When the 12th edition of China International Tire Expo (CITExpo) opens its doors at the Shanghai Everbright Convention and Exhibition Center between 10 and 12 September 2014 it is set to be the biggest in the event’s history. According to the Organizer, Reliable International Exhibition Services Co., Ltd., the addition of a new hall – hall D – as well as the fast take up of space in halls 1-3 has made the difference this year.
When the twelfth China International Tire Expo (CITExpo) kicks off on 10, 11 and 12 September 2014 the organiser (Reliable International Exhibition Services Co, Ltd.) hopes to be able to claim the title of “largest Far Eastern tyre trade show”. And in order to this the company is increasing available floor space by some 20 per cent.
The strength of the P Zero White medium tyre following a start in which most used the soft P Zero Yellow allowed the top 15 to complete two stops only on the demanding Shanghai circuit, Pirelli said. Formula One’s exclusive tyre supplier had anticipated increased wear as a result of very long corners and high G-forces, but the 2014 tyres’ increased durability allowed Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton to use a two pit stop strategy to win, following a long second stint.
Two grands prix into the 2014 Formula One season, Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery believes that tyre strategy is already becoming “a bigger factor”. Much of the pre- and early-season analysis has focused on the new powertrains and regulations introduced into F1 this season, while Pirelli has been careful to provide harder, more conservative tyres to compensate for the concentration devoted to engineering the substantially altered F1 cars. However, the occasion of the Chinese Grand Prix at Shanghai, where the P Zero White medium and P Zero Yellow soft tyres will be used, provides an early opportunity for teams to apply what they have learned so far to using the Italian manufacturer’s tyres more strategically.
The fact that Shanghai-based SD-International has three brands making up its 4×4 offering is really helping the business compete. According to the company, SD International continues to increase its profile in the 4×4/SUV market sector in the UK and Europe with Zeta, Pace and Maxtrek which cover all applications.
No sooner had the US issued a modification to its initial determination in the Sino Legend (Zhangjiagang) Chemical Co., Ltd. and SI Group Inc. intellectual property case (on 16 January) then Sino Legend replied with a statement of its intent to continue with US imports of tyres featuring this product. According to Sino Legend, the commission ruled that the majority of SI Group’s alleged trade secrets are unprotectable and rejected SI’s request to exclude Sino Legend SL-1805 and SL-7015 resins from US import. The ITC is also said to have struck down the originally recommended general exclusion order.
Tamotsu Sakuramoto will swap his European responsibilities for Japan-based roles as of 1 January 2014, reports Toyo Tire & Rubber. Sakuramoto will be replaced as general manager of Toyo Tire & Rubber’s Europe business unit by Takashi Shimizu, who is currently general manager of Toyo’s Tire Planning division and Tire Administration department; Shimizu will continue in these roles alongside his new position.
Demand for passenger car tyres in China is forecast to rise over the medium to long term, and the high performance segment is particularly expected to see high growth. For this reason, Bridgestone Corporation’s group company in China, Bridgestone (Wuxi) Tire Co., Ltd., will increase production capacity at its Wuxi plant by approximately 5,300 tyres a day.
The 11th edition of the China International Tire Expo, held earlier this month in Shanghai, attracted 7,303 visitors. This number represents a slight rise in attendance over 2012, and organiser Reliable International Exhibition Services says that 4,263 visitors, or 58 per cent of the total, came from outside China. The 24,000 square metre exhibition space housed 335 exhibitors, ten per cent more than last year.
Steek cord supplier Bekaert has revealed details of its succession plans for boths its chairman and CEO. Baron Buysse, chairman of the board of directors of Bekaert, will retire in May 2014 after 14 years in the chair of the company’s board.
Bert De Graeve, CEO of Bekaert since 2006, will become chairman of the board in succession of Baron Buysse as of May 2014.
Kumho has launched a new super ultra high performance, or S-UHP, tyre aimed at cars with a 500hp or higher output. The Ecsta PS91, which recently enjoyed its global debut at the Shanghai International Circuit, is said to incorporate Kumho’s motorsport experience. This reportedly facilitated a marked improvement in high-speed driving safety and cornering. The Korean tyre maker states the Ecsta PS91 delivers “enhanced grip, braking ability, high-speed durability and uniform ride qualities.”
Over 10,000 visitors are expected to attend the seventh presentation of the Reifen China in Shanghai. In addition the entire top 15 domestic tyre manufacturers are expected to be in attendance. The show is once again being organised by German exhibition firm messe Essen in cooperation with China United Rubber Coproation (CURC). More information can […]
Shanghai-based contract manufacturer SD-International reports that both its Pace and Zeta brands have “steadily emerged as a popular competitive option within the high performance markets in the UK and Europe.”
According to the company, the Pace PC10 and Zeta ZTR10 patterns are produced in China within a plant that uses European pattern design technology. Both tyres are approved to meet a number of important standards such as ETRTO, DOT, GCC, E4, S-Marking and are REACH compliant.
West Midlands based Truck Tyre Solutions (TTS) returned to the CV Show 2013, having made its debut at the event last year. TTS said its main objective was to showcase its services in a fully responsive roadside service facility for truck tyres and promote the company's extensive range of quality commercial tyres covering all market sectors. It emphasised the Firenza range; Carl Falconer – sales director at TTS opined that it is a good mid-range tyre which offers a comprehensive size and pattern option for most trucks and trailers.
Continental has developed a new Multimedia Radio Navigation (MRN) System for the PSA Peugeot Citroën Group in China. The product was launched with the Dongfeng Citroën C4 L car model in March 2013 and will later be available in different vehicles. Based on Continental’s scalable Multimedia Platform concept, the MRN System is the first navigation solution of Continental, exclusively tailor-made for a Chinese vehicle manufacturer. The development was mainly done by experts in Shanghai and Singapore, thus marking an important milestone for the development activities in Asia.