The EICMA motorcycle show returns to Milan this week, and amongst the products on display are two newcomers from Eurogrip, one of the fastest growing brands in the powered two-wheeler tyre segment. Eurogrip globally launched the Roadhound sport touring tyre and the Climber XC off-road tyre.
Zhongce Rubber’s Westlake brand OTR tyres made an appearance at Bauma 2022 in Munich, Germany alongside its sales partner, Marangoni Retreading Systems Deutschland (MRSD). The two companies have also cooperated in Italy; the latest Westlake tyres manufactured by Zhongce Rubber will also appear in the Italian market via Marangoni. Tyrepress sister website Reifenpresse visited the companies’ exhibition.
The Bridgestone factory in Rome, Italy has become the company’s first tyre plant worldwide to achieve International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) PLUS certification. The plant gained certification at the beginning of September thanks to its use of bio-circular and circular-based materials. Bridgestone EMIA says it will expand the assessment programme to further European plants from 2023.
A team of 47 colleagues from VMI facilities in Epe, the Netherlands and Leszno, Poland participated in the Stelvio for Life challenge on Saturday 3 September. With this, they raised over 86,000 euros in the fight against cancer.
Earlier this month, Prometeon Tyre Group (PTG) became the main sponsor of Italian football club Parma Calcio. Its multi-year agreement with the club, which currently plays in the second-tier Serie B league, gives the tyre maker a presence on players’ shirts and within their home stadium. Shirts will display the Prometeon logo rather than the Pirelli branding encountered on PTG tyres.
The SuperTruck dealer consortium is gearing up to launch in six European markets, including the UK, and Prometeon Tyre Group has appointed Riccardo Schena to lead the network during this time of growth. The company introduced Schena, who has served as Prometeon’s chief financial officer for Europe since September 2020, to dealers at a recent meeting in the Italian town of Gubbio.
Manuel Zoldan and Gianluca Folco have answered a question we never thought of asking – how quickly can a wheel be changed on a moving vehicle? The Italian duo managed the task in 1 min 17.64 seconds, and this stands as a Guinness World Record.
Guido Gambassi, former deputy secretary of the Italian Tyre Retreaders Association (AIRP) and tyre dealers’ association Federpneus, takes over as president of European retreading association BIPAVER this month. He succeeds Finland’s Jukka Lankolainen and will serve as president for a two-year period. Gambassi, formerly BIPAVER vice-president, was appointed to the top job during the association’s General Assembly 2022, which took place as an online event on 28 June.
Hella Gutmann presented its new MT-HV module combined with the mega macs X multi-brand diagnostic tool for high voltage measurements on hybrid and electric vehicles at Autopromotec. The MT-HV module communicates with mega macs X via Bluetooth and is powered by a rechargeable battery, thus eliminating wiring that could be a hindrance during high voltage tests.
Service equipment manufacturers ecube and Fasep formed a team at Autopromotec to display both mobile and garage-based equipment. The ecube mobile tyre service unit is an all-in-one 48V solution that can be fitted in the back of any van or trailer. It is designed to be compact, lightweight, user friendly with no engines running while servicing anywhere and anytime customers.
Davanti Tyres launched its recent entrance into the Italian market directly via its new subsidiary, Davanti Tyres SRL, at Autopromotec 2022. The wholly owned subsidiary of Davanti Tyres UK has been established with a dedicated team and logistical operation in Italy. The company wants its new subsidiary to build a network of tyre retailers across Italy.
Netherlands based, family-owned OTR tyre manufacturer Magna Tyres returned to the Tire Cologne show last month with a determined agenda to meet once more with their growing worldwide customer base.
Stephan van Leeuwen, Magna’s sales director (Original Equipment), with additional responsibility for the Italian, UK and Eire markets commented: “We have always considered international tyre shows as a strong priority to meet new companies and obtain new sales leads so being at a ‘live’ show’ once more is a very positive move forward again.”
Trelleborg Wheel Systems, in partnership with Agricolus, has launched a new integrated platform to provide digital solutions for smart and sustainable farming. The unified platform provides farmers with additional key information to help them increase yields and optimise farm management through a website and mobile app.
Springwater Capital has completed the strengthening of the capital structure of the large Italian tyre distributer Fintyre, reports our Italian sister website PneusNews. The transaction completes the process started in June 2020 with the request for an arrangement with creditors presented by Fintyre to the Court of Brescia after the exit of Bain Capital, the main shareholder.