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After their official opening in the UK in early 2015, specialist TPMS and valve manufacturer Hamaton Ltd are pleased to look back on a year that has seen the business go from strength to strength, with increasing sales and an enhanced reputation developing throughout the global TPMS market.

Part of the Hamaton Automotive Technology Co. Group based in China, Hamaton Ltd is the European headquarters for the business, and has already established a strong network of distribution partners across the continent.

One particular focus area for the business in Europe is the highly competitive German market. During the coldest months, due to snow and ice on the roads, German law requires that drivers change over to their winter tyres. As it is recommended that sensors are serviced every time a tyre is replaced to maintain efficiency, Hamaton Ltd have been able to develop substantial brand awareness for their service parts in Germany, as well as many other European countries.

A spokesperson from Autogem told Tyre Trade News, "Autogem are delighted to announce the acquisition of their new 42,000 square foot facility in Park Royal, London. The site was originally designed and developed by the fashion label Duck & Cover and is being modified in the coming months to a bespoke design for Autogem.”

Managing Director, Prashant Chopra, commented, “We have been actively seeking premises for three years and are delighted to have found such a prestigious site only a few hundred yards away from our existing distribution hub. We would like to thank all the customers that put their faith in us 10 years ago when we bought Autogem for sticking with us, as without their loyalty we would never have made it to such an auspicious day."

In January 2017, Air-Seal Products launched their new environmentally friendly Tyre Sealant. It will be the same great product that has been helping companies save money on puncture costs and downtime over the past 17 years, but will be even better for the environment.

Air-Seal has always been a well known eco friendly product as it makes tyres last for longer meaning that fewer tyres end up in landfill and because it helps maintain the correct tyre pressure it helps save on fuel costs too. Tyres treated with our products can still be retreaded as well as being able to recycle the sealant to reuse it when you change your tyres, a key advantage over inferior products.

New for 2017, the Heavy Duty range will become environmentally friendly by using Propylene instead of Ethylene Glycol. Apart from this and our new label nothing else changes, the product still works exactly the same, it just becomes even more environmentally friendly!

If you want to reduce your carbon footprint, choose Air-Seal Products Heavy Duty Tyre Sealant – It just works!

Sava Tyres, southeast Europe’s leading tyre brand, is launching the Sava Cargo 4 HL trailer tyre for greater load capacity.  The new 385/65R22.5 tyre has a 5,000 kg load capacity allowing 10 tonne axle loads to meet the increasing permitted weights in Europe.  As well as the benefit of payload optimization, the new tyre is fuel efficient, offers high mileage and caries the M+S marking, which is required in European countries to qualify as winter tyre.

“The ability that new Sava Cargo 4 HL 10 tonne trailer tyre gives to maximize payloads coupled to the low fuel consumption this tyre offers means increased profits for operators.  This robust tyre also provides good mileage and is an interesting choice for fleet operators that are looking for an European quality product at an attractive price.  Especially taking into account the high level of retreadability due to the robust carcass construction which also helps reducing operational costs,” said Marc Preedy, Commercial Director Goodyear Dunlop Tyres Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Martyn Pointer, 51, has been appointed Commercial Director of Agriculture at Michelin, with responsibility for the UK, Ireland and the Nordics. He replaces Mike Lawton, who has taken on the position of Head of Communications, after five years in the role.

Pointer joined the Michelin team in 2013 as Country Distribution Development Manager for the UK and Ireland, focusing on the car, van and truck product lines. He then changed positions to become National Sales Manager for the car, 4x4 and LCV product lines, overseeing a team of 20.

Commenting on his appointment, Pointer says: “I am really excited about my new role as farmers and contractors are extremely clued up about tyres, and yet face a completely different set of challenges to customers of virtually every other Michelin product line.

“My first priority is meeting a cross-section of customers across all markets to better understand their individual challenges for the year ahead and how we can best support them. At Michelin, we recognise that over the next 30 years farmers will have to produce more with very little extra land, in order to feed an ever-increasing population. As product technology is going to be pivotal to their future success, this is a fascinating area of the business to be working in.”

For more information about the range of Michelin farm tyres available visit http://agricultural.michelin.co.uk or tweet @MichelinAgriUK.

Cooper Tire Europe has signed as the presenting sponsor and official tyre supplier of the RX2 International Series, the rebranded feeder series to the FIA World Rallycross Championship, which was formerly known as RX Lites. With this sponsorship, the series has been renamed the RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires.

As the sole tyre supplier, all drivers in the series will be on high-performance Cooper rallycross tyres, which are supplied to both the World RX and RX2 teams. The RX2 tyre is smaller in radius and diameter than the World RX tyre, but manufactured using a similar construction. 

To coincide with this year’s National Pothole Day on Monday 16th January, AlloyGator is launching a special competition to save drivers from having to put up with unsightly scuffed and scratched alloy wheels on their prized motors, often caused by potholes and kerbs.

The ‘Save My Alloys’ competition will give motorists the opportunity to bag a set of fully fitted super-tough nylon AlloyGators to smarten up their damaged alloy wheels and also protect them from future unfortunate pothole and kerb related encounters. All entrants will need to do to be in with a chance of winning the fantastic prize is post a picture of their sorry looking alloys to the AlloyGator Facebook page or post to Instagram with the tag @alloygatorofficial.

“The deteriorating state of the country’s roads has become a big problem for motorists in recent years with potholes becoming ever more difficult to avoid. We’ve seen an increase in enquiries from frustrated drivers who have had to pay out for alloy wheel damage caused by potholes and want to avoid it happening again,” commented Curt Rathbone, managing director at AlloyGator.

Once again Pirelli was at the Autosport International show, which took place at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre in January to kick off the 2017 motorsport season.

This year a host of driver Q&As took place on the Pirelli stand featuring some of the company’s top British stars, who have distinguished themselves through their use of Pirelli tyres throughout the 2016 season. These included GT driver Alexander Sims, the winner of last year’s Spa 24 Hours, British GT champion Derek Johnston, McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner Lando Norris and GT Cup winner Jordan Witt, among a number of others.

Also making an appearance was Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery, who is in charge of all Pirelli’s motorsport activities. He talked about what competition means to Pirelli and previewing the season ahead.

 

Available in sizes ranging from 15 – 20 inches, Yokohama has added a new tyre to its highly regarded range of SUV tyres, the Geolandar A/T G015.

Developed for the latest generation of SUVs, the all-terrain G015, which features the 3 peak snowflake mark, is set to become the flagship all terrain tyre in Yokohama’s Geolandar range thanks to a number of technical innovations which deliver better wear performance, better traction and improved ride comfort.

The tyre incorporates the latest compound technology which not only increases wear resistance, but also improves grip in wet, icy and snowy conditions, making it a full winter tyre. The tyre’s new tread pattern has been optimised to also deliver better wet braking, improved hydroplaning resistance and lower noise. Meanwhile the contact patch design ensures even wear and better durability.

