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Giti returns to Pikes Peak after Tajima’s 2013 win

Giti returns to Pikes Peak after Tajima’s 2013 win

Thursday 15th May 2014 | 0 Comments

Giti Tire is returning to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on 29 June after playing a key role in last year's electric division victory by Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima and his ‘Monster Sport E-Runner Pikes Peak Special.’ Last year, Tajima switched from Falken to Giti tyres for the Pikes Peak event and set a new electric record of 9:46.530 last year after Giti Tire engineers hand cut tread grooves into the tyres after the road became wet from a 30-minute rainfall – a measure the driver said gave him much-needed grip. For the 2014 event, he will compete in a vehicle that is based on last year’s machine but incorporates a number of performance enhancements, including specially designed 17-inch GitiCompete GTR1 slicks (340/710-18) in place of the 20-inch version used last year.

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Hankook limbers up for 11th appearance at Reifen

Hankook limbers up for 11th appearance at Reifen

Thursday 15th May 2014 | 0 Comments

At this month’s Reifen 2014 show in Essen, Germany, Hankook Tire will occupy more than 300 square metres of exhibition space at in Hall 3.0 (stand 3A32). At this, the 11th occasion the tyre maker has exhibited at the trade fair, Hankook will display an extended UHP line-up and will highlight its recent original equipment segment activities.

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Kirkby announces new Alliance, BKT agricultural tyre sizes

Wednesday 14th May 2014 | 0 Comments

Kirkby Tyres has announced the availability of a number of new agricultural tyre sizes. Indian manufacturer BKT is supplying eight new fitments of tractor and trailer tyres to the Liverpool based wholesaler, while Kirkby UK exclusive brand Alliance has three new sizes of its 320 Value Plus tyre for small trailers, balers and agricultural tillage implements.

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Michelin launches X-Straddle 2 port tyre

Michelin launches X-Straddle 2 port tyre

Wednesday 14th May 2014 | 0 Comments

Michelin has launched its X-Straddle 2, which has been designed to make marine terminal operations “safer while increasing productivity by more than 30 per cent”. According to Michelin X-Straddle 2 delivers all the benefits of radial technology to improve marine terminal operations.

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20% of tyres in Europe will be sold online by 2020

Wednesday 14th May 2014 | 3 Comments

The influence online tyre retailing is growing so fast that 20 per cent of Europe tyres sales could take place online by 2020. That’s the view of market analysts at Frost & Sullivan, which also reports that the influence of the internet on the auto industry can be seen in the continuous growth of the eRetailing market for automotive parts in general. According to the analysts, eRetailing of automotive components has given aftermarket participants a fresh boost and presents a new sales channel dynamic enough to be in sync with evolving macro-economic conditions and also flexible enough to address customer needs by offering a personalized shopping experience.

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Nexen OE on 2015 Chrysler 200

Nexen OE on 2015 Chrysler 200

Wednesday 14th May 2014 | 0 Comments

Korean-based tyre manufacturer Nexen has announced that it has won a contract to supply original equipment tyres (OE) for all new Chrysler 200 cars. According to the company, the new 200 model has been produced at Chrysler’s Starling Heights assembly plant in Michigan, USA since 2011.

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Yokohama bringing concepts, current range to Reifen

Yokohama bringing concepts, current range to Reifen

Wednesday 14th May 2014 | 0 Comments

Later this month Yokohama Rubber will showcase its latest technologies and products at the Reifen 2014 exhibition on a stand (Hall 3, booth 3A18) featuring both market-ready and concept products.

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Dandelion rubber research results in GreenTec award for Continental, IME

Dandelion rubber research results in GreenTec award for Continental, IME

Tuesday 13th May 2014 | 0 Comments

The ‘Rubin’ project jointly conducted by Continental and the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology (IME) has been honoured with a GreenTec Award. A 60-member jury panel determined the two parties’ work on producing natural rubber from dandelions worthy of a 2014 award in the ‘Automobility’ category. The awards ceremony took place in Munich, Germany on 4 May at the start of the IFAT environmental technology trade show. A total of 14 awards were given out.

