Company News

Goodyear applying its artificial intelligence technology to on-demand mobility

In 2016, Goodyear Europe launched its Proactive Solutions in the UK and 11 other European markets, offering fleets a predictive maintenance model. Goodyear’s know-how in the realm of artificial intelligence is now being put to use in the on-demand car sharing and ride hailing services sector in the USA; Goodyear Tire & Rubber has announced its participation in a pilot programme with start-up firm Stratim.

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UK News

Micheldever welcomes DfT’s MOT change u-turn

Micheldever Group has welcomed the Department for Transport’s decision to maintain the existing ‘3-1-1’ MOT regime. The conclusion follows last year’s consultation on extending the date of the first MOT test from three to four years.

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Product News

GEM voices support for 3mm tyre changes

GEM voices support for 3mm tyre changes

Change is inevitable, but it’s important to time it right. Michelin claims its tyres deliver safe performance down to the legal tread depth limit of 1.6mm and considers changing tyres beforehand unnecessary, costly to motorists and fleets, and harmful to the environment. The tyre maker has heavily promoted this point of view in recent times, but its message isn’t finding an audience with everyone. In a statement issued today, GEM Motoring Assist recommends that motorists change their tyres earlier.

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International News

Univergomma reports significant sales growth in 2017

Univergomma Spa, the apparent number two in the Italian tyres replacement market, has reported significant sales improvement in 2017. The firm specifically reported a turnover figure north of 135 million euros. This figure includes international sales, with particular success reported in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.

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Career Tracks

Pirelli man earmarked to head Bridgestone in Germany

After close to two decades at Pirelli, Christian Mühlhäuser will soon join Bridgestone as head of the tyre maker’s operation in Germany. According to numerous sources, he will succeed Andreas Niegsch, whose tenure as head of Bridgestone Deutschland GmbH will reportedly end this year.

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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

Miller Oils acquires FAST

Miller Oils acquires FAST

Thursday 18th January 2018 | 0 Comments

Millers Oils Ltd, the independent blender and supplier of advanced oils, lubricants and fuel treatments to the automotive (including motorsport and classic), industrial and commercial vehicle sectors, is pleased to announce that the company has acquired 100 per cent of the share capital in Fuel Additive Science Technologies Ltd (FAST).

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ETB invests in CAM Cloud

Wednesday 17th January 2018 | 0 Comments

Exhausts, Tyres & Batteries Worcester Ltd has invested in CAM Cloud to host its Cameo system in CAM’s data centre. CAM states that the managed service provides quality and convenient maintenance of its server and backup solution at its site on the Blackpole trading estate.

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Dunlop launches ‘Max’ successor to TrailSmart

Dunlop launches ‘Max’ successor to TrailSmart

Wednesday 17th January 2018 | 0 Comments

The Dunlop TrailSmart has been replaced in key sizes by a successor tyre, the TrailSmart Max. In addition to building upon the previous-generation tyre’s wet and dry grip characteristics, Dunlop Europe says new technologies have been used to improve the TrailSmart Max’s handling and durability.

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