Euro Car Parts has opened its second purpose-built training centre in Sunderland. The facility will deliver the full range of Euro Academy courses with a market-first IMI-accredited ADAS course also available.
Pirelli has chosen Marco Crola as its new CEO for the NAFTA region, effective immediately. Crola joins the North American team from Pirelli’s Milan headquarters, where he has most recently served as senior vice president of Global Original Equipment and Prestige Business. As CEO of NAFTA, Crola will be responsible for the car and motorcycle businesses, as well as manufacturing facilities in Rome, Georgia, USA, and Silao, Guanajuato, Mexico. This follows the departure of Pierluigi Dinelli who left the company to pursue personal interests.
Nottingham-based automotive parts supplier, SMPE, has donated much-needed funds to the British Heart Foundation, by organising a ‘Wear Pink or Red’ event held on Valentine’s Day, in support of Heart Month.
Hans Mulder has been appointed director of Continental Banden Groep BV, the Pon Tyre Group company responsible for distributing the Continental, Uniroyal, Semperit, Gislaved and Achilles tyre brands in the Netherlands.
A new tyre pressure control procedure was introduced during the opening round of the WorldSBK Championship 2018, which took place in Australia last weekend. This measure has been welcomed by Giorgio Barbier, racing director at Pirelli Moto, who comments that tyre pressure remains a “crucial point” for championship supplier Pirelli.
Pirelli & C. S.p.A. has reported a 7.6 per cent increase in revenues, to 5.35 billion euros, for the 2017 financial year. This figure is below the growth target of approximately nine per cent set for 2017; Pirelli says this lower growth was due to a greater than anticipated forex impact and the acceleration of the reduction of exposure to its ‘standard’ segment. The aforementioned revenue increase includes growth of 11.8 per cent within what Pirelli refers to as its ‘High Value’ segment, whose revenues of 3.08 billion euros accounted for 57.5 per cent of sales, up from 55.3 per cent in 2016.
Michelin has named Claire Dorland Clauzel’s successor as executive vice-president, Brands, Sustainable Development, Communications and Public Affairs. On 3 April 2018, Adeline Challon-Kemoun will join the Michelin Group and take on this role and will also will become a member of the Group Executive Committee.
For a third successive year, Dunlop tyres has continued to support National Tyres and Autocare (NTA) with its impressive apprentice programme, aimed at developing 16-18 year olds looking to enter the fast fit industry. Since 2015, Dunlop tyres has been a strong supporter of this programme, working with NTA to encourage and shape the future of the tyre industry.
In 2017 trailer registrations reached over 190,000 in Western Europe which is the third highest level of demand ever recorded – surpassed only in 2007 and 2008, just before the 2009 crash caused by the global financial crisis (GFC), according to the latest data from Clear International.
Cooper Tire sees SUV tyre sector as “unequivocally the fastest-growing in the automotive landscape”, with company representatives pointing out that it therefore represents “a compelling aftersales opportunity for tyre makers”. Motorists in the UK have rushed from their conventional estates and saloons into the ever-growing range of SUVs that have flooded the market over the last 20 years.
Upon the conclusion of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, Bridgestone has declared its first global activation as a Worldwide Olympic Partner a success. It says it is now looking forward to the upcoming Summer Olympic Games in its hometown, Tokyo.
Claire Dorland Clauzel, member of the Michelin Group’s Executive Committee and executive vice-president, Brands, Sustainable Development, Communications, Public Affairs and the Michelin Guide, has decided to end her career at Michelin, with effect from 31 March 2018, to pursue an entrepreneurial project.