On 19 September 2022, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co was found guilty of misappropriating five of 12 alleged trade secrets relating to self-inflating tyres in a case brought by Czech company Coda Development SRO. As a result of the jury’s verdict, Coda was awarded a total of $64 million.
PCL has appointed Lee Wright as managing director to lead the company’s move towards “a more market-driven approach”. Following a thorough recruitment process, supported by external consultants, Wright has taken the helm at the Sheffield-based inflation specialists. Previously, the position was part of Joerg F Mayer’s remit as group managing director at PCL’s parent company, HornGroup Holding.
Trevor Swift has joined PCL as the company’s new area sales manager for the M62 corridor, covering the coast-to-coast region from Hull to Liverpool. Bringing extensive experience in the B2B automotive aftermarket and hardware industries, Swift has been getting up to speed on the potential for PCL’s pneumatic equipment portfolio before setting out in the field to meet customers.
After a four-year absence thanks to Covid-related restrictions, PCL is gearing up for a return to Automechanika Frankfurt and its team preparing to welcome customers between 13 and 17 September in Hall 8, Stand H52. The company promises to bring an “innovative package of new products” for visitors to explore.
Ring Automotive has reiterated the need to look after tyres, following research by road safety charity TyreSafe revealing that more tyre-related incidents are reported in summer than at any other time of the year.
Simon Foxall has been appointed area sales manager to cover Central England for tyre inflation and compressed air equipment manufacturer PCL. Prior to his appointment at PCL, Foxall most recently managed key accounts for a wholesaler and manufacturer of industrial hardware products.
Andy Traynor has joined PCL as the company’s new key accounts manager. After an initial period familiarising himself with the Sheffield-based company’s systems, processes and products, Traynor is now meeting customers across the UK.
PCL sales director, Simon Shorter is retiring from his role in charge of End User and OEM sales at PCL. Moving forward, Shorter plans to spend more time with his family as he looks forward to celebrating his 60th birthday. He also intends to continue his charity work and lecturing at Sheffield Hallam University.
PCL has appointed Ben Kershaw as technical sales manager. Kershaw will be responsible for growing sales and providing technical and product support in the petrol, automotive, industrial and fluid markets.
Sheffield-based tyre inflation and pneumatics firm PCL has appointed a new Customer Service Team Leader. Reporting to sales director Lee Wright, Nicola Slazak will be responsible for providing hands-on support, whilst leading the team as well.
PCL has integrated its ecommerce and distributor portal into its pclairtechnology.com website. Distributors and end users will now have a single point of online access to PCL’s products, news, information, account management and order entry services. According to the company, the enhanced website has been updated for convenience and ease of use.
PCL has launched the CH3A01 Twin Swivel Clip-on Tyre Valve Connector and CH3A02 Single Swivel Clip-on Tyre Valve Connector. The two new models complement the recently launched CH2 air connectors, which have received excellent feedback since their launch last year and run alongside the popular CO3 range.
PCL has released what the inflation products manufacturer says is its “biggest and best product catalogue yet”. Featuring a breakdown of the Sheffield-based company’s range, the newly designed catalogue includes “How to” sections, providing ends users with guides to finding the right equipment and using it safely and effectively.
Michelin has launched its latest agricultural tyre technology in the UK. Zen@Terra connects directly into the tractor’s ISOBUS system. It allows farmers to switch between low pressures, for maximum soil protection, and higher pressures, to maximise performance on the road. The system is designed for fitment in combination with a central tyre inflation system (CTIS) and Michelin’s Ultraflex tyre range – although it can be used with any Michelin agricultural tyre. Michelin adds that the process takes a matter of minutes and can be operated via an easy-to-use, integrated in-cab touch-screen display.