A member of Goodyear Dunlop Germany’s executive board confirmed to Tyres & Accessories that Holert-Konz’s restructuring plans are underway. The move will see the company move its outlets into a franchise system under the Premio banner. Consequently around 15 of Holert-Konz’s 96 outlets have already been shut down. So far interested parties are negotiating for around 30 franchises. The remaining 50 outlets are still owned by Goodyear Dunlop, but the company also plans to franchise these.
Fife sees the eighth round of the British Superbike Championship this weekend, which will be held at the Knockhill Circuit. After a disappointing seventh round, Dunlop Motorsport believes to be “well prepared for all eventualities.”
Continental Tire North America has announced that it will indefinitely suspend tyre production at its Mayfield, Kentucky plant by 31 December 2004. The move will mean that 715 hourly and 112 salaried employees will lose their jobs. Continental hopes that working with the appropriate agencies will ease the transition for affected employees. The Mayfield plant is still valuable to Continental and the company has not plans to close it completely. In the meantime Continental will make use of the plant’s mixing and warehouse facilities.
In a bid to reward loyalty, UK based Euro Car Parts has sent more than 800 garage owners, specialist repairers and workshops on an African Safari.
The promotion, sponsored by Lion Batteries, targeted more than 10,000 UK customers operating in the car aftermarket sector.
Individual sales targets were set over a six-month period with the incentive of winning a trip for two to Kenya. The holiday included safari to the Masai Mara game reserve and five star accommodation, all courtesy of the independent supplier of car parts.
Chris Barella, group marketing manager at Euro Car Parts, said: “We have built up long term working relationships with customers across the UK, based on trust and quality of service and wanted to reward the loyalty of our customers by offering them something extra special. From the feedback we’ve had it looks like we achieved this.”
The Tire Industry Association launched its Global Council at the Reifen 2004 trade show in Essen. The Council was formed in February 2004 with the intention to “pursue effective solutions for today’s global tyre industry.”
Vacu-Lug Tyres has announced it’s new partnership with Biffa UK. The two companies have negotiated a five-year business contract, with ATS as the service provider.
The tyre policy will be delivered, regulated and monitored by Vacu-Lug, the company believes that this will, “ensure that all parties benefit from what will be a long and mutually rewarding partnership.”
Bridgestone UK has made the first in a series of appointments to strengthen its Truck Point network.
Andy Mathias has been appointed Truck Point business development manager for southern England. His role is structured around the initiative taken by Bridgestone to support the independent business’ activities with fleet customers.
Mr Mathias has been working at the company’s European headquarters in Brussels for the past three years. Based in Bristol, Mr Mathias’ main responsibility will now be to improve the lines of communication between Bridgestone UK, and its fleets and dealers.
Truck Point manager, Jon Cottrell, said: “Andy’s dedication to the Truck Point network will bring the additional support to our network to make Truck Point the best truck tyre dealer network in the UK market place
In an attempt to liquidate some cash Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has said that it will “commence an offering of approximately $150 million aggregate principal amount of convertible notes, subject to market and other customary conditions.” The company intends to use the proceeds of the sale for what it calls “general corporate purposes”, which includes “the repayment of one of the company’s revolving credit facilities.”
The National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA) has confirmed its support of the 2005 Aftermarket show.
Director Richard Edy commented: “We are constantly searching for high profile opportunities to meet with members, as well as those businesses and organisations that play a major part in our industry. Our first experience of the Aftermarket Show proved it was an event that was capable of meeting our needs. With the show planning an even greater focus on the issues and opportunities that matter to the tyre industry, we’ll return next January confident of building on that success.”
Next year’s show will concentrate on core business issues, such as mobile fitting and service, tyres and the environment, developments in tyre technology and the delivery stream of wholesale supply to the UK market.
The Aftermarket show will be held at the NEC from 13-16 January, 2005, and will once again be staged alongside the Autosport International show.
Michelin has launched the new Pilot Activ as a replacement to part of its existing Macadam 50 range of motorcycle tyres.
According to Michelin the new belted crossply tyre with sports-orientated tread pattern, “offers improved manoeuvrability, better dry and wet grip, higher mileage, and improved rider comfort,” compared with the Macadam 50.
The new tyre’s tread pattern features an optimised void ratio which puts four per cent more rubber on the road compared with a Macadam 50 of the same size. Which in turn improves grip, tyre life and contributes to better stability.
To achieve the improvements Michelin revised the recently developed casing construction to improve grip in all weather conditions.
The tyre is available in seven front sizes and six rears and in H and V speed ratings.
In keeping with the current atmosphere of tyre industry trade events, exhibition organiser, ECI International, has released further statistics in response to both its Tyrexpo Asia and Brityrex International events.
Bridgestone has announced that it has begun supplying Potenza RE050 RFT runflat tyres to Ferrari, for installation on the 612 Scaglietti. This will be the first model that Ferrari has equipped with Bridgestone runflats.