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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.

Mobile Tire Installation Picks up Steam in Europe

Back in this column around two years ago, I reported on the increasing growth in mobile tire installation, or fitment, services throughout all European countries. This momentum continues to gather speed and interest.

Demand for All-Season Tires Grows in Europe

All over the world, people are talking about “climate change.” In Europe, this is hardly surprising, as over the last couple of years there has been some pretty erratic weather here.

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.)

Europe Plans Action Against Aging Tires and Unsafe Worn Tires

Over the last couple of years I have written about the ongoing campaign in the United Kingdom tire sector to place a total ban on aging tires, and in particular those over 10 years old fitted to buses and coaches. The campaign has been at least partially successful.

Flying Cars, High-Speed Winter Patterns and ‘Hobby’ Tires

Once again Europe’s annual and prestigious Geneva International Motor Show took place at the beginning of March in Geneva, Switzerland. The show has traditionally been an important promotional platform for leading “A” brand tire manufacturers to showcase their latest innovative products and progressive developments for the future.

A Profitable Future for Tire Retreading?

A number of influential retreaders firmly believe the future of successful and profitable tire retreading lies in being able to consistently provide an appealing value-added level of service.

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.