“The introduction of the new Geolandar G015 is an exciting addition to our expanding and evolving range of premium, high performance tyres,” comments David Seward, managing director of Yokohama HPT Ltd. “SUVs continue to be one of the most popular vehicle segments in the UK so we are looking forward to offering drivers of those vehicles a new level of tyre performance.

Yokohama HPT is expanding its range of high performance tyres available to drivers in the UK, with the addition of the new directional ADVAN FLEVA V701 tyre.

Available in sizes ranging from 15 – 20 inches, the new tyre delivers sporty handling and superior wet grip for executive, family saloon and hatchback cars. Indeed, the tyre has achieved an EU wet grip grading of ‘A’ and offers low levels of noise at just 67-69 dB.

“The new ADVAN FLEVA V701 is a welcome addition to our highly regarded range of high-performance car tyres,” comments David Seward, managing director, Yokohama HPT Ltd. “Designed to offer superior levels of wet grip, good environmental credentials and low levels of noise and rolling resistance, it is sure to appeal to a wide range of drivers.”

The launch of the ADVAN FLEVA V701 comes as Yokohama, Japan’s oldest tyre manufacturer, commences it centenary year celebrations. In addition to its award-winning range of high performance road tyres which are chosen by a growing number of premium vehicle manufacturers as original equipment, Yokohama’s products are used in many high-profile motorsport series around the world such as the FIA World Touring Car Series. Indeed, competitors in more than 20 motorsport series in the UK will compete on Yokohama tyres in 2017.

For more information about the new ADVAN FLEVA V701 visit www.yokohama.co.uk.

 

Following the success of Dunlop’s latest RoadSmart III in independent tests, Dunlop have announced the extension of the acclaimed range with a new variant designed for the growing premium touring and sport scooter market.

The new Dunlop RoadSmart III SChas been designed to provide a high level of all-season performance and durability and sits above the well-established ScootSmart in Dunlop’s comprehensive portfolio.

The top-level of the scooter market has become popular with riders seeking a comfortable commuting bike but also demanding sporty and agile handling akin to a nimble sports-touring bike. This crossover of requirements presents an interesting challenge for tyre design which is why Dunlop have chosen to combine proven and new technologies to meet these tough demands.

The RoadSmart III SC uses the same Interconnecting Groove Tread (iGT) pattern as the RoadSmart III. This gives optimal water evacuation and even wear. The Jointless Belt (JLB) construction is another technology inherited from the sport touring tyre. The use of JLB, (which maintains a stable contact patch and reduces distortion and excessive heat build-up) is a first for the Scooter sector.

Making its UK debut at Autosport International, Yokohama has introduced a brand new, road-legal competition tyre to its range of high performance motorsport tyres.

Providing drivers with the ultimate sport performance, the ADVAN A052 comes in 19 sizes ranging from 16 to 18 inches. As the successor to Yokohama’s popular ADVAN A048, the new tyre provides unprecedented levels of grip in both wet and dry conditions. The tyre’s tread design has been developed from Yokohama’s established tarmac rally tyre range while the company’s design and manufacturing standards have been applied to ensure it also delivers a favourable environmental performance, meeting Europe’s rigorous rolling resistance and tyre noise regulations.

“The new ADVAN A052 offers race competitors, track day enthusiasts and those with modified or tuned cars a whole new level of performance,” comments Mark Evans, head of motorsport for Yokohama HPT. “Quite simply, the extreme levels of grip offered in both wet and dry conditions is sure to help everyone looking to improve their performance or reduce their lap times.”

For more details about the new ADVAN A052 or Yokohama’s full range of high performance competition tyres, visit www.yokohama.co.uk/tyres/motorsports-tyres.

The Toyo T1-Sport has been one of its maker's most successful products, a tyre able to perform at the limit on the road, and in all seasons and conditions. This multi-faceted ability has made it a firm favourite with performance drivers of all types and tastes, in the process earning it an enviable reputation. Never one to rest on its collective laurels, Toyo has wasted no time in drawing up a replacement for the T1-Sport, the Proxes Sport, a tyre that builds on Toyo's decades’ worth of experience to deliver superior wet and dry weather handling, stopping and comfort. Launching at the Autosport Show 2017, this tyre is bound to become a performance benchmark.

One of Toyo's undoubted strengths is its ability to design and manufacturer tyres that are truly multi-talented, able to excel in both wet and dry weather conditions, and when being pushed to the ragged edge. The Proxes Sport is very much a product of this thinking, its unique Nano Balance Technology effectively enabling the tyre to make the most of its all new compound, one that's able to deliver huge levels of grip in all weather conditions.

The stats don't lie, the Toyo Proxes Sport really is an astonishingly capable tyre, more than fit to follow on from the illustrious T1-Sport. Available in a wide variety of sizes and fitments, it will no doubt make a fine addition to the wheels of any performance car – whether or not it will be driven on a track.

The Toyo Proxes Sport is available in the following sizes. Prices will be in line with Toyo's existing range of high-performance tyres.

Leicester-based bulk aggregate haulier BMD Transport has cut its monthly tyre bill by 25 per cent after switching to a Michelin policy.

The family-run company reported the savings soon after switching its entire fleet to the premium fitments, and expects to see further reductions in running costs as it takes advantage of the tyres’ multiple lives. 

Declan Chokar, Director and Transport Manager at BMD Transport, says: “Although we previously had a premium tyre policy in place with another manufacturer, the return on investment since switching to Michelin puts the company’s tyres head and shoulders above the rest.

“It was Michelin’s reputation in the marketplace for offering the optimum blend of safe, reliable, fuel-efficient and long-lasting tyres that made us switch to Michelin rubber throughout our fleet.”

Later, and thanks to an above-average casing acceptance rate of 86.9 per cent, the firm gives its regrooved tyres a new lease of life by having them retreaded by Michelin into ‘Remix’ tyres.

 

Remix tyres offer virtually the same performance as a new Michelin tyre, but cost around 40 per cent less, further increasing the cost savings for BMD Transport.

 

With Met Office yellow warnings of snow and below zero temperatures across much of the UK forecast for the end of this week TyreSafe, the UK’s tyre safety charity, is urging motorists to ensure their tyres are suitable for the adverse driving conditions.

The last time Britain experienced widespread heavy snowfalls and record low temperatures was the winter of 2010 to 2011 – over six years ago and long enough for motorists to forget just how treacherous driving in these conditions can be. The Met Office has warned that cold northerly winds will bring frequent snow showers through Thursday and into Friday and freezing overnight temperatures.

Having received the prestigious IAAF (Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation) CV Supplier of Excellence award in 2015, Banner Batteries – a globally recognised manufacturer of batteries and battery accessories – has secured another of the Federation’s top accolades this time round. 

Fending off the interests of some 19 nominations within the Car Supplier category, Banner was esteemed as the ‘Car Supplier of Excellence’ Award Winner 2016. 

