The First Line Group (FLG) has introduced double rubber Becktec shimmed brake pads to stand alongside its Becktec coated discs, in an improved and expanded Borg & Beck braking line up. The corporate blue Borg & Beck shims are designed to deliver anti-vibration and noise reduction benefits.
In conjunction with its Italian car and truck tyre distributor, Farnese, Sailun Tyres has confirmed it will have a 96 square metre island stand at the 2015 Autopromotec Show. Located in Hall 15, the Sailun stand (stand E18) will feature the whole range of existing passenger car and truck tyres. In addition company representatives suggest there will be “some new surprise packages!”
Yokohama’s Advan Sport V105 has been chosen by Mazda as original equipment for the latest version of its MX5 two-seater sports car. The tyre is the most recent addition to Yokohama’s flagship Advan ultra high performance range, developed for sports saloons, sports cars and supercars.
The AA will soon launch a tyre-fitting fleet as part of its company’s expansion strategy as a listed company. Tyres & Accessories understands that this will run in conjunction with a specific industry partner as opposed to being directly owned and run by the AA. AA Tyres will being with 30 vans, something which suggests it will not offer national coverage initially. However, this figure and therefore also the coverage, is likely to increase over time.
Marangoni Industrial Tyres has announced an eight per cent increase in the selling price of its tyres from 15 May. Marangoni said the price rises will be applied to markets invoiced in euros. Lorenzo Stringari, Marangoni Industrial Tyres sales director, stated: “So far, we have managed to reduce the negative impact of the US dollar/euro exchange rate, keeping down costs and thus avoiding extra costs for our customers.
Off-road tyre specialist BKT reports that the new advertising campaign it launched at the SIMA agricultural show in Paris has “taken off with great momentum.” The campaign centres on the slogan “We Experience – being part of your field”; BKT says the slogan emphasises the “solid bond between the company and the end user.” This message is supported by graphic that highlight a tyre which is entirely immersed in its environment –symbolising the “total integration within the tyre’s field of application.”
The two-wheel segment is a growth area for India’s Ceat Ltd; the tyre maker reports that its share of the two-wheeler tyre market grew from eight per cent in the 2012 financial year to 14 per cent two years later. The company is now targeting the country’s scooter market with a new tyre range.
After the second grand prix of the second year of Pirelli’s second three-year stint as exclusive Formula One tyre supplier, Motorsport director Paul Hembery addressed questions about its F1 programme in the ChemChina-owned era. “For us, it’s business as normal,” Hembery told motorsport magazine, Autosport. Indeed, the centrality of top-level motorsport to the manufacturer’s brand – “Motorsport for Pirelli remains key,” in Hembery’s words – is an obvious attraction to a Chinese company buying into the premium manufacturer’s market positioning.
Vipal Rubber has announced that it is launching a new pre-cured tread for use on drive axle fitment tyres in the “highway” segment. Known as the DV-RT4, the name means it is designed by Vipal – “DV” and is for use in the drive axle, highway segment – “RT”. According to the Brazilian based retreading manufacturer, The DV-RT4 is designed for “those looking for more efficiency and profitability in highway cargo transport operations”.
With thousands of people attending Autopromotec and with news of the ChemChina-Pirelli deal still ringing in our ears, Aeolus and Heuver Tyrewholesale representatives will no-doubt take the opportunity to stand out from the crowd in Bologna in May.
Thomas Wohlgemuth general manager West Europe continued this theme during a recent conversation with Tyres & Accessories, highlighting the ways in which Aeolus has long sought to stand out from the crowd:
Consumers will be able to receive a Government grant of up to £1,500 off the sale price of electric motorcycles and scooters, in a bid to encourage the purchase of zero emission two wheeler vehicles, the Government has announced.