Trelleborg has been selected as official sponsor and original equipment supplier for all the tractors on show during the Claas Roadshow Event in Turkey. The roadshow started on 26 July and will stop in seven different locations around Turkey to meet approximately 5,000 farming professionals. Trelleborg field demonstrations will be held during the day to showcase the importance of selecting the optimal tyre inflation pressure for specific farming operations, as recommended using the Trelleborg Load Calculator (TLC).
The heavy fleet and industrial vehicle markets are two sectors in which questions of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and environmental impact are particularly important. Despite this, it is rare for fleet managers to consider purchasing additional technologies that would improve both, such as tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS). Here Peter Tillotson, business development manager of TyrePal, explains why fleet managers should consider TPMS alongside more conventional energy saving methods.
Arsenal FC sponsor Cooper Tire has been named official tyre partner of Germany’s 1. FSV Mainz 05, and the tyre maker describes this new arrangement with the club, which plays in the top-level Bundesliga, as a long-term partnership. The sponsorship deal gives Cooper Tire, amongst other benefits, exposure on LED advertising boards visible to both spectators at the club’s home ground and those watching televised matches.
Specialists in the field of radio frequency identification (RFID) and experts from the tyre and wheel industries met in Brussels earlier this month to discuss proposed international standards for RFID tyre tags. This first meeting of the ISO/TC31/WG10 Workgroup was held between 11 and 14 July and put flesh on the bones of four standards initially drafted in China with input from Mesnac. The Workgroup was convened by Dong Lanfei, an engineer within Mesnac’s Internet of Things business unit, with Pierre Loiret from Michelin acting as co-convenor.
The new silanes competence centre Evonik Industries has built over the last two years is now officially open. The centre, at the company’s Rheinfelden site in Germany, was set up with a “low two-digit million euro” investment and will help Evonik continue to develop its research and development in the area of silane technology. The centre’s 100 employees are housed in a four-storey, 3,500 square metre building that contains state-of-the-art laboratories and, in addition to its R&D function, is now home to Evonik’s Applied Technology, Analytics, and Quality Management departments.
Trelleborg has won the “Neumático del Año Agrícola 2016” or Agricultural Tyre of the Year award in Spain. On 26 July Trelleborg received the award for its new TM1060 range. Organised by NMR magazine – Neumáticos y Mecánica Rápida – the award recognises outstanding contributions to the agricultural industry in terms of innovation, performance and respect for the environment.
Independent dealership Universal Tyres is the latest recruit to join the ranks of Michelin Certified Centres, after eight of the company’s sites comfortably passed the Michelin Auto Professional advocate programme’s stringent audit requirements.
Italy’s Pirelli & C. SpA has announced net sales of €3.0 billion during the six months to 30 June 2016. This is 6.6 per cent lower than the net sales achieved by the Pirelli Group in the first half of last year, yet the company says the result represents a year-on-year organic growth of 5.9 per cent (with the same perimeter and net of an 8.8 per cent negative foreign exchange effect). Sales within Pirelli’s Consumer business (car, light commercial and motorcycle tyres) amounted to €2.5 billion, including €1.6 billion of premium products, while Industrial business sales totaled €497.3 million.
Derby County has made Avon Tyres its back of shirt and shorts sponsor for the upcoming 2016/17 Sky Bet Championship season. The sponsorship agreement means the Avon Tyres logo will appear on the back of the Rams’ first-team shirts and shorts for the entire campaign. Avon initially teamed up with the club in February 2016 to become the Rams’ Official Tyre Partner. The brand says it opted to increase its involvement for the new season due to the success of the partnership.
When Pirelli introduced its Carrier van tyre range two years ago, the company stated an aim of making Carrier the “European leader in the tyre replacement market for light commercial vehicles.” the initial summer tyre line was joined by a selection of winter products in the run-up to the 2014/15 season, and now demand in a fast-growing market segment will be satisfied with the introduction of the Pirelli Carrier All Season.
Production has commenced at Evonik Industries’ new precipitated silica plant in Brazil. The facility in Americana, São Paulo state is the first to produce highly dispersible silica for the South American tyre industry, and was set up with a “mid-double-digit million euro” investment. Evonik has yet to comment on the plant’s initial or maximum production capacity, however it declares its global capacity for precipitated and fume silicas, and for matting agents, to be 600,000 tonnes a year.
Vipal brand hot retreading products will be manufactured in Spain thanks to a new joint venture started by the South American market leader and Mezclas Caucho. Not only is this a first in Europe; the JV’s production line will be the first anywhere in the world for Vipal outside its domestic Brazilian market. The agreement was officially signed during Reifen 2016, the world’s largest tyre trade show, which was held in May in Essen, Germany. It adds to Vipal’s increased activities in Europe, marked by sustained expansion over recent years.
Leading Italian brake manufacturer, Brembo has reported revenues of 1,146.8 million euros, up 10 per cent compared with the first half of 2015 (+12.2 per cent on a like-for-like exchange rate basis). During the same period, pre-tax profits (EBIT) grew +42.9 per cent to 173.3 million euros.
Micheldever Tyre Services reports its acquisition of a “much respected family business.” Denton Tyre Centre, which operates two outlets in Carlisle and one in Dumfries and fits 100,000 tyres a year, has joined the company’s Protyre retail division. The Dumfries outlet becomes Protyre’s first in Scotland.
Thinkware has announced the launch of its latest dashboard camera (or “dash cam”), the F50, which is now available to purchase in the UK. The F50 is equipped with an Ambarella chipset and Sony Exmor CMOS image sensor that records detailed full HD 1080p video at 30 frames per second, a 130-degree viewing angle and a built in Active Impact monitoring system. The Thinkware F50 dash cam certainly fits a lot of features into its small and elegant design.