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This article is right up my street. it is something that I been writing about for years now? racing tyres.
The gist of the article.Thus, really explains what the difference is between Premium tyres and budget tyres. The premium tyres are made by the giant tyre companies of the world.Hence, such as Continental, Pirelli, Goodyear, Bridgestone .Also, the lesser known Avon,Kumho and Hankook tyre companies.
All these tyre makers. Therefore, have participated in the world of motorsport. Of course, and the development of racing tyres. This involvement is two fold in my humble opinion. One is for publicity. motorsport brings huge benefits to the tyre companies,(although it is now closely followed by football advertising).
Motorsport has a huge worldwide coverage and is followed by car loving motorists all over the world.
The second is the huge chance for the tyre companies to experiment with different tyre compounds and tread patterns. We have all witnessed the controversy in the recent F1
series with the different compounds used by Pirelli tyres, on their F1 racing tyres.
These are indeed exciting times. Especially, for me in the tyre world. Naturally, as the tyre companies battle for their places and the right. Therefore, to have their tyres fitted onto the cars owned by the regular drivers.
I would also like to be a little controversial and suggest that we make it law that all public transport vehicles be fitted with run-flat tyres. We all know about tragic accidents that tyre blowouts can cause(whatever the reason). I think that all taxis including mini buses, should be fitted with runflat tyres as a major safety feature.
Run-flat tyres should be used on Taxis and Mini buses
I know this will upset the owners of taxis, but we as the public have to rely on the taxi owners to fit good tyres onto their cars. The addition of run-flat tyres would make these cars much safer for the public who have to use them.
At the moment run-flat tyres are more expensive than a normal tubeless car tyre. This however could be short lived ,with the introduction of some economy brands, bringing out run-flats.
This will make the tyres more competitive and bring down the price. I know for sure that many taxi companies here in the north of England now use part-worn tyres. This is just false economy and a safety risk to their passengers. The other option could be self seal tyres, which would also be a safer option.
Bald tyres on a mini cab pic.twitter.com/Eoqjna09TC
Of course, this is common place at my tyre retailing depot. So, every week we see the same thing. Customers coming to us with bald and dangerous tyres. Many of them are worn down to the steel chords and we have seen this even on a mini bus?
So a guy called in with a suspected puncture repair. It was on the inside of a twin wheel Ford Transit mini bus. Consequently, he was on his way to Blackpool, a seaside resort here in the UK.
The inside wheel had a tyre fitted that was a bald tyres and completely worn down to the steel belt, bellow the tyres tread. The driver was a bit shocked when we showed him the tyre.
In another hour he would have been heading down the M62 motorway with a party of ladies on board, that could have ended in tragedy.
This did happen to an unlucky hen party in 2014. When a mini bus collided with a truck on the same motorway. The inquest said that the accident was caused by a tyre that was not safe or suitable for that vehicle.
Taxis are usually well regulated but i know from experience that many of them use part worn tyres that are not legal and its a case of paying your money and taking a chance, as to whether the taxi or mini cab has decent tyres fitted or not.
We are now in 2018 and things have not changed. As a result drivers are still coming to us with tyres down to the steel chords?
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There is no doubt that in the past forty years, since I have been a tyre retailer, the discovery about the humble dandelion, helping to make tyres, has to be up there in the top ten of tyre related discoveries.
What many car owners do not know is the huge amount of raw materials that go into making the humble tyre. Indeed car tyres use a large amount crude oil in the tyres manufacture.
The oil is used mainly for making carbon black, resins and anti-aging chemicals. Also synthetic rubber, which all require crude oil in the manufacturing process.
Tyres also consume large amounts of natural rubber. In fact the average car tyre uses between 10 and 30% of natural rubber in its make-up. The larger truck tyres obviously use much more. Rubber plantations grow in the sub-tropical regions of the world. They grow in such countries as Brazil and Malaysia.
Continentals Dandelion tyres
It is elastic and durable as well as been resistant to abrasion. It is an ideal material for the rubber production that goes in the manufacture of tyres.
Enter the good old dandelion
Due to the fact that we are slowly running out of sustainable materials.Researchers have been looking for alternatives. Continental has been working with the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany, to find alternatives to the dwindling rubber plantations.
Continental scientists, were looking for something that had a similar molecular structure to the latex that is produced by the rubber trees. It was noticed that the dandelion plant gave off a similar white milky liquid, when the stem or a leaf was broken. The gardeners amongst us will know this only too well.
