Situated in a prime location in Hall 20, the Infinity stand at the recent Autopromotec 2009 was, the company believes, one of the show’s busiest, displaying the general confidence and determination to push the brand forwards in Europe.
As well as showcasing two new products – the Infinity 059 and the Infinity 200 – there was a comprehensive series of distributor update meetings. All the main European and International Infinity distributors visited the stand and were welcomed by the Infinity team from Europe and Dubai.
Representatives from the custom, tuning and motorsports industry have met in Dubai to discuss the Barbican Turbo show, which will be held between the 8th and 10th October at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. Last year’s inaugural show was attended by more than 19,000 enthusiasts, a very respectable headcount for a first-time show. Critical to the show’s ongoing success, believes organiser United Business Media, is direct input from the industry about Barbican Turbo’s future development and how it can meet the needs of participating companies.
“We are especially pleased the organisers have decided to involve us and other companies in the event process as it allows them to produce an event that we actually want and need to support our businesses goals,” stated Foilacar managing director Swen Roters, who was present at the Dubai meeting.
Al Saeedi Middle East FZ Co. was recently named as Maitech Tyres’s Best Dealer 2008. The award was presented Ian Thomas, Maitech director international sales in a ceremony held at the Intermat show in Paris.
The Maitech range includes all-steel off road radials with sizes to suit many different types of construction equipment. The Maitech range of steel radial UM3/UM5 tyres covers 15.5R25, 17.5R25, 20.5R25, 23.5R25, 26.5R25 and 29.5R25. In particular Maitech tyres are said to be highly resistant to shoulder and tread cuts and hence enjoy a greatly extended life for maximum cost effectiveness. This extended life, combined with the Maitech’s ability to wear evenly, results in lower costs per kilometre and therefore reduced overall machine operating costs.
As of May 6 Continental AG reports that its talks with Dubai’s Moaffaq Al Gaddah (MAG) Group are ‘continuing’, with discussions centring on jointly defining the terms of a possible takeover proposal for Conti’s Clairoix plant. This meeting began the day after management from MAG visited the French factory, 24 hours later than originally planned – the visit was delayed for a day at the request of France’s Ministry for the Economy, Finances and Employment on safety grounds, the site having been closed temporarily following the destruction of fire prevention, alarm and surveillance systems.
Automechanika Middle East is the largest automotive aftermarket exhibition covering entire UAE, Gulf Countries, wider Middle East and Africa. Automechanika ME 2009 will be held from 31 May–2 June, 2009 at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre, UAE.
Some of the most lucrative export destinations can be reached through the ports of Dubai. Automechanika Middle East is the only platform for the Tyre related companies to target $1.1bn Tyre Industry.
For further information contact:
Automechanika Middle East
Epoc Messe Frankfurt GmbH
PO Box 26761
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Pirelli reports its 2009 motor sport season opened in the best possible way, with the securing of a decisive win in the 24 Hours of Dubai endurance race that took place on the weekend of January 10-11. After 24 hours of racing, the Land Motorsport Porsche 997GT3Cup, driven by Gabriel Abergel, Carsen Tilke, Niclas Kenberich and Andzej Dzikevic led home the other 58 finishers with a winning margin of half a lap.
Michelin Tyres’ Dr. Patrick King will speak at the forthcoming Arab RFID 2008 Conference. The event, scheduled for 12-15 October 2008 will take palce at the Moevenpick Hotel, Dubai. Other Arab RFID 2008 Conference speakers include: Ken Porad (The Boeing Company), Dr. Dan Engels (MIT) and Sybren Tuinstra (TNT Express). Master Classes will be held on 12 and 15 of October, while the main conference will take place from 13-14 October 2008.
Sumitomo Rubber Industries is establishing a company to handle the sale of tyres in the Middle East region. The Dubai based company, called Sumitomo Rubber Middle East FZE, will start operations of January 1, 2009, and will focus upon expanding sales of replacement tyres in the region, an area where Sumitomo has identified growth. The key products handled by the new company will be passenger car, light commercial and truck tyres.
