This year was the first time Double Coin Holdings was present at CITExpo as an exhibitor, and vice-president Liu Xue Jun told Tyres & Accessories that the company had met with a good mix of end users, dealers and wholesalers during the show. The Shanghai exhibition was used as an opportunity to meet new customers and to show off the company’s new range Double Coin brand winter truck tyres. “Winter tyres are a new product for us,” commented Mr. Liu. “We’re going to promote these, along with our new 295/60 low profile tyres.”
The now-expired US tariff on consumer tyres imported from China failed to save or add new tyre industry jobs in the US, the Tire Industry Association said on 27 September. Reporting the end of the tariffs, the association reiterated its opinion that “free and open markets with level playing fields are best for the consuming public and the local tyre dealership in providing the best price for the best product possible.”
The Aufine Group says it “enjoyed a very active and successful” CITExpo show this year, with a great deal of interest from visitors. Speaking with Tyres & Accessories at the Shanghai show, company general manager David Sun says that although he’d observed signs of the current global economic situation amongst people he’d met during the exhibition, the Aufine team nevertheless met new contacts and held meetings that offer a good chance for new business relationships.
Vehicle parts supplier group, The Parts Alliance, is working with data supplier Autodata to offer a wide range of vehicle data via its AlliCat system. The partners are said to be offering this uniquely through The Parts Alliance.
Stapleton’s became the tyre distribution industry’s first to launch an online ordering system more than a decade ago. More recently the company upgraded this and now the recently revamped ProfitLink2 reportedly remains a leader in the field, putting the leading distributor’s nationwide 1,200,000 units of tyre stocks at its retail customers’ fingertips. The latest development relates to the tyre labelling legislation that will take effect shortly after this article is published in print at the back end of October.
Don’t you just hate it when you’re driving down the road and people start shooting at you? Apart from the noise and inconvenience involved, a stray bullet can really wreak havoc on your tyres. Fortunately, one Hangzhou, China-based tyre maker has the answer for those who want to avoid weapons-related punctures.
Stapleton’s Tyre Services is offering a 32GB iPad every week until Christmas as part of a Primewell Key Dealer promotion. Any Primewell Key Dealer ordering at least 12 tyres during a single week from the Ultra High Performance, High Performance, Comfort and Van tyre ranges will be automatically entered into a weekly draw that runs from 1 October to 14 December 2012.
The Liberal Democrats voted overwhelmingly in favour of widespread 20mph limits, and government investment in this, at their party conference, which is taking place this week.
They called for local authorities "to give active consideration to introducing 20mph limits in existing residential and other suitable roads over the next few years, with schemes to be designed in consultation with local residents" and for a minister within the Department for Transport to be responsible for working with local authorities to achieve this.
Corghi aimed to fuse form and substance when it launched the REMO clampless wheel aligner at the recent Automechanika exhibition in Germany. According to the company, the flagship product “sets a new technological benchmark for the entire segment.”
The automated capabilities of the Artiglio MasterCode also reportedly received acclaim, acknowledged as a decisive step towards automating the entire tyre mounting and demounting process.
The automotive and tyre industries will soon be able to conduct winter tyre tests at the Ivalo test centre in Finland all year round. This new development has nothing to do with climate change; in May Test World Oy began work on an indoor facility; this hall, which resembles those used for indoor skiing, is expected to be completed in November and ready for use by the end of the year.
A particular tyre on display at the 2012 Paris Motor Show represents Bridgestone’s vision of its tyre manufacturing for 2050 and beyond. The “100% sustainable materials” concept tyre on show at the Bridgestone stand in Paris exclusively utilises sustainable raw materials and was developed through a collaborative effort involving a number of resources, including academia.
Passenger car tyre retreading will have its own exhibition area at October’s Brityrex International show, with the announcement of a dedicated Retreading Pavilion. The Pavilion’s aim is to showcase the latest and best in car retreading, which has declined in terms of both UK manufacturing and market share in recent years.
A few years ago our March 2005 Retreading Special questioned the future of passenger car retreading in Europe after the decisions of Reif Reifen + Autotechnik GmbH and Nokian Tyres to exit the segment sounded a death knell for the industry. Despite this, a few companies have managed to cling on, but due to the huge rise in production of car tyres in so-called low-cost countries such as the Far East, retreads have struggled to compete at this end of the market. At the same time the trouble caused by the ongoing financial crisis has put pressures on businesses and consumers alike, with some markets such as the UK experiencing a sharp increase in the sales of part worn tyres. This in turn has led sections of the market to declare war on part worn tyres they see both as questionable in terms as safety and as a threat to the sales of better quality and higher value products. With all this in mind, Tyres & Accessories asks if there is a middle ground for passenger retreaders to occupy in the pressurised mature markets of Western Europe.
Alcoa Wheel Products Europe has introduced four new wheels for truck and trailer applications at the IAA trade show in Hannover, Germany. The fitments comprise: 22.5×11.75”, 45mm offset wheel for inloaders; a 22.5×11.75”, 80mm offset wheel; 22.5×11.75”, 135mm offset and five ton load index; and a 22.5×13.00” lighter wheel with higher load capacity.
CES (UK) has opened a new branch in Manchester, beginning its planned expansion phase. Located in the south of the city, the new branch will serve customers across the south Manchester belt, linking in with their existing network. The area had previously been served by the company’s Northwich, Cheshire branch. Managing director Steve McCann says local garages will benefit from the company’s new area branch.