Bartec USA LLC’s new Tech200Pro diagnostic tool incorporates TPMS sensor testing and activation, tread depth measurement and tire pressure checks.
This is the sixth in a series of reports about the Reifen 2014 International Trade Fair from esteemed international journalist John Stone. The event is being held in Essen, Germany, May 27-30.
Stone, who writes European Notebook for Modern Tire Dealer, wrote previews in his inimitable British style until the show began. This is his report on Day Two of the show.
On the second day of the Reifen show, the weather has improved and attendance has been very strong, with most exhibitors reporting a refreshing amount of interest being shown by visitors toward their products. Some companies are even suggesting that they have been surprised by the number of orders being confirmed this early in the show.
Today, on behalf of MTD, I have had three very successful meetings/interviews with Hunter Engineering, Triangle Tyre and point S Group, and obtained exclusive reports on the company's objectives for being at the show.
At Hunter, I spoke with Pete Liebetreu, senior product manager, who is based at the company's headquarters in St Louis and is at the show to oversee Hunter's European debut of two new products, which were originally launched at the SEMA Show in Vegas last November.
1. Hunter's New Revelation tire changer has already a lot of attention at the booth with ongoing demonstrations on its smooth and accurate operation impressing an increasing amount of visitors.
2. At the same time, the new Hunter Truck Alignment system, which incorporates a special six sensor rolling compensation facility, is going to 'break new ground' in the industry through its ability to significantly reduce alignment set-up times for trucks.
Over at the Triangle booth (pictured), I chatted with Jenner Powell, vice president of marketing, who explained that the Shanghai-based tire manufacturer is using the show to underline the company's acceleration into becoming a real global tire player, and I will be attending a special press conference this evening when more important details will be released on this project. I will be covering another update on Triangle in tomorrow's report.
Finally at point S, Fabien Bouquet, deputy managing director, explained that with Germany being the company's largest member country throughout Europe, it is essential that point S has a strong presence at the show. Also on display were the concept design for point S's new third generation tire pattern of their own house brand, which will be introduced in January 2015.
Taking everything into consideration, it has been a very interesting day at the show, and it will be interesting to see what tomorrow brings.
To read Stone's previous reports on Reifen 2014, check out these links:
Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. has completed its $93 million purchase of a 65% interest in China-based Qingdao Ge Rui Da Rubber Co. Ltd.
The WildPeak H/T01A 2 by Falken Tire Corp. is the original equipment tire fitment on the 2017 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk.
The Philips D5S Xenon HID (high intensity discharge) bulb from Lumileds is available as an aftermarket replacement.
Meineke Car Care Centers LLC, a division of Driven Brands Inc., is promising consumers peace of mind and freedom from vehicle maintenance concerns with a new plug-in technology, the Meineke Revvy.
Michelin North America Inc. has ended its mobile tire installation service experiment, Michelin OnSite. The tire maker shelved the program earlier this month.
On May 18, 2016, the Department of Labor’s final rule updating the overtime regulations was published by President Barack Obama and Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez. The ruling automatically extended overtime pay protections to more than 4 million workers within the first year of implementation.
Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.’s vice president and treasurer will participate in the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Leveraged Finance Conference on Nov. 29.
Omni United (S) Pte. Ltd. has been recognized as one of the top companies in Singapore with its 10th place standing in the 2016 Enterprise 50 (E50) Awards program.
American Tire Distributors Inc.’s Tire Pros franchise is partnering with Independent We Stand to support Small Business Saturday on Nov. 26. To help drive traffic to member stores, Tire Pros is offering a consumer rebate on General brand passenger and light truck tires.
The New Jersey Assembly has left no doubt as to its view on unsafe used tires. By a vote of 72-0 on Nov. 21, it unanimously passed legislation to prohibit the sale of unsafe used tires that pose a risk to New Jersey motorists and the public.
Centric Parts’ StopTech division has been named supplier of the year by Turn14 Distribution Inc.
TBC Corp. has relocated a Tire Kingdom Service Center outlet in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The eight-bay store is one of more than 180 Tire Kingdom locations throughout Florida.
The organizers of the China International Tire Expo (CITEXPO) have set a new date for the 2017 event: August 21, 22, and 23.