Donington Park plays host to the final rounds of the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 Championship and Avon Tyres British GT Championship over the weekend of 13-14 September. Both championships will take to the Donington Park Grand Prix track, and tyre supplier and title sponsor Cooper Avon says the fast, sweeping curves and undulation changes making it a worthy venue for the end of season showdown.
As we as being the official tyre of Arsenal Football Club, Cooper Tire Europe reports that it was delighted to welcome 10 youngsters from Arsenal’s ‘Premier League Kicks’ programme as guests to the Arsenal versus Besiktas Champions League game at Emirates Stadium, on Wednesday 27 August.
The Premier League Kicks team represented Arsenal in an Under 16s tournament against Millwall and Green Island FC, from Belfast, on 2 August in Bellingham, south east London, where the Arsenal boys put in some fine performances to claim victory.
Cooper Tire Europe has expanded its continental sales force with the addition of two new managers. Christophe Huss and Jacques Licata join a Cooper sales team that, globally, has had a strong start to 2014.
Derek Carruthers has been named as sales and marketing director for Cooper Tire Europe. Within the internal corporate structure, Derek Carruthers will be reporting to managing director Jeff Schumaker and is responsible for sales, marketing, pricing and customer service.
This year marks the debut of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, and Cooper Tire Europe has been appointed exclusive tyre supplier. Under the terms of three-year agreement signed with the ‘FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy’, or World RX for short, Cooper will supply tyres to drivers for all 12 rounds of the 2014 season and also over the coming two years. This year’s championship begins at the Pista Automóvel de Montalegre in Portugal on 3 May.
Cooper Tire Europe has announced that it is sponsoring Arsenal Football Club in a multi-year deal. The partnership, which will begin before the start of the 2014/15 season, will see the Melksham-based tyre manufacturer become an official partner to the north London club. The exclusive sponsorship designates the Cooper brand as the first “Official Tyre of Arsenal Football Club” for Europe, Russia, Middle East, South Africa and selected north African countries and links the company’s passion for performance to football through the development of various advertising campaigns, consumer marketing programmes and promotions. No details of how much has been invested in the partnership have been revealed.
Cooper Tire has shared details of the sales office it has set up in Moscow. Alex Kolkov heads the office as sales manager; he joined Cooper Tire after serving in leadership positions at multinational companies with sales and production facilities in Russia, including Paulig Rus LLC and Sappi.
Cooper Tire Europe has launched its new range-topping line, the Zeon CS Sport. Full details will be published later, however the big news is that this successor to the Cooper 2XS has achieved an 'A' wet grip label rating for every fitment within in the range.
Cooper Tire Europe has announced an extended 4×4 tyre offering within Europe, reintroducing the Discoverer CTS, and adding new sizes to many other products in the range. Europe MD Jeff Schumaker said the company is “delighted to offer Cooper’s complete range of 4×4 tyres in Europe, giving our customers the best possible choice, whatever their preference for off or on-road driving.” As well as the addition of the CTS, Cooper now offers a wider range of fitments in some of its most popular 4×4 tyres, including the Discoverer A/T3, S/T, STT, H/T, S/T MAXX and S/T2 ranges.
Cooper Tires has added its new A/T3 tyre to its Discoverer range of 4×4 tyres. The tyre’s modern six-rib all-terrain design is engineered to provide performance both for on-road and off road driving. The A/T3 tread pattern includes a broken centre and dual draft angles on the tread to aid soft surface traction. Strategically-placed lateral groove protectors on the tread help motorists avoid stone retention and ‘drilling’. It provides solid all-terrain handling, superior all-weather traction, stability and reliable tread wear.
Cooper has refused to comment on multiple Serbian news reports quoting Serbian finance secretary Miodrag Djidic as saying that Cooper Tire is interested in acquiring Trayal’s automobile tyre plant. When questioned on the subject, a Cooper Tire Europe spokesperson told Tyres & Accessories that’ the company’s “corporate policy is not to comment on rumour or speculation.”
Fast-Fit Tyres branch manager Darren Freeman, of Salhouse Road, Norwich, attended Ascot after winning a nationwide promotion run by Cooper Tires. Freeman’s branch was entered into the free draw along with all of the other Cooper Tires participating dealers, including the rest of the Fast-Fit chain.
A glance at any UK national newspaper’s society pages this week will tell you that Royal Ascot is upon us. Amongst the glamour of the zany hats and figure-hugging dresses will be Ivybridge motorist Julia Bertram, who will attend Ladies’ Day this Thursday (June 17), thanks to the Cooper tyres she bought from distributor, Victor Barry Tyres.
Staff at Cooper Tire’s UK headquarters in Melksham raised more than £4,000 for the Help for Heroes charity last month with a festive raffle. The raffle, organised by HR officer Steve Forbes and Unite representative Steve Saunders, took place on 23 December and raised £2,052.03 for the forces charity. That amount was matched by Cooper Tire & Rubber Company Europe, to bring the total to £4,104.06.
The management of Cooper Tire Europe has offered “its sincere apologies to anyone who was affected”, after a camera was found in the men’s toilet by employees. The Wiltshire Times reports that the camera “was installed by a maintenance contractor at the request of a Cooper Tires manager,” who suspected employees of substance abuse. The Unite Union representative John McGookin told the paper that he has discussed the incident with company management, saying, “This was somebody’s misguided approach to a concern. It’s something we have asked that the company ensures does not happen again.”
A Cooper statement said that, “Following an extensive, independent investigation into the discovery of a camera in a toilet, it has been established that:-
1. Although there was suspicion of substance abuse on site, the decision to position a camera in a toilet was unacceptable
2. The company has a policy to deal with suspected substance abuse and this was not followed
3. The camera equipment was not made operational
4. Although the motives were genuine, as the company treats substance abuse seriously, this was a major error of judgement and therefore disciplinary action has been taken against those responsible
5. Procedures are being changed to ensure that such an incident cannot be repeated in future”