Firestone launched the second generation of its new all-season touring tyre, the Multiseason earlier in the year. Accommodating a wide variety of cars and drivers, the tyre joins other recent models, such as Roadhawk and Vanhawk 2, supplied by the Bridgestone brand to offer reliable tyres at a value price point. The Firestone Multiseason was preceded by its premium sister-brand Bridgestone’s latest product designed to take advantage of the all-season growth market.
Spokespeople from tyre industry, government agencies, external industry bodies gather to demonstrate broad-base discussions on ‘Meeting the Compliance Agenda’, including fire prevention and part-worn tyres The new president of the Tyre Recovery Association (TRA), John Bramwell opened proceedings at May’s Ardencote Manor hosted Recycling Day 2016 by setting out the “need for strength” within the […]
When we consider the truck and bus market it can be easy to downgrade the importance of the latter half of the equation. According to the latest Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) Factbook, there were 89,374 buses (including coaches) on the UK’s roads last year, equating to 13.6 per cent of the UK heavy commercial vehicle parc (i.e. not including van-sized vehicles) and 0.2 per cent of the total vehicle parc. Compared with 568,993 trucks (86.4 per cent of the CV parc), the people transportation segment of the CV market is clearly the junior partner. New bus registrations have made a strong start to 2015 (see textbox), but are still relatively small beer.
Bridgestone’s stand at the 2014 edition of the CV Show reflected the prevailing opinion that this year showed an upturn in attendance. The tyre manufacturer, exhibiting its Total Tyre Life, Total Tyre Services and Total Tyre Systems tyre management components, said it saw a 42 per cent increase in visitor numbers on the previous year’s event. Bridgestone said that it hoped to convert the additional exposure of its Total Tyre Care package into increased business.
Bridgestone’s newest passenger transport commercial vehicle tyre, the U-AP 001, will be available in the UK from April. The urban bus and coach specialist product, designated by the first letter in its name as part of Bridgestone’s new nomenclature convention, is an all-position tyre developed for city environments. The manufacturer has also upgraded the load capacity of its European M788 Evo tyre, the “backbone” of its bus and coach tyre offering, in order to cope with the heavier weight of Euro VI vehicles.
Six companies have signed again with Bridgestone’s Truck Point network. Three companies from the UK – Downton Transport and C&H Hauliers from England, NR Evans from Wales and Yuill & Dodds from Scotland – have chosen to give Bridgestone their fleet servicing contracts, while Truck Point consolidated its position in the Republic of Ireland with two renewed contracts from National Truck Rentals in Dublin and Tops Oils in Cork.
Bridgestone UK has made the first in a series of appointments to strengthen its Truck Point network.
Andy Mathias has been appointed Truck Point business development manager for southern England. His role is structured around the initiative taken by Bridgestone to support the independent business’ activities with fleet customers.
Mr Mathias has been working at the company’s European headquarters in Brussels for the past three years. Based in Bristol, Mr Mathias’ main responsibility will now be to improve the lines of communication between Bridgestone UK, and its fleets and dealers.
Truck Point manager, Jon Cottrell, said: “Andy’s dedication to the Truck Point network will bring the additional support to our network to make Truck Point the best truck tyre dealer network in the UK market place