For three days in London (3 – 5 September), IRC2019 will focus on technical advances in the global rubber market through over 160 talks scheduled across 4 sessions each day. With more than 500 attendees already registered for the event next week, this world-leading event hosted by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) at the Kia Oval Cricket Ground is a fantastic opportunity for global experts to exchange knowledge and ideas in the field as well as network in the heart of the UK.
London Fire Brigade (LFB) reports that a “single storey warehouse was destroyed” during a blaze at a Kwik Fit outlet in London. Ten fire engines and around 70 firefighters from the East Ham, Ilford, Stratford, Plaistow, Leytonstone, Barking and Poplar fire stations were called out on Tuesday evening. Firefighters battled the blaze for more than an hour before bringing it under control, their job made more difficult by gas cylinders that exploded due to the heat.
London will receive upwards of 50,000 more electric chargepoints between now and 2025 after mayor Sadiq Khan called for an “electric revolution”. The number of electric vehicles in the capital is expected to jump from about 20,000 to 330,000 by then.
ChargePoint, the world’s leading EV charging network, announced the opening of a series of new EV rapid charging locations in Central London in support of the Mayor and Transport for London’s EV Infrastructure Taskforce, which launches its delivery plan today (17 June). ChargePoint has been part of the EV Infrastructure Taskforce stakeholder group for the last year, working with the Mayor’s Office, TfL and other organisations on setting out the vision for the future of EV charging in London as demand and adoption of electric vehicles continues to grow.
A new £23 million scrappage scheme to help take the most polluting vans off London roads has been launched to prepare for the ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ). The scheme, announced by the Mayor of London, will initially help London’s micro-businesses – defined as those with fewer than 10 employees – to switch to the cleanest vehicles, including electric.
The last couple of years have been something of a whirlwind for the European Fintyre Distribution project, which has seen the business grow from a key player in the Italian market into a wider European operation with aspirations of being the leading force in pan-European tyre distribution and perhaps even beyond. Tyres & Accessories recently met with European Fintyre chief executive officer Mauro Pessi in order find out more about the company’s decision to base its central headquarters in London as well as its general, ongoing growth.
The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London played host recently to the glittering official launch of the NIO team’s 2018/2019 ABB FIA Formula E Championship programme, where the squad revealed a new driver line-up for Season 5, a new official partner and, of course, a brand new car.
Worldwide Olympic Partner Bridgestone and its campaign ambassador, double Olympic gold medallist, Daley Thompson, will open a pop-up gym on London’s Southbank to mark the decathlete’s 60th birthday. The gym, which will open for one day only, will be located on Riverside Grass, Southbank, London on Tuesday 14 August and is part of Bridgestone’s Olympic partnership campaign, Chase Your Dream, No Matter What. The motivational campaign aims to inspire people of all ages, abilities and passions.
In response to the Mayor’s Clean Air Summit and proposals to bring forward the Government’s ban on new petrol and diesel sales from 2040 to 2030, Caroline Russell AM, Chair of the London Assembly Environment Committee said:
Islington Council has gone a step further than the Mayor of London by proposing to impose on all diesel vehicles – including Euro 6 diesels and diesel hybrids – a £2 per hour visitor parking surcharge from early next year.
With over 2 billion passenger journeys a year, bus usage is around double that of the London Underground. But bus passenger numbers are in decline. Between 2014/15 and 2016/17, the number of passenger journeys made on buses fell by six per cent. In its second piece of important work on the capital’s buses, the London Assembly Transport Committee report ‘London’s bus network’ (published 17 August 2017) tackles the this subject and recommends:
Fleet and retail customers located within the area encircled by the M25 can now arrange for Kwik Fit to mount tyres on their vehicles between 8:30am and 8:30pm, seven days a week. While operating hours for the rest of the UK remain 8.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday and 8.30am to 1pm on a Saturday, the new ‘Mobile7’ format will be extended to other metropolitan areas in 2017.
The GMB trade union is up in arms over what it calls a ‘ridiculous’ language test which forces London private hire drivers to fork out at least £180 to prove they speak English. GMB says introducing the tests could see a private education firm pocket £20 million.
The latest restaurants to be awarded new Michelin Stars will be revealed at a live event for the first time in Great Britain and Ireland. The October presentation will coincide with the publication of the Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland 2017 and it is expected to attract top chefs and key food industry figures