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31 projects by 31 different firms involved in designing fully autonomous vehicles (from Nissan to Uber)

Google is most certainly not the only firm looking at investing in autonomous cars. A host of other multinational companies are, in fact, hard at work in this future line of business. CB Insights draws up the ranking of all the main actors currently involved in building their very own driverless vehicles. 31 of them; some with independent projects, others through partnerships

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Circular Economy: the retreading sector's last chance?

Whoever is familiar enough with the tire business would have increasingly heard talks about circular economy as a new business model that, at least in theory, is recognized as a must in our 21st century. But what is it about? One of the greatest issues facing the global industrial framework is reconciling economic and environmental sustainability: production efficiency cannot ignore the need to limit energy and material consumption, not to mention the social and environmental impact of one’s activities

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Federpneus: a new future plan for tire dealers sorely needed

 

Innovation, performance, safety and expertise have always been core themes at Federpneus, the National Association of Tire Specialists; themes that are becoming increasingly important for the sector as a whole, due, in part, to the industry’s relentless drive towards ground braking technologies, that are profoundly changing both vehicles – increasingly equipped with active safety systems, hi-tech sensors and connectivity systems – and the aftermarket supply and service networks, where the greater digitalization is changing and redefining the roles of the specialists and the way they comunicate with the average motorist

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Winter tires even under the blazing sun

Looking at the results of the latest “Vacanze Sicure” survey carried out last July, particularly striking was the  percentage growth of cars circulating in June with winter tires,  37% out of all the cars checked. But this is just the tip of the iceberg, in fact a number of other non-compliances were found as the project, supervised by the National traffic police along with Assogomma and Federpneus - united under the “Pneumatici Sotto Controllo”

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A giant in the making

Pirelli Industrial’s new blue and grey logo, will feature on the company’s products dedicated to trucks, busses, farming equipment and operating machinery. The iconic elongated “P” will stay in its place but takes on a new white look on a blue background (the famous red and yellow logo will now be featured on car and motorbike tires only) just above the caption “Truck Bus Agro OTR”. 

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Corghi goes touchless

Corghi's new digital approach comes to fore if we look at the Correggio based company’s latest equipment, able to communicate with the company’s internal network and data banks to ensure accuracy and speed. At Corghi, the new Workshop 4.0 is already a reality, thanks to a full range of touch-less machines, and it is no coincidence that Corghi’s partnership with Aica is very tight indeed

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Zambelli group, a new look for tomorrow's workshop

The Zambelli group gets a new look. As its first one hundred years of activity draws near, one of the oldest tire retreader in the business focuses on innovation and comfort to retain a competitive edge. Clean and well maintained premises, hi-tech equipment, expertise and a wide choice of accessories are the distinguishing features of this transformation

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Tire-proof warehouse!

Everything neatly tucked away in its place. Yet this basic and simple principle is hardly sufficient to guarantee a truly efficient warehouse management service. Making the best use of the available space, in fact, is just as necessary as making it functional for each individual need. Despite the apparent ease, storing a tire is everything but simple, as Umberto Ruggiero Mobilfer’s commercial director explains

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Together in the name of retreading!

The retreading business is currently experiencing a deep recession, but a market still exists and is even more sophisticated than in the past. If on the one hand, the growing number of "low budget" products now available has greatly reduced the competitive edge of retreaded tires, a greater attention to mileage turned retreads into a real strategic element in terms of fleet management

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The added value of professional training

Training seen as, not just added value, but a strategic element in tire sales. In-depth knowledge about the features of this black, round and rubbery vehicle component, actually the only one touching the ground, will unveil all those technical characteristics that increase the inherent value of the product in the eyes of the dealer

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Too easy to call it combustion engine!

Experts predict a booming electric car market able to trade millions of vehicles within a few years. However, for some time still, market shares are expected to remain quite limited, leaving traditional combustion engines with the task of becoming increasingly efficient and comply with emission standards

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Perfect alignment

A century ago angles were measured with string systems. Yesterday with clamps, detectors and optical targets. Today, we can do this through Argos’ four columns. All we have to do is stop the vehicle between the Argos columns, and a high-tech 3D scanner measurement system does the rest, giving us the feedback in less than five seconds. Angle measurements thus becomes faster and more precise – including all subsequent controls during the adjustment procedure

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Bridgestone: a glimpse into the future

The ability to exploit its global presence combined with a local "go to market" strategy is, according to Stefano Parisi, the key to the global development and success of the Bridgestone Group. The Japanese brand, considered a distant and unknown entity just  thirty years ago  - at least in Italy - is today one of the world's leading tire manufacturer and boasts fifteen years of experience in some of the top racing categories such as Formula 1 and MotoGP

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Placing value on independent enterprises

There are many ways to be "entrepreneurs". But as far as Point S is concerned – top independent dealers and manufacturers global network - "independent entrepreneurship" is to be preferred, and unlike what might be expected, there is no contradiction in this. "Point S was born in France, back in 1971, as a consortium of independent tire dealers, joined in a purchasing group. Soon after, though, we moved on to focus on retail outlets - says Guy-Olivier Ducamp, Point S Development’s West Europe director

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A network for alloy wheels

 

Following the example of many tire manufacturers, now also an alloy wheel producer launches its very own network. Alcoa Wheel Store aims at becoming a service and information points for industrial alloy wheel buyers, ranging from owner-drivers to large transport fleets. The project started with 92 stores in Italy, the United Kingdom and Spain, countries that have a rather fragmented transport industry with a prevalence of small/medium enterprises that buy wheels from tire retailers and not directly from the official distributors as is the case with larger fleets

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Market data on all-season tires

The traditional space dedicated to GfK statistics will now take a close look at the All-Season segment, the object of much recent debate among market specialists.

Both the industry and its supply chain can no longer ignore a phenomenon that is currently driving the market. Together with GfK we will take a close look at some of the details and trends observed by tire retail specialists.  

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An interview with Pietro Teofilatto, Long Term Rental Director at ANIASA

A fleet of about 800,000 vehicles, a 20% consolidated impact on the overall automotive market (two new cars out of ten are rentals), 21 billion kilometres each year, and above all 2.1 billion in tax revenues for the State. These are some of the main figures that provide the identity card of a sector in constant transformation.

The sector now offers a growing number of short term rental services (five million contracts each year, a total of 32.5 million days of tourism and business related rentals) and supports 65,000 businesses, 2,700 public administrations and over 15,000 private customers in their long-term mobility needs.

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Road Transport caught between EU reforms and economic measures

Despite the constant state of anxiety pervading the transport sector, the summer should pass without protest demonstrations, although expectations on new European law initiatives, aimed at transforming road freight management in the coming months, are running high, driven by the positive effects forecasted for the industry from the pre-summer government’s economic measures

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