Bridgestone signs Arla fleet deal

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Birmingham, UK –  Bridgestone has extended a fleet agreement with Arla Foods, a 13,500-strong dairy farmer cooperative, based in the UK.

The renewal, which runs up to 2020, covers a range of tires and an ‘holistic’ tire care offering, said a press release issued 23 May.

The deal was closed during at the recent Commercial Vehicle Show, 25-27 April in Birmingham, UK, the tire company added.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

Triangle opening first US warehouse

Triangle Tire USA is opening its first US warehouse in Madison, Tennessee to supply off-the-road (OTR), medium and heavy truck as well as passenger and light truck tyres to its distributors and dealers. The 53,000 square-foot facility allows for future expansion, according to Triangle.

Read the source article at Tyrepress

Next-generation Firestone off-road tire debuts

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ORANGE, Va. — Bridgestone Americas Inc. has set its sights on grabbing a larger share of the mud and off-road tire market with the introduction of the Firestone Destination M/T2, a next-generation tire for four-wheel drive vehicles, pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles.

The Destination M/T2 tire features a new tread compound and aggressive tread design for use in demanding off-road conditions, the company said.

Bridgestone unveiled the new tire —the successor to the 15-year-old Firestone Destination M/T — at a ride-and-drive event coordinated by Overland Experts for tire dealers and tire journalists May 8-11 on an 8,600 acre tract in Orange. Attendees put the tires to the test on trails that included creek beds, deep mud and rocks.

Read the source article at Tire Business

Bridgestone rebranding Bandag with new campaign, logo

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Bridgestone is marking the 60th anniversary of its Bandag retreading business unit with the launch of a global campaign designed to reinvigorate the retread category.

Read the source article at Rubber and Plastics News

Testing Yokohama’s Newest All-Terrain Tire, the G015

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Tire selection can make or break a vehicle’s capabilities. When conditions deteriorate or the paved road ends the proper tires can make all the difference in both performance and safety. With the advent of new tires coming out that blur the lines between A/T and M/T designs, we put the truly all-terrain Yokohama Geolandar G015 tires through the wringer to see how they stack up. Our test vehicle was a heavy ’02 Ford Econoline van fit for off-road use.

Read the source article at Truck Trend Network

Goodyear introduces high load TreadMax trailer tyres

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Increased permissible weights for commercial vehicles in Europe is driving demand for high load truck tyres, and in response Goodyear has launched new mould cure retread High Load (HL) trailer tyres. The new retreads are the TreadMax KMAX T HL and TreadMax SP246 HL, both in size 385/65R22.5.

Read the source article at Tyrepress

Toyo Adds F-Load Range to Open Country Line

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Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. is expanding its Open Country Line to include F-load range tires.

“At Toyo Tires we are committed to creating innovative products and solutions to address the needs and expectations of the off-road community and specialty dealers,” said Conrad Galamgam, senior director of product planning at Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp.  “These new F-load range tires enable truck owners to get the tire performance and look they desire, while meeting or exceeding the load-carrying requirements of their trucks.”

The new higher carrying capacity tires are available in the Open Country M/T, Open Country …

Read the source article at Tire Review

U.S. auto sales fall 1.6% in March as industry starts to stall after 7 years of growth

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Automakers sold 1.56 million new cars and trucks in March, a 1.6% decline compared with the same month a year ago. U.S. auto industry sales fell short of expectations in March as car sales continued to plummet, raising concerns about rising incentives and bloated inventory even though the pace of new car sales remains robust from a historical standpoint. Automakers sold 1.56 million new cars and trucks in March, a 1.6% decline compared with the same month a year ago.

Read the source article at Detroit Free Press

Pirelli continues splitting industrial and consumer tire lines

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In parallel with presenting its full-year 2016 results, Pirelli has revealed further details of its complex ownership structure and how it is splitting its consumer and industrial tyre business into two separate entities.

The latest news is that, as of March 2017, TP Industrial holding (which owns the newly renamed PTG, which was called Pirelli industrial until recently – more on that later) has been separated out from Pirelli’s consumer tyre business. In practice this means the assignment of TP Industrial holding to Marco Polo, Pirelli’s sole shareholder. According to Pirelli, the assignment will “ensure that Pirelli and TP Industrial can pursue their own independent paths to growth and independently developed strategies”.

Another key development is the 600 million euro refinancing of PTG with a 3 year duration (which may be extended for two additional one-year terms). This new refinancing deal has reportedly been agreed and signed with major global banks in a bid to ensure Pirelli Industrial’s financial independence. Around 50 per cent of PTG’s refinancing will be used to repay the debt against Pirelli, accelerating its deleveraging process.

Put all this together and we can now see that both Pirelli units remain owned by Marco Polo. However, the industrial and consumer units are truly independent in legal terms. Marco Polo is owned by CNRC/ChemChina (which holds 65 per cent), Camfin (which holds 22.4 per cent) and Long Term Investment (which holds 12.6 per cent). See diagram one for details of how Pirelli’s consumer and industrial operations have been split during March 2017.

Read the source article at Tyrepress

Giti releases details of 6 Giti-branded tyres on CV Show 2017 stand

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Giti Tire has released details of the six new Giti branded patterns that will be launched at CV Show 2017 (Birmingham NEC, 25-27 April). On show at stand 4G20 will be the GDR655 combi-road drive in 22.5”; the GTL919 long-haul trailer in 17.5”, 19.5”, and 22.5”; the GDR638 regional drive in 17.5” and 19.5”; the GT867 all-position urban in 22.5”; and the GAM837 all-position and GAM851 trailer mixed service patterns in 22.5”.

The manufacturer said these models have been carefully selected to support its growing OEM presence throughout Europe or to target specific aftermarket sectors where growth potential has been identified. They each carry either the three-peak mountain snowflake (3PMSF) or M&S marking.

Read the source article at Tyrepress