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Autoparts UK has become a member of the National Tyre Distributors Association, coinciding with the companyís launch of an exclusive range of ORIUM Tyres.
There are six Autoparts branches, five Midwest Motor Factor sites and Monmore Auto Parts joining NTDA membership meaning that group factor manager, Craig McCracken, will also join the NTDA Executive Council.
Founded in 1930, the NTDA is a proactive trade association representing and promoting the interests of the tyre wholesale, distribution and retail sectors of the automotive aftermarket.
The NTDA protects its membersí interests through its influence with regulatory bodies, Government departments, standard setting bodies and other opinion formers that establish industry best practice both in the UK and in Europe. It is consulted whenever new regulations or legislation are being considered and lobbies to ensure that membersí views and concerns are satisfactorily addressed and that the overall regulatory system remains practicable and affordable.

Wheel servicing specialist Pro-Align has been recognised by leading equipment manufacturer Hunter Engineering as one of their most successful and important distributors around the world.
The company was awarded Hunter’s ‘Platinum Partner’ award for the ninth consecutive year, which for the first time ever, was at the ‘5 star’ level reflecting the significant progression and development of the Hunter brand in the UK.
“We’re delighted to have received such a high level of award from Hunter,” comments Paul Beaurain, managing director, Pro-Align. “Our tireless work in promoting the importance of four wheel alignment and the Hunter name has gained significant traction in recent years with more workshops than ever before recognising the benefits and quality of Hunter wheel servicing equipment. However, to receive such a significant award from Hunter really does put the icing on the cake and I’d like to pay thanks to the entire team at Pro-Align for their continued dedication and hard work.”

Falken Motorsports driver James Deane tackles the Goodwood Festival of Speed hillclimb
This past weekend, European drift champion and Falken Motorsports professional drifter James Deane became one of the lucky few to be invited to drift the legendary and prestigious Goodwood Festival of Speed hillclimb in front of over 300,000 fans in attendance, and hundreds of thousands more online.
Over the past 22 years, this coveted event has been considered by the many to be the pinnacle of the world's motorsport calendar, attracting the top manufacturers, motoring press and biggest, most enthusiastic automotive fans. The event combines a wide range of disciplines, from historic and modern F1 racers to high-speed motorcycles, futuristic hypercars and vintage rally machines. The 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed saw Falken Motorsports driver James Deane tackle the course in style, and thrust the fresh and exciting world of drifting into the spotlight.


Since 15 June, European tyre dealers have been able to access the first digital B2B content syndication platform developed by Michelin. This digital platform, based on Cloud technology, will allow partner dealers to access any kind of official digital content provided by the manufacturers in real time in order to automatically update their own sites.


Rich content including over 2,000 photos, videos, product datasheets, banners, graphics, etc.
Dealers having subscribed to this offer will benefit from access and automatic updates 24/7 for all of the digital content provided by the Michelin group, with reference to its tyre activities for passenger cars and vans, for Michelin brand tyres to begin with, and for Kleber, BFGoodrich, Kormoran and Tigar brand tyres in the near future (all four brands are owned by the Michelin group).

Maxxis has reported a healthy 2014 following the release of its financial results. The latest figures show that Maxxis has retained its position of 9th top tyre manufacturer in the world, with the Taiwan-based tyre manufacturer reporting sales volumes continuing to increase and revenues of $4,441 million.
In light of a continuingly difficult and volatile market, Maxxis’ managing director, Derek McMartin, believes that the company’s long term strategy of investing in the very latest cutting-edge technology to ensure that it provides customers with high quality affordable products will help pay dividends, as he explains: “Having invested heavily in expanding our manufacturing facilities in China and Taiwan last year the recent results are very satisfying for us all. We are committed to providing our dealers with good value, high quality products that they can make excellent margins on. By continuing to provide our customers with just this, I am certain we will continue accelerating our growth in all of the regions we serve around the world.”
Maxxis financial results include sales from all sides of its business, which includes divisions specialising in original equipment and replacement tyres for passenger cars, motorbikes, commercial vehicles, 4x4, light agricultural vehicles, trailer, motorsport and cycling.

The Tyre Recovery Association’s (TRA) Recycling Day, a one-day conference and dinner organised in partnership with the Retread Manufacturers Association, was held at the Ardencote Manor, Warwickshire on Friday the 19th of June. The conference, celebrating the tenth anniversary of the TRA, was attended by representatives of the tyre and waste recycling industries and included presentations covering key themes such as regulations and enforcement; best practise and innovation; common causes and issues facing the industry.#

The conference was an opportunity for TRA members and industry stakeholders to engage with associations and regulating bodies on the topics they care about most. Representatives from major industry associations including Mike Wilson and Peter Taylor from the TRA; Alan Bithell from the RMA; Stefan Hay from the NTDA (National Tyre Distributors Association); and Stuart Jackson from TIF (the Tyre Industry Federation) updated attendees on their organisations’ progress. 

