As we know, tires are much more than just a few elastomers, natural or synthetic, put together: in fact, scores of other materials and substances are involved in the making of a tire. Some are visible to the naked eye due to their significant size. Belts, plies (which are now practically always made of synthetic materials rather than natural fibres) and steel beads can be clearly seen when dissecting a tire.
What will tires be like in the future? Three global manufacturers share their view. There is no doubt that the automotive industry is undergoing a momentous transformation. The whole sector is called upon to deal with new models of mobility, changes in people's habits, a growing number of car-sharing operators as well as the spread of new vehicles, such as EVs, both for freight and people.
Quality alone may not be enough to guarantee competitiveness. In a hi-tech world, providing customers with adequate and professional assistance is the key to gaining greater market share and successfully position a brand. And this is precisely where Pirelli’s Driver service network decided to invest in, a strategy that has, so far, prompted Claudio Zanardo, CEO of Driver-Pirelli, to look to the future with confidence.
The goal: a more sustainable, safer and efficient mobility through an in-depth study of the current evolution and prospects of the Italian transport sector, based on an unbiased and evidence-based analysis. Thus Unrae, the Association of foreign car manufacturers present on the Italian market, embarked on two new studies, entrusted to external research bodies, with precisely these goals in mind.
The tire equipment market is increasingly competitive and keeping up with the changes sweeping through the automotive world depends largely on investments in research and innovation. This is what Giuliano Industrial Spa, the Reggio Emilia-based company specialising in the production of tire changers, lifts and wheel balancers, has been doing for over forty years.
Tippers, concrete mixers, truck mounted pumps and many other construction vehicles used in urban areas do not work exclusively as off-road vehicles. Quite the contrary, most of their journeys take place on normal roads between construction sites, or between sites and suppliers. A pure off-road tire would provide excellent traction on uneven and muddy roads as well as guarantee adequate protection against cuts and punctures
Based in Fusignano, near Ravenna, ITG has, for several decades now, been one of the largest Italian suppliers of materials for tire retreading, and successfully coped with the recent turbulent period for the entire sector through a synergy with the CM Manzoni group, rubber compound specialists, to retain its competitive edge. We talked about it with Fabio Cortesi, CEO ITG
The law decree number 122 date February 5, 1992, and still in force, regulates all maintenance and repair work carried out on motor vehicles in a quest for higher levels of road safety and services offered workshops. These activities include replacing, modifying and reconditioning any component, as well as the installation of systems and fixed components.
Farming equipment such as trailers, garden tractors and special machines have very specific needs, often met with unusual technical solutions (often they are not even pneumatic, but in solid rubber or plastic), responsible for boosting an already dynamic market both as OEM products and replacements. During Eima, recently held in Bologna (7-11 November 2018), an extensive review of such products was presented to the public.
Have you ever driven over a deep pothole or an abandoned nail and damaged a tire? How many of us, one sad morning, found themselves with a punctured tire or with their car firmly resting... on four bricks? Whether this is a case of "bad luck", circumstances not depending on the will of the driver or third parties
A few months from the opening of Autopromotec, the biennial international exhibition dedicated to garage equipment and the aftermarket, a few rumours about the issues and news that will animate the Halls of BolognaFiere from May 22 to 26, are already starting to leak. The organizers announced, among other things, the launch of a new "AutopromotecMotorsport" initiative, sponsored by AnfiaMotorsport, and dedicated to companies operating in the international motorsport sector.
Test driver. For many a dream job, one that stimulates the imagination of young people as well as other enthusiasts despite the occasional cutting remark ("tire spoilers", as some have unjustly labelled them). However, a few opportune distinctions are needed: in the automotive world alone we find, for example, racing car test drivers, production cars test drivers as well as tire test drivers.
Spectacular, adrenaline-filled performance by single-seater prototypes ready to compete, once again, in this year’s new and exciting Italian championship. This is the Italian Sport Prototypes Championship, dedicated to single-seaters, which represents one of the most important stepping stones towards greater things, as well as the ideal meeting place for drivers who decide to call this championship home, allowing the fastest among them to enjoy a rewarding career
According to a survey signed by Intel and Strategy Analytics, a future autonomous car market, once mature, could be worth the astronomical figure of seven trillion dollars by 2045. As the industry is moving in that direction, according to a further analysis by BlackRock (and, indeed, of many other experts and observers) in 2025 98% of all vehicles will be connected.
Metzeler’s new Cruisetec for power cruisers, custom and Touring bikes were unveiled to the public during the latest edition of the Motor Bike Expo. The new features of this tire concern the tread design, compounds, profiles and casing. All elements that came under the watchful care of the German manufacturer and its teams of designers, who developed an innovative product able to meet all the needs of bike lovers.
"Nowadays, we can talk about onlife, because everything is connected." These few words, by sociologist Francesco Morace, professor of social innovation at the Politecnico di Milano and president of Future Concept Lab, summarize the present and the future of all global social models, of the vast majority of industrial sectors including the automotive aftermarket.
Despite late uncertainties and fears, there are signs of moderate satisfaction from the world of road haulage for the measures contained in the new Budget Law dedicated to the world of road freight transport. The law, which has just been presented by the Government, confirms the 240 million euro allocated to road haulage earmarked for motorway tolls reimbursement
Which were the most striking vehicles recently unveiled inside Sin City’s stands, halls and large casinos? In recent years Ces has distinguished itself for the conspicuous presence of ground-breaking solutions in the automotive field and this year was no exception. Several intriguing concept vehicles, in fact, attracted scores of visitors and we chose the most original.