The Italian economic scenario, despite the current difficulties, is showing encouraging signs of recovery, and all indices boast a positive sign driven mainly by the automotive industry. However, even though the sector confirms itself as one of the strongest both in Italy as well as internationally, this is hardly enough to ensure success and serenity to all aftermarket operators: considering the number and scope of technological innovations across the board – faster and faster, among other things – it is unthinkable to stay in business without investing in, upgrading and innovating one’s activity
The Italian National Unification Board (UNI) - recognized by both the State and the European Union, studies, approves, publishes and disseminates technical standards, and represents Italy among European (CEN) and World (ISO) standardization authorities. According to the European Directive 98/34/EC, the technical standard is a "technical specification approved by an organization recognized to undertake regulatory activities, for repeated or continuous application, the compliance of which is not compulsory and belongs to one of the following categories: international, European and National standard"
A modern tire is an extremely technological component, the result of more than 160 years of research and experiments: in fact, we have to go back to 1855, when Charles Goodyear discovered how the addition of sulfur and its compounds improved the chemical-physical qualities of natural rubber
"Can a butterfly flapping its wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas?" Edward N. Lorenz, American mathematician and meteorologist, also known as the pioneer of the "chaos theory", would probably answer Yes, so there is nothing strange then if, within a few weeks of the heavy floods in Thailand last January, almost all major manufacturers suddenly increased the prices of their tires
With summer replacements now upon us, it’s time to take a look at a few quality brand products, second-line products as far as price and certainly not for quality, offered by the top market players
Looking ahead to future trends as well as the needs of the market, Mak is an important player in the HP wheels sector. From small beginnings in Carpenedolo, near lake Garda, back in 1990, to international fame, with a prestigious catalog that keeps receiving flattering expressions of esteem from Europe to Japan and adds luster to the “Made in Italy” logo
We're traveling at night along a high-speed road. It’s winter and temperatures drop with the passing of the hours and a dangerous layer of ice starts forming on the road. Suddenly, light rain makes things even more critical. We carry on driving and, whether consciously or not, we increase the speed to get home as quickly as possible
Let us start by looking at this year’s figures: the average increase was 0.77%, ranging between +0.64% for Autostrade per l’Italia to 4.6% for Satap between Torino and Piacenza. The Torino – Savona stretch stands out with a +2.46% increase
Over the last decade, the world’s industrial economy has, following the rise and subsequent crisis of a business model based on globalization as well as the emergencies dictated by the recent global financial crisis and related readjustments, witnessed the rise of a common factor, transversal to all sectors and all types of businesses, the increasingly stringent need to make the most of the resources used
The rising cost of raw materials and the need for a 360° interaction with a service provider are only two of the great challenges the tire market is having to face. New technologies, fleet outsourcing, competition from low-cost products are other important factors that can represent either a risk or a source of opportunity, depending on how quickly one is able to understand and anticipate these trends. We spoke about them with Enrico Moncada, recently appointed as Continental’s Truck tire business unit in Italy
Cima Impianti moved its first steps nearly 65 years ago in Pistoia. Its production centred around moulds for the fast growing tire retreading industry, a sector that would, in time, see Italy occupy a leading position. During the 70s the company introduced an exclusive radial tire curing technology, shifting from a platen press to an automatic curing press
Safety, for both truck and cargo, has greatly benefitted from a remarkable injection of technology. Knowing exactly where a vehicle is, who the driver is, how much fuel is still in the tank and when have cabin and cargo doors been opened is rather simple nowadays. All this is now possible through the vehicle’s on-board electronic network, geo-location systems and remote diagnosis.
Not many Asian companies, active in the field, can boast a hundred-year-old history. This is the primacy achieved by Yokohama Rubber which opened its doors way back in October 1917, laying the foundations of the company we all know today. A stage to be celebrated, as part of the Grand Design 100 program, by the 31st of December, a ten-year old declaration of intent that includes the achievement of specific growth targets
GT Radial, Asian brand part of the Giti Tire group (whose portfolio includes also budget brands such as Primewall and Runway), reaffirms its support to winter mobility, even in Nordic countries. Thoroughly tested beyond the Arctic Circle, GT Radial entire winter range, from cars to truck tires, underwent the severest of tests
A general mobilization right across the country. Such a united approach in the automotive sector has not been witnessed for decades. A great contribution in uniting the different transport associations was played by the many common issues on which the sector awaits satisfying answers from the Government
“From St. Joseph to Sacramento in 10 days or less”. When back in 1861, with this rather unpolished slogan, William H. Russell, Alexander Majors and William B. Wadell thought of uniting the two coasts of the United States with a pony express, little did they know how their idea would radically change the way express delivery would work from then on. The breakthrough was guaranteed by three main requirements: extensiveness, speed and convenience