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Trelleborg launches its versatile Tire Selector

Having recently introduced its Dealer Locator for Smartphones, Swedish based heavy tire manufacturer Trelleborg has now announced the arrival of its Tire Selector, an online tool that is designed to help farming professionals select the right tire for individual applications in the agricultural, forestry and agro-industrial market sectors. The Tire Selector is now available on the Trelleborg Wheel Systems website and offers details of the company's product portfolio to assist with the more efficient professional farming operations. The tool enables users to filter Trelleborg's leading ranges by technical criteria such as technology, section width, overall diameter, tread type and tire size with results displayed in either metric or US units. Source: http://www.satreads.com/international-news.html

Trelleborg launches its versatile Tire Selector2019-08-14T09:54:42+00:00

Mitas to start Dandelion tire trials

With Apollo Vredestein and Bridgestone both expressing a recent interest in using dandelion derived rubber as opposed to conventional rubber in future tire production following Continental's initial development, Czech Republic based Mitas now also indicated its intention to evaluate the suitability of dandelion rubber in the manufacturing of its agricultural tire range. Mitas intends to use rubber extracted from Kazakh Dandelion to produce its first prototype tire during the course of this year which will become a European manufactured agricultural tire produced from cultivate plants grown in Europe. Source: http://www.satreads.com/international-news.html

Mitas to start Dandelion tire trials2019-08-14T09:54:42+00:00

Two more Mercedes fitments from Bridgestone

Bridgestone Europe has released details of a further advancement in the company's long-standing and successful partnership with Mercedes Benz with the introduction of two new Original Equipment fitments for the Mercedes GLA and C-Class models. The all-new Bridgestone Dueler H/P will be fitted to Mercedes latest compact SUV Model – the GLA in three size options of 215/60 R17 96V for standard summer, the 235/50 R18 97H for extended all-season plus the 235/45 R19 95V for extended summer for 17, 18 and 19 inch rims. At the same time the the Bridgestone Turanza T001 has been specifically tailored for fitment on the Mercedes C-Class to give true sports driving performance. Source: SATREADS

Two more Mercedes fitments from Bridgestone2019-08-14T09:54:42+00:00

Michelin to set up R&D team in India

French tire maker Michelin will soon set up a team in India to research and develop truck tires for the Asian market said a company's top official in China recently. Michelin has a manufacturing presence plant in Tamil Nadu, which makes only truck tires. Michelin has applauded the technical skills available in India, pointing out that India's talent pool was one of the reasons for locating the development team in India. The team is likely to be built up at Michelin's development centre in Gurgaon near Capital Delhi. Michelin said that the focus will remain on truck tires in India, where the tiremaker sees "huge" scope in converting the largely conventional-technology, cross-ply truck tire market into a radial tire market. The top official was speaking at Michelin Challenge Bibendum, a bi-annual meet of players in the automotive and mobility sectors, policy makers and researchers on the theme of sustainable mobility. Source: SA Treads

Michelin to set up R&D team in India2019-08-14T09:54:43+00:00

A step forward for tire safety campaigner Frances Molloy

Following on from SA Treads recent report on leading European road and tire safety campaigner Frances Molloy's appearance at the recent Britirex Show in the UK last month, Frances has revealed that she has been significantly encouraged by the positive response of tire industry representatives to her call for urgent action on the banning of tires over the age of ten years old following the death of her son and recently had a meeting in the UK Parliament in Westminster accompanied by her local MP Steve Rotheram.

