Polymer producer DuPont has announce that it will increase its Zytel prices globally. Effective from 1 October, or as soon as contracts allow, DuPont Transportation & Advanced Polymers is increasing the price of Zytel products by the equivalent of $550 per metric tonne.
2018 has been an important year for the European and UK truck tyre markets. With anti Chinese-produced truck tyre tariffs having been introduced in May, some sources – especially those focusing on retreading – are already reporting a positive uptick in demand as a result of reduced numbers of Chinese-produced tyres. But how does this translate into the new tyre market? Here Tyres & Accessories considers the latest data from market research specialists GfK, with a particular focus on the UK new truck tyre replacement market.
Bridgestone has appointed Ulf Harring as its chief operating officer (COO) for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, effective 1 September. Harring will be responsible for manufacturing, logistics and supply chain management, procurement, quality, environment, health and safety (QESH) and IT.
Borbet has released its W-wheel in sizes suited to fitment on the Mini. The ten-spoke wheel from Borbet’s ‘Classic’ category is now available in 6.0 x 15 inch, offset 43. Two finishes – crystal silver and mistral anthracite glossy – are available.
Bridgestone has partnered with the Freight Transport Association (FTA) as well as its Transport Manager conference series, becoming the Gold Sponsor of the events for 2018.
To be held across the country between September and November, the 10 stand-alone conferences co-ordinated by FTA will highlight key issues for those working in the industry. Each event will include an address by the local Traffic Commissioner, a question and answer session with the DVSA directors via video clarifying problems raised by transport managers and updates on other areas including Clean Air Zones, Brexit, Earned Recognition, lowering emissions, managing your maintenance provider, smart tachographs, and much more.
Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. (SRI), manufacturer of the Falken tyre brand as well as the Dunlop tyre brand for Japan and several other markets, has entered into a sponsorship agreement for the Australian Open. The agreement with Tennis Australia sees SRI become official supplier of tennis balls for the Australian Open starting in 2019, and official supplier for the Emirates Australian Open Series. As such, SRI is the first Japanese company to become an official ball supplier for a Grand Slam tournament.
After a stoppage of two days, Pirelli’s tyre factory in Guacara, Venezuela is said to be operating again. Venezuelan daily El Universal reports that the country’s Ministry of Labour has intervened in the matter, and this led to production recommencing on 29 August.
While Goodyear celebrates ‘120 Years of Innovation’ in 2018, in South Africa the company is also celebrating moving to a new headquarters at the Hertford Office Park in Midrand. Goodyear South Africa has consolidated its Johannesburg-based offices to support the dompany’s business strategy of business simplification, increased efficiencies and enabling effective employee engagement.
Solar panels installed on the roof of Nokian Tyres’ distribution centre in Vermont, USA have the capacity to more than meet the facility’s entire electricity requirements. The solar equipment’s total annual output is said to be approximately 427,500 kWh, which is 110 per cent of annual usage at the Colchester site. Excess energy will be supplied to the grid.
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company has announced two international leadership appointments. Luis Ceneviz takes on a position of greater responsibility within the company, while Alan Yang returns to Cooper to fill the position made vacant by the impending retirement of Allen Tsaur.
South Korean tyre maker Nexen Tire has established itself as a serious player in Europe and around the world, however after entering the top 20 of the Tyrepess.com global ‘largest companies’ list in 2016 at 19th place – an achievement driven by turnover growth over a number of years – it found itself again on the wrong side of this divider in 2017. But it will very likely return to the top 20 next time round.
With immediate effect, Kyungtai Ju has been appointed the new president of Kumho Tire Europe GmbH. He replaces Changrin Suk, who will return to Kumho’s Korean headquarters with responsibility for global sales.
Three loo stops, two bouts of tears, 11 cries of ‘’are we nearly there yet?’’, one cry of “I feel sick” – and getting lost twice are all part and parcel of the average family car journey, according to a new survey. Researchers surveyed 5,000 British families on their summer getaways and found the typical road trip to a holiday destination in the UK or the continent includes FIVE rounds of eye-spy, six snacks and four family sing-alongs.
The UK government has published 25 technical notices setting out what it is doing to prepare for no-deal Brexit and to guide businesses and individuals. In total, 84 notices are expected to be released over the upcoming weeks. Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab said a deal is the most likely outcome, but the UK “must be ready to consider the alternative.”
MTS Exhausts Systems, distributed in the UK by Opera Automotive, has become the latest company to invest in electronic trading with motor factors as part of its wider plans to grow the brand in the UK automotive aftermarket.