Supporting their tyre trade partners who have greater contact with their Fleet customers Tyreline, the UK Distributor for Alcoa Wheel products in conjunction with Alcoa, have produced an informative and well-presented key point detailed guide. The guide covers key subjects such as Introduction and History, Benefits, Wheel Selection, Fitting and Maintenance with a selection of FAQ’s for the industry led range of Alcoa Forged Aluminium Wheel products.

The working guide in it’s easy to handle size allows product support at a glance so giving information to further edify presentations to customers. Tyreline are mailing this guide to the Commercial tyre trade but if you have not received yours please contact Tyreline on 01327 701010.

Hankook expands its SmartControl line of tyres for trucks with a new winter specialist, the SmartControl DW07. With this new drive axle pattern, the tyre maker is introducing a product that has been tailored for use in demanding winter conditions. The snowflake (3PMSF) symbol certifies the tyre’s winter performance, ensuring the mobility of truck fleets also in wintery weather and road conditions. Compared to the predecessor models, the tyre provides up to 25% more traction on snow and up to 13% more mileage on wintery roads. Fleet operators and tyre dealers can order the Hankook SmartControl DW07 as of now.

The owner of an old-established business, Challenger Tyres, is retiring.

Please contact Mike Radford with your enquiry, which will be treated in a confidential manner. Go to the Business Sales page for more information.

The new Westlake truck and bus tyre range was first introduced by Westlake Tyres at the IAA Show in Hannover, October 2014.  Now, Vacu-Lug, the sole UK distributor for all Westlake truck and bus radial tyres, has launched the range in the UK.

For both light and heavy commercial vehicles - truck and trailer - the Westlake range offers a choice of 17.5”, 19.5” and 22.5” rim diameters and consists of four applications: Long Haul, Regional, Mixed Service and Max Load.

Commenting on the introduction of the new Westlake Tyre range, Vacu-Lug’s Sales Director Dave Alsop says, “We are very excited about the new tyre range because it not only comes with a premium quality badge from one of the world’s leading manufacturers but also fits perfectly with a wide range of UK and European fleet applications. It is not surprising that the Westlake range has been widely accepted by our service providers. As Westlake’s sole UK distributor, we are proud to offer our customers some of the best-performing, value-for-money tyres in the market. The rapid increase in demand that we have witnessed over the last few years is a credit to the product’s quality, availability and value for money.”  

Nürburgring – the name alone sets the hearts of Motorsport fans racing. This racetrack is one of the longest, most steeped in tradition, demanding and frequently-driven courses in the world - a veritable legend. From 26-28 June 2015 it is going to be particularly loud. That is when the racing heavyweights are bringing their up to 5 ton trucks to the Nürburgring to participate in the extremely popular Int. ADAC Truck Grand Prix for the 30th time.

SPEEDLINE TRUCK is part of it. As the leading supplier of forged light alloy wheels for commercial vehicles, the RONAL GROUP’s brand of wheels for trucks is supporting the tankpool24 racing team with the drivers André Kursim and Roland Rehfeld. For a few years now, both of their Mercedes racing trucks have been running exclusively on SPEEDLINE TRUCK light alloy wheels.

Andreas Pape, Head of Sales at SPEEDLINE TRUCK, describes his ambitions: “With their combination of extremely high performance, sportiness and special design, our especially lightweight wheels are perfectly suited to racing. Add to that the fact that our wheels are subjected to the harshest conditions at the ADAC Truck Grand Prix at Nürburgring and they will once again prove that SPEEDLINE TRUCK forging technology guarantees maximum strength in any racing situation.”

Kumho Tire recently announced that it has built an Internet of Things (IoT)-based product management system for both finished and semi-finished goods which leverages the RFID technology throughout the cycle from production to distribution.

An RFID tag, attached on all carriers for semi-finished goods at Kumho’s factories, allows for end-to-end monitoring from tracking and inventory control to receipt and shipment. All product information including movement data is captured and delivered through the receivers installed eight meters from the ground in the factory.

The newly enhanced system enables Kumho to further improve its quality control by strictly applying its first-in-first-out policy and controlling production in real time. In addition, efficient management of its semi-finished goods helps the tyre-maker avert customer complaints, resulting in greater customer confidence and satisfaction.

