Nokian Tyres has shifted away from its Vianor retail franchise concept in Germany. The Finnish tyre manufacturer said that it is “continuing the close cooperation with our former Vianor dealers in a new, but similarly intensive way under our Nokian Authorised Dealers (NAD) marketing concept.” The move comes shortly after Nokian sold its US Vianor Tire Centers business to Point S, and signifies a move away from the Vianor branding outside the brand’s domestic-plus Nordic region, where Vianor is established with 186 Vianor Equity locations. Anna Hyvönen, SVP, Nordics & Vianor, told Tyres & Accessories that the company is enacting its plans to “optimise” its Central European and North American distribution network via NAD, “focusing on the quality of the partners and providing excellent support and benefits.”
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.
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.
While the Finnish tyremaker is best known for its winter and Nordic market-orientated products, Nokian Tyres is currently promoting its “versatile summer tyre selection for Central European market”. Nokian’s latest generation summer tyre range features “Dual Zone Safety technology”, which is specially developed for varying summer conditions. According to the company, this technology was first introduced in the passenger car models and then carried on to the SUV and cross-over range. Nokian Tyres’ products offer premium driving comfort, durability and, above all, first-class safety – ensuring perfect peace of mind for all summer trips.
Nokian has appointed Jukka Moisio president and CEO as of 27 May, 2020. Hille Korhonen will step down after leading the company for the last three years. Moisio has led international companies previously, such as Huhtamäki Oyj, a global packaging company, and Ahlstrom Oyj.
Toni Silfverberg has been appointed to lead Nokian Tyres’ new Marketing & Sales Excellence team starting 1 June 2020. Silfverberg will be a member of Nokian Tyres management team and report to Jukka Kasi, SVP products and marketing. Toni Silfverberg moves to the position from Nokian Heavy Tyres, where he has been leading sales and marketing globally. Previously Silfverberg has worked in international companies like H+H International A/S and Inion Oy, where he had leading roles in sales and marketing, finance and ICT.
The demands placed upon tractor tyres are evolving. In addition to field work, the volume of transport tasks and time spent on the road has increased significantly in recent years. This trend presents a challenge for tyre designers as field and road applications are very different by nature. Nokian Tyres approached this challenge with a new kind of hybrid pattern technology that aims to offer the best of both worlds, combining a field-ready lug pattern with a block pattern to improve on-road properties. But does it work in practice? The Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Agricultural Engineering at Germany’s Kiel University put the Nokian Ground King tyre through its paces to find out.
Nokian Tyres reports that the shutdown which began on 27 March in response to COVID-19 ended on Monday 27 April with the reopening of its factory in the USA. Some plant employees have returned to work for the start of a phased reopening process. The company’s factory in Russia resumed production on 6 April.
Adrian Kaczmarczyk (Dipl. Ing. Engineering, MBA) has been appointed Nokian Tyres Senior Vice President, Supply Operations. He will take up the position on 1 November 2020 at the latest. Nokian Tyres current SVP, Supply Operations Esa Eronen will retire at the end of this year after working for more than 30 years in the company.
Production at the Nokian Tyres’ Russian factory in Vsevolozhsk re-launched on Monday 6 April 2020. According to the company, the restrictions adopted by the the Russian presidential decree dated 2 April 2020 extending the “non-working regime’ until the end of April, do not apply to Nokian’s Vsevolozhsk factory. This is said to be because “as it is a continuously operating enterprise…it is thus allowed to continue normal operations”.
It’s almost two years since the reign of the Nokian Tractor King began, and this regally-titled agricultural tyre range has more than doubled in size since coming to market. It is growing again in 2020 with the addition of a dimension that Nokian Heavy Tyres says expands the tyre family’s potential even further.
Nokian Tyres has announced a dividend of 0.79 euros per share for the 2019 financial year, paypayble 17 April 2020. In addition, the company’s Board of Directors is authorised to approve an additional dividend payment of up to 0.79 euros per share “at a later stage when Nokian Tyres is able to make a more reliable estimate on the impacts of the COVID-19 to the company’s business.” This authorisation is valid until the company’s next Annual General Meeting.