Long-standing personality within the international tyre industry Rob Henderson has died suddenly, two years after his retirement in December 2020. He was 73. Henderson had an illustrious 50-year career in a variety of tyre industry roles, including management positions with Stapleton’s, Al Dobowi Group, and latterly Enjoy Tyre. He leaves behind his devoted wife Kathy, their four daughters Kirstie, Gayle, Melissa and Gemma, and five grandchildren.
Rema Tip Top and Al Dobowi Industrial Rubber Services have formed a joint venture that will provide industrial services across the Middle East and North Africa. Called Rema Tip Top Middle East, the joint venture aims to be a “leading engineering and service provider” in the region.
The Al Dobowi Group has discussed its strategies for the support of its Infinity and Eternity brands in Europe. The Infinity brand has been present in the European market for more than ten years; it is the brand with which Al Dobowi has established itself in Europe. The Dubai based group embellishes its offer with exclusive distribution agreements and continuous investments to increase the popularity of the brand. Tyrepress sister site PneusNews.it explains how the group’s partners in Europe have supported its brands during the pandemic in 2020, and what its future plans are on the continent. “We want to further accelerate the Eternity project across Europe,” said Riccardo Costa, general manager of Al Dobowi Europe.
Sri Lanka-based speciality tyre manufacturer GRI reports that it has acquired the Estonia-based Nortire Group. Headquartered in Estonia, with a branch in Latvia and two branches in Lithuania, Nortire is a speciality tyre distributor. According to GRI, the acquisition will further expand the GRI’s global tyre service network, while attaining a significant foothold in the North European tyre market. The news follows a non-acquisition Middle East strategic partnership with Al-Dobowi in April 2019.
A new strategic business partnership between Al Dobowi and GRI has been set up to facilitate the distribution of the GRI off-highway tyre brand in Middle Eastern and African markets. The partnership was officially launched at a function in Dubai on 29 April.
European FinTyre Distribution (EfTD) has appointed Riccardo Costa as purchasing director Business Truck & Motorcycle. In this role he will report directly to Alessandro Bruchi, Chief Procurement Officer of EfTD.
During the recent Tire Cologne exhibition Tyres & Accessories met with Al-Dobowi founder and chairman Surender Kandhari and son and vice-chairman Jasjeev Kandhari. We even heard a little about Kandhari senior’s latest project – a book.
Matthew Smith has been appointed by the Al Dobowi Group as the new sales manager for UK, ROI and Nordic region. The distribution portfolio includes responsibility for the Infinity, Eternity and I-Link brands as well as “future opportunity brands”.
On 1 March 2018 Mitchell Peeters joined cayla group as senior director and will support activities in the Middle East and Asia Pacific regions whilst adding extra resources to the consultancy’s Spanish speaking clients and partners.
Earlier this month, the annual Punjabi Icon Awards were held in Mumbai, India, and Surender Singh Kandhari was amongst those honoured at the ceremony. The Punjabi Cultural Heritage Board (PCHB), an organisation representing Sikhs and Punjabis in the city of Mumbai and state of Maharashtra, awarded Kandhari for his achievement in the global corporate sector.
More than 20 partners attended a three day meeting in Marrakesh (Morocco) between 25 and 28 February and learnt more about Al Dobowi´s European website and new product range.
During the “exclusive symposium”, Al Dobowi partners were able to find out more about the most recent additions to the Infinity product range. These will include: 60 new passenger car tyre sizes with improved labelling scores and 47 new passenger car tyres, as well as Infinity’s new regional truck tyre range and extended agricultural line-up.
Al Dobowi Group, which is well known for importing and exporting tyres around the world, has appointed Malcolm Wall Morris as group chief executive officer effective immediately. This is the first time Al Dobowi has appointed a group CEO in the company’s 40-year history. According to Al Dobowi representatives, the decision – taken in the firm’s 40th anniversary year – reflects the understanding that the family business “needs to develop and evolve to ensure that we are best positioned to continue growing for the next 40 years”.
Infinity Tyres, part of the Al Dobowi Group, has announced two new appointments in European leadership positions. Mitchell Peeters and Riccardo Costa, formerly of Goodyear, have joined the company in the roles of executive director and general manager Europe respectively, operating out of a new European sales office, based in Madrid, Spain.
The manufacturer, Westlake and one of its global distributors, the Al Dobowi Group have launched the new Westlake Wishes foundation. Ge Guorong, the CEO of Westlake, was joined by Al Dobowi’s Harjeev Kandhari and 30 European Westlake distributor partners as the foundation’s first initiative was announced.