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ADAC Winter Tyre test 2016: Bad ratings for all-season tyres

ADAC also tested seven all-season treads in this year’s Winter Tyre Test – apparently there are enormous differences in performance compared with pure winter tyres.

All-season tyres are a highly discussed topic in the industry – each relevant manufacturer reacted to the demand in the market and added a tread to the portfolio in the meantime. In the framework of its Winter Tyre Test units, ADAC also tested seven all-season products. The result is devastating. Concerning the seasonal experts, the Goodyear UltraGrip9 stands out in the small and compact class.


Westlake Customer Forum: Options for fleet optimization

The photo proves: The mood in the Pneuhage/Zhongce team is excellent.

In August an exclusive customer circle of Pneuhage Reifendienste exchanged experiences concerning different topics of fleet optimization in Leipzig. About 50 representatives of renowned transport companies listened to the explanations of responsible people of Kloepfel Consulting GmbH and the trailer manufacturer Schmitz Cargobull in the framework of an event at the Porsche plant.


Magna Tyres Group opens Office for Middle East & Africa

The Magna Tyres Group has opened an office for the Middle East & Africa based in Ras Al Khaimah/United Arab Emirates.

Die Magna Tyres Group has announced the opening of its office for the Middle East & Africa, which is based in Ras Al Khaimah. After appointing Vijay Nambiar as General Manager of the new office, the responsible people announced this as next step of the worldwide expansion. “We are very proud that Vijay made use of this opportunity to open the new office. He will play a key role for strengthening the image of Magna Tyres in this region and for intensifying our commitment to this region", said Michael de Ruijter, CEO of the Magna Tyres Group.


Bridgestone launches Winter version of the DriveGuard

New in the Bridgestone portfolio: the DriveGuard as winter version.

Bridgestone will launch its "DriveGuard” tyres in a winter version. According to company information, the technology will enable an onward journey for 80 km at a speed of up to 80 km/h in case of a breakdown. The DriveGuard Winter will complement the current range of tyres consisting of the Blizzak LM001, the Blizzak LM-80 EVO and the DM-V2 for SUVs. The Bridgestone DriveGuard Winter - as well as the summer version - is characterized by reinforced sidewalls and so-called Cooling Fins.


Wdk: Tyre manufacturers will have to cope with decrease in turnover of 6.2 per cent

After the first six months of the year 2016, the German rubber industry noticed a decrease in turnover of 2.2 per cent. According to wdk (Organisation of German Manufacturers of Tyres and Technical Elastomers Products), the tyre manufacturers’ turnover fell by 6.2 per cent. In spite of higher sales figures for TEE (Technische Elastomer Erzeugnisse – Technical Elastomers Products) production decreased in German tyre plants and in TEE locations. While manufacturers of TEE were able to look back at a slightly positive business development in the first half of 2016, there was a decrease in turnover for tyre manufacturers in the same period. This was not only caused by low sales prices resulting from falling raw material costs.


ZC Rubber: Westlake is to conquer Europe

Chairman Shen Jin Rong talked about the aims in Europe.

Pneuhage Group attracted ZC Rubber as a rather capable trading partner in order to operate in European markets. During a meeting with editors of AutoRäderReifen-Gummibereifung, its President Shen Jin Rong emphasized the quality standards of the brand Westlake in the commercial vehicle segment. The Chinese tyre giant ZC Rubber has heavily been investing in the development of the new Westlake truck tyre series.


Continental: New headquarters to be built at Pferdeturm

The old Continental headquarter is located in the former facility in Hanover Vahrenwald.

Continental supports the idea of locating its new headquarters at the Pferdeturm in Hanover. The company started official detailed negotiations with the city of Hanover, which meant a possible acquisition of two areas in the north and south of Hans-Böckler-Allee. The two premises have together a total size of about 37,600 square metres. In case of a location in this area they are supposed to be linked.


Vredestein: Connecting to Fintyre’s distribution network

Vredestein expands its activities in Italy.

The tyre brand Vredestein will connect to Fintyre’s distribution network in Italy. According to responsible people, Vredestein will benefit from this partnership because of a broader dealer network in Italy and an exclusive distribution channel. Moreover, the soft franchising concept “Centro Sicurezza Vredestein“ is said to profit from higher availability of parts thanks to several purchasing sources.


Pirelli: Tyre supplier of Formula One until 2019

Pirelli will remain exclusive tyre supplier of FIA Formula One World Championship until 2019.

For further three years, Pirelli will remain exclusive tyre supplier of FIA Formula One World Championship. The Italian tyre manufacturer and FIA prolonged their current contract for the period from 2017 to 2019. The deal was negotiated in winter – FIA and Pirelli agreed on some changes in the technical rules in cooperation with the teams. As of 2017 broader tyres will be used. Pirelli received special testing days from the international association FIA. Several new rules will come into force in 2017.


Joint Venture between Pneuhage and Bridgestone

Peter Schütterle is owner of the Pneuhage Group.

Pneuhage Management GmbH & Co. KG and Bridgestone Deutschland GmbH intend starting a joint venture. Bridgestone would like to focus on First Stop Deutschland and its subsidiaries including all the branches, the retreading companies and the First Stop partner network. The current company names First Stop and Reifen Seher and their brand presentations are to be kept.