Autopromotec, the international automotive equipment and after-sales trade show, which will be held in Bologna from 22 to 26 May 2019, keeps growing and now, in its twenty-eighth edition, it promises to turn the spotlight on new global issues - open economies, smart mobility, development of intelligent equipment, innovative materials for components
The roar of the engines on a race track is just the final stage of a spectacle that fascinates millions of people around the world. Behind the scenes, engineers, designers and software developers, through intuition, research and gruelling tests, produce the engines, bodies, tires, electronic components and equipment necessary to allow both two and four-wheel racers
A growing market segment that represents a high added value for any premium manufacturer: since 2012, high performance tires, ranging from 17” upwards, have witnessed a significant growth in sales volumes (8%), and to date, makes up more than 22% of the summer segment. At the same time, luxury and sports car sales keep rising, and are expected to exceed 18% of the market by 2023.
In a period of economic instability, much like the one Italy has been going through for some years now and which seems destined to last, the workshop equipment sector maintains its role as one of the cornerstones of Italy’s manufacturing scenario.
In line with winter regulations our cars were equipped with the most suitable tires to cope with the rigors of winter. Now, as the warm season sets in, summer tires are ready to take over the scene, especially in the mid-range section of the market which includes family cars, small and medium sedans, even their sportier versions.
After years of steady decline, the European retread market is finally experiencing a long-awaited rebound, thanks to the anti-dumping duties recently introduced by the European Commission on Chinese truck tires. In 2018, sales of retreaded tires within the European Union amounted to 4.54 million, up by 2.1% over 2017
"Safe when new, safe when used" some say. "The thicker the safer", according to others. On the subject of minimum tread depth compatible with safety, the main tire manufacturers have for decades expressed their official position, shared through the "recommendations" published by their European technical body
Italian tire dealers, some more some less, are well acquainted with the phenomenon of unfair competition and some are struggling to stay on the market in the face of "dirt-cheap offers" from improvised operators who think that owning a tire changer is enough to open a business.
Trucks can go fast, very fast. No, we are not talking about crazy or hit-and-run drivers, but rather about truck race championship and desert rally-raids. Whether on racing tracks or over sand dunes in large deserts, these vehicles, former road and quarry trucks - along with their tires - compete in impossible conditions.
"Once all vehicles will be electric, the only sound we will hear is the sound made by tires", at least this was the common opinion in several research centres and among some of the world's leading car manufacturers. Whether true or false, some of the engineers must have felt touched where it hurts and decided that the time had come to focus on this matter.
The first authorisation to test self-driving vehicles on Italian public roads has been unanimously approved, as stated by the Technical Observatory of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport. No surprise there, but still necessary to start the process that will lead self-driving cars to gradually become a regular feature on our National road system.
Apollo Vredestein aims to further consolidate its position in the all-season tire segment in Europe with a new All-Season tire: the Quatrac Pro. Vredestein has been offering all-season tires in Europe for over 26 years and the new Quatrac Pro is, according to the manufacturer, the first All-Season tire developed specifically for the growing Ultra High Performance (UHP)
The position of the centre of gravity in a system depends largely on the distribution of its masses, and this happens also when talking about economic and industrial systems: if the "masses" are grouped at one end, the centre of gravity will shift closer to that point.
Looking after your tires and replacing them when they are worn is critical to safety. In addition, being able to monitor vital parameters constantly from a device (PC, smartphone and tablet) using sensors, checking pressure and temperature, would have a positive impact on fuel consumption and maintenance costs.
The FIA Formula E championship is now a new point of reference in motorsports. Let us take a closer look at how Michelin designs and prepares the "shoes" of these exciting electric single-seaters. The Italian stage of the FIA Formula E championship, which takes place in the beautiful surroundings of the city of Rome
Technological innovations and professional training. Point S, a global network of independent tire and car service retailers, has chosen to strengthen its network by investing in state-of-the-art equipment and professional training for its operators in quest for new market shares. And the best recipe is to create increasingly efficient centres able to offer all-round assistance on all vehicles
“Give me a lever and a place to stand and I will move the earth”. According to an anecdote one day Archimedes of Syracuse, mathematician and inventor, was able to move a large ship with minimal effort: all thanks to a machine of his own invention that combined levers and pulleys.
China represents one of the most interesting and potentially rich markets for the future of the sector, especially as far as autonomous vehicles. The People's Republic of China, in fact, invested over 21.7 billion euro in 2017 on electric mobility, allocating credits for the production of electric vehicles equal to about 10% of the total market in 2019 and 12% in 2020.
Italian goods and trucks held at alpine borders? The measures adopted by Austria, France and Switzerland against trucks and freight along the Alpine mountain range must be considered too restrictive for the Italian road haulage system, both for the national economy and transport companies. Hence the request made to the Minister of Transport Toninelli to call for an intervention, at EU level