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AUTOPROMOTEC CONFERENCE: WORKSHOP 4.0 THE CONNECTIVITY REVOLUTION

Technological developments are taking place at an alarming rate,  connected cars are already a reality and self-driving or autonomous vehicles are just around the corner: how will these developments affect the whole supply chain and aftermarket service? This was the question that prompted the organizers of Autopromotec, the international biennial exhibition of automotive equipment and aftermarket products, to organize in June,  9-10, a two-day conference, Autopromotec Conference – State of the Industry, to take stock of the rapid and complex revolution that is affecting the sector, thus responding to the needs and doubts expressed by partners, operators and exhibitors a like

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AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES – THE NEXT "BIG BUSINESS"

It finally happened!  Well, It had to eventually if we take into account the Law of Large Numbers. Write down this date: 14 February 2016. This is the day of the first officially recognized accident caused by a self-driving car. The streets of Mountain View, California, were the theatre of the "crime", where the Google car - which, incidentally, until then had covered something like over 1.6 million kilometers without ever having an accident - was carrying out a routine test

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HANKOOK: INCREASINGLY EUROPEAN

Results speak for themselves. Flattering estimates, following massive investments on its “European quest”,  sheds light on Hankook’s plans to become a premium player through quality products. Not least the renewed Ventus range, leading the way with its Ventus Prime , followed by Ventus S1 Evo SUV dedicated to sport utility vehicles and the self-repairing Sealguard version of Ventus Prime, OE on prestigious vehicles such as Volkswagen’s Passat and Touran

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POTHOLES? GPR, MODIFIED BITUMENS AND ROAD PATCHERS

 

Potholes that suddenly appear in front of our cars, cracks, depressions and upheavals just to mention a few, and all of them not exactly good for our tires. This is unfortunately the harsh reality facing anyone driving on Italian roads, whether in or outside the cities. It takes a lot more than just fitting off-road tires

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SEGEMA GROUP. A VIEW OVER TWO WORLDS

It's a kind of middle ground between two worlds, where entrepreneurial and managerial cultures meet, seemingly similar, but in reality very distant from each other in terms of business approach. Perhaps one closer to manufacturers and the other to retailers and dealers

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AICA: 40 YEARS OF INNOVATIONS AND THE CHALLENGES AHEAD

Established on July 9, 1976, AICA - Italian Garage Equipment Manufacturers Association - is about to turn forty. The National Assembly held last November, the first since the death of the founder Giorgio Cometti, renewed its governing bodies, and the new Board of Directors appointed Mauro Severi as Chairman of the Association

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RUN-FLAT TIRES. DRIVE WITH CONFIDENCE

With its new DriveGuard, unveiled earlier this year, Bridgestone has placed run-flat tires under the spotlight once again, after having been culpably neglected by the industry’s manufacturers and car makers alike for quite some time. And consequently also by the average motorists

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COLD RETREADS FOR THE AFRIKA KORPS

Spring 1942. The British war vessels sink an increasing number of ships carrying material from Italy to Libya and consequently Field Marshal Rommel’s Afrika Korps are short of supplies. Furthermore, usable tires are becoming increasingly scarce throughout North Africa

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RESULTS AND PROSPECTS BEHIND PIRELLI'S SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGY

Rating a tire according to its energy efficiency, or rolling resistance, thus its ability to reduce or optimize the fuel consumption of the vehicle it is designed for, is nowadays a customary approach, thanks also to the European labeling system introduced almost four years ago. On the other hand, considering what happens upstream, i.e. the environmental impact of the production process over that of the product itself, is definitely less frequent

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ESSEN SHOW

From May 24 to 27, during Reifen’s 29th edition, the continental tire sector met once again in Essen, for the last time. As announced in recent months, the 2018 edition will be held in Frankfurt from the 11th to the 15th  of September, simultaneously with Automechanika, the new partner of the event. The last time for the Reifen show in Essen was characterized by a second dominant theme, besides tires, equipment, services and materials related to tires, a question everyone heard at least once during the fair: what to do in 2018? 

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NOT JUST RUBBER

Tires, tires and more tires, for all uses, and vehicles! From supermarket trolleys to 300-ton construction site dumpers, from super jets to go-karts, whether air filled, solid or else, are all an integral (and important) part of our industrial society. In 2014 alone, this sector consumed something like 40 million metric tons of materials, the purchasing of which constituted 30% of the total budget of tire manufacturers

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"ELECTRO-SHOCKING" EFFICIENCY!

Turbo-charging has come a long way since its introduction in the early 80s. Its widespread use on diesel engines – of any size – is generally accepted, while up to a few years ago, the use of power-boosters on petrol-powered engines (not to mention LGP/CNG) was limited to a few luxury models. The need to increase the efficiency of petrol engines led many manufacturers to widely adopt a downsizing philosophy 

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A LONG "HOT"SUMMER

The beginning of summer, as it happens too often, carries an atmosphere of tension between the government and road transport associations. A general mobilization seems inevitable as the last meeting between sector Associations and the Government did not produce the desired effects. Spending cuts appear to be the main issue, in particular flat-rate deductions and tax relief for companies operating mainly on international routes

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THE ROLE OF TIRES IN FUEL EFFICIENCY

Excluding pistons and valves, everything in a car rotates: from the drive shaft – moved by the straight motion of the pistons - onwards everything rotates including gears, pulleys and bearings, ending with the wheels, the only part of the car that actually touches the road. All this "spinning" generates friction all the time, but during acceleration, the ever-present friction is also joined by the natural inertia of the car

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TUNING BY THE LAKE

This is what we like to call tuning. No crock of dubious origin, but elegant, personal, sometimes very sophisticated solutions, always functional, usable every day and free from those extreme exercises in style. Cars to be driven, not just admired – and getting to Peschiera del Garda is possible only with your own wheels – meeting on the southern shores of Lake Garda, where the Southern Gardasee (So.Ga.) international event of soft tuning is held, one that involves more and more fans as well as tuning kits manufacturers

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SCANIA ADOPTS THE SCR SYSTEM

Thank you, AdBlue. While liquid-gas-powered trucks (LNG) are increasingly emerging as the successors of today's Euro 6 vehicles (since, at least for the next few years, we will hardly see a "Euro 7"), a urea based additive is dividing the Italian trucking sector

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