In August Wayne Daniel, network operations manager UK, announced the appointment of Tony Valentine as business development manager within the Point S UK team. Valentine, who joined in July has worked in the tyre industry for 40 years latterly with Yokohama HPT.
Bridgestone Corporation has applied to have its shares delisted from the Nagoya Stock Exchange. Explaining the rationale behind this move, the company notes that it is currently listed on three stock exchanges in Japan – Tokyo, Nagoya and Fukuoka. In order to reduce the management costs and streamline management operations related to duplicate listings, it has decided to delist from the Nagoya Stock Exchange.
While almost every automotive business has been affected by current world events, for wheel manufacturers, a ‘perfect storm’ of global trading conditions has created a challenging trading period. Tyres & Accessories recently heard from Dave McMillan, sales director for Wheelwright, one of Britain’s longest standing manufacturer and retail names, who gave us an insight into how the company is coping with a new raft of logistical and financial travails.
ATEQ TPMS Tools partners with Anyline to enable DOT and VIN scanning
ATEQ TPMS Tools and Anyline, which develops mobile data capture technology, have announced that they have entered a strategic partnership that they say will “propel the TPMS industry forward”. As a result, Anyline’s advanced optical character recognition (OCR) solutions for the automotive aftermarket will be integrated into ATEQ’s TPMS tools, enabling technicians to scan tyre DOT codes, as well as vehicle identification numbers (VIN) and license plates.
New TechMan website reflects Garage Management System development
Garage Management System, TechMan has launched a new website. The company says the new site represents its growing list of features developed to improve day-to-day tasks in a busy garage environment. The firm has invested in new head office premises and additional staff appointments in addition to the ongoing development of the Garage Management System. In the past 18 months, more garages have been using Techman’s software to enable increased digitalisation of their businesses, prompted by pandemic operating conditions.
Sinochem Holdings, the entity who through its China National Tire & Rubber subsidiary has a controlling stake in Pirelli and Aeolus Tyre as well as a substantial shareholding in Prometeon Tyre Group, has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with China Cosco Shipping intended to “guarantee the security and stability” of its industry and supply chain.
Giti expands Genesis retread range with next generation drive axle tyre
Giti has expanded its Genesis retread range with the Giti GDR691. The next generation drive axle tyre is available immediately on the UK market in the most prominent size, 315/70R22.5. The tyre, which is suitable for regional and urban applications, features a new non-directional pattern and optimised tread block shape for an even footprint. The Giti GDR691 is the successor of the popular Giti GDR690 which remains available in 295/80R22.5 and 315/80R22.5. The GTR990 trailer tyre completes the portfolio in 385/65R22.5.
For the fourth time this year, Yokohama Off-Highway Tires (YOHT) is increasing prices for its products. In announcing the new pricing that will be applied from 1 December, YOHT stresses it has sought to keep the increases in 2021 “lower than the industry average” by itself absorbing “the major part” of the “dramatically rising cost for raw materials and freight” rather than pass these additional costs on to customers.
First within, now beyond the tyre: Michelin extends ResiCare remit
Michelin has expressed a wish to branch out “beyond the tyre” for a number of years. To this end, the company reports that after four years of technical and industrial development, its ResiCare subsidiary has found an initial commercial outlet for its high-performance responsible adhesive.
While DVSA data suggests there will be another Autumn/Winter MOT demand peak this year following last years extension related mini-boom, the fleet sector was not part of it in September 2021. According to fleet system provider epyx, there was no substantial jump in the number of fleet MOT tests undertaken during September, despite warnings that deferrals made during the pandemic could lead to massive demand.
Egyptian automotive aftermarket already worth US$1-2 billion and growing fast
Egypt’s automotive aftermarket has been dubbed “one of Africa’s most exciting markets” as its motoring population and vehicle sales grow, its economy expands and the government moves to combat automotive emissions. Germany’s Africa business experts africon, the knowledge partners of Automechanika Dubai, suggests these trends have resulted in an aftermarket now worth between US$1-2 billion in a whitepaper on the subject.
The practice of pairing wide rear tyres with a narrower size on the front axle is a common one for modern performance cars as this configuration provides good traction and cornering on dry roads, more even levels of wear – and it looks good. But is a mixed fitment advantageous in the colder months? Do the wider rear tyres really deliver more traction on icy and snowy roads and reduce the risk of oversteer? German publication Sportauto has sought to answer such questions by comparing mixed fitment winter tyres with a non-mixed setup.
Autogem ‘an indispensable aftermarket partner’ – Tyre Industry Awards 2021
Autogem has been praised as “an indispensable partner in the aftermarket to a great number of businesses” following its victory in the Tyre Industry Awards 2021 Aftermarket Equipment Supplier of the Year category. The UK provider of automotive chemicals, fasteners, hand tools, workshop consumables, and TPMS solutions was recognised for its adaptation during the pandemic as well as its investment in products and training support.
Bridgestone Tyre Industry Awards double ‘a huge coup’
The two Tyre Industry Awards presented to Bridgestone during the National Tyre Distributors Associations 7 October ceremony represent a “huge coup” for the company according to Andrea Manenti, North Europe region vice president. The manufacturer said the awards were the result of its recently launched “best-in-class new products” and its “commitment to a sustainable future and staff training.” Bridgestone was presented with the Staff Training & Development accolade and the headline Tyre Manufacturer of the Year award – the fourth time they have triumphed in the category since 2015 – at a packed International Convention Centre in Birmingham.
Sailun presents truck tyres with German distributor at NUFAM 2021
Sailun has presented ‘The Smart Experience’ at the NUFAM 2021 commercial vehicle show in Karlsruhe, Germany, in collaboration with German truck tyre distributor Bohnenkamp AG. Sailun said its stand attracted much interest, with visitors enquiring about the Bohnenkamp partnership, as well as enjoying a game of table football on stand.