Yokohama Rubber has confirmed its participation in Auto Shanghai 2013, which will take place in the Chinese city between 20 and 29 April. The tyre maker will be represented by its local sales company, Yokohama Tire Sales (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. Under the theme ‘Love Driving, Love Eco,’ Yokohama will highlight its Advan and BluEarth ranges during the show.
Shanghai based manufacturer SD-International provides three labels crossing the 4×4/SUV segment’s requirements: Pace, Zeta and Maxtrek ranges. The Maxtrek label offers four 4×4 patterns, the SMT-A8, Sierra S6, SU 800 and Mud Digger for more off-road applications.
As one of the UK and Europe's most progressive contract tyre manufacturers, Shanghai based SD-International offers four individual brand and pattern options to the van and light truck market sector with their Pace, Zeta and Maxtrek labels.
Continental, in collaboration with Safe Kids China, has launched the Youth Safe-Driving Program 2012/2013 at Tongji University in Shanghai.
Under the motto, "Be a Responsible Young Driver", the two-year program aims to enhance road safety awareness and promote safe driving behaviour among young drivers as well as reduce road injuries. Representatives from the Shanghai Municipal Centre for Disease Control and Prevention and the Automotive Studies School at Tongji University joined student ambassadors at the opening ceremony.
Automechanika has added India to its range of international trade fairs. With ACMA Automechanika New Delhi, which will take place from 7 to 10 February 2013, Messe Frankfurt will be offering access to the much talked about Indian market. The fair will be held in Pragati Maiden, in Halls 8, 9, 10 and 11. Member of Messe Frankfurt's executive board, Detlef Braun explained: "In ACMA, we have found a partner, who will make our new Automechanika in New Delhi into a leading event for the sector in the region. Moreover, the association will help us to get our portfolio of Automechanika fairs better known among its members."
The number of visitors attending the first day of this year's Reifen China exhibition in Shanghai is said to have set a new record, with around 5 per cent more attending the show than in 2010. According to exhibition organisers Messe Essen, combined initial figures for both Reifen China and RubberTech, which is run in parallel in neighbouring halls, show that 5512 visitors attended the opening day of the show compared with 4300 in 2010. More than a fifth were said to have been “international” visitors.
Automechanika Shanghai, which will be held from 7 – 10 December at the Shanghai New International Expo Center claims to be Asia's largest trade fair for automotive parts, accessories, equipment and services. The show is expected to house a record-breaking 3,600 exhibitors, a 15 per cent increase compared to the previous show.
Visitors to next month’s CITExpo in China will be given the opportunity to keep abreast of the latest regulations in North America in China. Show organiser Reliable International Exhibition Services reports that officials from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the US Department of Transportation, the Chinese Tire Standardization and Technology Committee and the Chinese National Product Quality Bureau will hold a seminar during the show. “Professionals from the Chinese tyre manufacturers may take this unique opportunity to refresh their knowledge in ensuring their products to meet the required standards,” the organiser commented in a statement.
Trelleborg has announced its continued investment in the Chinese market with the inauguration of its Shanghai research and development centre, which will offer state-of-the-art technology relating primarily to noise and vibration-damping brake solutions for passenger vehicles, according to a company statement. Trelleborg says that the continued investment in the region is reflective of its long-term strategy to invest in markets with favourable growth potential.
Sumitomo Rubber Industries reports that on June 15 its subsidiary in China, Sumitomo Rubber (Changshu) Co., Ltd., manufactured its 50 millionth tyre. This milestone was reached after less than a decade of operation; the company was established nine years ago to meet the growing needs of the Chinese market, and production of radial tyres began in April 2004.
Peter Tan, managing director of Goodyear’s global natural rubber development and sourcing centre, Goodyear Orient Company (Private) Limited (GOCPL), has announced his intention to retire at the end of this year after 39 years with the company. Franco Fan, currently manager, Asia Raw Materials at Goodyear’s Asia Pacific regional headquarters in Shanghai, has been named Tan’s successor. Fan will relocate to Singapore July 1 and work with Tan until his retirement.
A three-day strike at a Kumho tyre factory in China has reportedly ended. Workers allegedly downed tools at Kumho Tire’s Changchun City plant in northeast China in protest against low wages. More than 400 workers agreed upon a return to work last Saturday, a Kumho official told the Shanghai Daily.
Less than 72 hours after concluding the Malaysian Grand Prix, Pirelli was in China, beginning preparations for round three of the 2011 Formula One World Championship. As was the case in Australia, the teams will have an extra set of hard compound tyres for use during Friday’s first free practice session only. The allocation for the rest of the weekend is unaffected. The manufacturer says the surface and weather in China is generally less aggressive than Malaysia, with conditions more similar to Australia. This means that there should be 30 per cent less tyre wear and fewer pit stops than seen at the Malaysian Grand Prix, which provided a thrilling battle from start to finish.
At the upcoming Auto Shanghai 2011, which runs from April 19 to 28, Yokohama Rubber will hold a press conference outlining its business strategy for China. One part of its plans for the growing market there is the release of the BluEarth eco tyre range; following its recent launch in Japan and Europe, Yokohama Rubber intends to release the line-up in China this autumn. Yokohama says it will use the show to improve recognition of BluEarth within China. During Auto Shanghai the Japanese tyre maker will also publicly announce its activities in collaboration with the China Environmental Protection Foundation.