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All Apollo/Vredestein Tyres Stuff

All Apollo/Vredestein Tyres Stuff

Because of the rise of the illegal part worn tyres. Then I think it important to explain “how to check the age” of your tyres. There are no strict rules about this subject. However it is thought that tyres start to deteriorate. Of course, when they are five year old and above.
This knowledge is specially important if you have recently purchased a second hand car. Or were tempted into buying some second hand tyres. Tyre date codes were changed in the year 2000. Hence, from three digits to four digits. Therefore, pre-2000 tyres would be as such. say the age code was 261. Then this tyre was made in the 26th week of 1991. Moreover, after 2000 a tyre code of 5110, would mean that the tyre was made in the 51st week of 2010.

Apollo Tyres Rubber Football Pitch-India’s first football pitch made from recycled rubber

Apollo Tyres Rubber Football Pitch

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Apollo Tyres Rubber Football Pitch

The Mumbai Apollo Tyres Rubber Football Pitch was inaugurated by Satish Sharma, president, Asia-Pacific, Middle East & Africa, Apollo Tyres and ex English footballer Bryan Robson.

This will be a truly great innovation?a football pitch made from recycled rubber.

This is not the first time that we here at Pellon Tyres have heard about the Apollo Tyres Rubber Football Pitch. When we first started to deal with Apollo tyres,(after been introduced to them by Point-S), we were asked if there was any junior football clubs who needed an all weather training pitch.

We immediately came up with a local Yorkshire junior football club. Called “Tingley Rangers”. Their football pitches were continuously water logged in the winter months. The pitches were not playable. Neither could the players train, because of the bad and water logged fields.

Apollo Tyres Rubber Football Pitch

However We were told about the  Apollo Tyres Rubber Football Pitch, which was suitable for the training area at Tingley. This would have been great for the players to train on during the winter and the club was very excited at the prospect of training on an all weather pitch.

Time went by. So we kept in touch with Apollo representative. Concerning, when the pitch would be laid. We now know that we were being put off. By the giant tyre company. We were eventually told that the Apollo Tyres Rubber Football Pitch idea had been cancelled due to unknown reasons. The club were very disappointed and so was i.

We thought that the  Rubber Football Pitch idea had been put to rest and i was surprised to see that a whole football pitch as been built in India?

Perhaps Apollo will be able to explain their change of mind?

As long as it is affordable it could be a great success. I believe that the  Rubber Football Pitch, could be available for training pitches for amateur football clubs here in the UK, but when i dont know.

Eric Roberts

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Apollo Tyres plans- They are to set up new unit in Malaysia

Apollo Tyres plans
Apollo Tyres plans

Apollo Tyres plans to set up a subsidiary in Malaysia over the next two years as the c

This Indian based tyre company are having expansion plans all over the world. They also make a great tyre product including their excellent winter tyre range.

As Apollo agents here in the Halifax area we will be offering the Apollo tyres winter tyre range to the public this winter.

Apollo tyres plans over the next two years include setting up the Malaysia venture and then increasing their worldwide presence by 15 %

They intend doing this by exports. Part of the Apollo tyres plans, include increasing their capacity to expand their truck and bus tyre range from the tyre manufacturing plant in Chennai. The capacity is expected to rise from the production of 6000 tyres up to 9000 tyres a day.

New investments will double the capacity at the Chennai plant due to an investment of 2700 Rupees crore (crore is an Indian numbering Apollo tyres plans system and is 10 million Rupees). This investment will be spread over the three to four years.

Apollo Tyres plans

The Indian tyre maker Apollo tyres plans for a strong profits performance. Including, a strong operating profit. So combined with lower cost of borrowing.

Apollo tyres plans over the next two years.  Include setting up the Malaysia venture and then increasing their worldwide presence by15 %

They intend doing this by exports. Part of the Apollo tyres plans, include increasing their capacity. Hence, to expand their truck and bus tyre range . Of course, from the tyre manufacturing plant in Chennai. The capacity is expected to rise from the production of 6000 tyres up to 9000 tyres a day.

