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Locking Wheel-Nut Problem-BMW garage quotes extortionate price to remove locking wheel-nuts?

Locking Wheel-Nut Problem

Locking Wheel-Nut Problem; It is easy see that the big main dealer garages, have much larger overheads than a small garage like my own, here at Pellon Auto-centre, in Halifax UK. Probably all of us small garage owners have heard horror stories from our customers about the charges that main dealer garages charge their customers.

We have heard of a couple recently? One was a lady customer who was charged £700 for a standard service on her Audi. The garage was, of course, an Audi garage, and she was threatened with the old story of, “if you have your car serviced elsewhere, it would cancel the cars warranty”

Locking Wheel-Nut Problem

315-35R20 Bridgestone Runflat BMW X5 tyre

We all know that this is not true. Going back to the lady customer, I asked if I could see the garages invoice because we all know that there could have been add-ons, such as other parts. This does sometimes put up the price of a service. But no the bill was for a service and service alone. I did notice that washing the car was extra, and a few other extras totted the bill up-to-the £700 that she paid.

The lady has been one of our customers ever since and all the rest of the family now bring their car problems into us. The most recent price shock came from the BMW garage. A tyre customer of ours asked the BMW garage to change his winter tyres back to his summer tyres. His car was in for some warranty work. He thought that he would ask them “just to change the tyres whilst they had the wheels off “, The BMW garage agreed but later in the morning phoned our customer with a locking wheel nut problem? The locking wheel nut tool was missing and they could not remove the locking wheel nuts.

The shock came when they explained that the job was going to be difficult and it would cost them a whopping £500 to remove the lockers and supply a new set? WOW

The terrified customer rang Deb our depot manager? Deb told her to get the car and we worked out that the job was going to be £54. The BMW came in and Ryan removed the lockers in 10 minutes, with no problem, like many other small garages we have invested in a special tool that helps us to remove the wheel nuts on 90% of vehicles.

Ryan also noticed that one of the summer tyres to be re-fitted had a nail in the shoulder area of the tyre. The Bridgestone tyres were special run-flat tyres that

Locking Wheel-Nut Problem

BMW X5 with locking wheel nut issues

were specific to this particular BMW X5 model. This BMW comes with the  i-Drive System. On this vehicle, the tyres must be of the same tread depth, on the same axle or this interferes with the cars drive system and handling.

The Bridgestone run-flat tyres are marked with a star on the sidewall. This star denotes that these are the correct tyres for this specific BMW car.

The customer paid a total of £640 for the Locking Wheel-Nut Problem solving and two new tyres fitting. There must be a moral in this story somewhere?

225-45R17 Summer Tyre-Used in ADAC (Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club) tyre tests

225-45R17 Summer Tyre

These tyre tests are considered to be one of the most accurate and dependable tyre tests in the world. The ADAC is the German version of our RAC or AA. The testing is carried out and the results are compiled into data, rather than just a scoring method.

225-45R17 Summer Tyre

Continental racing tyres are one of the reasons why their tyres are number one in road testing.

It was no surprise to me that the Continental Sport Contact 5 tyre, once again came out the top tyre in a combination of all the testing data. Continental have also picked up more points in the tread wear part of the testing, and will be very difficult to beat in future tests.

New versions of tyres made by Michelin, Dunlop and Goodyear were not in the tests this year, but I still feel confident that Continental, with their 225-45R17 Summer Tyre, will be the top tyre for a few years to come.

225-45R17 Summer Tyre

This excites me because here at Pellon Tyres in Halifax UK, we are Continental stockists are also great fans of General tyres, one of the Continental owned brands that use the same quality ingredients to make both types of tyres. The fact that they are made by Continental gives us great confidence when we offer the very popular tyre size of the 225-45R17 Summer Tyre, to our customers, we know that they are the from the same factories and made from the same tyre materials and compounds.

Another brand that we offer in Halifax is the Apollo tyre brand of Vredestein tyres. Apollo-Vredestein came fourth behind third-place Pirelli tyres.

Michelin came in ninth place overall. There is no doubt at all that Michelin were very disappointed with the result.

  • The total tyre results for the winner of the 225-45R17 Summer Tyre, was the Continental scoring the following points-
  • Dry conditions 9.6
  • Wet Conditions 8.2
  • Rolling Resistance 7.8
  • Comfort 5.4- Giving a total of 39 points.

