Comline Auto Parts (Comline), the award-winning British distributor of European, Japanese and Korean replacement parts, has enhanced its brake pad and disc offering with over 50 new part numbers. The company says its friction offering is a major reason for its status as one of the fastest-growing automotive brands in Europe.
Kent based engine cleaning company EDT Automotive states that it has improved the performance of more than 12,000 cars in a year, having secured placement of its EDT machines in 45 more locations nationwide. The pay-as-you-go engine and auto transmission detox machines remove harmful deposits from inside the engine left behind in a standard oil change. EDT states this enhances drivability and a reduction in overall CO emissions.
Bartec’s TAP200 tread and pressure reader will be unveiled at the CV Show 2017 by its new distributor, JHM Butt & Co Ltd (Butts of Bawtry). The TAP200 will be on display at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) between 25 and 27 April, on stand 4E111.
Bridgestone has announced its aim of bringing airless tyres to market by 2019, however don’t expect to find them in sizes suitable for your car. The commercialisation of the company’s Air Free Concept, which was first shown at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2013, will begin with a non-pneumatic bicycle tyre. Together with Bridgestone Cycle Co., Ltd, Bridgestone Corporation has developed what it calls a “next-generation bicycle tyre” as part of the Air Free project, and now plans to undertake feasibility studies ahead of a market launch.
Giti Tire has extended the scope of its ultra-high performance tyre, introducing the GT Radial SportActive SUV derivative. The manufacturer has made seven 18-19” SUV sizes available initially, across speed indices V-W, section widths from 225 to 255 and series sizes 50 to 60. Giti states that it is targeting SUVs with dynamic performance and powerful engines such as the Audi Q3, Range Rover Evoque and BMW X3.
Automechanika Birmingham opens its doors at the NEC from 6-8 June for the second time, to a truly international automotive networking event for the aftermarket and supply chain. The exhibition will be 70 per cent bigger than in 2016, hosting over 800 exhibitors with 50 per cent of whom are from 35 countries around the globe, gathering to showcase their latest products and new technologies.
Petlas Tire Corp has expanded its run-flat tyre range to include szies: 245/50 R18, 275/45 R18, 215/40 R18, 225/40 R18, 225/40 R19, 245/40 R20, 255/40 R18, 275/40 R18, 225/35 R19, 225/35 R20, 245/35 R18, 245/35 R19, 245/35 R20, 255/35 R18, 275/35 R18, 275/35 R19, 275/35 R20, 285/35 R18, 285/35 R19, 245/30 R19, 255/30 R20, 285/30 R19 and 285/30 R20. According to the Turkey-based tyre manufacturer, the new sizes can be found in the firm’s car tyres and SUV tyre ranges.
Smithers Rapra has launched new mixing technology at its lab in Akron, Ohio. The new MXI 1L Lab Kneader Mixer, installed at the company’s analytical laboratory, allows for higher precision and more efficient mixing of custom compounds.
The Goodyear Kmax tyre range has been extended by the addition of dimensions for low platform trailers. The newest Kmax T tyres are 17.5-inch fitments and produced in five sizes for this rim diameter. The 3PMSF marked tyres will be available from May 2017.
Although the new generation Mazda CX-5 crossover won’t be available in the UK until the summer, it went on sale in Japan in February. Yokohama Rubber reports it is supplying its Geolandar G98 as an original equipment fitment for models sold in the that market – the tyre is being supplied to Mazda Motor Corporation in size 225/65R17 102V.
Alloy wheel protection system manufacturer AlloyGator states that the newly reconfigured driving test could lead to opportunities for workshops and garages. Coming into force on 4 December, the new test removes the reverse around a corner manoeuvre, a move which AlloyGator believes could lead to even more damaged wheels.
Increased permissible weights for commercial vehicles in Europe is driving demand for high load truck tyres, and in response Goodyear has launched new mould cure retread High Load (HL) trailer tyres. The new retreads are the TreadMax KMAX T HL and TreadMax SP246 HL, both in size 385/65R22.5.
The 2017 summer tyre test season is over and the winners and losers have been determined. While the winter tyre tests last autumn were dominated by a handful of premium manufacturers, most notably Continental, during the current test season the products from many more tyre makers gave convincing results. Falken, Fulda, Toyo and Vredestein are […]