Yokohama Advan Sport V105 tyres on new Volkswagen concept SUV
Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd.’s Advan Sport V105 tyres have been selected by Volkswagen of America for its Atlas Cross Sport GT Concept, which was unveiled in July. The car is fitted with 285/35ZR22 106Y size V105 tyres.
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company,working together with energy supplier Enovos, has completed the first of two large solar power stations at its testing facilities in Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg, which will provide clean energy for Luxembourg citizens. The first power station in the presence of the Minister of Energy and Land Management, Claude Turmes, the company announced on 15 September 2021.
Marco Kempin – formerly managing director at Beissbarth GmbH – recently announced his departure at his own request after 14 years. However, it is now clear where he gone. The team at our German sister publication Reifenpresse.de citing Kfz-Betrieb report that he has therefore taken over the management of Hunter Deutschland GmbH succeeding Martin Adams in this position who retired in the spring.
Wrench: Bridgestone invests in US mobile service & tech firm
Bridgestone Americas has made a ten per cent minority investment in Wrench, a US-based mobile vehicle services and technology company. According to Bridgestone, the new partnership will accelerate both companies’ ability to meet the needs of car owners with best-in-class technology in the rapidly growing mobile vehicle inspection, repair and maintenance market.
Falken wins Best Event Film at International Motor Film Awards
Falken has been awarded the Best Event Film at the 2021 International Motor Film Awards. The film ‘Whatever Comes Our Way’ was shot in September 2020, during what was probably the most unusual race in the almost 50-year history of the Nürburgring 24-hour race, with hardly any spectators lining the Nordschleife circuit. Another Falken production, ‘Pass the Wheel’, starring Peter Dumbreck in a classic Porsche 911 was also nominated for Best Journalistic Film.
Nexen Tire signs 2-year SK Slavia Praha sponsorship deal
Nexen Tire has begun sponsoring SK Slavia Praha (Prague) Football Club for the 2021/22 season. The two-year partnership kicked-off during the Club’s first home league match on 7 August. Throughout the deal, Nexen Tire’s brand will be visible at the Eden Arena, home of SK Slavia Praha.
17 years of dumping has amassed a “tyre graveyard” over 42 million vehicle tyres in Kuwait. According to EuroNews.Green, this has resulted in clouds of toxic black smoke when set alight, creating an “immense environmental risk for residents”.
Bridgestone: EV tyres will make up 20% of our EMIA OE range by 2024
Electric Vehicle (EV) tyres currently represent 11 per cent of Bridgestone EMIA’s total passenger car OE tyre line-up – almost three-times what it was in 2019. Now the company says that figure will reach 20 per cent by 2024. According to the company, Bridgestone is developing a growing number of original tyre fitments specifically engineered for EVs. EV tyres may currently represent 11 per cent of Bridgestone EMIA’s total original equipment (OE) line-up for passenger cars (up from just 4 per cent in 2019), but the company says this figure will be over 20 per cent in 2024.
After 14 years with the organization, Marco Kempin – Beissbarth GmbH managing director and CFO – has decided to leave the company in order to “embark on a new business role and challenge”. Kempin will leave the company at the end of September 2021.
Michelin extends MotoGP tyre-supply partnership until 2026
Michelin and Dorna Sports have confirmed a new three-year contract extension with Michelin. The extended tyre supply deal will see the French firm continue as the sole official tyre supplier to MotoGP until at least 2026 and therefore means the partners will reach the milestone of a decade racing together.
The Swedish parent company of Essen-based Safety Seal GmbH has merged its Safety Seal AB, Maxi Grip AB and Vool AB companies under the umbrella of Niso Tech AB. As a result of the merger, the three aforementioned companies will cease
Van Wessum becomes Goodyear consumer sales general manager UK & Ireland
Goodyear has announced the appointment of Jaap van Wessum as Goodyear sales general manager Consumer UK & Ireland and Cooper Europe. Van Wessum will lead Consumer Sales within the UK & Ireland alongside leading the Cooper Europe business. He will also have responsibility for Goodyear’s legal entity within the UK and Ireland.
Torque from the Top – Pravesh Amtha, recent sales general manager Consumer UK & Ireland at Goodyear
One of the worlds largest tyre companies, Goodyear employs about 72,000 people and manufactures its products in 55 facilities in 23 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centres in Akron, Ohio, and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg, strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry. Recently, Goodyear completed the acquisition of Cooper Tire & Rubber, which is a great place to start this month’s Torque from the Top Q&As - an ongoing series of interviews with leading executives. Our interviewee this month is Pravesh Amtha, recent sales general manager Consumer UK & Ireland at Goodyear, who has now moved onto an expanded leadership role managing a portfolio of strategic business projects across Goodyear’s EMEA business.
Michelin inaugurates 20 million euro reception building at Clermont-Ferrand Michelin HQ
Florent Menegaux, chair of the Michelin Group and Olivier Bianchi, Mayor of Clermont-Ferrand, and chair of Clermont Auvergne Métropole, along with a number of key stakeholders inaugurated the new reception building at Michelin’s Clermont-Ferrand head office as well as “a completely redesigned Place des Carmes” on 13 September 2021.