While the vast majority of the UK’s tyre production and retreading capacity refers to trucks and a relatively small amount of car tyre retreading still takes place as well as some specialist earthmover retreading, one of the nation’s largest retreaders makes aircraft tyres. Dunlop Aircraft Tyre Ltd or DATL as it is known has demonstrated strong growth in recent years and is majority-owned by private equity. Put the two together and it begs the question – is Dunlop Aircraft Tyre Ltd (DATL) up for sale?
Competitive fare pricing has led to a surge in intercity bus passenger numbers across Europe, and operators within this segment can choose from a growing range of products specifically designed for bus and coach use. Hankook Tire has now launched its new range for this market, the SmartTouring.
A TPMS-based monitoring service has been offered as part of Bridgestone’s fleet service programme since 2013, and Bridgestone’s fleet data server currently monitors more than 100,000 tyres, with more than 25,000 tyres measured each day. At the IAA show, Bridgestone shared details of an expansion to its Tirematics connected tyre solution that provides relevant vehicle data to the server on a continuous basis.
Oliver Rubber Company, LLC has launched the ORCO HS Trailer, a trailer-position retread for regional and long-haul applications. "The ORCO HS Trailer delivers a cost-efficient solution for single- and tandem-axle trailers in this new, modern Oliver product," said Adam Murphy, vice president of marketing for
Hella Guttmann Solutions (HGS), a joint venture company with renowned original equipment component and systems supplier Hella, is the leading provider for camera and radar calibration tools, products that are needed to service today’s vehicles. HGS is not only committed to providing the diagnostic equipment to the aftermarket, but also educating and assisting other companies on the challenges that advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) present.
Experience with truck fleets in Germany has shown Continental that while both fleet owners and drivers appreciate the value of tyre pressure monitoring systems, more than two-thirds of all fleets don’t yet realise the full potential that digitalisation offers. The tyre maker and automotive systems provider aims to change this, and has introduced a digital product that extends the benefits delivered by ContiPressureCheck, the TPMS first introduced by Continental in 2013 and now offered in 27 markets around the world.
Upon its launch in European markets three years ago, Continental’s new tyre pressure monitoring system was only available as a retrofit option. The availability of ContiPressureCheck has now been extended to tyres shipped straight from the factory with sensors already installed. Continental is using the name ‘iTire’ to distinguish these products from standard tyres.
The RFT (Run-Flat Technology) versions of two Bridgestone tyre models have been selected as original equipment fitments on the new Alfa Romeo Giulia. Bridgestone Europe reports that the Guilia will be available with the Potenza S001 in an all-round size 225/50 R17 94W fitment or in size 225/40 R19 89Y for the front wheels and 255/35 R19 92Y for the rear. The run-flat Turanza EL450 all-season tyre will be available in two dimensions, 225/50R17 94V and 225/45R18 91W. All tyres will be marked with the letters ‘AR’ on the sidewall to denote they are original equipment products.
In addition to unveiling several new products, Hankook Tire’s big news from the IAA Commercial Vehicles show is its approval by Scania as an original equipment tyre supplier. As of November, Hankook Tire will supply 18 tyre dimensions to all Scania truck and bus models produced in Europe. According to Stefan Brückner, Hankook OE account manager Europe, 11 of these 22.5 inch dimensions will be for the important long haul segment, and the other seven for regional haul applications.
The Parts Alliance has announced that the Garage Essentials equipment brochure, originally developed by GSF Car Parts, will be made available through all members from the next issue (Autumn 2016) due out in October. Since GSF Car Parts joined The Parts Alliance, by acquisition in September 2015, Garage Essentials has continued to showcase the best of what’s available from GSF Car Parts’ branches whilst Toolchest has done a similar job for The Parts Alliance’s other members.
Nottingham’s Sherwood Farming reports that it is reaping the benefits after specifying a combination of sprayer and tractor tyres on its high-horsepower Fendt 720 Vario tractor, on the advice of its local Michelin Exelagri-accredited tyre dealership. The company, which farms 3,500 acres of land, required a narrow tyre for inter-row crop work, which would also enable the tractor to tow a fully-loaded 14-tonne trailer during harvest. After seeking the advice of Pete Sampson, commercial manager at Tanvic Tyres’ Newark centre, and that of Michelin account manager Ian Whitwell, Sherwood Farming selected Michelin 380/85 R 34 YieldBib tyres for the front axle, and 380/90 R 50 SprayBib fitments for the rear axle of the tractor.
Natural rubber derived from dandelion roots is making its debut in truck and bus tyres and components produced by Continental. The German manufacturer will unveil a number of products that contain this raw material at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show this month, including Conti EcoPlus HD3 tyres made during the summer. These items merely offer a taste of things to come, however, as Continental states that production of Taraxagum – the name given to its dandelion rubber – will commence sometime within the next five to ten years.
The Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2 has been selected as an original equipment tyre for the Mini Clubman. The latest model Clubman will be available with the Dunlop UHP tyre in size 225/45R17 94W XL, with its original equipment approval denoted by a ‘*’ marking on the sidewall.
The Z tyre programme, first launched two years ago, has now been expanded to include commercial vehicle tyres. These products will debut at the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show in Hannover this week and are being marketed as an economical and reliable aftermarket alternative for the truck and bus market. The Z truck tyre range consists of 26 dimensions and includes regional and long-haul fitments in sizes ranging from 17.5 to 22.5 inch fitments.