Company News

Hankook gains Renault CSR award

Hankook gains Renault CSR award

Groupe Renault has selected Hankook Tire as recipient of its Corporate Social Responsibility award for this year. The tyre maker was one of 12 awardees at this year’s Groupe Renault Supplier Award ceremony to be acknowledged in five sectors – Best Service, Design, Innovation, Purchasing sustainability, and Quality.

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Product News

3-year warranty for Bendix brakes

3-year warranty for Bendix brakes

The Parts Alliance says the move to reintroduce the Bendix brand of braking products to the UK aftermarket first announced late last year is continuing to gather pace. Reinforcing its positioning of the Bendix braking product range as a quality brand, all brake discs are supplied coated and come with a three-year or 40,000-kilometre warranty.

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International News

Despite growth in larger sizes, European car tyre market below 2017 levels

According to information published by Pirelli and based upon regional association and third-party data, the European car tyre market grew six per cent year-on-year in May 2018. Overall growth occurred courtesy of strong performance within the aftermarket, which during the month was ten per cent higher than a year earlier; the market for 18-inch and larger sizes were up 20 per cent. The original equipment market in Europe declined five per cent year-on-year in May.

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Career Tracks

Marcos Guzman appointed president of B&J Rocket

Marcos Guzman appointed president of B&J Rocket

As of 1 July, Marcos Guzman is the B&J Rocket Group’s new president and chief executive officer. Guzman succeeds Andreas Müller, who has left the retreading equipment specialist after 15 years.

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Retreading News

“My product can do even more”

“My product can do even more”

Many retreaders face an uphill battle just to maintain their position in European retreading markets. For those that do, a key factor in their success is – as we’ve previously commented in these pages – possession of a stable customer base. Yet loyalty is only earned through unflagging effort; maintaining close relations with customers is important, as is product quality and price in comparison with new tyres and the competition’s retreads. A fine example of how this works on a small, regional scale can be seen at W.H.H. Reifenerneuerung, a Hamburg, Germany-based retreader that’s been in the business for almost 40 years.

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Comment

Sainsbury’s, Asda and truck tyre tariffs

Sainsbury’s, Asda and truck tyre tariffs

At the end of April the UK’s second largest supermarket Sainsbury’s announced that it is merging with the Walmart-owned Asda supermarket. The goal? To push first-placed Tesco off the top-spot and to give the newly combined chain better access to different geographic areas and consumers. Strange as it may seem at first glance, this story can be read across to the tyre market in general and the truck tyre segment in particular (click here for complete coverage on developments associated with the recently initiated European anti-Chinese truck tyre import tariffs).

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