After seven years and 88 events, Dmack has won its first FIA World Rally Championship event – on its home round at Dayinsure Wales Rally GB. Elfyn Evans became the first Welsh driver to win the UK’s round of the championship after he and co-driver Dan Barritt dominated the demanding event – leading from start to finish and winning by 37.3 seconds.
Euro Car Parts has welcomed the decision by the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) to give approval to its proposed acquisition of Andrew Page, subject to the divestment of nine branches. The 9 branches are: Blackpool, Brighton, Gloucester, Liphook, Scunthorpe, Sunderland, Wakefield, Worthing and York. Swindon had also been identified during the provisional findings stage, but new evidence came to light which resulted in the group deciding that competition would not be affected in this area.
Zenises has appointed Jag Ram, the former acting pillar CTO of Ping An Bank, to its Technology Advisory Board. He will support the development of the new Technology Centre developed by Zenises in Madrid.
At Agritechnica 2017, Trelleborg will unveil YourTire, a new online service that allows customers to personalise their Trelleborg radial tractor tyres. Using the YourTire online configurator tool, customers can add their name or logo to new tyres, bringing a new level of personalisation to farm machinery.
Federal-Mogul Motorparts has launched a new Champion braking range to complement its existing aftermarket products portfolio. The expansion is designed to make Champion a “one-stop-shop”, Federal-Mogul states, by providing a full range of essential service components. The official unveiling took place at Equip Auto in Paris from 17 to 21 October.
Atturo will introduce its new CV400 commercial van tyre at SEMA (booth 43265, South Hall). The tyre is designed for such models as the Ford Transit and Ram Pro Master, vehicles which have become increasingly popular for all types of urban service and delivery fleets. The segment opportunities have expanded into consumer markets as the modern full size van for camping, luxury conversions and group transportation. Atturo says the extension of its range for this category is a “natural complement to the brand’s dedication to the light truck market segment.”
With new factories in Europe and now also the US Nexen Tire is growing in terms of global production capacity. However, the firm is also investing in developing its brand, especially in terms of football sponsorship. Recently Tyres & Accessories looked into how the company is combining the two in order to meet its goal of entering the global top 10 by 2025.
In 1976 Kettering Tyres paid local football club Kettering Town FC to print its logo on the front of the team shirt. The move caused ructions in what was then known as the first division and didn’t last long, but it did set a precedent for sponsorship that went to the next level this year. 41 years later, shirt sponsorship in the English Premier League (called Football League First Division back then), which brought in £226.5 million in sponsor revenues during the 2016-17 season, is very big business.
Nexen Tire has announced that its partnership with Manchester City Football Club (Man City) has been extended to include matches of the Carabao Cup tournament. This is the first time in the history of the English Football League (EFL) Cup that markings on football team jerseys are allowed, and as official partner on the Manchester City jerseys, the Nexen Tire logo will appear on the left sleeve of the Manchester City team equipment, which will be worn during the Carabao Cup matches.
Apollo Vredestein reports significant progress towards its goal of becoming recognised as a valuable supplier to fleets in 2017. According to the company, the new business has been won on the back of both Apollo and Vredestein tyres offered as test fitments, which have been running for more than a year by over 10 prestigious national and international fleets. The recent announcement of Vredestein’s entry in the OE sector as a partner to Seat, VW and Ford is said to have further strengthened the European brand’s position.
MRF Tyres scored a hat-trick of sleeve sponsorships deals with Premier League football teams in September – signing Newcastle United, West Ham United, and West Bromwich Albion in one-season deals that last until May 2018. The move can only be seen as a concerted effort to raise brand awareness ahead of the widespread introduction of MRF car tyres in the UK
Motorway services and large petrol retailers will be required to install chargepoints for electric cars, under plans announced in the House of Commons on Wednesday, 18 October by transport minister John Hayes.
Trico Ice Scraper Kits are now available for those cold and frosty mornings. Presented in a 24-piece counter display unit, each ice scraper comes with a serrated edge for ice removal and a rubber edge to clear excess water.
The Parts Alliance’s South West Garage and Workshop Show has returned for 2017 even ‘bigger and better’. Storm-like conditions failed to deter well over 500 garage owners and mechanics from visiting Sandy Park, home to English Premiership side Exeter Chiefs, on the evening of Thursday 19 October. The event hosted garage customers invited by the nine Parts Alliance branches in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall – including the recently opened Midsomer Norton Branch.