Bridgestone Aircraft Tire Europe (BAE) has received a ‘Factory of the Future’ award for its facility in Frameries, Belgium. BAE is one of 17 firms honoured by Digital Wallonie, the Walloon Government’s digital strategy, at a ceremony that took place in Brussels on 8 February.
China’s state broadcaster CCTV presented the fourth annual China Automotive Festival on 28 January. The event at Beijing National Stadium included an awards ceremony honouring the best from domestic and international manufacturers, and amongst the recipients was Sailun Group, which won the Jury’s Choice Award for its EcoPoint3 technology. Mrs Liu Yanhua, chairwoman of Sailun Group, accepted the award on behalf of the tyre maker.
Continental’s most sustainable series tyre to date is a winner at the International Design Awards 2023. The International Design Awards (IDA) jury has awarded the Continental UltraContact NXT its Gold award in the Automotive & Transport / Cars Accessories category for its special sidewall design.
McConechy’s Tyres Coatbridge has gained a Goodyear TruckForce Award, an accolade that “recognises the exceptional service provided by TruckForce partners on a quarterly basis.” Goodyear honoured McConechy’s, which is part of Halfords Commercial Fleet Services, for its dedication and professionalism.
The Automobile Club de France has named the Pirelli P Zero E ‘Tyre of the Year’ at the 2023 Automobile Awards. A jury of 20 men and women selected the Pirelli tyre for its performance, innovation, and sustainable development. Alejandro Recasens, Pirelli’s West Europe managing director, accepted the award on behalf of the tyre maker.
SMP Europe won Product of the Year at the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) Pride of the Aftermarket Awards 2023. The award was presented for its state-of-the-art EGR Valves. Martin Turner, marketing director at SMP Europe comments: “We are incredibly proud that our team’s hard work and commitment to delivering high-quality products to our customers has been recognised – it is especially humbling, as it was voted for by IAAF members, and we’d like to express our gratitude to each and every person who took the time to vote.”
NASCAR has honoured Goodyear’s Rich Kramer with the Bill France Award of Excellence in recognition of his leadership and contributions to the motorsport series as chief executive and president of Goodyear. Jim France, chairman and chief executive officer of NASCAR, presented Kramer with the accolade during the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series Awards on 30 November.
WMG at the University of Warwick in Coventry and Canada’s University of Victoria are the joint recipients of the inaugural Synthos Rubber Circularity Award, an international competition launched earlier this year to encourage cutting-edge ideas and solutions that significantly improve the environmental performance of synthetic rubber-based tyre compounds. Announcing the winners, Synthos states that the researchers impressed with their “breakthrough technology research concept” but did not elaborate on their work.
Kumho Tire has gained the Good Design Award (Japan) 2023 for its PorTran 4S CX11, a van and light commercial vehicle tyre specifically designed to accommodate the road and climate conditions of Europe and take advantage of growing demand for all-season tyres within the region. The Kumho tyre is currently on display at the Good Design Exhibition 2023, which is taking place in Tokyo until 29 October.
Cleevely Motors, with sister business Cleevely Electric Vehicles, has achieved yet another milestone by clinching a highly coveted “Top Garage Award”. This latest accolade concludes a week in which the independent garage has been recognised with no fewer than five awards.
Exol Lubricants has awarded Hampshire Oil and Grease its Distributor of the Year award for 2022. Based in the heart of Hampshire and servicing land, energy and marine sectors along the UK’s south coast, the five-generation family business has distributed the Exol range for more than seven years.
The Deming Prize Committee has awarded its 2023 Deming Grand Prize to Ceat Ltd. The Indian firm is the first tyre maker in the world to gain this top Deming accolade, which is awarded for ongoing excellence in Total Quality Management (TQM).
Tyre makers such as Michelin and Bridgestone may be preparing to drive on the moon, but Nexen Tire has its sights on Mars. The Korean tyre maker has received recognition in the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) 2023 for its Mearth concept tyre.
Falken’s recently launched short film, ‘A Monument to the Art of Racing,’ has been nominated for the ‘Best Event Film’ prize at the International Motor Film Awards 2023. We’ll have to wait a month to find out whether the judging panel has chosen the Falken film – this year’s winners will be announced during a ceremony at Alexandra Palace in London on 21 September.
Hankook has been recognised for its contribution to the fan experience in its first season as official technical partner and tyre supplier of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. The tyre supplier was presented with the award for best fan experience at the official Season 9 Awards Gala following the season finale at the 2023 Hankook London E-Prix, recognising its presence in the racing series’ Allianz Fan Village. Hankook welcomed thousands of fans around the world to its interactive exhibition area, which focused on sustainability and its exclusive tyre partnership with the all-electric race series.