First Stop is delighted to become the first tyre group in the UK to be accepted by the country’s unique female friendly Tyre Services Register, guaranteeing women drivers will never be overcharged in any of their 76 branches.

First Stop retail centres join a growing network of UK garages, accident repairers and car dealers that have been approved as female friendly by meeting the quality standards required by FOXY Lady Drivers Club. Approved businesses are required to sign the FOXY Lady Promise to 'never overcharge, patronise or sell women services they don't need'.

Stuart Eagland, First Stop Retail’s Business Development Manager, said: “The business case for getting service levels right for women is compelling.

“Women are increasingly independent and wealthy, buying half of all new cars and garage services. We welcome this opportunity to prove that we know how to treat women with the respect they deserve as well as offering tyre fitting services we know they really appreciate.”

Garry Jennings achieved a sensational overall victory recently on Joule Donegal International Rally (June 19-21), using his Kumho-shod Subaru S12B to beat Declan Boyle’s Ford Fiesta WRC into second place by no less than 1 minute 7.1 seconds. This is the second time 2013 Irish Rally Champion Jennings has won the island’s premier event in the last four years.

This memorable victory was achieved using Kumho’s latest stiffer-cased CO3 tarmac rally tyres in K51 compound. Commenting on the result Kumho Motorsport’s Steve Thompson remarked: “This was a truly dominant drive by Garry, who left his rivals trailing in his wake. Following the event he sent me a text that simply said ‘the tyres were class’, and on everybody’s behalf I’d like to congratulate those in our ever-innovative R&D department for producing yet another winning product.”

A year ago, Kumho Tyre (UK) Ltd (KTUK) announced the formation of a direct sales operation to complement the long-standing network of ECSTA Performance Centres it operates with Micheldever Tyre Services. Much has been achieved in the ensuing 12 months, and the company has now appointed the highly-experienced Karl Naylor to the newly-formed role of National Sales Manager in order to oversee this aspect of its burgeoning business.

Reporting to Sales Director Kevin Peck, Naylor will lead the car tyre sales team in the further growth of business with Kumho’s own network of independent retailers, while simultaneously developing new market channels for the brand.

 

Protyre, the UK's independent chain of fast fit and mechanical centres, has announced its acquisition of Walkers Tyre Service, a well-established and successful business operating four sites in the Leicester area.

The deal is the latest in a series of acquisitions completed by the Micheldever Tyre Services Ltd owned business and brings the number of centres now operated under the Protyre brand to 70.

Last month, Micheldever revealed plans to expand the Protyre network to over 100 sites within the next 18 months. Nine sites have now been acquired and integrated into the Protyre family in the past twelve months.

Goodyear Dunlop has recently unveiled its all new dedicated fleet management service, HiQ Fleet Service (HiQFS).

Offering tailored, full service fleet management and 24/7, 365 mobile solutions, the new HiQFS network will be delivered through established, fast fit HiQ centres and partners with a dedicated contracted mobile network. This full service offering gives fleets an expert and reliable service, ensuring peace of mind for fleet operators and their drivers.  Quality is assured from the high standards already set by one of the UKís leading fast fit networks which is in turn, backed by Goodyear Dunlop  a global innovator in tyre technology.


Z Tyres is proud to be the platinum sponsor of the forthcoming ‘Kirtan for Causes’ benefit concert to be held at the unique Union Chapel venue in north London on 22 August, 2015. This special musical event will feature a collection of devotional songs (Kirtan) which will unfold within globally-inspired musical arrangements. The concert will be headlined by acclaimed singer Manika Kaur. With her latest album ‘I Bow to You Waheguru’, modern and classical, East and West meet in a sumptuous multi-textured production and featured excerpts have been viewed over nine million times on YouTube in recent months. 

 

 

Protyre, the retail arm of Micheldever Tyre Services, is expanding its new apprentice scheme following the early success of a trial intake.

The national tyre retailer took on its first nine apprentices in February, but the positive response to the programme, from both centre managers and the new employees, has meant that it can accelerate plans to roll out the scheme across its entire network of 70 centres.

Landsail and Grouptyre are celebrating their third anniversary this June, having returned a steady increase of unit sales to over 1.5 million pieces per year.
Grouptyre, the UKís leading independent tyre wholesaler, became the sole distributor of Landsail in the UK and Ireland, three years ago.
As the size range continues to grow and Landsail’s network of key dealerships goes from strength to strength, the companies will continue to work together to achieve clear targets of increased market share and consumer awareness.

