Acquisition to boost renewable energy at Apollo’s Chennai plant
As reported on 18 January, Apollo Tyres Ltd. has acquired a 27.2 per cent shareholding in a renewable energy firm, Cleantech Solar subsidiary CSE Deccan Solar. The tyre maker says the reason it did so is to gain a guaranteed annual supply of 40 million units of electricity for its manufacturing facility in Chennai. CSE Deccan Solar expects to begin delivering in July 2022, and this electricity will account for around 20 per cent of the plant’s total requirements and boost the total proportion of renewable energy to more than 30 per cent.
Is Britain really the 4th largest PCR tyre market in Europe?
The overall trends illustrated by the most recent ETRMA tyre market data are undoubtedly useful to all parties, however some of the figures will raise eyebrows. For example, According to ETRMA’s full-year 2021 passenger car tyre data, Great Britain is the fourth-largest passenger car tyre market some way behind third-placed Italy. And is Turkey really Europe’s leading truck tyre business?
The latest European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association (ETRMA) data suggest 2021 was “a positive year of recovery for the industry”, especially in the replacement sector. The biggest drop was in the Original Equipment (OE) consumer tyres segment (down 8 per cent) mainly due to the ongoing new vehicle chip shortage.
Continental is supplying two tyre models as original equipment for the Kia EV6, with customers able to choose between the PremiumContact 6 and CrossContact RX. UK customers preferring to equip their electric crossover with all-season or winter tyres can also do so, as dealers will offer a Kia-approved Continental AllSeasonContact and WinterContact TS 850.
Dunlop Qualifier Core – “superb but affordable” performance
Dunlop has launched Qualifier Core, the latest member in its hypersport tyre family and successor to the Qualifier II. It says this new tyre delivers “superb but affordable performance” for riders of a wide range of entry-level and mid-range sports bikes. The range arrived in January in three popular sizes: 120/70ZR17 (front), 160/60ZR17 (rear) and 180/55ZR17 (rear). Dunlop will release a further front size (120/60ZR17) and three new rear sizes (190/50ZR17, 190/55ZR17 and 200/50ZR17) in the final quarter of 2022.
Automotive supplier Mahle reports achieving CO2 neutrality at its production sites in Germany during the course of last year. This represents an important step in the plan to achieve company-wide CO2 neutral production by 2040. The company also aims to annually increase the use of self-generated power from renewable sources.
Continental: South Africa agricultural tyre plant closed in 2019
Following reports that Continental had sold its South Africa agricultural tyre production assets, company representatives have confirmed that the plant ceased operation a little more than two years ago.
Nynas has settled payments to trade creditors with claims remaining, after receiving an initial payment of 100,000 Swedish krone each following the completion of Nynas’s company reorganisation in January 2021. According to a statement published by the speciality oil refiner and supplier on 19 January 2021, those actions are “in accordance with the composition agreement between all creditors and as decided by the District Court of Södertörn”.
During 2022 Autogem to hunting for the UK’s ‘TPMS Expert’ in an inaugural nationwide competition. Specifically, having trained thousands of technicians for more than a decade, Autogem wants to find the most talented professional when it comes to diagnosing, communicating and resolving TPMS issues.
According to Autogem, the competition is open to most of the UK’s largest and most respected tyre retailers and specialist tyre related workshops. Entries will open soon ahead of qualifying sessions on 27 – 29 April. 12 finalists will be chosen from this stage and will be invited to take part in the final at the Garage & Bodyshop Event on 8 June at the NEC, Birmingham.
In August 2021, DVSA wrote to stakeholders to consult on its proposals to increase most DVSA statutory fees by 1.5 per cent. The results are now in and the headline news is that more than two-thirds supported the incremental statutory fee increase.
Jason Chamberlain has been appointed sales director at ATS Euromaster, where he joins the executive team to provide strategic leadership to drive customer retention, with UK growth responsibility for both national and regional new business.
Shanghai played host to China’s 11th Philanthropy Festival on 13 and 14 January, and Linglong Tire shares that it was well represented at this event. In addition to the company winning the 2021 Philanthropy Driving Force Award, its chairman and president, Wang Feng, was named Philanthropy Person of 2021.
The Sumitomo Rubber Group’s two tyre factories in the People’s Republic of China are now operating on 100 per cent renewably sourced energy. The transition to renewable was completed this month, and Sumitomo Rubber Industries says additional measures will further increase the Changshu and Hunan plants’ sustainability credentials.
Technology, sustainability and support for young talent – Pirelli states that these are the three cornerstones of its 2022 motorsport campaign. During a live-streamed press conference hosted by Mario Isola, the tyre maker’s head of motorsport, supported by rally activity manager Terenzio Testoni and GT circuit activity manager Matteo Braga, Pirelli set out its plans and priorities for the year.
Outpost AT – Nokian Tyres launches latest all-terrain tyre
Nokian Tyres has introduced the first model in a family of tyres it says will “strongly support” the company’s growth targets in coming years. This is the Nokian Tyres Outpost AT, an all-season tyre for SUVs, crossovers and light trucks that “delivers safe, durable driving on any road – or off the road.” The Finnish manufacturer plans to sell this all-terrain product in markets all around the world.