Avon Tyres, a brand owned and manufactured by Cooper Tire, dominated the opening round of the 2009 FIA European Rallycross Championship at Lydden circuit, in Kent. In a championship where tyre choice is completely open and where tyres have to provide traction on both asphalt and gravel on every lap, Avon reports that the popularity of its selection has increased over recent seasons. 37 of the 38 drivers who scored at Lydden use Avon Tyres.
The official tyre supplier to Formula One, Bridgestone Motorsport has completed its first group test of 2009 at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve near Portimão, Portugal, where two compounds of 2009 specification slick tyres were used, as well as current specification wet and extreme wet tyres. Five teams were present over four days of testing between 19-22 January.
Though the Algarve location is famed for its good weather, the test was affected by wet and windy weather, and at one stage hailstones fell on the track during the course of the four days. While Bridgestone’s soft and super soft compound slick tyres were available for use, teams predominantly opted for the wet and extreme wet tyres. Adding to the difficulty of the wet weather, the ambient temperature was also much cooler than is expected to be experienced at races this season. This restricted the amount of meaningful data that could be obtained. Compounding the problem was the relatively new circuit, whose surface was very slippery as a result of both the weather and its freshness.
Portuguese retreader, Recauchutagem São Mamede, recently invested in new equipment including a buffing machine and tyre builder. “With this new equipment we have increased our productivity and quality to attend the needs of the competitive European market” said company owner Jorge Pereira. “Our clients are really satisfied with Vipal products and we wish to continue growing with the partnership,” Mr Eugenio Pereira added.
São Mamede was founded in 1998, located in Guimarães, North of Portugal, and has grown successfully since then by supplying high quality retreads to the market. Owned by the Pereira Family; each part of the company is co-ordinated by a family member. Mr. Joao Pereira; comments that “the company is well established and managed because of the commitment to quality from all employees.”
Continental is now equipping further high-class vehicles at DaimlerChrysler with tyres. Germany’s leading tyre manufacturer has recently been awarded the contract to factory fit a share of all models in the new Mercedes- Benz C Class.
Continental supplies ContiPremiumContact 2 and ContiSportContact 3 in sizes 16, 17 and 18 inches to the Mercedes-Benz C Class. The ContiPremiumContact 2 excels with short braking distances, comfortable handling and low rolling resistance, while the ContiSportContact 3 offers superb grip for acceleration and braking.
Continental manufactures the new tyres for Mercedes-Benz in Germany, France, Portugal and the Czech Republic.
Jato Dynamics’ analysis of new car registrations in the EU and EFTA region for the first five months of 2006 shows that the overall European market for new cars rose by 2.7 per cent compared with the same period in 2005, to a total volume of 6,918,355 units.
Year-to-date (YTD) growth was significantly higher than in April, due to an overall rise of 10.6 per cent in the European market for new cars in May 2006 (a total volume for the month of 1,455,421 units).
Driving while listening to football (particularly penalty shoot outs!) is as dangerous as using a mobile phone a new survey reports. According to the poll conducted by online insurance broker motorinsurance.co.uk UK roads must have been dangerous places to be throughout the game against Portugal on Saturday.
Shepton Mallet-based Framptons Transport Services Ltd has identified an average fuel saving of 0.24 mpg (nearly three per cent) on its ERF ECT tractor units, following a trial of Michelin Energy tyres, which are designed for trucks operating primarily on major roads and motorways. The trial saw two tractor units fitted with 315/70 R22.5 A2 Energy tyres as original equipment in 2004, with the fuel economy carefully monitored for a period of 18 months. Fuel consumption was measured against identical vehicles in the fleet operating on Michelin’s ‘E’ segment tyres.
(Akron/Tire Review) Trojan Tyres in Australia and Sousa & Companhia LDA from Portugal have joined the Tire Retread Information Bureau (TRIB), giving the organization 430 total members.
”We are now at 430 members in over 30 countries, which is the highest we have been in years,” said Harvey Brodsky, TRIB’s managing director. “As our promotional materials about retreading and tyre repairing continue to be circulated to the trucking and tyre media worldwide, more and more retreaders and tyre dealers who sell retreads are beginning to appreciate the value of TRIB membership.
The International Tyre Club is to hold its 2005 meeting in Lisbon, Portugal from March 9-11.
Club secretary James Graham pointed out the reasons behind the decision: “Although recently we have concentrated on introducing the markets of Eastern Europe to our members we do not want to over-focus on these. Other areas of Europe offer just as much new opportunity and in Lisbon we will not just be introducing new faces from Portugal itself. We will be looking to the whole of Spain, South to Morocco & NW Africa and West to Brazil. All areas of equally fast moving potential.”
The ITC’s ‘summit’ style format provides an arena for trade discussions for its tyre and wheel business members.
Club events seek to foster new and mutually beneficial commercial links in regions offering the prospect of higher than average long-term potential. Both the Czech Republic and Hungary have hosted recent successful Club meetings.
The European Union has approved grants given by the Portuguese government to Continental as an incentive to establish projects in Lousado, Portugal. The Swedish government had raised objections when Continental closed a production plant in Sweden (Gislaved) and transferred work to Portugal (Mabor). The EU reserves the right to re-examine the case if new evidence arises.
Hayes Lemmerz International announced the sale of its non-core System Service business to Schedl Automotive System Service Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH & Co. Verwaltungs-KG, in Germany. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Hayes Lemmerz acquired the System Service business in 1997 in connection with the acquisition of Lemmerz Holding GmbH. The business has approximately 250 employees and operates five tire and wheel assembly operations, one of which is a 49% joint venture (51% Continental in Portugal). These facilities are located in Belgium, Germany, the Czech Republic and Portugal.