Last weekend saw the Dunlop British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) come to a close with Gordon Shedden taking his maiden touring car trophy, with Dunlop once again the proud sponsor and the sole tyre supplier. Across the ten rounds of the season, Dunlop supplied 4,616 tyres to the championship, 656 of which were wet v-grooved tyres. Each round is attended by a 15 strong motorsport service team who ensure the teams are running the correct tyre set up for their vehicle.
On 25 October Czech rubber company CGS Holding a.s. announced that it has acquired the rubber manufacturing division Savatech, d.o.o., and related assets from Sava, d.o.o., which is based in Slovenia. Savatech makes motorcycle tyres, rubber compounds and components for home appliances and the automotive industry, among others. According to the company, Savatech has eight sales subsidiaries, and in 2011 it had consolidated revenues of 123.2 million euros. CGS’s consolidated sales were 537.1 million euros in 2011. No details of how much was paid were released in the sale announcement.
While financial analysts were not more than satisfied with what they characterised as an “in-line” set of third quarter financial results from Continental AG, a spell of cold weather could be just the tonic for the German tyre maker which is strong in winter tyre sales.
With the formal introduction of tyre labelling upon us, it is no surprise that the nation's leading tyre manufacturers are seeking to raise the profile of the label and what it means. According to Michelin, the primary strength of tyre labelling is that it has been introduced to enable motorists to make an informed decision about their tyre choice. But the leading tyre maker also looks forward to a tightening of the rules and a further raising of standards. One particular request is to include mileage/tread wear on future labels.
Lovetyres.com appears to be the first tyre retail website in the UK (and potentially even the world) to offer customers the opportunity to filter their search results by label data. The feature went live on the website about 10 days ago, but with a few blanks from particular sources. However with the rules taking effect imminently manufacturers should be populating their data now if they haven't already done so.
Well known tyre retail operation Merityre is up and running with a customer-facing display from CAM Systems in readiness to meet consumer requirements around tyre labelling from 1 November and benefit from the opportunity to up-sell to higher margin products.
UK businesses could reduce fuel costs by up to £500 million a year if they fitted more fuel efficient tyres on their company vehicles, according to new research by the Energy Saving Trust. According to a statement from the organisation designed to highlight the fuel saving benefits of low rolling resistance tyres, the difference between the best and worst tyres on the market in terms of efficiency can reduce vehicle fuel consumption by up to 7.5 per cent over the lifetime of the tyres.
For the ETRMA, the introduction of European tyre labelling legislation today is a marked step forward in the evolution of the market place. “Consumers will now be able to buy their new tyres knowing how fuel efficient and noisy they are, and how much grip on wet roads they provide. A new and now compulsory EU label will grade tyres from A to G for rolling resistance (fuel efficiency) and wet grip (safety), whilst the number of dBs on the label will display their rolling noise,” the association wrote in a statement flagging up the official introduction of the rules.
Goodgrip.co.uk have released a series of tyre comparison and consumer advice videos to help UK motorists better understand the performance characteristics and differences between different types of tyres available to them.
So, apart from the obvious investments in research and development, how exactly has Michelin improved its XLine highway tyre range’s wet grip and rolling resistance? And what do we know about why these tyres perform throughout the life of the tread?
Micheldever Tyre Services reports that tyre industry records were being broken in September, but in the worst possible manner for the safety of the British motoring public. Instead of reporting that more and better quality tyres are being sold as you might expect, the tyre wholesaler reports that retail depots are changing tyres in a worse state than ever.
Sailun Tyres has announced details of a string of new appointments to its European sales team. The first was the appointment of Martin Lumb as new business development manager, Europe & Middle East. Lumb joins the Sailun team from 1 November 2012 having previously worked for Infinity and Goodyear.
During a recent sales meeting, Marangoni Spa truck and earthmoving division’s management reported that, despite the market and overall demand not being expected to pick up over the coming months, this part of the business has achieved increased market share and profitability in the first nine months of 2012. Furthermore company representatives report that the development plans put in place mean they expect positive results achieved this year to continue into 2013.
Marangoni’s retreading machinery business, Marangoni Meccanica reports that the company has completed the acquisition of retreading equipment manufacturer TRM. According to the company, this development represents the achievement of its targets of the “rationalization and innovation” of its business although further details about exactly what this means have not been released.
Techking is highlighted the fact that its tyres were fitted to Sandvik equipment at the recent Minexpo show in Las Vegas, which ran from 23 – 26 September 2012. According to the company, Techking tires were mounted on the Sandvik original underground truck and were shown on the Sandvik booth at the event’s central hall.