At the start of this year, independent tyre distribution specialist Vimexa expanded its offices at the Technopolis facility near Helsinki-Vantaa airport. Managing director Rutger Veerman says more office space was needed to accommodate the “substantial” growth that Vimexa has enjoyed in Scandinavia and the Baltic region during the last three years.
Nokian Tyres is separating its Business Area Europe into two business areas: Business Area Central Europe and Business Area Nordics. Anna Hyvönen, SVP Vianor and member of Nokian Tyres Management Team, has been appointed SVP Nordics and Vianor, with the additional responsibility for Nokian Tyres Nordics. Pontus Stenberg, who has been SVP Europe and member of Nokian Tyres Management Team, is leaving the company to pursue his career outside of Nokian Tyres. Hannu Liitsola, currently managing director Central Europe, has been appointed interim Head of Business Area Central Europe.
Westlake Tyres and TIP Trailer Services Nordic have reached an agreement covering “the purchase and use of a significant amount of Westlake Tyres.” Westlake Tyre Europe shares that in the first year of this agreement between the transport equipment leasing company and DSV Road NV, exclusive distributor of the Westlake brand in Scandinavia, an “extensive amount” of tyres will be supplied for use at TIP Trailer Services workshops in sites in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.
The heads of Michelin’s commercial and marketing teams in the UK and Ireland have taken on responsibility for Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. The creation of a larger ‘North Europe’ team brings wider expertise and greater resources to staff across all seven countries, meaning customers will benefit from an even higher level of service.
Under an agreement entered into with ZC Rubber Group Co. Ltd. and the Pneuhage Company Group, Danish transport and logistics company DSV A/S has gained exclusive distributor rights for the Westlake tyre brand in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland. DSV will cooperate closely with official ZC Rubber European distributor Pneuhage to offer Westlake tyres to contracted hauliers and the wider commercial vehicle market in the four countries.
At the start of 2017, Vimexa Automotive B.V. will open a branch office in Scandinavia in order to further optimise the services and logistics it offers clients within the tyre and wheel sectors in the region and in the Baltic States. The new office will be based in Helsinki, Finland and is a fully-owned subsidiary of Vimexa Holding B.V.
The Nokian Tyres World Orienteering Championships, WOC, will begin on Saturday 20 August in Strömstad, Sweden and last until 27 August. There are over 400 participants from 46 countries. Nokian Tyres, the world’s northernmost tyre manufacturer, is the title sponsor for the championships.
At the end of 2015 tyre production of JSC Voronezh Tire Plant (of which Pirelli is the main shareholder) grew by 35 per cent compared to 2014 – that is 1.792 million units against 1.322 million tyres the year before. The news was shared by the firm’s general director Yury Gribanov during the ceremony to mark the receipt of Ford Q1 status.
Iceland has already lent its name to a supermarket chain specialising in frozen products, and now the northerly island is also associated with a brand of tyres aimed at Nordic markets. The newly-launched Iceland Tyres brand is promoted as delivering “safe driving in rough Nordic winter conditions.” Two products are currently listed in the Iceland Tyres portfolio – the non-studded Iceland Snow, which will be available this year in seven sizes for 15 and 16-inch rim diameters (with a further nine sizes for 14 to 17-inch rim diameters planned for next year), and the studded Iceland Ice, which will be released in a similar range of sizes.
Norgesdekk AS agreed to buy 100 per cent of Hjulius Dekk og Felg AS on 17 October 2014. The strategy behind the move is to strengthen Norgesdekk’s position on the Norwegian South Coast in particular but there are also said to be “other synergies”. Following this acquisition Norgesdekk will have seven wholesale warehouses, serving customers selling tyres and wheels of all kinds across Norway. The latest announcement follows the purchase of P. Holth AS at the end of 2012 in a similar move.
Marangoni Retreading Systems has added to its European retreading sales and support team with the appointment of Jan-Olof Svensson as its new area sales manager for the Swedish, Danish and Norwegian markets. Svensson joins Marangoni from Bandag, where he spent the last 15 years as sales development manager Sweden. His career within the tyre industry began at Michelin Sweden, and he was later employed as sales manager at Franska Däckimporten AB, an importer of Klebér and Ohtsu Tyres in Sweden.
Norgesdekk AS has bought P. Holth AS in a move that sees the company expand to five locations. The business already has operations in Bergen, Jaeren Kristiansand and Tonsberg, Norway. According to the company, the expansion takes effect on 1 January 2013.