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4Jet acquires Hennecke Systems tyre inspection business

4Jet acquires Hennecke Systems tyre inspection business

The Alsdorf, Germany-based 4JET Group has acquired the Hennecke Systems’ TIS testing systems tyre and wheel inspection business unit. TIS systems are based on Hennecke Systems' industrial image processing know-how and enable optical 2D and 3D inspection of tyre treads, sidewalls, rims and mounted wheels. As a result of the

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UK News

Changes to driving theory test increase accessibility

The DVSA has announced changes to the driving theory test, which will come into effect in April 2020 for new learner drivers in England, Wales, and Scotland. Instead of reading case studies and answering three questions about them, learners will soon have to watch a short, silent, video clips, which will be followed up with three multiple-choice questions. Test sitters can watch the video clip as many as times as they wish. This change does not apply to theory tests for motorcycles, lorries, bus or coaches and Approved Driving Instructors, part 1.

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Product News

Falken tyres OE on Audi A1 citycarver

Falken tyres OE on Audi A1 citycarver

The new SUV-look Audi A1 citycarver has been available since autumn 2019, and Falken Tyres Europe says it is supplying original equipment tyres for the model. The A1 citycarver wears the Falken Azenis FK510 in size 205/55R17.

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Ecobat Battery Technologies boosts sales team

Ecobat Battery Technologies boosts sales team

Having recently been appointed as a key strategic partner for Exide in the UK & Ireland, Ecobat Battery Technologies (EBT) has recruited Brian Sanders and Scott Barker from Exide Technologies to spearhead the company’s nationwide push with the brand.

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Motorsport News

Giti to support new evening track programme at MotoFest Coventry 2020

Giti to support new evening track programme at MotoFest Coventry 2020

Giti Tire has extended its support of MotoFest Coventry with an evening circuit programme for the first time. The main GT Radial sprint circuit will host a full track programme on the Saturday night, including a dynamic display of wheel to wheel motorsport from teams involved in the VW Fun Cup UK series.

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So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye EU

So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye EU

As the February 2020 issue of Tyres & Accessories goes to press, the United Kingdom is officially leaving the European Union after three years of intense dispute and debate. At the same time, 2019 wasn’t a great year for the automotive and tyre industries (see page 36 onwards for further details of what has transpired during the last 12 months). And with a no-deal scenario presenting the possibility of import tariffs on and parts, 2020 doesn’t look like it is going to be a whole bunch better. However, while the disappointing performance of the car and tyre markets is linked to Brexit, the issues are not one and the same.

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