New investments will double the capacity at the Chennai plant. So, due to an investment of 2700 Rupees crore (crore is an Indian numbering system and is 10 million Rupees). This investment will be spread over the three to four years.

The Indian tyre maker Apollo tyres plans for a strong profits performance. Thus, with a strong operating profit. Combined with lower cost of borrowing.

Here in the UK we have witnessed the acquisition of Vredestein tyres. Of course, a very strong performing Dutch tyre manufacture. Which, now is starting to pay dividends. Vredestein tyres have always been strong in the making of winter tyres. The Apollo tyres plans included the joint names of the companies. The name has now become Apollo/Vredestein.

Apollo tyres plans also include the setting up of a tyre retail network.  Which was the previous Vredestein dealer network.  Made up of independent tyre retailers and now the addition of the Point-S tyre organisation.

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Apollo Tyres Spending Spree-Indian tyre maker buys Reifencom Tyre Distributer

Apollo Tyres Spending Spree I must admit as an Apollo tyre retailer, this one came out of the blue?

Apollo Tyres Spending Spree has taken Apollo tyres spending spreeanother step

With the recent acquisition of the German tyre retailer “Reifencom”. Hence, this is just a part of the mad rush for the cash strapped tyre manufacturers.Hence, to expand their empires.

The agreed price is said to around 45 million Euros. Although, I have never heard of the German tyre company. So they are said to have grown to one of the largest tyre retailers. Thus, with an online presence. Reifencom have 37 retail outlets and also sell tyre products online. Naturally, in Germany and other parts of Europe. Including France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and Denmark.

The Apollo Tyres Spending Spree has not yet hit the UK tyre market, but with tyre retailers the likes of “National”, up for grabs, then who knows?

The nearest we have been was the acquisition of Vredestein tyres in Holland. Vredestein have a very strong presence here in the UK and so I think it is a case of watch this space?

Neeraj Kanwar, is the MD of Apollo tyres and said,” The acquisition is a strategic fit in further growing our European business”, “It will enable Apollo to improve its mix of distribution channels in Germany and Europe and aid in increasing the visibility of Apollo and Vredestein tires in the offline and especially the fast growing online retail space.”

All of this follows in the steps of Michelin tyres who have now acquired online tyre businesses in Germany, France and the UK.

Tyre manufacturer’s boardrooms must be buzzing with conversations about what will be happening next. My money will be on Bridgestone?

Bridgestone are the world’s largest tyre manufacturers are will not want to be left behind. The large Micheldever tyre operation is up for grabs? Now bought by Sumitomo tyres. Who knows.

Eric Roberts

Winter Tyres tested-We went to Finland to test winter tires in a giant freezer (before it even … – Autoweek

Winter Tyres tested
Winter Tyres tested

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again and again: If you live in a state that experiences winter, you should invest in a good set of Winter Tyres tested. Yes, even if you’ve been …

This is a great article that shows the length that tyre companies take to test their tyre products before they are released to the public for road use.

This particular article is about the new winter tyres tested, by Hankook tyres. The same also applies to other tyre companies, who rigorously teat their tyre products in real conditions, taking the cars used to their extreme limits.

I am lucky enough to experience such extreme testing conditions. I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Austrian Alps to witness winter tyres tested, at first hand.

The company was not Hankook, but one of the worlds top winter tyre producers, Apollo-Vredestein.

The winter tyres tested  were a new winter tyre to sell to the SUV winter market.

I was in a group made up from other independent tyre dealers from across the UK. We were all allocated to an SUV vehicle that were fitted out with the new tyres. The drivers were all test drivers from the world of motorsport. These drivers took the vehicles up the Austrian Alps and the new winter tyres were put through their paces.

We drove on snow and ice, and i must admit to have been a little frightened, by the extremes that these vehicles were driven, in fact i was glad when the thing finished and we got back to the hotel in one piece?

It was a great experience and showed that the  winter tyres tested were put through their extreme paces.

This winter we have decided to stock some Apollo/Vredestein winter tyres, along with the excellent Yokohama winter tyres.