Continentals Dandelion tyres
The dandelion also has a very similar crop yield to the rubber trees, producing 1 to 2 tons per hectare.
This type of innovation by the Continental tyre company is going a long way to reducing our dependency on fossil fuels and in my opinion is a great step forward.
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This is one of the most asked questions that we get form the customers of any commercial tyre centre here in Halifax, Yorkshire, UK.
I have to admit that the answer is getting more complicated?
Recent years have brought many new tyre manufacturers coming onto the tyre market, bringing greater choice and diversity of products. I have put together e few reasons that in my opinion are the most important.
My first reason stems back to when tyres were introduced and the major tyre companies that were first involved in the tyres development. These great tyre companies, starting with Michelin and closely followed by Pirelli, Dunlop, Goodyear and Continental are the ones
that are streets ahead in research and development.
Other tyre companies come a close second, but I prefer to stick to the main ones. These are the giants that I have been brought up with, over my past forty years as a tyre service centre.
When premium tyres are compared to budget tyre brands, you are talking the difference between men and boys. Premium tyres are made with over a century of research and development, many of it is carried out by their continues use of motorsport. This enables them to test new products and tyre compounds on the test track before the tyre are used on the regular cars driven by Joe public.
Premium tyres- Budget tyres
Major tyre manufacturers use testing equipment that has developed with their tyres and is not accessible to the countries that are mass produce their tyres. Compounds and ingredients are kept a secret. Budget tyre brands are from basic materials and are mass produced using technology that could be as much as 15 years old.
For the extra money that you pay for premium tyres, you will be getting a product that has been designed and will perform together with the cars of today. Companies such as BMW work together with tyre manufacturers to improve the all-round performance of their vehicles. A top class car will be fitted with premium tyres and not Cheap Car Tyre brands.
Premium tyres- Budget tyres
If the car makers could use budget tyres. Of course, then they would. They know that a premium tyres brand. Naturally, is the only option to match their new car model.Thus, when it is to be launched in the marketplace.
In my opinion, if you have relatively new car. Then you should keep to the make and type of tyre. Hence, that was on your vehicle as original equipment.
Fitting a budget tyre would be no option in my opinion.
The premium tyres and the mid-range tyres
This has been the major development in the last ten years of my tyre retailing life. The development, of the mid-range tyre. These include brands such as Kumho tyres, Hankook, Apollo and General tyres.
These tyre companies. Therefore, have stormed ahead .Having emulated the way that the premium tyre companies. Have been so successful over the years.
In my opinion. This is through motorsport. Also, and probably TV and sports ground advertising. Most of these mid-range tyre companies. Have pushed their products to enhance their competitiveness against the big boys.
And to be truthful, they are succeeding?
The mid-range tyres are bridging the gap between the premium tyres and the budget tyres and are becoming a cheaper option for the driver with a car above say three years old.
At the end of the day, you will pay for what you get. There are thousands of economy tyre manufacturers, and the market is flooded with them. These tyres are great for the driver who does not do much mileage or drives an older car, with a small budget.
So you pay your money and make your choice, but in the tyre world, you do get what you pay for.
Goodyear tests tyres-Goodyears found a way to use rice husks, a natural waste material to be employed for several applications.
Goodyear tests tyres
Nothing new in the tyre world?
Many tyre companies are testing different products, to replace the conventional methods of using petrochemicals to help make the compound that produces tyres.
Continental tyres in Europe are experimenting with using dandelion sap. This fluid is said to have a very similar molecular structure as to the latex that produces rubber. The dandelions are now grown in vast quantities. They are grown in acres of land near the Continental tyres factories in Germany.
Yokohama tyres of Japan are experimenting with the oil from orange peel. Also a waste product, just like the rice husks that could help create natural silica that will help Goodyear test tyres.
For many years now rice husks have been burned and then sent to landfill sites. Goodyear tyre tests have found that this waste product can be made into a type of silica that can be done to mix with the traditional materials that are used in tyre production today.
Goodyear tests tyres
With rice, husks have been carried out over the past two or three years. Thus, and so far the results have been excellent. Naturally, the rice husks derived silica has to be a real impact.
Hence, on the performance of the tyres that have been produced from it.
Of course, the world produces a staggering 700 million tonnes of rice a year. Therefore the disposal of the rice husks has been a great challenge in the past. Thus the traditional way of disposing of the waste. Consequently, has been to burn it and send the resulting ash to a landfill site.
Other ways of turning the rice husk into an environmental friendly way. Hence, has been to burn them to help generate electricity. This combined with Goodyear’s innovation. Thereby, of turning the ash into silicone. So and will undoubtedly help the massive problem of disposing of the waste husks while making a greener tyre.
