Sibur-Russian Tyres has been awarded a US$8 million contract to supply Cuba’s Ministry of Agriculture with tyres. Under the arrangement the Russian tyre maker will ship 40,000 truck and agricultural tyres to the Caribbean nation. Sibur-Russian Tyres states the decision to participate in the tender process for this contract lines up with its strategy of entering the Central and Latin American markets. The company has already entered into contracts to supply products to Brazil, Venezuela and Ecuador.
Tire Group International has opened a new sales office in Sao Paulo, Brazil, which will be led by Rosana Sanchez. “Having been an integral part of our team in Miami, Fla., for numerous years, Rosana has relocated to Brazil, where she will spearhead our local marketing and sales initiatives, which will give an even greater reach to our exclusive and private-label brands,” said Orlando Delgado, TGI’s senior vice president of business development
Bridgestone Corporation, together with two of its subsidiaries, Bridgestone Americas and Bridgestone de Costa Rica is donating a total of approximately seven million yen (more than US$75,000) to assist with relief efforts following the January 12 earthquake in Haiti. Bridgestone will donate 2.5 million yen (approximately US$27,000), through the Japanese Red Cross Society. Bridgestone Americas, through the Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund, will donate 2.25 million yen (US$25,000) to the relief efforts through the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.
Cuba is a country renowned for Castro, Caribbean Climate and Classic Cars. But the streets of Havana and Santiago de Cuba are not just made resplendent by the presence of four-wheeled relics from the island’s pre-communist era – motorcycles predating the 1960s are still to be found, and are lovingly maintained in working order by owners who wouldn’t be caught dead riding the rubbish the Soviet Union later sent over. Of course keeping a classic bike on the road is not so easy in a country embargoed by the US for close to half a century…So Metzeler has decided to lend Cuban riders a hand.
Tire Group International (TGI) continues to implement its marketing strategy throughout Latin America and the Caribbean by opening a new sales office in Managua, Nicaragua. Heading this new office is Rigoberto (Rick) Reyes. Mr. Reyes comes to TGI with over 20 years’ experience in the tire & wheel industry having worked for firms such as Progressive Custom Wheel, California Wheel Corp and Martino Tire.
“As part of our continued marketing strategy, Nicaragua is the next country where we will build a stronger presence which will greatly enhance TGI’s reach through our expanding series of brands and segments. We are convinced that with Rick’s skill-set we’ll start seeing immediate benefits as he promotes our brands and the wide array of solutions and services TGI offers”, said Orlando Delgado, Tire Group International’s Senior Vice President of Business Development.
On July 2 Unite, the UK’s biggest union and the USW, the largest private sector union in the USA and Canada, signed an agreement creating the first global union. The document was signed at the USW’s Constitutional Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 2nd 2008.
The union, to be called Workers Uniting, will represent three million people from every industrial sector in Britain, Ireland, the USA, Canada and the Caribbean. The agreement to form a global union, said Unite in a press statement, was initiated by the leaders of the two unions in response to the challenges of globalisation, particularly the casualisation of employment and reductions in pay experienced by many in North America and Europe.
Tire Group International (TGI) recently opened new sales offices, expanding its Caribbean and South American operations. The first is located in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and the other in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. Heading these new sales office will be Esteban Martinez (Venezuela) and Guillermo Quintanilla (Dominican Republic). Mr. Martinez comes to TGI with over 25 years of experience in the tyre industry with particular expertise in the Agricultural, Off the Road, and Industrial segments, and Mr. Quintanilla was formally with Shell Oil Company and has extensive experience in the passenger and light truck segments.
Interstate Tire & Rubber Company has promoted sales team member Michel Gerard Richardson to the position of Sales & Marketing Coordinator, effective January 1st, 2008. In his new capacity Mr. Richardson will be in charge of all office activities and will coordinate the company’s sales and marketing operations. On announcing his appointment, the company praised Richardson’s previous work in the Telecommunications Industry. The 35 year old has a tertiary background in international business management, and hailing from the Caribbean, speaks English and Spanish fluently.
Interstate is confident that, with this new appointment, the company will be in a position to improve service and continue the successful development of the Interstate brand around the globe.
Former workers of defunct tyre company Dunlop have protested for the payment of outstanding severance packages. The workers were laid off in 1995 by then owner of the company, Caribbean Tyre Factory. To date, the workers have only received 70 per cent of their severance.
Earlier this year, the Industrial Court ordered the US-based Carlisle Tire and Rubber Company, which took over operations from the Caribbean Tyre Company, to pay more than $10.6 million in outstanding benefits with a February 23 deadline.
However, Carl Kelly, a former manager at the tyre company, said that Carlise Tyre and Rubber Company claimed that local insurance company CLICO was still responsible for the payment of the workers. They are now threatening legal action against CLICO.
More than 240 people are reportedly affected by the dispute.
GPX International Tire Corporation has named Gustavo Lima as president – Latin America Division. In this position he will lead GPX’s establishment of bonded warehouses in strategic countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, in order to support just in time delivery of GPX product to the OE and dealer channels.
The executive boards of the United Steelworkers of America (USWA) and the Paper, Allied Industrial, Chemical and Energy Workers International Union (PACE) have unanimously voted to merge. According to the USWA the merger of the two organisations will create the largest industrial union in North America, with over 1.25 million active and retired members. The union also reports that it will have over 8,000 bargaining units in the US, Canada and the Caribbean.
The new union will be called the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union. PACE and USWA members will vote on the proposed merger at conventions to be held in April.
Implement and ATV manufacturer Carlisle Tire has had its assets frozen in Trinidad. The company dismissed 400 employees from its Point Fortin plant which was closed two weeks ago after workers began protesting about what they claimed were unsafe working conditions, including exposure to harmful chemicals. Carlisle said it dismissed the workers because they had abandoned their jobs. Workers were not given severance packages. The court’s ruling allows Carlisle to spend only 4,200 US dollars in monthly operating expenses at the plant. The plant, located in a free-trade zone, manufactured 3,000 to 4,000 tires a day for export, according to court documents.