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Addison Lee’s CrossClimate+ switch results in yearly tyre saving

Addison Lee’s CrossClimate+ switch results in yearly tyre saving

Monday 18th September 2017 | 0 Comments

Car service operator Addison Lee’s adoption of a Michelin CrossClimate+ policy, managed by Universal Tyre and Autocentres, has resulted in a reduction in its annual tyre bill of 20 per cent, the operator of the UK’s largest passenger car fleet states. Justin Patterson, head of operations at Addison Lee, says: “We’re currently fitting around 5,000 fewer tyres per year than we did prior to introducing the first CrossClimate tyres.”

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Triangle recalls 15-inch tyres in US

Monday 11th September 2017 | 0 Comments

Triangle Tire USA is recalling 288 Triangle TR643 tyres in size ST225/75R15 due to an apparent manufacturing error. According to the NHSTA recall notice, the tyres may have a hole where the sidewall and that could result in an air leak.

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MRF launches Perfinza luxury tyre range

Tuesday 5th September 2017 | 0 Comments

MRF has launched the Perfinza range of tyres. According to the company, the new tyres have been developed to focus on ride comfort. To this end they are aimed at luxury and premium segment cars and are currently available for over 60 models on sale in India. Autocar India reports that the range retails via “all MRF exclusive outlets across the country and will be released for export markets later”.

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Emissions inspections push Chinese tyremakers to the brink

Emissions inspections push Chinese tyremakers to the brink

Friday 1st September 2017 | 0 Comments

With a headline like that, you could be forgiven for thinking that this month’s column refers to the ongoing geopolitical sabre rattling taking place between China’s North Korean neighbours and the USA. However, as important as the hint of nuclear escalation is, here we focus on how the overheating Chinese tyre market is as close as it has ever been to boiling over. Two key subjects have raised the temperature in the People’s Republic during the last month or so: The European Commission’s (EC) decision to initiate an anti-dumping investigation against Chinese-produced truck and bus tyres; and the even more imminent effects of local environmental emissions investigations within China itself, which have led to the suspension and even closure of numerous businesses in the country (see below).

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Merityre raises over £1,000 for charity from car show event

Merityre raises over £1,000 for charity from car show event

Tuesday 15th August 2017 | 0 Comments

Merityre Specialists Ltd held their charity car show at their Andover, Hampshire branch on 30 July 2017, raising over £1,000 for a local charity. According to the company, the sun shone as Merityre’s main warehouse yard steadily filled up with an array of over 50 cars, including a life-size model of Mater from the Disney Pixar’s Cars franchise, a hillclimb champion Ginetta G33 and a classic Ferrari 308 GTB, alongside a real mix of show cars, modified cars and classic cars. The promise of ‘something for everyone’ stood true, as enthusiasts young and old enjoyed the selection on display.

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Long-term trend shows winter tyres receding, all-season rising in UK

Long-term trend shows winter tyres receding, all-season rising in UK

Tuesday 15th August 2017 | 0 Comments

The viability of a sustained winter tyre market in the UK has long been categorised as doubtful, with sales rarely climbing to 2 per cent. Meanwhile recent improvements in tyre technology and the introduction of products looking to change their perception, led by the Michelin CrossClimate’s success in the fleet market, have seen all-season tyres become an increasingly attractive proposition.

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TRA: Irish tyre compliance scheme will ‘distort’ tyre recovery

Monday 14th August 2017 | 0 Comments

According to the Tyre Recovery Association (TRA), the Republic of Ireland’s proposed tyre compliance scheme, which is due to come into effect on 1 October, will “seriously distort end of life tyre recovery and recycling efforts on the island of Ireland with knock-on-effects in the UK as a whole”.

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ZC Rubber opens second Autospace store in Thailand

ZC Rubber opens second Autospace store in Thailand

Friday 11th August 2017 | 0 Comments

ZC Rubber is to open a new Goodride Autospace flagship store, located at Samut Sakhon in Thailand. According to the company, the store covers 1600 square metres and is the second Autospace store in Thailand opened by ZC Rubber. At beginning of 2017, the company opened its first overseas Autospace store – a Westlake-branded version in Rayong, Thailand.

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Report: Dealerships fail to replace 66% of worn tyres

Report: Dealerships fail to replace 66% of worn tyres

Wednesday 9th August 2017 | 0 Comments

The average UK dealership is failing to replace 66 per cent of severely worn tyres, according to data collated by autoVHC. The electronic vehicle health check provider suggests that an average dealership sold replacement tyres on only 34 per cent of the occasions when either severely worn or faulty tyres were identified during services carried out in July 2017.

