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With 38,682 light commercial vehicle (under 5.1 tonnes) registrations for December, the market continues its decline with a 10% drop, compared to December 2020, in figures from Comité des Constructeurs Français d'Automobiles, the Automotive Manufacturers Association in France.  After a series of early year-on-year increases the market saw the year-to-date lead that was accumulated early in 2021 slowly chipped away at. However, despite the lost ground at the end of the year, the market for 2021 has ended 7.52% against 2020, in figures that will no doubt relieve
industry insiders.

In a year where semiconductor shortages became the industry phrase, the market has seen delivery problems, coupled with sustained Covid-19 issues also affect the market. Nevertheless, light and heavy truck registrations have improved on 2020 levels, although buses took a sustained hit throughout the year. Crucially, however, the market is not close to 2019 pre-pandemic levels in figures released by Bil Sweden.

Tomislav Momirović, the Serbian Minister of Construction, Transportation and Infrastructure, paid a visit to Zrenjanin to see Linglong Europe in action, accompanied by the mayor of Zrenjanin, Sim Salapur.

Effective Immediately, Mitas has announced price increases up to 10% on all segments, citing escalating energy, logistics and raw materials costs as the cause. Specific details on the increase will be communicated directly to customers by Mitas representatives in each market.

The final instalment of the winter tyre feature concerns CAM, with Steve Daly the company’s Commercial Director giving his thoughts on how leveraging CAM’s product offering can help tyre dealers stay ahead of the game when it comes to stock management and avoiding the potential pitfalls from having dormant, unsold product in your warehouse by the time summer arrives.

Trelleborg Wheel Systems has confirmed that external parties are interested in acquiring the company with a statement confirming that discussions are taking place following media reports commenting on a possible acquisition by the Yokohama Group

Extending on its material handling and agricultural range, GRI has acquired Baltics-based Protyre to continue to increase its influence in Eastern Europe, in news reported by aftermarketnews.

In 2022, Continental’s ‘ContiAcademy’ – based in Lutterworth, Leicestershire will be the site for more classes and breakout sessions, as firms and fleets vie for Continental tips on tyre life, management and maintenance, as well as wheel security.

After a healthy 17.2% increase in October, the commercial vehicle (CV) market saw a decline of 7.8% compared to November 2020. With 7,940 commercial vehicles produced, this is a decline of 4.4% compared to the pre-pandemic five-year average, in figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Chinese-based Triangle Tyre has launched a new app for the European market. Available for Android and Apple users the app features Triangle Tyre's full range of products, in the latest sign that Triangle is ready for a full European expansion.

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