After three-and-a-half years as chairman of Yokohama Europe, Hiroyuki Shioiri will leave his European responsibilities on 1 November 2023 in order to return to Japan and become “Officer, Head of Corporate Planning Div., Head of Corporate Planning Dept.” Tyres & Accessories understands that Shioiri’s successor will be named on 9 October and that the change doesn’t impact Yokohama Europe chief executive Gregorio Borgo’s role.
Petlas Tire Corporation is set to present its latest range of tyres at the forthcoming Automechanika 2023 event. “At Petlas, every tyre tells a story. Its a reflection of our dedication, the hurdles weve overcome, and the passion that drives us, remarked Oğuz Ay, international sales and marketing director of Petlas.
Huayi Thailand’s second phase rolls off the first tyre
On 30 August, the first tyre rolled off the production line in the second phase of the Thailand factory run by Huayi, which owns the Double Coin brand. Tyrepress China learned that the project’s second phase involves the production capacity of 300,000 all-steel radial tyres and officially started construction in March this year. If the second phase reaches capacity, the annual production capacity of Huayi’s Thailand factory will be increased to 1.5 million pieces.
Tyrepress China has learned that the owner of the Barkley brand is looking for partners in Europe. According to Lisa Zhong, the brand owner, the products requiring European distributors include truck tyres, agricultural tyres, and radial and bias OTR tyres.
More than two years after its acquisition of insolvent online retailer Yakarouler, French tyre and automotive parts firm Carter-Cash has merged the Yakarouler business with its own. As of 1 September 2023, visitors to the Yakarouler.com site are encouraged to make their purchases via Carter-cash.com.
Continental AG has made significant leadership changes within its Middle East operations. Specifically, Continental has welcomed back José De la Fuente as the managing director for the Middle East. De la Fuente brings a wealth of experience and expertise, having led Continental’s operations in Mexico as general director for tyres for the past five years. According to the company, his time in Mexico showcased “outstanding leadership and strategic acumen contributing to the growth and success of the company in the region”.
Liqui Moly will be showing its product and service variety from 2nd to 4th October at the Dubai World Trade Center. Automechanika Dubai 2023 is the largest international trade exhibition for the automotive aftermarket and service industry in the wider Middle East.
Transaid’s London to Paris cycle challenge raises more than £65,000
A team of 40 riders drawn from across the transport and logistics sector have completed a 187-mile cycle ride from London to Paris to raise funds for Transaid’s work in sub-Saharan Africa, which is focused on improving road safety and access to health for rural communities. Upon reaching the French capital on 24 September the group had already raised more than £65,000 before costs, with fresh sponsorships still coming in. This has been aided by generous funding from headline sponsor uTrack Software, and support sponsor DP World.
In mid-September, Major General Engineer Mokhtar Abdel Latif, chairman of the Arab Organization for Industrialization (AOI), announced that the organisation has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with German tyre recycling firm Intec Rubber Powder GmbH.
Different name, same tyres, claims former Nokian Tyres Russia boss
According to Andrey Pantyukhov, who until last year headed the Russia and Asia business area for Nokian Tyres, tyres made in the Finnish firm’s former plant in Russia are, technically speaking, “exactly the same” as those produced under Nokian Tyres ownership. Pantyukhov, now chief executive officer of Tatneft-owned business Ikon Tyres, claims “the only difference is the name.”
Neptune Holding planning Cameroon’s first tyre factory
Neptune Holding Company, a Cameroonian owned enterprise, is leading a bid to build the country’s first tyre factory in Bomono, near the city of Douala. The Cameroon Tires Factory (CTF) project, as it is known, expects to create 2000 and 2500 direct jobs plus as many as 5000 indirect jobs and is being planned in conjunction with Black Donuts.
Rolling Plus investing $1.07 billion in Egypt tyre factory
Rolling Plus Chemical Industries Co. has committed €1 billion ($1.07 billion) of investment in a new tyre factory in Egypt. The investment is based on a contract signed between Rolling Plus Suez Canal Economic Zone. Egyptian Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouly attended the contract signing ceremony.
Production at the Apollo Tyres Ltd. OTR tyre factory in Limda, India has “fully resumed” after being stopped by industrial action, the tyre maker reported on 24 September. Apollo Tyres had announced on 20 September that tyre making at the Limda plant in had stopped due to “certain concerns amongst shop floor employees” relating to the renewal of a long-term settlement agreement.
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company approved “a rationalization plan in Asia Pacific to improve profitability in its Australia and New Zealand operations” on 19 September 2023. The plan exits 100 retail and fleet locations and nine warehouses at the cost of 700 jobs. In other words, it changes the company’s operating model to a third-party distribution and retail sales model instead of a company-owned approach. That specifically means moves such as the recent appointment of National Tyre & Wheel Limited (National) as the exclusive distributor of the Dunlop tyre brand in Australia and New Zealand.
Bryce Menzies has won the Baja 400 for the third consecutive year in his Toyo Tires equipped Trophy Truck. Menzies previously claimed the Baja 500 and Mexican 1000 Races in 2023. Toyo-equipped trucks won all three trophy truck classes: Gustavo Vildósola Sr secured another victory in the Trophy Truck Legends class, while Jason McNeil claimed top spot in the Trophy Truck Spec class. These successes translate into a commanding lead in championship points across all three Trophy Truck categories this season. Each driver is now poised to begin the upcoming SCORE Baja 1000 race in November from pole position.