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Ready for the seasonal tire change?

Autumn marks the end of those long warm summer days with their outdoor strolls, seaside or mountainside holidays, and brings back the far too often delayed issue of seasonal tire changes. The mandatory use of winter equipment on most Italian roads, will kick-off on November 15 – and will end, unless extended, on April 15. 

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Federpneus message to all members: focus on re-launching the specialist's role

On September the 12th, the General Assembly of Federpneus’ Members was held at the association’s head office in Anzola dell'Emilia, Bologna. This annual appointment has always been the occasion for associates to discuss the industry’s current trends, and focus on future initiatives. The main topics were as usual included in a report by the association’s President, Guido Schiavon, who reminded to all in attendance that one of the most important and urgent points 

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Either he pays or you will

As is well known, those of us born and raised in Italy will have to go back several years with their memory to recall times of prosperity, growth and well-being (with due caution, of course). However, the last decade has been as deeply marked by words such as austerity, spending review, fiscal compact and fiscal pressure as never before

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LIGHTNING PRECISION

 

A fully automated measuring system is the best way to ensure a suitable setup smoothly and quickly. The combination of two brand new Omcn tools, the Xline lift and the Vision 3D aligner go precisely in this direction, offering garages an easy-to-use, always-perfect system thanks to auto-calibration capability.

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Automotive Digital Manager, the automotive after-sale revolution goes digital

Following the success of the first two editions, held in March and June 2017 respectively, the third Automotive Digital Manager Master Course - a training program dedicated to developing managerial roles and skills in business and marketing areas - will run during the Autumn season, taking up the digital challenge, taking full advantage of the ever-evolving business potential offered by the Web. 

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Beyond Tires

Buying tires, for a fleet of trucks or buses, is no longer a simple agreement between an industrial fleet and a local supplier. It includes a wide range of tire-related services where vehicle efficiency is just as important as the sales agreement per se: monitoring, control, total tire life expectancy including all intermediate steps (re-grooving and retreading) and assistance with fixed terms and costs are some of the most important aspects of the service, with the goal of reducing, through greater efficiency, the total cost of vehicle ownership and harmful emissions

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Continental "back in the game"

The Lousado factory,  located near another  Continental facility used in the production of car tires (with a production capacity of 18 million tires, making it Continental's most productive site), fittingly symbolizes the company’s great come back in the production of new agricultural tires. The existing technological level is precisesely one of the reasons that prompted the company’s management to rely, once again, on the Portuguese site, chosen among the 20 production plants currently in the group’s portfolio.

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Automotive Artificial Intelligence will be worth 14 Billion Dollars by 2025

How much will Artificial Intelligence applied to the rather complex automotive world be worth? A lot. At least according to a report made by Tractica, a market intelligence company specialized in human-technology interaction, the total business volume, by 2025, will be stable at around 14 billion dollars. We are looking at the whole pie, of course: hardware and software able to epitomize the full potential of drive assist systems (or autonomous) and more, just as much as related services designed for both drivers and passengers.

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A racing life

Founded in 1971, OZ still bears the initials of its two creators, Silvano Oselladore and Piero Zen. The company’s participation in motor racing events soon followed and new partners joined the firm which started exporting to Germany, obtaining Tüv approvals leading to a rapid qualitative growth. Following the creation of the Racing division in 1984, the company was joined by Claudio Bernoni, a highly experienced engineer in the wheel sector. Bernoni is the Managing Director and Chairman of the entire group; so we asked him about the past, present and future of the brand.

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Passion in pole position in Bologna

Bologna is getting ready to host the 2017 edition of the Motorshow from December 2  - 10, with hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts from all over Italy expected to attend. After years of uncertainties, two cancelled events in 2013 and 2015 and the bite of the economic recession, that seemed to have somewhat dampened the traditional Italian passion for everything that involves engines and automotive technology, the event returned to former glory thanks to a new management. We talked about it to the director, Rino Drogo.

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Smart and connected tires, energized through motion

Tires heat up, and this is a known fact, but this phenomenon does not depend solely on the temperature of the road surface scorched by the summer sun. Our trusted tires are constantly subjected to stress; braking, acceleration, steering and, at times, bumps and holes. But even if the road was as straight and smooth as a snooker table and the vehicle moved at constant speed, deformations would still affect the tires, as shoulders and sidewalls are compressed by the weight of the car around the contact area to be released once again as the vehicle moves forward.

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A tire's multiple life-cycles

Used tires, especially if no longer useful or retreadable pose a double challenge: not only they fill huge landfills but the polymers used to make them are not easy to recycle. In the most advanced countries, ELT collection systems have long been used, as Pneurama readers are very well aware, but now also developing nations are gearing up to recover ELTs. A necessary activity seeing the environmental hazard they create: in fact, these ELTs are very resistant to sunlight, oxygen, ozone and even bacteria!

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Sights set on growth, in Italy and abroad

Some talk about market fragmentation as a missed opportunity, others view excessive specialization only as an increase in complexity and still others fear any kind of changes. Mauro Pessi, Fintyre's CEO, is certainly not one of these. For the Head of the Italian group specialized in tire distribution, a fragmented market represents an opportunity to gain market shares and “seduce”, through expertise and competence even the smallest retailer; on the other hand, complexity resulting from greater specialization is an opportunity to maximize one’s own potential in terms of service; finally, changes are a decisive and essential element for a healthy business growth.

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Camioncino, call the tire dealer

If the driver won’t come to tire dealer, then the tire dealer must go to the driver. This assumption is the founding principle behind Camioncino.com, a digital platform through which tires can be purchased online from an authorized dealer and, above all, have them delivered and fitted at home or at work even during office hours.

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Amid political uncertainties and revival projects

Renewal and technological upgrade. These are the challenges facing the road transport sector and, unless overcome, the sector as a whole will hardly continue to represent one of the backbones of the economic recovery currently taking place. That is why, the decision of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport to confirm, once again,  buying incentive for road transport companies aimed at renewing and upgrading their fleets,  goes in the direction of increasing the stakeholder’s commitment in promoting sustainable mobility taking into consideration the use of alternative fuels, with a lower environmental impact, and the need to streamline and simplify logistic operations.

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