As mentioned on Tyrepress.com yesterday, the future of tyre making at the site of Bridgestone’s recently-closed Béthune in France has been secured by a deal signed this month between major European vehicle maintenance and mobility firm Mobivia and French retreading specialist Black Star. With support from Bridgestone, the partners are gearing up to retread car, SUV and light commercial vehicle tyres in Béthune – products that Bridgestone intends to sell through selected retail outlets.
A change at the top has been announced at A.T.U., the European automotive services provider that Michelin acquired a 20 per cent share in earlier this year. After serving as chief executive officer for the past three years, Jörn Werner is stepping out of the company’s operative business and has become chairman of the company’s Supervisory Board. He succeeds Fabien Derville, who is president of majority shareholder, Mobivia Groupe.
Mobivia and Point S have agreed a procurement alliance. According to the two companies, this strategic alliance will cover the listing and sourcing of the products ranges purchased by both Groups – that is tyres and car parts – for the markets they cover. However, while the two organisations are working together in terms of purchasing, under the terms of the alliance each group remains autonomous when it comes to the management of its network, policies and development.