Joe Burke named Goodyear vice president, North America commercial
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co has appointed Joe Burke vice president of its North America Commercial business. He reports to Steve McClellan, president, Goodyear Americas. Burke succeeds Dave Beasley, retiring after nearly 40 years with Goodyear.
In preparation for the company’s 2024 Annual Meeting next April, the Nokian Tyres’ Shareholders Nomination Board has submitted its proposal to the Board of Directors. With two of the nine current board members not available for re-election, it proposes two new members, Elina Björklund and Elisa Markula. Nokian Tyres comments that these nominations “improve the Boards gender diversity,” an aim indicated in a company proposal last year.
At its 106th annual dinner, which took place in London on Tuesday, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) announced that Mick Flanagan would be the associations next President. He will assume office as the SMMT’s 83rd President on 1 January 2024, succeeding Alison Jones, who steps down after completing her two-year tenure.
Vaculug named 4th best UK manufacturing company to work for
Vaculug has been voted the 4th best Manufacturing Company to Work for in the UK by Best Companies. The latest news joins a growing list of accreditations, including the acknowledgment of Vaculug as one of the top 75 Best Mid-Sized Companies to Work for in the UK by Best Companies.
Pro-Align is working with the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) to introduce an advanced training course tailored to the BS 10125 standard. The course is designed to ensure that automotive bodyshops and accident repair centres meet the criteria for Section C.10 – Steering, Suspension, and Braking Systems.
Andreas Güntner heading wheel maker Borbet Thüringen
As announced during 20th-anniversary celebrations in August, Dr Andreas Güntner has taken over the management of Borbet Thüringen GmbH, the Borbet subsidiary responsible for operating the company’s Bad Langensalza plant. Güntner brings a quarter-century of experience with leading OEM suppliers and knowledge of the wheel business to his new role.
Delphi Training Centre retains IMI approval, ADAS and EV course in demand
Delphi’s Titan 10 technical Training Centre in Warwick has retained Centre Approval from the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), effective for three years. This follows a detailed IMI audit process, completed at the Training Centre during October.
UK auto sector commits to huge investment in workforce for the future
Britain’s automotive industry is helping young people gain the life-changing advantages of car mobility, thanks to a new pilot scheme that helps fund driving lessons for new apprentices in the sector. Drive to Thrive, launched by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) Charitable Trust Fund in partnership with automotive charity Ben, is further evidence of industrys commitment to its workforce – with more than 14,000 new jobs related to the net zero transition being created or expected in the UK thanks to huge investment from auto employers.
RH Claydon has appointed Jonathan Mcluckie as the tyre wholesaler’s business development manager for South Wales and the Southwest region. Mcluckie brings with him experience at Ceat and Trelleborg Wheel Systems as well as, most recently, Nordic Tyres.
Nankang provides off-take tyres to Federal, appoints new leadership
On 1 November, Federal Corporation announced that chairman and general manager Chen Heng Kuan resigned. Recently, the tyre manufacturer’s board of directors appointed new leaders. Starting 9 November, Kuo Lin-Liang, chairman of Nankang Tire, will become chairman of Federal. Chung Cheng-Yen, an executive assistant to the chairman of the Federal, assumes the general manager position.
Last month, Bridgestone Corporation announced many changes within its management team that will take effect on 1 January 2024 as part of a wider restructuring of management operations. The company has now given word that it is further tweaking the roles of two of these managers.
Richard J. Kramer has informed Goodyear’s board of his plans to retire as chairman, CEO and president of the company in 2024. Goodyear described Kramer’s retirement as “planned” and added that the subject has been “previously discussed with the board as part of the company’s ongoing and active succession planning process”. No successor has been named, but, as part of those plans, “the Goodyear Board retained a leading executive search firm to execute a search considering both internal and external candidates”.
Prometeon names new UK, Eire and Nordics marketing manager
Prometeon Tyre Group UK has appointed Ilke Bor as the new marketing manager for the UK, Eire and Nordics effective from 1 December 2023. Bor will be responsible for the company’s marketing strategy and plans to “continue to build market share and sales for Prometeon’s premium brand tyres across the region”. The development of Prometeon’s SuperTruck network will be a key focus of Bor’s work.