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Lighter Tyres- Yokohama Have come up with the more ECO friendly ADVAN ENV-R2 ?

Lighter Tyres

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There’s probably no more important part of your car’s handling and safety than your tyres. Well maybe you the driver, and your mad skills are more influential, but your tires rank right up there. There’s not much we can do about …

 

Eric Roberts’ insight:

 Performance Yokohama

Lighter tyres

 

In the mad and never ending rush to create and manufacture a light weight tyre, the tyre manufacturers have to come up with some new components in order to make their tyre

products lighter and greener.

This also applies to the car manufacturers who are constantly on the look out to manufacture much lighter, more energy efficient vehicle.

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Yokohama tyres on the racing track

The new technology rush also applies to the mid-range tyre companies such as Hankook tyres, Kumho tyres and Yokohama tyres.

Yokohama tyres  Lighter tyres design

Yokohama Tyre has risen to the occasion and has brought out the second-generation ADVAN ENV-R2 as the Official Spec Tyre that will be used in the 2011 Patron GT3

Challenge by Yokohama tyres race series and the GT3 Challenge Class endurance series.

The ENV-R2 will be put through its paces and power a fleet of Porsche 911 GT 3 race cars at leading North American. tracks, such as Sebring, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Road Atlanta. The new cheap tyres are much lighter and reduce the amount of fuel that the cars use by at least 20 % and increases recycling capability while still performing at the same high level of the previous tyre compounds.

This is one the many reasons that we became a Yokohama tyre dealer and we highly recommend this product as a much lighter performance tyre, that we can sell at  cheap  tyres rate. Since writing this blog. Then Yokohama decided to take another junction when it came to advertising and supporting small businesses.

Eric Roberts

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Yokohama tyres and Kumho tyres to join forces in Research a development and perhaps More?

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Yokohama tyres , Kumho follow MoU up with R&D master agreement

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The Board of Directors at Yokohama Rubber and Kumho Tire have resolved to enter into master technological alliance agreement.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Yokohama tyres-Kumho tyres-

This one took me by surprise?

I must admit this one came as a shock to me at first. I have spent much time with the staff at both companies but nothing was said, byEither Yokohama tyres or Kumho tyres. So I guess that this was just one of those high level agreements that were kept hush- hush.

In my own business here in Halifax we have had close ties with both of these tyre companies, and in fact we sell both Yokohama tyres and Kumho tyres side by side, in recent years. I regard both companies as tyre innovators and thinking about it I can see where they are coming from, as the saying goes, “two brains are better than one”. The companies have apparently being discussing the exchange of technologies, with the future possibility of future shared ownership.

This move would take the joint company up the tyre manufacturers ranking table. At the moment the two company’s rank 8th  with over $5.5 billion sales is Yokohama tyres and  is Kumho with sales of over $3.5 Billion ranking 12th in the league table, so a joint venture would put the new company in the top 6 placing’s and will become  a force to reckon

with.

A Yokohama tyres spokesman said… By exchanging technology, the companies “aim to increase their competitiveness and enhance their growth potential … by sharing R&D resources and making more effective use of them through joint research and development on tires and related technologies,”

The deal is said to be in advance stages and both companies are looking to find a method of obtaining each other’s shares, a definite sign that talks are well on their way and the tyre companies are expected to sign legal binding contracts sooner than later.

I do not know how this will filter down to the grass roots fitting centres but in my opinion the other tyre manufacturers will be looking over their shoulders at the potential that Yokohama tyresthese two great companies will no doubt research and develop in new tyre products and move to a mid-range tyre to a leading brand, with more and more OE fitments on the way.

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 company 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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Marshal Tyres-A Good Mid-Range Tyre But they are exactly the same as a Kumho tyre

Marshal Tyres are made by Kumho tyres in South Korea

With the huge amount of tyre manufacturer’s names of brands out in the market place it is easy to understand how the average motorist knows what to buy. For example many of the leading brands such as Michelin Tyres UK own lesser known tyre labels that are sold by some companies as Michelin. The brand I am thinking about is Kormoran tyres, which are owned by Michelin tyres, but they are in fact an economy brand but are sold , as I say as Michelin’s.

