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
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.
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
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.
"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.
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
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
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.
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