(Akron/Tire Review) Officials of United Steelworkers Local 890, representing Continental Tire North America’s Bryan, Ohio, OTR tyre plant, say they are close to finalizing agreements that will clear the way for Titan International to buy the facility. As per its contract with the union, before CTNA can sell the plant the USW must settle on a new master contract with the buyer – in this case Titan – presuming the new deal will be at least equal to its current contract.
Online tyre retailer Blackcircles.com says it is on course to achieve a record turnover of at least £10 million after receiving more than 150 enquiries about joining its franchise network, which was launched in January. Blackcircles claims to be leading the revitalisation of local garages, with independents and dealerships throughout the UK joining the network “in a bid to challenge the monopoly of national tyre chains.” With a turnover of £5 million in 2005, and a projected turnover of £10 – £15 million for 2006, Blackcircles is experiencing month on month growth.
The United Steel-workers announced last Thursday that its members at Goodyear’s Asheboro, NC wire plant ratified a contract by a 98 per cent vote. The contract covers 330 workers. The agreement provides for a general wage increase and a bonus upon ratification.
Confusion over the difference between retreads and re-grooved tyres means retreads may not be phased out of the Malaysian market after all. The news comes after Malaysian transport Ministry Secretary General Datuk Mohd Safaruddin raised the hackles of retreaders worldwide, by reportedly saying that the use of retreaded tyres would be phased out of his country. Digging deeper it appears that the combination of the dishonest sales of regrooved tyres as re-treads and some language confusion has clouded the issue.
(Akron/Tire Review) In response to petitions, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced several changes to its tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) rule. First, the agency will roll back the compliance date for requiring TPMS information in vehicle owners’ manuals to 1 September 2006.
Trend Tracker Limited, the UK automotive research, consultancy and training firm established in 2004, has formed an exclusive alliance with German-based automotive aftermarket consultancy Wolk & Partner Car Consult GmbH.
This alliance, says the firm, will result in UK suppliers benefiting from: Access to market expertise on the German aftermarket; the availability of English-language reports on the German aftermarket; and the introduction of a range of web-based tools only previously available to companies in Germany.
Delphi has announced details of its latest friction catalogue. The 2005/6 guide was designed in conjunction with customers and features am improved new-to-range section and buyers guide, better application detail, more European languages and, for the first time, the use of product symbols.
“We’re always seeking constructive feedback from our customers and using this to fine tune our service offering,” said Lesley Culpan, European marketing manager – braking. “As a direct result of this approach, this latest catalogue is smaller but still contains plenty of handy diagrams to ensure our customers spend less time looking for the right parts and more time serving their customers.”
Other significant improvements include the use of OE numbers and thumbnail drawings in the new-to-range section, together with an improved buyers guide. “Because this catalogue is used across Europe we’re really conscious of the potential language barriers that can arise,” continued Mr Culpan. “The use of symbols against products is a first for us but specifically designed to save time when identifying parts, whatever the language.”
Yokohama Rubber Co has announced that it has launched an English-language world Advan site. The website will provide information on the brand policy and the latest ADVAN offerings, as well as links to dealer home pages around the globe. The company says the web site will underscore its brand image with the “Not for Everyone” catchphrase. The web page will also feature Advan Spirit and Product sections, which will highlight the company’s concepts initial offerings respectively. The website can be accessed through http://www.advan.com.
Mayerosch, a German off-road tyre specialist, has launched a new English language online shop, following on from the success a similar German website. The company, which also exports tyres all over the world, “from Andorra to Mongolia” has its sights set on international business. Customers can find the new site at www.offroadtyres.com.
A report by the US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has found that the use of ESC systems can reduce the risk of fatal crashes by 34 per cent, the risk of single-vehicle fatal crashes by 56 per cent and thereby save thousands of lives a year.