EMIA region drags down Bridgestone’s second quarter
Bridgestone’s key financial metrics show the suffering of the world’s number one tyre manufacturer from the effects of the Covid pandemic. Sales fell by 32.4 per cent worldwide in the second quarter. The group also slipped into the red, reporting a return on sales of -0.3 per cent and a deficit of 41.5 billion Japanese […]
Nexen Tire expanding in Europe – milestones reached
Much has changed at Nexen Tire of late, a phenomenon particularly noticeable within the South Korean tyre maker’s European operation. In the past two years, the company has set up a new production facility in the Czech Republic and a European headquarters in Germany as part of its ‘Global Nexen’ strategy. This expansion is occurring parallel to similar growth in Korea and the USA.
Maxam Tire opens new solid tyre factory in Vietnam
Speciality tyre manufacturer Maxam Tire has opened a new advanced and automated solid tyre production facility. It said the new facility represents “a major commitment to the speciality solid tyre segment.” Maxam added that the plant is “strategically aligned to better serve today’s market demands through compound advancement and automated technology.” Sources within the Sailun Group told Tyres & Accessories that the factory is located in Vietnam.
Revisiting the past for a better future – Continental looks at Nazi era activities
Confronting one’s past can be a taxing experience, all the more so when this past includes one of history’s darkest hours. But this is exactly what tyre maker and automotive systems company Continental is doing in the run-up to its 150th anniversary – it is looking back more than three-quarters of a century to examine the firm’s role within the Nazi system and in Hitler’s war. Continental’s review of its involvement with the National Socialist government in Germany is being supported by the findings of an independent academic study, which was presented this morning.
Daimler loses ruling in German patent dispute with Nokia
Nokia Oyj has won a court ruling in a patent dispute with Daimler, giving the Finnish company leverage in a long-running fight over mobile technology in vehicles. Daimler, owner of the Mercedes-Benz brand, violated Nokia’s mobile-technology patents, judges in Mannheim, Germany, said on Tuesday. The ruling goes to the heart of how technology must be licensed for mobile-telecommunication systems that are standard features in most modern cars.
Bridgestone to supply tyres to Volta Trucks’ electric truck pilot fleet
Scandinavian start-up full-electric vehicle manufacturer Volta Trucks has signed a new tyre partnership with Bridgestone. The world’s largest tyre manufacturer will fit its tyres to the first launch vehicle, which will be revealed at an online event on Thursday 3 September. The agreement also covers the supply of tyres to Volta’s pilot vehicles, due to start evaluation with fleet operators in early 2021. Large logistics fleet operators have already signed-up to trial the Volta Zero, including DPD Group in the UK and Bring and Posten in Scandinavia, with orders also already being taken for the vehicle in both markets.
Two new e-bikes in Pirelli CYCL-e around rental service
Pirelli’s bike rental service is supplying two new e-bikes, the Nomades for urban use and the Montagel for gravel tracks, to hotels and businesses. The two e-bikes will be integrated into some rental packages and also available for direct purchase through the brand’s CYCL-e around website. Pirelli has recently added several new cycling tyres to its range, while its bike rental service presents further support for its sustainable and active mobility interests. It is particularly emphasising the use of its rental service for urban travel or vacation use. Therefore, CYCL-e around targets high-level hotels and companies that want to make a practical and sustainable vehicle available to employees and visitors. The two new Pirelli e-bikes are made in collaboration with Stajvelo, one of the emerging players in electric mobility, based in Monaco. For more information, visit our sister website in Italy, PneusNews.it.
Sterling Automotive: ‘rising global demand’ for bespoke car design
British auto designer Sterling Automotive says global demand has increased for unique car customisation. The custom car brand, which is partnered and supplied by UK-based Davanti Tyres, accentuates British design heritage, with leatherwork, metalwork and 3D-printed body panels created at its Blackburn headquarters. “As a new business, the pandemic did throw up some significant challenges for us to navigate,” said Carl Williamson, managing director of Sterling Automotive. “But fortunately we were able to launch our first vehicles - our reimagined Jeep Wrangler and our fresh Audi Q8 project - before it struck. Those vehicles really captured a lot of attention globally and we’re now seeing this translate into firm interest from both clients and the wider car community.”
