German motoring association ADAC will soon publish its 50th anniversary tyre test together with partner clubs in Europe. To honour the occasion, it has tested 50 tyres in two sizes instead of the usual 30 or so. The half-century milestone is also accompanied by a shift in focus: In addition to safety-relevant driving qualities, in future it will place a greater emphasis upon each tyre’s environmental and sustainability characteristics.
Acknowledging that a place still exists for those adhering to the old school ways, tyre making and retreading tool specialist NeroForce GmBH has supplemented its www.neroforce.com online shop with a print catalogue.
A new European developer and distributor of tools, machines and consumables says that it wants to increase the reliability and user-friendliness of retreading equipment. NeroForce, based in Leipheim, Germany, was founded by managing directors Andreas Müller and Martin Kalagin, who between them have more than 25 years of strategic experience of the global retread market, both having worked for Bridgestone, and then B&J Rocket and Marangoni respectively. Thanks to this background, Kalagin told Tyres & Accessories that combining this retreading market experience with a more hands-on view of retreaders’ requirements, NeroForce is well placed to tailor its product range to the needs of today’s retreaders.
B&J Rocket says it always has an eye on the legal requirements that exist in different countries regarding workplace health and safety. In order to better meet these regulations, the company has changed its buffing blade packaging unit and decreased the weight of its packaging boxes by 10 kilogrammes. Boxes containing 30 sets (formerly 50 sets/25 kg) now weigh only 15 kilogrammes and are thus much better suited to the actual load limits applied to the lifting and carrying of occasional loads.
B&J Rocket America has named Caitlin M. Smith its new general manager of sales. The appointment takes immediate effect and sees Smith fill the position left vacant by Ben Graham’s departure from the company late last month. She reports directly to Andreas Müller, president of B&J Rocket.
When B&J Rocket first announced the development of new buffing blades at Reifen 2014, the talk was of “evolution.” B&J had developed a new manufacturing process that enabled the blades, whose external appearance remained almost unchanged, to work much more effectively. The individual teeth cut much more aggressively, faster and remain sharp for a longer period. This in turn reduces heat and smoke build-up and results in an overall longer service life for the blades.
The Rocket rasp has been a core product in the B&J portfolio since the 1940s – the company says the introduction of Rocket buffing system “caused a sensation worldwide” within the retreading industry. The company has long been referred to as B&J Rocket, and now it is adding the Rocket name to its newly-modernised logo.
Ben Graham has joined B&J Rocket America, Inc. as a senior sales manager, and as such is tasked with continuing and expanding the “successful B&J strategy of high-quality products at fair prices with the support of the existing American distribution network.” Graham reports directly to B&J Rocket president Andreas Müller.