Another example is a tyre that is made by Continental tyres, the Semperit  tyre , when I used to be a Semperit dealer we used to call them,”Semperit made by Continental” but we were stretching the truth a little, Semperit were  not as good a product as Continental. The complicated list goes on and on and the tyre buying public were no wiser. There were many examples of this in the seventies and Eighties, the large tyre conglomerates buying smaller tyre companies out and using them as a second -cheap economy tyre brand -.

We then started to move onto a more global market with tyre companies starting out in other parts of the World, especially in the Far-East. Countries such as South Korea were starting to produce good quality tyres and had big expansion plans, backed by the USA. One such company was Samyang Tyres who started off making twenty tyres a day in a very primitive plant with backward technology. After  a struggle and huge improvements in the next ten years they were able to acquire the KS mark standard and export tyres to East Asia for the first time.

The Korean government were involved in a massive reconstruction of their country to enable them to make better products to export round the World. The Kumho name was born and money was poured into a brand new plant in Kwangju. The company then made ties with Uniroyal tyres in America and gained their technology, before been able to enter the global market place . The Kumho tyre brand was soon to be recognised all over the World.

Despite the difficulties of the 1974 oil crisis Kumho tyres were to become a brand leader and in 1977 the tyre plant in Songjung was expanded, Kumho became a brand leader after striving to improve the quality of its tyres. In the 80’s and 90’s Kumho went from strength to strength, building new tyre factories in China and Vietnam.

Marshal tyres brand name used in the USA.

The Marshal tyres brand name has always been used for the North American market, as it was thought to have a more tyre user friendly name, but both Marshal and Kumho is exactly the same product. Another tyre brand name is now getting popular in the UK, and is made by Kumho known as Admiral tyres. This brand is known as an economy brand, where the Marshal tyres and Kumho are known as mid-range brands, although Kumho are now coming out on some Mercedes models as original equipment, a great stamp of approval for the Korean tyre makers. These new tyre brands are the ones to beat for price and quality.marshal tyres

 Article written by Eric Robertswww.mot-halifax

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 tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com 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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The Marshal tyres brand name has always been used for the North American market, as it was thought to have a more tyre user friendly name, but both Marshal and Kumho is exactly the same product

 

Point-S Europe-About Point-S-for- Independent Tyre Dealers

Point-S Europe makes a big difference for the local tyre dealers

Of course, Point-S Europe  came to Britain about eight years ago now  in 2010. Consequently, we as a country joined the massive European group along with Holland. Following a strong contingent of other independent tyre dealers across the continent.

Point-S Europe

Point-S Europe depot in Holland

So, the original idea started in France in 1971. When a group of independent tyre professionals. Conclusively,were at the time were trading as solo tyre dealers. Thus decided to join forces. Creating an organisation that combined a better image and more corporate image. Of course, in the eye’s of the tyre buying French public.

After several meetings the group came up with the name POINT-S and was promoted as their national brand. That was 42 years ago, and the organisation has spread to every other country in Europe, becoming the largest independent tyre network and now includes the USA giving the group 2530 outlets up to 2011, the groups 40 year anniversary.

I started my first tyre business in 1979, eight years after Point-S Europe started.

We expanded to three depots in a nine year period, but were soon to start getting our tyre numbers affected by the beginning of the “tyre wholesalers”. These were large companies that sold their tyres to anybody, I know we had no right supply the whole of the public with tyres , but these people drove down the tyre sales in our retail depots.

At that time we were able to buy tyres from the tyre manufacturers, getting good deals and making a healthy profit, but when the wholesalers began to flood the area, we were having to compete and this drove down car tyre prices and profit margins and one or two smaller tyre companies closed down.

The reason I talk about this is because we would have loved to have had an organisation like Point-S for us to join, I feel that being part of a group would have given us a better corporate image. However as is the case now, the general business strategy was becoming “big is better”, similar to what is happening today. We were bought out by Shell oil who were building a network of tyre and auto-centres called “Superdrive”. “Superdrive” were to compete directly with “Kwikfit” but they soon found that it was not going to be very easy handling so many tyre depots and sold them all off to “Kwik Fit Tyres” at a discount price, all within a couple of years ?.

