An event featuring the world’s most famous calendar will be held at the Guggenheim Museum tonight in the presence of major international political and diplomatic figures and illustrious representatives of the worlds of culture and show business. Following the success of similar events in Berlin and Moscow, the style and appeal of “The Cal” is set to conquer the “Big Apple” with Pirelli presenting the most intimate side of its prestigious calendar for the first time in its 40-year history. Secrets and backstage details, curiosities and anecdotes, all that which admirers of The Cal throughout the world have always longed to know but which has never before been revealed or described has now been collected in an exclusive, prestigious volume, the Pirelli Calendar Backstage Book, to be presented in New York.
Beginning this year, Bibendum the Michelin Man will once again serve as Michelin’s spokesman in the UK and Europe. Still funny and playful at 108, he is returning to centre stage in Michelin’s advertising — after several years’ absence — in a multi-media European campaign which started in late January 2006 and extending throughout the year. In the UK, the Michelin Man will be featured on radio, in magazines and newspapers, and on the Internet and in sales outlets.
The 4th Citexpo will be held in China from Sep 6-8, 2006 to suit the marketing schedule of the majority of the exhibitors and buyers. Over 200 exhibitors will showcase their latest products and technology in an 8,000 square metre exhibition area. According to the organisers, over 80 per cent of available stand space has already been sold.
Following the success of the QuickSilver’s DB9 Sports exhaust system, the QuickSilver development team has now designed a stainless steel exhaust system for the Aston Martin V8 Vantage. Now the V8 driver can enjoy a new level of sound that is appropriate to the Aston Martin name. The QuickSilver system will not spoil the enjoyment of the car for the high-mileage and urban driver as there are no intrusive tones in low or medium rpm.
Sherbrook International is introducing two specific 4×4 designs to its Outlaw Wheels portfolio, combining up-to-the-minute styling with total affordability. The new styles – Samurai and Khukiri – are available immediately. Said CEO Peter Whitehouse, “Not only are 4×4 drivers looking for distinctive, cutting-edge designs but equally they want to be certain that replacement wheels are equal to or better than the OE spec, which is precisely the case with Samurai and Khukiri. The fact that the entire Outlaw range is not only European-manufactured to uncompromisingly high standards and beautifully finished, but is also fully TUV-approved and comes with our 12-month unconditional guarantee, is a huge assurance.”
For its breakthrough Fortera featuring TripleTred Technology tyre, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has been chosen to receive the “2006 Manny Award” from Inside Business Magazine, as a winner in the “New Product Development and Innovation” category.
Goodyear will be honoured at the Manny Awards banquet on May 23 in Cleveland.
US company Titan’s first quarter financial results show that the company achieved a 34 per cent increase in net sales. First quarter 2006 net sales were $182.6 million, compared to $136.1 million in first quarter 2005. Gross profit increased by 29 percent, or $7.0 million. First quarter 2006 gross profit was $31.1 million ($24.1 million Q1 2005).
(Akron/Tire Review) The Tire Retread Information Bureau (TRIB) recently participated in Canada’s national truck show – Truck World 2006 – as both a featured presenter and an exhibitor. Held at the International Centre-Toronto on Apr. 2-22, the event brought nearly 20,000 trucking industry senior executives, fleet managers, owner-operators and drivers.
On 25th April 2006 Mr. Kari-Pekka Laaksonen, Vice-President Sales and Logistics of the Finnish tyre manufacturer Nokian and Mr Jan J. Proos of De Klok Banden, laid the foundation stone for the new De Klok logistic centres in Oud-Beijerland.
(Akron/Tire Review) Continental Tire North America (CTNA) has announced a tire price increase, effective July 1. CTNA will boost prices on all of its replacement passenger and light truck/SUV lines by up to five per cent, with the precise increase varying by line and size. The increase covers all Continental, General and private brand tyres and CTNA said the increase will impact all replacement channels.
This year again, Continental AG is taking on well over 1,000 highly qualified graduates and young professionals throughout the world, around 500 of them in Germany. “We invest in knowledge and innovation, especially the skills and talent brought by new employees, with the objective of further consolidating our position as one of the world’s leading automotive suppliers”, states Thomas Sattelberger, Human Resources Director at Continental. The company primarily recruits engineers and scientists as well as management and administrative experts. As in previous years, more than 800 workplaces are to be filled with university graduates in 2006, around 40 percent of them in Germany.
At the NTDA 2006 TAFF Awards Dinner at the Hilton Hotel, NEC Birmingham earlier this week, the coveted TAFF trophies were presented by Mark Lovett of Renault UK Vans, the Awards sponsors. Announcing the winners, Martin Rowlands, Immediate Past Chairman of the NTDA, said that this year the Awards had attracted phenomenal support, with over 5000 votes being cast.
The winners were:-
Tyre Manufacturer of the Year 2006 – Michelin Tyre plc
National Wholesaler of the Year 2006 – B I T S
Regional Wholesaler of the Year 2006 – North Eastern Tyre & Exhausts Ltd
Product Innovation Award 2006 – Goodyear RunOnFlat
Tyre & Aftermarket Equipment Supplier of the Year 2006 – Rema Tip Top UK Ltd
Environment Award 2006 – C-Tyres Ltd
Industry Advertising Award 2006 (in association with Tyres & Accessories) – Goodyear RunOnFlat
Statistics newly released by the Tyre Recovery Association show that for the first time members of the Association (all of whom are affiliated to the TIC Responsible Recycler Scheme) collectively recovered over 320,000 tonnes of waste tyres in 2005. This represented more than a 12 per cent increase over the 2004 figure (285,000 tonnes) and is the first time the Scheme has passed the 300,000 tonnes barrier. Indications suggest this figure will rise even further in 2006. The UK industry is estimated to generate 475,000 tonnes of used tyre arisings annually.
(Akron/Tire Review) Not surprisingly, the United Steelworkers (USW), which is facing difficult contract and cutback talks with Continental Tire North America (CTNA), publicly “welcomed” news that Titan International is seeking to buy CTNA’s Bryan, Ohio, OTR plant. The union had refrained from making any public statements regarding the plant’s previous suitors – Roesler Group and Pensler Capital – though. And, the USW’s support of Titan comes after the two parties spent the last five years at virtual war, including a 40-plus month strike.
(Akron/Tire Review) According to news reports, Continental Tire North America (CTNA) presented its “last, best and final offer” to United Steelworkers officials yesterday. The tyre maker’s master contract with the union expires Apr. 30.
The company said its latest proposal was its ninth in an attempt to secure cost cuts of some $32 million at its Charlotte, N.C., plant. Union officials said they are reviewing the proposal, and plan to resume meetings with CTNA this Friday.