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Closure-threatened Bridgestone site receives Italian grant

Closure-threatened Bridgestone site receives Italian grant

Tuesday 13th May 2014 | 0 Comments

Bridgestone has signed a development contract with Invitalia, Italy’s agency for inward investment promotion and enterprise development, for the upgrade of Bridgestone’s Modugno plant in Bari, which employs some 800 workers. A total of €41.3 million is being invested in the project, including a €12.4 million grant from Invitalia. The agreement between the tyre maker and government agency was signed in Rome by Bridgestone Italia CEO Roberto Mauro and Invitalia CEO Domenico Arcuri.

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Mitas begins tractor pulling sponsorship, develops ‘Powerpull’ tyre

Mitas begins tractor pulling sponsorship, develops ‘Powerpull’ tyre

Tuesday 13th May 2014 | 0 Comments

The world of tractor pulling awaits Mitas following the development of the company’s first prototype tractor pulling tyre and the signing of a sponsorship agreement with the European Tractor Pulling Committee (ETPC). The Mitas Powerpull has been developed using a similar manufacturing process to that used for the Czech tyre maker’s high-power tractor tyres, and Mitas says the production version of the Powerpull will be available this year. The first test prototypes were cured at the company’s Otrokovice factory in April.

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Bridgestone markedly lifts margins, improves European performance in Q1

Monday 12th May 2014 | 0 Comments

During the first quarter of fiscal 2014, Bridgestone achieved net sales of 863.6 billion yen (£5.0 billion), an 8.7 per cent year-on-year increase on the 1 January to 31 March 2013 quarter. Operating income was 116.3 billion yen (£677.1 million), up 56.3 per cent year-on-year, while operating margin rose from 9.4 per cent a year ago to 13.5 per cent in the first quarter of 2014. Net income increased 66.9 per cent year-on-year to 71.9 billion yen (£418.6 million).

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New Pirelli compound key for Superbike EVO riders at Imola

New Pirelli compound key for Superbike EVO riders at Imola

Monday 12th May 2014 | 0 Comments

Honda took two wins over the World Superbike Championship weekend at Imola, as Briton Jonathan Rea moved into first place in the overall standings, taking the Pirelli Best Lap awards in both races. While the existing soft compound Diablo Superbike tyre was used to great effect, Pirelli also regarded the meeting as a successful first outing for the new SC1 S1699 compound EVO fitment, with many riders in this category opting to use the tyre.

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Q1 operating profit a ‘record’, says Yokohama

Q1 operating profit a ‘record’, says Yokohama

Friday 9th May 2014 | 0 Comments

Yokohama Rubber reports that its operating income reached a record high in the first quarter of 2014. On the back of net income of net sales that were up 9.6 per cent year-on-year to 139.9 billion yen (£810.9 million), operating income jumped 54.6 to 11.7 billion yen (£67.8 million). Net income, at 6.5 billion yen (£37.7 million), was 14.8 per cent higher than in the first quarter of 2013. Sales and earnings increased in each of Yokohama’s three business sectors: tyres, industrial products, and other products. The company says its tyre business’ strong performance reflected robust growth in Japan and sales growth overseas. Operating income benefited in each business sector from a downward trend in raw material prices and from the weakening of the yen, as well as from sales growth.

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Trelleborg confirms Tractor of the Year participation, launches TM1000 campaign

Trelleborg confirms Tractor of the Year participation, launches TM1000 campaign

Friday 9th May 2014 | 0 Comments

Once again, Trelleborg will partner with the Tractor of the Year awards. The latest round of this agricultural sector honour kicked off with an event in France on 6 and 7 May; at the “Tractor of the Year 2015: Let the challenge begin” function in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, the Swedish tyre maker also launched a new advertising campaign to promote the qualities of its TM1000 High Power agricultural tyre.

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Michelin honing tyre fitter skills with new training academy

Michelin honing tyre fitter skills with new training academy

Friday 9th May 2014 | 0 Comments

Michelin has launched a new training academy that it says promises to transform tyre fitters in the UK and Ireland into the “next generation of expert technicians.” Ten fitters from the Michelin Certified Centre (MCC) network have already been selected to take part in the first Michelin Professionals Academy course, a programme of training that includes a balance of theoretical and practical learning.

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