Company News

Continental split may begin this year – Manager Magazin

Continental split may begin this year – Manager Magazin

We may see a breakup of Continental AG commencing before the end of this year. German business publication Manager Magazin writes that Wolfgang Reitzle, chairman of the tyre maker and automotive technology company’s Supervisory Board, foresees the first subsidiary to emerge from this breakup being listed on the stock exchange some time in 2018. He sees this as being the direction Continental will clearly take, even though to-date neither the Supervisory Board nor the Executive Board has decided upon a concrete course of action.

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UK News

Mike Scanlon passes away

Mike Scanlon passes away

Mike Scanlon, the well-known former editor and founder of Tyre Trade News died this morning. According to friends and colleagues he “passed away peacefully in his sleep”.

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Product News

Nokian van, campervan tyres – sidewalls now strengthened with aramid

Nokian van, campervan tyres – sidewalls now strengthened with aramid

Van and campervan tyres can lead hard lives. The vehicles they are fitted to are often driven fully loaded on poor roads and gravel surfaces. The tyres must bear the entire weight of the vehicle and provide safe and stable handling under all conditions. To give these products more strength, Nokian Tyres is now introducing its Aramid Sidewall technology into all Nokian van and campervan product lines. From 1 January 2018, it is present in the Nokian WR C3, cLine Van, cLine Cargo and Weatherproof C ranges. Nokian SUV tyres have been manufactured with aramid sidewalls for several years now, and in addition to the abovementioned products the material can be found in 15 Nokian tyre lines.

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International News

Firestone partners with Sofar Sounds to deliver secret concerts

Firestone partners with Sofar Sounds to deliver secret concerts

The Firestone tyre brand has teamed up with music events company Sofar Sounds to host five secret concerts in February and March 2018 in different cities across Europe. Bridgestone Europe views this partnership as “an opportunity for Firestone and Sofar Sounds to promote their shared mission,” namely to “support emerging musical talent and create an authentic music experience for artists and fans alike.”

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Career Tracks

Erich Fric takes charge of Goodyear Dunlop’s North Europe consumer business

Erich Fric takes charge of Goodyear Dunlop’s North Europe consumer business

At the start of this year, Erich Fric took over as managing director of Goodyear Dunlop Tires Europe’s consumer business within the Europe North region. Fric’s region of responsibility in this new role includes the Nordic and Baltic markets, as well as Russia and the CIS countries.

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Motorsport News

LIQUI MOLY partners Turner Motorsport in IMSA series

LIQUI MOLY partners Turner Motorsport in IMSA series

It is LIQUI MOLY's largest sponsorship investment in the US. The German oil specialist enters the International Motor Sports Association WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with Turner Motorsport. "That adds a big boost to LIQUI MOLY's reputation," said Peter Baumann, marketing director for LIQUI MOLY.

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Retreading News

TRIB goes live with redesigned website

A redesigned version of the TRIB website has been launched. The retreading association’s updated www.retread.org site aims to provide an easy way for visitors to learn about the retreading process. Key features of the redesign include:

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Comment

A maturing industry

For a long time people have referred to the European tyre market in general and the UK tyre market in particular as mature markets. This kind of maturity is generally taken to mean low growth markets that are already well developed. Here markets are significant in size and 1 to 2 per cent growth per annum is normal. However, a number of recent market research reports give us the opportunity to reconsider this assumption on two grounds - firstly, with technology developing as it is, quantitative growth should be considered in a wider context; and secondly there is the qualitative question.

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Other Recent News Articles

When should fleets replace tyres? LeasePlan’s easy guide

Tuesday 16th January 2018 | 0 Comments

At 40mph a car needs a total of 36 metres to stop but commercial vehicles need almost twice that. Stopping distances for light and commercial vehicles are influenced by a number of additional factors, including the tyre pressure, compound and tread pattern, weight of the load carried and of course the speed of the vehicle.

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Sir Vince Cable visits NFDA member

Sir Vince Cable visits NFDA member

Tuesday 16th January 2018 | 0 Comments

Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable MP visited National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) member, Inchcape Volkswagen car dealership in Twickenham on Friday 12 January 2018.

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Pre-registrations adversely affected motorcycle sales in 2017, says NMDA

Tuesday 16th January 2018 | 0 Comments

The Motor Cycle Industry Association has released sales figures for December and the year. Commenting on the figures, Stephen Latham, Head of the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA) which represents motorcycle retailers across the UK, said:

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