Another blow on the automotive industry’s chin as we inch closer towards a no-deal Brexit. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has released its latest UK manufacturing figures, and they make a depressing read. British car manufacturing output fell by more than a fifth in the first half of 2019, while commercial vehicle production was down more than 16 per cent and engine production almost 11 per cent. KPMG considers these numbers “worrying.”
Prometeon Tyre Group UK Ltd has appointed Peter Fairlie its new managing director. He will be based at the company’s head office in Burton on Trent and will be responsible for Prometeon Tyre Group’s business in the UK, Ireland and the Nordic markets.
Univergomma recently completed the acquisition of 100 per cent of Overgom’s shares. Overgom, founded in 1977 by Arenzo Girardi as a regional wholesaler, has grown over the years to become a leading tyre distributor in Italy and abroad.
Linglong Tire will serve as the main sponsor to the China Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. The tyre maker was awarded this status at a ceremony held yesterday in Beijing to mark the launch of China’s Expo engagement.
Yukio Hasegawa has been named the new president of Toyo Tire Corporation’s subsidiary in Russia, effective tomorrow. He succeeds Kenta Kuribayashi in this role. Kuribayashi remains chief executive officer of the Toyo Tire RUS LLC operation (and president of Toyo Tire Europe GmbH) and will additionally, as of tomorrow, become the Russian subsidiary’s chairman.
As of this month, 15 million tyres featuring ContiSeal self-sealing technology have been produced at the Continental factory in Lousado, Portugal. The 15 millionth tyre, a size 255/45 R 19 ContiSportContact 5 SUV destined for original equipment fitment on a Volkswagen, was produced on 23 July and gave cause for a minor celebration at the plant.
As the automotive industry seeks to electrify its product ranges, the thermal management of high capacity batteries used for electric vehicles (EVs) is proving a significant challenge. The performance and efficiency of battery cells can deteriorate – and their ageing can be accelerated – if operating temperatures exceed the upper or lower limits of a comparatively narrow range. In extreme cases, exceeding upper operating limits can risk thermal runaway of cells, leading to catastrophic failure and potentially, fire.
Wendy Williamson, chief executive of the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF), has lent further support in the fight against fake goods, when she attended Counterfeit Awareness 2019 in Bristol on July 4, in conjunction with IPO.
Trico has joined forces with Mafco Autobar to launch a sizzling summer giveaway, offering customers the opportunity to win fantastic prizes – perfect for the hot weather – and everyone’s a guaranteed winner when they purchase Trico wiper blades via Mafco Autobar.
The British Battery Industry Federation (BBIF) is calling upon the automotive industry to join its ranks and lend support to its campaign after meeting with Government to discuss misrepresentation of batteries.
Buckinghamshire-based Energy Generator Hire has become the first customer in the UK to specify Michelin’s CrossGrip tyre, fitting nine JCB telehandlers with the new multi-purpose fitment that is designed for operation on roads, grass and in the snow. The company provides specialist generator equipment for outdoor events, with past clients including BBC Hyde Park and the Wilderness Festival. It saw the potential for Michelin’s new 400/80 R24 CrossGrip tyres to help ensure grass remains in pristine condition on sites where its telehandlers are working, having Exelagri dealer Farol Tyres convert its fleet from their existing competitor fitments.
Lighting and electronics expert, Hella, received the AutomotiveINNOVATIONS Award 2019 in the “Powertrain” category; a joint award given by the Centre of Automotive Management (CAM) and the auditing and consulting firm PwC.
A first for Tyre Reviews with its ‘full video’ tyre test, and a first for Goodyear. The 2019 Tyre Reviews UHP Summer Tyre Test is a cracking good watch and makes a refreshing change from the standard, text-heavy test format. It features eight brands of performance rubber, including what the UK-based site calls the “holy trinity of UHP tyres” – the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S, Continental SportContact 6 and Goodyear’s latest, the new Eagle F1 Supersport.
Toyo Tire Corporation has announced that it is investing 390.5 million euros in the construction of a new tyre manufacturing facility in Indijia City, Republic of Serbia. Construction of the Serbia plant will start in May 2020, with a view to initiating tyre manufacturing operations in January 2022.
The 2015-initiated collaboration between the Michelin Group and the French office of the World Wide Fund for Nature has been renewed for a further four years. The tyre maker will continue working with WWF France towards sustainability within the natural rubber market. In the coming four years, the partnership will further develop an existing pilot project in Indonesia and additionally open up the collaboration to include sustainable mobility and the protection of biodiversity.