Michelin: Clarivate innovation honour “goes to all of our global teams”
Analytics firm Clarivate has published its 100 Top Innovators 2022 list, and several familiar names are present. Continental debuts as a new entrant, whilst Bridgestone and Michelin both return to the list for a fourth time. Michelin shares that it received this recognition from Clarivate during yesterday’s R&D forum at its technology centre near Clermont-Ferrand, France.
Singapore’s resurgence as a travel destination means that Tyrexpo Asia will soon return to its traditional home. Nine months out from the next planned show, organiser Tarsus Southeast Asia reports bookings from more than 100 international visitors, with half the floorspace across the three exhibition halls already occupied.
UK commercial vehicle (CV) production grew 26.5 per cent in the fifth month of 2022, with 7,900 new vans, buses, trucks, coaches and taxis leaving British factory lines. Reporting these figures, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) comments that CV manufacturers recorded their best May performance since 2012, continuing a strong start to 2022 with five consecutive months of growth.
UK car production in grew in May 2022 for the first time since June 2021. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) report that a total of 62,284 units left factory gates during the month, a rise of 13.3 per cent. SMMT notes, however, that the increase must be viewed in context against May 2021, which was still suffering significantly from pandemic-related headwinds. Output remains 46.3 per cent below the pre-pandemic month in 2019, with ongoing supply chain issues, increasing economic uncertainty, rising business costs and disruption caused by the war in Ukraine.
Environmental permit granted for Keliber’s Lithium chemical plant
On 28 June, the Regional State Administrative Agency for Western and Inland Finland (AVI) granted the environmental permit for Keliber’s lithium chemical plant. The plant will be built in Kokkola Industrial Park (KIP).
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.