Important information regarding tyre pressure pic.twitter.com/hPSfLYX1qo
A great instagraph explaining the reasons also showing the tyre markings this is well worth a look at?
Tyre-wall markings are there for the benefit of us all?
It still astounds me that 75% of drivers that come into my tyre business, do not know what size tyres they have on their cars. I also know that many of our customers do like us to check the size for them. This applies to the lady drivers especially.
I think that it is understandable that ladies should not have to bend or kneel to check their tyre size. This applies in winter time more than anything, but we do understand this and would never let a lady have to check her own tyre size.
Male customers do have more knowledge about these things and I think it is about 50/50 of men who know their tyre size and where to find it.
It is important when ordering online that you look at the following information about your tyre size.
Our own website at www.pellontyres.co.uk has a facility for entering your car registration, but this is not always accurate and it is best to double check it with the size of tyres that you can find on the tyre-wall markings. This online information is important because the internet is the best place to buy Cheap Car Tyres.
The following information is about the 20555R16 91W tyre size and is the commonest size of tyre at the moment.
• 205 This is the width of the tyre and is measured in millimeters
• 55 This is the “aspect ratio” of the tyres. Although it sounds complicate it means the height of the sidewall as a percentage of the tyres width. In this size the aspect ratio is 55%, hence the 55.
• R Stands for radial
• 16 is the measurement of the diameter of the tyres inner rim in inches in this case 16 inch.
• 91 is the load rating of the tyre. This is calculated from a table issued by the tyre manufactures, and simply means the maximum weight that the tyre should carry; in the case of this tyre size it would be 615 Kilogram’s.
• W This is the speed rating of tyre. It indicates the maximum speed that the tyre should do when fully loaded. The W rating can go up to 168MPH and once again is available on a speed rating chart that is supplied by the tyre manufacturers.
• A more recent mark that you can see on the tyre-wall markings is “E4” This is the European type approval marking to show that this tyre has been tested to the highest standards, before being sold in the European Union.
These are no doubt the most important tyre-wall markings for the regular motorist to know about. It is also important to match your original tyres to the same numbers that are on your car.
Never fit tyres that are below the speed and load rating. Remember that tyres are tested to a very high standard and it is important that you observe these rules. If you have any doubts, call in to see your local tyre retailer, who will be only too pleased to help you.
Goodyear Efficient Grip tyres can make fuel efficient tyres?
Making more fuel efficient tyres, is nothing new. As the owner of my own tyre business for as long as i can remember, i know that in the past years that tyre companies have been made to look for other resources to make tyres out of. The one that sticks out in my mind was the blockade of the Suez Canal in the late sixties. This is a main route for the giant oil tankers from east to west with their giant cargoes of oil.
The world was in turmoil ?
All sorts of ideas were branded about on ,”how governments could save money”. Tyre and other rubber products were affected by this tyre manufacturers had to try and come up with new ideas.In my opinion this was the rise of the budget tyres and car retread tyres also became popular.The 1970’s brought changes in tyre designs including the invention of the safety tyre in 1972 by the Dunlop Tyre Company. T
Goodyear Efficient Grip
This was a great breakthrough. Thus, it meant that the tyre would seal itself after having a puncture. Hence, caused by a nail or screw. Another breakthrough. Therefore, was the discovery that sipes in the tyre tread would make the tyre safer. Especially, in freezing and bad winter weather.
This now made it possible to make tyres with much less aggressive tread patterns and with less aggressive tread patterns tyres were much quieter .The largest change and the point that i am getting at brings me to 1973. The oil price problem was one of the reasons that the American car industry changed to radial tyres.
This was the biggest tyre market in the world and the changes were made purely for fuel economy and would have saved billions of dollars, due to the extra miles that the cars would drive by using radial tyres.
Goodyear Efficient Grip tyres are now one of the latest tyre products to come out of an oil crisis. There will be many more in the near future although the price of oil has dropped considerably, who knows?
As far as tyre companies go, then Apollo Tyres India are a relatively young company.
They started out in 1972, in fact, to be precise in September 1972. Apollo Tyres India received the certificate of Commerce in October 1972. They were promoted by Bharat Steel Tubes along with others to manufacture car tyres and tubes, (which were more widely used then, than they are now). Like other tyre companies, they also made conveyor belting.
Which was used mainly in the mining industries?
