Riviera Produce, which supplies some of Britain’s top supermarkets with fresh vegetables, has praised its Taurus tyres for helping it boost productivity – delivering increased tyre life and reliability versus other brands it has trialled.
Exol has launched a new oil recommended for a number of models fitted with JCB’s Ecomax T4i engine or its Dieselmax T3 engine. The fully-synthetic oil’s main specifications are API CH-4, CF, ACEA E2, as well as other OEM specifications. Exol has developed the oil to emphasise low temperature performance, while improving wear protection in cold start-up conditions.
In its annual winter tyre performance survey, German motoring publication AutoBild narrows a wide field of 49 winter tyres and two all-season tyres with wet and snow braking measurements before conducting a full test of a range of characteristics. 19 tyres made it through to the 2015/16 season test, conducted using the tyre size 185/60 R15.
NEX, the newly formed Spanish tyre wholesaler, has reported details of its exclusive brand portfolio. The company, which appointed Luis Miguel Muñoz as managing director in October 2014, was formed when Euromaster and Rodi Motor Services merged their distribution operations. According, to the company NEX started its independent distribution and delivery operations in Spain last December.
Liverpool based B&M signed a new tyre maintenance deal with ATS Euromaster at the beginning of 2014. The retailer says it has reduced its commercial vehicle tyre spend by 30 per cent. Before securing the new deal, ATS Euromaster completed a full tyre audit of B&M’s fleet using its new electronic inspection tool, FleetSure.
Kings Road Tyres, a leading distributor of Michelin, Kleber, Goodyear, Trelleborg, Firestone and Taurus agricultural tyres, has confirmed its presence at next month’s LAMMA 2014 farm machinery and equipment show. The company is exhibiting on Stand B119 during the two-day show at the East of England Showground (near Peterborough) on 22 and 23 January.
Leading utilities sector service provider Morrison Utility Services has selected ATS Euromaster to supply, fit and service tyres across its 2,000-strong commercial vehicle and plant fleet, following a tender process the ATS-E described as “competitive”. The agreement covers 1,300 vans, 150 trucks, 350 plant trailers and 250 compressor trailers, onto which ATS-E will fit Avon and Taurus tyres, with specialist tyres selected for plant items.
Hankook Tire has expanded its North American original equipment portfolio with new additions from Ford, Volkswagen, Hyundai and Kia. The tyre maker now supplies its Optimo H426 for the 2011 North American Ford Fiesta model and for the 2010 model Kia Soul and Forte 2010. In addition, Hankook is expanding its fitment of the Optimo H725 to the 2010 Ford Taurus, the first time a Hankook tyre has been fitted OE to a Ford family car segment saloon in this region. The Optimo H725A will be fitted to the Volkswagen Golf as original equipment in North American markets, continuing a partnership that began last year with fitments on the new Beetle, Jetta and Jetta SportWagen.
Bagnalls, a Nationwide coal and slate distribution company, has appointed ATS Euromaster to manage tyres across its fleet of commercial vehicles. Bagnalls has reportedly opted for a joint Taurus and Bandvulc tyre fitment policy. The agreement will see ATS Euromaster support the company’s 17-strong fleet which ranges from Mercedes Benz Sprinter vans to 13 and 18 tonne Mercedes Benz Atego and Daf LF rigid bodied trucks.
Goodyear Tire & Rubber is to add a third product offering to its Assurance line of tyres. The announcement was made during the Goodyear Dealer Conference, an annual gathering of the company’s North American retail network.
The new tyre, named Assurance, is a mid-tier product in Goodyear’s passenger tyre family, joining the brand’s two premium offerings in that segment: Assurance ComforTred and Assurance TripleTred. The new tyre will initially be offered in the US in 27 sizes at Goodyear retail outlets and independent tire dealerships by the end of March.
The Assurance is available in tyre sizes ranging from 15- to 17-inch rim diameters. The initial size offering covers 80 per cent of the targeted vehicle group, and includes popular vehicles, such as the Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Taurus, Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and many more.
Castle Morpeth Council has awarded a contract to supply tyres and associated services across its 148-strong fleet to ATS Euromaster, as part of a framework agreement created by the North Eastern Purchasing Organisation (NEPO). The 2+2 year deal covers a diverse mix of vehicles including the Mayoral car, vans, dropsides, road sweepers, other items of plant and a fleet of more than 14 refuse collection and recycling vehicles. As part of the new contract, ATS Euromaster is also fitting the refuse fleet with Taurus tyres, manufactured by Michelin.
Wolverhampton-based Bickford Truck Services, which specialises in hiring commercial vehicles for the construction industry, has appointed ATS Euromaster as principal tyre supplier for its fleet of over 300 trucks. The customer’s fitment policy also specifies a range of budget tyres including Taurus, Kumho and Matador. The fleet ranges from 7.5 to 44 tonnes and includes tippers, grab loaders, flatbeds, skip loaders, cranes, hook lifts, beavertails and tractor units, which are supplied on a mixture of contract hire and rental agreements to civil engineering companies nationwide.
Roger Bickford, joint Managing Director, explains: “Our fleet spends a lot of time operating off-road on construction sites, where the rugged terrain increases the chances of picking up tyre damage. This problem is escalated by the nature of some contracts, which can include penalty charges for unexpected downtime where vehicles are not back on the road within a designated time window.
(Las Vegas/Tire Review) Kumho Tire USA’s scented tyre, which was introduced as a concept at last year’s SEMA Show, is reportedly coming to fruition. A lavendar scented version of the tyre will hit the market early next year in three sizes, Kumho said. Based on Kumho’s Ecsta DX, the tyre features specialty scented compounds that replaces the smell of tyre rubber with the scent of lavender. The compound includes heat resistant oils that add the scent to the tyre. Kumho has tried a number of different scents, including lavender, jasmine, rosemary and neroli.
According to Rick Brennan, Kumho’s brand director, the company is bringing the DX aroma tyre to the market to help build brand awareness and differentiate Kumho in the marketplace. The new DX is targeted at female consumers who drive sedans such as the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Ford Taurus. The scented Ecsta DX Aroma tyre will initially be available in sizes 205/60R16, 215/60R16 and 235/60R16.