Linglong became the first Chinese tyremaker to start producing tyres in Europe when it opened the doors to its Serbia facility in February. Since then, the company has continued to expand its European operations and most recently appointed Wolf Fuder as Head of Marketing Europe based within the Linglong Germany GmbH operation.
Jason Chamberlain, sales director at ATS Euromaster, is now also taking over as commercial director role of TrucTyre. In his expanded new role, Chamberlain will be responsible for overseeing and driving business growth for both ATS Euromaster and TrucTyre. According to the company, “the promotion will ensure customers of both ATS Euromaster and TrucTyre get a consistent and high quality level of service, across all vehicle types.”
Ceat recently appointed Renji Issac, Senior Vice President R&D and Technology in India. Issac took over from Peter Becker, Senior Vice President R&D and Technology effective 1 May. Becker was globally responsible for quality tyre development and implementation in Europe from July 2017 to 30 April 2023.
TecAlliance has appointed Peter van der Galiën (55) as the new CEO of TecAlliance GmbH, effective 1 January 2024. He succeeds Jürgen Buchert (66), who will retire at the end of the year after 22 years as CEO of TecAlliance GmbH and Caruso GmbH. The TecAlliance Group will achieve turnover of more than 117 million euros in 2023. It employs almost 1,000 people.
Linglong Tire has launched a new wholly-owned subsidiary, Linglong N.A. Sales, based in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Geoff Doster became president of the new company effective 7 August 2023. The establishment of Linglong N.A. Sales follows the news that Linglong is considering investing in production facilities in “the Americas”.
Rich Allen has become commercial director at International Tyres & Trading Ltd. Allen brings with him 12 years of experience within the commercial tyre trade, specifically with Goodyear (truck) and Yokohama TWS (speciality).
Giti Tire has appointed Lars Ohnsorge as senior manager automotive engineering Europe OE. The company said the appointment of the experienced tyre professional would further strengthen its original equipment operations, following the recruitment of Nicolas Kluson as key account manager Europe OE in April, with both providing in-depth technical support and direction from the company’s European R&D Center in Hannover, Germany. Giti said its new OE team will immediately focus on the manufacturer’s existing OE relationships with BMW Group, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), VW Group (Audi, Seat, Skoda, VW) and VW Commercial Vehicles as well as introduce the Giti brand and business philosophy to other key vehicle manufacturers.
ATS Euromaster has appointed Gary Butterworth as central operations manager, effective immediately. Butterworth, who will be field-based, steps up after eight years as area operations manage. In that role, he led up to 28 service centres across southern England.
Taiwanese tyre manufacturer Cheng Shin Rubber has re-elected its board of directors. Chen Yun-Hwa continues as chairman of the tyre maker and Lo Tsai-Jen succedes Chen Shiu-Hsiung as vice chairman. Other members of the board of directors include Chen Shiu-Hsiung, Tseng Sung-Chu, Lee Chin-Chang, Lo Yuan-Long, Chen Han-Chi and Wu Hsuan-Miao. In addition, Lo Tsai-Jen’s son Lo Yuan-Long succeeded Huang Chung-Jen as the new director. Tseng, Sung-Ling’s directorship was replaced by his cousin Tseng Sung-Chu.
Connected mobility company Targa Telematics has appointed Henning Wiefelspuetz as its head of OEM business integration. Wiefelspuetz will report directly to Alberto Falcione, VP sales, and will be responsible for Targa Telematics’ strategy, which aims to develop relationships and business with the OEM ecosystem in the connected car sector. Data collection and homogenisation to increase its usability across platforms is seen as the key to unlocking increasingly sophisticated systems in the developing future mobility segment.
Recently, two vice presidents of Sailun, Zhou Tianming and Zhu Xiaobing, resigned from their positions due to work adjustments. The two will continue to hold other jobs in Sailun. On 12 June, Sailun held a board meeting and appointed Zhang Xiaojun and Sun Guangqing as vice presidents.
Effective May 2023, Francesco Motta is the new Chief Executive Officer of Marangoni Meccanica. Motta brings nearly 30 years of experience in various strategic roles within the machinery, mechanical systems and automation solutions industries. Motta holds an MBA from China Europe International Business School, and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Politecnico di Torino University.
Vaculug has appointed Darren Lea as its new OTR sales manager. Lea joins the off the road tyre team with the Lincolnshire tyre retreading and distribution firm’s specialist division celebrating “double-digit growth” and a record start to 2023. It states that several new contract wins have ushered in “major growth in the off the road (OTR) tyre sector.”