Winter is the season when Nokian Tyres comes into its own, which is fitting for the world’s northernmost tyre manufacturer, and the company is renewing its comprehensive and versatile range of studded winter tyres. At the beginning of 2021, Nokian is introducing its new flagship products: the Nokian Hakkapeliitta 10 studded tyre for passenger cars and SUVs. A special new addition to this product family is a dedicated version for electric vehicles and hybrids. For the first time, Nokian Tyres is also introducing a model especially tailored for the Russian market: the Nokian Hakkapeliitta 10p studded tyre.
The realm of the Nokian Ground King is growing thanks to the addition of new sizes. By January 2021, Ground King will rule over 20 subjects, with dimensions available for most medium and high-power tractors.
Nokian E-Truck is a 3PMSF-marked tyre range initially launched in 22.5-inch sizes in 2017. Nokian Tyres recently added 17.5-inch fitments and has now announced that the range will further grow to include a 19.5-inch version.
Reija Laaksonen has been appointed Nokian Tyres’ new Head of Global Marketing starting 9 November 2020. She reports to Andrei Pantioukhov, executive vice president and member of Nokian Tyres’ management team.
47 year old Finn Jussi Kallioniemi has been officially confirmed as the new Guinness World Record holder for the fastest time to push a car one mile.
The new World Record was set on October 24 at the tyre manufacturer’s test track at Nokia in Finland, and Kallioniemi’s time of 13 minutes and 26 seconds beat the previous record by almost two minutes.
Rudolf Perner is now heading up Nokian Tyres’ operation in a number of Central European markets. The company recently reported that as managing director of Nokian Tyres GmbH, Perner took on responsibility for operations in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark and the Netherlands as of 1 August 2020.
Finnish prosecutors have decided to press charges against six former members of the Nokian Tyres plc board as well as past president & chief executive officer Ari Lehtoranta; all were associated with the company in the period between 2015 and 2016. It additionally intends to impose a corporate fine upon the company, to a maximum of 850,000 euros. The prosecutor has also decided to press charges for suspected abuse of insider information against four persons who were employees of Nokian Tyres in 2015. In a statement supplied to Nasdaq Helsinki yesterday, Nokian Tyres stresses that “all persons charged deny their involvement in any criminal activity”
Nokian Tyres has launched the Intuitu agricultural tyre monitoring system (introduced at Agritechnica 2019) in Finland. Nokian Tyres Intuitu uses sensor-equipped smart tyres and a smartphone app to get tyre pressure and temperature data on your phone. Nokian Tyres has launched the Intuitu agricultural tyre monitoring system (introduced at Agritechnica 2019) in Finland. Nokian Tyres Intuitu uses sensor-equipped smart tyres and a smartphone app to get tyre pressure and temperature data on your phone.
As Nokian Tyres reported earlier in the year, it selected Adrian Kaczmarczyk to succeed Esa Eronen as senior vice president of Supply Operations following the latter’s retirement. He officially commenced in this new role on Tuesday after gradually familiarising himself with the company and its business during the past half-year, and also joins the tyre maker’s management team.
Nokian Tyres’ mission statement is to provide motorists with “peace of mind in all conditions,” and Central Europe region SVP Bahri Kurter says Nokian is taking the “all conditions” aspect literally. Interest in products beyond its established winter business has grown in recent years and driven the launch of new summer tyres such as the Powerproof and Wetproof. Now Nokian Tyres is turning its attention to the growing all-season segment.
Nokian Tyres has sold its Vianor US business to Oregon-based Point S member Gills Point S Tire. The transaction covers ten Vianor service centres, with all current Vianor US service centre employees will be taken on by Gills Point S Tire & Auto Service.
As of 24 August, Tytti Bergman is no longer Nokian Tyres’ senior vice president, People and Culture. The tyre maker shares that Bergman has left the company “to pursue other career opportunities.” Tarja Kaipio, vice president, Human Resources, has stepped into the position on an interim basis until a permanent successor is appointed.
Nokian Tyres has extended its Nokian E-Truck range with an option for mid-sized trucks and buses that primarily operate in regional and city traffic. New 17.5-inch tyres will be available from the second half of 2020 as steer or drive axle fitments.
Nokian Tyres has reported second quarter 2020 net sales of 270.7 million euros. In the comparative period 2019, this figure was 415.7 million euros. Therefore, the Finnish company’s second quarter net sales were 30 per cent lower than this time last year.