Goodyear Dunlop closes Wolverhampton tyre factory with 330 job losses

Goodyear Dunlop closes Wolverhampton

Goodyear Dunlop closes Wolverhampton-This is more bad news for Birmingham with the closure of the remaining Goodyear factory. This comes as no surprise to me?

The UK tyre industry. Has been in decline for years. Like most other industries. They will be moving the remaining rubber mixing and truck remoulds. Thus, to other factories and probably China.

As Goodyear Dunlop closes Wolverhampton. I feel sorry for the 330 workers.Naturally, who will lose their jobs. Wishing them the best of luck in the future.

This is a problem. Especially, when you are one of the rich nations in the world? Companies are trying to save money. Thus, to compete, by re-locating to

Goodyear Dunlop closes Wolverhampton,
One of the famous Goodyear adverts from the seventies that helped put Goodyear tyres on the map here in the UK

countries like China.

I can foresee a time when the tables will be turning. Thus when Britain moves away from the EU. Then we will be able to offer better deals . Especially for manufacturers to come and locate in the UK again. As expected, freed from the shackles of the silly EU laws and rules.

Goodyear Dunlop closes Wolverhampton

This bad news comes only a few years after Goodyear/Dunlop injected £6 million into the ailing tyre factory. In 2012 it was said that things were on the up and up for the motor industry, after this cash injection was announced.

Goodyear as a company have always been held in high respect. They gave me my first management job as the manager of their tyre retailing arm Tyreservices in Huddersfield Yorkshire, back in the seventies.

I made many visits to Goodyear Wolverhampton to attend various training and education seminars. They were the inspiration for me to set up my own business and helped by backing my new business with good credit facilities and help with point of sale and advertising aids.

It will be sad for many a tyre dealer here in the UK, who have been inspired by Goodyear tyres and the headlines of “Goodyear Dunlop closes Wolverhampton” will be hard felt across the Wolverhampton community.

Eric Roberts

www.pellonautocentre.com/blog

Kumho Rally Tyres-One Of Kumhos Lesser Known Products-Earl Simmons on Twitter

Kumho Rally Tyres

Kumho Rally Tyres

 

Side view of Garry Jennings’ Subaru S12B, perfect build running on Kumho Rally Tyres new stiffer-cased CO3 tarmac rally tyres pic.twitter.com/IqrwlFDi0V

Kumho have brought out a new tyre that has been developed to meet the differing demands of gravel & Tarmac rally road surfaces.
Kumho Rally Tyres, have  utilised their knowledge and experience from European Rally to provide different compounds and tread patterns that will perform both off road and on paved surfaces.

One of the big changes in the tyre market over the past ten years has been the growth of the mid range tyre companies. It is not too long ago that drivers were asking ,”where are kumho tyres made”, the answer is of course South Korea. Now with their kumho dealer network spread right across the globe, they are well known to all tyre dealers, including here in the UK.

Kumho Rally Tyres

One of the problems that we have as a tyre retailer. So, is that we just cannot sell every tyre brand. Therefore, we have to try and select which tyres are best. Hence, for the driving public in our particular area. Halifax Yorkshire, UK.

Kumho tyres uk, suppliers account was set up. So I dropped Toyo tyres brand and gave them a go. Of course, the first thing to impress me was their involvement.Especially, in the motorsport field. Kumho knew that the other larger tyre companies had massive involvement in motor racing. Of course, which helped them to build their tyre brands.

Kumho Rally Tyres in Bridgenorth UK

Kumho wasted no time. Becoming involved in many of the smaller motor sport events. Kumho Motorsport, are situated at Bridgnorth a town near (Birmingham) here in the UK. As a result, they are responsible for the company’s motorsport activities in Europe. Including here in the UK.

As well as its commitment to European Formula 3 racing. So ,the specialist division also supports many circuit racing. Including, rally and rally-cross series.  The car in the picture was running on the new C03 tarmac rally tyres.

Eric Roberts

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Tyre/Details/Kumho/Ecsta+C03

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Goodyear Tyres Rice Husks-reaches supply agreements for Rice Husk Ash Silica | ET Auto

Goodyear Tyres Rice Husks

Goodyear Tyres Rice Husks

 

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Goodyear tyres rice husks

Goodyear tyres Rice Husks for Silica
This is a great double edged sword. Hence, what used to be a waste product. Then, dumped into landfill as plant waste products. Thus, has now been tested and tried over the past two years. Of course, by Goodyear tyre and Rubber Company. Rice husks are used to produce “silica” which is a product that is used in the production of tyres.
The silica is used in the production of the rubber compound mix that makes the tyres and the silica gives the tyres extra strength and reduces rolling resistance. This in turn improves the tyres better overall fuel economy and therefore makes the tyre have “greener” credentials.

