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Ecclestone lends support to Pirelli
In the wake of Pirelli’s decision to provide a new range of tyres to Formula One after the Monaco Grand Prix this weekend, the series’ chief, Bernie Ecclestone has defended the manufacturer’s approach. While stopping short of praising the four early 2013 season P Zero compounds, Ecclestone noted the difficulties inherent in the task he gave Pirelli – to make tyres to last less than half a race. He explained that different driving styles, cars, circuits and operating temperatures make it difficult to provide a tyre that fits this specification.
Tyres & Accessories May 2013
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Sticky questions: Labelling, retailing and the necessary systems
With levels of label-readiness varying significantly across the country and across Europe, the introduction of EU tyre labels that began a year ago remains in infancy. However, while some have gone on the record as saying it is a waste of space, labelling could also be seen as a developing field that – also like a small child – grows fastest in its early years. And with this debate in mind, Tyres & Accessories recently received an interesting addition to the debate, focusing on the nuts and bolts of retail labelling.
April sees rise in EU car registrations
In April, the EU market for new passenger cars grew for the first time (+1.7 per cent) since September 2011. The region counted on average two more working days compared to the same month last year, which would account for the increase. In absolute figures, it is the third lowest level of new registrations for a month of April, with the historic low for April reached in 2012 (1,021,358 units). A total of 1,038,343 units was recorded in the EU in April this year, or 1.7 per cent more compared to the low level of April last year.
Speed camera casualty reduction claims are false
Vysionics ITS, makers of SPECS average-speed cameras, have agreed with the Advertising Standards Authority to change their advertising claims, following a complaint from Malcolm Heymer, traffic management adviser to the Alliance of British Drivers.
RHA applauds oil price investigations
The Road Haulage Association delighted to learn that a formal investigation into the issue of oil price fixing is finally under way. Commenting, RHA Chief Executive Geoff Dunning: "Since the original fuel protests way back in 2000, we have been of the opinion that there should be far more transparency among the oil companies. Yet every time we raised the issue our concerns were dismissed out of hand.
Fuel transparency Bill thrown out
The Road Haulage Association is disappointed at the news that staunch FairFuelUK supporter Robert Halfon MP's attempt to pass a Private Members Bill to achieve fuel tax transparency by printing the tax take on fuel forecourt receipts didn't achieve a second reading and is now just another item in the history books.
Going, Going…1980s cars will soon be gone
The 1980s may have enjoyed a fashion and pop revival but cars from that decade are some of the most endangered cars on British roads today. New research into the top British family cars by consumer motoring champion HonestJohn.co.uk reveals that many of UK's once-popular family cars are on the verge of disappearing completely.
Maxxis: Sales have grown US$2 billion in five years
Maxxis International has reported another strong year of growth for the 12 months to January 2013. Results from the last financial year show Maxxis tyre sales figures surpassing US$4.5 billion for the first time, up over $2 billion in the last five years alone. The company reports that despite an adverse global economy and substantial investment in research and development, increased manufacturing capacity, its new academy and latest testing facilities, Maxxis has still succeeded in posting net earnings of well over $1 billion.
Vipal launching new products, re-purposed factory at Autopromotec 2013
Brazilian retread materials manufacturer, Vipal has announced plans to launch a couple of new tread products at this year’s Autopromotec. The 25th edition of the show coincides with the fact that Vipal itself turns 40 this year, making it something of a double celebration for the company.