The Honda HR-V will be rolling out across European showrooms this summer, with the option to order the new compact SUV equipped with Falken tyres.
Customers who prefer a sportier look for their Honda HR-V wheels can choose the ZIEX ZE914 ECORUN 225/45R18 91W as an option.
The Falken ZIEX ZE914 ECORUN provides excellent grip, low rolling noise, improved rolling resistance and excels with its sports performance and economy.


Continentalís ContiSportContact 5 has taken top spot in this yearís Ultimate tyre test from the UK's no1 weekly selling car magazine, Auto Express.
For many years the Auto Express summer tyre test has been the benchmark for performance, celebrating the best of the best in the summer tyre market. The awards highlight exceptional performance, quality, safety, desirability and value. They are seen within the motoring industry as a stamp of approval that offers motoring enthusiasts confidence when looking for their next summer tyre purchase.

ATS Euromaster has launched MasterCARE, a new service package for cars, 4x4s, vans, trucks, trailers, buses and coaches designed to provide easy access to a range of pre-emptive tyre safety checks.

The package is focused on scheduled, electronically managed tyre inspections to minimise the risk of tyre failures and prolong tyre life, through optimal tyre maintenance and identifying potential service issues before they lead to vehicle downtime.

Managers can rely on ATS Euromaster to provide honest feedback of exactly what is required to keep their tyres in good condition, thanks to ATS Euromaster’s nationwide team of inspectors and the largest mobile tyre fitting fleet in the UK.

Continuing its growth in 2015, CAM has appointed Dan Holton as technical delivery consultant to facilitate and support the provision of systems into customers to meet designated KPIs.

Dan has 10 years’ experience in IT systems and analyst roles, delivering support to improve processes for organisations such as the NHS, BAE Systems and Pandi.

Mike Allen, managing director of CAM, says, “Dan’s expertise in working to KPIs will continue to support the technical delivery of our systems into customers to meet their requirements and anticipate their future growth needs.”

Maxxis has recently held its fourth annual Asian and African Distributor Conference in Shanghai, China. The conference drew over 300 attendees from 45 countries across Asia and Africa as well as Europe, Australia and North, Central and South America.

The conference allowed company officials to recognise and reward distributors who delivered outstanding performance in 2014.

Attendees also toured Maxxis’ world-class tyre proving ground, one of the largest and most advanced in China, as well as the company’s Shanghai factory and R&D centre. Each distributor was treated to a ride around the proving ground with a test driver, who tackled the course’s 45-degree banks at speeds of up to 260 kilometres an hour. 

Yokohama had a blast recently with the second UK venue of three 'Clarkson, Hammond and May Live' tours held at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield.

Following on from a superb debut event in Belfast a week earlier, the second round again featured Yokohama tyres on the stunt vehicles used in the spectacular show and was an even bigger success.

Thousands turned out to witness the antics of TV's most famous presenting trio and a host of support drivers and vehicles in what is arguably the world's most exciting and spectacular live action car show.

The tour now takes on an international flavour, with the event heading overseas until it returns, complete with Yokohama-shod vehicles, to the UK with the final 5 shows of the season being held at the O2 Arena on from 27-29 November.

For more information, go to www.clarksonhammandandmaylive.com  and for Yokohamas tyres, go to www.yokohama.co.uk.

National Tyres and Autocare have rewarding career opportunities available right across the UK due to company expansion.

To view these exciting opportunities go to the Jobs Vacancy page.

A study into the financial health of UK’S largest 913 Tyre Dealers has revealed as many as 117 need an urgent survival plan, either from an injection of capital, a radical cost reduction scheme or financial restructuring if they’re to continue to trade.

Plimsoll’s latest research has investigated the overall financial performance of each of the UK’s leading Tyre Dealers and scored each on their financial health. Each company has been given a rating of either strong, good mediocre, caution or danger.

David Pattison, Plimsoll’s Senior Analyst, said:  “We tested this method of analysis over the previous 28 years and have found that many companies who have failed had a caution or danger rating up to two years prior to their demise. This danger rating acts as a warning and action must be taken to return a business back to a better financial footing.”

 With India's most largest and successful tyre show now just one month away from opening – Tyrexpo India 2015 continues to gather increasing momentum from both potential exhibitors and visitors.

Taking place in Chennai between the 7th and 9th July at the prestigious Chennai Trade Centre this latest event promises to be the largest and most successful tyre show ever. Apart from the growing amount of Indian and international tyre companies who have already committed to investing in a stand at the show, there is still time for any additional businesses who are looking to further enhance their business relationships/partnerships in India to register as an exhibitor.