Presented to Banner Batteries’ Country Manager, Lee Quinney at the IAAF’s Annual Awards ceremony held at the ICC in Birmingham recently, the event once again attracted another record number of nominations.

Banner Batteries Country Manager, Lee Quinney (centre left) and Key Accounts Manager, Alec Morgan (centre right), celebrate receiving the IAAF Car Supplier of Excellence Award from guest speaker and renowned political correspondent, John Sergeant (right). Looking on is Tim Entwistle from Elcome. 

 

Camso launches its usage intensity calculator that facilitates tyre selection in forklift applications and helps to reduce operating costs.

“As off-the-road mobility niche specialists, we believe that to ensure the lowest operating cost solution (LOCS) of a forklift, you need to have the right yire for the application you’re running,” says Erick Bellefleur, Product Line Director Material Handling. “Understanding the intensity of that application is key to maximizing tire life and ultimately, the payback on your tyre investment,” continues Bellefleur.

Understanding application intensity

Camso has developed its usage intensity calculator, a web-based tool that quantifies different levels of forklift application intensities. Fact-based, built on thousands of hours of testing, it takes into account parameters like lift capacity, working environment as well as idle, travel and maneuvering time. In a few clicks, the systems outputs a forklifts’ application intensity score. It also offers a recommended Solideal tyre manufactured by Camso promising maximum tyre life for the application analyzed.

 Johnathan Forman of Auto-4 has said, "Please look out for Auto4’s NEW YEAR NEW DEALS insert in this months Tyre Trade News. Special offers on SICE Tyre Changers, SICE Wheel Balancers, SICE Lifts and SICE Aligners. Please hurry as the offers only last until the 28th February 2017."

The entire range of the tire trade company Andia International is now also available online: In January, the new online shop with more than 30,000 constantly available products in the fields of truck, MTP and EM tyres. The tyre retailer can now also check prices and availabilities online at any time and order it directly and comfortably around the clock.

The new shop is intended to support and relieve customers in their everyday order process. It provides numerous information and technical specifications for each tyre, recommends product alternatives and offers the possibility to compare several tyres directly with each other. Specific sizes and profiles should always be kept in mind in memory lists and individual favorites. All products can also be provided with a particular request price via the price alert, which automatically notifies the customer when they are exceeded. Current offers and price lists are available in the customer account for download on demand. More information and a list of all new features are available at http://www.andia-international.com/en/webshop-announce/.

The new Andia International Online-Shop will be available starting mid-January for customers and prospective customers at shop.andia-international.com. The orders are processed as usual by a sales consultant in the countries language. Customers will automatically receive an e-mail with their access data and new customers can always contact the Andia International sales team.

ISN Europe is delighted to announce the addition of Adam Smith as Group Marketing Manager in a move that reaffirms the company’s commitment to maintaining strong growth within the Automotive sector.

Working in a newly established position, Adam’s role will be to take a strategic position alongside the existing marketing teams, maximising opportunities for growth and execute marketing projects across the group. Adam will support Hofmann Megaplan, J&S Products and AMN Garage Services & Equipment as well as their customer base. Together, ISN and Adam have earmarked a number key projects across national & independent automotive supply, focussing on ensuring stockists and resellers of ISN get the support and advice they need.

“It’s great to be able to welcome Adam on board at ISN. His vast array of marketing experience and willingness to engage with all key stakeholders make him a valuable asset, as our company’s reputation is built not just on the high performance of our tools but also on our high-quality relations with suppliers and customers,” commented James Boon Executive Director at ISN.

For more information please visit http://www.isn-europe.co.uk

 

The strength of Bridgestone’s bus and coach tyre offering has been further underscored after securing a significant fleet agreement with one of the UK’s leading public transport providers.

A pence per mile contract has been agreed with Tower Transit Group, which comprises of two of its UK businesses, Tower Transit Operations Ltd which operates 500 buses on TfL contracts and Whippet Coaches Group that operate express coaches, as well as a further 70 Stage carriage buses.

Tower Transit’s Group Engineering Director Satnam Cheema said: “Bridgestone gave me a lot of confidence through their proposed transition plan. This gave me the assurance that switching supplier would bring minimum risk and we would continue to receive a quality service.

“Effective tyre management is very important to us, particularly because we pride ourselves on delivering some of the highest vehicle maintenance standards in the industry. Bridgestone’s contract is designed to proactively monitor and manage each and every tyre. This then lends itself to improved fuel consumption and maximised tyre life. At the same time, we ensure that all statutory and safety levels are achieved and that there is minimum disruption to the operation of our bus fleet.”

The activities, partnerships and results arising from TyreSafe’s work throughout 2016 were a fitting way to mark the organisation’s tenth anniversary year. In addition to achieving charity status, TyreSafe built on the momentum of previous years through ever-more influential projects and engagement, which were crowned with record-breaking reach across all media channels for the tyre safety message.

In the media, TyreSafe achieved nearly 1100 pieces of coverage, with a combined circulation of over 104 million – almost 40% higher than in any other year. Online, TyreSafe’s coverage on news websites provided over 1.1 billion opportunities to see, and tyresafe.org also attracted a quarter of a million unique users, up a remarkable 65%. Meanwhile, across social media channels, an 80% rise on Facebook impressions, and an astonishing 118% rise on Twitter were recorded.

Briefing & Awards

Following a highly successful event in 2016 TyreSafe has confirmed the Belfry Resort, Wishaw, as the venue for its 2017 Awards on 6 July 2017. The awards will follow the Tyre Safety Month Briefing, which will take place earlier in the day.

Organisations planning to make a submission to the TyreSafe Awards are asked to keep track of all their tyre safety activities and ensure they’re available for the gala dinner and ceremony. Further details for those wishing to submit entries, or reserve places at either the gala evening or Briefing, will be made available in 2017.

The UK’s biggest and best event for the road transport, distribution and logistics industries is now open for visitor registration via the official website www.cvshow.com

The 2017 Show, which takes place at the NEC, Birmingham, from 25-27 April, has already attracted close to 400 exhibitors, a number that’s set to grow further in the weeks leading up to the event. The Show also sees the return of two heavy truck manufactures, DAF and MAN, along with Guest Trucks, a major distributor for Iveco.

Almost 21,000 visitors attended CV Show 2016, and to accommodate the rising number of visitors and exhibitors this year’s show will be 10% bigger than last year’s, with the floorplan, A-Z of exhibitors and product locator listed under the ‘For Visitors’ tab at www.cvshow.com

As the largest and most comprehensive road transport, distribution and logistics event staged in Britain, The CV Show caters for every operator’s requirements and is purposely designed to be a one-stop shop for anyone involved in the sector.

CV Show Director, Rob Skelton, said: “Yet again, the CV Show promises visitors the opportunity to fulfil all of their sourcing needs under one roof. From truck, van and trailer manufacturers through to ancillary service providers, the show is the perfect business-to-business environment for any individual or company involved in road transport.

