Goodyear has placed Frank Titz in charge of its passenger car tyre replacement sales in the DACH region (Germany, Austria and Switzerland). Titz took over from Dr André Weisz, who is to take on global responsibilities at the manufacturer, in the new year, according to Tyrepress’s German sister site. Weisz will continue to act as managing director of the Goodyear companies in the DACH market, such as Goodyear Germany GmbH (Hanau).
Kyoto, Japan is clearly a place in the land of the rising sun. But what about the tyre brand of the same name? Kyoto Japan the tyre brand is a Japanese-Swiss group of companies specialized in design, manufacture and marketing of Kyoto Japan tyres, tubes, batteries and lubricants.
Toyo Tires is supporting the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) World Championships between 1-12 August in Bern, Switzerland. The tyre-maker’s participation comes in line with its new partnership with the IFSC, announced in June. Toyo’s European CEO, Kenta Kuribayashi said that Toyo’s partnership was inspired by the sport’s growing global community, which “resonates with Toyo Tire’s philosophy” of “creativity and innovation”.
Today isn’t 1 April and no legs were pulled during the writing of the above headline. Swiss motoring magazine auto-illustrierte has published a tyre test – and every single protagonist is a Goodyear tyre. Who stood where on the podium is nonetheless interesting.
Genan, supplier of high-performance rubber infill for artificial turf pitches and granulate for shock-absorbing surfacing, has expanded its sales team. As of 1 January 2023, Eduard Vogt is key account manager for the Central Europe region.
Continental has announced a voluntary replacement programme for a total of 7,103 tyres worldwide. According to a statement detailing the news published on 7 December 2022, the exchange programme is being offered in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, France and Italy. In the German market, for example, a total of 745 tyres that were sold through the tyre replacement business or are still in the stocks of tyre dealers are eligible for exchange. A Continental Tyre Group spokesperson confirmed that the UK market is not affected by the voluntary exchange programme.
Anyone planning to visit next year’s Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS) should hold off making reservations at their favourite fondue restaurant and can forget slipping away for a spot of skiing, as in 2023 it will exclusively take place in Doha, Qatar. The Comité permanent du Salon international de l’automobile de Genève foundation has announced the cancellation of the event planned for Geneva in February 2023.
The recent opening of a plant in Serbia testifies that Shandong Linglong Tire has big plans for Europe. One of its key markets within the region is Germany, and the tyre maker has now found a new distribution partner for this country, as well as for Austria and Switzerland – the ‘DACH’ region. German tyre wholesaler and retailer Reifen Straub has taken on this role.
Goodyear has supplied Kmax Gen-2 steer and drive axle tyres for a vehicle billed as the world’s first fully-electric 40-tonne tractor unit boasting 900-kilowatt hours (kWh) of battery capacity. The Futuricum-made truck has been in daily use with Swiss logistics firm Galliker Transport AG since October 2021.
Goodyear has named Oliver Sindermann its sales general manager for the ‘DACH’ region of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, effective 1 April 2022. Sindermann, who is currently director sales operations & pricing commercial EU, will succeed Dieter Schölling, who is leaving the company.
The organiser of the Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS) has announced the event’s cancellation for a second year. Comité permanent du Salon international de l’automobile states that it was “forced to postpone the event to 2023” due to “industry-wide issues relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Yokohama has sold its Hamatite automotive and construction sealent business to Swiss company Sika Group AG in a transfer that is scheduled to be completed on 1 November 2021. Yokohama hasn’t released exactly how much Sika is paying for the Hamatite business, but management expects to post a gain on the sale of about ¥5 billion (£33 million; 38 million euros; US$46 million – after tax). However, the exact amount is said to be “subject to change”.
In addition to appointing a managing director for its business in Austria, Michelin has named Albrecht von Leonhardi managing director of Michelin Suisse SA, effective 1 November. He comes to this role from Michelin Solutions, where he was commercial director for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, a position he’d held since mid-2017.
Rudolf Perner is now heading up Nokian Tyres’ operation in a number of Central European markets. The company recently reported that as managing director of Nokian Tyres GmbH, Perner took on responsibility for operations in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark and the Netherlands as of 1 August 2020.
In addition to testing car tyres ahead of this year’s colder months, three European motoring clubs have taken a close look at winter rubber for mid-sized SUVs and vans. The 13 brands of 235/55 R17 V tyre participating in this joint comparative evaluation from Germany association ADAC, Austria’s ÖAMTC and Switzerland’s TCS performed well overall, with results ranging from highly recommended/good to conditionally recommended/adequate.