For the very first time at the Tyrexpo India show, the TyreTalk Seminar Series will be making its debut. Also there will be equally important business opportunities in the new Workshop Equipment & Tyre Accessories Business in India Zone which is incorporated within the main area of the show.

Finally the show will host the Tyre & Rubber Industry Leadership Acknowledgement (TRILA) Awards which will be looking to recognise, and reward recognition for the products and services provided by the international tyre and rubber industry. 

Singapore based Stamford Tyres Corporation Limited, one of South East Asia's leading and most successful independent tyre and wheel distributors has recently celebrated its 40th Anniversary in partnership with Sumitomo Rubber Industries (SRI).

In early May, a special 'Celebratory Dinner' was staged and hosted at the Singapore home of Stamford Tyres President, Mr Wee Kok Wah and his wife Dawn Wee (Executive Director) in honour of Mr Ikuji Ikkeda, President and CEO of SRI to commemorate this distinctive milestone between the two companies.

The highly successful partnership between Stamford Tyres and SRI commenced in 1975 and  coincided with the introduction of the highly successful brand of Ohtsu tyres with the launch of Falken tyres following in 1983.

Ambitious, technologically savvy Essex-based tyre fitment start-up TYRE-Smart is investing significantly in CAM technology which will optimise its stock availability and prices on the web, attracting and maximising e-commerce sales opportunities and speeding up transactions in real time to consumers.

Glen Head recently set up TYRE-Smart with his brother Jamie after selling their former tyre business back in 2008.  Energised by their previous success, the business partners are now seeing significant opportunities to develop their business in the region and have identified a more agile, unencumbered business model to compete with the more traditional tyre operators in the area. 

Glen says, “After coming back into the industry we decided to look at new software providers that could enable us to achieve our business model.  CAM is the market leader by far.  With its OTC system it can link our stock codes to supplier codes to optimise the timeliness of sellout data through the web, which means that consumers will see we have a lot of stock to offer via our supply partners.  While others told us this couldn’t be achieved, CAM will provide us with the solution we need and more.”     

The latest data viewed by TTN on the Sell-Out Price position within the UK Tyre Market, reveals that the significant price erosions seen in 2014 have continued into the first quarter of this year.

We reported last year how prices across most sectors experienced declines from April, post a relatively stable position seen previous to that. Since then, over the last 12 months, prices have fallen approx. 10% with no obvious sign of this trend stopping/ slowing down any time soon.

Looking at Encircle’s data by Channel reveals the extent of the reductions seen. In March last year, for example, the average price position (the average of all sizes and brands collated based upon market representative quotas) for the National Fast Fits (ATS, Kwik Fit and National) was £106.06 (fully fitted inclusive of VAT). By March 2015, this average had fallen to £95.60.

It is with deep sadness that Stamford Tyres in Singapore has confirmed that one of their long standing and experienced personnel – David Brooks has passed away. David died on Sunday 31st May, finally losing his brave fight against cancer.

David (69) worked in the tyre industry for almost 44 years, initially joining Derbyshire based OTR Tyres in 1971 and was responsible for the operation of their retreading division before joining Stamford Tyres in Singapore in 1997 as a Consultant for their OTR division.

During the eighteen years David worked with Stamford Tyres he was an integral part of the company's ongoing development of its mining tyre division in various parts of the world with a particular emphasis on the Indonesian market.

TyreSafe will be supporting the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) Road Safety Week 2015 by offering a range of tyre safety education and awareness materials available for participants to use in communities’ activities.                                        

The week, which runs from 8th – 14th June, will see the UK’s fire and rescue services promoting road safety messages with a focus on the issue of young driver distraction.

“The Fire Service is on the frontline of road safety, not only dealing with the aftermath of accidents but also actively educating motorists in how they can reduce risks out on the roads,” said Stuart Jackson, chairman, TyreSafe.

“TyreSafe has consistently supported the Fire Service in its efforts to improve road safety and we are delighted to extend the offer of our resources once again to all organisations taking part in Road Safety Week 2015.”

A Hunter HawkEye Elite TD alignment system has contributed to John Mulholland Motors (JMM) in Randasltown, Northern Ireland, winning Skoda’s coveted ‘retailer of the year’ award, and adding thousands of pounds of additional labour sales in the process.

Since introducing the system six months ago, JMM typically measure the alignment of 10 vehicles per day and sell 20 alignment jobs per month which adds around £15,000 of additional labour sales per year.

Due to the owner retiring a well-established business is for sale in the county of Hertfordshire. 

Interested please send your email to tyres'tyretradenews.co.uk where it will be handled in a confidential manner.

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