Company News

Beijing Automotive Industry presents Excellent Supplier Award to Cooper Asia

Cooper Tire Asia has received the 2017 Excellent Supplier award from Beijing Automotive Industry Corporation (BAIC). The award was given at BAIC’s recent annual supplier conference held in Beijing. Nearly 150 suppliers were invited to the event where Cooper was presented with the award in the off-road vehicle segment.

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UK News

1 in 3 young British motorists have never cleaned their own car

New research has shown that just over a third of young adults in the UK have never cleaned their own car, citing the effort it takes and being unable to do a ‘good job’ as the top reasons why. Furthermore it was found that those that do pay to have their car cleaned usually shell out £16 each time. This means that many in this demographic will spend £192 each year to have their cars cleaned ‘professionally’.

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Product News

Autozeitung: All-season tyres a “compromise” in joint summer tyre test

Autozeitung: All-season tyres a “compromise” in joint summer tyre test

Another German car magazine’s summer tyre test has thrown in a handful of all-season tyres for good measure. Autozeitung evaluated a total of nine size 225/45 R17 tyres (W/Y speed rated and 91/94 load indices), six summer and three all-season products. Fitted to a Seat Leon, the tyres were tested in both wet and dry disciplines, with a maximum 150 points up for grabs in each of these.

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International News

Bridgestone, NRgene collaborate to sequence and assemble guayule genomes

Bridgestone, NRgene collaborate to sequence and assemble guayule genomes

Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone) and NRGene, a genomic big data solutions company, are collaborating on research efforts to enhance the company’s US alternative domestic natural rubber breeding programme. They will be working in tandem to sequence and assemble multiple genomes of guayule, a rubber-producing plant indigenous to the hot, dry environments of the Southwestern United States and North Central Mexico, to develop new, high-yielding varieties. The first-ever, two guayule genomes have already been sequenced and completely assembled and a physical and genetic map are being developed which will provide a high level of accuracy and efficiency for breeding improvement.

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Career Tracks

Humberto Gomez named Nash’s successor as president of Yokohama Tire Mexico

Humberto Gomez named Nash’s successor as president of Yokohama Tire Mexico

After 52 years in the tyre industry, including 19 at Yokohama Tire Corporation, Gary Nash is retiring on 31 March. His position as president of Yokohama Tire Mexico (YTMX) has been handed over to Humberto Gomez, who began in the role on 1 January 2018.

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Motorsport News

Pirelli back with WorldSBK in Phillip Island

The season opener of the WorldSBK Championship 2018 began in Australia today, and Pirelli is back for a 15th year as official tyre supplier for all classes. For the race weekend, riders will have a total of seven tyre options open to them (in addition to the super soft qualifier tyre that can only be used in the second session of Superpole), four front and three rear tyres, and in addition to the tyres evaluated on testing days, riders can select an additional front and rear option.

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Retreading News

Swedish concept partner Colmec plans further expansion

Swedish concept partner Colmec plans further expansion

Colmec is undoubtedly one of Europe’s largest retreaders. With annual production exceeding 150,000 retreaded truck tyres, the company is a market leader in Sweden – the company’s home market – and also active in Poland, Norway and Finland. The company’s full-offer concept has evolved over the years and now includes mould cure retreads, which are sold in the above four markets under the Colmec EcoTire brand name. As we learned from company owner Peter Eckerström and his management team during a visit to the Colmec retreading facility in Poland, which was recently expanded in collaboration with Kraiburg Austria, further changes are also on the way, including a potential entry into the large German market.

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Comment

A maturing industry

For a long time people have referred to the European tyre market in general and the UK tyre market in particular as mature markets. This kind of maturity is generally taken to mean low growth markets that are already well developed. Here markets are significant in size and 1 to 2 per cent growth per annum is normal. However, a number of recent market research reports give us the opportunity to reconsider this assumption on two grounds - firstly, with technology developing as it is, quantitative growth should be considered in a wider context; and secondly there is the qualitative question.

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