in the production of retreads for the UK.

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Bentley, Lamborghini vie for British GT glory with on Pirelli tyres

Bentley, Lamborghini vie for British GT glory with on Pirelli tyres

Wednesday 20th September 2017 | 0 Comments

The winners of this year’s British GT Championship titles in both the GT3 and GT4 classes will be decided in a two-hour race at Donington Park on Sunday, where all entrants will be equipped with Pirelli tyres. The track, which also hosts the World Superbike Championship, supplied by Pirelli, is only a 14-mile drive from the manufacturer’s Burton-upon-Trent facility, making it something of a home track.

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Battery performance monitoring firm charged up by The Nucleus

Battery performance monitoring firm charged up by The Nucleus

Wednesday 20th September 2017 | 0 Comments

A new online service called dox that aims to help businesses keep on top of their battery consumption, is entering a venture building programme called The Nucleus, supported by The UK Lebanon Tech Hub (UKLTH) a joint initiative from the UK government and Banque du Liban, Lebanon’s Central Bank. dox helps firms track their battery usage, and show when batteries about to fail or need to be replaced. Currently, dox is in the middle of a private beta, in which companies can join the program and test the product for themselves. The company anticipates expansion into other significant markets, such as the automotive and drone industries. With the continued emergence of electric vehicles and the rapidly increasing uses for drones, battery management systems with software for the numerous fleets likely to grow with the increased use of EVs, dox states that there will be a significant demand for battery management systems.

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Cataclean sponsors British Motorsport Marshals Club overalls

Cataclean sponsors British Motorsport Marshals Club overalls

Wednesday 20th September 2017 | 0 Comments

Cataclean, the fuel and exhaust system cleaner for diesel, petrol and hybrid vehicles, will sponsor the British Motorsport Marshals Club (BMMC) overalls for the next three years. The partnership deepens Cataclean’s involvement in British motorsport, building on the Liverpool company’s sponsorship of DRM Motorsport in the Renault UK Clio Cup Championship. New orders for the distinctive orange, fire-resistant marshals’ overalls will now feature a Cataclean badge, alongside existing sponsors’ branding.

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Goodyear to acquire Ventech Systems from Grenzebach Maschinenbau

Wednesday 20th September 2017 | 0 Comments

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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