It’s been a century since Goodyear introduced the first specialised aviation tyre and made travel by aeroplane – at least the part involving contact with the ground – a simpler and more comfortable affair. The Goodyear Wing Aeroplane Tire, introduced in 1909, was designed by Goodyear’s engineers to be lightweight, puncture resistant and easy to remove. A hundred years later the company remains strongly involved in the aviation tyre business, and has observed its centenary with the introduction of a new innovation and expanded product range.
“Nobody could have envisioned that Goodyear’s aviation business would last at least 100 years,” said Pierre Jambon, general manager, Global Aviation. “But we’ve prospered by doing the same things that we did at the beginning: develop innovative new products to fulfil the changing needs of the aviation industry.”
At the world renowned SEMA show in Las Vegas last November, AME International recently introduced its Rollock wheel loss prevention device. Rollock is a patented clamp which is placed over two truck wheel nuts. Once in place, the product does not allow the nuts to loosen. Loosened wheel nuts can cause a serious accident in which the wheel assembly actually comes off of the vehicle while driving at highway speeds, an accident commonly referred to as a ‘wheel-off’.
Too much wasted space, can’t find what you want, difficult to store and retrieve goods? These are classic symptoms of a disorganised warehouse. You just know that there must be a better way, but what is it? This is where Polish company Arcom can help, as it is in the business of supplying effective storage solutions.
Arcom designs and manufactures welded metal racking mainly for the automotive and related industries. In particular a variety of racks for the storage of tyres: small tyres, medium tyres, big tyres, very big tyres, in fact every kind of tyre that you can imagine. So whether you run a shop, a farm, a tyre services depot or even a huge tyre factory, there is a product to suit you. The company appreciates that tyres have to be moved about so it also manufactures trolleys.
Michelin, along with oil company Total and sports firm Adidas, is said to be under suspicion of evading taxes in France through the use of bank accounts based in the principality of Liechtenstein. According to the AFP news service, the Paris prosecutor’s office has confirmed reports that the French finance ministry had in late 2008 provided it with case files concerning foundations linked to the three companies, as well as some 30 French individuals. It said it will open a preliminary investigation into the three companies, the first step towards a possible indictment on tax evasion charges.
B.F.srl, the ISO 9001:2000 certified wheel balancing weight maker, is offering an increasingly wide range of balancing weights made from zinc, lead, steel and tin, which it exported to more than 50 countries throughout the world last year. Recent investments in technologically advanced plant and machinery, have resulted in the establishment of a new factory for plastic coating treatment and the introduction of adhesive weights in steel galvanized, plastic coated with epoxy powders of grey and black colour. The latter comes in response to the company’s “constant attention and curiosity” of what is new in the wheels field. However, according to company literature B.F.srl’s offers another key strength to – it offers “a quality product at a very competitive price.”
RH Claydon is promoting a new marketing programme to participating Lassa passenger, 4×4 and van tyre retail dealers and service providers. Lassa tyres are produced by Brisa, a joint venture between Bridgestone and the Turkish Sabanci Corporation. According to a press release issued by RH Claydon, the company’s “collection for all seasons” includes Lassa Impetus Revo, Impetus Sport, Impetus 2, Atracta and Miratta tyres in passenger car, not to mention van units, transway and LC/R and more. In addition the programme purports too offer “extremely meaningful…incentive rewards within” to the participating dealers.
In addition to a full range of premium brands, wholesaler Viking International also offers an ultra high performance own brand alternative – Millennium. According to the company this brand provides a combination of high performance at affordable prices and comes in asymmetric and directional patterns to aid performance and handling in all weather conditions.
The tyre’s asymmetric ‘Tri-Zone’ tread pattern offers maximum stability on the road, aiding water dispersal and reducing the risk of aquaplaning whilst providing superior ride comfort and reduced noise. Available in 15, 16 and 17-inch fitments, the asymmetric pattern is available in 40 – 65 profiles and V and W speed ratings.
Car maintenance has once again become a priority in the minds of vehicle owners because cars are being kept longer as a result of current economic conditions. And consumers are also paying more attention to prices at auto repair shops. Anyone trying to save on quality when buying power transmission belts, however, must expect to incur high follow-up costs in the event of belt failure – a warning the sales staff at repair shops should give to their customers.
