Online tyre retailers Tirebuyer and Tirescanner have merged to create a new Tirebuyer.com that will be led by president and CEO Michael Welch OBE, who formerly founded Blackcircles and then Tirescanner. ATD (American Tire Distributors), Tirebuyer’s parent company, is the largest tyre distributor in the world. The new Tirebuyer will operate over 11,000 installer partner locations across the USA. According to the company, Tirebuyer sales day one are in the high eight-figure range. “We expect to climb sales to multiple nine figures over the coming years”. There is even talk of hitting the billion-dollar turnover mark.
Triangle 4th in China Net Promoter Score (C-NPS) rankings
Triangle Tyre has climbed three places in the China Net Promoter Score (C-NPS). Triangle’s fourth place score of 24.6 was enough to see it rise above Continental (fifth) and Goodyear (sixth) in the table. It is the leading Chinese tyre brand according to the metric, with DoubleStar the next-best in seventh place. Michelin (32.0) retains its place at the top of the table, with Pirelli (29.3) and Bridgestone (25.3) rising two places to make up the rest of the podium.
AA-rated GitiSynergyH2 selected in second size for VW Caddy 5 OE fitment
Giti Tyre’s GitiSynergyH2 has been selected for a second original equipment fitment on the VW Caddy 5. The tyre, currently supplied to the OE segment, is the company’s first to achieve an AA rating on the EU tyre label. The 205/60R16 XL 96H GitiSynergyH2 joins 215/55R17 XL 98H as a second size option on the production line of one of the best-selling commercial vehicles in Europe.
Motorcycle and specialist tyre distributor Bickers will launch a new Click & Collect website on 10 March. The company said it has developed the site to help its motorcycle tyre customers gain online sales. It will promote Click & Collect to consumers as a way to drive footfall to dealers’ shops. Bickers wants to develop its Click & Collect Partner network with the new site too. It says the new site will help participating partners to increase profits, promote growth opportunities, to network and upsell additional items. Backing its new site, Bickers adds that Office for National Statistics data shows retail online purchases have increased by 42 per cent in 2020 over 2019. This big jump is an effect of national and regional lockdowns to combat the pandemic, but also follows the long-term retail trend towards online purchases.
Maxxis MaxxEnduro original equipment on 2022 Enduro bikes
Maxxis’s MaxxEnduro motorcycle tyre has been chosen as the OE fitment for the 2022 range of Beta RR Enduro and RR Racing Enduro motorcycles. The MaxxEnduro tyre features a nimble 90/90-21 front tyre, which offers the precise steering and reliable handling any enduro rider needs. The rear tyre is a grippy 140/80-18 tyre with chunky tread blocks providing a big contact patch for sheer surfaces such as rocks and hard-pack terrain. The sharp block edges cut into looser surfaces for consistently reliable grip across an entire enduro course.
Bridgestone Corporation has released a new commemorative logo and webpage to mark the 90th anniversary of its founding. The company notes that as well as highlighting the anniversary milestone, the logo looks to the future that lies beyond. “It also expresses a commitment to pursuing innovation and swift progress while treasuring its connections with stakeholders.”
USA: Tyre makers’ association forecasts 4.1% rise in shipments
The trade association representing manufacturers producing tyres in the USA, the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA), projects that its members will ship a total of 315.7 million tyres this year, compared to 303.2 million units in 2020 and 332.7 million units in 2019. This projected 4.1 per cent year-on-year increase in unit tyre shipments continues a positive trend seen in recent months – the USTMA reports that its members’ actual USA tyre shipments in 2020 turned out to be 4.9 million units, or 1.6 per cent, higher than the projected annual total it announced last November.
Wheel and automotive structural components manufacturer Iochpe-Maxion has entered into a strategic partnership with Stuttgart-based global innovation platform Startup Autobahn. Founding members of Startup Autobahn welcomed Iochpe-Maxion and other new partners to the ever-growing network during EXPO 9, a virtual event held on 25 February.
Toyo Tires partnering again with European Athletics Indoor Championships
Some 600 athletes from across Europe are heading to Toruń, Poland for the European Athletics Indoor Championships 2021, which will take place between 5 and 7 March. Toyo Tires returns as an official partner, continuing the relationship that began at the event held in Berlin three years ago.
UK car production down 27.3% – 17th month of decline
According to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), UK car production fell 27.3 per cent year-on-year in January to 86,052 units. This is the worst January performance since 2009, when UK factories made just 61,404 cars, and the drop of 32,262 units represents the 17th consecutive month of decline. The SMMT attributes January’s weak output to multiple factors, including the ongoing effects of the pandemic, global supply chain issues, extended shutdowns and friction in the new trading arrangements following the end of the Brexit transition period.
LKQ Euro Car Parts launches campaign to help garages maximise revenue generation through SMR
As part of its ongoing support programme for the independent aftermarket, LKQ Euro Car Parts has launched a new campaign to help garages enhance their service, maintenance and repair (SMR) offering and bring in more revenue. The SMR campaign will focus on the products, technology, training and tools independent garages need to complete every job efficiently and to a high standard – with the evolving make-up of the UK car parc in mind.
“Wastes to energy: Improving the poor properties of waste tire pyrolysis oil with waste cooking oil methyl ester and waste fusel alcohol – A detailed assessment on the combustion, emission, and performance characteristics of a CI engine”, published in the journal Energy on 22 January 2021; and “Thermodynamic comparison of pyrolysis and gasification of waste tyres”, which was published in the Journal of Environment Chemical Engineering on 30 January 2021 complete our recent review of the latest peer-reviewed pyrolysis research.
Exmouth-based Adam Brice Tyres, which specialises in mobile tyre fitting services for car, truck, agriculture, earthmover and plant, has gone ‘live’ with e-jobsheet standalone to digitise its business, speeding up work-to-billing processes.