Since the recent appointment of Ian Smith as managing director, West Midlands based industrial tyre wholesaler NDI Tyre & Tube Supplies has begun a new chapter in the company’s growth within the UK market. Smith began in his new role on March 2 and brings with him more than two decades of industry experience, including 21 years at Pirelli.
NDI states that it will now concentrate more actively upon working closer with its parent company, Denmark’s Nordisk Dæk Import AS. This leading Scandinavian wholesaler of wheels and tyres, founded in 1970, is already respected throughout Europe as a leading player in the market. The company is based in the town of Brørup and boasts a sizeable presence in its home market.
Horseheads, New York, dealer Twin Tier Tire is now a GCR Tire Center. Bridgestone Americas added Twin Tier Tire to its GCR stable after its owner decided to retire. Already a Bridgestone dealer and Bandag retreader, the location will continue to offer retail tyre and vehicle services in addition to its commercial tyre services. (Tire Review/Akron)
While tyres are one of the most important components of a vehicle, they’re also one of the most overlooked. In the US, according to a study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than one in four passenger vehicles and light trucks are driving with at least one significantly under-inflated tyre. As National Tire Safety Week is just around the corner in the US – this year it is being held between June 7 and 13 – Firestone Complete Auto Care recommends motorists follow the following maintenance tips to keep tyres in tip-top shape:
All Terrain Vehicles are so named due to the broad and diverse range of off-road and increasingly on-road applications for which they are used. These machines are becoming ever more sophisticated with electric start, selectable four wheel drive, lights, power take off drive shafts, more powerful engines and differentials to improve traction and ride in the turns. Aside from their use in recreational pursuits a variety of accessories, attachments and implements are available enabling the machine to perform many duties such as weed control, pest control and hunting, livestock feeding, snow clearance, haulage duties around the farm, estate, park, garden or wherever they are used.
Of course, alongside the wide offering of parts and peripherals, the different roles the machines undertake and the varied terrains on which they are used have led to the development of a wide range of tyres. Tyres for sports machines tend to have a flat profile while utility machine tyres usually have a round topped profile. The sports tyres lend themselves to powersliding and provide good stability on medium to hard surface trail riding while the round-top tyre will perform better in soft terrain, biting deeper while also providing a softer ride. Many of the new generation of tyres designed by Carlisle are now of radial construction to offer increased traction, better puncture resistance and improved ride comfort.
Audi’s list of requirements for its Q7 4×4 include a tyre capable of handling the vehicle’s considerable performance output. The manufacturer has thus decided upon the Yokohama Advan as original equipment on its first full-size, luxury SUV, and is offering the Advan in two sizes – 275/45R20 110Y or 265/50R19 110Y – for both the front and rear wheels.
The tyre was selected, comments Yokohama, for its high level of overall performance – proven stability and comfort at high speeds (300 km/h and above), as well as excellent braking. The Q7 is the third Audi model to have Yokohama tyres fitted as original equipment, joining the S6 and S8 in Audi’s top-class S series.
Wiltshire tyre dealer Melksham Tyre Supplies is celebrating its 45th year in partnership with local tyre manufacturer Avon Tyres, offering promotional giveaways including Avon goody bags and jackets. The company sells some 500 Avon tyres a week – or 26,000 a year – having been a partner since its inception in 1964. Avon Tyres account manager, Graham Mitchell, said: “We are proud to have been part of MTS’s success for the past 45 years. Through outstanding customer service, MTS has successfully provided local people with access to quality, locally-produced tyres. We look forward to another 45 years working with them!”
The car parts manufacturer Magna International has agreed to a deal rescuing GM Europe from insolvency. Fiat, who were said to be putting together a bid, decided to decline the option of attending negotiations, which were attended by the German government. Chancellor Angela Merkel, business ministers and representatives of the German states in which GM plants are located will hold a meeting in Berlin on the evening of 29 May to discuss their potential approval of the deal. GM Europe owns auto-makers Opel and Vauxhall, while its American owners General Motors are widely expected to declare Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Monday 1 June.
Cooper Tire & Rubber’s Texarkana facility, located in the US state of Arkansas, has been granted the IS0 14001 environmental management system certification. Adherence to the ISO 14001 standard, which specifies requirements for a facility’s environmental management system, is intended to help minimise a facility’s impact on the environment through the use of standardised processes and regular performance audits.
“Earning this certification demonstrates the commitment by our Texarkana plant to operating an environmentally friendly facility,” said Carl Montalbine, vice president of Global Quality, Operational Excellence and Information Technology. “Especially as all of us are trying to conserve energy, reduce waste and preserve the environment, we felt that attaining this ‘green’ standard was simply the right thing to do.”
