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THE "TOOLBOX"

Six months after the Government’s presentation of  “Italia 4.0”, a digital transformation program for the whole national industry, what are some of the initial comments we can make about the current state-of-affairs?

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AUTOPROMOTEC, CHANGING THE AUTOMOTIVE WORLD

In the battle for survival, victory does not always belong  to the strongest individual, but rather to the one that best copes with the changes. This is one of the messages delivered during the 2017 edition of Autopromotec. With 113,616 visitors (9.26% more than the previous edition) and 422 specialized journalists (33.4% of which were foreigners), the 27th international biennial aftermarket show will certainly be remembered as a "record setting edition"

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"THE NEXT REVOLUTION": INNOVATION MADE IN ITALY; WHERE IS IT GOING?

Are you surprised to discover that our researchers are the best in the world for number of times they are mentioned and research productivity? Do you know that in 2016, Italy gained 20 positions in terms of tax incentives to support research and innovation? Yet when it comes to investments (both public and private) and large-scale progress, our country struggles to emerge in the international community. And this is a huge problem because studies clearly confirm the direct relationship between levels of innovation, labor productivity and gross domestic product growth.

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THE AFTERMARKET TO COME, AND THE CHALLENGES FACING THE OPERATORS

Connected cars, electric cars, self-driving cars. Considered mere wishful thinking only a few years ago, these concepts, thanks to an acceleration worthy of a Formula One, have become a rather large portion of the market, forcing their presence, one way or another, on all manufacturers. Soon enough, all producers started announcing new models and new production philosophies. And the aftermarket? Is it ready to take up the challenge? Will it be properly equipped to face a fast approaching revolution? 

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DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEMS SUPERSTAR

Diagnostic equipment are still holding the stage. User-friendly interface design, advanced features, and even new generation hardware for an industry where research and development never seems to stop. All credits to new advanced safety systems, which require constant updates, debugging and calibration. Not to mention remote diagnostics, which is certainly not new but is now finally becoming a common practice when it comes to looking for and correcting occasional flaws

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"CAMBIO PULITO": THE NEW WEB PLATFORM TO REPORT CRIMINAL OFFENCES

The tire supply chain “sharpens” its weapons to fight illegality and unfair competition, and launched, in June 2016,  cambiopulito.it, a wistleblower platform posted online by the Observatory on Illegal tires and ELT flows in Italy,  supported by Legambiente, Ecopneus, Confartigianato, AIRP and Federpneus, to which EcoTyre, Greentire and CNA were soon added

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15 YEARS…..AND COUNTING

In the year when the State Police celebrates its 165th Anniversary, the Traffic Department too has an important milestone to celebrate. In 2017, the Traffic Police celebrates its first 70 years of life, 15 of which spent alongside Assogomma in its on-going commitment to road safety. "Ours is a long-standing partnership, committed to updating Traffic Police officers in the use of the tools needed to carry out proper tire checks, as well as in performing specific and now consolidated activities such as "Inverno in Sicurezza” (safe winter) and “Vacanze Sicure” (safe holidays)", says Fabio Bertolotti, Managing Director of Assogomma

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GIPA: EXCELLENCE AWARDS FOR AFTERMARKET COMPANIES AND PROFESSIONALS

Innovation and ability to adapt to market changes. The aftermarket world is rapidly evolving and, for the industry’s stakeholders, keeping up with what is happening is crucial to staying competitive. Gipa Italia is well aware of this, and decided to honor companies and professionals who focused on modernization and new business strategies, with “excellence awards”

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NATURAL GAS FOR HEAVY DUTY VEHICLES

The users’ interest in methane (CNG) trucks has grown considerably over the last few years, gaining a larger slice of a market that has so far been dominated by more “traditional” fuels.

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SMART LIFTING

Thanks to Omer’s new Kar range, lifts take a major step forward in terms of weight reduction, safety and profitability. The offer revolves around six models with lifting capacity ranging from 4,500 to 35,000 kg, and available in both above ground or flush mount versions, with reduced lateral and vertical dimensions and platforms boasting a sturdy tubular steel structure covered by seamless metal plates. All models are available in two versions: (N) normal or CT with front recess on platforms for turn plates and/or play-detectors

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A MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR ALL SEASONS

Tire dealers and repair workshops now have a precious new tool at their disposal. No, not a futuristic screwdriver or a sensational diagnostic device, but a management software that promises to tackle and solve almost all tire and workshop management issues with ease and efficiency, helping to increase both performance and level of service

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ALL-ROUND TRADE SHOW

Round and black. This is really the simplest and most trivial possible definition for a tire, too often disregarded despite being fundamental for mobility. The 27th edition of Autopromotec, an international biennial dedicated to automotive equipment and aftermarket, set matters straight assigning a well deserved  recognition to this essential component

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RECYCLING WHILE WAITING OF THE FUTURE

Will the 2019 edition showcase 3D printers? Probably, as these must be considered the forefront of a technology destined to become highly popular and widespread. The replacement market will certainly evolve in this direction, probably starting from slow moving niche models or items out of production. Meanwhile, the market will continue to maintain the current trend, with many stakeholders with different interests willing to establish to either long-standing or short term alliances

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THE MICHELIN MAN PLAYS DIRTY

Total operating costs are important even off-road. Often abused and forced to work in harsh conditions, quarry and worksite trucks need special attention to reduce costs maximizing efficiency at the same time, and just like their long-distance road counterparts, one of the primary aspects to be taken into account is tires. The same applies to tires intended for regional transport, faced with all kinds of climates and perhaps uneven roads with potholes, narrow corners and sharp sidewalks

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WHO CONTROLS THE CONTROLLER?

As the number of vehicles equipped with advanced driver assistance systems (Adas) keeps rising, the need for suitable calibration systems grows as well. After replacing the radar, for example, but also after repairing or replacing the bracket that supports it or the area surrounding the sensor. Or, even after a slight change in the vehicle’s set up

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ECOMMERCE? AN OPPORTUNITY ALSO FOR THE TIRE DEALER.

“If you cannot beat them, join them”: says an old proverb and evidently this is also the conviction at Picone Pneumatici, a well established company founded in 1920 in Pignano Cilento (Salerno). "There is no point in trying to fight the Internet, rather we should use it as an instrument to be even more competitive", said the Marketing manager Vincenza Del Verme

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CABOTAGE: HEATED DEBATES ON NEW EU RULES

The target: to stem the tide of social dumping by East European hauliers changing the rules on cabotage, on International transport, on mandatory resting periods and, in general, aiming for increasingly streamlined bureaucratic procedures charged on drivers and companies, designed to promote a greater digitalization of all the necessary documentation

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