Czech manufacturer of steel pallets and tyre racks Avex is now operating under a slightly altered name: Avex Steel Products s.r.o. The change of name has also signalled another change for the firm; Avex is now operating with a new website at www.avexproducts.com.
Bridgestone Americas’ project to evaluate the guayule plant’s suitability as a source of natural rubber for tyre applications has taken a step forward with the completion of the Agro Operations Guayule Research Farm. The facility in Eloy, Arizona has been set up to supply guayule biomass for rubber production at the company’s BioRubberProcessResearchCenter, which is currently under construction in Mesa, Arizona.
German-based Pirelli company Pneumobil GmbH has established its first flagship ‘Driver’ centre. The Driver store in Frankfurt opened its doors on Friday 13 September, and this will hopefully prove a lucky date for the new premium concept. Pirelli intends to expand the Driver network, however it has not outlined its future rollout plans or indicated whether the Driver centre concept will be extended to other markets.
Effective from the 1 September Continental AG has merged its Suspension Systems and Chassis Electronics segments into the Electronic Brake Systems business unit from the Chassis Components unit, which has been dissolved as far as an organizational structure is concerned. In line with the move the Electronic Brake Systems unit has been renamed Vehicle Dynamics.
Apollo Vredestein’s new European distribution centre recently entered service. Located in Staalsteden, near the company’s Enschede plant, the centre has the capacity to store 500,000 tyres. The company says the additional storage space is needed to accommodate growing production and sales volumes, combined with a wider product range.
With lithium-ion batteries set to maintain market dominance during the remainder of the decade, the uptake of electric vehicles is projected to drive battery revenues to US$61billion by 2020. And electric vehicle batteries to account for 73 per cent of advanced battery market by end of decade.
Reports of Titan International’s plan to enter the Russian market have been widely reported by that country’s media, and the US tyre maker has released a statement confirming it has, in cooperation with One Equity Partners (OEP) and Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), entered into negotiations with Cordiant about a potential investment in Russia. Titan says it hopes to “successfully complete these discussions in the near future.”
The latest milestone in Dutch wholesaler S&H Tyres’ recent development sese the company target the UK market and appointment a sales representatives especially for British customers. Ronald Lems recently joined the company with a view to taking responsibility for the UK market.
Quebec-based company Groupe Robert Bernard has inaugurated its new retreading plant. The facility, which is the largest of its kind in Canada, was built at a cost of $3 million and is the eighth retreading plant in the country to use Michelin Retread Technologies (MRT). It is the 80th MRT plant to open in North America.
Johnson Controls, the world’s leading supplier of automotive batteries, will provide its Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) battery technology to Chery Jaguar Land Rover for fitment in vehicles manufactured in China for the domestic market, including those with Start-Stop technology.
Car parts distributor CES (UK) has launched the tenth edition of its Workshop Essentials catalogue. Containing more than 2,000 workshop tools, consumables, and accessories, most of which are available with next day delivery throughout the UK, the catalogue “features both the tools and consumables that every technician uses every day and a huge variety of products for more specialist applications,” says marketing manager, Simon Moore.
On 25 April, Pirelli Tyres Limited submitted an application with Carlisle City Council to extend the warehouse facility at its Carlisle factory plus make other improvements to the Dalston Road site. Pirelli will add a further 4,060 square metres or so of warehouse space. The extension, which will include four loading bays, will increase the warehouse facility’s total size by approximately a third.
Groundbreaking on the new distribution centre to be erected by the US marketer of the Double Coin brand, China Manufacturers Alliance (CMA), will take place one week from today, the company reports. A ceremony to mark the occasion will be held at the site in Rancho Cucamonga, California on 25 April. The company also says it intends to build further warehouse facilities, both within the US and internationally.
Audi Sport made Michelin Green X Challenge history at this year’s Twelve Hours of Sebring race in the US, becoming the first hybrid powered vehicle to claim victory in the country’s premier environmental motorsports competition. The Audi R18 e-tron Quattro driven by Marcel Fassler, Benoit Treluyer and Oliver Jarvis – a prototype that previously won both last year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans and FIA World Endurance Championship – added a third feather to its cap on 16 March.
…but may be counter-suing the Environment Agency for millions. On 1 February Recycled Construction Systems Ltd (RCS) was ordered to pay £27,244 in fines and costs for illegally storing 100,000 waste tyres at a warehouse in East Devon. In the case was brought by the Environment Agency (EA) and heard at Exeter Crown Court RCS was found guilty of illegally depositing and storing 96,000 waste tyres at Westerhope Units, Dunkeswell. According to the EA, the company was one of several defendants in the South West’s largest ever waste crime investigation.