A woman wearing a brightly coloured outfit that may or may not be “Her Majesty the Queen” has issued motorists with a Bank Holiday safety message on a recent visit to HiQ Tamworth. With the jubilee weekend celebrations coming this weekend, “Elizabeth” visited HiQ – minus Philip and her corgis – to urge drivers to get free safety checks ahead of their Bank Holiday journeys. The royal appointment was organised in an attempt to educate motorists about the importance of regular vehicle health checks, and the HiQ-ueen recorded a video for her subjects on the matter: http://youtu.be/MvrCjer-88A.
Goodyear has appointed JB Tyres of Tobermore to the position of exclusive farm and industrial tyre dealer for Ireland. The agreement means that JB Tyres has become one of the largest Goodyear farm tyre dealers in Europe. The manufacturer said the distributor is topping European league tables for sales in 2012.
Michelin has published a special-edition I-Spy Goodwood Festival of Speed book, celebrating its sponsorship of the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Supercar Paddock. The book will be available on the Michelin stand at the Festival from Thursday 28 June to Sunday 1 July, while stocks last. In common with I-Spy books from past and present, the new book includes interesting cars, places and people to spot at this year’s Festival. Michelin has also made 500 copies available for pre-purchase from the Michelin I-Spy website for £3.50.
Continental AG is investing in a hot retreading production plant in Western Europe, the company has announced. A statement explained that this decision aims to underline the “great importance of retreading business for Continental” and adds weight to its ContiLifeCycle concept. No details of the amount of investment have been released. The location of the new production site will be announced at a later date.
The German Hämmerling Group has announced that it will be supplying a newly produced trailer tyre called Easy Rider to Krone. In turn the well known trailer manufacturer will exclusively use the tyres on its range of products as original equipment fitments. Furthermore the deal, which was signed recently, sees Hämmerling take over the whole national and international aftersales business associated with these products.
Transense Technologies plc reports that its Translogik division’s iTrack tyre temperature TPMS for OTR vehicles has successfully completed field trials and is now an approved product for deployment in the southern African region. According to the company, the Customer is initially focussing on fitting the iTrack system to its haul trucks while also considering fitment to its ancillary mine vehicles, more than doubling the potential number of vehicles requiring the system.
BEN, the automotive industry charity, in conjunction with the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust, held the first of its two annual car boot sales on Sunday 13 May 2012 at Heritage Motor Centre, Banbury Road, Gaydon, Warwickshire.
The FTA backed campaign FairFuelUK has been recognised for its tireless work in lobbying the Government in order to stop planned fuel duty increases and fight for lower fuel prices. In the same week that the campaign sees MPs from various political parties uniting at Westminster in an urgent call to scrap the August 3p fuel duty rise, the organisation created by Peter Carroll Associates won the prestigious CIPR 2012 Excellence Award for Public Affairs which applauded the organisation's work and credited its achievements in the category which acknowledged 'a campaign designed to inform the public policy agenda or influence the legislative process.'
In April, new CV registrations fell by 1.2 per cent in France, 1.6 per cent in Germany, 13.3 per cent in the UK, 28.9 per cent in Spain and 38.6 per cent in Italy. Four months into the year, downturn continued its course (-10.1 per cent) as all major markets shrank. France remained the largest market, despite a 4.7 per cent contraction, followed by Germany (-1.2 per cent) and the UK (-9.8 per cent). Spain (-24.1 per cent) and Italy (-36.7 per cent) recorded more severe drops. In total, 589,987 vehicles were registered throughout the period.
Thousands of motorists have voted in a nationwide contest to seek out the UK's best car service centres and Motor Codes, the operator of OFT-backed codes of practice for the motor industry, has revealed which were voted the most trusted large and small garages in the UK. Garage of the Year, backed by Havoline, is an annual initiative, highlighting to motorists those garages that are committed to providing consistently high customer service standards. In being awarded the title, the winning garages have beaten off competition from a huge field, open to entry for all garages.
In total Lassa will be showcasing 18 different types of its tyres at the Essen show next week. Phenoma, the latest in Lassa’s ultra high performance summer tyre line up, will be in the spotlight at Lassa’s booth (3-225). Available in all Lassa’s export markets and in 11 popular sizes ranging from 16 to 18 inches in diameter, Phenoma is aimed at the sport and prestige segment. According to the company it has a 2.9m shorter braking distance, 5 per cent better wet handling and 2 per cent better dry handling than its competitors.
Breedon Aggregates reports that it has successfully completed the first major UK trial of a kind of asphalt made partly from recycled tyres on behalf of Transport Scotland. Following the trial in Scotland, the firm will now begin to market the new material, to be called Breedon Polymer R+, from its 18 asphalt plants throughout Scotland and England.
In late April a short stretch of the A90 dual carriageway between Perth and Dundee was resurfaced with the material and a recently-completed ‘grip test’ on the surface has now confirmed its viability. This stretch of road is one of the busiest in Scotland, carrying around 35,000 vehicles a day. Over the next few months the material will be closely monitored against a number of key performance criteria, including skid resistance. According to the company, the early indications are “very encouraging.”
Bridgestone Corporation has announced that, together with Ajinomoto Co., Inc, it has developed polymerised high-cis polyisoprene (IR), a synthetic rubber produced using bio-based isoprene, a substance produced from biomass raw materials using fermentation technology. The partners say they aim to commercialise this synthetic rubber for use in tyres and are proceeding with further research.
Around 30 million euros have been earmarked for productivity and energy efficiency upgrades at the Lanxess high performance rubber facility in Port Jérôme, France, the company announced on 30 May. This investment will be made by 2015, and will support Lanxess’ aim of increasing capacity for rubber grades used in low rolling resistance tyres. The plant, established by Firestone in 1962 by and purchased by Lanxess in 2004, currently produces 140,000 tonnes of neodymium-polybutadiene (Nd-PBR) and solution styrene-butadiene (SSBR) per annum.