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F1 ‘possibly the most demanding customer that we have’ – Isola

F1 ‘possibly the most demanding customer that we have’ – Isola

18th January 2019 | 0 Comments

Pirelli’s agreement to supply tyres to Formula 1 for another four years follows a year in which the manufacturer confirmed it was working on a Cyber Tyre solution – Pirelli’s smart tyre development programme – for motorsport. After securing another term supplying the pinnacle of motorsport Pirelli’s car racing manager Mario Isola tells Tyres & Accessories why the tyre manufacturer was so keen to continue with its Formula 1 supply deal.

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BKT: Trends in agriculture from an insider’s perspective

BKT: Trends in agriculture from an insider’s perspective

10th January 2019 | 0 Comments

Gruppo Nodari is a sizeable agricultural contractor in Brescia, Northern Italy. The company services farms and companies within the region of Lombardy, in particular offering its contracting services to biogas plants. A large proportion of Nodari’s tyre needs are meet by BKT.

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Vredestein making headway in competitive agri segment

Vredestein making headway in competitive agri segment

10th January 2019 | 0 Comments

The launch of a flagship product is a tough act to follow, but Apollo Vredestein has managed to keep things interesting this past year. The ranks of its top-flight Traxion Optimall line have swelled since the tyre’s launch at Agritechnica 2017, and the Vredestein brand is also experiencing growth further down the size scale. By doing so, doors are opening to markets where Vredestein isn’t yet well known in agricultural circles.

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Do markets dream of electric cars?

Do markets dream of electric cars?

9th January 2019 | 0 Comments

Phillip K Dick may well have been thinking far further into the future than the current popularisation of electric cars when he wrote his famous novella “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”, however the rise of big data alongside electric and autonomous vehicles means the most advanced cars of today have an increasing amount in common with the artificial intelligence in the source material for the film Blade Runner.

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Practical emergence of RFID unlocks data opportunities

Practical emergence of RFID unlocks data opportunities

8th January 2019 | 0 Comments

The industrialisation of big data has been progressing quickly in recent years within the automotive segment. TPMS sensor technology and the networks they feed data into have enabled increasingly sophisticated software systems to be created to use the massive amount of data we are now able to collect more effectively. Such systems are also able to increase the business applications of another technology, radio-frequency identification, or RFID, helping commercial tyre distribution chains to increase cost, time, and safety efficiency as well as accuracy in their collection of data. Steve Daly, commercial director of CAM, the provider of e-jobsheet, TiDaeX, and the Online Tyre Catalogue, told Tyres & Accessories about the opportunities RFID is now unlocking, and how future, more affordable reading technology could increase the reach of these gains.

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Sensorisation: About more than just tyre pressure

Sensorisation: About more than just tyre pressure

19th December 2018 | 0 Comments

This section is entitled “TPMS and sensor technology” for a reason. No longer are in-tyre sensors about measuring temperature alone. Now TPMS basically means pressure and temperature, often with the addition of algorithmically generated road feedback, load information and even wear calculations. These “big data” contributions are routinely relayed to the cloud for analysis. At the same time external tread readers are measuring similarly important data and sending that to the cloud. Put all this together and we have what Pirelli calls this the “sensorisation” of the tyre business. Whatever we call it, this part of the business now about far more than just sensing tyre pressures. As far as uptake is concerned, legislation and technical innovation are the key driving forces.

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December 2018

December 2018

17th December 2018 | 0 Comments

Click on the CONTINUE READING button to view the December 2018 issue of Tyres & Accessories

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Prinx Chengshan the only HKEX-listed tyremaker at Tire+

Prinx Chengshan the only HKEX-listed tyremaker at Tire+

14th December 2018 | 0 Comments

Based in the city of Guangzhou, the Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition is particularly close to the Chinese off-shore territories of Hong Kong and Macau. Still, despite the show’s proximity to such personal and corporate wealth, Prinx Chengshan unique inasmuch as it was the only Hong Kong stock exchange (HKEX) listed tyre manufacturer at the show.

