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Winter tyres rush-Massive Push for Winter Tyres

Winter tyres rush


Massive Winter tyres rush

This past few weeks has been hectic to say the least. I think that one of the contributors to this.Was the front page warning of a cold and  snowy weather here in Britain. To arrive over the next six weeks.Consequently, as my readers well know. I am always advocating the need for drivers to fit winter tyres. Of course, onto their cars in November,

Winter tyres rush

Nissan Terrano having 4 Yokohama winter tyres

 

Winter tyres rush

Honda CV having 4 Dunlop Grandtrek tyres fitted

 A popular request was for Nokian Winter Tyres but my customers in Halifax thought they were a bit on the expensive side and so went for our favourite winter tyres, the General Winters.

Winter tyres rush

Of course, we have been selling and stocking Yokohama tyres now for three years. Therefore, we are very pleased at the quality of the products and the competitiveness of the prices.

I have decided to do a sort of collage of some of the cars that have had winter tyres fitted in the past Winter tyres rush weeks, just out of interest really.

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. Of course, I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. Consequently,I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days. Thus, before starting my first business. Naturally, I now own a garage and MOT testing centre.Here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. Now blogging about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes.naturally, are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

Winter tyres rush

Citroen Xsara Picasso having a Winter tyres rush buying 4 Yokohama winter tyres fitted

Yokohama Winter Tyres- A set of 4 for this Land Rover Freelander GS TD 4


This winter is becoming one of the best years for our customers buying their first set of winter tyres.(Yokohama Winter Tyres)

It is probably due to the fact that we have had a run of cold snowy winters over the past three or four years and the need for winter tyres are slowly sinking in. We also have a large Polish community in the Halifax area, where my tyre-centre is situated and they are familiar with the need for winter tyres, in fact I think it may now be compulsory in Poland to fit winter tyres from November to march, the same as some other European countries.

Yokohama Winter Tyres

Freelander with its new set of winter tyres

Which winter tyres ?

We have found over the years that as an independent tyre retailer, most customers think in two ways, either they know exactly what they want, or they will take our recommendations as to which brand and at what price to pay for their tyres. The majority of our customers come to us on word of mouth recommendations, or because they have received good service in the past, we know this because we do not advertise as such, only through social media sites and internet directories. In the past when our profit margins were higher we would regularly take out full page ads in the local papers, costing us an arm and a leg, we never really knew if the ads paid off or not.Yokohama Winter Tyres

We have and still do sell many different brands of tyres including winter tyres. In the past two years we have been able to buy our tyres from the major tyre companies because we are a member of a buying group known as Point-S tyres. We were very happy to open an account with Yokohama Winter Tyres from Japan, because we knew from experience that this company made excellent tyres, including winter tyres. This will be our third year selling Yokohama winter tyres and we are pleased with the very good response we had from the drivers who have experienced these tyres in winter conditions. The Halifax area is very hilly, we are in the foothills of the Pennine mountain range and therefore we have very tricky roads, especially in winter snowy conditions.

The latest car to arrive for a set of four Yokohama Winter Tyres was a Land Rover-Freelander 2-GS-TD4. This nice looking car had a set of four 235/65R17 108H Yokohama W Winter tyres. It’s great when you love the job that you are doing and can write about it in our company blog.

Yokohama Winter Tyres

Yokohama winter tyres

Article written by Eric Roberts …www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

MICHELIN WINTER TYRES – BMW M5 Calls in at Pellon Tyres for a new set


BMW M5 Comes In For a New Set of MICHELIN WINTER TYRES

As the owner of a Tyre centre here in Halifax Yorkshire UK, I am always pleased to see what I would call a special car call in for some servicing or repairs and also for some new tyres. This particular car was a BMW M5 in silver, the guy had heard about how good Michelin winter tyres were,especially Michelin Alpin Winter tyres were and so called into the depot and spoke to my son Aaron.

MICHELIN WINTER TYRES

BMW M5 with its new MICHELIN WINTER TYRES fitted

Apparently these tyres were like gold to get hold of so the guy thought that he would give us a try after he was let down by one of the larger tyre companies, who said that they could get the tyres but after a few weeks. Eventually they admitted that the tyres were unavailable and so he came to us to give us a chance to find the tyres for his M5.

