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Yokohama OE on Toyota RAV4

Yokohama OE on Toyota RAV4

The Yokohama Avid GT has been selected as an original equipment tyre for the latest Toyota RAV4. The crossover, which was first launched in North America in 2018 prior to its release in Europe and other global markets this year. The fifth generation RAV4 will wear the Yokohama tyre in size 235/55R19 101V.

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International News

Guangxi Linglong Tire starts earthmover tyre production

Guangxi Linglong Tire starts earthmover tyre production

The first radial earthmover tyre made by Guangxi Linglong Tire rolled off the production line earlier today. For the wholly-owned subsidiary of Shandong Linglong Tire, the start of production represents an important milestone in Linglong’s RMB 4 billion (£454 million) investment programme. Through this investment, Linglong aims to manufacture 20 million high-performance car tyres, 2 million all-steel truck radials and 60,000 specialty tyres per annum.

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Career Tracks

Michelin names Layton national sales manager for Services & Solutions

Michelin names Layton national sales manager for Services & Solutions

Jonathan Layton has taken on a new role at Michelin. As of this month, the former national fleet sales manager has been appointed national sales manager, UK and Republic of Ireland, for Michelin’s Services & Solutions business line.

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Motorsport News

TerraClean hails ‘Donington double’ racing weekend success

TerraClean hails ‘Donington double’ racing weekend success

Engine decarbonising brand TerraClean saw its two sponsored driving stars continue to impress in the early stages of their respective 2019 campaigns, in both the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) and Renault UK Clio Cup races, held at Donington Park recently.

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Retreading News

Vaculug promotes VMS Mobile at CV Show

Vaculug promotes VMS Mobile at CV Show

With the UK commercial vehicle and fleet business congregating in Birmingham for the Commercial Vehicle Show at the start of May, Vaculug took the opportunity to demonstrate the latest addition to its bespoke fleet tyre management system called VMS - VMS Mobile. For the company, which is now the only non-new-tyre manufacture-owned retreader in the UK, fleet growth and retreading business growth go hand in hand. And that’s why having the right fleet tyre management system in place has become more important than ever.

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Can artificial intelligence reduce warranty claims?

Can artificial intelligence reduce warranty claims?

At the start of April 2019, Bridgestone formally completed its billion-dollar acquisition of TomTom Telematics. The goal – as ever – is to capitalise on the benefits of big data, leveraging its usefulness in the cause of better tyres and greater efficiency for all stakeholders. Of course, Bridgestone is not the only tyremaker seeking to make the most of tyre data. Many have invested significantly in developing cyber tyres over the course of the last 10 to 15 years, harnessing the fact that tyres are a vehicles’ only point of contact with the road and therefore the only means of generating real-time road surface:vehicle contact data. This same approach also yields tyre condition and performance data, which can be used for everything from motorsport to commercial fleet applications. But what about in the manufacturing process itself?

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