Tyre Bay Direct has released its new ‘Knowledgebase’ – and it says it is unrivalled when it comes to tyre service equipment and maintenance.
Available automatically and exclusively to all Unite tyre machinery customers, this new section of the tyrebaydirect.com website has a landing area personalised to each customer’s equipment models and is automatically accessible from the moment the machinery is installed. The Knowledgebase lists the current equipment in the customer’s workshop, plus warranty status and expiry reminders along with complete manuals, operating instructions and instructional videos for the customer’s purchased machine, meaning any required information is always at hand.
At Agritechnica Mitas unveiled its Very High Flexion (VF) tyre for sprayer applications, the VF HC1000. The company displayed the new VF 380/90R46 173D HC 1000 TL on its show stand ahead of the range’s 2014 commercial launch.
JK Tyre & Industries is reportedly planning to start its 1,000-crore rupees expansion plan at its Chennai plant within the next two to three months doubling the tyremaker’s capacity at the plant, according to the Business Standard.
Effective September 2013, Bob Tate has been appointed Midwest sales manager for Trelleborg Agricultural and Forestry Tires in North America. Prior to joining Trelleborg, Tate’s tyre experience included work with other major tyre manufacturers and distributors in North America both in sales and marketing.
Tyre and wheel traders are among the UK's best businesses when it comes to answering customers' telephone calls, according to a survey of 3,630 companies by audio branding specialist PH Media Group. The survey revealed that tyre and wheel suppliers put callers on hold for an average of just 20.05 seconds. Only garden centres (17.44 seconds), demolition firms (17.67) and pharmacies (19.63) performed better. Still, there is room for improvement. Previous research has shown 50 per cent of callers will hang up within 20 seconds if forced to listen to silence while on hold.
Falken Tyre has strengthened its European team with Thomas Fatho appointed its new marketing manager. Most recently working at Mitsubishi Deutschland, he assumes responsibility for all marketing-related areas in Europe.
GT Radial has announced its plan to make its debut at Coach & Bus Live 2013 in support its recently launched all-position urban city-bus tyre, the GAU861. The flagship Giti Tire brand will also display the GAR820 regional all-position tyre and the GT629 regional drive axle model. Tony McHugh, sales and marketing director at Giti Tire UK, said: “The GAU861 was very well received when it was launched at The CV Show in April, and interest and demand since means that the participation of GT Radial at Coach & Bus Live 2013 is a must.” GT Radial will be located at stand M138.
Moulded polyurethane and rubber wheels and tyre manufacturer Stellana US Inc. has appointed a new industrial sales manager. Jack Garcyznski joined the company on 1 July and is responsible for developing sales of custom poured polyurethane parts throughout the United States.
Kraiburg reports that it has maintained its high annual customer satisfaction rating, roughly a year since the last analysis was done. According to the company, the news is confirmation that Kraiburg Austria’s customers are “very satisfied with their supplier of quality precure and hotcure materials.”
Federal launched its Formoza AZ-01, the company’s latest flagship product, in Bologna. In addition the company display a selection of its latest products and technology including the 595RPM which is aimed at super cars, the 595EVO FRF ultra high performance tyre and the Himalaya ICEO studless snow tyre. At the same time the Couragia FX asymmetric SUV was on show. This product, say company representatives is aimed at meeting the so-called 3H demands of luxury SUVs – that is high horse power, high centre of gravity, and Hhgh chassis. At the same time the Couragia XUV─A, a new SUV all-season Touring tyre was also exhibited.
Lassa Tyres presented its latest winter tyre, the Snoways 3 at Autopromotec. In addition Lassa showcased 21 different models, which are marketed and sold in more than 60 countries.
Despite the launch, the main focus of Lassa stand was the flagship Phenoma UHP tyre, which is said to be a popular choice in sport and prestige segment for upper class automobiles and tuning vehicles. The Competus H/P, Impetus REVO and Greenways, Lassa’s eco-friendly passenger tyre line, were also on-show.
Johnson Controls, whose product portfolio includes the Varta, Optima, LTH and Helia battery brands, has appointed Kim Metcalf-Kupres to the newly-created position of vice-president and chief marketing officer (CMO). In this role she will report to vice-chairman Alex Molinaroli.
Giti Tire (UK) has appointed Craig Tominey as Area Sales Manager (ASM) Scotland as the company continues to add staff to its commercial tyre sales team. Tominey joins from BSUK Limited where he held the position of ASM from 2006, before which he spent five years selling commercial vehicles for Arnold Clark.
The Al Dobowi Group has appointed Tom Edwards to the position of European marketing manager. Previously export sales manager at Cooper Tire, managing customer relationships across Scandinavia, Benelux and the Mediterranean, Edwards has ten years of sales and marketing experience.