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A White Paper to re-launch retreads

It is common knowledge that the tire retreading sector is going through a very serious crisis, and the causes that for several years now have been placing retreaders on a downward spiral are just as clear. Nevertheless, it may be useful to collect data and assessments on the industry, take an honest look at the industry’s situation, pull some strings, glance at different scenarios and outline possible future prospects

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Safety warning: 1 out of 5 cars not in order!

Road safety has not remained immune to the hard economic recession and the reduced purchasing power of most Italian families. The growing number of obsolete cars and, consequently, worn out tires currently running on Italian roads is disturbingly high

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Continental e-TIS, the dawn of the intelligent tire

Tires have to cope with a clear “injustice”. One of the most important components in any vehicle seems to have been neglected, being excluded by the kind of interaction that involves other parts, for examples, the advent of electronics in engines resulted in fuel injection  and hi-tech ignition system and their subsequent successful union

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Semperit, road runners

From quarries to roads. The Semperit range, which includes also the on-off road Athlet (see article on Pneurama 2/2016), finally completes the Runner range, announced at the time of the revival of this historic Austrian brand now part of the Continental Group, with a different role from a traditional "second line" product which primarily focuses on a favorable quality/price ratio

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Federpneus: laying down the rules for a new course

In the increasingly fierce battle for market shares, professionalism is the retailer’s main weapon.  Gabriele Lazzarini, from the Technical commission of Federpneus, is absolutely certain about it: "To withstand an ever-growing competition, diversified, fierce, but not always prepared, we need to invest in professionalism and quickly upgrade our companies

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Dunlop, multi-tasking intelligence

Purchasing a tire, for a transporter, is nothing short of complicated. Its impact on the TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) can be quite substantial, but in order to find the right tire one should be perfectly aware about the use of the vehicle, taking into account both the regular operating routes and the seasonality of the work. But this is not always possible

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CDG-ONE's mission: training and prevention

This is what it’s all about: more training, careful checks and timely diagnosis, all aimed at improving the work of tire specialists and guaranteeing customer satisfaction. In order to provide the sector’s specialists with the highest degree of specialization Yokohama Italia, along with Magri Gomme, recently opened an upgraded training center

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ATG raises with Yokohama

As announced in March, the acquisition of the Alliance Tire Group B.V. by Yokohama was finalized on July 1: a 1,179 million dollar transaction that will mark a critical step for both industrial groups. On the one hand, ATG, although now part of the Japanese group, will in fact continue to carry out its business independently, maintaining its brand, corporate culture and sales and customer relationship policies, relying on these new solid foundations to speed up its growth

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It pays to be honest

It just doesn’t add up. The number of end-of-life tires recovered in Italy is higher than the amount of tires placed in the market. An obvious consequence of illegal sales, with negative impact on the environment, on the market and on State resources, creating a flow of ELTs that escapes normal tracking systems

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Body plies: more than meets the eye

In the first few motoring decades, technology made great strides in a number of sectors. From the design and size of the main components, to materials, processes and treatments, as well as ignition systems, lubricants and fuels

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Symposium: aesthetics in automobile sales and distribution

Anticrisi Day once again came to the fore with a Symposium on Aesthetics in Automobile sales and distribution, the latest challenge for Umberto Seletto’s creativity. The conference was held on June 23, a few weeks after the successful presentation of the Automotive Dealer Report (ADR) 2016 by Italia Bilanci in the new Bossoni Automobili’s headquarter in Orzinuovi

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Self-driving trucks: the platooning challenge

The automotive world as a whole is shocked by the first fatal accident generated by an autonomous driving system: Joshua Brown, on board of a Tesla S in the U.S., will unfortunately go down in history as the first victim of a “self-driving” accident. The reason? According to preliminary reports, the system confused a white trailer with the sky

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The SuperService network

A year and a half ago Marco Prosdocimi became SuperService retail manager, the Goodyear Dunlop tire specialists’ network that has been supporting the group’s sales strategies (Goodyear, Dunlop, Fulda and Sava) with services and proposals for motorists as well as rental fleets 

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Falken: "Italian Style"!

A relatively new name in the tire industry worldwide, and even more so on the Italian market, Falken, which belongs 100% to the Sumitomo Rubber Industry (SRI), is gradually gaining ground on the international stage, and has become the reference brand in the tire division of the large Japanese group

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Curtain raised on the Quadrilatero Umbria-Marche

Something’s happening. After the Variante di Valico, the Tem, the Brebemi and part of the Pedemontana in Lombardy, one of the most anticipated Italian road projects finally opens to traffic: the Quadrilatero Umbria-Marche, or rather one of the two highways, connecting Foligno to Civitanova Marche

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Cabotage and social dumping: the war is on!

Transporters and the government have called for a cease-fire: threats of a general strike seem to have been averted. Under the spotlight a 70% reduction of undocumented expenses for owner drivers recently emerged in a circular letter from the national Revenue Agency. But the government recently announced a 35 million euro refinancing of this provision

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