David Smith plans to retire as managing director of Continental Tyre Group at the end of March 2022. Continental has announced that his successor will be Tarik Görgün, who is currently head of OE Tyres Japan and global key account manager for Honda and Subaru. Görgün will take over the role of managing director for the UK and Ireland from 1 March 2022.
Spring launch for ‘high mileage’ Continental UltraContact summer car tyre
Continental will launch its new summer car tyre for 14-20” applications in 100 sizes in spring 2022. The new UltraContact will address the latest trends in mobility with a new compound and tread designed to increase mileage potential, while delivering safe handling characteristics and low rolling resistance. The carcass of the tyre is designed to promote durability too. The Conti UltraContact is designed to offer increased sustainability
Autocentres continue to drive Halfords sales post National Tyres purchase
Halfords Group plc has reported strong group sales up 10.4 per cent like-for-like over two years driven by “an outstanding Autocentres performance through the third quarter 2021 MOT peak.” Indeed, ‘Motoring services’ now account for 70 per cent of sales due to the combination of Autocentres growth and the recent National Tyres purchase. Not only do these movements reflect Halfords’ efforts to lead the tyre retail/motoring services market, but represent steps towards the creation of mot
Comparative tests typically evaluate the way tyres perform day-to-day, and the wider environmental impact of tyre use doesn’t get much of a look-in. German motoring association ADAC is rectifying this by examining tyres’ contribution to the problem of microplastic emissions. It looked at almost 100 products in total.
Sentury Tire intends to build 523m euro Spanish tyre plant
Sentury Tire, the tyre manufacturer behind the global Landsail tyre brand, has outlined its plan to construct a 522.59 million euro car and light truck tyre plant in the Galicia region of northwest Spain. Qingdao Sentury Tire Co, Ltd’s board of directors approved the proposal to build capacity for 12 million high performance and light commercial tyres on a three-year schedule at a meeting in the last quarter of 2021, announcing this intention to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange on 19 December. The
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Launch releases X-431 Euro Tab III
25th January 2022
The X-431 Euro Tab III, featuring the new Smartlink C VCI, an advanced module allowing for enhanced communication and functions has been officially introduced by Launch UK. Using the Android 9.0 operating system, the Euro Tab III builds on the company’s existing range by offering “worldwide vehicle coverage, powerful diagnostics and numerous special functions.”
German oil and additive manufacturer Liqui Moly has boosted its turnover to 733 million euro, an increase of 20 per cent compared to 2020. “This is much more than we expected in view of the difficult year,” says Managing Director Ernst Prost. “It shows what is possible, despite the adverse circumstances.”