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/winter-tyres-were-gripping/

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Vredestein Winter Campaign 2016-Vredestein dealers are not happy with supply chain.

Vredestein Winter Campaign 2016

Why are winter tyres necessary? And what is the difference between discount winter tyres and Vredestein premium tyres? Vredestein joined forces with Autoblog to create a video to find out the answers. The video is part of this year’s winter campaign ‘driving safely below seven degrees’, which aims to […]

Vredestein Winter Campaign 2016

Vredestein Winter Campaign 2016

Although we are now half way through the 2016 winter. Hence, I would like to comment about the Vredestein supply chain. Of course, as far as I am concerned, there has not been one?

Here at Pellon Tyres in Halifax Yorkshire, UK. As a result, made the right decision to start to sell the Mother brand of Vredestein, Apollo tyres. This decision meant that I have had a good supply situation.Especially of winter tyres.

However, my friend in Huddersfield, decided to continue selling the excellent Vredestein tyre brand.As stated, Apollo bought out Vredestein a couple of years ago now. I did fear that things would change?

Apollo tyres changed the Vredestein management, making some redundancies. Things like this always happen as the mother company starts to throw their weight about and make changes.

As I have said, things like this always happen. As a result of the takeover, then Vredestein tyre supplies began to run short. Tyre retailers, such as my friend in Huddersfield were very badly let down.Thus, by lack of Vredestein stock available.

Lets hope that things improve in 2017, but i doubt it?

Eric Roberts   writer of the Pellonautocentre blog

Why are winter tyres necessary? And what is the difference between discount winter tyres and Vredestein premium tyres? Vredestein joined forces with Autoblog to create a video to find out the answers.

Apollo Tyres and Manchester United extend Partnership to 129 Countries : TMG

Apollo Tyres and Manchester United

 

 

 

 

 

Apollo Tyres and Manchester United

Apollo Tyres and Manchester United to expand Brand Awareness

As the Apollo tyre retailer in Halifax Yorkshire UK, I am always interested in any news that is related to the Indian tyre manufacturers. This article is no exception?

Apollo tyre has seven manufacturing plants in India making them the largest tyre makers in India. They also now make tyres in Holland at the Vredestein Tyre plant. Vredestein were bought by Apollo and he brand is now known as Apollo-Vredestein. They are also setting up a new manufacturing facility up in Hungary.

Apollo tyres and Manchester united are to expand their joint brand awareness venture to as many as a hundred different countries, including the whole of Africa, Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines, Singapore, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Brunei. The Indian tyre company, will be promoting their Apollo Tyres and Manchester United in the whole of India the UK and Thailand and now want to add a further 67 countries to the list. This will include other European countries and some African countries.

Marco Paracciani, Chief Marketing Officer, Apollo Tyres Ltd, said, “The last two years of our association with Manchester United Football Club has helped increase the awareness for the ‘Apollo’ brand across select markets. This expansion will help us in our brand building journey in the African and South East Asia regions and support our growth initiatives in various countries in the regions.”

I must admit that I was invited to a Apollo Tyres and Manchester United day out at the Old Trafford ground, which included a visit to the famous Manchester United museum and a pitch tour. The whole day out culminated with dinner at the Manchester United restaurant and a speech by one of their ex-players (whose name escapes me?)

One thing is for sure that the Apollo Tyres and Manchester United partnership will bring great publicity to both sides of the deal and help push Apollo to the top of the tyre manufacturer’s pecking order.

Eric Roberts

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/apollo-tyres-at-manchester-united-partner-launch/

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Apollo Tyres and Hankook- Offers Free Courtesy Cars During Tyre Fits | Motoring News | Honest John

Apollo Tyres and Hankook

Apollo Tyres and Hankook- Offers Free Courtesy Cars During Tyre Fits: Hankook Tyres is providing Hyundai i10s to its dealers to … http://t.co/UQbv2ppO77

I must admit things are looking up in the tyre industry, regarding the tyre manufacturers looking to help the tyre retailers and tyre shops, to improve their image.

