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European Notebook

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Europe is lacking in tire training
April 21, 2014

Europe is lacking in tire training  

Having worked in the global tire market for the past two decades I have seen a number of important innovations and developments which have continually enhanced how tires are manufactured, distributed and sold.

Tags: European notebook, John Stone, Sales training, Tire training

Innovative ideas make their debut at Tire Technology Expo 2014
March 28, 2014

Innovative ideas make their debut at Tire Technology Expo 2014  

It is widely recognized that Europe is one of the main hubs for leading innovative and futuristic technology when it comes to the tire industry. That is why Tire Technology Expo 2014, held in Cologne, Germany, in February is always a popular show for all sectors of the international market.

Tags: European notebook, John Stone, Tire Technology Expo

A unique dual concept of tire retreading and recycling for the future
February 11, 2014

A unique dual concept of tire retreading and recycling for the future  

There is no doubt that like most other continents, Europe is a consistent hive of productive activity. However, every now and then a really important technological advancement takes place with the potential to provide groundbreaking advantages for the worldwide tire market.

Tags: ContiLifeCycle, Continental AG, European notebook, John Stone, Recycling, retreading, truck tires

It s crystal ball time for future European tire sales
February 4, 2014

It's crystal ball time for future European tire sales  

At this time of year as we venture into yet another trading year in the European tire industry, thoughts naturally turn toward anticipated sales performance for 2014. Having taken a comprehensive look at what the analysts are predicting amidst streams of reports that flow like confetti, the simple answer is that in Europe the next 12 months seem to be clouded in equal amounts of uncertainty and optimism.

Tags: European notebook, John Stone

Young, carefree and clueless about tires!
January 6, 2014

Young, carefree and clueless about tires!  

Last month I covered the overall condition of tires being sold in Europe, so for this edition of MTD I want to look at the people who buy them -- yes drivers, and in particular the younger generation.

Tags: European notebook, John Stone, Young drivers

An age of indecision over new tires
November 4, 2013

An age of indecision over new tires  

The process of tire sales in Europe is quite straightforward in that drivers stop in at a tire retail center to buy a new tire when a current one is worn, which is a practice carried out all over the world. There is no doubt that customers always visit their local tire center begrudgingly, as it is generally known as a “distress purchase.”

Tags: European notebook, John Stone, Tire aging

All-season vs. winter tires
October 17, 2013

All-season vs. winter tires  

For over a decade now there has been a simmering undercurrent of debate in Europe over the merits and needs of winter tires. It is a tricky subject as parts of Northern Europe and Scandinavia predictably receive harsh winter conditions including heavy snowfall, so rugged winter tires are essential. In Southern Europe, however, wintry road conditions are a very rare occurrence.

Tags: All-Season Tires, European notebook, John Stone, Winter Tires

Could nitrogen become the new tire filler in Europe? That remains to be seen, although there are
September 16, 2013

Tire inflation wars!  

Although I have worked in the tire industry for the past 20 years and have seen how most markets operate around the world, I have to admit to never really taking much notice of what is pumped into a tire to inflate it.

Tags: European notebook, John Stone, Nitrogen

A European perspective on a ‘hidden profit booster’ in every tire center
August 13, 2013

A European perspective on a ‘hidden profit booster’ in every tire center  

When we talk about the tire industry, the most common points of debate seem to hover around sales and pattern design and how different manufacturers come up with new innovative benefits to make their tires more appealing than their competitors’.

Tags: Alignment, European notebook, John Stone

Poor tire maintenance is a real concern in Europe
July 25, 2013

Poor tire maintenance is a real concern in Europe  

A low standard of care and maintenance has recently been cited in Europe as the primary reason for the early replacement of truck tires right across the continent. No doubt this is a global problem, but it never ceases to amaze me how European fleet operators seem to willingly “leak” unnecessarily increasing truck operating costs at a staggering level.

Tags: European notebook, John Stone, Tire Maintenance, Truck Fleets

Driving blind on ‘duff’ tires
June 14, 2013

Driving blind on ‘duff’ tires  

As we all know throughout the world a great deal of skill goes into the manufacture of modern car tires followed by extensive marketing and sales promotions to encourage drivers to buy a particular brand.

Tags: Bridgestone Corp., European notebook, John Stone, Used tires, Worn tires

Used tire sales are a thorn in the side of Europe!
May 22, 2013

Used tire sales are a thorn in the side of Europe!  

They have been a major problem within the European tire industry for years now and even with the many technological innovations in tire manufacturing and tighter legislation such as tire labeling that have taken place over the years they simply will not go away.

Tags: European notebook, John Stone, Part-worn tires, Used tires

Bridgestone officials launched the company’s Large and Narrow concept tire to members of the
April 23, 2013

An electric future for tires in Europe  

In the past couple of months I have attended several tire and automotive shows in Europe which has given me a good insight into what is happening at the moment. It would be fair to say that there are a number of producers currently embarking on exciting developments for the future.

Tags: Bridgestone Corp., Going green, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., John Stone

An unconvincing reception for tire labeling in Europe
March 21, 2013

An unconvincing reception for tire labeling in Europe  

When the new tire legislation was introduced in Europe and the UK back in November 2012 the ruling came into effect with expectations that having informative labels on all new tires would be a positive move.

Tags: European notebook, John Stone, Tire labeling

Getting a safe grip on the European winter
February 14, 2013

Getting a safe grip on the European winter  

With weather patterns around the world getting even more unpredictable, European winters have become harsher and more extreme in the past couple of years. It is therefore hardly surprising that there has been a significant increase in calls for winter tires to be used not just in Europe, but in the UK as well.

Tags: European notebook, John Stone, Winter Tires

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