Following last month’s “Panorama” which covered issues relating to illegal tyre dumping, you could be forgiven for thinking this column has gone a bit “Radio Times.” It hasn’t, but it seems tyres are getting far more than their 15 minutes of fame this summer. While last month’s piece looked at the pros and cons of the BBC’s, shall we say, variable TV coverage (which leapt from theme to theme apparently without fully thinking through the lack of linkage between them), this time it was the turn of radio.
The route between Pirelli’s UK facilities in Burton-on-Trent and Carlisle is well trodden by Derby-based haulier ATL, and the company has just put three of its newest vehicle acquisitions to work on the company’s most arduous contract. The Mercedes-Benz Axor 2543 tractor units are consistently fully laden and rack up 8,600km a week carrying raw materials and finished tyres between Pirelli’s locations.
It is 25 years since Michelin launched the first radial motorcycle road tyres, and the French manufacturer has announced that it will mark the occasion at London’s Ace Café. Michelin will attend the venue’s regular monthly ‘Streetfighter Night’ on Friday 7 September, with ex-250 and 500cc world champion, Freddie Spencer. Spencer will arrive at the café at around 18:00-18.30 on a Michelin Pilot Road 3 liveried Virgin Limobike, which has been painted to mark to company’s switch to the ground-breaking Michelin sport touring tyres, which are now fitted to its entire fleet of Yamaha FJR1300s.
Triangle Tyre reports that between 24 July and 1 August an eleven-person company delegation, led by Triangle president and chairman Ding Yuhua, visited several regions of Russia on a fact-finding mission. Topics of focus during the visit were issues regarding investment and related policy, Russia’s tyre market and vehicle manufacturers. Triangle says the group was warmly welcomed by government departments and officials.
Standard & Poor’s has upgraded Indonesian tyre maker PT Gajah Tunggal Tbk’s debt rating from ‘B’ to ‘B+’. Explaining its decision to do so, the financial services company observes that Gajah Tunggal’s competitive cost position and leading share in the Indonesian tyre market temper any weaknesses that may arise from the company’s “aggressive” capital structure, limited financial flexibility and the cyclical and cost competitive nature of the tyre industry.
The Department for Transport has released statistics concerning British road traffic levels for the second quarter of this year. The statistics are divided into vehicle types (cars, light vans, HGVs and other vehicles – this latter category includes motorcycles).
Automotive industry charity BEN, in conjunction with the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust is hosting the second of two annual car boot sales on Sunday 23 September 2012 at Heritage Motor Centre, Banbury Road, Gaydon, Warwickshire.
The 'Boot 4 BEN' will not only have the usual car boot stalls but also will be joined by Auto-Jumble stalls that sell specialist automotive parts and spares, along with automotive collectables.
In a nod to a certain purveyor of fried chicken, Maxxis International has referred to its new tyre labelling software as ‘finger clicking good.’ Two pieces of specially created software, which the company previewed at the Reifen 2012 show, have been deployed to communicate the performance of Maxxis tyres in each of the three label criteria to retailers and distributors in a consumer friendly manner.
Production at Michelin’s Ballymena plant has passed the 30 million mark; management and staff at the factory marked this milestone on 30 August. The milestone also coincided with the start of production of a new size in the X MultiWay 3D range.
Milltek has designed and manufactured a new exhaust system for all three variants of the anticipated ‘Toyobaru’ – a vehicle the company describes as “one of the most hotly-anticipated tuner cars of the last decade”. The Toyota GT86, Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S – the three versions of the tuning car – is to be offered gains in power “throughout the rev range”, according to Milltek. The exhaust manufacturer’s engineers worked alongside leading Subaru tuner Litchfield to create a design that enhanced the normally aspirated flat-four engine.
Advantage PressureProTM, LLC and Concirrus Ltd. are partnering to bring PressurePro’s TPMS options to the European commercial vehicle markets. According to the companies, the partnership agreement was prompted by the rapid increase in interest and need for reliable tyre pressure monitoring solutions in the commercial vehicle markets. The deal will draw on the value of the PressurePro products and the expertise of Concirrus' founders in the commercial vehicle telematics market.
Responding to the warning from Citizens Advide, Chris Mason, managing director of Motor Codes, said: "Despite the vast majority of garages and car retailers upholding the very best service standards, these figures are impossible to gloss over and demonstrate why some consumers are nervous about buying used cars.
Citizens Advice is warning consumers to be on the lookout for problem motors after dodgy used cars bought from independent dealers topped the list of the 10 most complained about consumer issues between April and June of this year.
There were over 12,000 complaints about second hand cars bought from independent dealers – eight per cent of all cases the Citizens Advice consumer service dealt with and three times as many complaints as those made about used cars bought from private sellers and franchise dealerships.
Agricultural customers in the US had the chance to get up close to Titan Tire and Alliance Tire Group’s latest offerings at the Farm Progress 2012 Show in Iowa this week, reports Tire Review. New on the scene from ATG are the Galaxy Muddy Buddy, the Alliance 354 Radial R1-W in increased flexion size IF380/90R46, and the Alliance 354 in increased flexion size IF480/80R50; Titan displayed the Goodyear IF Ultra Sprayer and the Goodyear IF DT830.