A step forward for tire safety campaigner Frances Molloy2019-08-14T09:54:43+00:00

Premium tire fitment reaches South Africa

Driven by the need to provide superior, top-notch service to discerning customers who demand the best, BestDrive brings stylish lounge amenities, superior expertise and service excellence to the tire fitment business, claims holding company, ContiTrade (a Division of Continental AG). South Africa is the latest country to benefit from the BestDrive phenomenon, which was first developed in Europe more than eight years ago. Today, an extensive network of BestDrive fitment centres operates around the globe, and the number is growing all the time. The company claims: "Regardless of country or location, the objective of each BestDrive centre is the same: to become the world's leading tire service network through an unwavering commitment to premium service, premium quality, premium products and premium facilities." HISTORY A leading tire retail brand in Europe and in Asia since 2006, and jointly developed by the tire division of Continental, and the Continental Corporation's trade division, ContiTrade, BestDrive focuses on delivering an exceptional service experience. From a

Premium tire fitment reaches South Africa2019-08-14T09:54:43+00:00

Michelin reports tire growth slump in Europe

From Michelin's headquarters in France it has been announced that due the slowing up of emerging markets the company intend to lower its full-year volume growth outlook from three per cent to between one and two per cent. In a detailed statement on this decision Michelin comment that OE demand has weakened in Europe particularly for truck tires plus growth throughout Europe for PCR and Light Commercial tires slowed to a halt in the third quarter of this year which is considered to be mainly due to production cutbacks at volume car manufacturers. Source: http://www.satreads.com/international/international-manufacturing/1172-michelin-reports-growth-slump-in-europe.html

Michelin reports tire growth slump in Europe2019-08-14T09:54:43+00:00

Natural rubber prices tumble in India

Natural rubber (NR) prices continue to go down following the global trend in India, the production of the NR in the country has slumped 26% despite 4% rise in consumption in August, 2014. The rubber prices have already slid 5% in August to INR 121 per kg and as Kerala, the main production hub of rubber in India enters peak production season, many growers have stopped tapping frustrated by the price situation. The RSS4 variety used by the tire makers is at its lowest level since November 2009. The overall natural rubber imports In India for the five months ended August 2014 recorded 36% increase at 1,82,395 tonne and is likely to go up further with the decline in prices. The situation is bleak in the global market as well with the commodity hovering near five-year low in Tokyo Commodity Exchange (Tocom) while it has tumbled to seven-year low in Bangkok. Rubber sank to its lowest level in more than five

Natural rubber prices tumble in India2019-08-14T09:54:44+00:00

Growing battle with Illegal Part-Worn Tires

A prominent speaker at the Britirex Show – TireTalk Seminars was Stefan Hay, Director of the National Tire Distribution Association (NTDA) who explained the current situation regarding illegal part-worn tires in the UK market and what the NTDA is doing to combat this spiralling problem. Stefan pointed out that it is considered there are currently around 4.5 million part-worn tires being sold in the UK every year although he is led to believe the figure could be nearer 6 million. Therefore the NTDA is completely committed to effectively combatting the presence of illegal and non-compliant part-worns on UK roads. Stefan says, "We are not looking to eradicate part-worns overnight and it is important to note that the Government is on record as stating that part-worn tires are very important in terms of the management of waste which is clearly pointing out that recycling is a positive action and some part-worns are safe to use and need to be out there in

Growing battle with Illegal Part-Worn Tires2019-08-14T09:54:44+00:00

Hot on the heels of tire waste criminals

Another prominent speaker at this year's Britirex TireTalk Seminars was Paul Keay, National Waste Enforcement Campaigns Manager at the Environment Agency (EA) who made a strong presentation on the enforcement and compliance of waste tires. Concentrating on England, Paul pointed out that the EA is responsible for regulating the use of all waste in industry which includes tires. At present waste crime is estimated to cost the country around £ 800 million a year apart from being an obvious health risk and tires do feature heavily in this crime scenario. Paul adds, "It is quite common for people in the tire industry to get caught up in waste crime without actually being aware of it. Many tire crimes committed are what the EA call 'Accidental Offences' whereby dealers and retailers do not always realise that what they are doing is illegal albeit indirectly through a third party. "We recommend that they endeavour to find out where their waste tires are ultimately

Hot on the heels of tire waste criminals2019-08-14T09:54:44+00:00