Point-S Europe

Point-S Europe depot in Germany

I then bought the tyre centre that I still own today.

So, with the same thing was happening again. Just as it did in the late seventies and eighties. The business philosophy once again is “big is better”. The large wholesalers that began life in the seventies,  had now become multi-national tyre companies with the backing of big banks. The difference this time is that they now wanted to own retail sites. These tyre companies started to build up large networks of retail tyre depots to supply from their own wholesale divisions. All this kind of activity was also happening across Europe, but the difference was that Europe had an organisation called Point-S Europe .Many small and medium sized tyre retailers were able to join, this gave them the corporate image that could and did help them compete with the big boy’s.

Pellon Tyres- join Point-s in 2012

1.      This brings up to today’s situation. We as tyre dealers were now looking at a new threat to our existence, “the internet”. Hundreds of web-sites are springing up selling “cheap tyres online”. Most small tyre retail companies started to develop their own web-sites, but the problem was that we were buying our tyres from the very same people who were competing with us on the internet, not a very good state of affairs. The tyre manufacturers would not deal with us because we were too small. Things were not good ! We were working for less and less and longer hours just to make ends meet. Then by chance I was speaking to a friend of mine called Lenny, the owner of Link tyres. Lenny (now passed away)told me about Point-S Europe. This was just what I was looking for a dealer network. Allowing us to buy better, direct from the manufacturers and with a corporate image, they also have an added bonus a competitive web-site that enables us to trade and compete online, one word- FABULOUS.

Point-S Europe

Point-S Europe depot in France (closed for lunch)

I have been a member of Point-S now for just over seven years.

Looking nationally, instead of been a local tyre depot in Halifax. So, I now feel that we are part of a national group. Including all the advantages that go with it. Heres looking forward to a great future with Point-S Europe. Of course, any tyre dealer in the UK. Ambitiously, with the same feelings should contact 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. Hence,I worked for a couple of National tyre companies. So, before starting my first business. Consequently, I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. Importantly, I am a keen blogger. Of course, about anything to do with cars and their related products. Finally, that will help my business grow.

 

Kumho Tyres Factory launch-$225 million factory in Bibb County ,hire more than 300 workers

Kumho Tyres Factory

Kumho Tyres Factory may supply Kumho supply many tyres to motorsport

Post updated  3/2/2014

Macon Telegraph (blog)

Kumho Tyres Factory launch $225 million factory in Bibb, hire more than 300

Macon Telegraph (blog)

Kumho Tyre is ready to roll in Bibb County, bringing more than 300 jobs and a $225 million investment to a big tire plant.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Kumho tyres catching the big boy’s up ?

The latest Kumho Tyres Factory to be opened is in Bibb in the USA and will open up the States to a larger market. Not many years ago Kumho tyres were the new boy’s on the block and along with Hankook tyres were virtually unheard of a few years ago. The

giant tyre company sprang onto the World stage after creating a massive dealer network, through British wholesalers such as Micheldever in the South of England. The sister company of Kumho is a brand known as Marshal tyres, originally sold to the American market, but now sold here in the UK through Bond International Tyres in Pocklington near York in the UK. There are no plans for a Kumho Tyres Factory to be built here in the UK, but you never know. I suspect the cost of labour here in the UK is very high compared to the emerging Eastern economies, where a Kumho Tyres Factory has been recently opened in China.

Kumho Tyres Factory

kumho event tent at a recent track event

Kumho tyres have also become one of the top tyre suppliers in the World of motorsport and this is another reason that the company are expanding the Kumho Tyres Factory empire into other countries and markets. The Kumho brand is an excellent product and is selling well against the top tyre companies such as Bridgestone, Continental and Michelin,. The gap is getting narrower between the up and coming Eastern tyre manufacturers and the long standing well known tyre companies.

Thanks 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. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a company 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 MotorCodes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre.

 

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