The second edition of the Tire+ exhibition, organised by China United Rubber Company, got underway today in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province China at the world-famous Canton show ground. The show runs in parallel with the large-scale Guangzhou Autoshow (itself a top three automotive event in China) as well as the China Essen Motor Show and continues until 19 November.
Today the Reifen show opens its door for the 30th time, and for first time ever the tyre trade fair is taking place outside of Essen (Germany). Reifen has relocated to Frankfurt and Automechanika, and this year’s new-format show has attracted around 160 exhibitors.
When we compared the visitor headcount at last week’s The Tire Cologne exhibition with those at Reifen 2016 two years earlier, we noted visitor numbers were down around 20 per cent this year – a figure we reached by examining the official post-show reports released after each respective event. But did attendance drop so sharply from the one show to the next, or were the published visitor numbers for Reifen 2016 incorrect? The former industry association partner to Reifen and current partner to The Tire Cologne says the figure for Reifen 2016 was a case of over-inflation, and points to statistics supporting this.
Many consider it successor to the Reifen tyre fair, therefore comparisons are inevitable. For this reason, the organiser of The Tire Cologne may be nervous about visitor and exhibitor numbers. But should this be the case, Koelnmesse isn’t showing it.
South Korea-based tyre manufacturer Hankook, which is a leading player in the UK truck tyre market in terms of unit volumes, has stated that it is not affected by the recently introduced European anti-Chinese truck tyre import tariffs. Commenting as part of a statement on the company’s current and ongoing exhibition plans, Tony Lee, Hankook Tire Europe vice president for marketing and sales said:
Commenting on Trelleborg Wheel Systems’ presence at The Tire Cologne next week, managing director (Germany) Rolf Christmann says the trade fair will “give Trelleborg a unique opportunity to display all of its solutions and to present products and innovation from all the tyre segments in which we operate.” The company intends to display its range at the show and will entice visitors to its stand (Hall 6, Stand D20) with professional BMX performances.
Off-highway tyre specialist BKT says it going to display its top-of-the-range products for the market segments it serves at The Tire Cologne later this month. The BKT stand at the trade fair (Hall 06.1 Stand C030 D039) will feature tyres for agricultural, agro-industrial, earthmoving, industrial, and construction applications.
Two ‘top performers’ will take pride of place at the Alliance Tire Group stand during The Tire Cologne – the Alliance A-389VF-IMP for agricultural transports and the Galaxy LDSR 300, a tyre specially developed and built for wheel loaders operated under most adverse conditions. ATG comments that both tyres offer “better value” and optimum solutions for their respective uses.
The newest winter tyre from Vredestein will be unveiled at The Tire Cologne later this month. Details about the Vredestein Wintrac Pro are being kept under wraps until its launch on 29 May (4:00pm), however Apollo Vredestein comments that the new addition is position in the ultra-high-performance segment.
At last count, around 600 companies and brands were signed up as exhibitors at the inaugural The Tire Cologne, with many poised to unveil their latest products and innovations at the show. This meeting of the tyre world’s ‘Who’s Who’ is of course too good an opportunity for Tyres & Accessories/Tyrepress.com to miss, and our team will be present and reporting the latest news from the fair. We’ll also be there as an exhibitor in our own right together with our international partner titles, and we welcome visitors to pay us a visit.
For Netherlands-based wholesaler Inter-Sprint, The Tire Cologne is the natural successor to the Reifen show that took place in Essen every two years until 2016 – especially when considering projected exhibitor and visitor numbers – and for this reason, being there as an exhibitor is a must.
The 15th China International Tire Expo (CITExpo) reports that 14,000 professional visitors came from 120 countries in search of business opportunities in China. There were some 6800 overseas visitors as well as 7200 domestic visitors and 40,000 square metres exhibition space.
Tyrexpo UK organisers Singex have decided to cancel this year’s event due to the “current uncertain climate”. The announcement was made in a letter to partners – including Tyres & Accessories – which expressed the company’s disappointment and apologies that this decision was necessary.
We’re spoiled for choice when it comes to tyre trade exhibitions, and therefore the organisers behind these shows must compete to convince the industry that theirs is the one to visit. Tyrepress.com recently attended Tyrexpo Asia, and spoke with project director Andrew Tan about what he and his team have planned for the fair and for the Tyrexpo franchise in order to set it apart from the rest.
Tyrexpo UK 2017 will be staged in Hall 7 of the NEC in Birmingham between 4 and 5 October, with around 3,500 square metres of floor-space. Hosted by SingEx Exhibitions of Singapore, it becomes the latest show to form part of the firm’s event portfolio of tyre and automotive related exhibitions. SingEx currently stages ongoing bi-annual tyre shows in Singapore and Johannesburg, South Africa along with yearly events in India (Delhi and Chennai) and the company is now turning its attention on the UK market.