“In 2017, the show is significantly bigger and we look forward to building yet again on visitor numbers, which increased to almost 21,000 in 2016. As such, we encourage visitors to register now for a free entry pass and also to receive important updates in the run-up to the event.”

To register to attend the CV Show for free, go to www.cvshow.com

Michelin has appointed Jonathan Layton, 45, as National Sales Manager Fleet, UK and Republic of Ireland. A veteran Michelin man, Layton assumes the role after more than 15 years at the company.

The role will see Layton managing the company’s team of key account managers to ensure excellent quality of service across its car and van fleet customers, which ranges from leasing companies, utilities providers and home delivery companies, to major blue-chip multi-nationals – responsible for operating some of the largest car and van fleets in country. He will also focus on extending the company’s premium tyre policies to prospective fleet customers.

Commenting on his new position, Layton says: “Michelin has a well-founded reputation for being at least one step ahead of the curve, and I’m delighted to be taking on my new role at such an exciting time for the business.

Micheldever Tyre Services, the exclusive General Tire distributor for England, Scotland and Wales, and the largest General Tire dealer in Europe, has reported record sales of General Car, Van and 4x4 tyres in 2016.

Sales volumes for the General Tire brand in 2016, increased by more than 50 percent for MTS and the company saw many of its individual General Tire dealers experience record sales of their own.

MTS Wholesale sales director, Alan Baldwin, commented: “2016 was an incredible year for the General brand in the UK market, General Tire passenger car and van tyre sales in particular saw huge growth, with premium manufacturer quality and performance delighting consumers, and the product’s superb tread life ensuring the best possible customer retention for dealers.

General Tire enters 2017 with a number of new product lines, which MTS sees as the perfect platform for further growth.

Alan Baldwin

In September Bridgestone promised a treat for XJ220 lovers everywhere, and the engineers and Don Law XJ220 are well on track.  

 The legendary XJ220 - chassis no.004 - wearing new hand-made shoes has been under continuous testing at the Bridgestone proving ground near Rome. This iconic British supercar is on its way to having all-new perfectly fitted tyres, taking full advantage of the 25 years of technological advance at Bridgestone. 

 In their quest to ensure this evolution of tyre design and performance also matches the original targets for the vehicle, Don Law and Bridgestone brought together the original band of drivers and engineers; they are now back in town and ready to roll! 

Wheel alignment equipment specialist ABSOLUTE ALIGNMENT has stepped up to be the sponsor of the inaugural Citroen C1 Challenge. The challenge is based around a standard version of the original C1 with modifications strictly limited to safety and a C1 Racing Club-supplied handling pack, and races are long-distance endurance events in the UK and Europe with the highlight being the 24 hour race at Spa Francorchamps in October (further details www.c1racing.club)  

Managing director of Absolute Alignment, Chris Dear, says: “We were looking for a new racing challenge after many years in historic MGs, and the C1 seemed great fun. The more I researched the project the more appealing it became, and the attraction of racing in Europe is high.

“C1 racing is a great platform for Absolute Alignment to demonstrate its products, as with a low-powered car perfect set up is vital to ensure top performance. Our wheel alignment equipment has been used by top racers over the past few years, including Dan Welch in the BTCC and many successful Caterham teams.

The challenge is being launched during the Autosport International show at the NEC, Birmingham, 12th – 15th January. Absolute Alignment’s car will be on the BARC stand where Chris Dear will be on hand to answer questions. Absolute Alignment also has its own stand (7752) where the latest in alignment technology will be displayed. For more information on the range of equipment available visit www.absolutealignment.co.uk  

 

The Parts Alliance’s South West region has been nominated for a prestigious national CAT magazine Award.

There will be a total of six CAT 2017 awards to celebrate leading achievements within the UK aftermarket. The Parts Alliance (South West) has been recognised in a shortlist of only four businesses in contention to be named ‘Factor Chain of the Year’.

This year’s annual celebration will mark the 10th awards, and Haymarket’s leading aftermarket title is promising ‘a few tricks to keep the event fresh’. It will be held on 10th February at Manchester’s renowned Lowry Hotel. 

Paul Dineen, South West Regional Business Director and Head of Garage Programmes at The Parts Alliance said: “We’re delighted to have been nominated as ‘Factor Chain of the Year’ as it’s great recognition of the business the team’s been working to build up here.

“We’re very much hoping that customers and suppliers around the UK will take the time to vote for us as what we’ve achieved this year in the South West is very much the result of a national effort from the group, our suppliers and our customer base.”

You can vote for ‘The Parts Alliance (South West)’ now in seconds, simply by visiting http://tinyurl.com/h6o3or2 .

Cooper Tire Europe has challenged three Arsenal players to the ultimate test of precision: Football Darts.

To coincide with the BDO Lakeside World Professional Darts Championships, Cooper Tire has released its latest film, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezVtAAZ45V8, featuring midfielder Granit Xhaka, winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and goalkeeper Petr Čech going head-to-head in a highly competitive game of Football Darts to see who has the accuracy required to master this new sport.     

Starting the game with a score of 301, the players aimed the ‘dart balls’ at the giant dartboard in a race to zero, and the chance to be named Cooper’s Football Darts champion.

Cooper Tire Europe Marketing Communications Manager, Sarah McRoberts, said, “Arsenal’s players have once again demonstrated their skills of accuracy and precision by taking on our latest challenge. They always seem enthralled by what we are planning for them next!

“We find engaging with football fans through creating competitive and fun contests with the players, helps us to get the Cooper brand in front of a mass audience and increase awareness of our high performance tyres.”

For more information about Cooper Tire Europe, go to www.coopertire.co.uk. Find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Maxxis recently appointed Andrew Reitzner as the company’s new key account manager for specialist tyres. The father of two, and football fanatic, brings with him an extensive range of tyre industry knowledge, and will be responsible for driving client relationships across the brand’s trailer and turf portfolio.

Within this role, Andrew will work alongside existing key distributors, to deliver training, marketing information and promotional campaigns.  He also aims to seek new opportunities for growth in market sectors such as high-speed trailer, ATV, UTV, grey tyre market,  lawn & turf and implement, with the vision of opening new avenues and attracting more consumers to Maxxis’ current range of products.

Andrew believes he is well suited to Maxxis and endeavours to deliver success, as he states: “While this may be a slightly different market sector for me, I believe that Maxxis is a fantastic brand. I think customers, potential new clients and colleagues will also enjoy being dealt with in a professional yet approachable manner. My aim, for the moment, is to successfully intergrate into Maxxis’ leading market insight and product knowledge, in order to facilitate growth and ultimately add value to the company and our customers. I’m confident a technical and consultative approach is the right one for Maxxis.’’ 

To find out more about the Maxxis product range, visit www.maxxis.co.uk

At the start of its centenary year, Yokohama will launch a host of new high performance tyres for motorsport, road and off-road use at Autosport International, Europe’s largest indoor pre-season motorsport event, at the NEC, Birmingham next week.

