Singapore-based tyre designer and distributor Omni United has enacted a Covid-19 Assistance initiative, which includes sending over 20,000 protective masks to its business partners in Europe for them to use and/or distribute in their local communities. The team at Omni United is also researching and compiling a database of all governmental financial and fiscal help that is available and some guidance on how to access it as many small business owners may find it difficult to find the information and the practical ways to avail these benefits.
After considering a number of factors, such as a changing business environment as well as growing awareness of human rights and environmental considerations, Sumitomo Rubber Group has established its own local organisation for procuring natural rubber. It has done so via its member company Sumitomo Rubber Industries, which this month set up Sumitomo Rubber Singapore Pte. Ltd. This entity, located in the world’s largest natural rubber trading hub, will commence operations in April.
Point S is expanding in Singapore thanks to closer cooperation with BCC Automotive group, which specializes in car care. According to the company, this collaboration provides consumers with access to a network of sales outlets that can meet all their car needs including maintenance, repair and tyres.
The natural rubber supply chain is very complex. It includes around six million farmers, 100,000 intermediaries and over 500 processing plants. To bring greater transparency to the supply chain, two ‘top-five’ tyre makers are now cooperating with a third party in a joint venture: Michelin and Continental, together with IT agricultural specialist Smag, have formed a company to further develop and deploy a technological solution for mapping sustainability practices. The client-facing portion of this technology is a smartphone app called Rubberway.
At last week’s HR Excellence Awards 2018 in Singapore, Bridgestone Asia Pacific walked away with an ‘Excellence in HR Change Management’ award. Receiving bronze in this category, Bridgestone was the only tyre maker honoured at the ceremony.
Singapore-based Firenza’s truck and bus tyres are manufactured manufacturing facilities in both Vietnam and Thailand which incorporate “the very latest technological advancements in tyre building technology and design”, according to the company.
All Firenza commercial tyre patterns include a solid shoulder construction complete with a zero angled steel band that is designed to significantly reduce irregular wear whilst a unique tread groove arrangement effectively safeguards against casing damage and stone retention.
Singapore-based contract brand Firenza has opened its first tyre retail concept branch in Cairo, Egypt. This development is a joint venture between Firenza and its long-term Egyptian sales partner Ashfraco.
On 3 April the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) said Thai tyre maker Deestone can retain its brand name despite opposition from Bridgestone, which owns both the Bridgestone and Firestone tyre brands.
Firenza has confirmed it will be supporting the very first The Tire Cologne Show in Germany at the end of May.
From a traditionally appealing international booth, Firenza will be looking to showcase five of its most popular product ranges in both tire and wheels and making its debut in Europe will be the recently introduced Firenza ST06 and ST01A high performance PCR patterns which are exclusively manufactured in Thailand.
Roads account for 12 per cent of Singapore’s total land area and the 278 square mile island city-state is home to some 907,000 vehicles, including approximately 612,000 cars. Enough is enough, says the Land Transport Authority of Singapore (LTA) – from February 2018, it will allow no additional growth in the country’s car and motorcycle parc.
Volvo Buses and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore have signed a cooperation agreement on a research and development programme for autonomous electric 12-metre buses. For Volvo Group this will be the first autonomous application in public transportation. Volvo Group has also presented an autonomous, battery-electric, load carrier.
Omni United has received the Enterprise 50 Award for the fifth consecutive year at the Enterprise 50 awards ceremony that was held in Singapore. In winning the award, the company was ranked among the top 50 Singapore-based, privately-held companies.
The first ever wet Singapore Grand Prix saw the top six starting on Pirelli’s Cinturato Green intermediate tyre and a mixture of Cinturato Blue wets and intermediates further down the grid. the early safety car periods provided the opportunity for some drivers to change from wet to intermediate tyres, while Daniel Ricciardo, who had started on intermediates, opted to change to a fresh set of intermediates. The Red Bull driver finished the grand prix second, behind the Mercedes of race winner Lewis Hamilton.