THE TIRE COLOGNE: Three questions to Sven Müller, Schrader Performance Sensors

1. How is the current market situation in your industry?

All in all, our market situation is really positive. Similar to the tire and rim industry, as a manufacturer of tire pressure control systems we also benefit from a boom in the registration of new vehicles or circumstances as tightened regulations on the use of winter tires. Still, our market segment is very competitive – but anything else would be much less exciting.

THE TIRE COLOGNE: Three questions to Andreas Niegsch, Bridgestone Deutschland GmbH

1. How does your company adapt itself to the industry’s current trends?

Bridgestone stands for safety, innovation and service. Two of our milestones, for example, are the Run-Flat technology and the DriveGuard – a tire that allows the driver to maintain control even after a puncture and safely continue driving for 50 miles at up to 50 mph. In addition to safety, sustainability plays an important role for us. In 2015 we were the first manufacturer to introduce a tire for a passenger car consisting of natural rubber from the guayule plant. Moreover, we developed the Ologic technology which helps reduce the fuel consumption and its related CO2 emissions. One of our goals is to be able produce all our tires, without exception, from sustainable materials by 2050. As a result, we have been listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

THE TIRE COLOGNE: Three questions to Frank Jung, Continental

Mr. Jung, thanks a lot for this interview! Please introduce yourself briefly.
My name is Frank Jung, 58 years of age. I have been working at Continental in different positions for the last 30 years. For 10 years, I have been the managing director of Vergölst, a trading subsidiary of Continental. Since 2010, I am the Head of Marketing and Sales for car tyres in the replacement market Germany.

THE TIRE COLOGNE: Three questions to Yorick M. Lowin

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Please introduce yourself shortly.

My name is Yorick M. Lowin, I am forty years old, married, and father of two children.

Since January 1, 2017, I am the managing director of the Federal Association of Tire Dealers and Vulkaniseur-Handwerk e. V. (BRV) in Bonn, Germany. In the summer of 2017, when our CEO Peter Hülzer retires after three decades, Hans-Jürgen Drechsler and I will take over the management of our association.

Originally, I am a commercial lawyer and have already worked in leading positions for trade associations in other sectors before starting at BRV.