A specifically designed road-legal race tyre, the ADVAN A052 will make its UK debut. For sports, tuned and performance car drivers, the new ADVAN Fleva V701 will also be on display. Finally, for drivers of SUVs and high performance off-road vehicles, the new Geolandar A/T G015 will also be revealed.

“As Japan’s oldest tyre manufacturer, Yokohama celebrates its centenary year in 2017 so it is only fitting that we will be kicking off the year at Autosport International with so many new and exciting product launches,” comments David Seward, managing director of Yokohama HPT. “Not only are our premium road tyres being selected as original equipment by a growing number of leading vehicle manufacturers, our motorsport tyres remain incredibly popular with those looking for the ultimate competitive performance. These new tyres are sure to add to this appeal.”

As well as seeing Yokohama’s new road and race tyres, visitors to the company’s stand – 2750, in Hall 20 will be able to immerse themselves and experience the thrills and exhilaration of a Special Circuit hot lap within the Nűrburgring in an exclusive virtual reality simulator. Visitors will be able to log their lap times, and the winner of the fastest lap of each day will win some exclusive Yokohama merchandise.

Independent workshop, K Brown Auto Repairs in Kings Lynn, is set for one of its most exciting and potentially profitable years ever after winning a Hunter PA200 Plus wheel alignment system with a list price of £15,000.

The system was offered by equipment supplier Pro-Align in a unique competition to mark the company’s 25th anniversary and will allow K Brown Auto Repairs to expand its service offering and substantially grow its wheel alignment business.

“Our congratulations go to Keith and all of his team on winning our 25th anniversary competition,” said Paul Beaurain, managing director, Pro-Align. “We’ve been lucky enough to work with some fantastic businesses in our 25 year history so this competition was designed to give something back and help transform the fortunes of one more business. Our lucky winner will now be able to experience for themselves the revolutionary and transformational power of Hunter imaging alignment.”

K Brown Auto Repairs was one of more than 300 businesses who entered Pro-Align’s competition which ran on the company’s website (www.pro-align.co.uk) towards the end of 2016. The winners were informed of their win in person by David Mendoza from Pro-Align who surprised the team with delivery of the prize just before Christmas. The aligner is due to be installed in January giving the workshop the opportunity to boost their alignment income immediately.

Road transport and fashion logistics specialist P&H Contract Services is to fit Michelin solutions’ EFFITRAILER™ system to 20 trailers as part of an ongoing fleet renewal, after the telematics package proved “incredibly useful” during a pilot scheme.

Michelin solutions’ EFFITRAILER system is built upon the installation of dedicated trailer telematics equipment, and includes an on-board datalink, tyre pressure monitoring system, and electronic braking system data analysis.

The three-year deal includes the six EFFITRAILER-equipped Cartwright trailers used in the pilot, while an additional six Don-Bur trailers will have the equipment installed by Michelin solutions technicians. This 12-strong fleet will then be joined by two new Don-Bur double-deckers and six more single-deck Cartwrights later in 2017, with these eight additional trailers coming direct from the factory equipped with the system. 

Michelin solutions has launched EFFITRAILER in Europe, and the telematics system can be installed on all trailer types equipped with EBS, regardless of age or manufacturer, and is available regardless of current or future tyre policy. This makes it suitable for the estimated 90 per cent of trailers in Europe which do not currently use telematics.

Established in 1987, P&H Contract Services is a specialist in Internet order fulfilment and fashion logistics. As well as its Heywood headquarters and a second site in the Greater Manchester town, the company’s fleet operates from depots in Dunstable, Gateshead and Rochdale. The company also provides warehousing facilities, and can further support clients with picking, packing and pallet distribution services.

Yourtyres.co.ukhas drawn a positive conclusion from its campaigns, measures, and activities in 2016. Andreas Faulstich, Head of B2B for Delticom AG, summarises: “Last year, we took many important steps along the path towards realising our expanded, partnership-based B2B service approach. Through the Delticom B2B services introduced in the spring, we especially want to enable independent workshops and dealers to benefit from the growing proportion of online trade, and to expand their businesses.” Yourtyres.co.uk presented its B2B services at the REIFEN trade fair in Essen at the end of May. Since its launch, the online platform for Delticom’s fitting partners, Deltipartners.com, has been providing its partners with centralised access to the service modules, management functions, and evaluation statistics.

In addition to strengthening B2B services, Yourtyres.co.uk has also worked on optimising user friendliness. The introduction of new features in autumn 2016 has made it easier to search for suitable tyres. The integration of customer reviews into the item pages of tyre testing platform Tyretest.com has also improved the support provided to retailers when advising customers.

Micheldever Tyre Services (MTS), the UK’s second largest distributor of tyres, is to be sold to Sumitomo Rubber Industries (SRI) in a deal worth £215m.

The transaction will see SRI, the sixth largest tyre manufacturer in the world, purchase Micheldever Group, which owns MTS and its retail brand Protyre, from private equity firm Graphite Capital, providing MTS with a new owner that is committed to tyres and the long-term success of the company.

The deal, which is subject to European Commission approval, provides SRI with two key benefits. It allows SRI to take control of a fast-growing, successful and profitable company, providing a strong, long-term investment. In addition, it allows SRI to secure and develop its route to market in the UK for the Falken brand, allowing the company to invest more in marketing Falken to increase brand awareness.

 

When a leading Scottish truck and van repair specialist replaced its 11 year-old fixed-speed workshop compressor with a new Atlas Copco VSD+ unit the company not only halved its energy costs but also boosted its productivity.

McKinnon & Forbes is a family-run authorised IVECO van dealership based in Paisley that also repairs and services HGV trucks, vans and private vehicles. The company employs over 30 staff at its 14,000 sq. ft. headquarters, which is devoted to vehicle repair and body-shop operations, and serves many large fleet leasing groups in Scotland.

Compressed air is a vital utility for the company: supplying air tools and equipment within its three large service pits, post ramp and six standard repair bays; plus, a spray booth and two paint baking ovens.

A few months later, when the company’s original compressor approached the end of its working life, the Atlas Copco unit was installed. Energy efficiency savings of over £2,000 a year was not the only benefit to be derived from the new set up. The small footprint and quiet operation of the compressor enabled it to be sited within the workshop, thereby overcoming the excessive condensation problems emanating from the externally located pipework of the old system.

Steven McKinnon, director of McKinnon & Forbes commented: “I would recommend Atlas Copco to anyone, even if they were not directly looking to change their compressor. The information I received helped not only to drive down my costs and save space, but also helped bring me right up to date with the latest legislation regarding the treatment and disposal of compressor condensate.”

 

 

In November 2016 Eldan Recycling A/S successfully installed and started up an expansion of an Eldan tyre recycling plant at Italian customer GATIM. The original Eldan tyre recycling plant, supplied in 2001, will after the expansion produce high quality rubber granulate with 99.9% purity at more than 3.000 kg/production hour (referred to tyres input). The expansion involves an additional granulator and classifier as well as a tumble back feeder upstream the existing Rasper.