This idea from Apollo tyres and Hankook tyres, is certainly a good example. Most tyre centres also do other types of work including car repairs and car servicing. A courtesy car has become an essential part of today’s customer care. We here in Halifax have four courtesy cars at our customers disposal. This is a modern day necessity, due to more and more drivers having to travel further distances and work longer hours.

I think that the trend for corporate logo advertising in the tyre trade came from Vredestein tyres. When Apollo tyres bought them out, they carried on with the trend putting their company logo onto the courtesy cars of their tyre dealer network.

We here at Pellon Tyres were one of the first to take up the Apollo offer and although we are also Hankook tyre dealers, we have not yet taken up their offer.

These things do not come free of course. We have to achieve certain targets, but when do, then the car is payed for by the tyre companies.

The car looks great driving round the Halifax area and gives us another form of advertising, also giving us the upmarket image that we feel we deserve. in the past this type of thing would have to be budgeted for. But with the backing of  Apollo Tyres and Hankook, we can fit it in with our tyre sales and other promotions, without it breaking the bank.

In the past Yokohama tyres have been very generous with a great deal of help in giving our tyre depot a real professional look.

Eric Roberts

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/apollo-tyres-at-manchester-united-partner-launch/

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Apollo Tyres-Rock-Road-campaign- takes high performance Vredestein tyres in new direction

Apollo Tyres-Rock-Road-campaign

Progressive tyre manufacturer Apollo Vredestein chose the high-profile setting of this year’s Geneva Motor Show to launch its very latest additions to its PCR range

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There is no doubt that we are now dealing with one of the most progressive tyre manufacturers.

Of course, in the world and Apollo Vredestein has chosen the high- profile setting of this year’s Geneva Motor Show to launch its very latest tyre products, including the Vredestein Ultrac Satin summer tyre. There will also be additions to its Passenger Car range as well they will be announcing that the company’s ambitious growth strategy has now entered a new and exciting direction.

The new Vredestein Ultrac Satin summer tyre is great news to the Vredestein tyre dealers who have for many years promoted this excellent product and the new Vredestein Ultrac Satin summer tyre, will be Unveiled on the Apollo stand. They will show off the new tyre which incorporates a number of benefits including outstanding driving performance, superior energy efficiency and low noise levels.

Apollo-Vredestein will also unveil the new Vredestein Ultrac Vorti

Consequently, this high- performance pattern in 24- inch size option . Has a special tread pattern for both the front and rear axles . Subsequently, has been specifically designed for the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe. Altogether great news for all the Apollo-Vredestein dealers across Europe and the UK

The Vredestein winter tyres were world renowned for quality and performance. Then came Apollo tyres? They saw Vredestein as a door into the European and the UK tyre market. At first things did not change. But as in all take-overs, Apollo began to run Vredestein tyres, their own way. The distribution centre has change along with the computer system.

It looked very much like Apollo were going to “steamroller” Vredestein into the Apollo tyre brand. This announcement of the new Vredestein Ultrac Satin summer tyre, came as a surprise to me, (a nice surprise)

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. Working in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. So. Working for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. Of course, I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. Blogging about anything to do with cars and their related products. Naturally, that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Trading Standards and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre.

 

Apollo Tyres show the way-Manufacturing Excellence at Apollo Tyres Showcasing Technology

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Apollo Tyres show the way

This video has opened my eyes to the modern way that tyres are now made? I have been a tyre guy all my life and it is something that gets into your blood. Once in tyre always in tyres. Even after a short break as a fire fighter, i returned to my beloved tyre industry and worked there right up to the present day.

All my life the tyre industry has been portrait as a dirty job and indeed it was. I have visited several tyre factories in my many years in the trade and believe me they were dirty smelly places full of

Apollo Tyres show the way
tyres are now made in a spotless automated environment.

chemicals and rubber of course.

The tyre industry also used to brag about the fact that every tyre was man made. Yes one guy would make one tyre. (known as the tyre builder). he would literally stand at his machine and build a tyre from all the relevant materials, eventually coming out with an inside out tyre”

The tyre would then be placed in a mold of the correct size, where it would be subjected to high temperatures and eventually would pop out as a new tyre of the correct size.

