The ETRMA has confirmed that, last year, the European recovery rate for end of life tyres exceeded 91 per cent, a rate more than 4 per cent higher than the previous year. This positive trend means that Europe is now one of the most advanced regions in the world in the recycling and recovery of tyres, ahead of, for example, Japan, which has a recovery rate of 89 per cent and Canada, at 80 per cent. And while the UK recovery rate, at 95 per cent, is above the European average, it still lags behind the 11 European countries that have achieved a recovery rate of 100 per cent.
Our friends in the US are just a hop, skip and a jump away from their presidential election, but the absent minded amongst them need not write a reminder in reverse letters on their forehead and hope they encounter a mirror on election day – all they need to is go outside and stare at the sky. The Goodyear blimp has taken to the air to remind voters that November 4 is the day to remember.
Automotive emission control and ride control products manufacturer Tenneco Inc. is to restructure its global operations. In an announcement made on October 29, the company said it would further reduce structural costs and capacity in response to the worsening industry downturn. Approximately 1,100 jobs will be axed as a result of the restructuring and five facilities closed. In total Tenneco expects to generate around US$64 million in annual savings once all changes are fully implemented.
Tire Group International (TGI) has taken on distribution of Mickey Thompson and Dick Cepek tyres and wheels in the South Florida market, as well as Central America, South America and the Caribbean. TGI said it would carry the full line of Mickey Thompson tyres and wheels in their Miami distribution center. Both brands are owned by Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.
“The addition of Mickey Thompson to our current product portfolio is another step in solidifying TGI’s position as the market leader in the distribution of quality tyres, both in South Florida and throughout the Americas and Caribbean,” said TGI president and CEO Tony Gonzalez. “Mickey Thompson is a perfect fit for TGI and with our marketing expertise and current customer base, we feel that we can make a significant impact in our markets rather quickly.” (Tire Review/Akron)
Felipe Massa held the advantage in opening practice at his home country’s Grand Prix in Interlagos, Brazil, though championship leader Lewis Hamilton was only two-tenths behind having led for much of the time the pair were on track. The race, which takes place this Sunday, will decide the winner of 2008’s championship, though Hamilton is in the box seat seven points ahead of his Ferrari-driving rival.
Bridgestone says that it is pleased with the results of testing on the company’s new MotoGP offering, which was tested in Valencia after the conclusion of the 2008 season. The tyres will adorn all rides in the 2009 championship, following the decision to switch to a single control tyre.
“I am really very satisfied with the first trials of our new specification slick tyres which we were able to carry out in the dry conditions on Monday,” Tohru Ubukata, Bridgestone motorsport manager, race tyre development told motorsport journalists. “We have used the foundation of our 2008 tyres for these new specs but made some important alterations to ensure that the tyres have a wide operating window and can work well for all teams and riders. We have reduced the overall grip level of the tyres in order to accomplish this and the feedback from the riders has been encouraging. The track conditions on Monday were excellent and the lap times were also very competitive as a result. The most important thing for us is to know that our tyres are durable because this will be one of the most fundamental things for us next season.”
Parker Hannifin has added a new portable nitrogen tyre inflation system to its TireSaver product line. The newest system, said the company, will produce 95 per cent pure nitrogen from standard compressed air.
The cart-mounted TireSaver Model TS051-0ABCBR features a 30 gallon storage tank; built-in auto inflator that purges and fills up to six tyres simultaneously; built-in counter to keep track of a dealer’s nitrogen business; two pressure gauges to monitor inlet and outlet pressure; a plastic bezel design to eliminate potential damage from accidental contact with a vehicle; and hand held nitrogen analyser. (Tire Review/Akron)
Despite announcing the need to idle workers at its Finland factory to adjust production, the latest financial figures for Nokian Tyres shows a company doing well in 2008. Results for the quarter ending September 30 show net sales, operating profit and net profit have increased both during the three-month period and during 2008 as a whole.
The TAC-Scan, a kind of laser scanner designed to record and predict tyre wear, is being launched at this year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas. While it is not the first device that claims to be able measure tyre wear to minute levels of detail, what sets this invention apart is its handheld design and realistic price-tag (TAC-Scan will reportedly market at around £1000 in the UK). As a result, the new device is likely to appeal to fleets and high performance tyre dealers who want to demonstrate the effects of tyre wear to customers. TAC-Scan has been developed by Oxfordshire based company, RL Automotive in association with US based Tire Profiles Inc.
The Goodyear-Dunlop tyre manufacturing plant in Tonawanda, New York is soon to experience its first round of layoffs in nearly 30 years, say union officials. According to the Buffalo News, they indicate that around 100 people at the 1,100-worker facility may lose their jobs.
The new law in Quebec, Canada making winter tyres mandatory on provincial roads may be the factor behind rising thefts of these products. Canadian broadcaster CTV reports that on the morning October 30, following the region’s first major snow of the season, a number of Montreal motorists awoke to find the winter tyres stolen from their vehicles.
In Finland, Nokian Tyres is blaming the global financial crisis for the need to adjust production and improve productivity at its factory in the city of Nokia. Possible adjustment measures, says the tyremaker, include lay-offs of approximately 1,000 employees working at the factory December 21 to January 11.
Sole UK distributor of General Tire, Micheldever Southam Tyres, has added 255/60 to its list of 18-inch Grabber UHP fitments. The 255/60 R18 Grabber UHP is an application for Land Rover Discovery, Range Rover, Isuzu Rodeo and Mitsubishi L200 vehicles.
A new alloy wheel design, derived from the rims worn by the Porsche RS Spyder racing car, is now available exclusively for the 911 Turbo model.
This is a style of wheel that has been seen in all the right places recently – the Porsche RS Spyder sports prototype recently won all titles in the ALMS American Le Mans Series for the third time in a row. A further outstanding achievement of the Porsche RS Spyder is that it won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in its class this year at its very first attempt and also brought home the winner’s title in the European Le Mans Series.
The Birmingham-based Kumho European Technical Centre (KETC) has won a major internal award for its work in relation to the Bowler Nemesis Rally Raid programme. The award was granted for the centre’s work on the 275/65R18 KL72 and KL73 tyres it has specially developed for the 500bhp Land Rover-based Bowler Nemesis 4×4 – the covers are the only ones of their size and type available for use in the world’s major rally raid events.