Company News

Goodbye Goodyear – new Tecar tyre manufacturer from 2019

Goodbye Goodyear – new Tecar tyre manufacturer from 2019

It’s an open secret that Goodyear has produced the Tecar tyre brand for the past four decades. Tecar International admittedly has a policy of not naming the Tecar producer, and therefore we don’t know who’ll be making the brand as of next year. But we do know it won’t be Goodyear.

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UK News

NIO EP9 electric production car makes debut at 2018 Festival of Speed

NIO EP9 electric production car makes debut at 2018 Festival of Speed

The NIO EP9, in the hands of racing driver Peter Dumbreck, has become the fastest electric production car to ever ascend the iconic hill in front of Goodwood House at the weekend. With a time of 44.32 seconds in the Festival of Speed’s ‘Final Shoot Out’, the time also represents the fifth fastest official timed run to be set during the event’s entire 25-year history.

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Product News

Z Tyre launches Vantastic

Z Tyre launches Vantastic

It’s called the Vantastic, it’s a new tyre from Zenises and as you’ve probably guessed, it is designed with light commercial vehicles in mind. Initially available in seven dimensions for 15- and 16-inch rim diameters, the Z Tyre Vantastic is designed in and for Europe. Zenises says the tyre delivers “safety and mileage” as well as “good handling characteristics on the motorway.”

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International News

Linglong lays foundation stone for fourth Chinese tyre factory

Linglong lays foundation stone for fourth Chinese tyre factory

Shandong Linglong Tire Co. Ltd. has laid the foundation stone for its fourth Chinese factory. The event, held 6 July ran in parallel with Linglong Tire's "global partners" conference. The new plant is in addition to Linglong’s existing Zhaoyuan, Dezhou and Liuzhou factories. Linglong is building the fourth plant at a 223-acre site in the city of Jingmen in Hubei province.

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Career Tracks

Superior Industries’ CFO resigns

Superior Industries’ CFO resigns

Nadeem Moiz, chief financial officer at Superior Industries International, Inc., is leaving the company as of 20 July. The aluminium wheel supplier reports that the search to replace Moiz, who resigned “for personal reasons,” has already begun.

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Retreading News

“My product can do even more”

“My product can do even more”

Many retreaders face an uphill battle just to maintain their position in European retreading markets. For those that do, a key factor in their success is – as we’ve previously commented in these pages – possession of a stable customer base. Yet loyalty is only earned through unflagging effort; maintaining close relations with customers is important, as is product quality and price in comparison with new tyres and the competition’s retreads. A fine example of how this works on a small, regional scale can be seen at W.H.H. Reifenerneuerung, a Hamburg, Germany-based retreader that’s been in the business for almost 40 years.

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Comment

Sainsbury’s, Asda and truck tyre tariffs

Sainsbury’s, Asda and truck tyre tariffs

At the end of April the UK’s second largest supermarket Sainsbury’s announced that it is merging with the Walmart-owned Asda supermarket. The goal? To push first-placed Tesco off the top-spot and to give the newly combined chain better access to different geographic areas and consumers. Strange as it may seem at first glance, this story can be read across to the tyre market in general and the truck tyre segment in particular (click here for complete coverage on developments associated with the recently initiated European anti-Chinese truck tyre import tariffs).

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