With a fresh commercial tyre range now available and the UK launch of its new fleet service offer just months away, there is plenty happening at Prometeon Tyre Group (PTG). To find out more we caught up with Ali Yilmaz, who in July was named commercial director for the UK, Ireland and the Nordic countries.
On 11 October, a 59/80R63 radial engineering tyre rolled off the production line at Aeolus’s Jiaozuo manufacturing base. This giant OTR tyre has a diameter of over four metres and a weight of nearly six tons. It is mainly used for giant mining weighing about 400 tons.
Adeel Tariq has joined the Yokohama Europe GmbH team in Düsseldorf, Germany as the company’s new Vice President Human Resources & Admin. He comes to Yokohama Rubber’s European sales and marketing business from Prometeon Tyre Group, where he held several roles over a five-year period.
A significant leadership change has taken place within the company closely linked with Pirelli, Aeolus and Prometeon Tyre Group. During an executive meeting that Sinochem Holdings held this morning for middle and senior management, a representative from the Chinese Communist Party announced that Ning Gaoning is no longer chairman of the company’s board, nor is he secretary of Sinochem’s leading party group. Li Fanrong takes over both positions.
Earlier this month, Prometeon Tyre Group (PTG) became the main sponsor of Italian football club Parma Calcio. Its multi-year agreement with the club, which currently plays in the second-tier Serie B league, gives the tyre maker a presence on players’ shirts and within their home stadium. Shirts will display the Prometeon logo rather than the Pirelli branding encountered on PTG tyres.
The SuperTruck dealer consortium is gearing up to launch in six European markets, including the UK, and Prometeon Tyre Group has appointed Riccardo Schena to lead the network during this time of growth. The company introduced Schena, who has served as Prometeon’s chief financial officer for Europe since September 2020, to dealers at a recent meeting in the Italian town of Gubbio.
On 28 June, China National Tyre & Rubber Co., Ltd (CNRC), a subsidiary of state-owned conglomerate Sinochem Holdings, completed the acquisition of the 38 per cent share in Prometeon Tyre Group (PRG) owned by High Grade (HK) Investment Management Ltd. Once it has concluded “internal decision-making procedures,” CNRC will entrust its stake in PTG to Aeolus Tyre.
Prometeon Tire Group has appointed Luca Frangi as CEO for its Eastern European organisational structure. Frangi has almost 20 years of experience within Pirelli. He will take up his new position in July 2022. Prometeon added that Jarosław Krzempek will leave the company from 8 July 2022 to take advantage of new professional opportunities.
In early May, Prometeon Tyre Group launched its Pirelli-branded Serie 02 truck tyre range in Venice, Italy. More than 200 customers from 10 countries were invited to learn about the launch of the Serie 02, which has been on sale in the EMEA region since April. General manager Roberto Righi, chief technical officer Alexandre Bregantim, head of marketing Sabina Oriani and region Europe CEO Francesco Antonacci were all on-hand to explain about Prometeon’s latest products and strategies.
Prometeon is introducing a new generation of Pirelli-branded truck tyres, with five product lines for long haul, regional, urban and construction site applications arriving in EMEA markets early April. The range includes the first long haul Prometeon tyre with an EU label A rating for fuel efficiency.
Yokohama has appointed Gregorio Borgo as president and CEO of Yokohama´s European headquarters, Yokohama Europe GmbH. He succeeds the current president, Hiroyuki Shioiri, who becomes chairman of Yokohama Europe GmbH effective 10 October 2021.
Prometeon Tyre Group has opened its largest global dedicated R&D Centre at its plant in Kocaeli, Turkey. The opening ceremony was held in the presence of Mustafa Varank, Minister of Industry and Technology of Turkey. Representing Prometeon were Roberto Righi, deputy general manager of Prometeon Tyre Group, Alexandre Bregantim, global chief technical officer of Prometeon Tyre Group, Lale Cander, chairwoman of Prometeon Turkey, and the entire management team of Prometeon Turkey. The event was held with a limited number of guests, in line with the ongoing pandemic measures.
Prometeon Tyre Group shares that it recently extended storage capacity at its central warehouse in Germany to accommodate additional stocks of agricultural tyres. The tyre maker says it expanded warehouse operations in order to speed up delivery times throughout the region as well as to offer better its trading partners a higher level of service, however, it that this extra capacity at the Dieburg site, which has been available since 1 July, coincides with growth in its Pirelli IF agricultural tyre range.
PJ Thory Ltd has installed a TyreWatch system to monitor and control tyre maintenance and safety across its extensive 8-wheeler HGV fleet. The firm’s diverse operation spans mixed haulage, aggregate supplies, waste management and demolition. Working with TyreWatch technicians and Prometeon Tyre Group, the agro and off-road tyre specialist, PJ Thory, undertook an analysis and short trial to assess their requirements and bed-in the new tyre pressure management system (TPMS), which is now fitted to 11 Scania vehicles with a number of new DAF 8 wheelers to follow.