Much has been written about the emerging Indian, Chinese and Russian markets, but what about South America? This continent is full of potential, something that is demonstrated by the fact that all the major players are there (Pirelli, Goodyear and Bridgestone/Firestone being particularly strong) and are already positioning themselves for the next market explosion. However for all its potential, the continent can also be described as tumultuous – at the end of November 2005, for example, Bridgestone/Firestone had to quell a violent dispute at a plant in Venezuela.
Fulda Tyres has a reputation as something of an off-road specialist, with an impressive 4×4 range of tyres. There are seven patterns available covering both on and off-road use, providing the customer with the perfect tyre for every application.
Designed specifically for 4×4 Sports Utility Vehicles on the road, the latest addition to the Fulda 4×4 Range is the Fulda 4×4 Road. This tyre offers the same benefits as mid-to-high-end passenger cars with the additional advantages of a 4×4 design. It is aimed in particular at models such as the BMW X5, Chrysler Cherokee, Nissan Murano, Range Rover, VW Touareg and similar vehicles. The new tyres are designed and built to give increased road safety, road comfort and economy for the driver.
Gaetano Mannino, president of Pirelli Tire North America (PTNA), was one of the participants in a panel discussion on “Views from Italian and US Business Leaders” at Emory University earlier this week. Also on the panel was Ted Turner, CNN Founder and philanthropist, David Abney, president of UPS International, and Giancarlo Fantappie, president and CEO of Ansaldobreda, Inc.
(Akron/Tire Review) Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) honored 63 tyre and rubber manufacturing facilities improving their worker health and safety. RMA’s Safety and Health Improvement Program (SHIP) Awards were given at RMA’s annual meeting, held 25-27 February.
(Akron/Tire Review) The Tire Industry Association (TIA) has partnered with Australia’s Klinge & Co. Pty Ltd. to develop an earthmover tyre technician training and certification programme. The deal was announced at TIA’s recent OTR Tire Conference.
This week marks the production of the 4 millionth RunOnFlat tyre produced by the Goodyear Dunlop group in Europe. Goodyear RunOnFlat tyres are built at the company’s plant in Fulda, Germany, while Dunlop RunOnFlats are built in Hanau and Furstenwalde, Germany.
With the popularity and diversity of sports utility vehicles (SUVs) continuing to increase in the UK, sales of 4×4 tyres are soaring with Bridgestone claiming that its Dueler range is once again outperforming the market. While the overall 4×4 tyre market increased by 10 per cent in the UK between December 2004 and December 2005, sales of Bridgestone’s Dueler 4×4 tyres increased by 18 per cent over the same period. These figures come on the back of a remarkable 314 per cent increase in sales between 1999 and 2004, during which time the market grew by 181 per cent.
Fate SAICI is something of an anomaly in South America. While the tyre markets in every other country in South America are led by the regional wings of multinational corporations, Fate is Argentina’s largest tyre producer ahead of Bridgestone Firestone Argentina and Pirelli Neumaticos. Tyres & Accessories asked Fate’s Walter Hack what it is that sets the company apart and learnt of some developments within the company’s product portfolio.
The Maxxis bias ply M-8060 Trepador competition tyre has enjoyed considerable off-road success – so much so that Maxxis has developed a radial version for day-to-day use. The M-8060 Trepador radial is designed to combine excellent traction with smooth handling and is available in 37×12.5 17, 37×12.5-16 and 40×13.5-17 sizes.
An aggressive directional tread element arrangement ensures a uniform tread contact area for sure-footed handling on all wet and dry surfaces, while the multi-stage staggered shoulder lugs give added control on uneven terrain, especially boggy ground and snow.
Multi-curve tread siping not only improves traction on loose dirt, but also enhances braking and driving performance. A double steel belt construction improves puncture resistance and provides long-lasting wear and uniformity, while a jointless spiral-wrapped full nylon cap boosts strength and stability.
Kumho has supplied some 85 per cent of the tyres in use on official Winter Olympics shuttle cars. Athletes, officials, members of the Olympic committee, VIPs are all relying on Kumho I’Zen XW KW17 snow tyres when it comes to being transferred between competition sites.
(Akron/Tire Review) Bridgestone/Firestone Tire North America (BFNAT) has earned OE spots on the 2007 Dodge Caliber for its Firestone brand. BFNAT will supply DaimlerChrysler’s Dodge Caliber with the Firestone Affinity T4 in size P215/60R17 95T and the Firestone Firehawk GTA03 in size P215/55R18 94T.
(Akron/Tire Review) Titan International Inc. saw its total sales drop in 2005 from $510.6 million to $470.1 million, but net profits fell only mildly – from $11.1 million in 2004 to $11 million last year. The company’s net sales in 2004, though, included sales of $49.4 million recorded by Titan Europe, which Titan said was sold in April 2004. Excluding the impact of Titan Europe, Titan saw its 2005 sales up 2 per cent versus 2004.
NetDespatch web services have revolutionised customer service at Bike Tyrestore, the leading motorbike tyre wholesaler has reported. NetDespatch has supplied its Velocity web-based shipping, tracking and systems integration services to provide a live system connecting Bike Tyrestore’s call centre, warehouse despatch operation and 3000 plus customers nationwide, with their express delivery parcel carrier APC Overnight.