In 1981 Apollo began an agreement with General Tire International Co., U.S.A, which helped them with technical assistance. This move contributed to improving their tyre products. This lasted up to 1987 when the General tyre company was bought by the giant German tyre company Continental tyres.
Apollo tyres India
About the same time, Apollo acquired a share of another Indian based tyre company by the name of Gujarat tyre Ltd. This move gave Apollo the license to produce its car tyres in another Indian state, Gujarat state. Most Indian states were governed separately, and new permissions had to be granted when companies expanded across state lines.
1989 saw the introduction of the radial tyres for cars and Apollo Tyres India won the contract to supply Maruti cars and also started to produce tyres for trucks.
In one of the Indian tyre company’s bravest moves to date, Apollo entered into an agreement with Continental AG, Tyres of Germany. In a joint venture. Apollo opened up a passenger car radial tyre manufacturing plant. The factory had an initial production capacity of 4.7 million car radial tyres each production year. The deal was a 50% each joint venture between Apollo and Continental.
Michelin bought a 14.50% share in Apollo. They indeed set up a joint venture to produce truck tyres and also bus tyres for sale in the Indian market. The venture was a 51/49% split. All these moves were giving Apollo tyres more respectability in the tyre world.
Apollo Tyres India acquires Dunlop Tyres South Africa
In 2006 The Indian Tyre Company bought the South African arm of the split up Dunlop Tyre Company.
The consequences of this were that they sold off. Most of the company including the trademark rights to the Japanese tyre giants Sumitomo rubber industries in 2013.
Perhaps their most expansive move to date was the purchase of 100% shareholding control of Vredestein Banden B.V., Netherlands. This came as a shock to me because this was a tyre company that I was very familiar with and had visited on many occasions.
Apollo tyres India
The Vredestein product was no more than excellent. I hoped and prayed that this was not just an assist stripping move.
At Enschede lies in the eastern part of Overijssel with over 100,000 inhabitants. A beautiful town that I have visited on many occasions.
In fact, over six million summer, winter and all-season tyres are now made in Enschede, Holland every year. Also, a large number of quality agriculture tyres are manufactured there in addition to the production facilities in India. The two companies have become a
great marriage and are working well together.
Apart from the failed takeover of Cooper tyres in the USA, that’s about it for
for the moment. I must say though the Apollo is setting up an excellent network of tyre retailers across Europe, including here in the UK.
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Continental tyres were first made in Hanover, Germany
Continental made soft rubber products and solid tyres for the first bicycles and horse drawn carriages. In 1892 the company then started to make the first Pneumatic tyres in Germany.
Moving on to 1901 Continental tyres made the first tyre to have a tread pattern. This was for added grip, and it was already clear that the German tyre company were becoming very innovative.
In 1905 not long after the addition of a tread pattern. Continental invented the anti-skid tyre, which was a forerunner the studded snow tyres that we are familiar with today.
Continental tyres celebrated their 50th anniversary.They were to be the first German tyre company to add textiles to the tyre product with the addition of cord casing onto the market. Linen was the material that was used before this new method. This discovery was now to be replaced with a more workable cord fibre fabric. At the same time, they started to make large pneumatic tyres fit trucks.
In 1926 carbon black was to be introduced into the tyres compound. This would give the tyres more strength and make them last longer. Once again Continental were leaders in innovation and strove to make a better product.
Had already been involved in early motorsport events. In the mid-1930’s racing tyres were fitted to Auto-Union and Mercedes racing cars with four straight wins in the German Grand Prix. They also were beating numerous speed records. Their tyres were proving to be of exceptional quality even in the early years.
The war years saw very little movement from Continental but productions. But in 1945 production resumed after permission from the British government. In 1955 Continental started producing the “tubeless tyres” that would be fitted to most cars.
Bringing things more up to date. 1979 would see Continental buying American tyre company Uniroyal.Thus, gave Continental a much larger base in Europe. This would be the start of the German tyre maker. Therefore Becoming so common here in the UK.
The Eighties would see more acquisitions, with the purchase of General tyres in America and a cheap tyre brand from Portugal called Mabor tyres. Both Mabor and General were well-known brands here in the UK.
Continental tyres then bought a large share of Czech tyre company Barum, another famous budget tyre brand, along with 50 tyre dealer outlets. At this stage, they were well known all across Europe and not only here in the UK. They had amassed more than 2000 tyre retailers across 18 European countries and were now becoming contenders for the largest tyre company in the World, a feat that they later achieved.
Continental tyres are no doubt the world’s biggest tyre innovators in the world. They have put billions of Euros into tyre research and development.