The Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI) Chairman, Peter Johnson, has announced his retirement and stepped down from his duties on Tuesday 28 June at the RMI Board Meeting. Johnson has been RMI Chairman since June 2015, having previously been NFDA Chairman from July 2011.
The first tyres may only just have rolled offer the Serbia factory’s production line, but as part of its ongoing plans to increase market share in the European tyre market, Linglong is currently rolling out its Hubtrac designed-in-Germany, made-in-Serbia truck tyre range. One part of that strategy is supply strategic customers across the country. And those include key fleets.
Mitas has been named the official sponsor of Mitas Eurocup Series 2022, the agri-flavoured competition organised by the European Tractor Pulling Committee (ETPC). This season, competitors are battling it out at nine outdoor events, with the European Championship taking place in Great Eccleston at the end of August.
GB Tyres adds brands and staff amidst rapid growth
Midlands-based wholesaler GB Tyres has grown rapidly despite the challenges of lockdown and logistics during the last couple of years. Indeed, GB Tyre’s annual turnover has skyrocketed from £3 million in 2016 to full-year 2022 predictions of £50 million. Considering the company was only established in 2013, it is fair to say the business has grown to become one of the fastest growing importers and exporters of commercial vehicle tyres in Europe. Tyres & Accessories met up with commercial director Graham Hutchinson to find out more.
Better tyres – SRI says research “opens door” to rubber bioengineering
Sumitomo Rubber Industries (SRI) reports progress in its joint work with professors from three universities to improve natural rubber yields and create new strains of rubber that will enhance tyre performance.
Boulbes drifts into 2022 season on new GT Radial Champiro SX-R
Seven-time French Elite Drift FFSA champion, Benjamin Boulbes has commenced the 2022 season on new rubber with GT Radial Champiro SX-R tyres on the rear axle. Available exclusively for Boulbes in Europe, the ultra-high performance, semi-slick sport tyre features a professional racing grade canopy, a special tread formula and unique casing structure for maximum performance and integrity at high temperatures and extreme forces.
Bridgestone Corporation has published its latest integrated report. It says the Bridgestone 3.0 Journey 2022 Integrated Report provides readers with a “comprehensive and better understanding” of the company’s approach and the initiatives it is undertaking to enhance corporate value over the mid- to long-term.
Rpower: VSG to phase out Butler workshop equipment brand
Vehicle Service Group (VSG) is currently represented in the Europe, Middle East and Africa by seven brands, but its new brand strategy will cut this down to two. This ‘Rpower’ strategy will place the focus upon Ravaglioli and Rotary. The other five brands, including Butler, will be phased out.
Marangoni ready for “next phase of development” in India
With its acquisition of all remaining shares in the Marangoni GRP joint venture expected to be completed by mid-July, Marangoni Group is now looking forward to “embarking on its solo journey in India,” a region it considers a “fast-emerging key market in the retreading sector.”
The charity, Speed Of Sight, is hosting an off-road track day for disabled people to enable them to drive at Cardenden Motocross Track in Lochgelly – its first event in Scotland in five years. The event is taking place Monday 15 August 2022 from 10am to 4pm. The track is less than an hour away from Edinburgh and just over an hour from Glasgow. People with all disabilities will have the chance to drive themselves and an instructor around the off-road track. Readers can book places here.
Key wear resistance qualities previously found on the Vredestein Traxion+ now feature in the Traxion 70 thanks to a complete renewal of the brand’s 70-series line-up. Apollo Tyres released the first dimensions in the new 15 size, 25 SKU range this month; all are available in the aftermarket, and a number of tractor manufacturers will also fit Traxion 70 as original equipment.
Family-run haulier FG Bond & Son has specified Michelin X Line Energy tyres as original equipment on its new Volvo FH 500, having been hugely impressed with the fuel savings the same tyres have delivered in the past. The Wiltshire-based business is taking advantage of the sustainability benefits of Michelin’s most fuel-efficient truck tyres, after it found the fitments to unlock a one mpg advantage in fuel efficiency compared to a competitor brand it had been running on the front axle of another truck.
IMI reports record-breaking rise in the number of vehicle technicians becoming EV-ready
The number of technicians qualified to work on electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK is rising rapidly, according to the latest data from the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI). The first three months of 2022 had the highest quarterly increase of EV qualified technicians on record. The data also suggests that the shortfall between EVs on the UK’s roads and approved technicians to service, repair and MOT them, will hit later than first anticipated, now 2028 instead of 2026.
Toyo Tire names new bosses for US manufacturing business
As of 1 July 2022, new faces will join the management team at Toyo Tire North America Manufacturing, Inc. Shinji Tanabe will become chairman and chief executive officer of the company responsible for Toyo’s tyre plant in Georgia, whilst Patrick Matthew Lenz takes on the roles of president and chief operating officer.
Giti GSR237 Combi Road launches in size 355/50R22.5
A completely new size for Giti Tire in Europe, the freshly-released Giti GSR237 Combi Road steer tyre in 355/50R22.5 offers a further fitment option for vehicles used in high load, low platform transportation. Giti Tire says it designed the GSR237 Combi Road to compete with premium brands – which up until now have been the only manufacturers producing this size.