Company News

Trico goes all-out for Auto Trade Expo

Trico heads to Dublin for this year’s Auto Trade Expo with plenty to share with visitors, everything from a new slogan and packaging, to a liveried transporter, Ginetta race car and a competition that could see visitors walk away with prizes from a €10,000 bundle.

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UK News

AAUK to sponsor 2018 IAAF Annual Awards and Dinner

AAUK to sponsor 2018 IAAF Annual Awards and Dinner

This year, Alliance Automotive UK (AAUK) will return as sponsor of the IAAF Annual Awards and Dinner. The event takes place on 6 December, at The DoubleTree by Hilton, Milton Keynes, and is expected to attract around 600 attendees.

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Product News

IAA launch for Goodyear Fuelmax Performance

IAA launch for Goodyear Fuelmax Performance

Goodyear has introduced what it calls its “most fuel-efficient” truck tyre range to date. Presented at the IAA Commercial Vehicles 2018 show in Germany, the new Goodyear Fuelmax Performance products are the first Goodyear truck tyres to feature full silica tread compound technology, achieve an EU tyre label grade ‘A’ for fuel efficiency and meet full 3PMSF ‘snowflake’ winter tyre requirements. The tyres anticipate proposed EU legislation to reduce heavy duty vehicle CO2 emissions by 15 per cent in 2025 and 30 per cent by 2030.

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International News

Prinx Chengshan building Southeast Asia factory

During a meeting with European dealers, Prinx Chengshan's Michael Chu shared details of the company's plans to set up a new manufacturing facility outside of China. Prinx Chengshan is currently in negotiations with authorities in Malaysia and aims to establish both PCR and TBR production there.

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Career Tracks

Darren Wells back at Goodyear as CFO

Darren Wells back at Goodyear as CFO

A familiar face has returned to Goodyear Tire & Rubber. As of 20 September, Darren R. Wells is back with the tyre maker as executive vice-president and chief financial officer – a position he held between 2008 and 2013. He succeeds Laura Thompson, who in June announced her intention to retire in the first quarter of 2019 following a 35-year career with the company.

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Motorsport News

Dunlop – 2 further years with BMW Motorsport in VLN

Dunlop – 2 further years with BMW Motorsport in VLN

BMW Motorsport and Dunlop have extended their long-established partnership in the VLN Endurance Championship for at least another two years. The tyre maker will continue to equip all BMW Cup-class cars in the VLN races. These races are run at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, and Dunlop will also supply its 265/660 R18 racing tyres for the circuit’s 24-hour race.

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Retreading News

Superdoll Zambia gains mine safety accreditation

Superdoll OTR Retreading plant in Ndola, Zambia has been granted accreditation for OTR retreaded tyre distribution after going through all required documentation, company profile and records, according to Superdoll country manager Vick Nachson.

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Comment

WLTP impacting tyre markets

WLTP impacting tyre markets

Introduction of the new vehicle emissions and fuel consumption test protocol, the Worldwide harmonised Light vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) is already having an impact on what wheels and tyres are available in the market. Of course, the size of vehicle wheels and consequently tyres is hugely influential in vehicle carbon dioxide (CO2) and fuel consumption (miles per gallon – MPG) performance and in recent years there has been a trend by motor manufacturers to fit larger wheels to vehicles, including even larger rim sizes as options.

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