Giti Tire has strengthened its Northern European operations with Åke Älmdalen appointed as Business Development Manager – Nordics and Amaury Pouzet extending his remit to General Manager – France and Benelux. Åke Älmdalen will be responsible for increasing existing business in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden across both Passenger Car and Light Truck (PCR) […]
Giti Tire reports that it has agreed its first GT Radial distribution deal in Iceland, with Solning already reporting high demand for the initial stock of Champiro IcePro and IcePro SUV. The deal, which commenced at the start of November, is initially for extreme winter weather tyres with the parties already discussing summer stock, including the Adventuro A/T light mud and M/T maximum traction tyres, and the brand’s extensive truck and bus range.
Swedish tyre distributor and retreader the Colmec Group now operates in Poland, Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Finland, where it established a new service and sales organisation in May 2013. The company reports it has now taken the next step towards building up a full sales and service organisation there by appointing a sales manager for the Finnish operation.
Ducati Team’s Casey Stoner took his second victory in a row today at Motegi from third on the grid, catapulting himself into an early lead that he never relinquished, despite pressure throughout from pole man Andrea Dovizioso of Repsol Honda who crossed the line in second. In third, Valentino Rossi was victorious in a tooth-and-nail battle with his Fiat Yamaha teammate, Jorge Lorenzo after trading paint in the closing stages of what was the most nail-biting fight of the race.
The Japanese engineered motorcycle tyre brand FullboreUSA has developed a following stateside, and its popularity is said to be gaining within the racing fraternity, an acceptance that has been reflected by increasing North American sales figures in 2008 and 2009. Here on this side of the pond the FullboreUSA brand is brand new. The range is exclusively available through Delticom’s various national websites – at present FullboreUSA products can be purchased in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Denmark, Poland, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Iceland and the Czech Republic.
Motorists are being urged to prepare their cars for what is predicted to be a hotter-than-average summer in 2009. Autoglym warns that extended periods of intense heat and high levels of the sun’s harmful UV light can do more damage than freezing winter conditions – fading paint, causing rubber and plastics to degrade, and baking corrosive contaminants on to paintwork.
In hot conditions, body-panel temperatures can exceed 50 degrees Celsius, baking on contaminants such as bird droppings and tree sap that can eat into unprotected paintwork. Tyres, plastics and rubber seals around windows and doors are also at risk, and can quickly deteriorate if protective dressings are not applied.
According to data released by on December 16 by JATO Dynamics, the European new car market fell by 25.3 per cent (313,361 units) during November 2008, when compared to the same month last year. Total sales for the month now stand at 924,936 units, down from 1,238,297 in 2007.
This further decline in the market, which has dropped consistently over the past seven months, sees an increased year to date deficit figure in comparison to 2007. The total number of vehicles sold during the first 11 months of 2008 is 13,556,052 units – 7.1 per cent (1,030,584 units) less than during the same period last year.
Finland’s Nokian Tyres is one of 37 candidates competing for the Nordic Council’s Nature and Environment Prize 2008. The regional environmental prize is contested by companies throughout the region, and this year sees entries from Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Iceland and the hard-to-spot-in-the-atlas autonomous island of Åland
The theme for this year’s Nature and Environment Prize is lower energy consumption with better tools. The prize will be awarded to a Nordic product, invention or service that helps to reduce people’s energy consumption. To be eligible, a product, invention or service must be potentially applicable to all of the Nordic countries and make a significant impact. It can be anything from a single object to a major system.
The European Association of Car Makers (ACEA) reports that nearly 16 million new cars were registered in the 27 European Union member states plus 3 EFTA countries (Iceland, Norway and Switzerland) during 2007, 1.1 per cent more than the previous year. Most of this growth, as expected, took place in the new EU member states, with 14.5 per cent growth recorded during the year. A number of factors led to restrained buyer confidence in Western Europe, where registrations only rose by 0.2 per cent.
The Reykjavík City Environmental Health and Protection Committee has suggested that studded tyres should be banned for a longer period in winter. Studded tyres are used for driving in snow and, according to an Iceland Review report, are “known to cause air pollution.” Currently, studded tyre usage is permitted in winter from 31 October to 15 April across Iceland. The suggestion is that two weeks could be added to the off season in Autumn and Spring. Despite the fact that there is usually snow in Reykjavík that other areas, there are now plans to regionalise the legislation. Iceland Review quoted government sources as saying that studded tyres are hardly needed in Reykjavík thanks to regularly salting and gritting.
Jato Dynamics’ analysis of new car registrations in the EU and EFTA region for the first five months of 2006 shows that the overall European market for new cars rose by 2.7 per cent compared with the same period in 2005, to a total volume of 6,918,355 units.
Year-to-date (YTD) growth was significantly higher than in April, due to an overall rise of 10.6 per cent in the European market for new cars in May 2006 (a total volume for the month of 1,455,421 units).
PCL has reported excellent feedback from Reifen visitors viewing its world-leading portfolio of tyre inflation products. UK-based PCL welcomed representatives of tyre shops, mobile tyre vans, garages, car dealers, fleet and transport managers from Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Thailand, Germany, Poland, Korea and Iceland. Substantial orders were placed for the EC-approved Airforce – PCL’s brand new generation of mechanical handheld air line gauges.
The Environment Agency continues to investigate after a trailer full of tyres was dumped in the A41 lay-by in Tushingham. The trailer bears Iceland’s livery but, according to Cheshire Online, was sold to George Simmonds & Son Commercial of Bristol, a trailer dealership, in 2004. An Iceland spokesman told Cheshire Online: ”We no longer sell trailers to them as we have a condition that our livery is removed before the trailer is reused.”
In the US, Goodyear is launching its biggest media campaign since the launch of the Aquatred in 1992, featuring its new Assurance tyre brand. A 30-second advert will run on network and cable television during prime-time viewing hours. It will also be shown during popular late-night shows (Jay Leno, David Letterman etc.) and will run during high profile sporting events such as the Kentucky Derby. The campaign also features a 90-second mini-film to be shown in cinemas – the first time Goodyear has used this medium. Both the TV commercial and the movie were shot in Iceland, directed by film director Jan De Bont and feature the voice of internationally famous actor Patrick Stewart.
Pirelli has won a contract worth more than 30 million Euros to manufacture and lay a 1,400 km-long fibre-optic cable, which will connect the networks of Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Scotland. The contract was awarded by Icelandic company Farice Hf.