 

 

General Quality Tyres-Quality mid-range tyres made by The Continental tyre group.

General Quality Tyres

General Quality Tyres

General Quality Tyres

The history of General Quality Tyres started in 1915, by William F. O’Neil and Winfred E. Fouse in Akron, Ohio, USA. Like many other tyre companies, General made other rubber based products, other than tyres. In fact, General invented the rubber flaps that are used to prevent splashing from truck wheels onto other vehicles. They also invented the “low-pressure tyre.”

General Quality Tyres diversified into other industries. This included a string of radio stations called the “Yankee Network”. They also purchased the “Don Lee” broadcasting system and some West coast radio stations. One of their main acquisitions though was to be the RKO radio pictures company in 1955 from Billionaire, Howard Hughes.

Later in the company’s history, the broadcasting part of the business collapsed, leaving the General Quality Tyres, part of the firm, stood alone.

General tyres had built an excellent reputation with its 4×4 tyre range and soon after the broadcasting part of the business stopped trading, the casing part of the business was snapped up by the then rapid expanding Continental tyre group based in Germany.

General Quality Tyres

In my opinion, this move has led to the improvement of the General Quality Tyres product. The General now incorporates all the research and development of the rest of the Continental products. The casing used to make the General Quality Tyres, is the same as utilised in the Continental tyre products.

They also continue to manufacture the excellent 4×4 tyre range including the AT tyre series. We have sold General Quality Tyres for many years but this year General Quality Tyreshere at Pellon Tyres in Halifax; we became fully blown General Quality Tyres retailers. This means that we can now sell the full range of this excellent product. The General car and van tyre range include a full range of summer tyres to winter tyres.

The tyres are all made at the Continental tyre factories around the world. As I reported earlier, they are manufactured from the same materials and research and development but are finished in the General tread patterns. This means that our customers will be buying General Quality Tyres, with the same quality as a Continental tyre, making them savings in their purses and pockets.

 

Michelin Star-Not tyres this time-but Michelin Restaurants and their Star System.

A few months ago I decided to look into the history of the Michelin star rating system for restaurants.

I found it fascinating, how the whole thing started from the desire to help the early motorists to secure a good place to eat on their travels, to today’s

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The Star Inn at Harome

the sophisticated way that Michelin award recognition to the best eating places all over the world.

I got it into my head that I must visit such a place to see what the difference is. My wife Michelle and I make sure that we go out at least once a week together and preferably on our own. I must admit that I prefer good Italian food, but now later on in life can take in an Indian meal. Eating out is a good time to reflect on the week gone by and talk about our garage business because we have a large grown up family, it is a real time have a bit of one on one conversation together.

However back to Michelin star?

Michelle’s birthday is on the 17th of December. It becomes increasingly difficult to buy something so near Christmas. In recent years I have treated her to a concert and a hotel stopover (which we both love doing). This year I thought about the Michelin star, and looked up about the Star Inn in a village near Helmsley, in North Yorkshire.

The Star is on the main street of a picturesque village called Harrome, about three miles from Helmsley. I looked it up online and discovered that the Star also

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Vintage Michelin man at the Star Inn

Does overnight accommodation. This also included a taster evening the first night, and because we decided to take the two-night deal the second night included a choice from the a la carte menu.

Did we arrive on wet, misty December day? The rooms were all individually set out. Hence, and were all decorated in a countryside style.

This was to be the first time that I had visited a Michelin star restaurant. I could not wait. Thus, the building itself dates back to the fourteenth century.As a result and from the outside looks small with a beautiful thatched roof. The pub part of the star is like stepping back in time and is one of the best pub’s I have ever visited.

I started to see that this is what every business should be run like? All the staff were very kind and helpful. The most important thing to me though was the staff’s knowledge about the food, the wine and their understanding of the business and the history.

Michelin Star

This is what dealing with customers, and the public is all about. The Star had hundreds of small thoughtful ideas to make the public’s stay a better experience.

This is what running any business (even a garage) was all about, little touches that are not expensive to implicate, but make a huge difference to the public’s experience, when they visit your tyre shop or garage.

The food was out of this world, and the wines we tasted were all part of the experience, I sort of thought they would be because that’s what a Michelin star is all about.

The thing I did not expect was the total business experience? You could compare this with your business experience and procedures, to improve the way michelin starthat we treat our garage customers and add those little extra touches that make a world of difference, that can also give you a better bottom line.

