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AUTOPROMOTEC AND AN INCREASINGLY STRATEGIC INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION

The international promotion of Autopromotec 2017, the most specialized international exhibition dedicated to automotive equipment and the aftermarket to be held in Bologna May 24 to 28, 2017, is bearing excellent results in terms of interest. The event’s organizers, after many years of focusing on an increasingly international development strategy of the event, have been engaging in numerous missions abroad to globally promote the 2017 edition and attract new potential exhibitors and visitors

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54TH AIRP GENERAL ASSEMBLY

AIRP - Italian Tyre Retreaders Association - celebrated its 54th General Assembly on October 7 and 8 at the Royal Hotel Carlton in Bologna. As President Carloni noted in his explanatory memorandum, the factors involved in creating a framework of great market difficulties, as repeatedly highlighted in the past, are substantially the same: steady low-cost imports, and their unfair competition against retreads gets more aggressive every day; the transport sector is still under great economic stress and its spending power is rather limited, all reasons that make low-cost products quite attractive, not to mention the national economy which persists in its stagnantion

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SAFE STORAGE AT CEVA TYRE HOTEL

The first autumn rains and snowfalls are the signal that it’s now time to get your car ready for the winter: a safety-conscious behavior indeed, but - let's face it – one that for many motorists can turn into a small ordeal, when having to decide what to do with the set of tires that will thus remain unused for several months. I mean, whoever doesn’t have a closed carport or, alternatively, the kind help of someone, among relatives and friends

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SNAP-ON: TIRE FITTING PAR EXCELLANCE

The Snap-On factory, located in Correggio near Reggio Emilia, is an industrial complex where tire changers, wheel aligners, balancing machines and MOT testing stations are born. Snap-On opened in the late 90's following the acquisition of GS, which had been founded over twenty years earlier, and is responsible for assembling incoming components from suppliers, additionally serving as a logistics hub for the whole group

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TRAINING AND LEGAL COMPLIANCE TO REVIVE RETAILERS

These are difficult times indeed  for tire specialists. The cause must be found in the increasing numbers of repair workshops, car dealers and even petrol station owners who, aiming to regain some of the profit margins lost during the past few years, have entered the tire business, often without the necessary qualifications. Additionally, online dealers are taking large chunks of the market with bargain prices, sometimes a lot lower than the going market rates, so much so that doubts about VAT and ELT contribution evasion are quite justified

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INTERGOMMA DOUBLES UP

One of the best-known names in the tire industry. The historic Tuscan company confirms its leading role in the tire distribution sector  - including original equipment and replacements – ranging from farming to industrial as well as earth movers, not to mention passenger cars and heavy transport vehicles

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"MEN IN BLUE" WITH OMCN

There’s a new player among tire equipment manufacturers. OMCN is a familiar name for many mechanics, a long-standing brand for lifting equipment made in Italy. Fifteen wheel balancers, six tire changers and wheel aligners are some of the new products presented alongside the company’s most recent scissor lift. The Bergamo based company makes its entrance into the tire equipment sector with a rather comprehensive range of specialized machines, starting from entry-level models

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DRIVER ITALIA: THE DIGITAL ROAD TO CUSTOMER CARE

Approaching the last corner before 2016’s final straight, Driver Italia is already looking at the next race. Following last year’s positive results – the growth of the network to the current 400 dealer partners distributed throughout the country and an overall performance that outgrew the current market trends – there can be no doubts: Driver Italia will consolidate its digital approach also in 2017

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THE PULSE OF THE MARKET (2016-2017)

The end of 2016 inspired a cautious optimism throughout the tire world. At least, this is the feeling we get speaking with some of the market’s top executives. “Riding the recovery”, “partially satisfied”, “slight turnover increase” are some of the most frequent expressions we gathered, enough to underscore an encouraging finale as well as a promising future

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OFF-ROAD PASSION TAKES THE FIELD

Excuse the joke, but this year 4x4 truly equals sixteen, in fact the 4x4 Fest has just reached its sixteenth edition, celebrated with an unprecedented event, both in the number of exhibitors and visitors, with about 32,000 in attendance during the three days of opening. Professionals, enthusiasts and even visitors that, at least for once, happened to be in Marina di Carrara at the same time of the event

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CARRYING HEAVY DUTY TRANSPORT INTO THE FUTURE

Automotive enthusiasts – as well as many who ignore the sector – are perfectly aware, by now, of the revolution taking place: Fully electric and hybrid vehicles, smart cities, connected cars and self-driving vehicles

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UNRESTRAINED INNOVATION

Non-aggressive tires to prevent soil compaction, tires suitable for organic farming, and specially designed tires for telescopic handlers working in farms, are the autumn news driving the farming tire industry. This was quite evident at Eima, the great Bologna farming equipment trade fair (9-13 November), where the premium brands keep searching for optimum performance and greater durability.

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US: TOUGHER MEASURES AGAINST CHINESE GOODS. AND EUROPE?

The barriers placed by the US government to curb the access of Chinese tires in the Stars and Stripes market are becoming increasingly “higher”.  According to a recent survey conducted by the United States Department of Commerce (DOC), a number of Chinese exporters of truck and bus tires are benefiting from government subsidies and selling their products in the United States at a much lower price than their real market value

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3RD MILLENNIUM LOGISTICS: THE CHALLENGES

An increasingly complex logistics, which aims at becoming smart, i.e. providing customers with a multichannel service system able to respond to the whims and desires of even the most demanding and “omnivorous” consumer, one who buys goods using the web, retail outlets, catalogs and stores

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