Continental Tyre Group has appointed Ryan Webber as its new southern-based, material handling account manager. Webber brings close to 10 years’ experience in the off-highway tyres sector to his new role.
Continental Tyre Group has received a RoSPA Gold Health and Safety Award, an internationally recognised award for demonstrating high health and safety standards. The award recognises Conti’s efforts to ensure its staff all get home safely to their families at the end of every working day.
With more than 50 years of experience of retreading in the UK, Devon-based Bandvulc is well-known in the truck tyre and retread sectors. Over the years the company has established a reputation for producing top-quality retreads. Now, the Bandvulc says it is aiming to set the standard for retreading.
From the initial design and development work to casing recycling and tread application on the factory floor, Bandvulc implements measures designed to ensure its tyres perform across a range of applications. This is supported by the ongoing knowledge and expertise sharing partnership between Bandvulc and its parent company, Continental Tyres. Tony Mailling, Bandvulc Operations Director, explained the steps taken by the team at the Ivybridge factory to deliver the quality it does, beginning how they benchmark tyre quality:
David Smith plans to retire as managing director of Continental Tyre Group at the end of March 2022. Continental has announced that his successor will be Tarik Görgün, who is currently head of OE Tyres Japan and global key account manager for Honda and Subaru. Görgün will take over the role of managing director for the UK and Ireland from 1 March 2022.
With Continental AG celebrating its 150th birthday in 2021, the company has been presenting milestones in its dynamic development over the last 15 decades in the form of events and interactive games. Following Continental’s actual birthday on 8 October, retail and fleet customers were invited to go on a journey through time to experience how Continental, present in the UK for close to a century, has become a pacesetter for modern automotive solutions and is helping to shape the future of holistic mobility.
The importance of retreading as part of the circular economy is well-known in 2021. But when Devon-based Bandvulc started reusing rubber to make retread tyres back in 1971, sustainability was neither part of our everyday vocabulary, nor a standard manufacturing practice. 50 years on from its humble beginnings retreading just 30 tyres a week purely for local use, Bandvulc has grown to become the UK’s foremost tyre retreader, producing one premium quality retread tyre every three minutes to serve commercial vehicle customers across the country. To mark its half-century in operation, and five years on from Bandvulc’s acquisition by Continental Tyres in 2016, Tyres & Accessories looks back on the company’s history of pioneering retread technology, prolonging the lifespan of tyres, reducing waste ending up in landfill, and contributing to lower carbon emissions in tyre production, driving sustainability as it moves into its 51st year.
Mike Leedham has been appointed as the new off-the-road (OTR) Sales Manager for Continental Tyre Group. Leedham will be responsible for developing Continental’s OTR business in the UK and Ireland, as the company continues the development of its earthmover tyres, launched to the market in 2016.
Following the closure of Continental’s Aachen, Germany tyre production facility, Tyres & Accessories asked representatives of the company’s UK operation (Continental Tyre Group) what the impact will be on local customers. In short, the company is aiming to continue “high quality” service.Following the closure of Continental’s Aachen, Germany tyre production facility, Tyres & Accessories asked representatives of the company’s UK operation (Continental Tyre Group) what the impact will be on local customers. In short, the company is aiming to continue “high quality” service.
Following the purchase of Bandvulc in the summer of 2016, then managing director David Smith was promoted into the wider international role of Head of Channel Management Distribution and Region, North Europe for Continental. His 2018 promotion followed a 12-year tenure as UK MD that saw turnover at the UK business more than double. The latest news is that he has returned to the UK, so with all this in mind, Tyres & Accessories recently caught up with David Smith in order to talk about his return as well as both Continental and Bandvulc in the UK.
Samara Edwards Amos has become communications officer at Continental Tyre Group, and in this role will offer internal and external communications support across the UK and Ireland. She will support the company’s communications and automotive partnerships manager, Mark Griffiths, with media enquires across Continental product lines.
Micheldever Tyre Services and Continental Tyre Group have signed an exclusive agreement for the sales of the General Tire brand in the UK. Formalised on 8 December 2010, the news follows 16 years that have seen the leading wholesaler develop the prestigious General 4×4 brand in the UK market and subsequently introducing the passenger and van range to the UK in 2010.