Van den Ban Takes on Beijing Capital Tyres
Netherlands based wholesaler Van den Ban (VDB) has completed an agreement with BCT (Beijing Capital Tyres) which will see it initially offer three patterns of this Chinese tyre in their portfolio. The PCR S600 line will have the following sizes in the range 155/65/TR13 – 195/60/HR15, the Ultra High Performance S800 will be available in 205/40ZR17 – 235/35/ZR19. The High Performance a-symmetric pattern S900 will be sold in 185/55/VR14 – 205/55WR16. All the described sizes are available from November. VDB has plans to extend the range of sizes next year and towards the end of 2008 with the addition of a Light Truck and M&S programme also being added to the BCT range.
VDB also recently extended its Novex range on two fronts: a new SUV/4×4 range has recently been introduced under the ‘SUV Speed’ name, along with a new range of winter tyres called ‘Snow-Speed’. The SUV Speed initially offers 16 sizes whilst the Snow Speed consists of 56 sizes which also incorporates light truck patterns as well.
Other significant changes include the previously announced decision to change the name of VDB’s Flamingo private brand into Blackstone, which officially commenced in September. VDB officials stressed that the design of the tyre, the manufacturer, quality, durability and patterns has remained exactly the same. In fact only the name has changed. However the new Blackstone range will be further extended with a whole new range of light truck tyres entitled ‘Blackstone CD Van’ initially in four sizes. The first sizes of this pattern range are already in stock. Then in early 2008 new sizes will be added to the Blackstone PCR collection (CD1000, CD2000 and CD3000).
Finally VDB has released an update on the construction of the company’s new warehouse and container complex in Hellevoetsluis. The land has been prepared and work on establishing the foundations commenced at the beginning of October. It is anticipated that the new warehouse and offices will be in operation early 2009.