Goodyear Tyres Rice Husks

The Goodyear rubber company history is full of other tyre innovations that were created in the past. In more recent times Goodyear started to test the use of “soybean” oil in their tyres to reduce the amount of petrol-chemical based oils by up to seven million gallons a year, a great achievement.
Goodyear tyres Rice Husks are burned and turned to ash. It is this ash that they produce the silica from. The ash is first used to help generate electricity and then traditionally put into landfill, but now can be transformed into silica for use in tyre manufacturing.


Joseph Zekoski, chief technical officer at Goodyear said, “The use of rice husk ash will provide Goodyear an alternative source of silica while helping reduce the amount of rice husk waste being land filled,” “The use of rice husk ash will provide Goodyear an alternative source of silica while helping reduce the amount of rice husk waste being land filled,”

Goodyear Tyres Rice Husks

The race is now on by all the leading tyre companies to become environmentally friendly companies. It is hard to believe that not so long ago tyre manufacturing plants were very dark and dirty places. In my time I have visited several tyre manufacturing plants and these were the least environmentally friendly companies, on the planet.
Now though things have changed and you can eat your dinner off the floor in most of the factories now.
Eric Roberts

 

Kumho Information RFID tags in half-finished tyres – Tire Business

Kumho Information RFID tags

Kumho Information RFID tags-Crain News Service reportLONDON (June 23, 2015) — South Korea’s Kumho Tire Co. Inc.

This is another addition to a recent post of mine. The post is about how the so called mid-range tyre companies are catching up to the big boys.

The RFID tags are fitted to the tyres, so the South Korean tyre manufacturer can obtain information about how well or badly a tyre has performed.

Feedback like this is invaluable to tyre makers. Other tyre companies are trying similar things using silicone chips to store data and information about tyre pressures. This data is sent to the cars computer(ECU) which will enable the suspension and other things to adjust accordingly.

I believe that this technology will be shortly used on F1 cars and has been tested on new Ferrari models.

RFID tags, were once used only for tracking the movement of cattle. They are now  tracking consumer products worldwide, soon to include tyres. Many manufacturers are using the tags to find the location of their product they make from the time that it is manufactured until the time that it is pulled off the shelf and tossed into a consumers shopping cart.

Or in Kumhos case fitted to a car or truck, the Kumho Information RFID tags, will be located between the casing and the tread rubber, giving them access to the location where it was fitted and also the time when it was removed.

The Kumho Information RFID tags, could also be used to store other information, such as wear patterns and the temperature of the tyres could be stored for later use. Once the tyre has been located the South Korean tyre company can track and retrieve the tyre to asses its overall performance and attributes.

Not all the tyres will be tracked, just the new products that will need recovering and then analyzing. Many people do not know that all the Kumho racing tyres that have been competed on, will  be returned back to the factory and examined, for say possibles improvements with tread design or compound changes for future races.

Eric Roberts

www.pellontyres.co.uk

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General Tyre Altimax Arctic-A great tyre part of the excellent Continental Tyre family.

General Tyre Altimax Arctic

General Tyre Altimax Arctic

The General Altimax Arctic has many attributes. Therefore the tyre exhibits excellent traction in the wet. Including, snowy and dry driving conditions. Naturally, the Altimax is most suitable for urban drivers. Including the drivers of Sedans, CUVs and SUVs.

The tyre test was carried out,100 km from the Arctic Circle. Hence at a world-class testing facility in Sweden. Therefore  the performance would replicate the conditions found during winter time. Of course in Northern Europe and Canada.

The most outstanding feature was the tyre scored an incredible 100 in wet traction. Naturally, the  General Altimax Artic is designed with a directional tread pattern. Of course, which amplifies water evacuation. This design helps the tyre to resist hydroplaning and naturally, increase wet handling.

Another advantage of the tyre is a design feature of  a multi-angle sipes systems. Thus ,to enhance the traction in high-angled turns and straight-ahead driving in snowy conditions. A great benefit for winter tyres. Thus earning a score of 97.7 in snow traction.

With the ability to drive comfortably in rain and snow, drivers can drive worry free with the General Altimax Arctic. A great tyre product from the Continental tyres stable .

See price: http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Tyre/Details/General/Altimax+Winter+Plus

Recycled Tyres-20+ Brilliant Ways To Reuse And Recycle Old Tyres-Things are getting better

Recycled Tyres

recycled tyres

recycled tyres are a huge headache when it comes to waste management and recycling, but there are clever DIY ways that each of us can reuse and recycle them and save them from entering the environment or taking up space in our landfills.

