The manufacturer, Westlake and one of its global distributors, the Al Dobowi Group have launched the new Westlake Wishes foundation. Ge Guorong, the CEO of Westlake, was joined by Al Dobowi’s Harjeev Kandhari and 30 European Westlake distributor partners as the foundation’s first initiative was announced.
It has been a good year for Maxxis’ parent company Cheng Shin Rubber, according Maxxis International UK managing director Derek McMartin. The fact that headcount is up more than 10 per cent to 30,000 and that the company has announced in the last year or so that it is investing in three new factories (Xiamen, Chongqing and Taiwan). The Taiwan project is said to have achieved phase one output of 27,000 tyres a day already, which will rise to 100,000 tyres a day a full capacity (phase four).
Pirelli’s ‘perfect fit’ promotion, run through Facebook, has come to an end, with its five winners enjoying an all-expenses paid weekend getaway. The six week promotion offered Pirelli Facebook fans five weekend packages, including the use of popular car models such as a Range Rover Evoque or the new Mercedes A-Class, both of which use Pirelli tyres as original equipment.
Pirelli has held a number of tyre safety classes at the local Burton and South Derbyshire College. The initiative ran as part of the manufacturer’s support of TyreSafe’s Tyre Safety Month this October, and aimed to educate students on the importance of tyre safety and checking tyre pressures.
Upon announcing its third quarter 2013 results, Nokian Tyres points out that although its group sales decreased 3.0 per cent year-on-year to €357.0 million in the three months to 30 September, the company’s profitability remained strong and it improved market share. Operating profit rose 11.9 per cent to €95.7 million and profit for the period amounted to €70.9 million. Earnings per share were up €0.08 to €0.53.
Goodyear Tire & Rubber chairman and chief executive officer Richard J. Kramer says the company’s third quarter results “demonstrate continued sustainable earnings growth and the type of disciplined execution needed to deliver on our targets in 2013 and beyond.”
Titan International’s Titan Mining Services business has launched an operation to reclaim raw materials from mining tyres. Titan Tire Reclamation Corp. (TTRC) will work together with joint-venture company Green Carbon, using the latter’s pyrolysis process.
Lobbyists are par for the course in US politics, and Goodyear’s senior registered lobbyist Isabel Jasinowski will retire in February 2014. The company has named her successor as head of its Washington, D.C. office as Brian Riley.
One size fits all is a poor solution when it comes to clothing, and it’s also an unacceptable compromise for tyres. What’s good for one market may gain a lukewarm reception in the next. For this reason Giti Tire, like other tyre majors, designs and manufactures market-specific products. This commitment to delivering tyres tailored to regional conditions and preferences was given a significant boost this year with the establishment of new research and development centres in the US and Germany. Towards the end of October, Tyres & Accessories visited Giti Tire’s new European Research and Development Centre just north of Hannover to find out more about the new facility and the people who’ll lead it.
During the third quarter of 2013, revenues at Hankook Tire edged up 0.8 per cent to KRW 1.80 trillion billion (£1.06 billion, €1.22 billion), while operating profit of KRW 244.2 billion (£143.3 million, €165.9 million) was 5.9 per cent higher than the same time last year yet 10.4 per cent lower than in the second quarter of 2013. Operating profit to sales ratio was 13.6 per cent, up 9.9 per cent year-on-year but down 10.0 per cent quarter-on-quarter.
Bridgestone key accounts manager Peter Dickson will run the New York marathon this weekend, hoping to raise more than £500 for the Action Medical Research charity. The run will have been three years in the making for Dickson, having originally applied in 2010.
Don-Bur, the UK’s leading designer and manufacturer of commercial vehicle trailer bodies has taken delivery of more than 450 xlite super single forged aluminium wheels from exclusive distributor Motor Wheel Service Distribution. The wheel, which has a reduced weight and increased load index, has been fitted for several clients on the company’s innovative, aerodynamic Teardrop trailer range during its first six months on the market.
Bridgestone will launch a new motocross tyre and announce an exclusive partnership with a historic motocross organisation at the International Dirt Bike Show. The world’s biggest tyre manufacturer says the sport represents one of the fastest growing motorbike tyre sectors in the UK, as well as offering significant brand awareness and sales opportunities. An official announcement is being made at the hugely popular annual show at Stoneleigh Park, which takes place between 31 October and 3 November.
Goodyear has announced a new partnership with RED Driving School, through which the tyre manufacturer will disseminate safety information to learner drivers via a new website and social media campaigns. The new collaboration will run alongside Goodyear’s existing national driving academy initiative in UK schools.
With the launch of the new RainSport 3 at the end of September, engineers at Uniroyal have developed what they call “a new generation of asymmetrical profiles combining the advantages of unidirectional tread concepts with those of asymmetrical tread concepts”. With its flow-optimized, asymmetrical tread, the Rainsport 3 offers a high level of protection against aquaplaning, precise handling on wet and dry roads, uniform abrasion, and comfortable driving behaviour.