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Yokohama introduces first BluEarth branded winter tyre

Yokohama introduces first BluEarth branded winter tyre

Tuesday 8th August 2017 | 0 Comments

Yokohama’s newest winter tyre, the BluEarth W*drive V905 has been designed to meet Europe’s increasingly stringent environmental regulations. The first Yokohama-brand winter tyre to use the advanced BluEarth fuel-efficient technologies, it also features a directional pattern with wide grooves and a new compound offering superior stability and performance on snow, ice and wet roads. Ideal for drivers of performance cars, medium sized cars and SUVs, the BluEarth W*drive V905 is available in sizes from 15”–22”.

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The clock is ticking for combustion engines and conventional tyres

The clock is ticking for combustion engines and conventional tyres

Thursday 27th July 2017 | 0 Comments

The UK government has decided to ban the sale of both new petrol and new diesel cars from 2040. The goal isn’t as ambitious as Norway’s, which aims to do the same by 2025. India thinks it can do it by 2031. And France is on par with the UK, also aiming to ban sales of new combustion engine-based cars by 2040. However, in the UK at least, electric cars sales currently represent less than 1 per cent of new registrations. Therefore a lot has to happen between now and 2040 for this new rule to become reality. What is clear is that there is now real legislative momentum in favour of electric vehicles in the UK and that this will have an inevitable impact on OE suppliers, and in turn the UK replacement tyre market, especially in three key areas: weight, torque and rolling resistance.

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Petrol and diesel car sales to be banned in the UK from 2040

Petrol and diesel car sales to be banned in the UK from 2040

Wednesday 26th July 2017 | 0 Comments

Today the government launched its “UK plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations”. And with it came the decision to ban the sale of both new petrol and new diesel cars from 2040. However, electric cars sales currently represent less than 1 per cent of new registrations. Therefore a lot has to happen between now and 2040 for this new rule to become reality. What is clear is that there is now real legislative momentum in favour of electric vehicles in the UK and that this will have an inevitable impact on OE suppliers and in turn the UK replacement tyre market.

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Pirelli launches new generation Cinturato P7 Blue

Pirelli launches new generation Cinturato P7 Blue

Wednesday 26th July 2017 | 0 Comments

Pirelli’s Cinturato P7 Blue range has been extended to include ‘AA’ European tyre label ratings on all new sizes. When originally launched in 2012, the Cinturato P7 Blue was the first tyre in the world to claim a maximum score on the European tyre label for energy efficiency and safety (in certain sizes). The latest Cinturato P7 Blue extends this standard to the new sizes added to the range, meaning it now boasts a maximum European tyre label score on nearly all the sizes in the entire range.

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Michelin European distribution centre launch ‘Dawning of a new era’ in Stoke

Michelin European distribution centre launch ‘Dawning of a new era’ in Stoke

Wednesday 26th July 2017 | 0 Comments

Michelin has updated local dignitaries, staff and business partners on its multi-million pound investment plans in Stoke-on-Trent. Proceedings were opened by Mike Lawton, head of communications at Michelin Northern Europe, who described what was announced in the “investing in the future” presentation as the “dawning of a new era”, before head of Michelin Northern Region John Young spoke of the “amazing” relational, business footprint and heritage of the site. To put recent changes into a single figure, productivity across the site has reportedly increased 35 per cent in the last five years.

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Firestone launches Roadhawk touring tyre in Barcelona

Firestone launches Roadhawk touring tyre in Barcelona

Thursday 6th July 2017 | 0 Comments

Bridgestone’s approach to marketing Firestone has seen the world’s largest tyre manufacturer’s second-line brand rise in prominence in European markets, while a rapidly overhauled product range has helped to solidify confidence in both quality and availability. The self-professed youthfulness of the marketing approach to Firestone has seen the brand featured in various live music venues around the continent, while the summer “Firestone Music Tour” of festivals has increased to sponsorship deals with nine premier events in key markets, including Download in the UK. The introduction of the latest tyre in the Firestone range, the Roadhawk for touring and family cars, was timed to coincide with the first festival of the tour, Primavera Sound 2017 in Barcelona’s Parc del Fòrum, and the company hosted dealers, automotive journalists, and a cadre of lifestyle writers and bloggers, demonstrating the sustained, relatively novel approach Bridgestone has brought to the brand since what might be termed its reinvigoration in 2014.

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