While the vast majority of the UK’s tyre production and retreading capacity refers to trucks and a relatively small amount of car tyre retreading still takes place as well as some specialist earthmover retreading, one of the nation’s largest retreaders makes aircraft tyres. Dunlop Aircraft Tyre Ltd or DATL as it is known has demonstrated strong growth in recent years and is majority-owned by private equity. Put the two together and it begs the question – is Dunlop Aircraft Tyre Ltd (DATL) up for sale?
Just 18 months before the introduction of eCall (mandatory in-car emergency call system for all new type approval vehicles sold within the European Union), MG Motor UK has confirmed its involvement as part of the CEN TC278/WG15 intelligent transport systems working group.
Through Guillaume Honore – Telematics Engineer at the SAIC Motor Technical Centre (SMTC), which is based at MG’s Longbridge site in Birmingham – MG will play a key role in the ongoing development of eCall.
In a poll of British drivers, Birmingham has been voted the worst city to drive around in the UK, closely followed by London, with Bristol coming in third.
The team at offer and discount website www.VoucherCodesPro.co.uk conducted the research as part of an ongoing study into Britons on the road. 2,240 British drivers and 18 and over, all of whom stated that they had been driving on UK roads for a minimum of two years, were quizzed about their driving habits and what they liked and disliked about driving.
Ken Worsdale has stood down as president of the Federation of Engine Re-manufacturers (FER). John Gray, current vice-president, will assume the role of president until the federation’s annual conference, AGM and dinner, held on Saturday 8 October in Birmingham.
GSF Car Parts has upgraded its retail store and counter at its Birmingham head office. The company said the upgrade provides improved access to the company’s extensive range of trade-level quality parts and consumables for local motorists. The company said the move was necessitated by growing queues; the new store area is more than twice the size, enabling staff to provide better, faster service to customers.
Firestone has launched its sponsorship of a stage for up-and-coming musicians at selected Barclaycard Arena events. The Firestone Stage allows acts to play inside the Birmingham venue before headliners take to the stage, and was officially launched on 21 March at Ellie Goulding’s Birmingham show. The stage offers musical talent from across the UK to play in front of up to 15,800 people on the main concourse. The stage will also host Firestone’s annual Battle of the Bands competition, where musicians compete to win personalised Marshall amplifiers, music equipment and an opportunity to perform on the stage in future months.
Fire investigators from the West Midlands Fire Service have determined the cause of the blaze at Goodyear Dunlop’s UK headquarters on 18 February. It appears that the fire was caused by a “large electrical appliance”; the appliance has now been sent away for further testing.
The fire that damaged Goodyear Dunlop’s UK headquarters site in Birmingham last week is said to have caused a blip in production at Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull factory, however the vehicle manufacturer states that operations there have fully resumed.
Goodyear Dunlop’s UK headquarters at Tyre Fort in Birmingham have been damaged by fire. According to West Midlands Fire Service, a fire broke out at the Wingfoot Way site yesterday evening and spread through the building’s ventilation system. Crews were called to the scene just after 7pm. The Fire Service announced shortly before midnight that the fire had been extinguished.
The IAAF annual awards & dinner 2015 hosted its “most prestigious ceremony to date” for the second year running at the ICC in the heart of Birmingham. Sponsored by Comma Lubricants, sports broadcaster John Inverdale was the guest speaker for the evening. With 600 guests, and more than 30 aftermarket companies in attendance contesting the awards, after-dinner entertainment was provided by an acoustic set by Prok & Chloe. In addition to the headline sponsor, the event benefited from sponsorship from a number of major brands, taking full advantage of the vast range of aftermarket decision makers in attendance. The automotive industry charity, BEN, raised nearly £10,000 on the night.
The IAAF has unveiled the theme of this year’s conference: “How to survive and thrive – Now and in the future” and will include an exclusive talk on how 3D printing is billed as the “future of manufacturing.” The conference takes place on 17 December at the ICC in Birmingham and aims to examine current issues from both the UK and Europe, highlight the key changes from both a technical and a market perspective and consider what opportunities there are for the future.
PCL has welcomed Messe Frankfurt’s decision to bring its international automotive show to the UK next year. Automechanika Birmingham, in partnership with trade association SMMT, will take place at the NEC, 7 – 9 June 2016, and PCL has already confirmed attendance.
Car hire company Europcar underlined its commitment to moving its fleet to 5 per cent electric vehicles by 2020, with the launch of a new electric vehicle service in Birmingham City. The 100 per cent electrically powered Nissan Leaf cars will be used for delivery and collection of hire cars in Birmingham and will be available to hire at Europcar branches across Birmingham, allowing customers to experience the greenest motoring technology.
The NTDA has announced plans to host a one-day conference on the 1 October, alongside its popular Annual Dinner and Tyre Industry Awards. The event, which will be sponsored by Zenises, is moving to the International Convention Centre (ICC), Birmingham.
According to the NTDA, the ICC was chosen for its “accommodating layout and fluid walkways connecting 10 halls and 10 executive meeting rooms, together with a dedicated registration area and foyers”. Furthermore, the venue has hosted many high profile events including the G8 Summit in 1998 and is the only UK venue to have hosted all three of the major Political Party Conferences in the last five years.
Dunlop Aircraft Tyres is to establish its first retreading facility in the United States in early 2016. It is reportedly evaluating a number of potential sites in the South East of the USA. The Birmingham, UK-based company says it will use the base to boost its competitiveness across the Americas, particularly on popular narrow and wide-bodied jet airliners and military aircraft.