The tyres he wanted were 295/30R20 and 265/35R20 Michelin Alpin winter tyres. One of the problems was the fact that this M5 was fitted with 20inch wheels and not 18 or 19 inch wheels. However we knew that the Michelin winter tyres were available in Germany and because we are a member of a tyre dealer group known as Point-S tyres, we were able to contact a German tyre company who were able to supply us with the Michelin Tyres.

The guy was very pleased with our detective work and Aaron promptly ordered the tyres. They arrived in four days and the guy brought his car in to us for the Michelin winter tyres fitting. The guy is a business man who often travels to Europe and was recommended to buy the Michelin winter tyres for his BMW, as Michelin had put many hours of research and development into the building of these tyres to compliment the BMW M5.

If you own such a car as an M5 only use the recommended winter tyres for that car

In my opinion tyres play a great importance to the car, especially when it comes to high performance cars like this BMW M5. Companies like Michelin Tyres put many hours into developing the right tyres for the right car. Michelin use their great expertise into their racing tyre division and into supplying tyres in massive racing events such as Le -Mans 24 hour’s race in France. All the expertise and development that Michelin gain in these events will be used in developing tyre products for companies like BMW and Mercedes, to be used on their premium cars.

To finalise I would totally recommend that if you are the owner of such a car, then you should stick to the tyres that are on the car from new and when buying winter tyres only use tyres that have been proven for your model, as our customer did on his BMW M5.Michelin winter tyres

Article by Eric Roberts..member of Tyresafe.org

Nokian Tyres Hakkapeliitta Nine-Selected for Popular Science Best of What’s New Award / Nokian Tyres

Nokian Tyres Hakkapeliitta Nine

Nokian Tyres Hakkapeliitta Nine

Nokian Tyres Hakkapeliitta Nine

In years gone by, then winter tyres were made to look like tough tyres that gripped in snow. However, these tyres were probably made from the same materials as summer tyres. Older drivers amongst us have many concerns about the effectiveness of winter tyres. Hence some consumers think that these type of tyres wear quicker and may degrade at a faster rate than that of a normal car tyres.

As a result, it depends on your priorities, winter tyres are actually more expensive too. In my opinion then it is far better to be safer and spend a little more money than If you were to go skidding off the road. Hence, we just cannot compromise when it comes to the safety of your family. Yes, these tyres are expensive but if you were to buy some at the very beginning of winter you can get some really good deals. For example, here at Pellon Tyres in Halifax, Yorkshire, UK. So, we have a few last years stock for sale at reduced prices?

Nokian Tyres Hakkapeliitta Nine-Winter tyres have special compounds

Nowadays, Winter tyres are made from special compounds. Consequently, that work best at temperatures of 7 degrees or less. Most of the UK experiences temperatures below this between November and March. In particularly cold years we can usually expect frost on almost half the days of winter. When you have winters fitted to your vehicle, your stopping distance can be shortened by up to 30 feet on icy roads. of course,your safety and vehicle’s handling will be greatly improved. So, reducing the risk of skidding, aquaplaning or sliding.

Tyre manufacturers are always striving  to make better winter tyre products.So, go with the rule that the newer the type of tyre then the better it will be when you fit your new tyres. Tyre manufacturers are always working with the car makers to come up with a better tyre product. Therefore, year after year we are seeing better tyres. Including winter tyres. This is down to the fact that the technology that designs the tyres these days are constantly advancing and evolving. Meaning that the latest tyres will always be the safest and most road worthy.

Nokian Tyres are no exception to this rule. Constantly striving to make a better tyre product. new innovations include better tyre designs for newer types of vehicles. Including SUV’s and Crossover vehicles. hence, the tyres for these vehicle are designed to maximise traction on icy and snow covered roads.I can remember the first recent bad winter coincided with the advent of the SUV’s from BMW in particular. These cars were sliding all over the place and useless in the winter weather.

Nokian Tyres Hakkapeliitta Nine-Best fitted in early November

People were really panicking ? Winter tyres were difficult to get hold of. Most of the allocations were taken up and tyre dealers wanted silly prices due to the panic. When you first start to use snow tyres, you should understand when the best time is to put these on your motor vehicle.So,the usual rule is to have them fitted to the car before the first predicted snow fall of the year.  I usually fit the winter car tyres in early November.

Safe driving is really important during winter, and in addition to fitting winter tyres to your car, there are other ways to improve your driving during the colder months:
Winter tyres are essential when preparing to drive in ice conditions. The winter tyre (also known as the snow tyre) can protect you in those unexpected times when you get caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. Indeed I can remember when I took my family to Chester zoo. It was a beautiful sunny winters day. later that afternoon we sat off back home to Yorkshire.

