This year, retreading materials manufacturer Vipal Rubber is celebrating what it views as an important milestone – 15 years of operations in Eastern Europe. Vipal’s activities within this region began with the opening of a distribution centre in Slovenia in 2006, and today it supplies treads and other retreading products to approximately 50 customers there and in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland as well as to markets in the Balkan and Baltic regions.
European electric vehicle battery developer and producer, InoBat Auto (InoBat) has today announced a landmark agreement with SOR, one of the largest producers of city and intercity-buses in Central Europe, with the intention to design, develop and supply batteries for a new urban, intercity and long-distance electric bus fleet.
During its Board of Directors meeting on 14 April, the European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association welcomed Nexen Tire Europe and the Czech Republic and Slovakia Tyre Producers’ Associations as new members of the Association, as of 2022. With their addition, the ETRMA will represent 15 global tyre manufacturers and 11 national sector Associations.
In addition to taking the honours in the Auto Express all-season tyre test here in the UK, the Continental AllSeasonContact is the top-performing all-season tyre in the latest tyre test from Slovakian car magazine Autozurnal. The publication rated the AllSeasonContact ‘very good’ in its joint test of winter and all-season tyres. The Bridgestone Blizzak LM005 gave the strongest winter tyre performance and Autozurnal also rewarded it with a ‘very good’ rating.
Thomas Wohlgemuth has taken over as managing director of Prinx Chengshan Europe, effective 1 September. His appointment coincides with the relocation of Prinx Chengshan’s European head office from Slovakia to Germany. He succeeds Ivan Majsky, who is no longer with the company.
On 4 September Continental celebrated 20 years since the firm’s Puchov, Slovakia truck tyre plant became part of the company. A special event was hosted at the plant by Ladislav Rosina, Plant Manager Continental Matador Truck Tires s.r.o., with the participation of the management of the Tire Division, the local leaders and employees who remembered together the achievements of the local team. Since then, manufacturing upgrade investments of over 630 million euros have been made, resulting in an almost ten-fold increase in production volume to around 2.9 million tyres. During the same period the team has almost quadrupled.
New website launched at Autopromotec Established during the second quarter of 2016, Prinx Chengshan Europe was born following Chengshan’s move away from Cooper Tire in 2014. First came the establishment of Prinx Chengshan itself in December 2014. Then, roughly 18 months later, the company began appointing a number of staff in Puchov, Slovakia to run […]
The complete takeover of Alcar Slovakia, s.r.o., which took effect on 19 January, is said to “underline the Alcar Group’s engagement in the Slovakian market”. The move saw Alcar increase its stake in the Slovakian business from 51 per cent by a further 49 percentage points, buying out the share that was previously held by the LF Group s.r.o. as minority shareholder.
Seven years after a company bearing its name was established, the Mesnac European and Research and Technical Center (MERTC) is now up and running. The Chinese machinery manufacturer’s new European development and production facility is located in the Trencianska Tepla region of Slovakia. The site’s grand opening took place on 1 October, the anniversary of the MERTC company’s founding.
For Prinx Chengshan Tire Company, which is exhibiting at Reifen between 24 and 27 May, “Essen is calling”. The firm’s attendance marks its return to the well-known tyre exhibition some 10 years after the company’s last appearance. Lots has changed since then, not least the ownership of the company following the firm’s decision to buy-out joint venture partner Cooper Tire back in December 2014.
Bridgestone has acquired a majority shareholding in Slovakian tyre retailer and retreader A.R.S. spol sro. The Japanese tyre major hasn’t disclosed how much it paid for its shareholding or what the post-transaction ownership structure of A.R.S. looks like, however it states that the deal will “guarantee the stable growth of A.R.S. and will give customers access to best quality products and highest level of services.” The former Michelin strategic partner’s eight service locations will now be rebranded under the ‘Bridgestone Partner’ name and its retreading operation joins Bridgestone’s Bandag network.
Following on from the second Kraiburg summit, Kraiburg Austria invited its Czech and Slovakian customers to a workshop at the end of September in Cerna Hora in the Czech Republic. During the even the retreading specialist shared its stance on various “pro-retread” campaigns and gave a status report on the ReTyre project, explaining the background behind the impending tyre labelling.
The Point S network is extending its European coverage to Slovakia following the establishment of Point S Slovakia s.r.o. The operation is a full subsidiary of Point S Hungary and employs dedicated local staff who will take care of the Point S network’s development and the management in Slovakia.