Tyres & Accessories April 2011
Good news for all Tyres & Accessories/tyrepress.com subscribers. With just a subscription and a click on the more link below you can now access the latest issue of the magazine in virtual paper format. The April issue contains features on the wheel business, the effect of raw material costs on the tyre industry and a review of some new additions to the diagnostics market.
Where there’s a wheel
The last year has provided a great deal to discuss in the European wheel market, with the European commission’s investigation into Chinese aluminium wheels concluding with Anti-Dumping Duty AD1711, “on imports of aluminium road wheels of motor vehicles of CN headings 8701 to 8705, whether or not with their accessories and whether or not fitted with tyres, originating in the People’s Republic of China.” The European Community-wide measure means a 22.3 per cent duty rate levied on importers for the next five years. Tyres & Accessories’ annual wheel feature looks at this, alongside the latest products and other developments in the wheel market.
April sees a particularly hot issue discussed in the pages of Tyres & Accessories – raw materials. With natural rubber and other essential tyre ingredients skyrocketing input costs and making serious headwinds for tyre manufacturers during what was meant to be a year of market recovery, Tyres & Accessories’ report asks what has caused the boom in prices, what the price of raw materials will mean for the tyre business, and how much longer we can expect the prices to increase.
One of the austerity measures imposed by the public spending cuts of the British coalition government appears to be restoring roads to conditions resembling those experienced around the time of the British Empire. With vehicles travelling at somewhat greater speeds than in their horse-drawn days, the state of the UK’s roads is becoming an ever-increasing problem for motorists, and one that should present an opportunity to garages properly diagnosing vehicle damage. As drivers’ need for safety checks increases with roads’ disintegration, Tyres & Accessories looks at the diagnostic equipment helping the market deal with this issue and more.