I advice you to take a look at this excellent Apollo Tyres show the way video, where Apollo tyres show the way to modern tyre production methods. This opened my eyes and i would truly love to visit a modern tyre making plant ,to witness this with my own eyes.

I always thought that when you had seen one tyre made then you had seen them all, but not after this Apollo Tyres show the way video?

Apollo tyres are one of  the up and coming tyre manufacturers in the world market as they improve their products by buying companies with much tyre manufacturing experience, such as their recent acquisition of Vredestein tyres, famous for their winter tyre range.

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/our-blog/

Apollo-Vredestein tyre Shops-now in Halifax-Yorkshire-UK

Apollo-Vredestein tyre Shops

The acquisition of Vredestein tyres by the Indian tyre company Apollo tyres, has in my opinion ben a good thing.

As a long standing tyre dealer I have dealt with Vredestein for as long as I care to remember. Vredestein are a Dutch company, but have been a long standing supplier to the British tyre market. They have particular expertise in the winter tyre market, making tyre products that have won many awards over the years.apollo-vredestein tyre shops

Vredestein tyres were also great corporate host. I have spent many a happy visit to their factory in Holland and enjoyed various trips out with hospitality in Amsterdam. It did come as a surprise to me when I heard of the takeover bid from the ever expanding Indian tyre company Apollo. Vredestein always had a good independent tyre dealer network and although they were expanding their product range, they always had steady growth and expansion plans. Now they have a network of  Apollo-Vredestein tyre Shops, across the UK.

A good product was always important to them. They were always quick to bring out new products to match the market introducing designer tyres onto the market and a winter tyre that was made to fit the up and coming SUV and Crossover tyre market.

One of Vredesteins flagship tyres has been the Quatrac all-weather tyres. Thee tyres were always very popular, but for some reason not in my tyre shop here in Halifax, Yorkshire in the UK. My customers always tend to go for the full blown winter tyres.aapollo-vredestein tyre shops

However the Apollo takeover went ahead and the marriage of the companies appears to have been a successful one , with each company blending and selling tyres as if it was always the way. We now sell both products, and I feel that the Apollo takeover has put a little more aggression into way that the company sells its products.

This winter we will be selling Apollo-Vredestein winter tyres that will be made by either company. In recent years there has been resurgence of the all-season tyre and throughout Europe, Apollo-Vredestein tyre Shop is capitalising on this by introducing a “Y” speed fitment and also an SUV version to its brand new Vredestein Quatrac 5 range.

The new Quatrac 5 tyre range now comes in five width sizes for 13 to 19 inch rim diameters with a speed rating from T to Y.

Apollo-Vredestein New technology known as the 3D Grip Claws

Apollo-Vredestein are keeping their research and development department in Holland and have come out with some new and interesting technologies which have made their debut in the Vredestein Quatrac 5, this is the 3D Grip Claws. The claws are arranged between the sipes in the middle of the tyre, these claws together with the sipes, ensure perfect grip on bends and make it possible to accelerate quickly, even on snowy and icy roads.

Apollo-Vredestein use Full Silica Compound

Another great point to make about the Vredestein Quatrac 5 is that it has a “ Full Silica tread compound mix”, this ensures a high degree of resistance to tread wear ; making for a long lifespan and a better rolling resistance to comply with environmental challenges.

This gives the new Apollo-Vredestein Quatrac 5 excellent results on all three aspects of the EU tyre label. This gives the tyre, the “Three Peak Snowflake symbol”, alongside the regular “M&S tyre coding”. This tyre can now be used in countries where winter tyres are compulsory in winter.

Apollo-Vredestein tyre shops across the UK

To finalise the Apollo winter tyre is also an excellent winter tyre and will become popular in the UK this winter, and available in the Apollo-Vredestein tyre Shops, including Pellon Tyres here in Halifax, Yorkshire,UK.

Apollo-Vredestein have now reached a deal to supply the Independent European tyre buying network, Point-S. Supplying  their tyre products throughout the UK. This will give them a network of Apollo-Vredestein tyre Shops across the country.

Eric Roberts