Continentals Dandelion tyres? A major breakthrough for a greener planet

Continentals Dandelion tyres

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Russian varieties of dandelions will be grown in vast quantities.

Continentals dandelion tyres

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.

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Dandelion tyre now on test

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.
Russian dandelion
See more at: http://blog.conti-online.co.uk/taraxagum-dandelion-tyre/#sthash.oR3Qqk4c.dpuf

Premium tyres- Budget tyres- A comparison about which tyres offer the best value?

Premium tyres- Budget tyres

Why are budget tyres cheaper than premium tyres?

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

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Continental tyres are a well-known premium tyre

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 tyrespremium 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.

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/TyreInfo/BuyingPremiumVsBudgetTyres

Goodyear tests tyres made with rice husks – LifeGate

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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.

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/blog/are-your-car-tyres-just-rubber-2/

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Rice husks piled high before burning turns them into silicone for Goodyear 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.

Source: www.lifegate.com

Tyre-Wall Markings-things you should know about as a car driver

Tyre-Wall Markings

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Important information regarding tyre pressure pic.twitter.com/hPSfLYX1qo

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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.

Tyre-Wall Markings

• 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 tyre- wall markingsknow about. It is also important to match your original tyres to the same numbers that are on your car.

Tyre-Wall Markings

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.

 

For more important tyre safety information go to… http://www.tyresafe.org/

Goodyear Efficient Grip offer Genuine fuel savings

Goodyear Efficient Grip

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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?

www.pellontyres.co.uk

 

Apollo tyres India-first started life in 1972-Now in Yorkshire 2015

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.

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Apollo tires India at a recent tyre seminar in Manchester UK

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

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Apollo Tyres India

great marriage and are working well together.
Apart from the failed takeover of Cooper tyres in the USA, that’s about it for

Apollo Tyres India

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.
For More Information…

http://www.srigroup.co.za/home
http://www.apollovredestein.com/om-apollo-vredestein/history
http://www.point-s.co.uk/

Continental Tyres-Ten Reasons Why they are So Popular here in the UK.

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.continental tyres

  • 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.
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  • 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.

 

 

Wheel Alignment- Have it Done when you have new Tyres fitted-Win Campbell on Twitter

Wheel Alignment

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Correct wheel alignment will improve handling, road holding, safety, tyre life and fuel consumption pic.twitter.com/V8jytQKBDN

Source: twitter.com

Win Campbell is a well known tyre expert in the Northeast of England in the UK. Like myself he is a big fan of having your wheel alignment checked, especially when you fit new tyres.

It is so important and you could be throwing your money down the drain, because out of alignment will wear away your tyres at one side of the tread and ultimately, cost you money.

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/TyreInfo/GuideToAlignment

This is one of the most common two words that you hear in most tyre depots across the UK, Wheel Alignment?
I am pleased that in more recent years the public are getting used to the idea. We try to encourage all drivers who are having new tyres fitted to have a wheel alignment carried out at the same time.
Believe it or not it does save you money in the long run, mainly in tyre wear. Not only will that but your car feel more comfortable to drive. One of the most day to day problems that we get is drivers complaining about their cars pulling to the left or right.
This is due mainly to the car driving over a pothole or curbing the car when parking.

This knocks out the wheel alignment? This is what I mean by better driving comfort, the car becomes more difficult to drive because it is always pulling in one direction or the other. It feels like your steering wheel is not straight. In fact it is the wheel alignment that needs re-adjusting with the steering wheel in the straight position.
Hope that is a bit clearer?
Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Apollo Tyres online from our website

Cheap Gas (petrol) Helps Pull the Plug on Electric Cars – TIME

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Sales of the Nissan Leaf and other electric cars have dipped thus far in 2015, and automakers have resorted to price cuts to boost interest in plug-ins.

I did not think for one minute that the sales of electric cars would hold  up went he petrol prices came down. Cheap gas is to blame.

Motorists think with their pockets?

If there is any way the motoring public. Hence, can save money on their motoring costs then they will. Accordingly, you have only to look at the large volume of part worn tyres. So, that are sold today to see that. For this reason, drivers will always try to save money. Wherever possible. In fact, they will travel miles to save a few pence per gallon.

I remember when we had previous fuel shortages, the Suez crisis, sticks in my mind. There was all sorts of talk from governments about the environment and how that horrible oil could be replaced, by a greener alternative. What happened?

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As soon as it was all over and the price of fuel dropped we all went back to our old habits and the green thing was forgotten about.

I suspect that something like this will happen again with perhaps a few technologies sticking with us. I like the idea of the hydrogen fuel cars and the EV’s with a battery and a petrol engine to carry out the journey when the battery power ran out.

With the fuel price dropping again the fickle public are reverting back to the cheapest cars, using the cheapest fuels and are not really concerned about the environment. The governments have warned us about the environment, but i do not think that we trust them any more.

www.pellonautocentre.com/blog

All drivers have been penalised in the past years. Especially, with high fuel prices. Cheap gas (petrol) has now returned and is a bonus to us all. Many car owners think very short term when choosing to buy a new car. My belief is that car owners are starting to shun the more expensive electric cars. Because the  cheap gas is the main reason. The problem is that it only takes a world incident to force the prices up again, but many people only think about today. it is going to be a problem for the car makers to solve this problem, unless they bring down the price of the EV’s and other technology driven cars.

Written by Eric Roberts

Source: time.com

H2USA, Department of Energy Announce New Tools for Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure Deployment | FuelCellsWorks

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Hydrogen filling station

H2USA and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced two new tools and the release of two reports developed through H2USA to support hydrogen fueling

To follow recent article. Hence, the USA are studying ways of setting up the Hydrogen fuel cell car filling station network. This is well worth a look at ?.Because as far as i know.As expected the Americans are well ahead of anything .

“H2USA and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced two new tools and the release of two reports developed through H2USA to support hydrogen fueling infrastructure deployment.  H2USA is a public private partnership co-launched in 2013 by DOE and industry to develop hydrogen infrastructure and deploy fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) across the United States”

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In the USA the Department of Energy. They have launched a private/public joint venture. That therefore, will be looking at ways of setting up a network of filling stations. Thus,  to accommodate the growing possibility of Hydrogen cars.
Her in the UK. For this reason, are also looking at the problem through the eyes of the UK.  Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association.

As a result, the association have been spurred on by the plan to provide £11 million to support. So for a network of hydrogen filling stations to be rolled out across the UK. This follows a recent successful campaign. As expected, from a group known as UKH2 Mobility, who supports the network of hydrogen fuel facilities.
As you can see from my image. Naturally, there is already hydrogen fuel filling stations. All dotted around Europe. Therefore it will only be a matter of time. Before we see these as common place on the existing forecourts across the world.Thus, similar to the addition of LPG gas pumps.

To bring this post more upto date.  Countries are expecting to roll out the pumps. Henvce,  to be able to sell Hydrogen fuel to motorists.

Source: www.fuelcellsworks.com

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