Double Coin holdings Limited’s ownership of the Double Coin trademark in India has been confirmed in a dispute between the Chinese manufacturer and local distributor, Trans Tyre (India) Private Limited. The Hindu newspaper reports that the Chennai-based Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) has ordered that the trademark registration granted to Trans Tyre in 2007 be nullified.
The Al Dobowi group aims to employ its Eternity trademark for the greater good with the addition of ‘Eternity Cares’ to the range of charitable initiatives it runs.
Eternity Technologies manufactures industrial batteries and soon the brand’s product offering will expand to include an Eternity tyre range (to be introduced in late 2012). Even though Eternity tyres are yet to reach the market, Al Dobowi has already diverted funds to the Eternity Cares initiative to support UK charitable causes.
Whoever LETA – the recently formed industry association representing European tyre traders – is taking to court it isn’t Goodyear Dunlop. Following the news that the group of unnamed tyre traders have joined forces to take up court proceedings against unnamed tyre manufacturers to, in their view, protect the free trade rights and indeed the honour of likeminded companies, Goodyear Dunlop has confirmed that it is not involved in legal action with LETA.
The name Bob Jane has been one of the most recognisable in the Australian tyre trade for several decades. Now the 82 year old former racing driver and founder of the Bob Jane T-Marts fast fit chain faces restrictions on using the name he was born with.
Motorists seeking fuel efficient tyres in North America will soon discover a new name attached to Firestone tyres – Fuel Fighter. Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO) has revived the company trademark, which was first used in 1978, and is already affixing it to lower rolling resistance original equipment tyres. The tyre maker says selected replacement market fitments will be introduced in the near future.
Uniroyal has reacted to its RainExpert tyre being awarded “best buy” status by Which? Car in the November 2011 edition. Praised across several areas such as wet grip and dry braking, the RainExpert in size 175/65 R14T achieved an overall rating of 67 per cent with Which? commenting: “The RainExpert does exactly what it says on the tin, providing top-of-the-class wet grip, with five stars for grip on the straight and in bends.”
The SEMA show has come to an end, and point S Development states the exhibition, where managing director Jürgen Benz and Independent Tire Dealer Group (ITDG) CEO Michael Cox signed a master franchise contract for the USA, more than met the company’s expectations. Commenting on the show, Fabien Bouquet, international operations director at point S Development, shared: “Our presence at the SEMA show in Las Vegas, an important US exhibition, was a complete success.
Italian brake manufacturer Tarox has released its new hand-finished brake lines. The company, which has been in the brakes business since 1976, says it has “invested substantially” in new technology to create a bespoke range of “race-quality brake lines for more than 3,000 car fitments. The range is suitable for classic, retro, tuner, prestige and sports machines, providing quicker fluid transfer from pedal to pad. Tarox says the hoses “improve pedal feel and braking efficiency, enhancing the driver’s ‘feel’ and confidence.”
Keskin Tuning Europa GmbH has taken on a new wheel brand, just in time for the winter season. According to the company, these MAM alloy wheels are not only designed for the warm season but are also for winter season applicable and therefore suitable for all-year use. Keskin representatives report that the trademark of the MAM alloy wheels is the good quality, long life and the extraordinary design.
With the start of the Rugby World Cup 2011 less than a month away, the host country’s governing body would be well advised to avoid any negative publicity. However the New Zealand Rugby Union finds itself in the news again for its continuation of a trademark dispute. And, as you may have already suspected, tyres lie at the heart of the matter.
Toyo Tire USA has launched the Versado Eco range in North American markets. The new tyre is described as being an all-season, low rolling resistance luxury performance tyre designed for hybrids and other environmentally-friendly vehicles; Toyo says it has used a combination of innovative technology and environment-friendly materials to deliver low rolling resistance without sacrificing tread life, luxury or performance.
Treadsetters may not have been the ultimate winner of the HSBC competition (see "Treadsetters mentioned in HSBC annual report") , but it really is true – winning isn’t everything. The company took the opportunity through the competition to focus more on its business direction and the increased awareness that has been generated both internally and externally has resulted in some clearly positive outcomes for the firm. While the final figures for 2010/2011 have not been audited or published, with sales exceeding the £42 million mark, it was clear that the company was going to be at least 20 per cent ahead of its £35 million target for the year”
Bridgestone will remain the “Official Tire of the National Football League” in the US following a five-year extension of the marketing sponsorship deal between Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO) and the National Football League (NFL) was agreed upon on July 15. Under the agreement, a continuation of a three-year deal that commenced in 2007, BATO will continue to work with the NFL brand through numerous exclusive promotional opportunities, including the title sponsorship of the Super Bowl halftime shows for Super Bowls XLV – XLIX.
Kleber has launched the new 65-series Gripker tyre for 80 to 180 hp tractors. The new tyre is the latest addition to Kleber’s range of tractor tyres and the Gripker name was selected after 3,000 farmers voted for it at the SIMA 2009 trade show. Particularly suited to mixed crop farming and livestock operations, the new Kleber Gripker is designed to thanks to its exclusive design. Its lugs are designed to reduce damage to emerging crops and grasslands, and more rounded, to ensure that mud is effectively expelled from the tread, for self-cleaning.
While the new Kleber Gripker has a particularly modern appearance, it also features the three small interlugs between the tread bars that have been a trademark of Kleber’s tyres throughout the company’s history. In addition, the new range is said to be suited to road use and carries the D speed rating, allowing speeds of up to 65 km/h. The Gripker has updated Kleber’s range of the increasingly popular 65-series tyres and this is highlighted by the fact that sales in this category grew by 70 per cent between 2000 and 2008, according to Michelin data.
Goodyear’s newly appointed president and CEO has expressed confidence in the tyre maker’s ability to grow in hand with global economic recovery. At the company’s April 13 Annual Shareholder Meeting, Kramer stated this confidence is supported by the Goodyear’s very strong portfolio of brands, strength in high-growth emerging markets, innovative new product offerings, industry-leading retailer network and enhanced supply chain capabilities.