The company, 100 per cent owned by Sumitomo Rubber Industries, will be headed by Masaru Tabata. The operations will employ approximately 15 persons.
Michelin reports it has signed a ten-year agreement for the supply of aircraft tyres to the airline Emirates. The deal, the total value of which has not been disclosed, will see all 58 Airbus A380 airliners ordered by the Dubai based carrier fitted with the Michelin rubber.
Deliveries of the A380 to Emirates began in July and will continue until 2013. When the total Emirates A380 fleet is in service, the airline will be the world’s largest operator of the new double-deck aircraft
Spurred on by the sharp increase in trade between China and India, Chinese Consul General in Kolkata Mao Siwei has told news sources about the attractiveness of a joint venture to set up a tyre plant in West Bengal.
Trade between the countries has reached $38.7 billion in 2007, representing a rapid increase from the 1999 figure of $2 billion, leaving Siwei keen to continue the development with collaborative manufacturing ventures.
Speaking to journalists on Friday, the Consul General suggested that the Bengalese tyre unit would be a joint venture between a China-based and a Dubai-based company.
Hankook Tire Europe has elected Hee-Se Ahn (48) as Vice-President of Sales & Marketing for the tyre manufacturer’s European regional headquarters, located in Neu-Isenburg near Frankfurt/Germany. He succeeds Byeong-Jin Lee who has moved to a new management position at the group’s headquarters in Seoul/Korea. Mr Ahn’s responsibilities will include successfully integrating the company’s new 500 million euro Hungarian production plant into its future European marketing strategy.
Goodyear OTR has renegotiated major contracts with Southampton Containers (part of the Dubai Ports Group) and Tilbury Container Services – to supply Goodyear EV-4A and EV-4S for Straddle Carriers. Straddle Carriers are the machines that load containers from the Port onto road going trucks. The contracts mean that Goodyear supplies over 75 per cent of the tyre requirements to Southampton Containers and also provide tyre performance data on 100 Straddle Carriers used at the Port. Tilbury Containers Services have over 40 machines on their site and all run on Goodyear’s range of EV tyres.
Between 12 to 14 May 2007, Bridgestone Middle East & Africa FZE offered Potenza Driving Lessons, a concept designed to raise awareness of safe sports driving techniques developed, run in cooperation with former F1 driver Stefano Modena. Part of a long term initiative from Bridgestone, the first three days of lessons were held in Dubai.
“We decided to host interactive driving lessons to provide a chance for motoring fans to enjoy sports driving in a safe and supervised environment. Using cars fitted with the new Potenza RE001 Adrenalin will effectively convey the joy and pleasure of sports driving to our target market and cultivate Potenza supporters in the region” said Mr. Kanahara, President, Bridgestone Middle East & Africa FZE, Dubai.
Bridgestone Middle East & Africa FZE (BSMEA) is the headquarters for the Middle East and Africa region. It was set up with the objectives of speeding up decision-making and action and of optimizing regional strategy by identifying market trends close to the customer and market.
In order to provide better customer service in the Middle East and Africa regions, Maxxis has opened an a new office in Dubai, which will take on the responsibility for sales, marketing and customer service for the two regions.
Maxxis views the opening of the Dubai office as a continuation of its work towards building its business in a region with tremendous potential for growth. The new venture also expands the company’s international reach: Maxxis sells to more than 130 countries around the world including the Middle East and Africa.
Maxxis International Middle East & Africa can be contacted by mail at LB15417, 4th floor, LOB 15, Jebel Ali Free Zone, Dubai, UAE; by telephone at +971 4 8875354; and by fax at +971 4 8875355.
The Geneva Motor Show has provided Pirelli with its first opportunity to show off its latest P Zero to the public. Only a month after its Dubai unveiling Pirelli’s new UHP tyre will feature on a number of cars on display, including the eagerly awaited Maserati Gran Turismo, which is making its global debut at the Geneva show.