Kenda has broken ground on the construction of a new 198,000 sq ft Martin Wheel manufacturing facility in Brimfield Township, Ohio, USA. In a social media post announcing the start of construction, the Taiwan-headquartered tyre and wheel firm said the facility, which will contain a plant, warehouse and office space will support growing demand for speciality tyres and wheels in the United States. and is set to be operational in 2024.
AutoBild Allrad’s 2023 test of 10 all-season SUV tyres gave four tyres the top “exemplary” grade, with two joint-winners. In Germany, all-season tyres have grown with the most recent product generations’ improved technology, despite the traditional strength of its seasonal tyre change market. The magazine, one of Germany’s leading consumer automotive publications, said the top-ranking tyres in its latest test have “matured into true heroes of road traffic.” At the other end of the scale, three of the size 235/65 R17 108 V/W tyres were described as “not recommended”, while three other tyres gained “satisfactory” and “good” final verdicts. So which all-season products could AutoBild Allrad “unreservedly recommend” to motorists?
Eddie Fogarty has joined GB Tyres as national key account manager. Fogarty joins the existing PCR team and will work with colleagues and the senior management team within the business to “further develop and grow its share of the passenger car market.” That means heading up the Kenda tyre dealer programme in addition to “supporting passenger car tyre sales growth through the development of key accounts”.
Kenda has introduced new brand imagery reflecting its “Designed for Your Journey” slogan. The multi-segment tyre manufacturer’s new logo incorporates three design elements in its signature “K”: a check mark on top to represent quality assurance and safety; an inverted V shape on the bottom symbolising a strong foundation; and a diagonal line in the middle that represents the road ahead. Kenda says it wants to refresh the brand to communicate four core values: honesty, quality, service, and innovation.
Following our report naming GB Tyres as the new distributor of Kenda tyres, GB Tyres have confirmed the appointment and added further details. GB Tyres has indeed become UK distributor of Kenda passenger car, SUV, 4×4 and van tyres and the company is said to be “looking forward to an ongoing partnership with the brand”. Specifically, GB Tyres has already accepted delivery of its first Kenda containers and a selection of the range is already available. According to officials, the range of Kenda stock available for immediate delivery will continue to grow over the coming weeks and months.
GB Tyres has been appointed as exclusive distributor of the Kenda Tyres brand in the UK. The news follows a meeting between Sukhi Singh, managing director of GB Tyres and Henno Plaggenborg, director, automotive division Europe at Kenda Tyres today.
In recent test results published by the Swiss Touring Club (TCS) Kenda Tire Europe’s KR210 Kenetica Pro tyre beat some of the biggest names in the business in certain test criteria on the way to achieving a three star ‘recommended’ rating. The reason? Kenda “firmly attributes” this success to its ongoing investment in its research and development centre.
Announcing a second partnership in as many weeks, Kenda and official UK importer Cambrian Tyres are pleased to confirm the brand’s status as official tyre of the Mick Extance Off-Road Experience Centre. As part of the new arrangement, Cambrian will supply the centre with Kenda motocross and enduro tyres.
Kenda and the brand’s official importer Cambrian Tyres tell us that they’ve started the year as they mean to go on, getting 2023 underway by announcing an exciting new partnership with the Lee Walters Off-Road Training School. Thanks to this new partnership, Walters will now be able to rely on Kenda’s wide range of enduro and trail tyres, which can be carefully matched to the type of riding or training he is undertaking.
Recently, four Taiwanese tyre manufacturers, Cheng Shin, Nankang, Federal and Kenda, successively announced their September results. In September, Cheng Shin’s operating revenue was approximately NT$8.875 billion (about 244 million pounds, 280 million euros), an increase of 13.03 per cent over the same period last year.
On 28 June 2022, Huntington Business Credit announced it closed $35 million of new credit facilities with American Kenda Rubber Industrial Co. Ltd. (Kenda USA). According to Huntington Business Credit, the funds were used to “refinance existing indebtedness and provide ongoing working capital growth financing.
Kenda Tires has launched a new range that is developed specifically to meet the needs of European customers. Described as an “expansion of the tried and tested Emera A1” range and available in 28 dimensions for 13- to 16-in rims and in T to V speed ratings, the Kenda Kenetica Pro KR210 is positioned as a high-performance tyre for small to mid-sized cars.
Kenda has won the “Best Practice Award” for manufacturing quality during the 26th National Quality Awards in Taiwan. The award recognizes businesses that demonstrate high quality management and is the only award for business quality issued by the Executive Council in Taiwan. Kenda was one of just 15 to win the award.
Vaccinations were our great hope at the start of 2021, but we entered the new year entirely lacking immunity against other threats. Supply chain issues and escalating raw material, shipping and energy prices quickly became an unwelcome reality. Cambrian Tyres is one of many firms that’s seen the cost of many products go up and the availability of some go way down, but the wholesaler is striving to minimise the global situation’s impact upon its customers.