Company News

Toyo Tires becomes National Partner of IAAF World Indoor Championships

Toyo Tires becomes National Partner of IAAF World Indoor Championships

Toyo Tire Europe has become a National Partner of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Indoor Championships, Birmingham 2018. Following their successful partnership with the IAAF World Championships London 2017, Toyo Tires have enhanced their National Partner agreement with the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018, by adding the Toyo Tires logo to the athletes’ bibs.

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UK News

European award for Launch UK

European award for Launch UK

Launch UK has been awarded the “Best Launch Business 2017” accolade by the brand’s European division. As the only genuine distributor of Launch products in the UK, the award for the Plymouth-based operation is in recognition of the high quality of its customer service and its commitment to supporting customers in all areas of business.

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Product News

Goodyear wins “Chassis Supplier of the Year” from Fiat Chrysler

Goodyear wins “Chassis Supplier of the Year” from Fiat Chrysler

On 7 December 2017, at the annual supplier conference at the Auditorium G. Agnelli Lingotto in Turin (Italy), Goodyear was awarded "Chassis Supplier of the Year" by the famous Italian-American car manufacturer Fiat Chrysler Automobiles EMEA. It is the first time a tyremaker has received the award.

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International News

ClearMotion makes MIRA its Central Vehicle Dynamics Hub

ClearMotion makes MIRA its Central Vehicle Dynamics Hub

ClearMotion, the proactive ride system maker, has expanded its testing to the UK, taking residency at MIRA Technology Park.   Occupying brand new workshop space at MIRA Technology Park, the Boston-based leader in predictive road-sensing technology will utilize the facilities’ skills, test, and development infrastructure to better access and expand it’s EU customer base. The Midlands-based technology park is an integral part of ClearMotion’s research and development process and will be the main European test centre used by the company.

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Career Tracks

Two new members join IAAF council

Two new members join IAAF council

The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has announced that two new members have joined the IAAF council, increasing its pool of experienced industry professionals to further strengthen its ranks. The council, a voluntary group of aftermarket individuals that come together regularly to debate industry issues and IAAF policy, welcomes both Kevin Kelly, sales director at Bosch and Chris Chapman, head of sales at Moove Lubricants.

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Motorsport News

JSCC names Dunlop official tyre partner

JSCC names Dunlop official tyre partner

Dunlop has been appointed official tyre partner to UK-based series the Junior Saloon Car Championship (JSCC). After extensive testing and evaluation the championship, which provides motorsport for young adults between 14 and 17 years, has announced a switch to the Dunlop Direzza tyre.

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Retreading News

Swedish concept partner Colmec plans further expansion

Swedish concept partner Colmec plans further expansion

Colmec is undoubtedly one of Europe’s largest retreaders. With annual production exceeding 150,000 retreaded truck tyres, the company is a market leader in Sweden – the company’s home market – and also active in Poland, Norway and Finland. The company’s full-offer concept has evolved over the years and now includes mould cure retreads, which are sold in the above four markets under the Colmec EcoTire brand name. As we learned from company owner Peter Eckerström and his management team during a visit to the Colmec retreading facility in Poland, which was recently expanded in collaboration with Kraiburg Austria, further changes are also on the way, including a potential entry into the large German market.

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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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