I must congratulate the Star Inn for opening my eyes. Especially, to the way that a business should be run. Especially a company that deals with the public. So we all can add those little touches that make a difference. hence, to the visitor experience. I like to think that I run my garage and tyre business in a similar fashion. But it gave me a whole new enthusiasm and insight.For this reason, into make better profit margins. By not thinking cheap all the time.

I would like to end by also thanking Michelin for introducing me to the Star Inn; we have decided to make a visit there an annual pilgrimage near my wife’s birthday. I would recommend any business owner to visit and see how a company that deals with the public should be run.

Eric Roberts

More Information…http://www.thestaratharome.co.uk/

 

 

General Tyres 100 Years-A great tyre company from the Continental tyres Stables

General Tyres 100 Years

General tyres are very well known for their excellent 4×4 tyre range. However nor many people know that they manufacture a full range of summer and winter  General Tyres 100 Yearstyres, for regular cars. All the general tyres are made by their owners, Continental tyres. The tyres are manufactured by Continental, alongside their world winning tyres.

The General tyres use the same casing as the ones used to make Continental tyres. They are the exact same quality and will the driver the same excellent performance that we expect from their Continental parents.

We are now proud to announce that we here at Pellon Tyres in Halifax, Yorkshire UK have become the General tyre dealer for the Halifax area. We would also like to congratulate General Tyres 100 Years of been in business.

The regular tyre that we will be offering the Halifax public will be the Altimax Comfort for the regular tyre for summer use and delivers high performance and long service life. The Altimax has a new asymmetric tread, and features the unique Replacement Tyre Monitor and Visual Alignment Indicator designed to indicate tyre wear and provide advice for timely replacement (the legal limit).

This is a great development in General Tyres 100 Years car tyre history.

General tyres also make the Altimax Comfort tyre. ; the Altimax Comfort car tyre ensures a safe grip on wet and dry roads. The non-directional tread also has great attributes, with its durability and great comfort.

The next tyres to come along in the General Tyres 100 Years history, is the Altimax Sport. This tyre guarantees the driver a precise steering experience and safe driving in all challenging conditions. A new, asymmetric tread pattern design with an innovative and up to date silica compound provides the driver with exceptional wet grip and opportunity for high mileage.

General Tyres 100 Years have been developing tyres for many years. All of this experience combined with the manufacturing skills of Continental, have been

General Tyres 100 Years

General Tyres 100 Years

precisely aligned to the winter road conditions, here in Europe and has been optimally combined to create the Altimax Winter plus.

General Tyres 100 Years

 Wide longitudinal and lateral grooves reduce the risk of aquaplaning in bad wet weather and provide superb traction. Therefore, this winter tyre with its special compound guarantees high mileage, which is a great plus for a winter tyre. An all-round success and excellent choice for anyone who wants to safely survive the winter in their car!

Finally, we at Pellon Tyres will be stocking the excellent Eurovan 2 tyre . Which achieves high mileage and powerful traction when shifting those heavy loads. General Tyres 100 Years’ experience have helped develop new tread structure. Consequently, which help  enhance brake performance and handling on dry roads and in curves. Because, this is very important for van drivers on today’s busy roads here in the UK. . Staggered opposing tread grooves in the shoulder reduce noise and heighten ride comfort. Because of this the flat tyre contour ensures even wear and lengthens the tyre’s life.

Eric Roberts

Continental Winter Contact TS 850 wins German magazines winter tyre tests.

Continental Winter Contact TS 850

Continental Winter Contact TS 850 the latest tyre test from the German Motoring Magazine “Auto Zeitung”.

The German tyre results are very important. Especially when it comes to winter tyres. Germany still has many motorways. That do not have a speed limit. So during winter time they are very choosy about which winter tyres will be the best for their car.

Winter tyres are no longer the big chunky treaded tyres. They used to be. They now have to drive at high speed down the German motorways. Then up the mountains on their way to the ski slopes, in Austria, Italy and France.

The outright winner in the Auto Zeitung winter tyre tests.  Were Continental tyres, with their new tyre the ContiWinterContact TS850.

The Continental tyre company are a German based tyre company. They know how to make a winter tyre that can be driven throughout the winter months. In all kinds of conditions.

Continental Winter Contact TS 850

Continental Winter Contact TS 850 has come out on top in German magazine Auto Zeitung’s winter tyre test, closely followed by Nokian’s WR D4.

