LONDON—Continental A.G. unveiled its new EcoPlus range for 2014 and reviewed the company's annual performance at a media briefing recently.
Tracey Hyem, commercial marketing manager, believes 2013 has been a "mainly positive if mixed" for the truck, bus and coach market.
"In the UK, we are forecasting the replacement market for new (commercial vehicle) tires will increase about 14 percent on 2012 with a five percent increase in Ireland," Hyem said. "Across Europe as a whole, the overall market sales of new replacement tires are up by about 8 percent."
These increases mean the commercial vehicle tire market in 2013 will stand at 890,000 in the United Kingdom and 93,000 in Ireland.
Hyem said the company is seeing an increased interest in their ContiPressureCheck tire monitoring system, which prevents downtime caused by tire failure and lower overall operating costs by ensuring correct tire pressures are maintained at all times.
She said feedback for the ContiPressureCheck has been good so far, but more time is needed to get the full picture.