Chilled and frozen food transportation specialist Morgan McLernon has signed up its 530 commercial vehicle assets to Effitires by Michelin solutions, with the Northern Ireland-based company declaring the tyre management package “comprehensive and cost-effective”.
The Road Haulage Association (RHA) says it is extremely disappointed that, once again, the Chancellor has failed to address the urgent need for £150 million to fund truck driver training, and it considers the omission to be a threat to economic recovery.
In a unanimous verdict handed down on 19 November, a jury in the US state of Arizona found in favour of Michelin North America on all claims relating to a product liability lawsuit filed by plaintiff Kimberly Allen. The verdict followed a three-week trial in the Arizona State Court.
Pirelli says it has reached an agreement with Lorenzo Sistino, general manager of the company’s Industrial business, for the “consensual resolution” of his “existing work relationship.” He leaves the tyre maker after less than half a year, having been appointed to the role of general manager, Industrial on 6 August 2015.
Titan International has announced the sale of the assets of its North American brake and actuator business to Dexter Axle. The sale covers an extensive line of brakes, actuators, couplers and hubs for trailer applications; these were produced as part of Titan’s consumer segment.
The October-released 11/2015 edition of German motoring publication Auto Bild Sportscars features a test of size 225/45 R18 V/Y winter tyres. Eight different products – seven well-known brands and one budget tyre – were put to the test while fitted to a Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The budget tyre, Horizon, received poor marks for its performance and was rated ‘not recommended’ by the Auto Bild Sportscars testers.
Off-highway tyre maker ATG brought several new innovations to the Agritechnica show earlier this month. These included its new VF (Very High Flexion) sprayer tyre, the Alliance 354 AgriFlex+. Amongst the tractor and combine harvester tyres on display were the new Alliance 376 MultiStar IF (Improved Flexion) and the large volume 378 AgriStar XL. The flotation and agri-transport category was represented by the Alliance 380VF and 390MPT flotation radials plus the new 885 Flotation Radial in a 26.5 inch rim diameter.
The UK automotive sector is leading Britain’s resurgence as a competitive industrial powerhouse, but needs government to work with industry to ensure continued success. That’s the message delivered by Gareth Jones, president of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), in his keynote speech at SMMT’s 99th Annual Dinner in London yesterday evening.
2015’s Formula One calendar concludes at Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi; a venue with which Pirelli is very familiar. The F1 tyre supplier has used the venue for testing, including the world’s first wet-weather test run at night, and a pre-season launch. The smooth asphalt means the softest tyres in the range will be supplied, a combination previously employed at the slowest grand prix, Monaco, and at four other race weekends. The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is held from late afternoon into the evening, so track temperatures tend to drop over the course of the race, meaning that the pattern of tyre behaviour is different to normal: another complex variable for teams to factor into their strategy calculations. Pirelli expects a performance gap between the two compounds of 1.0-1.2 seconds per lap.
Following the news in late September that Kenda received an investment license for setting up a tire factory in Vietnam, further attention has been cast on both the local tyre market and the country’s attractiveness to foreign tyre manufacturers.
In the middle of November, ZC Rubber opened its second flagship Westlake tyre retail outlet in Mexico. According to the company, the opening took place after months of preparation. Vice president of ZC Rubber Guorong Ge attended the opening ceremony and hosted a dealer meeting with the local Westlake dealer the same day.
Independent tests recently carried out at a VCA approved facility have shown that Viezu’s BlueOptimize remapping service can reduce emissions. The service is already popular with UK van fleet managers seeking fuel bill and emissions reductions, Viezu adds.
Michelin Tyre has appointed Stewart Pooley, 58, as UK original equipment country manager for the company’s truck and bus division. The 26-year Michelin veteran assumes the role after two years as sales manager for Michelin solutions. The role will see Pooley working closely with domestic bus, coach, trailer and truck manufacturers, as well as advising manufacturers importing finished vehicles into the UK from production plants worldwide.
ZC Rubber Group Co. Ltd., (ZC Rubber) China’s largest domestically owned tyre manufacturer, has established a Brazilian subsidiary company – ZC Rubber Brazil Importation and Exportation (ZC Brazil). The new company is located in San Paulo, Brazil’s capital city and economic centre. The subsidiary, overseen by Guorong Ge, ZC Rubber vice president, sales reportedly focuses on supporting the local distribution channel, developing new products for the local market and after-sales service for the wider South American market.
The Parts Alliance has launched autoparts vending machines in partnership with the AA. The machines are designed to provide the UK’s biggest breakdown provider with access to parts on the road, 24 hours a day. The PA PartVend concept is being piloted in a number of strategic locations, with the machines electronically linked so The Parts Alliance can tell instantly which products are being used and when to replenish the stock.