The Parts Alliance has rolled out the latest Garage Essentials tools and equipment brochure. The Winter issue is the first of four seasonal editions planned for 2018. The 68 page publication, originally from GSF Car Parts, is these days available at every branch of all members of The Parts Alliance, throughout the UK.
With the opening of its new, US$40 million factory in Badalgama, Sri Lanka, Global Rubber Industries Ltd. (GRI) has increased off-road tyre capacity and has added to its export portfolio. The facility was officially inaugurated on 25 January.
Michelin has purchased a 25 per cent stake in two tyre businesses in New Zealand, Tyreline Distributors Limited and Beau Ideal Limited, which trades as Beaurepaires. The shareholdings were acquired for an undisclosed sum, and owners the Rushbrooke family retain 75 percent ownership in the businesses.
The Board of Directors of Cooper Tire & Rubber Company has elected Jerry Bialek to serve as vice-president and treasurer. Bialek’s appointment takes effect 1 February 2018 and will be in addition to his leadership of Cooper Tire’s investor relations. He replaces Tom Lause as treasurer following the latter’s retirement from Cooper Tire on 31 January.
It’s not just a logo, it’s a moving logo. Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd. has announced the creation of a moving logo for use in television commercials and online videos. Use of the logo began this month, and can be seen at the end of a video (see below) produced by Yokohama Rubber to document the logo’s development.
Westlake Tyres and TIP Trailer Services Nordic have reached an agreement covering “the purchase and use of a significant amount of Westlake Tyres.” Westlake Tyre Europe shares that in the first year of this agreement between the transport equipment leasing company and DSV Road NV, exclusive distributor of the Westlake brand in Scandinavia, an “extensive amount” of tyres will be supplied for use at TIP Trailer Services workshops in sites in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.
On 19 February 2018, Maxion Wheels will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for its new light vehicle aluminium wheel plant in India. Preparations for the facility have already commenced with the acquisition of a plant site in Pune (Maharashtra state) as well as the formation of a new legal entity, Maxion Wheels Aluminum India Private Limited. This company came into being on 8 January.
Off-road tyre specialist BFGoodrich is throwing its weight behind a team of budding young engineers who are vying for global glory at the world finals of the Land Rover 4×4 in Schools Technology Challenge.
RAC patrols attended 11 per cent more breakdowns that could be attributed to potholes in the last quarter of 2017 than in the same period in 2016, according to new data used to compile the RAC’s Pothole Index.
Since the launch of the high-performance engine assembly facility at the Shoreham Technical Centre in 2011, the Performance Products division of Ricardo has increased production six-fold and now regularly exceeds 20 engines per day – equivalent to an annual output of 5000.
The shortlisted nominations for this year’s Tire Technology International Awards for Innovation and Excellence have been published, and the contenders for honours in 2018 include a number of companies whose technological developments we’ve been following. Winners will be decided by a 30-strong panel of experts from the tyre industry and academia and announced during the Expo at a Gala Dinner on the evening of 21 February.