Roll containers are proving the most efficient method of distributing goods in the supply chain, according to Bekaert Handling. In recent months the company reports that it has seen the use of roll containers rise sharply throughout a variety of different industries. The company claims that it is unique in offering a complete bespoke design capability, developing innovative solutions to storage and handling problems.
A fire a Continental Tire’s Mayfield plant, caused minor injuries to two workers. According to the associated press, Fire investigators said that it appears the fire started inside the ductwork, but was under investigation. The fire started shortly before noon and caused minor burns to the arm of one worker and singed the hair of another, plant manager Hank Eisenga is reported as saying. The blaze, which started accidentally in a corner of a large room where rubber-related chemicals are mixed, was quickly extinguished by workers before Mayfield firefighters arrived, Mr Eisenga said. The plant manager added that the plant was expected to be back to normal within 24 hours. Continental ceased production at the Mayfield at the end of last year. The fire affected one of only two areas in which the factory is still operating – storage and mixing.
A third of garages, tyre dealers and tyre repairers have had old tyres illegally fly-tipped at their site, according to a new survey published by the Environment Agency. Around 10 per cent said that it happened on a regular basis. The survey questioned 225 randomly selected garages and tyre firms about their knowledge and experience of tyre disposal. According to the Agency, fly tipping is usually carried out by cheap, unregistered companies that are operating illegally. Illegal disposal costs the industry, local authorities, the Environment Agency and landowners around £2.5 million a year, the report added.
Omitec has expanded its OmiScan hand held diagnostic tool, to cover 29 manufacturers. The company’s new applications include additional coverage for Audi, MG Rover, Land Rover, SEAT, Vauxhall and VW, including EMS, Airbag and Chassis systems.
Wal-Mart has announced that its top 100 suppliers must comply with a requirement to Radio Frequency Identification each case and pallet delivered to its stores by 2005. 25 other suppliers including Goodyear have volunteered to join the project. RFID chips give each tagged item a computer readable signal that identifies it precisely. It is a process that has been in use in the defence sector to identify friendly aircraft since the 1940’s. As the only tyre company actively participating in a large retail- customer-driven RFID program, Goodyear is leading the way to overcome the challenges involved in using this technology with consumer tires. Attaching the tag to the tyre is a complex task and their method of transportation and storage raise other problems which Goodyear will need to address. In the interest of consumer privacy, all radio frequency tags applied to tyres by Goodyear will be designed to be disabled at the point of sale.
At 3.00 a.m. this morning a fire broke out at temporary storage facilities at Goodyear’s Philippsburg plant in South West Germany. Rapid reaction by the emergency services quickly brought the fire under control. No-one was injured during the incident but due to the volume of smoke people were asked to keep doors and windows closed. There was no reported release of toxic chemicals. Some 40,000 tyres were in storage at the time of the fire. Other areas of the plant, including the key Central European storage facility with some two million tyres were not affected by the fire. The extent of the damage and the cause have not yet been determined but distribution is not being affected by the incident.
A sports car tyre retreading business has been launched in Wales. Maxsport Competition Tyres is to create up to 25 new jobs at its new tyre retread facility in Rhayader, Powys where it plans to eventually retread more than 50,000 tyres a year, primarily for the motorsport and off-road vehicle markets in Europe and Asia. The company, which has invested more than £1m in a 37,000 sq ft unit at the town’s Brynberth Industrial Estate where it currently employs nine people. Maxsport Competition Tyres is part of the Treble B Group based at Caterham, Surrey, which distributes new and retreaded tyres throughout the UK and has depots in England and South Wales. The group plans to open a new storage and distribution facility in Rhayader in the future.
Northern Ireland’s Magowan Tyres has joined Group Tyre. This development gives Group Tyre coverage in Northern Ireland and coincides with Magowan’s move from general bulk wholesaling to a more structured and targeted regional wholesaler of quality branded tyres. Daryll Magowan jnr. Says, “This is a new challenge for the business and we see the future as being more structured and more sophisticated. We will be developing the quality of our portfolio and offering a much improved quality of service to our wholesale customers.”
Magowan reported that the company was building an all-new warehouse with 30,000 sq ft of floor space with four tiers of storage giving an equivalent 130-140,000 sq ft of storage space. The new facility , which should be operational within seven months will also house a 22 bay fast fit operation that will se the company move into a wider area of fast fit service.
Panther Tyres Limited, Aintree, admitted three offences covering thousands of waste tyres. And was fined a total of £19,000 and was also ordered to pay £1,125.45 costs to the Environment Agency. Panther Tyres Limited is owned by father and son Ronald and Stephen Callow, and neither have a Waste Management Licence authorising the deposit or storage of waste.The company said it ran a recycling operation for remoulded tyres. The company estimated that between 15,000 and 20,000 were stored on the land, and that about one third of them were unusable. Panther Tyres Limited admitted keeping waste tyres without a Waste Management Licence, permitting waste tyres to be deposited on land without a licence, and failing to take reasonable measures to prevent the escape of waste from the site.
Lithium Technology Corporation, has announced that together with its German lithium polymer battery company partner, GAIA, the two companies have completed and shipped their first prototype 42-Volt automotive battery to BMW under the auspices of the European Union-sponsored “Astor” program (Assessments and testing of advanced storage systems for propulsion and other electrical systems in passenger cars). The Astor consortium consists of seven European auto companies: VW, BMW, DaimlerChrysler, Opel, Fiat, Volvo, and Peugeot. The prototype lithium battery, which is now undergoing testing in Europe, delivers 7-8 kiloWatts of power at ambient temperatures, with a capacity of 27 Amp-hours, a pulse power capability of up to 6 kiloWatts for starting at an operating temperature of -25 degrees C, and an estimated life of 8 years. The battery is designed to meet the 42-Volt battery specifications of the Astor project.
Jarro Kaplan, Goodyear’s President for Middle and Eastern Europe, Africa and the Near East, recently officially opened the new Debica logistic centre in Tarnow, Poland. The storage area is 30,000 square metres and the warehouse has 30 loading docks for trucks. 200 new jobs have been created and the investment is estimated at $12 million.
On January 24, SITA Tyre Recycling Ltd., the company running the whole-tyres-to-energy power station which has been closed since June, pleaded guilty at Wolverhampton Magistrates court to five environmental offences. The case was brought by the Environment Agency and SITA were fined a total of £28,500, and ordered to pay costs of £15,392.50. Meanwhile, the SITA tyres-to-energy power station (formerly Elm Energy), based in the midlands in the UK, is unlikely to open its doors again as a tyre-burning facility, at least under SITA ownership. Initial investigations indicated that rectification work would cost 4 million Pounds and a closer examination revised this figure to 6 million. There were doubts too that a viable price could be achieved for a regular supply of tyres. Eventually, the decision was taken to mothball the plant until SITA either finds a buyer, or uses it for something else. 59 of the 60 employees have been made redundant.
Lexus has chosen the Bridgestone Potenza RE040 run-flat tyre (RFT) as original equipment for its new flagship SC430 cabriolet, allowing the car to travel safely even when the tyre has a puncture. The RE040 RFT also eliminates the need to carry a spare wheel, thus gaining valuable storage space in the boot of the compact car and saving weight.