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An Insight into Tires and Their Problems in Europe

The National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA) recently held its annual conference, which, although traditionally staged in the UK, represents the ongoing current issues in the tire industry throughout Europe (at least until the Brexit negotiations are completed) and attracts an extensive and diverse range of delegates.

3D scans of a tire’s tread can be viewed on a tablet, mobile phone or PC through a special TreadReader app.
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A New ‘Groundbreaking’ Development in Tire Tread Measurement

All over the world, making sure that vehicles maintain a legal limit in tire tread continues to be a constant problem, with tire dealers taking valuable time to measure customers’ tires. In Europe there is an ongoing crusade to find a piece of equipment which is light and easy to use that ensures a swift turnaround of tire checks in dealerships and garages.

The 19-year-old tire after the deadly blowout.
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The Aging Tire Battle Gets Closer to Victory in Europe

Back in March 2016, I wrote about the ongoing battle with dangerous and part-worn tires in Europe. I highlighted a particular case in which a 19-year-old tire was fitted to a coach that had a blowout and crashed in the UK in 2012, killing three teenagers. The mother of one of the fatally injured youngsters, Frances Molly, was in the middle of a long and determined campaign to ban all tires over the age of 10 years old.

The new ECUBE service unit is used to help tire dealers perform on-road service calls.
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A New Era Dawns for Mobile Tire Fitting in Europe

The season of tire and automotive shows is now in full swing across Europe and the general feeling in the market is that there are now far too many events for competitive companies to either exhibit in or visit.

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A Worrying Aspect of TPMS Innovation

To say that over the past few years tire safety has become one of the most important (and some would say, very focused) aspects of the market in Europe would be a complete understatement.

The Bridgestone Europe headquarters in Zaventem.
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Bridgestone in Europe! Building on Continued Success

As I am sure all MTD readers can appreciate, Europe is currently in the grip of a number of significant business trading changes including a fluctuating economy and the very real prospect of the UK market eventually leaving the European Union.

Falken Tyre Europe exhibited for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland.
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Innovative Tires and More: Manufacturers Speak Out at the Geneva Motor Show

The annual Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland is primarily a high profile car show presenting the very latest automotive technical advancements. It is also increasingly becoming a popular event in terms of tomorrow’s tire innovations, and once again most of Europe’s leading tire manufacturers were exhibiting this year.

Conference speaker Stefan Hay is the NTDA chief executive.
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A New Level of Urgency Over Tire Safety

Every year the UK-based National Tyre Dealers Association (NTDA) holds its enthusiastically attended conference which from experience I have always considered to be a reliable measure of what is happening in the tire industry — not just in the UK but throughout Europe as the two markets are closely linked.

This tire dump in Kuwait may be the world’s largest.
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Used Tire Problems Continue in Europe

It would be true to say that Europe has something of a tire crisis at the moment. No, it has nothing to do with inexpensive Chinese imports or, in fact, new tire prices. The main problem right now is trying to ensure the tires on drivers’ vehicles are actually fit for purpose.

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