So, as we approached the Pennine hills on our way home, the sky became blacker and blacker.Never suspecting an imminent blizzard, I decided to take a short cut across some minor roads as we headed home. Of course, the snow began to fall? my kids were very excited at the thought of playing out in the horrible white stuff. Blizzard condition ensued. At the time we had a Toyota mini bus and the roads soon filled with snow. As a result I could feel the rear wheeled drive Toyota slipping on the packed snow.

Nokian Tyres Hakkapeliitta Nine-Better designed tread pattern

Fortunately , I practice what I preach and had fitted a set of general winter tyres to the minibus, just a few weeks before. I knew that all I had to do was to drive carefully and the winter tyre would do the rest. Sure enough they helped me get home when many other vehicles became stranded in the snowy conditions.

In my eyes this was the “proof of the pudding” . Giving me even more enthusiasm when talking to my customers about the benefit of fitting winter tyres.

This experience proves that In winter, the condition and performance of your tyres is extremely important. Winter tyres have a specially designed tread and composition. So, in order to provide the most effective grip, handling and safety for drivers. It’s an excellent idea, therefore, to change to specialist tyres to improve your winter driving. Increase your fuel efficiency. Ensuring the safety of you and your passengers during the winter months.

Because of the fact that Nokian tyres are constant tyre test winners with their winter tyre products. Then we at Pellon Tyres can only endorse them as probably the best ones that you can buy to keep your family safe? just in case you get caught out in the wrong place. As me and my family did returning from a sunny Chester Zoo.

Eric Roberts.

Toyota Yaris Clutch Problem

Source: Nokian Tyres’ Hakkapeliitta 9 selected for Popular Science Best of What’s New Award / Nokian Tyres

Hankook Tyres-launches 4 HP tyres

Tire Review SEMA/AAPEX 2013: Hankook tyres launches 4 HP tires Tire Business The company unveiled the four tires—three in the Ventus line and one in the Dynapro line—during a press conference at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in…

Hankook Tyres  .Are based in South Korea and was founded in 1941 but then it was known as the Chosun tyre company. The company name that we know today as Hankook tyre was introduced in 1968.

The Hankook tyres company now sells its tyre products to many of the Worlds car manufacturers and is catching up with the leading tyre companies because of the quality of its tyre products and the quality of its tyres that are now known Worldwide. Hankook tyres are now the 7th largest tyre company in the World, and are now one of the fastest growing tyre companies.

One of the reasons has been the involvement in the field of motorsports, offering its tyre products for many motorsport racing events. Hankook  are proud to produce products high-quality and performance vehicles and not just for passenger cars but also for 4×4 vehicles and SUVs as well as for trucks. Some of the car makers that Hankook  supply are the massive car manufacturers such as Toyota, Ford and General Motors. This means that when a tyre company supply them for the original equipment cars, then they can look forward to a fair size chunk of the replacement tyre market in a couple of years when the first ones need replacing.

This is one of the reasons why Hankook  have set up distribution centres in many of the tyre market countries in the World including here in the UK. They have also built new manufacturing plants in China and the USA (Tennessee), they are shortly going to open a new $1 billion tyre manufacturing plant in Indonesia (West Java) to help cope with the huge estimated demand for its tyre products. It is estimated that Hankook will be producing well over 50 million  each year along with other auto products that they see such as brake pads, batteries and alloy wheels for the aftermarket.

Pellon tyres recently became tyre stockists for recently became tyre stockists for Hankook tyres when they became a member of point-S, a buying group with depots located all across Europe and now in the UK and the USA when they became a member of point-S, a buying group with depots located all across Europe and now in the UK and the USA. “Point-S has enabled us to buy from the leading manufacturers, where before we were too small as a single independent to interest the huge tyre companies, now as part of this group they are” .

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Point-S depot in Holland selling Hankook tyres

Eric Roberts

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Hankook Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk  by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

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Selected In Asia / Pacific

Yokohama car Tyres to exhibit at Tokyo Motor Show – Tyre Business

Yokohama car Tyres to exhibit at Tokyo Motor Show Tire Business The tire maker said its exhibit will introduce the company’s concept of “The Science of Tire Grip Performance,” and highlight its “advanced technological capabilities and its corporate…

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Yokohama car Tyres

Yokohama car Tyres are probably one of the most forward thinking tyre companies in the World. One of the ways that the company will show of its prowess will be to exhibit through a stand at the Tokyo Motor Show.

