Tag: Germany

Michelin boss: Most drivers don’t need winter tyres

Tuesday 21st November 2017 | 0 Comments

Winter tyres have always been something of a non-issue with most British motorists, but for years our counterparts in Germany have diligently switched from summer to winter rubber every autumn and then back again in the spring. The head of Michelin considers this largely unnecessary.

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CEO named for European finTyre Distribution’s German businesses

CEO named for European finTyre Distribution’s German businesses

Thursday 16th November 2017 | 0 Comments

Following on from last week’s announcement of the respective appointments of Michael Schwöbel und Michael Borchert as chief financial officer and chief commercial officer, London-based platform company European finTyre Distribution has announced the hiring of a new chief executive officer for its recently-acquired operations in Germany. As of 15 November, Claudio Passerini has taken on this role at European finTyre Distribution Germany Holding GmbH, Reiff Reifen und Autotechnik GmbH and tyre1 GmbH & Co. KG.

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Bringing rubber production to Europe: Continental starts work on test lab

Bringing rubber production to Europe: Continental starts work on test lab

Thursday 16th November 2017 | 0 Comments

With sods of soil sliding from shiny shovels, work on the Continental ‘Taraxagum Lab Anklam’ research and test laboratory officially began on Monday. Construction of the facility will now begin in earnest, and Continental Reifen Deutschland anticipates that the lab, based near Germany’s Baltic coast, will be operational in autumn 2018. Continental is investing a total of 35 million euros in the project, a sum supported by a subsidy of 11.6 million euros from the Ministry of Economics in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

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Work starting on Continental’s Russian dandelion rubber lab

Friday 10th November 2017 | 0 Comments

For the past six years, Continental has worked with partners on projects to source rubber from Russian dandelions for its tyre production. In 2016, the company announced plans to establish a new facility for industrialising this process. A seven-acre site in Anklam, not far from Germany’s Baltic coast, was selected for this research laboratory. The tyre maker now reports that groundbreaking for the 35 million-euro initial phase of its Taraxagum Lab Anklam will take place this coming Monday.

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Football: Continental signs up for 5 more years with Bundesliga club Hannover 96

Football: Continental signs up for 5 more years with Bundesliga club Hannover 96

Friday 3rd November 2017 | 0 Comments

Continental has extended its relationship with German Bundesliga football club Hannover 96 through the signing of a new sponsorship agreement. The new contract covers a five-year period, beginning in the 2018/19 season, and includes television and in-stadium advertising slots. A further aspect of the new contract is Continental Reifen Deutschland GmbH’s support of the new Hannover 96 junior academy that opened in summer and serves as a training facility and home ground for the club’s U11 to U23 clubs.

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Trelleborg acquires tyre operation in Germany

Friday 3rd November 2017 | 0 Comments

Through its Trelleborg Wheel Systems business, Sweden’s Trelleborg AB has acquired German earthmover tyre specialist White Baumaschinenreifen GmbH. The transaction was consolidated yesterday.

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Extensions planned for Hella HQ

Friday 27th October 2017 | 0 Comments

Lighting and electronics specialist Hella is investing in its headquarters in Lippstadt, Germany, and construction will soon commence on a new visitor, administrative and exhibition centre under construction in the immediate proximity to the company’s existing headquarters building. Hella says the new addition will transform the site “into a high-tech location.” At the same time, an urban planning competition is scheduled for the future use of the company’s adjacent former plant site

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Michael Schwöbel leaving Pirelli

Michael Schwöbel leaving Pirelli

Thursday 26th October 2017 | 0 Comments

Michael Schwöbel, who as ‘Geschäftsführer Zentrale Bereiche’ holds responsibility for the key business areas of finance, law, logistics, purchasing, IT and public relations within Pirelli’s operation in Germany, will part ways with the tyre maker on 31 October 2017. In a statement, Pirelli has thanked Schwöbel for the contribution made during a 34-career with the tyre maker, including management positions at Pirelli Deutschland GmbH since 2000.

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Continental HQ project – twice as expensive as first announced?

Monday 23rd October 2017 | 0 Comments

When Continental AG set out its plans for building a new headquarters in Hannover, Germany, it talked about a project that would “reach into the high double-digit million-euro range.” One German newspaper writes that the tyre and automotive systems manufacturer is now looking at a bill more than twice this amount.

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A step into the future – Alcar improves finish quality with paint shop investment

A step into the future – Alcar improves finish quality with paint shop investment

Friday 20th October 2017 | 0 Comments

If you’ve bought a new car any time recently, or indeed since the start of the century, chances are it arrived with alloy rims as standard. Alloys are well established as the fitment of choice in Europe, and widespread OEM take-up has been accompanied by rising expectations regarding quality. The knock-on effect of this has also influenced the aftermarket: Amongst those meeting demand for higher quality products by investing in their facilities is the Alcar Group, which recently ploughed around 7.3 million euros into the final stages of the manufacturing process.

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Giti commences direct digital sale of car tyres to German consumers

Giti commences direct digital sale of car tyres to German consumers

Tuesday 10th October 2017 | 0 Comments

Giti Tire Deutschland has made its Giti brand car tyres available to end users via its own web shop. In doing so, it joins a select band of tyre manufacturers pursuing similar distribution strategies in particular markets.

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Hämmerling supplies millionth Athos truck tyres

Hämmerling supplies millionth Athos truck tyres

Monday 9th October 2017 | 0 Comments

One of the largest tyre wholesalers in Europe has celebrated its attainment of a new product landmark. Hämmerling - The Tyre Company’s Paderborn site issued the millionth delivery note for its Athos truck tyre range. The recipient of the delivery was a dealer in Scandinavia. “Just under a decade after an Athos tyre first left our warehouse,” says Olaf Hoppe, managing director of Hämmerling Group Holding, "we are now one of the most important and Europe-wide valued brands in the truck tyre segment."

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Pirelli opens first European PZero world in Munich

Pirelli opens first European PZero world in Munich

Friday 29th September 2017 | 0 Comments

Pirelli has inaugurated the first European PZero World in Munich, at the centrally located Hanauer Strasse 42. After last year’s opening of its first flagship store in Los Angeles, Pirelli had set 2017 as the date for the arrival in Europe of this innovative point of sale.

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Ultra-Seal wins case against German tyre association BRV

Thursday 28th September 2017 | 0 Comments

Bonn District Court and the higher Federal court of appeal in Cologne have rejected the application for a preliminary injunction against Ultra-Seal regarding the use of Ultra-Seal on the German market sought by the German tyre association BundesReifenVerband (BRV). According to the company, over the last few months, a large lobby had been set up by the BRV, which had been “proactively attacking Ultra-Seal users and the press with statements about Ultra-Seal being illegal on the German market on grounds of §36 of the StVZO (German Road Vehicle Registration Regulations) under ‘Richtlinien’ (guidelines) issued by the Bundesverkehrsministerium (Federal Transport Department)”. Ultra-Seal stated its counterarguments against these allegations in statement published by Tyres & Accessories’ German sister website, Reifenpresse on 23 May 2017.

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ZC Rubber establishes European company

Wednesday 6th September 2017 | 0 Comments

ZC Rubber has opened a European subsidiary – Zhongce Europe GmbH (ZC Europe). According to the leading Chinese manufacturer, the new subsidiary focuses on the expansion of the European market especially in the OE sector and “improving market shares by exploring the market with local mentality and by providing more services”. It is the fourth branch of ZC Rubber on the global market after Thailand, Brazil and America.

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