Pirelli has announced the expansion of its Star Driver Scheme, which has previously helped up-and-coming talent such as Elfyn Evans reach the top of world rallying. In a change to the previous on-event selection process, the 2014 MSA British Rally Championship’s Pirelli Star Driver nominations will be awarded to each of the BRC’s five category champions at the end of the season.
Pirelli recently took its Formula One simulator, designed to replicate a Formula One driver’s grand prix experiences, to Bryn Gwalia County Primary School in Mold, North Wales. The exclusive tyre supplier to the series decided to give eight-year-old Lauryn Robinson, who has been diagnosed with leukaemia, the chance to try out the simulator after watching […]
Bridgestone has called the 2014 Commercial Vehicle Show “our most significant opportunity of the entire year”, announcing its intention to display its Total Tyre Care fleet services from its large stand. Its three tyre management pillars, Total Tyre Life, Total Tyre Services and Total Tyre Systems will be the most prominent visual features in the overall stand design, which will also boast a golf simulator, designed to display Bridgestone’s sports products at an industry show for the first time.
Fleet operators visiting Bridgestone at this year’s Commercial Vehicle Show will get the first glimpse of an innovative new Bridgestone global application. The world’s largest tyre manufacturer has developed a digital fleet management solution to meet the needs of operators and the brand’s sales and technical teams alike. The ‘Toolbox Touch’ is a native Windows […]
Yesterday, Apollo Vredestein introduced an addition to its Enschede factory that will save energy and costs and at the same time enable the company to manufacture the products it plans to introduce in coming years. The new ‘Mixer 8’ tandem mixer was officially brought into operation by Apollo Tyres’ chairman Onkar Kanwar together with Drs Theo W. Rietkerk, who is responsible for economy, energy and innovation within the government of Overijssel Province in The Netherlands.
Pirelli & C. SpA has signed an agreement with Bekaert to sell 100 per cent of its steel cord activities to the Belgium-based steel wire company for an enterprise value of €255 million. At the same time, the two firms have entered into a long-term agreement for Bekaert to supply Pirelli with tyre cord. The deal is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close in the second half of the year.
Hankook Tire and German specialty chemicals firm Lanxess will work together on the development of synthetic rubber technologies for use in high performance tyres. The details of the two companies’ collaboration were laid out in a Memorandum of Understanding signed on 26 February. Under the agreement, Hankook and Lanxess will jointly work to expedite the development of synthetic rubber grades for high performance tyres. Lanxess says the MoU builds on the ties it has maintained with Hankook since 2008, when the tyre maker awarded it a long-term contract to supply solution styrene-butadiene rubber (S-SBR) and neodymium performance butadiene rubber (Nd-PBR).
As part of its recent agreement to distribute the full range of Aeolus PCR tyres, Kings Road Tyres is now offering UK stockists exclusive access to the Crossace AS02 SUV tyre. The tyre has a category B wet grip rating, which demonstrates its strong water dispersion qualities. According to the company, the Crossace line has been designed for “comfortable and relaxed driving in road traffic and for light off-road use”.
Targeted at vehicles such as the Audi Q3 or the Land Rover Evoque, the EfficientGrip SUV tyre is designed to be something of jack of all trades. As Goodyear points out, while a performance road tyre only really has to concentrate on the task of gripping the road and off-road tyres with the job of generating as much traction in mud as possible, a modern SUV is a jack of all trades and needs a tyre that’s equally broad in its talents.
Entering the final preseason test at Bahrain, commentary from Formula One drivers about the 2014 range of Pirelli tyres has been most noticeable for its comparative scarcity. When drivers have spoken up, their verdicts have been generally indecisive or cautious. Sauber driver Adrian Sutil praised Pirelli’s 2014 Formula One tyres for showing “greater consistency” on the first day of the final test, but has previously been quoted by motorsport news sources bemoaning the tyres’ harder compounds and stiffer constructions.
Pirelli has detailed the characteristics of its Formula One tyre 2014 specification as teams begin their final four day preseason test in Bahrain. The compounds and construction have generally been made stiffer across the range, while the Cinturato Blue wet tyre has increased its water dispersal by five litres per second.
Apollo Tyres has announced plans to enter the growing Qatar tyre market in the Middle East region. According to the company, the market entry was marked with a product introduction to the Business Partners in Qatar, in the presence of Indian Ambassador to Qatar, H E Shri Sanjeev Arora, late evening yesterday.
The Ihle Group, headquartered in Günzburg (Bavaria) yesterday filed for bankruptcy at the local court in Neu-Ulm. Managing director Jürgen Eigenbrodt has since confirmed this with Tyres & Accessories’ German sister publication Neue Reifenzeitung (www.reifenpresse.de), adding that applications for all four companies in the group have been submitted to the court in Neu-Ulm, which has in turn placed the business in provisional insolvency administration.
Motor Wheel Service Distribution (MWSD) has appointed Kim Blissett to the role of business and marketing coordinator, with a brief to raise the profile of the company’s key industry campaigns with customers. Reporting to managing director John Ellis, MWSD says she will be tasked with keeping truck and trailer operators abreast of the wheel safety activity in the UK and Europe, as well as promoting the company’s steel wheel Chevron branding.