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Yokohama Advan F4 racing tyres

 

The company will demonstrate to car drivers. On how it strives to create a better tyre grip. So, on all its tyre products and all its tyre categories. Yokohama Japan have also been striving and succeeding in the development of lighter fuel efficient tyres. Subsequently, by the use of new compounds combined with new materials. Such as the addition of “orange oil”. Yes Yokohama car Tyresorange oil! Yokohama car Tyres has been using this as an alternative to petroleum based oils for over 20 years. The first Yokohama UK tyres to use this were in a compound used for racing car tyre slicks (these are tyres that have no tread, for use on dry race circuits to give more grip and for a softer compound), the orange oil helps the tyre to become sticky when they get heated up to give more traction.

More reading… http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/alternative-fuel/news/the-science-behind-yokohamas-orange-oil-tires-8146348

Yokohama car Tyres is also developing a new tyre that will grip on ice, without the help of studs, very useful in the very cold countries that normally have to rely on studded tyres. The booth will be well worth visiting and will include a concept car that is an electric car, to show off some of the new technologies, including its own super light tyres known as “fin tyres” that reduce air drag and help control the cars air drag by reducing it.

Eric Roberts...www.pellonautocentre.com

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years.

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Infinity Tyres-Receives UK TAFF Award – Tire Review

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Infinity Tyres Receives UK TAFF Award

Tire Review

“On behalf of everyone at Infinity Tyres, we are delighted and honored to receive this award,” said Harjeev Kandhari, executive director of the global Al Dobowi Group.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Infinity tyres trying to become a mid-range tyre?

Infinity tyres are definitely going places they are following in the footsteps of other mid-range tyre companies such as Kumho and Hankook by taking part in motorsports events. In my opinion the Infinity Tyres product is a good tyre, but they are still sold as a cheap tyre, in other words a budget tyre.

Tyre companies historically would own a second brand that would be sold as budget tyre, but with the advent of the Eastern tyre companies from China Infinity Tyresand South Korea the competition has become tougher for the main tyre brands and names such as Kumho and Hankook are coming to the forefront due to money spent on promotions and the backing of motorsport to promote there tyres, which is now paying off and companies such as Infinity tyres are improving their products and are pushing the big tyre companies for market share.

We are Infinity tyre dealers in the Halifax area of the UK and they are an excellent product, they are imported into the UK by Bond International, who have done a great marketing job at promoting the Infinity product.

Written by Eric Roberts… member of Point-S

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

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Goodyear Vectra 4 Seasons-Winter tyres


Goodyear Vectra 4 Seasons Winter tyres fitted to Jeep PatriotGoodyear Vectra

This time of year we are starting to fit Winter tyres. In the month leading to winter, October/November is the time leading up to much colder weather here in the North of the UK. The days are getting shorter and the nights longer and colder.

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Jeep Patriot having 4 new Goodyear Vectra 4 seasons tyres fitted

In the past three years we have had worse weather than normal, with very heavy snow falls, not as bad as some countries but enough to warrant drivers fitting winter and all season tyres to their cars. The trend in the past few years has been to fit winter tyres, especially in the hillier district of Northern England. Our Scottish friends have been fitting winter tyres for many years now, because they can be virtually certain of having some snow falls all throughout the winter months.

Here in England we have had a run of mild wet winters, I can even remember one year when roses were blooming at Christmas time. But for the time being we have been having much colder winters similar to Continental Europe when the wind has come from the East, from a very cold Russia. On the Saturday morning we had a particularly busy day fitting winter tyres to most cars that came in to my depot in Halifax UK. We also fitted a few different brands, which is always nice to see. Not all our customers go for cheap budget tyres, and some drivers prefer the leading brands.

Saturday was a Pirelli  sales day, everything we sold seemed to be these two brands. One car that caught my eye was a Jeep Patriot, who was having an oil and filter change and four tyres fitted. The tyres were 215/60R17 Goodyear Vectra 4 seasons. These tyres are in fact what it says on the tin, they are not full blown winter tyres but are developed by Goodyear tyres as all the year round tyres.

Goodyear Vectra Winter Tyres-4 Seasons had a good write up from top German Car magazine Auto-Bild

This tyre has had good revues from the German Motor magazine Auto Bild they said that…”     “Top class all season tire. Well balanced and safe on snow, short braking distances on wet, high safety reserves on aquaplaning. Quiet and comfortable, low rolling resistance.” …http://www.autobild.de/

Goodyear Vectra

Checking the oil level after oil and filter change

The oil was changed and the tyres were fitted and the customer with the Jeep went on his way.