Some great images and uses for old tyres. I don’t think it is going to help get rid of the waste tyre mountains. But as they say “every little helps”.

Fortunately, more industrial recycling ways are now coming along. Recycled tyres are now shredded. Hence, and used in many parts of the world for things such as re-surfacing roads. The added rubber crumbs give the surface more flexibility. Naturally, a quieter ride for the vehicles that travel on them.

I genuinely believe.That the recycled tyres problem has improved greatly. Especially, over the past ten years or so. Companies that make a living out of recycled tyres. Thus, have sprung up all over the world. Shredded tyres used to make playgrounds. Accordingly, is a common site today. This makes a better and softer landing for the children to make. So and also uses recycled tyres and so it has a double barreled effect.

Recycled Tyres

One of the biggest things to come along in recent years is recycled mulch for landscaping and other things for the garden including, recycled tire planters and other ideas for recycled tyres planters pots, and many other ideas some of which are illustrated in the images in the attached article, they are well worth a look to give you some ideas.

I have even used some painted old waste tyres in my own garden and you would think that i would be sick of tyres when i get home? but they do look good in the right setting. There are many landscaping ideas using old tyres, and they are all worth looking at, some are great.

Eric Roberts

www.pellonautocentre.com/blog

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Honda Civic Winter Tyres-Having fun in snow on General Altimax Arctic winter tyres

Honda Civic Winter Tyres

Honda Civic Winter Tyres

I must confess, that the general Altimax winter tyres, was a new concept to me. hence, it is a tyre brand that I am just getting to grips with?

Here at Pellon Tyres in Halifax, UK, we became General tyre retailers earlier in 2016. For this reason, I became disenfranchised with some of the other tyre companies.

If we are promote and sell a product, then we require a little loyalty. In my 40 years in the tyre business I have been let down by many tyre companies. They seem to accept that when you build their product base in a certain area. They then flood their tyres into your area. Thus breaking their promises.

The latest tyre company to do this was Yokohama tyres. We became dealers in the Halifax area. Accordingly, we sold thousands of their tyre products, including winter tyres. The next thing we knew. Yokohama were selling their tyres online at a highly discounted price.

We were not worried, because we also offer tyres online and could easily compete with the prices. However, it was the fact that a promise was broken that annoyed me. This brings me onto General tyres.

I was looking for another product to replace Yokohama. As a result we were approached by General tyres.

General  are Owned by Continental tyres and are therefore well respected, designed and manufactured, including the General Altimax Arctic.

https://www.pellontyres.co.uk/TyreSearch/Details/107138/General+Altimax+One+S
Eric Roberts is a keen blogger about all tyre subjects

Having some fun in my ’07 Civic LX riding on General Altimax Arctic snow tires. Awesome tyres, awesome price.
Let it snow!

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Continental Winter TS850 Tyres: TS 850 Best Handling BMW on Snow

Continental Winter TS850 Tyres

Continental Winter TS850 Tyres

Have made extensive in-roads into the perfect winter tyre. of course, I mean that are most suitable for the larger and sportier cars. Hence such as the BMW’s and Mercedes.

Continental are of course a German company. Thus, they are interlinked with the German tyre manufacturers. This is of course a natural thing to do. Mainly because of the close proximity to each other.

Therefore, it makes sense to cooperate with each other. Naturally, in the compatibility of interlinking products. Of course, this could be just seen as progress. Indeed it probably is.

Car design and manufacturing is a fast moving science. Therefore, tyres have to keep up with the pace. The tyres of yesteryear would be no good for the modern fast coupe. Of course that is produced in Germany.

Tyre buffs, only have to look at the Cont Contact range of tyres. Each new car that is developed, now requires a tyre to match. Continental have always been at the forefront of tyre development. This meets all the qualities of the large German car Manufacturers.

This tyre development also includes winter tyres. Germans and other Europeans have an urge to head for the ski resorts during winter time. This means that these large cars require tyres that will go down the Autobahn at over 100 MPH and then drive up mountains to reach the snow slopes.

This where the Continental Winter TS850 Tyres, come into their own. These tyres were tested by the German car magazine Auto Zeitung , the ContiWinterContact TS 850 defended its title and again finished best in test.

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Tyre/Details/Continental/Winter+Contact+TS+850+P

Michelin Formula One Bid-set to return in F1 starting 2017? What will Michelin do with BlackCircles?

Michelin Formula One Bid

Michelin F1 Bid

Michelin put forward their bid to be the sole tyre supply starting 2017. Read more about it

 

Michelin Formula One Bid looks to be on the cards

Pascal Couasnon. Has hinted on many occasions about the Michelin F1 bid. For this reason, their interest in making a bid. Hence, for the coveted supplier of tyres to the F1 racing series.

