Many consumers might not like the thought of paying-out to replace their exhaust, but when it goes it goes. And most consumers won’t begrude a job well-down. However, not all sales are functional replacements or distress purposes. The tuning, modifying, upgrading segment (whatever you call it) also provides a significant source of income for outlets which offer professional upgrade services. April’s T&A looks at the market development of this important profit opportunity and features some of the latest produce releases.
BFGoodrich, seven times winner of the Dakar Rally since 1999, is poised to introduce a number of new 4×4 tyres to its range in 2006. These are the All-Terrain T/A Comp, aimed at off-road rallying competitors, the Krawler T/A® KX, scheduled for launch in Europe in May, plus four new dimensions for the Macadam T/A.
Performance exhaust manufacturer Milltek Sport has recently moved into a Logistics and Sales Centre at Pride Park, Derby. This move is the springboard for a new phase of expansion. Chief Executive Phil Millington commented, “This hi-tech Centre is a key factor in our further expansion programme, not only in the UK but also worldwide, since we are now exporting to some 40 countries. Our technical and manufacturing base remains at Ilkeston, where we have a highly skilled and closely-knit team and Pride Park will perfectly complement this.”
Amtel-Vredestein NV has announced that it has selected Oracle E-Business Suite for its corporate information system at a press conference held in Moscow at Oracle’s APPS FORUM 2006. Based on Oracle’s E-Business Suite platform, the new system will help to enable centralized and effective financial and logistics management, strict cost allocation and price control at all stages of production.
(Akron/Tire Review) Craig Marks was promoted by Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. to be its new platform launch manager, responsible for leading and overseeing the development, launch and production of new products. Marks joined Cooper in 1993 and has worked as a senior corporate industrial engineer and, most recently, as lead industrial engineer.
A small Airblast modular blast room has provided D&S Factors with a self-contained blast cleaning facility for preparing tractor wheels. As well as stocking new and reconditioned standard products from leading agricultural wheel OE companies, D&S also manufactures its own range of special products such as rowcrop wheels, wide flotation wheels and grassland wheels for use on golf courses, parks etc.
Due to an increasing demand for its products, D&S Factors began restructuring its manufacturing factory at Donington, near Spalding. As part of this development a great deal of thought was given to the installation of a new surface preparation facility. “We have always known that the efficient surface preparation of wheels prior to painting is vital to ensure a quality end product,” said manager, David Tasker. “We used to do our blast cleaning in a home-made room – a rubber lined shed really – using a small open nozzle blast machine.”
(Akron/Tire Review) Various news reports say that Titan International Inc. and the United Steelworkers (USW) plan to petition the International Trade Commission next month, seeking antidumping penalties against companies importing agricultural tyres from China. Reportedly, the parties feel that agricultural tyres imported from China are not being sold in the US at fair prices, even after factoring in freight and raw material costs.
All roads lead to the Snetterton race track in Norfolk for the inaugural round of the Dunlop ‘Great & British’ Festival series. Spectators will see drivers of Radical, Ginetta and Mini race cars battle it out in the opening round of their respective championships.
The Dunlop ‘Great & British’ festival brings the respective championships together under one banner and highlights from each round will be shown on Sky Sports TV. The event gets underway on Saturday morning, the first wheels turning at 9:00 am with the day dedicated almost entirely to qualifying and the first race of the meeting, starting at 5:00 pm.
Fulda has announced it will exhibit at this year’s French Car Show to be held at Bruntingthorpe Proving Grounds on Sunday 28th May 2006. The UK’s only all-French Car Show will entertain a massive variety of standard, performance and modified cars with over 45 French car clubs, 80+ traders and over 10,000 true enthusiasts expected.
Fulda Tyres and Performance GTi Magazine have teamed up to provide the live skills test track. Here volunteers will be put through their paces on the track on their standard tyres before being fit with Fulda Exelero, their latest Ultra-High-Performance tyre to see the difference.
Next month’s Tyres & Accessories features our annual coverage of the wheel market. This time the magazine will provide in-depth analysis of what is going on in the undeniably influential Chinese manufacturing base balancing this with coverage from much closer to home. Pick up April’s magazine for industry leading editorial content in this segment.
Michelin will actively support the GreenFleet drive-day event at Silverstone 11 April. The company says the event will demonstrate the value of its new Primacy HP tyres which are said to deliver “at least 25 per cent more miles than equivalent competitors’ products and the huge fuel saving benefits of its Energy low rolling resistance tyre range.”
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has confirmed that staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission have terminated their investigation into accounting matters included in the company’s restatement of financial results, announced in October 2003, and in subsequent public filings.
Hyundai is to build a plant in the Czech Republic, investing 1 billion euros in a factory with the capacity to produce 300,000 units annually. The factory is expected to start production of the B segment Getz in the fouth quarter of 2008. The announcement follows the news that Kia’s Slovakia plant will be production later this year.
Patrick Fitz-Gibbon, Head of Events at BEN for 3-and-a-half years, will take early retirement leaving BEN on Friday 31 March. In his time with BEN Patrick has brought over 40 years experience of PR, corporate hospitality and event planning and management to the role of head of events at BEN. This, coupled with his introduction of a range of management tools and procedures, has contributed to the further development of an efficient Events Team executing a growing number of popular activities.
(Akron/Tire Review) Confirming earlier reports, South Korea’s Kumho Tire Co. has announced that it will build a new $155 million tyre plant in Vietnam. According to the Korea Times, the new plant will come on-stream in 2008 with an annual capacity of 3.2 million tyres. Kumho signed a memorandum of understanding with Vietnam’s state-run builder Becamex in Binh Duong province to establish the wholly owned plant there. Construction on a 314,000-square-meter site just north of Ho Chi Minh City will begin in the second half of this year.