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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 Greenfield facility in Hungary begins – Auto Tech- Update-Factory now open

Apollo Tyres Greenfield facility

Apollo Tyres Greenfield facility

Apollo Tyres Greenfield facility-Apollo Tyres’ first European Greenfield plant in Hungary, started today with the foundation stone laying ceremony, start production in early 2017.

Source: autotechupdates.com

In my opinion Apollo tyres are the tyre company to watch out for.

They are very innovative and are reaching forward to expand to the rest of the world with their tyre products.

They are setting up a tyre dealer network here in the UK, and my tyre company will fortunately be a part of that, due to there involvement with Point-S. the European tyre buying group.

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Content/Page/Point+S+++Why+be+a+Member

Apollo tyres now here in the UK

As the article says Apollo tyres are making big plans to expand into the European tyre market. The Indian based company have already bought out the Dutch tyre makers Vredestein tyres, who have strong customer base in the UK. Vredestein are the makers of one of the world’s best winter tyres and Apollo tyres will strengthen the brand name by adding their own selection of tyre types and sizes.
Apollo tyres are a good quality brand and will worry some of the establishment during their climb up the tyre hierarchy ladder. The company are aggressive marketers and have already established links with Manchester United, where the Apollo tyres brand will be advertised on match days on the excellent pitch side electric advertising screens that are now very popular around English premiership football grounds.

Apollo Tyres Greenfield facility

Apollo tyres have also established a deal to supply a tyre buying group in the UK, known as Point-S. This is where I come in because Pellon Tyres here in Halifax Yorkshire UK, are members of Point-S and we now carry a large stock of Apollo Tyres, to supply the motorists of Halifax.

 

Apollo Tyres Manufacturing Facility In Chennai;A Modern Clean and upto date Tyre factory.

apollo tyres

A Day At Apollo Tyres Manufacturing Facility In Chennai – Plant Visit Report

An absorbing article about one of the world’s up and coming tyre manufacturers. The Indian tyre giant Apollo Tyres are now expanding across the world via various buyouts.

www.pellontyres.co.uk

When I first read this article. I was reminded of my past visits to tyre factories here in the UK. I now know that the tyre making facilities are very modern and hygienic. As expected, far from the days in the 70’s and 80’s.
The very first tyre plant that I visited was at Fort Dunlop. On the outskirts of Birmingham in the West Midlands UK. Fort Dunlop was a massive tyre making facility. For this reason, was one of the area’s largest employers. You could see the huge factory from the M6 motorway, with its massive “Dunlop” sign on the top of the building; it was a landmark that you would never forget, once you saw it.

You could see the huge factory from the M6 motorway. Thus, with its massive “Dunlop” sign on the top of the building; it was a landmark that you would never forget, once you saw it.
I was a young man at the time.  I can remember seen the motorsport division as we approached the main factory. It was a very exciting time for me. As it was to be the first time.

Apollo Tyres

 

I knew that this would increase my knowledge.Naturally, about the product and that it would give me a better understanding.Especially, of the tyres that would give me a decent standard of living for the rest of my life.
Strangely enough the thing that stuck in my mind. Was at the end of the production process. With all the tyres hung onto a conveyor belt ready for checking by an inspector. I also remember that mixed brands were coming off the final inspection line. Apart from Dunlop tyres, I saw India tyres being made. I knew that Dunlop made India tyres, but now I had seen it myself, it gave me greater confidence when I returned to my depot in Huddersfield Yorkshire UK.

Apollo tyres would buy out Vredestein tyres from Holland

Later on in my career. When I owned my tyre centre. I had the pleasure to become a dealer for the excellent Vredestein tyres. Because Vredestein is a Dutch company. Naturally, have a reputation second to none for quality and value and build their tyre in a factory that I had the pleasure of visiting on three occasions in Enschede, Holland.
They became a vital supplier to me and helped build the business to what it is today. Vredestein was to be eventually bought out by Apollo tyres, but before that, I enjoyed many trips to their factory in Holland.
The Vredestein factory was to be the cleanest and efficient tyre company that I had ever seen. I was always given the best treatment, and this only cemented our business relationship and my enthusiasm for Vredestein tyres.

apollo tyres

Apollo Tyres

However like many smaller companies Vredestein tyres started to grow and sort of left the little guys a bit behind.

They became more aggressive with their marketing tactics and as a small tyre retailer in Halifax, we started to drift apart, and I could not get the right deal from them. The Vredestein sales manager whom I had known for some years, retired and I used this particular time to change my main supplier of mid-range tyres to Toyo Tyres of Japan.
Vredestein make one of the best Winter tyres in Europe and can sell all that they make. They were to become a prime target for Apollo tyres. Vredestein had used proclaimed star car designer, Giorgetto Giugiao, to design their tyres in the late 90’s and the brand of Vredestein had become much sought after in the tyre world.
Thus, Vredestein were now making up to six million winter and summer car tyres and were to become a prime target for the Indian tyre company Apollo tyres, and the acquisition took place in 1999.
The company is now known as Apollo Vredestein tyres and some of the production of things, like cycle tyres and tubes, have to an Apollo tyres factory in East Asia.

Also Vredestein are renowned for their Tractor tyres and some of these will now be made in the Apollo tyres factory in India.
Finally, I am very pleased that I once again have access to the Vredestein products. This is because I am a m ember of tyre buying group Point-S and Apollo tyres are one of our suppliers.

Source: www.motorbeam.com

Apollo Tyres North America-Giant Indian Tyre Company looking for expansion in the States.

Apollo Tyres North America

Apollo Tyres North America; Apollo Tyres are following in the footsteps of the now famous and huge tyre companies, such as Goodyear, Dunlop, Michelin and Pirelli. They have now made roots in Europe, with a new factory about to be opened in Hungary and the purchase of Vredestein tyres the large tyre company from Holland. Vredestein is world renowned for their winter tyre range

Apollo Tyres North America
Apollo tyres india

and also make an excellent SUV tyre.

After a steady year, Apollo has announced that they are now looking at the state of the North American market. The giant Indian company have already set roots in Europe with the Acquisition of Vredestein tyres, the giant Dutch summer and winter tyre manufacturer.

They have their eyes firmly set on the USA market.

The first step was to employ ex- Goodyear and DaimlerChrysler sales executive Steven Smidlein to be senior vice president for North America. His knowledge of the North American market is second to none. They have also employed Emil Herbak, as sales director.

The states will be supplied by the European Hungary factory initially, but I am sure that plans are up for a new facility to be built somewhere in the USA.

In a recent interview involving, Tire Business had with Neeraj Kanwar, Apollo’s vice chairman, and managing director said that,“With North America almost being an unknown territory for us, Steven’s 30-plus years of sales management and retail experience, especially in the automotive sector, will help establish both Apollo and Vredestein brands on this continent,”

“We would be relying on his proven ability to grow market share, with a focus on delivery of aggressive sales targets,”

Apollo tyre has also set up a dealer tyre network here in the UK. They have transferred the British operation side of the business to Holland and are back up and running after different computer failings.

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.

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Content/Page/Apollo%20tyres%20new%20manufacturing%20plant

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.thehindubusinessline.com

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/

Sourced through Scoop.it from: autoweek.com

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.