Eldan Recycling A/S offers a complete package of services ranging from design and fabrication to delivery, installation and after-sales service. For more information, visit: www.eldan-recycling.com.

Nokian Tyres renews its studded tyre range by launching its new flagship products: the Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9, designed for passenger cars, and the Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9 SUV for sports utility vehicles.

"We have developed a new stud technology for our Hakkapeliitta winter tyres; different studs in different parts of the tyre operate as active safety equipment and adapt to all winter weather. This patented functional studding solution is unique within the tyre industry, and it offers the driver both excellent longitudinal grip and unparalleled lateral grip when cornering under winter conditions as well as stable, comfortable bare-road handling," says Juha Pirhonen, Nokian Tyres’ Vice President, Research and Development.

In addition to the Nokian Hakkapeliitta winter tyres, the Company is also introducing new studded Nokian Nordman 7 and Nokian Nordman 7 SUV winter tyres. The Nokian Nordman product family offers an alternative to the premium products in terms of the price to quality ratio and supplements Nokian Tyres’ product range for different consumer groups. Key markets for both product families are the Nordic countries, Russia and North America. 

The new products will start shipping to retailers in the spring of 2017. The comprehensive size range will be available to consumers during the winter tyre season of autumn 2017. More detailed product information and photos of the new winter tyres will be released at the turn of January and February.

ATS Euromaster has secured its position as primary tyre supplier to major vehicle leasing and fleet management company Arval, which leases more than 150,000 cars and vans in the UK.

The two companies began working together in the mid-1990s, with ATS Euromaster going on to secure the majority share of account in 2009. Following a recent tender process, ATS Euromaster was successful in retaining its position, with the new contract growing thanks to Arval’s acquisition of GE Capital Finance Fleet Services in Europe, putting a further 28,000 assets into ATS Euromaster’s care.

This new two-year deal will see ATS Euromaster continue to fit Michelin tyres across both Arval’s owned and maintained fleet – continuing a longstanding commitment by the leasing provider to fit premium Michelin replacement tyres on customer vehicles.

Joel Lund, Supply Chain Director at Arval, says: “Working with the right tyre supplier is incredibly important to us. We have confidence in ATS Euromaster’s ability to deliver the support that our customers need and we continually measure them against clearly defined performance indicators, service levels and using feedback direct from our customers.”

Waterloo (Motor Trade) Ltd, which has branches in Hull, Beverley and Bridlington, was founded in 1928 by current Managing Director Jim Munday’s grandfather.

It becomes a wholly-owned business within the HgCapital-owned Parts Alliance Group but will continue to trade under its own name, serving customers in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Jim Munday said: “As a three-generation family business, building long term relationships and providing quality local service are in our DNA. We look forward to working with Peter Sephton and the rest of the management team to accelerate our growth in what are very exciting times for our trade.”

“I’m delighted Jim Munday has agreed to work with us to facilitate the integration into The Parts Alliance and the transition of leadership to David Brooks, founder of SAS Autoparts, as we seek to extend our branch footprint and optimise our distribution and reach into the region,’’ said Sephton.

“Jim will continue to advise us on development projects and we are delighted to have Jim and his colleagues at Waterloo as part of our Group.”

Peter Sephton went on to say: “As a unified multi-brand operation, it’s important to us when we bring in new businesses that we maintain that local brand and management as they bring their unique local knowledge while we add national strength. It’s a powerful combination.”

After coming to the rescue of more than 450 stricken motorists in their hours of need, a First Stop network partner is being honoured with a prestigious award – while being praised for its attempts to revolutionise the fast-fit industry in the process.

KAM Servicing, with 12 garages in the East Midlands, has been crowned the winners of one of WhoCanFixMyCar.com’s Garage Awards for 2016 - Best Regional Group.

WhoCanFixMyCar.com exists to help motorists with their automotive issues, with more than 350,000 servicing and repair jobs being posted for garages to respond to.

Not only did KAM respond promptly to so many, but they also carried out each job so thoroughly to gain a 4.7 rating out of 5, whilst receiving hundreds of online recommendations.

As a First Stop member, KAM Servicing will now be supported further by the network, with more availability of premium Bridgestone tyres and other products and equipment, with demand for the company’s services growing each day.

First Stop’s Zone Manager Mike Glover said: “We are proud to boast KAM Servicing as a First Stop partner.

“We will continue use our buying power to support the business and support the guys with branding, marketing and equipment, as and when they need it.

“Their successes with WhoCanFixMyCar.com are testament to a great team with a forward-thinking approach to work, which we hope they continue to benefit from.”

Bartec Auto ID Ltd, with great sadness, has told Tyre Trade News that Ian Garwood, who has died aged 59 last month. He was a true gentleman with a kind and loving heart. He leaves behind his wife, her two daughters and his grandson.

Ian was a thoughtful and dedicated man, a person who would always put family, friends and colleagues before himself. Thanks to his articulate nature and intelligence, Ian was approachable and engaged with many different characters with varying interests.

Ian was an ambassador throughout his career; wherever he worked, he represented himself and the respective company with pride and professionalism. Ian operated with trust and integrity and was a safe pair of hands.

Ian was a true friend and will be sadly missed by the many people he knew and cared for.

It is with great sadness that Continental has to announce that Tom Whittaker passed away on December 19th.

Tom, 55, worked for Continental Tyres since 2001, initially in Tuning and Sales development. Following this, Tom managed the Ultra High Performance Tyre Development business in the UK and Ireland, contributing significantly to the growth of Continental over the last decade. For the last 4 years Tom was responsible for the UK and Irish fleet car business.

 

 

Tructyre Group of Companies embarked on an ambitious 3 year business plan in 2014, post P K Commercials Ltd acquisition and merger.

They are delighted with the outcome of their 3 year plan, despite quite often difficult political, global and economic challenges.

However, the success of this plan, apart from their own associates, would not have been possible without their Strategic Business Partners, and therefore they would like to recognize their support for the past 3 years with their Strategic Partner Award, and to thank them for their support over the past 3 years and their continued developments in the future.

Product: Bandvulc

Branding: Allsoprint

Fleet: Mercedes

Resource: Jayne Shipperley

Magna Tyres Group announced today that it has acquired OBO Tyres, the largest tyre retreader in the Netherlands. Founded in 1959, the company has specialized in producing retreaded tyres for the agricultural and OTR market and additional tyre repair services. Recently the company received exclusive distribution rights of the Magna agricultural, and MTP OTR tyres, which allowed the company to offer qualitative and cost effective new tyre solutions to the Benelux tyre market.

The acquisition of OBO Tyres is the next step in the Global expansion of Magna Tyres Group and will be a great benefit to all customers. The purchase enables Magna Tyres Group to offer customers an increased product range but also the possibility for additional cost effective retreading options, lowering the total cost of Magna Tyres solutions. “We expect OBO Tyres to be an attractive add-on for existing Magna Tyres customers but also an opening to new markets,” says Michael de Ruijter, CEO of Magna Tyres Group.

