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Inaugural Automechanika Riyadh anticipates increased demand from women drivers

Monday 11th December 2017 | 0 Comments

The expected influx of Saudi drivers from 2018 will have a significant impact on the auto parts, maintenance and services industry, with manufacturers and suppliers advised to stake their claim early in a market full of new opportunities, the chief of the Kingdom’s only dedicated aftermarket trade show said.

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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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Michelin guide coming to Guangzhou

Monday 11th December 2017 | 0 Comments

Following on from its release of a publication for Shanghai last year, Michelin has announced it will extend Michelin Guide coverage to a further city in China. A Michelin guide for Guangzhou will be available in 2018, and Michelin says it will allow everyone - locals, tourists, and business travellers alike - to benefit from the inspectors' recommendations whatever their desires, tastes and budgets may be. The guide for Guangzhou will be the world’s 31st Michelin guide selection and the seventh in Asia, excluding Japan.

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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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Automechanika Shanghai 2017 closes with record figures

Friday 8th December 2017 | 0 Comments

The 13th edition of Automechanika Shanghai, which took place from 29 November to 2 December 2017, has posted its most successful results to date. Visitors totalled 130, 928 (2016: 120,671), a 9 per cent increase. Exhibitors were up 5 per cent to 6,051 (2016: 5,756).

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Goodyear goes all-digital at Solutrans

Friday 8th December 2017 | 0 Comments

Goodyear presented a totally digital experience at the Solutrans international exhibition of road and urban transport solutions in Lyon, France from 21 to 25 November 2017. There were no tyres on the stand. Rather, hi-tech electronic displays let visitors discover the range of tyres, services and solutions Goodyear offers fleet operators.

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ZF CEO Dr. Stefan Sommer leaves

Friday 8th December 2017 | 0 Comments

The chairman of the supervisory board of ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Dr. Franz-Josef Paefgen, and CEO Dr. Stefan Sommer have agreed Dr. Sommer will step down from office with immediate effect. Until a successor is appointed, Finance Board Member and CEO Deputy Representative, Dr. Konstantin Sauer (58), will assume the role of CEO on an interim basis.

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HELLA and BHAP look to intensify collaboration in China

Thursday 7th December 2017 | 0 Comments

Lighting and electronics expert HELLA and Chinese BAIC Group company Beijing HAINACHUAN Automotive Parts Co. Ltd. (BHAP) have announced, through a joint statement, that they intend to expand their existing collaboration, which has focused on the development and production of lighting systems for the Chinese market, to cover the electronics and aftermarket business.

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NASA offering pneumatic alternative tyre technology for licence

NASA offering pneumatic alternative tyre technology for licence

Thursday 7th December 2017 | 0 Comments

Scientists at NASA's Glenn Research centre are offering a non-pneumatic tyre up for licence as part the space agency’s technology transfer programme. The “superelastic” tyre was developed for future Mars missions but is said to be a viable alternative to pneumatic tyres here on Earth. This technology represents the latest evolution of the spring tyre which was invented by NASA Glenn and Goodyear, and inspired by the Apollo lunar tyres.

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Further Guizhou Vietnam plant details

Thursday 7th December 2017 | 0 Comments

Following the initial announcement in April 2017 as well as details given to Tyres & Accessories during an interview in September, Guizhou Advance Tyre has announced further details relating to the expansion of its Vietnam factory plans.

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Toyo wins $1.6 million ruling against Doublestar

Thursday 7th December 2017 | 0 Comments

On 20 November 2017 the United States District Court for the Central District of California held Chinese tyre factories Doublestar Dong Feng Tyre Co., Ltd. (DDF) and Qingdao Doublestar Tire Industrial Co., Ltd. (QDT) in contempt for violating a 2014 Final Judgment prohibiting the manufacture and sale of tyres using a confusingly similar tread to that of Toyo’s best-selling Open Country M/T. DDF and QDT were held in contempt for selling the AMP M/T tyre, which was deemed to be too similar.

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Toray admits tyre cord data falsification

Thursday 7th December 2017 | 0 Comments

At the end of November, Japan’s Toray Industries admitted to 149 cases of quality data falsification at a materials-making subsidiary that span eight years. According to a report by Reuters, the firm said the cheating involved tyre-strengthening cord that was sold to 13 clients by Toray Hybrid Cord.

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AvanTech: Sentury Tire launches US tyre subscription scheme

AvanTech: Sentury Tire launches US tyre subscription scheme

Thursday 7th December 2017 | 0 Comments

Sentury Tire is launching a new tyre subscription scheme in the USA. The company, which is currently in the process of setting up a new production facility within the country, has launched a service there under the AvanTech name.

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Goodyear & Sandia Labs mark 25 years of tyre design collaboration

Thursday 7th December 2017 | 0 Comments

A partnership between Goodyear Tire & Rubber and US-based engineering and science body Sandia National Laboratories, forged to improve tyre design, is quarter of a century old this month. Marking the milestone, the tyre maker notes that the joint work has helped reduce product development time and boost efficiency.

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‘Shark sponsorship’ – Giti Tire and Enki Tan’s passion

‘Shark sponsorship’ – Giti Tire and Enki Tan’s passion

Wednesday 6th December 2017 | 0 Comments

Many tyre manufacturers sponsor football teams, but Giti Tire has its own whale shark. This unorthodox sponsorship placement arose from the company’s partnership with Conservation International (CI), a relationship that dates back a number of years and closely entwined with Enki Tan’s passion for environmental conservation.

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