After moving to the property "Am Storrenacker 30“, which is in close neighbourhood of the company location, Interpneu got the possibility to bring back the area of mounting complete wheels, which used to be in an additional separated hall.
Continental invited to the “most winterly environment you can think of” for the presentation of the WinterContact TS 870. The new WinterContact TS 870 is the successor of the multiple test winner from the year 2012 and the WinterContact TS 860 from the year 2016.
Goodyear has presented the successor of its summer tyre EfficientGrip Performance. The tyre manufacturer will address vehicle drivers with rims from 15 to 18 inches with the EfficientGrip Performance 2. The new tyre is supposed to have a mileage which is about 50 per cent higher than the one of its predecessors.
Hankook Tire Europe prepared itself for the new decade: At the beginning of the year, Sanghoon Lee was nominated as new Chief Operation Officer (COO) and President. Until then, Lee was responsible for the Chinese market and is Han-Jun Kim’s successor, who will take over new responsibilities within the Hankook Tire & Technology Group. Sanghoon Lee will be responsible for the whole operative business in Europe and the CIS countries.
There is a big question mark concerning the presentation of the Italian tyre manufacturer Pirelli at the THE TIRE COLOGNE. The editorial staff received information that refer to cancelling the participation in the industry trade fair.
The Bridgestone Innovation Park is to be the tyre manufacturer’s key element of change towards a leading supplier of advanced mobility and sustainable solutions. The existing plants in Kodaira will be reconstructed in a comprehensive way.
The Dutch Pon Holding has announced that Reifen Gundlach and its affiliated companies will change its proprietor at the end of the year, and, in the future, it will act as an independent group in the market. The business area Pon Tyre Group had already been restructured and strategically reoriented since last year. As a consequence, the Gundlach Automotive Corporation (GAC) was created, which consists of a total of seven companies from six countries, among others Reifen Gundlach, Euro-Tyre NL, PTG Automotive Solutions & Services, RG Automotive Solutions, and Goodwheel.
Kumho Tyre has extended the sponsoring contract with Tottenham Hotspur, which has existed since 2016, for further three years. Thus, it will remain the “Official Tyre Partner” of the team, which is currently in the fourth position of the English Premier League, until the season 2020/2021. The contract was signed in the presence of several representatives of both sides at the London training ground “Hotspur Way“.
Balkrishna Industries Limited (BKT) has announced a 100-million-dollar construction project for a new production location in the USA. The production plant will be the first production location of the multi-national group outside India. At the moment, BKT is generating more than half of its total turnover in Europe.
Hankook Tire has announced the financial results for the third quarter of 2018. The company achieved a global turnover of 1,760 billion KRW (about 1.35 billion euros) and an operative result of 184.6 billion KRW (about 141.5 million euros) during the period under review. The operative result decreased by 15 per cent compared to the previous year.
The Portuguese specialized journal “automotive magazine“ has honoured The Tire Cologne (TTC) with the “Best International Exhibition“ award. The specialized exhibition for the tyre, wheel and workshop industry celebrated its premiere in May 2018. Ingo Riedeberger, Director at TTC, represented the whole TTC team of Koelnmesse, and received the award in a ceremony in Lisbon at the end of November.