Trelleborg announces a five percent price increase on agricultural and forestry tyres in Europe, effective February 1st, 2017.

The price rise, which includes Trelleborg branded tyres for agricultural, forestry and light agricultural application, is driven by the recent increase in raw material prices.  

The latest upgrade of Vacu-Lug’s VMS system has added a self-authorisation function, which allows customers to validate and authorise any work that has been carried out on their vehicles from their own computer.

Although originally intended for recharging vehicles not on contract or for those extra vehicles added on an ad hoc basis to a fixed price contract, self-authorisation has now been adapted to work for pay-as-you-go customers as well, thus allowing them to control expenditure of all the vehicles within their fleet.

Adding comments through the secure web portal ultimately saves customers time – removing the need to make a phone call or write an email – while still providing a detailed trail which is held within the system.

“This latest development means customers can keep a close handle on tyre jobs being carried out within their fleet, improving consistency and preventing errors, while at the same time giving absolute transparency – all in one package.” says Gary Johnson, Vacu-Lug’s Commercial Manager. “The information is available to access entirely at the user’s own convenience 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This gives Vacu-Lug customers ultimate control over their own tyre management, as they always have the final approval.”

Mitas, part of Trelleborg Group, announces a five percent price increase on agricultural tyres in Europe, starting from February 1st, 2017.

The price rise, which includes Mitas and Cultor branded tyres for agricultural and light agricultural application, is driven by the recent increase in raw material prices.

Cooper Tire Europe continues to support Dakar Rally legend Xavier Foj, supplying Discoverer STT Pro tyres to Foj Motorsport for the brand ambassador’s 27th Dakar.

The Foj Motorsport Cooper Tire team has now completed a series of rigorous test sessions leading up to the toughest endurance event in global motorsport, the Dakar Rally, which will take place on 2-14 January 2017 in Paraguay, Argentina and Bolivia.

The team will be running on Cooper Discoverer STT Pro tyres, ideally suited to the rally conditions in South America. With the STT Pro, designed for outdoor adventure, the Foj Motorsport team can have full confidence in the balance the tyres provide across all surfaces – sand, tarmac and even the thickest mud.

The Discoverer STT Pro delivers supreme traction, toughness and treadwear for the most challenging off-road conditions. With Armor-Tek3 construction adding strength to the sidewall and tread area, the tyre is durable and also features unique mud release dimples that prevent build-up.

Spanish driver Foj is optimistic, saying, "I think we are forming a good team, which will allow us to start with confidence. As I always say, in this rally the fundamental thing is not to make mistakes or to minimise them to the maximum. In order to do this, we have been meticulous in the preparation of the car."

Carlisle are already one of the world’s largest specialist tyre manufacturers and now they are pleased to announce that they are adding to their already extensive range of tyres with a New Agricultural Radial Tractor Tyre. The new Farm Specialist Trac Radial tyre range has been developed using the latest design and technology processes. Manufactured in the EU, the new range boasts features which include a Deep Tread with Superior Self Cleaning and Mud Repellent Design, Advanced Sidewall Structure with Increased Flex to aid On Road Comfort and a Wide Footprint for Low Soil Compaction. Available in a comprehensive range of sizes from 16” to 52” that include 95, 85, 75, 70 and 65 series, the new range of Farm Specialist Trac Radial will cover the majority of today’s fitments and applications.

Tyre-Line Ltd, the UK’s Sole Official Carlisle Importer, are excited to promote the new range of Farm Specialist Trac Radial to the UK market. For more information please contact Jacqui Jones at Tyre-Line’s Aftermarket Division on 01458 250350.

The close collaboration between Maserati and Goodyear continues, with the aim of developing high-performance tyres capable of meeting the demands for handling and safety of these luxury and sporty SUVs. 

A tyre specifically designed to deliver excellent grip thanks to ActiveBraking technology, the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 SUV offers short braking distances on wet and dry roads - giving motorists better control, leaving them to enjoy the luxury driving experience. The high-surface silica compound ensures grip and handling, fast turn-in response when cornering and fuel efficiency.

Two sizes of the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 SUV have been homologated on the Maserati Levante: 265/45 R20 108Y XL and 265/50 R19 110 Y XL. These tyres are marked “MGT” to indicate that they have been homologated by Maserati as Original Equipment.

From 01 January 2017, BVF1RST, the wholesale arm of the Bandvulc Group will be the exclusive supplier of the Uniroyal truck tyre brand across the UK.

Uniroyal, a Continental brand, benefits from premium truck tyre technology. Over many years, the brand has developed a reputation for performance and safety, whatever the weather. Building on this, throughout 2016 a new generation of tyres has been introduced. These meet the modern day needs of transport companies and provide consistent performance and safety for regional applications and long-distance routes. The new steer axle FH 40, drive axle DH 40 and trailer axle TH 40 tyres offer increased mileage, wet performance and reduced rolling resistance over predecessors.

Thanks to a newly developed tread design, Uniroyal’s new tyre portfolio for combined regional distribution and long-haul transport, offers excellent mileage and outstanding safety on wet roads, a characteristic that is very much in keeping with the tradition of the Uniroyal brand.

The bead of the carcass has been reinforced for increased durability, while the optimised cord density means that the tyres can withstand changing loads and the special inner liner prevents gradual loss of pressure. Uniroyal’s steer axle tyres are designed to have a higher Load Index, and as such are suitable for Euro 6 vehicles.

Kumho invests heavily in R&D and boasts up-to-the-minute facilities on three continents.  It also regards motorsport as an integral part of the same process, which is why it is prominent in several competition disciplines, not least racing, rallying and autocross, and the year has unquestionably been another successful one on all fronts for the Korean manufacturer.

Commenting on the 2016 season’s results, Kumho Motorsport’s Steve Thompson said: “Some manufacturers achieve wins and podium places by concentrating on one particular branch of the sport. Kumho has always been prepared to tackle a range of disciplines and, as this year, has a habit of achieving notable results in them all. It is this breadth of experience in the heat of competition that has helped to make our latest range of high-performance road tyres among the very best on the market.”

Banner Batteries – one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of batteries and battery accessories – has entered into a new product distribution agreement with leading automotive components supplier, Chesterfield-based Autosupplies Limited. And to drive home the relationship that now sees one of the aftermarket’s leading independent motor factors stock and supply Banner’s complete battery range, UAN member and Motor Trader Industry Awards ‘Factor of The Year 2016’, has added a Banner wrapped van to its 45-strong fleet of delivery vehicles.

Serving to increase the brand visibility of both Banner Batteries and Autosupplies, the eye catching van wrapped design is set to become a familiar sight within and around Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire and The Peak District. Bespoke exterior signage to further promote the new relationship has also been installed at Autosupplies head office and branch in Bolsover.

