Tyre changing and balancing firm Hofmann Megaplan has announced the appointment of two new members of staff. Mark Berryman has joined the company as operations director, looking after all aspects of customer service, including installation management and aftersales. John Baron also joins the team in the position of equipment specialist for the south of England.
Nolan Tyres in Ballon, County Carlow is the first tyre dealer in the UK and Ireland to win a Fastest Lap Award as part of the Michelin FLAG promotion. The Fastest Lap prize is made up of £2,500 in high-street vouchers (euros in Ireland), five PlayStation3 games consoles for fitters and five places on the Michelin-sponsored Porsche Driving Experience at Silverstone.
Euromaster, has announced plans to present a “comprehensive insight” into its new franchise concept to potential partners at the Reifen 2010 exhibition in Essen, Germany in June. Part of the main Michelin stand (Hall 3 – 219), will offer visitors the opportunity to find “extensive information” about the franchise system and even a personal interview with the franchisor.
After a challenging 2009, as it was for most all of the industry, this year US-based wholesale tyre distribution operation, Tire Group International, Inc (TGI) is reportedly increased year-on-year sales and plans to market its new Cosmo brand truck and bus radial range at the Reifen show.
“2009 was a tough year in the industry. We faced many challenges, from the global shortage of supply, financial crisis, and new duties on Chinese imports to the US. At TGI we are proud to say that through this maelstrom, we continued to grow stronger. The company grew 6.5 per cent from 2008 to 2009, which is quite an accomplishment with the aforementioned challenges,” chief operating officer Joaquin Gonzalez Jr. told Tyres & Accessories.
Wegmann Automotive the parent company of the Hofmann balance weight brand and the world leader in weight production is set to present the results of a series of long-running tests at the Forthcoming Essen Show. In order to answer the ongoing question “why balance?” the company has produced video to illustrate the effects of imbalance on the vehicle and their impact on safety, comfort and vehicle wear. In order to make the messages clear to customers and consumers, some of which are more complicated and wide ranging than you first might think clearer, Wegmann has developed a specially designed counter display which will also be presented at the tyre show.
Galgo Pre-Q was recently honoured with the “National Export Award of Mexico 2009-2010” (Premio Nacional de Exportacion). According to the company, Galgo was the only company of its type to have received this prize “making us best-in-class in what we do.”
Since its foundation in 1952 Galgo Pre-Q has aimed to combine modern rubber manufacturing and laboratory equipment with a total quality management system. In 1999, Galgo Pre-Q systems received ISO 9001 certification recognized by ANSI RAB (U.S.A) and DAR (Germany). But last year this was re-certified at ISO 9001 version 2008. Company representatives say the certification assures clients that the company uses high quality processes and keeps a continuous improvement programme. They also point out that part of Galgo Pre-Q’s process SAP R/3 integrated computer systems provide “timely and accurate information upon which to make operational decisions.”
When it comes to the Reifen 2010 exhibition in June, Starco will not only show itself as a supplier of tyres, tubes and flaps for the aftermarket, but also a wheel supplier and more, company representatives told recently Tyres & Accessories.
The business, which originally developed form an aftermarket operation in Germany has reportedly developed by selling small tyres for internal transportation like wheel barrows, sack truck, turf tyres and more. However, over the years the company has dug deeper into the business with increased agricultural, trailer, caravan and industrial sales. As a result the company reports that it will show “a very selected range of tyres of great importance for our further growth.”
For the second year in a row, Yokohama Tire Philippines Inc. (YTPI) has received an Outstanding Recognition for Overall Performance award from Clark Development Corporation (CDC). YPTI president Takayuki Hamaya received the award from Philippines president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo during a ceremony held on April 21.
Visitors to 26th Reifen Show in Essen will have the chance to hear former German federal foreign minister Joschka Fischer speak on the subject of “Economic Growth and Ecological Responsibility” at the ceremonial opening of Reifen 2010, the evening before the show proper begins.
In addition visitors to Reifen can look forward to a “high profile” supporting programme. For example Bundesverband Reifenhandel und Vulkaniseur-Handwerk e.V. (BRV – Federal Association of the Tyre Trade and the Vulcanisers' Skilled Trade), the ideal sponsor of the trade fair, has recruited top experts and well-known personalities for its events.
On April 29 Pirelli officially confirmed it is to present a technical and commercial offer for the supply of tyres to all the teams in the Formula One world championship. The company says it plans to present the bid to FIA and FOA (Formula One Administration Limited) by 9 May, the date of the Formula One Grand Prix in Spain.
Come June 1, North American customers wishing to purchase Michelin company tyres will require pockets that are up to six per cent deeper. The tyre maker has announced price increases for Michelin, BFGoodrich, Uniroyal, private and associate brand passenger car and light truck replacement market tyres sold in the United States. Prices for replacement market motorcycle tyres will also increase by up to six per cent in the US, Canada and Mexico markets.
Michelin has released its first quarter financial report with the figure of 3.9 billion euros in net sales (representing an increase of 12.2 per cent) riding high on its statement. The manufacturer has seen a decent return to favourable comparatives a year after the depth of the financial crisis dominated most balance sheets, though European original equipment truck sales were a notable exception, down 1.2 per cent (including figures for Russia and Turkey. In comparison, year-on-year change in the segment in all other regions was up, most spectacularly in South America (up 56.9 per cent) and Asia (up 24.2 per cent). The European passenger car and light truck OE segment was much stronger, with 30.2 per cent rises in net sales.
Tyre production down under has come to an end with the closure of Bridgestone’s Salisbury factory in Adelaide. On April 30 the company held a private ceremony and barbeque for employees to mark the final day of operations. Many of the 600 or so workers, now out of work, were long-term Bridgestone employees, and emotions amongst staff were mixed.
“Today’s motorists are demanding better-quality parts and service from workshops and fast-fits, and the UK Parts Alliance – via its network of 140 members’ branches ensures its customers can select and install with confidence,” claims sales director, Mike Curry. The company consists of nine strategically located independent distributor companies and specialises in the national and local supply of original equipment manufacturer branded products and support services. It reports an annual group turnover of more than £300 million.
Nexen Tire Corp.’s first quarter earnings jumped 43 per cent from a year earlier on the back of increased prices, reports Tire Review. Net profit reached 25 billion won (US$22.4 million) in the January-March period, compared with a profit of 17 billion won a year earlier, the company said in a regulatory filing. Sales increased 8.6 per cent to 249 billion won over the cited period, while operating income fell 5.1 per cent to 32.4 billion won, it said.