The Winter Contact TS 850 came a close first place, but the other big tyre companies all fared well with their winter tyre products. In snowy conditions Nokian, Michelin, Goodyear and Uniroyal (another product owned by Continental) were all slightly better, but they were all very close and the  Contact TS 850 came up trumps in wet braking. This tyre has a very strong stopping capability, coming out best in the wet conditions overall.

If you are a Continental tyre fan then this is the winter tyre for you. There is no doubt that the winter tyre market is hotting up, in terms of extreme quality and the ability to fulfil the massive amount of different tyre sizes that are now on the market.

When I checked the price at today’s date for a popular tyre size, the 19595T15 Contact TS 850, then we here at Pellon Tyres as a Point-S member were selling this tyre for £58.45 all-inclusive compared to BlackCircles price of £62.03 (at the time of this posts publication)

Eric Roberts

Fiat 500 tyres-A look at this Iconic Little Italian Car the Fiat 500.

Fiat 500 tyres

I spotted this little Fiat 500 on a recent visit to Rome. it is an old car but i am not sure of the age?

Fiat 500 tyres-A look at this Iconic Little Italian Car

I was lucky enough to be able to take a few days off last week and we (my wife Michelle) decided to take a short break to Rome. I regard myself as a well-travelled person. Visiting places with various tyre companies, helped with that.

Rome was one of the places I had previously missed out on. I was determined to go there on a short break. Off we went from Leeds airport here in Yorkshire UK. When we arrived the weather was hot and sunny. The first thing I noticed when we stepped out of the airport. Was the large amount of Fiat 500 cars on the Italian roads.

This (along with the old style mini) has always been one of my favourite cars. As my readers know, I was fortunate to work in the tyre industry in the early days, when cars from all over the world were being imported into the UK. These cars all came with unusual tyre sizes. I can always remember one of these little cars pulling into the tyre shop where I worked. The Fiat 500 tyres on this little red car were 135×12 and they were made by Pirelli tyres. Pirelli tyres were seldom seen in those days, except on Italian cars such as the odd Alfa Romeo and a few Fiat 500’s.

The Pirelli 135×12 tyres were textile radial tyres and known as the CN54. These were later fitted to British MGB

fiat 500 tyres

Pirelli 135×12 CN54 tyre fitted to this vintage Fiat 500.

sports cars, but were later replaced with steel belted radial tyres.

Fiat 500 tyres

The Fiat 500’s were first brought to the market as an economical way of transport and were fitted without any kind of luxuries. The engine size was a 470cc giving the little car 13 BHP (brake horse power). It could do a top speed of about 53 MPH. The little cars were not very popular and in 1957 a new version was introduced with wind up windows, better seating and indicators which worked from the steering column.

The Fiat 500 tyres did not change very much over the next few years, but Fiat gave the little car many more upgrades, with the main improvement being the engine size. This was in the early sixties and seventies. I certainly remember the Fiat 500 tyres that were fitted later went up to 13 inch wheels with a tyre size of 135×13.

Fiat 500 tyres like most other cars have evolved with the power upgrades of the car. Modern Fiat 500 tyres are on alloy wheels fitted with 15 inch wider tyres. In fact we have a Fiat 500 courtesy car and it is fitted with 185R65x15 Apollo tyres. Fiat 500 tyres fitted now are a far cry from the 135×12 tyres from years ago.

AN excellent history of the Fiat 500 can be found on… http://classicfiat500.co.uk/fiat-500-history-2/

Eric Roberts

Narrow Tyres – How does the BMW i3 handle so well on such narrow tyres? – CNET

Narrow Tyres

We take a closer look at Bridgestone’s Ecopia EP500 tires for the 2015 BMW i3 electric car.

This article asks how the new BMW i3 car can handle well with such Narrow Tyres Bridgestone tyres?

Well it is not too many ago that all tyres were thin and narrow and do you know? they worked perfectly well.

The difference is that today’s tyres are made from different materials and compounds. Ecopia tyres  help you cut down on fuel consumption and carbon emissions and are used on fuel efficient electric cars such as the BMW i3 car.

Tyre sizes are unfamiliar out of the tyre trade, such as 15570R19,17660R19 and also as large as 15560R20 and 17555R20, in days gone by we were using sizes such as 18580R15 and 20580R16, so the trend has become taller Narrow Tyres , but Bridgestone say that these tyres are good handling and give good grip in wet weather.