Toyo Tires supports 44th AG Memorial Van Damme athletics event
Toyo Tires continues to support world-class athletics, at the Diamond League AG Memorial Van Damme event in Brussels on 4 September. The tyre manufacturer expects the live broadcast to reach a wide global audience thanks to the meet’s attractive programme of events and the presence of many stars of athletics. These include British four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah, who is hoping to set a new One Hour World Record. A live DJ will provide a different soundtrack, with no crowd due to Covid-19 pandemic restrictions.
Peel completes Engineering Definition phase for Powerhouse DMG plant site
Powerhouse Energy Group’s first hydrogen production from waste plastic (including end of life tyres) plant has received a boost, as the first phase of engineering work on its site at Cheshire’s Protos Energy Park was completed on time, despite the Coronavirus lockdown. Peel L&P completed the Engineering Definition stage of the contractors’ work for the DMG plant on schedule. The completion of detailed site definition drawings and procument packages for equipment and components will enable delivery contractors to price their contracts for constructing the plant and the associated on-site buildings.
Bridgestone becomes tyre partner to The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride
Bridgestone EMIA has become the official European tyre partner of motorcycle charity event, The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR). The global event brings together riders’ passion for classic style bikes and men’s health charity Movember, for which it raises funds. DGR will hold its first-ever solo edition on Sunday 27 September 2020. In 2019 the event brought together 116,000 motorcyclists across 100 countries. Welcoming Bridgestone’s support, DGR founder Mark Hawwa explained why the ride was urgently needed.
Carlton Forest Group appoints Scott Robson financial director
Carlton Forest Group has appointed a new financial director as it enters the next phase of its growth strategy. Scott Robson has joined the waste to energy company, home to the UK’s only continuous tyre pyrolysis plant. Originally from Leeds, Robson has a global career in director level finance roles. “We extend a very warm welcome to Scott and look forward to working with him as our portfolio of business continue their exciting growth phrases and strategic diversification,” said Mark Pepper, CEO, Carlton Forest Group Holdings. “He joins our driven and dynamic senior team and we know that he will have a long and successful career with us.”
Michelin Stoke production at normal level with ‘steady market growth’
After reopening its Stoke-on-Trent retreading factory following its closure for a scheduled maintenance break lengthened by the Coronavirus crisis, Tyres & Accessories spoke to Michelins UK factory manager Francois Levert about recent developments. The mileage trucks covered during the lockdown did not plummet as much as that of cars, but there have certainly been effects on demand. Levert confirmed at the end of June that the Michelin factory in Stoke-on-Trent is operational. A lot of work had previously been invested to ensure that we can work as safely and efficiently as possible. We are now at a normal production level, which is very gratifying. - This article will appear in full in the next edition of the Retreading Special supplement, distributed with the September edition of Tyres & Accessories. Not yet a subscriber? Click the button below to sign up.
Bridgestone EMIA announces changes to sales leadership structure
Bridgestone EMIA (Europe, Middle East, India and Africa) is shuffling its sales leadership structure. Taking effect on 1 September, the changes of vice presidential roles coincide with the departure of Mirella Cielo, who will become president consumer replacement tire sales, US and Canada, Bridgestone Americas. The EMIA division stated that Cielo “has been instrumental within Bridgestone EMIA’s consumer replacement organisation throughout her three years in the business.”
This publication stands by a long-standing precedent of being a-political. Rather like the saying that it is bad manners to talk religion or politics while dining, we have historically opted not to take a line on such issues. Propriety aside, there is another particular good reason for this approach. During the nearly eight decades since Tyres & Accessories was published in 1946, 16 prime ministers and many more governments have come and gone, but one thing has remained: the motoring public’s demand for tyres has continued and even grown in the medium and long-term. But this column isn’t finishing school, so why the discussion on protocol? We don’t normally engage in politics, but this month politics engaged with the tyre business more directly than ever before when US President Donald Trump told US motorists: “Don’t buy GOODYEAR TIRES”, adding: “Get better tires [sic] for far less!” (see pages President Trump attacks Goodyear for further details of the furore).