Article by Eric Roberts

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Goodyear Winter Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk  by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Goodyear tyres award-All started With Charles Goodyear in the USA.

Goodyear tyres awardGoodyear tyres award

All started by Charles Goodyear in the USA.

Goodyear Tyre Company had its seeds with Inventor Charles Goodyear in 1834. Charles first invented a tyre valve, but was unable to impress any other business with his invention and could not get financial backing. Goodyear tried for many years to transform the smelly gum that came from Brazil, into any kind of rubber product. He desperately needed a powder that would soak up the wetness of the rubber.

He was getting very desperate and one day bumped into a boyhood friend who had a small amount of capital to invest in Goodyear’s experiments. He started using magnesium as a drying agent for the rubber and with the help of his family made hundreds of pairs of waterproof overshoes; I suppose they were similar to the ones that we get today for gardening. The problem came with the summer heat, before he could put them on the market and sell them; the whole lot melted because of the heat, the family were devastated.

Undeterred he carried on with his experiments  and started to add quicklime and magnesium and also boiling the mixture, his endeavors were getting   closer and closer to the rubber that he wanted. Charles was then making rubber ornaments and started to paint them and decorate them in any way he could. One day he was trying to clean the paint of one of his pieces with nitric acid and later discovered that the acid had affected the rubber making it turn black and smoother, this was the best rubber he had ever made.  

After several more years of failure and wasted backers money Goodyear was no further on. He couldn’t get the process of “vulcanisation” and all his work kept melting in the heat. Goodyear tyres awardCharles became destitute and for the next years suffered many setbacks in his life.

He carried on with his experiments and finally achieved his best result when he applied steam, under pressure for up to six hours at a temperature of  about 270 degrees F. This was his best rubber mix yet and his wealthy brother in law became interested in Goodyear tyres award product to use in his textile mills making shirts using the rubber on the ruffles made for “dandies”. This sparked off a great demand for rubber products.

At the time Goodyear could have become a millionaire, but he was still more interested in making other products from his new found invention. Rubber was to become what plastic is today. Go0dyear eventually died in 1860 in poverty, but later the loyalties from his rubber products kept his family in relative comfort…More Reading… http://www.goodyear.com/corporate/history/history_story.html

Charles Goodyear not related to the Goodyear tyres and rubber company.

The Goodyear Car Tyres company had nothing to do with Charles Goodyear but continued to grow into one of the largest tyre companies in the world. The rubber industry will be employing over 300,000 people in the USA alone.

Goodyear tyres award in my opinion is truly a great company and has received many honours in its time for product innovation creating over 324 inventions between 2010 and 2012. Because of this they have been awarded the prestigious accolade of being one of the top innovators, by Thomson Reuters…http://thomsonreuters.com/. Truly a worthy tribute to a great tyre company.

Article by Eric Roberts

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Goodyear Tyres Online from our website  by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Continental tyres boost-high-performance tyres at Korbach plant – RubberNews.com

Continental tyres boost

Continental tyres boost

Continental tyres boost high-performance tires at Korbach plant

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KORBACH, Germany—Continental A.G.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Continental tyres keep on moving forward

This is just one of the expansion plans and is a Continental tyres boost for the giant tyre company of Continental.The Continental Car Tyres company and all its subsidiaries have leaped ahead of most of its

Continental Seal tyres protect the tyre from nail penetrations like this onecompetitors in recent years due to some innovative new products such as the “Seal Tyres” that contain a protective layer of sealant made of polymers, that stop the tyre from deflating when penetrated by a screw or a nail.

Continental tyre Sport ContactsThe protective layer is inside the Seal tyres,  just underneath the tread area. Other products to giva a Continental tyres boost include “runflat technology” and new tyres that are greener and lighter to save on emissions for new EV and electric vehicles, altogether an impressive portfolio of products.

Continental tyres boost their market share by continuously adding new tyre products to their range. One of their latest tyre products is a new winter tyre the TS850. 

Eric Roberts…www.pellonautocentre.com

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. Working for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days. Hence, before starting my first business. Consequently,I now own a garage and MOT testing centre. Locally, here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. As a result, I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars. Including, their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes . Also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

Eric Roberts

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