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Motokiki tyre price comparison site launches

Motokiki tyre price comparison site launches

12th December 2018 | 0 Comments

A new online tyre price comparison service has launched, aiming to provide UK motorists with an online tool to choose their tyres quickly and easily, and bringing together products from a wide variety of retail businesses. Motokiki’s comparison engine is designed to offer an impartial whole of market price comparison of tyres from a broad range of suppliers, as well as tyre label result comparison, and the location in which they can be fitted. The company initially comprises 20 staff in offices a short walk from Port Talbot railway station, working on the technical development and marketing of the website, with other aspects of the business outsourced to teams around the country, such as its London-based communications agency, FWD Consulting. Tyres & Accessories travelled to south Wales in late November to attend the launch, with Maven Capital Partners (“Maven”) and the Development Bank of Wales, which have collectively made an equity investment of £3 million in the company, also represented.

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5 years on, Evergreen-Zelos partnership ‘thriving’

5 years on, Evergreen-Zelos partnership ‘thriving’

11th December 2018 | 0 Comments

Renault Clio Cup racer Dan Zelos has been supported by Evergreen Tyres for half a decade. The partnership started in karting, and has continued to Zelos’ current drive in the Renault Clio Cup. The tyre brand states that its support for Zelos is motivated both by the marketing opportunity it offers and by helping a young driver achieve his ambitions.

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Falken celebrates ‘most successful’ VLN season

Falken celebrates ‘most successful’ VLN season

11th December 2018 | 0 Comments

Falken Tyres experienced its most successful VLN Endurance Championship season in 2018, securing seven podium finishes including two race victories, as its Porsche 911 GT3 R beat its competitors around the Nordschleife. The Type 991 has been the most successful Falken race car in the VLN to date, claiming two wins and nine podium finishes since its racing debut in April 2016. A reliable competitor, it has completed more than 30,000 racing kilometres overseen by Falken’s engineers.

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Hankook’s Ventus Race tyre supports wide variety of circuit racing series

Hankook’s Ventus Race tyre supports wide variety of circuit racing series

11th December 2018 | 0 Comments

Hankook has supplied several demanding series in 2018, including the DTM, FIA Formula 3 European Championship, 24H Series powered by Hankook, the VLN Endurance Championship, and the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring, with the Ventus Race tyre.

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2018 has been ‘Up in the air’

2018 has been ‘Up in the air’

10th December 2018 | 0 Comments

When it comes to reviewing 2018, two words sum up the kinds of talking points virtually everyone has touched on this year: tariffs and Brexit. Indeed it has to be said that 2018’s two meta-themes are not entirely separate from one another. Nevertheless, both have this in common. For most of the last twelve months details of both subjects have been “up in the air”, leaving the rest of us to forecast (which often means speculate) exactly what is going on. See page 32 for further analysis of what has been going on this year as well as coverage of a couple of stories that are emblematic of these themes.

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Michelin rejuvenates retail programme

Michelin rejuvenates retail programme

10th December 2018 | 0 Comments

In May Tyres & Accessories reported that Andy Aylward had been appointed as Michelin’s retail programme manager for the UK and Ireland. In this role, the 30-year Michelin veteran is responsible for overseeing the company’s network of over 80 accredited car and motorcycle Michelin Certified Centres, which is now known as the Michelin Automotive Programme. Since then, there has positive feedback from the car tyre retail sign and a number of initiatives have been kick started in the two-wheel as well as car tyre side of things. At the end of November Tyres & Accessories met up with Aylward in order to find out more.

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The increasingly high-value UK tyre replacement market

The increasingly high-value UK tyre replacement market

7th December 2018 | 0 Comments

4x4/SUV and UHP markets continued to grow in 2018 As part of our review of 2018, Tyres & Accessories asked market research specialists to give an overview of some of the key trends that have taken place in the UK car, 4x4 and light truck replacement tyre market trends during the course of the year. In doing so, we have a good foundation for looking forward into 2019 and beyond. What we found was that UK tyre replacement market is increasingly high-performance and increasingly high-value. GfK’s Panelmarket data compares the period between November 2016 and October 2017 with November 2017 to October 2018. Reading left to right, the infographic below shows the percentage share of the panelmarket broken down by vehicle type (passenger car, 4x4 including SUV and light commercial vehicle); key changes in the panelmarket during the last 12 months broken down by rim diameter; brand tier split; and the two five tyre sizes.

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