So that is good enough for me/

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Tyre/Details/Bridgestone/Ecopia+EP500

Bridgestone narrow tyres

The development of tyres started with the vintage/classic cars of today. We have all seen how narrow tyres were on these cars. These cars could not go very fast though? And the tyres were perfect for the time period and the types of suspension that these cars had.

The vintage cars of today could only be afforded by the rich in the pre WW2 period, but after the war cars became more affordable to the drivers who were perhaps managers or the owners of small businesses. I can remember when I first started working in a garage that most of our customers did indeed own a business and the working class people would still catch the bus to work.

The cars that were out then were fitted with X ply tyres, but thanks to Michelin the radial tyre came out and soon took over from the lesser X ply tyres. The bigger cars came out on 18580R15 tyres and cars like the new Minis were fitted with 145R10 tyres.

In fact the Mini period signaled a new kind of car buyer the working class man. The car market was booming. Tyre sizes were changing all the time with the commonest radial tyre being the 145R13, 155R13, and the bigger cars were fitted with 155R15, 165R15 and 185R15.

Over the years they  became wider (fatter), this was due to many factors including faster cars on faster roads.

Why narrow tyres again

Consequently, car manufacturers knew that tyres had to be made differently. Therefore, to satisfy the requirements’ of the governments drive to produce greener cars. The EV battery driven became a favourite. For this reason, it followed closely by the Hydrogen cell cars.

Some tyre companies use different tyre materials to reduce the amount of petrol based oils used in the manufacturing  compounds. Yokohama tyres of Japan use orange peel oil and Continental have discovered that the white liquid that we see in dandelions has the same molecular structure as rubber latex, the stuff that they have been made of for years.

They are also becoming thinner again. This is to give the tyres less rolling resistance and also a larger turning distance. This means that the engine has to do less work to power the car forward, thus using less fuel and making the car greener. We are now up to date with Bridgestone Car Tyres leading the way.

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles.

 

Firestone Tyre Sets- Gets the Wheels in the Motion at Indy Grand Prix – WGNO

Firestone Tyre Sets

Firestone Tyres

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Firestone Tyre Sets; Could this be a Firestone Tyres revival attempt?

Firestone tyres have been in the doldrums since a catastrophic era when many f their tyres failed.

I now sell the Firestone product and they are an excellent tyre, now owned by the Bridgestone corporation now, they appear to have turned the corner and are once again starting to show their face, by supporting race events with their tyre products, as is the story behind this article.

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Tyre/Brand/1249/FIRESTONE

Firestone Firehawk is one of the best recognised tyre names

In all my working days in the tyres industry. Then the Firestone brand is the one that sticks in my mind. Because of both for good and for bad reasons.

The bad reasons are because of the problems that Firestone has had over the years. With various tyre recalls. Therefore, recalls have taken place of a long period time.hence, at different stages of the tyre company’s history. The first ones I can remember were here in the UK. Firestone manufactured tyres at Brentford, in the south of England. Unfortunately, the factory was shut down in 1980, when 1’500 workers and white collar workers lost their jobs.

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Firestone tyres used in the early days of racing..(picture courtesy of Firestone tyre)

This could have been something to do with the terrible problems that Firestone were having. Nence, with their tyres in the USA. It was in the 1960’s, when I first became a tyre fitter.  I will always remember the problems that Firestone were having in America.Consequently, with their “500” radial tyre. News in those days traveled slowly, but we heard on the tyre grapevine that in order to compete with the new radial tyres, (that were giving far better mileage and road holding), then they had to come up with a new radial tyre pretty quickly?

Firestone Tyre Sets

They tried to get round this by using bias belted tyre molds to produce the radial tyres in. Although the tyres looked fine and showed no sign of problems, they soon started to fall apart when used at high speed. The problem was a problem that haunted some tyre companies for years, “tread separation”. This is when the tread of the tyre comes off and is caused by a few reasons, but in Firestone’s case it was thought to be the molds and the bonding solution.

The bonding solution (cement) is what sticks the tread to the tyre casing. It is thought that this allowed water to penetrate into the steel belt, which in turn rusted causing the tread to lift off, when the tyres built up any heat, when used on the roads.

In 1978 investigators came to the conclusion that it must have been a design fault, that caused the problem and millions of the Firestone 500 tyres were withdrawn, giving the giant tyre company a very bad name.

