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.
Following its entry into the Chinese market in October 2019, Point S has opened its first two pilot outlets. The tyre retail and car maintenance group formalised its joint venture, Point S China, with Suremoov and Harson, two major players in the Chinese garage market, and the membership of their respective networks. The formation of the JV was introduced at the end of 2019 during the Paris Equip’Auto show, and in an official ceremony in Shanghai on 25 October.
Point S is expanding in Singapore thanks to closer cooperation with BCC Automotive group, which specializes in car care. According to the company, this collaboration provides consumers with access to a network of sales outlets that can meet all their car needs including maintenance, repair and tyres.
Halfords and Mobivia have forged a joint purchasing alliance relating to own-brand products. The idea is to offer “more effective joint product development and greater innovation in both companies’ motoring and cycling ranges”.
Point S has moved into the Chinese market in cooperation with local partner Suremoov. Suremoov brings 950 franchised outlets with it into the international Point S network. The Suremoov brand has been in existence since 2004 and specialises in bodywork and car care.
Point S has decided to take their involvement in handball, a sport that shares the same values as the brand as far as team spirit is concerned, to the next level. Already heavily involved at a national and international level with the International Handball Federation, from 30 November Point S will be sponsoring the Women’s Handball World Championship in Kumumoto, Japan.
Point S Development has launched the second generation of its Point S 4 Seasons tyre range in Europe. With demand for all-season tyres increasing, and driven by the success of the first Point S 4 Seasons tyre, launched in July 2017, Point S Development wanted launch a revised version of its all-season range.
FlexFuel Energy Development UK (FFEDUK), the UK’s leading hydrogen engine cleaning company, has signed a partner agreement with Point S whereby its Hy-Carbon product will be made available to its members initially throughout the United Kingdom, and with a view to a forthcoming global agreement.
Point S has launched a new version of its private label winter tyre. The new product’s launch is part of the renewal program of the Point S branded tyre range. It follows the market introduction of the new Summerstar 3+ that took place early this year. To support this, a new European campaign has been introduced this year with the personified tyre characters: the SummerHero and the WinterHero.
Professional Pneus, an independent tyre dealer network from the South of Italy, has joined Point S Italy. Professional Pneus’ membership means Point S now has 535 points of sale in Italy, a leading figure in the country.
Gomme & Service, the leading retail network in Italy has joined Point S, the largest independent global network, effective 1 July 2018. The agreement has been structured as a mutual ownership stake between Gomme Service and Point S Italia.
Point S has expanded into the Philippines market. Connecting with the 7,641 islands that make up the Philippines is seen as a strategic move, following the operations expansion into India and Malaysia. According to the company, it will significantly increase Point S’s footprint in the Asian and global tyre landscape.
Point S has opened what it calls its flagship retail outlet for the Southeast Asia region. The centre in Petaling Jaya is the tyre retailing group’s third branded site in Malaysia – Point S entered the country with the opening of its first retail centre there last October. The 20,000 square foot (1,850 square metre facility) has eight service bays, a showroom featuring a Pirelli Performance Centre and BFGoodrich corner, and the site will also act as a terminal for car rental company Gocar Malaysia as well as for Uber competitor Grab Malaysia.
Further growth for Point S in the USA. Thanks to a new distribution partnership in Memphis, the cooperative network is expanding into the state of Tennessee. The partnership brings with it a new distribution centre. The fourth Point S distribution centre in the USA, the facility offers over 120,000 square feet of tyre warehousing.
Independent tyre dealer group Point S has opened its 500th point-of-sale in France, and Point S France is planning for further growth by the end of the year. The aim by the end of 2017 is to have 520 locations within the country.