He does however. Want to make changes to the tyre sizes. Also to the way that the tyres are selected by the various F1 teams. it is very strongly rumoured. That the giant French tyre makers. Michelin have been testing F1 type tyres. Consequently, in the Le Mans race series. Thus, an event that comes very close to F1. The Le Mans series operate with similar cars and speeds, making it easy to test similar tyres with real-time racing conditions.

A Michelin F1 bid does look likely to be on the cards. Michelin race tyres are fitted to practically all other types of motorsport vehicles, but not at the moment F1, who are supplied by the Pirelli tyre company. Pirelli do seam to be fully committed and after a bumpy start with differing compound problems, appear to have come up with the correct formula.

In my opinion Pirelli will not want to give this prestigious position up. I believe that the Michelin F1 bid will have a battle on their hands when the competition for tyre supplier begins.

Michelin Formula One Bid;What will Michelin do with BlackCircles?

We at Pellon Tyres here in Halifax are at the moment a BlackCircles fitting station. We will shortly be reviewing the situation? The first point is that we are not getting the correct fitting charge for some of the vehicles that we are now getting in for their tyres fitting. To do a good and proper job we have to spend too much time for the fee that we are now getting, this is putting strain on our own customers, who are having to wait longer.

Also we believe that Michelin will be diverting the fitting jobs to ATS, their own retail tyre network. This would be a perfect and natural thing for them to do, but i feel that it would be time for the independent retailers to pull out, before they remove the plug and perhaps leave gaps in your business plan. These are just my own opinions but i feel that we should react on them.

Eric Roberts

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Tyre Industry Responsible for Poor Tyre Knowledge-Tread Reader on Twitter

Tyre Industry Responsible

tyre industry

Michelin survey: 36% of respondents unsure of legal min. tread depth; 62% don’t know the penalty for illegal tyres. pic.twitter.com/FceWAbI36i

This Tyre Industry Responsible survey does not surprise me at all?

Tyre are the last thing on most drivers minds, as drivers are still under financial pressures and the young drivers would rather buy expensive clothes or spend their money on a good night out.

Sometimes I think that we in the tyre industry moan too much about what the customer knows and should know?
I think that is a good idea to carry out tyre research and we all have to thank Michelin in this instance, but are the results really so surprising?
Many of us in the trade (and that includes me).  Are to blame for this. Over the years. We have constantly launched tyres at the public.Hence, most of the motorists today just see tyres as a consumer product, that they buy, when they are told that they need one.
Many people that read my blogs are in the tyre retail industry and this means that we can all relate to the same or similar problems. For some reason the tyre industry have failed to educate the public, in the safety aspect of their tyre products.
Each manufacturer brings out a new tyre and promotes it the same as skin cream or perfume, but never really explains exactly what a tyre is all about. Take a recent innovation, run-flat tyres. As far as I know they were just brought out and fitted to cars as original equipment. Nothing was explained what the tyre safety features were?

Tyre Industry Responsible

I remember the days when “features and benefits” were a buzz word in the tyre industry, but now it is more about market share. Would it have hurt the industry to put out information facts, in the press or on TV, even such programmes as “Top Gear”, could have done a piece about run-flat tyres. “New type of safety tyre will be coming out and be made by most of tyre manufacturers, will be arriving on some models of new cars”. Things like this would have educated the public as to why these tyres were very expensive.
We as tyre retailers, have all this to put up with?
To be truthful, we don’t really mind. Consequently, I do think that the tyre industry. Particularly, the manufacturers. Hence, should play a bigger part in helping to educate the motorists. Into what tyres are really about. Therefore, how they should be looked after more carefully. I am thinking about tyre pressures and how to check their tread depth.

tyre industry
Bald tyres like these that were changed on a very nice BMW really make me angry, but are now commonplace

We here at Pellon Tyres experience these problems on a daily occurrence.

Drivers have very busy lives and should be made more aware. Thus, of the importance of their tyres. Cars are getting bigger? I am thinking about SUV’s here, more and more young drivers including many ladies are now drivers.
Should we be targeting this age group and gender group, who are the drivers of the future?

Tyre Industry Responsible

It does concern me about the number of our customers who do not even know their tyre size. But worse of all the large number of tyres that we are removing that are worn down to the steel cords.
I do appreciate that we have now got Tyresafe working on this problem, but the tyre manufacturers are leaving all the hard work to the tyre retailers and most of them have staff that are not trained and in some cases know practically nothing about tyres, except how to fit them?
But that’s another story.
Eric Roberts

www.pellonautocentre.com/blog

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