European FinTyre Distribution (EfTD) has signed a binding agreement to acquire two key players in the German tyre market: RS Exclusiv Reifengrosshandel GmbH and TyreXpert Reifen + Autoservice GmbH. As a result of the acquisition EfTD now has a total turnover of 740 million euros in Germany and project annual unit sales of 8.5 million tyres.
Cooper Tire’s Discoverer AT3 family of tyres, which includes three distinct all-season, all terrain tyres for SUVs and pick-up trucks, and its Discoverer True North, a tyre designed to provide strong grip and confident handling in winter weather, have earned 2018 Good Design awards from The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design in cooperation with the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies. The winning tyres were selected from more than 900 entries spanning nearly 50 countries.
According to new research from webuyanycar.com, over the coming festive week, the majority (70 per cent) of Britons are expecting to spend 11 hours – one and a half working days – in the car.
The study found that visiting blended and extended families are behind this annual Yuletide exodus, with the average Brit set to celebrate Christmas THREE times, in three different locations, this December.
Liqui Moly is not only a well-known sponsor in the world of motor sports. When the engines fall silent for a time, the German oil and additive specialist gets involved in other sports. The Four Hills Tournament is on the cards at the turn of the year. “An absolutely top-notch event that will bring our brand closer to millions of spectators,” says Ernst Prost, CEO of Liqui Moly.
Van drivers should be asking Santa for a new van this Christmas according to research from Vanarama, the UK’s leading van leasing company. The research revealed how dirty old vans are costing tradespeople money, with 75 per cent of homeowners saying that turning up in a van that had clearly seen better days would mean they were less likely to offer them the job.
Semcon will be developing new autonomous solutions to help airports reduce their costs and make them safer. This time, the company will be devising smart ways to clear snow from landing lights using autonomous vehicles. This is a time-consuming job at present that has to be carried out manually. The aim is to allow more airports to stay open.
While virtually all automotive components are modelled using CAD, computer testing can only take you so far. To really gauge how suitable a component is for a vehicle, physical endurance testing is the only sure-fire way to prove a component or assembly can function properly in the real world. This is why businesses such as Mark Water Pumps Limited (MWPL) operate in-house automotive testing facilities, offering the aftermarket industry an opportunity to independently prove component performance.
Exol, the UK’s leading independent lubricants company, has welcomed students to its headquarters in the Midlands to offer them insight into the lubricants market, as part of a new training initiative from Reaseheath College for people interested in entering the commercial vehicle and agricultural service and repair sector.
WAIglobal has added new rotating electrics products to its OE quality aftermarket range, providing even greater sales opportunities for garages and motor factors.
The leading parts manufacturer has added four alternators to its ever-expanding range, covering the latest vehicle applications for both passenger cars and light commercial vehicles, for several major manufacturers including BMW, Mercedes and Audi.
Schrader Performance Sensors, the automotive aftermarket brand of Sensata Technologies, will launch two new motorcycle TPMS OE replacement sensors into the aftermarket at AutoZum in Salzburg, Austria (16-19 January 2019). Schrader will participate in the show with an updated product portfolio on its 50sqm booth in Hall 10 (stand 0706).
Apollo Vredestein was a key sponsor at the second annual FTA Logistics Awards 2018. At the event, which took place at The Royal Lancaster Hotel, London, Apollo Vredestein celebrated endeavours and leadership, as well as the vital role played by logistics and innovation in the sector, by sponsoring the Most Innovative Product of the Year award.
UK-based Eavesway Travel has specified Apollo Tyres’ Endurace range as fitment on 30 executive coaches in operation on the company’s Eavesway Cruiselink operation. With decades of experience in catering for cruise passengers, Eavesway Travel’s premier coach service offers transport to the main cruise providers from major towns and cities across the UK.
With all new cars now coming equipped with TPMS, uneven tyre wear as a result of under (or over) inflated tyres should theoretically become a thing of the past. That theory has yet to materialise in practice; the latest Department for Transport figures reveal that around 1,000 casualties are caused every year on the UK’s roads from tyre-related incidents. And perhaps the brave new world of tyre safety promised by required TPMS fitments may have been inspired by too much blue sky thinking anyway. With many drivers now relying on TPMS systems to advise them when to top up their tyres with air, it is possible that some are checking their tread depth even less frequently than before.
Pirelli will continue and enhance its support of Porsche Club of America over the next three years, having renewed its agreement with the world’s largest organisation for the brand’s enthusiasts. The club, which has more than 130,000 members in 145 North American regions, cited Pirelli’s status as an original equipment supplier to Porsche as a major component of its decision to continue the agreement.