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In our latest instalment of our retreading special for Commercial Tyre Business, Michelin’s UK & ROI Retread Manager, Azeem Khan spoke to us about how fleets in the UK are putting a bigger and bigger emphasis on retreads, how the market is competing against the continued threat of Asian imports and the place for independent retreaders in the UK market.

 

Industry professionals in the commercial tyre sector may well have been familiar with the activities happening at TyreOps, the specialist software provider for tyre companies, but the company was thrust firmly into the spotlight recently following the announcement of a direct connection to tyre manufacturers’s systems - a mould-breaking advance that has allowed fleet, job and inspection data to be synchronised when carrying out work for fleets.

 

Part 2 of the Commercial Tyre Business retreading feature takes a look at the growing influence of Bridgestone’s retreading solutions and the key role it is playing in Bridgestone becoming a ‘mobility solutions provider’.

 

The latest feature for Commercial Tyre Business takes us into the world of retreading and is one which the first protagonist has a lengthy history with. Besides delivering premium ranges of passenger, truck and agricultural tyres, Nokian Tyres has a long and rich history in creating tyre retreading accessories and materials

Vaculug will become a supplier for the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) by supplying tyres, glass and fast-fit solutions in a Lot 2 RM6142 Framework Contract.

 

In figures released by BilSweden (the Swedish Association for Manufacturers and Importers of Cars, Trucks and Buses) 2021 is shaping up to be a year of recovery for light and heavy trucks, with a 39% and 11% increase respectively on 2020’s figures, although the figures are still a noticeable 18% drop on 2019’s pre-pandemic figures. Buses have continued to see a downward trajectory, with a 48% drop on last year, although with three out of every ten registrations being an electric bus, a changing shape can be seen in the industry.

In unambiguous figures laid out by the SMMT, production dropped heavily in August to 3,179 commercial vehicles, which is a 20% drop when compared to the five-year average. In context, while year-to-date production is up 18.2% on 2020's total, it’s 21.2% down on the pre-pandemic average, showing a market still suffering from industry setbacks.

Conserving agricultural soil is essential for the production of food, feed and fibre. That's why Yokohama's radial tractor tyres, with Improved and Very High Flexion (IF and VF) respectively on tractor tyres, as well as the Alliance 389 VF tyre for trailers have made an impression in the industry.

Targetting autonomous middle mile logistics, Goodyear and Gatik have announced a collaboration with the specific goal of advancing the development of mobility solutions for the autonomous B2B short-haul logistics industry. In a deal spanning the following years, there will be a push for safer, sustainable goods movement while reducing costs for Gatik’s B2B short-haul customers worldwide.

After an initial six-month construction phase, Hankook has finalised the first construction phase of its new Logistics Centre. The Centre has a capacity of around 1 million tyres, on an operation base of 40,000 square metres. Hankook’s is currently focusing on the distribution of tyres for cars, SUVs and light trucks, with plans later on to extend the range of tyres made in Magdeburg.

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