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Record breaking farewell from the Reifen Essen show

This years Reifen Show

The very last Reifen Show in its current format took place last week

tyre fitting machine complete with diagnostic functions.

in Essen, Germany before relocating further south in the country in

Messe Essen, organisers of the biennial Reifen Show have also stated that

Frankfurt in 2018 in a ‘groundbreaking’ move that sees this longstanding

around 90 per cent of visitors to this year’s event have indicated they will

European event link up with the Automechanika Show in September.

attend the 2018 Reifen/Automechanika show in Frankfurt although John

This historic show was attended by SA Treads European correspondent – John Stone who confirms that a new highest total of 675 exhibitors participated at the event representing 43 countries over 12 halls and a record breaking 60,000 sq metres. Also rather predictably Germany was the most represented country followed by China, The Netherlands, Taiwan, UK and America and it is anticipated that a total of around

also reports that the future of the new event is far from certain with many exhibitors questioning the relocation and partnership of the show in two years’ time and in particular the fact that it will be staged in September as opposed to the traditional month of May. Additional reports will be published in the coming days of specific exhibitors at the show and their new products.

22,000 visitors attended the four day show. John also attended the prestigious 2016 Innovation Awards ceremony with both Michelin and Bridgestone being named as the dual winners of the ‘Technology and Products category’, Michelin for its X Line Energy Tripla A range of commercial tyres and Bridgestone for their recently introduced Driveguard range. Whilst in the Service Concepts and Process Optimisation category, 4JET Technologies from Germany were recognised for their Scannect product which is the first solution in the world designed to equip tyres with an individual, permanent QR code which can be read by a Smartphone camera. Winners in the Motor Vehicle Service category were ASE Corghi from Italy for the development of Uniformity, their first

The Innovation Awards Winners

Pirelli introduces its new Triathlon TBR range at Reifen 2016 Milan based Pirelli used their appearance at this year’s Reifen Show to launch its new tyre range for commercial vehicles – the R:01 Triathlon which has been designed as a third generation of tyre which replace the current R:01 11 pattern but also overlap the winter W:01 and long haul H:01 ranges. The new R:01 range has been specifically produced to recognise the variable needs of Pirelli customers and the ongoing development of Europe goods transportation.

SA Treads June 2016  
SA Treads June 2016  

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