The management board of Firma Oponiarska Dębica S.A. concluded a loan agreement with Goodyear S.A., Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg on 20 December 2022, under which Debica will grant Goodyear a loan worth 100 million Polish Zloty (£18.333 million; 21.338 million euros; US$27.676 million). The loan repayment date has been set at 19 December 2023.
Błażej Bębenista has been named as the new commercial director of Yokohama CEE Sp. z o.o. based in Warsaw, Poland, effective 1 January 2023.
Bębenista brings with him 11 years of experience in the tyre industry, including the retail manager/managing director position at Driver Polska; and motorsport manager Poland as well as other sales positions at major tyre manufacturers.
A team of 47 colleagues from VMI facilities in Epe, the Netherlands and Leszno, Poland participated in the Stelvio for Life challenge on Saturday 3 September. With this, they raised over 86,000 euros in the fight against cancer.
Even if you aren’t familiar with the name Kabat Tyre, chances are that you’ve owned or used products that have a Kabat connection. This is because the Polish company isn’t just the largest manufacturer of inner tubes in Europe and a manufacturer of tyres for the off-highway segment – it also supplies rubber compound to big-name tyre makers.
When the going gets tough, diversify. This strategy helped storage systems specialist Arcom weather the storms of the past two years. The Polish company is once again enjoying strong demand, both within the tyre industry and beyond. We caught up with sales manager Marcin Smulski during The Tire Cologne to find out more.
Swedish retreader and tyre distributor Colmec Group has appointed former vice-president Patrick Sjölin to the position of chief executive officer. He succeeds company owner Peter Eckerström, who will now support the organisation as a senior advisor and chairman of the board. At the same time, Mats-Johan Adner joins Colmec as its head of sales for all markets in which the company is present.
Magna Tyres has agreed to buy Polish tyre dealer Industra Ltd. Financial details have not been disclosed. But Magna Tyres Group did report that it is “on track to increase turnover to 600 million euros in three to five years amd that Industra’s annual net turnover is almost 10 million euros.
Giti-sponsored truck racing team Holten finished one of the world’s leading extreme off-road events with only one set of Giti tyres. Described as the “Dakar of Europe”, the Rallye Breslau in Poland is a five-day, 1,300km cross-country rally across some of the most difficult terrains. The Netherlands-based team entered a modified Mercedes 1622 800HP and a Scania 4×4 630 in a field of 28 vehicles in the Extreme Trucks category.
German tyre wholesaler, retailer and service provider Pneuhage has realigned and renamed its business in Poland. Going forwards the bulk of its activities there, including the 1999-established Pneuhage Service Opon, will operate under the name Interpneu Polska.
This year, retreading materials manufacturer Vipal Rubber is celebrating what it views as an important milestone – 15 years of operations in Eastern Europe. Vipal’s activities within this region began with the opening of a distribution centre in Slovenia in 2006, and today it supplies treads and other retreading products to approximately 50 customers there and in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland as well as to markets in the Balkan and Baltic regions.
STARCO is expanding its remit as distributor of the Kenda passenger car tyre range. It took on responsibility for these products in the Swiss market three years ago, and will now begin distributing Kenda passenger car tyres in Poland.
Some 600 athletes from across Europe are heading to Toruń, Poland for the European Athletics Indoor Championships 2021, which will take place between 5 and 7 March. Toyo Tires returns as an official partner, continuing the relationship that began at the event held in Berlin three years ago.
Arko-Gum, the Polish distributor of Vipal’s line of tyre repair products has launched a new e-commerce website. The company said the new site is “a way of increasing contact with its target audiences and overcoming social isolation,” The website targets B2B sales of its product lines, including the full range of materials from Vipal’s repair line. Arko-Gum has been Vipal’s partner for 10 years, nine of which have been exclusive.