Motor Wheel Service Distribution (MWSD) has appointed Frank Richter as European sales manager, as the Manchester-based wheel distributor continues to strengthen pan-European operations from its recently formed German operation, MWheels GmbH. Richter will assume key aftermarket commercial responsibilities, working closely with key retail and distribution partners throughout Germany from the company’s Cologne office. He will also offer operational, technical and wheel safety advice to bus, coach and truck fleets.
Kordsa has announced the appointment of Ali Caliskan as the company’s new CEO. Also announced by Kordsa is the move of Cenk Alper from CEO to group president of the affiliated Sabanci Holdings Industry Group. Alper has been in the CEO position since 2013.
A change of leadership will occur within Continental’s business in China in June. On the first of the month, Enno Tang will become president of the Continental organisation for China. The current head of the Chassis & Safety division, China, and the Vehicle Dynamics business unit, China replaces Dr Ralf Cramer, who will conclude his contract as planned by mid-August 2017 and pursue new career opportunities outside of Continental. In his new role, Tang will report to the chairman of Continental AG’s Executive Board, Dr Elmar Degenhart.
Following Nokian Tyre’s Annual General Meeting, on 10 April 2017, the company’s board of directors held an organisational meeting in which Petteri Walldén was elected chairman of the Board and Tapio Kuula was elected deputy chairman of the board.
The Chemical Marketing and Economics (CME) group of the American Chemical Society’s New York Section and materials company Trinseo have announced that Christopher Pappas, Trinseo’s president and CEO, will receive the Leadership Award for Outstanding Corporate Reinvention on 5 December 2017 at the New York Metropolitan Club. Pappas was instrumental in tripling Trinseo’s value in the last three years through visionary leadership and focus on safety, technology, financial discipline and growth, the company said.
Duraturn UK, the local branch of Chinese petrochemical giant Yanchang Petroleum’s Yanchang Rubber tyre manufacturing operation, has established a local sales team. After a recruitment process that ran through the course of 2016, Duraturn UK has appointed a team of sales, sales support and administration staff dedicated to the development of the tyre brands presence in the UK market.
Bruce Besancon has joined Yokohama Tire Corporation (YTC) as the company’s senior director of OTR sales. In his new role, Besancon reports to Jeff Barna, the US Yokohama Rubber operation’s chief operating officer, and will be responsible for OTR sales. He takes over from long-time OTR sales director Tim Easter, who is returning to the field to work more closely with customers.
The Tire Dealers Association of Canada has announced the appointment of Richard Bender as president. TDAC’s primary mandate is maintaining a strong liaison with provincial tyre associations across Canada. The Tire Dealers of Canada recently announced they will be hosting a national trade show and convention in Toronto during September 2018.
CAM has improved its Investors in People (IIP) accreditation, gaining silver following its recent inspection. IIP said the higher classification is based on the company’s commitment to flexible working, leading to excellent customer service and support, clear performance targets aligned with a commensurate reward scheme; its investment in continuous professional development in a complex technical environment; and sustained involvement in corporate social responsibility.
Valeo has announced the 24 teams selected to move onto the second stage of its global competition, the Valeo Innovation Challenge. Selected from a total of 1,628 participating teams by 70 Valeo experts and independent scientists, the 24 semi-finalist teams hail from 13 countries across 23 universities and schools.
Point S has opened an Asia office Singapore and appointed Ler Hwee Tiong as chief representative. The new Point S representative office is located within the French Chamber of Commerce in the city centre of Singapore and will coordinate activities within the Asian region. Point S push into Asia is expected to be “patient, and adapted to the local working environment of each market”.
Winton Engineering has appointed a new commercial manager, Paul Smith. Since its acquisition by rotary vane compressor manufacturer Mattei in 2015, Winton has invested in a branding refresh, and has launched a number of new products to enhance its overall offering of on-vehicle power solutions – including built-in compressor solutions.