The giant tyre company gradually clawed their way back, until further problems, nearer our times, in 2001 with the Wilderness AT/ATX and the ATX 11 tyres, which once again all received a mandatory recall and more bad publicity for the beleaguered tyre company.

Firestone Tyre Sets; Firestone tyres better days

In my opinion the better days started when they were taken over by the giant Bridgestone tyre corporation from Japan. They also continued their efforts with motorsport participation. This included the world famous, Indianapolis 500 mile race, which they have won for the past forty years.

The modern day Indy cars can reach speeds of 220 MPH, and have performed perfectly well on the new high-performance  Firehawk. These tyres use competition compounds and are available for track cars as well as street legal cars, and are also recommended for the likes of for Beach Buggies and for Lotus Elan 2s. Lotus 7s. Escort RS I600s and other such

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The Firestone alternate red race tyre.

cars. The road handling is said to be superb giving the driver, competitive balance between speed, cornering, and durability.

 

 

The tyres come out in three distinct types; this information is taken from the Firestone web site

  •  Primary Black-

The primary Firehawk racing tyres offer a competitive balance between speed, cornering, and durability. Firehawk primary tires are used on all three types of track.

  •  Alternate Red-

Visually differentiated by red sidewalls, Firehawk alternate tires have a softer compound than primary tires, allowing for faster speeds and better cornering, but quicker wear. Firehawk alternate tires are used on road and street tracks only.

  •  Rain Grey-

These Firehawk tires were developed for wet conditions and have a grooved tread pattern that improves grip, control, and helps prevent hydroplaning. Rain tires are used on road and street tracks only, as oval races don’t run if conditions are.

For this reason, the Firestone Tyres product is now highly regarded with its past problems way behind.

 

Pirelli Tyres- Top Investor- Camfin Said to Discuss Sale to ChemChina – Bloomberg

Pirelli Tyres

Pirelli’s Top Investor Camfin Said to Discuss Sale to ChemChina
Bloomberg
The talks come as larger competitors Michelin & Cie. and Continental AG seek to expand with acquisitions, particularly in Asia.

 

This is not as surprising as i first thought. China will,be looking to buy existing western global companies, to increase their product knowledge and their world portfolio.

This offer for a large part of Pirelli tyres does not come as any surprise in the chase for global dominance,

Including the tyre market. We have already seen the Apollo, Indian tyre companies lust for expansion, and the Chinese will also be active in the takeover battle for some of our leading European tyre companies.

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Tyre/Brand/1293/PIRELLI

It comes as no surprise to me that Pirelli tyres have now come into the hands of the Chinese state owned company ChemChina.

Like all the other leading tyre companies, Pirelli have developed tyre technology for over a hundred years and will bring the boost of the fifth largest tyre company in the world under the Chinese fold.

The 7.5 billion Euros bid was agreed by the Pirelli shareholders, was agreed by shareholders last Sunday.

There is no doubt that the Chinese have bought giant Italian tyre company for a few reasons, one because of the week Euro and also, they will then have access to Pirelli tyres technology

pirelli tyres

Pirelli tyres are great participants of motorsport from F1 cars to small rally events. like the one in the image.

for making premium tyres and also motorsport technology for future research and development.

ChemChina have already developed a tyre making facility.

Known as the China National Tyre and Rubber Company, who will go into a joint venture and bid to buy the 26.2% stake of Pirelli from the Italian holding firm of Camfin and a bid for the rest of the tyre company, will follow.

Pirelli boss Tronchetti Provera is one of the Camfin investors and he is expected to remain as chief executive. This type of takeover has been part of my working life in the tyre industry.

Of course ,the difference is that it is now China and not the USA that are buying the assets of European tyre makers. Goodyear tyres were always buying out smaller niche tyre manufacturers to add to their portfolio.

In more recent years, Apollo tyres from India have been a dominating force. So, in trying to increase the size of their tyre business by making takeover bids. Consequently, such as their recent acquisition of Vredestein tyres, with a manufacturing base in Holland.

There were even reports coming out of Italy that, that a counter bid may even be coming from one of the other big European tyre companies, either Continental tyres of the French tyre maker Michelin.

It will now be a case of “watch this space “to see how the Chinese takeover will improve Pirelli’s standing in the global tyre market, but there is one thing sure, and that’s the Chinese sure aren’t short of money and could be looking for a large tyre retailer to distribute the Pirelli product more aggressively? Or, a large wholesaler perhaps?

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles.

Eric Roberts

Van Wheel Alignment Including Suspension