Articles Tagged with ''European Notebook''

Good Help Is Hard to Find in Europe, Too

Good Help Is Hard to Find in Europe, Too

Locating qualified service technicians is an ongoing concern in Europe, just as it is in North America. I am aware of many of the apprenticeship programs that are currently on offer in the United States and Canada. However, I am reliably informed that these programs are not being embraced by workers as much as expected.
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TPMS on Commercial Tires Will be Standard by 2022

TPMS on Commercial Tires Will be Standard by 2022

In this month’s column I want to talk about the rising success and relevance of the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) throughout Europe. TPMS is probably not high on the list of priorities for drivers, but having been installed in all new cars for a number of years now over here, the system is definitely proving to be a vital piece of equipment that aids driving safety. (In the U.S., tire pressure monitoring systems have been standard on all light vehicles since the 2008 model year.)
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Saturation Point Danger for Tire Shows in Europe

Saturation Point Danger for Tire Shows in Europe

With the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show due to take place this month in Las Vegas, which has to be one of (if not the) largest of its kind in the world, I thought it was the perfect time to take a step back and get an overall picture of what is currently happening in the tire show arena in Europe.
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An Insight into Tires and Their Problems in Europe

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.
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The Aging Tire Battle Gets Closer to Victory in Europe

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.
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The Brexit Cloud Continues to Dominate the European Tire Market

The Brexit Cloud Continues to Dominate the European Tire Market

As I write this article, America is deciding on its next president after what I’m sure everyone agrees has been a long period of campaigning and arguments. In Europe as well there has been a recent period of debated uncertainty as it is now almost six months since the UK population decided by an extremely narrow 52% to 48% majority to leave the European Union.
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A New Level of Urgency Over Tire Safety

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.
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Used Tire Problems Continue in Europe

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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TyreAware Campaign Rolls Out Across Europe

TyreAware Campaign Rolls Out Across Europe

Tire manufacturers from around the world have long been criticized for not paying enough attention toward how their products are presented and sold to the end user by tire dealers. However, recently I have heard about an enterprising scheme in Europe that just may change this perception and attitude in the future.
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