The qualities of a drive belt are not immediately evident just by looking at the product. “Only by the brand name will the fitter know for sure that he is using a quality product”, stresses Markus Pirsch, head of Marketing Service for the automotive aftermarket at the ContiTech Power Transmission Group. Drive belts made by ContiTech for the automotive aftermarket comply with OE standards, giving shop fitters the certainty and confidence that their customers will also benefit from the features of these products.
The supersport market has become an increasingly demanding place, comments Dunlop. And increasingly powerful motorcycles with superior performance abilities require tyres than can meet the growing demands placed upon them while remaining practical for every day rider. The company’s replacement to its Qualifier range – logically named the Qualifier II – is claimed to do just this.
According to Titan International chairman and CEO Maurice Taylor, the US$100 million his company has invested in the area of giant mining tyres is about to pay off. During the course of this year Titan intends to increase the production of these tyres ten-fold, a measure anticipated to propel the company towards Taylor’s goal of tripling sales to $3 billion within a five-year period.
DM Marketing LLC is an international tyre trading firm operated by UHP and private brand tyre trade specialist Don Mathis. Mathis has been active in the UHP segment of the market since 1976, when he was with Pirelli for the introduction of the original P7. From late 1979 until today he has dealt internationally, specializing in the UHP business. During a nine-year term with ZT Wholesale, he built the Wanli brand in the USA to over 550,000 annual UHP unit sales.
Mathis also has extensive experience when it comes to doing business in the Far East. Three years ago, he was the only American displaying at CITExpo, and is well known with most major European dealers. Recently serving as the general manager for the US operation of Sentaida International, Mathis established and built the Lexani and Diamondback tyre brands in the US and around the world. Today he is still working with the Diamondback brand to further develop the product line and establish global distribution. According to company literature, DM Marketing will continue to specialize in UHP for major brands, but also offers PCR, TBR and S/T trailer tyres. “We will soon offer new private brands in both UHP and PCR for exclusive worldwide distribution,” Mathis told Tyres & Accessories.
On March 30 Canadian firm Pneus Bélisle inaugurated its new CA$3.9 million (£2.2 million) retreading plant in Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, near Quebec City. The facility is the second plant owned by Groupe Bélisle and the eighth in Canada to utilise Michelin Retread Technologies (MRT).
“We have complete confidence in the MRT technology, as we already have one retreading plant using this technology in Saint-Jérôme in the Laurentians,” said Daniel Bélisle, president of Rechapage Bélisle inc. and vice-president of Groupe Pneus Bélisle. “In addition to investing $3.9 million in the construction of the plant, equipment and staff training, we are also very proud to be contributing to the creation of specialised jobs in the Quebec City area.”
The pre-race trials held on March 31 and April 1 for the 24 Hours of Le Mans will enable the Michelin Power Research Team to continue preparing for the celebrated motorcycle race and choose the correct tyres for its race entry. The Michelin Power Research Team’s blue No. 63 Honda CBR 1000, ridden by William Costes, Hugo Marchand and Josep Monge, is intended to serve as a research laboratory that allows Michelin to pursue its tyre development in real racing conditions.
Exhibitors attending the seventh staging of TyrexpoAsia in Singapore have praised the exhibition for exceeding expectations in the global recession. Despite many tyre businesses cutting international travel budgets, the three-day show still managed to attract a total of 2,985 visitors, just five per cent fewer than for the last staging in March 2007. Exhibitor numbers were up eight per cent at 135, although total exhibition floor space remained the same as companies opted for more economic stand design.
“Every show organiser wants to increase visitor numbers show-on-show but in these tough times we are very pleased that so many still decided to travel. We view that performance as more than acceptable taking everything into account,” said Paul Farrant, managing director of show organiser ECI International.
German machinery builder Collmann has designed and introduced a passenger car, and truck and bus tyre x-ray machine that the company says looks “quite different” from all existing x-Ray machinery. The new machine, known as the VerTiX, offers a similar layout and operation for passenger car tyre (13 to 24-inch) and for bus, light truck and truck tyre (15 to 27-inch) variants. The testing machine is built on a single base frame and is designed to fit inside a 20-foot container. Collmann says it can be set up for use at a site within a single day. The VerTiX unit can load, measure and unload a single tyre in less than twenty seconds, even in mixed operations. This equals a 20 per cent greater capacity than machines currently on the market.