Commenting on Banner’s relationship with Autosupplies, Lee Quinney said: “We are delighted to be working with such a prominent and well established supplier of automotive components in the aftermarket. Autosupplies has an enviable reputation for the quality and range of automotive components that they stock, and we are confident that they will be instrumental in helping increase Banner Batteries’ presence in a territory that stands as one of the UK’s automotive strongholds.”
 

Delegates from the Michelin Tyre Academy ‘Class of 2016’ flew to the company’s Clermont-Ferrand headquarters for the third and final module of the training course, and were rewarded for their dedication with a 4X4 driving experience on a mountain-top track.

Six students from the Academy’s initial 2016 intake were selected for the module by their respective Michelin Auto Professional advocate programme tyre dealerships, which are also all part of the Michelin Certified Centre (MCC) network.

All six had previously attended one or both of the course’s earlier modules – held in Stoke-on-Trent and Dundee, respectively – and flew to France aboard the company’s Michelin Man-branded jet.

Mark Meagher, Retail Programme Development Manager at Michelin, says: “The dealerships of the Michelin Auto Professional network offer the best customer service in the country – and our Tyre Academy course illustrates just how greatly we value this devotion to excellence.

“It’s been incredibly rewarding to see this year’s trainees refine their skills, and as this year’s Tyre Academy class graduate, Michelin will continue to support and guide their training and development as they return home, and in the years to come

Roborace names Michelin as its official tyre partner. Michelin has been working secretly at its testing facilities and sharing over 125 years of its expertise with Roborace to develop an exclusive solution for the ultimate ‘Robocar’, designed by Daniel Simon, which will feature next-generation Michelin road tyres to be used in the series.

Roborace partners with the best suppliers in the world to push the limits of autonomous development to places never imagined. The tyres are critical as they must be capable of handling the speeds and rigours of a new format of racing when the Roborace series begins. Equally, the tyres must be suitable for use on standard road cars, as one of the key goals of the series is to develop software and hardware that accelerates the speed to market of driverless technology that will benefit the end consumer.

Michelin is the third global partner to be officially announced by Roborace, after Nvidia, which will provide Robocar's A.I. brain with Drive PX2 technology, and Charge, the smart electric truck maker which will supply all power electronics.

ATS Euromaster has opened its latest centre at Rupert Street, Birmingham, that will provide truck servicing, as well as acting as a training centre for new expert technicians.

An upgrade to the existing Aston Truck service centre, ATS Euromaster has invested around £250,000 in a move to new premises which at 22,000 square foot are around double the size of an average service centre.

Rachel McMullen, Group Operations Director – Comprehensive, ATS Euromaster, says: “The upgraded Aston Truck service centre means we will continue to provide the very highest standards of service, right on our own doorstep. In addition to serving numerous truck customers in the haulage hotbed of the Midlands, we can train the next generation of expert technicians on the full range of ATS Euromaster services in one convenient location.”

Located on a small industrial park, the Aston Truck service centre has convenient access to the M5, M6 and M42, as well as the centre of Britain’s second city. With storage capacity for more than 500 truck tyres and 700 car/van tyres, the centre will ensure fleet operators in the West Midlands always have access to the right tyres and the latest maintenance services.

 

 

 

Tyre giant Continental and award winning lifting equipment manufacturer Penny Hydraulics are celebrating 5 years of collaboration.

The companies worked together to design a bespoke solid tyre press for Continental Specialty Tyres in the UK and Ireland. The press was designed for use with industrial solid tyres, predominantly those fitted to material handling equipment such as fork lift trucks.  Today, there are over 20 active Penny Hydraulics mobile presses in use throughout Continental’s Industrial Tyre Fitting Network. 

Key to the Continental business partnership is that Penny Hydraulics provides technical support to them and their network partners. The company also provide long-term service contracts to include routine maintenance, call-out cover and regular statutory inspections through its nationwide network of in-house service engineers.

With over 20 Penny Hydraulics mobile tyre presses already in use throughout the network, this number is set to increase to 50 presses within the next 5 years. “Penny Hydraulics is a press manufacturer that leads the industry,” says Rebecca Shedden, General Sales Manager – Specialty Tyres at Continental. “They have listened to us, discussed our needs and worked closely with our network to offer a product that meets our requirements.”

Mark joins RH Claydon with a wealth of experience in the tyre industry spanning around 21 years. Having started out as a tyre fitter, he trained as a sales engineer with Michelin, selling and marketing the full range of tyres. 

After a spell outside the tyre industry he joined Bridgestone as Area Sales Manager, progressing to Regional Operations Manager. He then took a position at Continental as Area Sales Manager and joined RH Claydon from his role as Network Manager for the Continental truck fleet sales division. His in depth knowledge of the tyre industry products, people and influences will allow him to make a very positive contribution to the future of RH Claydon, and he is looking forward to the challenges presented in developing the business and the people who make up his team.

A tailored package of tyre support and attention to detail has helped Bridgestone secure a prestigious bus and coach fleet with one of Yorkshire’s most historic companies.

East Yorkshire Motor Services (EYMS) ended a 10-year agreement with a previous manufacturer to work with Bridgestone, after the world’s largest tyre manufacturer demonstrated its flexibility in meeting the specific needs of the business.

Meanwhile, a ‘super fit’ option was then requested for EYMS’s other depots dotted around the region, with the built-up assemblies being sent to the fleet’s own technicians to fit to the remaining 140 buses and coaches.

EYMS’s chief engineer Robert Gibson said: “In effect, we have two contracts with Bridgestone running side-by-side. This was the overriding reason for making the switch from our old supplier. Bridgestone had no issues in meeting our needs in this way. Their all-round service has been absolutely superb.”

Bridgestone’s fleet operations manager Matt Millington said: “To be able to work with East Yorkshire Motor Services is a massive coup for all of us at Bridgestone.

“We do pride ourselves on being able to meet the needs of any commercial fleet, no matter how bespoke their requirements are. We feel we have achieved this here with Robert and his team and we are looking forward to getting to work.”

Bridgestone’s fleet manager Matt Millington (left) shakes on a new tyre partnership with Robert Gibson, chief engineer at East Yorkshire Motor Services.

 

Sigmavision’s ‘Beyond the Workshop’ free tyre check strategy has been advanced with an investment by Nokian Tyres plc.

Building on a successful business deploying TreadReader™ 3D tyre measurement systems into garages and workshops, Sigmavision is now offering its Drive Over ramps for applications ‘Beyond the workshop’. This is to address the large number of badly worn and illegal tyres on the road caused by poor attitudes towards tyre safety and lack of awareness by motorists as to the condition of their tyres.

The aim of the company’s ‘Beyond the Workshop’ strategy is to present a tyre check result to the motorist in an easy to understand way, using its patented 3D tyre scan technology, thereby generating significant business opportunities for replacement tyres and tyre related services such as wheel alignments.

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