Yokohama Tire Corp. has been named a “partner” by the EPA SmartWay programme. Yokohama’s new partnership status is in the “shippers” category, which means that the company ships more than 50 per cent of its products on SmartWay-certified transport carriers.
According to the EPA, Yokohama’s freight efforts will contribute to the goal of eliminating 33 to 66 million metric tons of carbon dioxide and up to 200,000 tons of nitrogen oxide per year by 2012. (Tire Review/Akron)
Shoe retailer tReds’ decision to employ tyres as seating in its 18 stores has come in for some stick from a customer whose two-year old son fell off the rubber when attempting to dismount. According to reports in the Hastings & St Leonards Observer, Rachel Jordan has called for the shoe chain to remove its recycled tyres: “Kids look at the tyres in the shop and think, oh great, something to play on. I understand accidents happen but it was one that could have been avoided.” She described the events that led to her son Zane visiting the hospital: “He got on to the tyre, then went to get off it, caught his foot and fell headfirst on to the floor.”
The managing director of tReds Steve Kavanagh has offered to send an email to staff at the company’s outlets asking staff to remind parents that the tyres were not for climbing on, but stopped short of ceding to Jordan’s request that they be removed. A spokeswoman for the company stated, “The seating arrangements are an integral part of our unique shop design and shopping experience. In view of these facts, the company will not be removing them from Eastbourne or any other store.”
Hankook is stepping up its rally activities with plans to contest five rounds of the IRC this year ahead of a full championship assault in 2010. Hankook has joined forces with MSD to run the Opel Corsa OPC Super 2000 on five rounds of the IRC starting with Belgium Ypres Rally in June before tackling rounds in the Czech Republic, Spain, San Remo and Scotland.
Driving the Opel Corsa will be 33 year old Alex Bengue who has already tested the car with Hankook tyres. Bengue will also be supported this year by French oil company Yacco which has been a long term supporter of Bengue in France and at WRC level.
Interstate Tire & Rubber Co. has appointed Copadex as the exclusive distributor of Interstate tyres for France. During a recent meeting, Theo de Vries (vice president of Interstate Tires) and Mr. Bruno Clairay (director of Copadex) agreed on a long-term co-operation. Theo de Vries explained that Copadex is one of the leading tyre distributors in France with a very professional organisation and emphasis on added value in terms of service and marketing. Copadex began trading in 1980 and now has more then 5,000 different sizes in stock. The complete program of Interstate Tires will soon be available and will also be displayed during the Equip Auto show in Paris from 13-18 October 2009.
Tyre manufacturers, especially those with large OE commitments, have really felt the pain of recession with most announcing double-digit falls in year-on-year sales for the first quarter of this year. However, the continued development of the revamped HiQ chain exemplifies how the downturn hasn’t been all bad for the wider tyre industry. In fact, in the retail business there are even examples of the ‘down’ market actually helping companies grow. Tyres & Accessories recently met with HiQ retail director Juergen Titz and found out how the network’s expansion plans are progressing.
There are currently 140 HiQ centres across England and Wales, however the plan according to Juergen Titz is to establish 175 by the end of 2009 – and another 100 by 2012. When you consider that HiQ franchised off the 106 formerly Goodyear Dunlop owned sites only last year, clear progress is being made towards the HiQ rapid expansion goals. Despite the fact that Goodyear Dunlop’s decision to run the network as a hard franchise operation represents a significant change in direction for the company, there is real sense of optimism (amongst both managers and franchisees) about the company’s future.
Goodyear Dunlop is to distribute new Goodyear Max Technology and Dunlop tyres through Bandvulc Group in a move designed to increase efficient and improve delivery service to UK truck tyre dealers. According to the tyre manufacturer, the agreement means that Bandvulc Group, which specializes in truck tyre service solutions, will now be able to supply Goodyear and Dunlop truck tyres to independent dealers across the UK.
The partnership is intended to complement Goodyear Dunlop’s existing direct delivery logistics system, which is designed to supply large tyre dealers and the growing network of TruckForce partners across the UK by shipping volume orders of tyres directly from plants (such as Wittlich in Germany, Luxembourg and Wolverhampton) to customers.
DN Tyre & Rubber Plc, formerly known as Dunlop Nigeria Plc, has taken delivery of the first consignment of tyres imported from South Africa. The company’s external communications manager Olusola Adebanjo said in a press statement that dealers in various regions have been “delighted” to receive the imported Dunlop brand tyres and that their delivery will end the tyre scarcity in the Nigerian market that followed the recent ending of local production.
“Our accredited dealers, who are placing orders will therefore be stocked with this product so as to satisfy the needs of premium vehicle owners who appreciate the superior quality of the brand,” said Adebanjo.