We associate the slogan ‘every little helps’ with a well-known supermarket, but the idea of small savings adding up to a large one applies to more than just baked beans and washing detergent. From this month, Continental is making do without one of the two stickers it previously affixed to new tyres sold in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region. By doing so, it expects to avoid around 110 tonnes of plastic waste per year from the stickers themselves as well as waste from the backing foil.
Uniroyal’s new RainSport 5 is pitched as “the new wet-weather specialist for sporty, powerful cars and SUVs”. With precision handling on dry roads for maximum driving pleasure, Uniroyal’s development engineers have also managed to endow the RainSport 5 with 15 per cent higher mileage than the RainSport 3, as well as delivering improvements in ride quality. The new arrival is also the first Uniroyal tyre to benefit from enhanced Shark Skin Technology.
Here in the UK and in Europe, Uniroyal belongs to the Continental tyre portfolio, but in North America it is a Michelin brand. And across the pond, Uniroyal Tires has gained a new brand mascot – Royal.
Tyremen.co.uk has launched a new space saver wheel and tyre kit called KOM, which is short for Keep On Moving. According to the company, the wheel has been sourced from “a premium aluminium wheel manufacturer” in Italy, which has given the firm “sole UK selling rights to this aluminium space saver wheel”.
The successor to the Uniroyal AllSeasonExpert has arrived. It’s called the AllSeasonExpert 2, and its developers have remained true to the Uniroyal tradition by keeping the main focus upon good wet weather performance. The talk from brand manufacturer Continental is of a tyre that “offers balanced performance for safe driving in both summer and winter.
Bandvulc has awarded Kerr’s Tyres & Auto exclusivity for its product range in Northern Ireland. This follows on from Kerr’s appointment at the beginning of 2017 as the sole supplier of Uniroyal TBR (truck tyres) for this region.
Sayers Road Tankers has renewed its contract with Bandvulc Tyres and fleet management division, BVPlus+, to December 2018. This is inclusive of specifying Continental product as new tyre policy and utilises Bandvulc’s bespoke Tankmaster tyre for front and centre axles with Uniroyal on rear axles. Three tyre makes from one company. The Bandvulc offer also includes the latest release of Bandvulc’s recharge system to assist Sayers with the management of tyre damage recharges.
The recently agreed extension with CSG (Cleansing Service Group – one of the largest privately owned waste management companies in the UK) sees Bandvulc continue to manage their fleet via BVPLUS+. Bandvulc has been involved with CSG for the past 8 years and this latest deal sees BVPLUS+ continue to manage their fleet of commercial vehicles for the next three years.
Bandvulc will exhibit at the Commercial Vehicle Show on 25-27 April at the Birmingham NEC (Hall 5, Stand 5F70) with a larger stand than in previous years, reflecting its 2017 developments. The Group said its continued growth and development of cost-effective tyre solutions have contributed to making this year’s stand its biggest yet.
From 1 January 2017, BVF1RST, the wholesale arm of the Bandvulc Group will be the exclusive supplier of the Uniroyal truck tyre brand across the UK.
Throughout 2016 Bandvulc has introduced a new generation of tyres. These meet the modern day needs of transport companies and provide consistent performance and safety for regional applications and long-distance routes. The new steer axle FH 40, drive axle DH 40 and trailer axle TH 40 tyres boast increased mileage, wet performance and reduced rolling resistance over predecessors.
Kings Road Tyres (KRT) has added three new sizes to its exclusive Blacklion range of products for the haulage sector. New for 2016 are the BT165 and BD175 steer and drive axle tyres, available in popular sizes 295/80R22.5, 315/80R22.5 and 315/70R22.5.
While the Uniroyal tyre brand is owned by Continental in Europe, in North America the name belongs to the Michelin fold and has been present in the consumer market there for more than 50 years. The existing North American market Uniroyal portfolio of passenger car, SUV and light commercial vehicle tyres is now being joined for the first time by a heavy commercial vehicle tyre range; six new truck tyres have been launched in the US market.
Having reduced a field of 51 to 19, Auto Bild announced that three of the winter tyres tested had made it all the way to the top of the German magazine’s rankings, picking up “exemplary” ratings. Continental’s WinterContact TS 850, Pirelli’s Winter Snowcontrol Serie 3, and the Barum Polaris 3 were the best performers, according to Auto Bild’s testers, who ranked the tyres based on their performance on snowy, wet and dry roads and their cost. The tests were performed on a VW Polo, with the tyres sized 185/60R15 T.
Kings Road Tyres has added the Blacklion passenger car range and new Turf/ATV tyres from its Kingstone house brand to its portfolio. Already the exclusive distributor of Blacklion’s TBR range, KRT has extended its stock with the Sailun-produced brand’s PCR products. KRT describes Kingstone, first introduced in 1987, as being among the very first house brands developed exclusively by a UK wholesaler. The development of a new range of 50 turf and all-terrain vehicle tyres is a reflection of KRT’s strategic decision to grow its business in this specialist market.
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.