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PCL is looking forward to greeting visitors to its stand 4F71 at the CV Show 2016, where the company will showcase a selection of its ever-expanding portfolio of products, from tyre inflation to general workshop equipment.

As the UK’s biggest trade show for the road freight transport and logistics industry, the CV Show is the ideal opportunity for PCL to demonstrate its highly advanced range of products and explain how they can increase profit and productivity.

PCL’s expert team will be on hand to guide visitors through the product range, showing how they are built to last and designed to be easily installed into a multitude of workshop surroundings.

PCL is looking forward to guiding representatives from commercial and retail tyreshops, mobile tyre fleets, automotive OEM's, workshops, and transport depots through the Commercial Vehicle portfolio, and explaining the benefits in store for their individual applications.

For more information on PCL’s full product range please visit www.pclairtechnology.com


As part of its partnership with the Central Motorways Police Group (CMPG), TyreSafe has presented its commanding officer, Superintendent Paul Keasey, with calibrated tread depth gauges to assist with its tyre safety policy.

The CMPG is responsible for over 400 miles of Britain’s busiest motorway network, reaching from the Welsh borders through to Cheshire and across to the East of Birmingham. Comprising specially trained officers from the West Midlands, West Mercia and Staffordshire police forces, CMPG is the largest single motorway police group in Britain.

“TyreSafe is proud to draw on the direct support of many of the bluelight services across Britain, including the Chief Fire Officers Association and many of the police services,” said Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe. 

“We hope this presentation of tread depth gauges to the CMPG will enhance the group’s ability to reduce the number of tyre-related incidents across its network.”

With winter just around the corner, ATS Euromaster is advising fleet managers to ensure their vehicles are properly prepared for adverse conditions with a £20, 20-point vehicle health check.

Available at ATS Euromaster centres across the country, the vehicle health check covers fluid levels, tyre tread depth, tyre condition, tyre pressure, primary brake inspection, battery, exhaust, shock absorbers, oil, lights, windscreen wipers and screen wash.

Peter Fairlie, Group Sales Director at ATS Euromaster, says: “It’s a fleet manager’s duty to ensure their vehicles, and therefore their drivers, are protected in winter. Plunging temperatures and poor weather conditions adversely affect road conditions and generally mean that the number of vehicle breakdowns and accidents will more than double throughout the winter months. An ATS Euromaster vehicle health check will cut your long-term costs and reduce downtime, supporting your business.”


Good afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen and welcome to the annual T.W.G. Luncheon.

2015 has been tough, thought-provoking and in some instances, quite good, looking at it from the Tyre Wholesaler’s and N.T.D.A’s perspective.


It is anticipated that the replacement market for consumer tyres this year may be slightly above 2014 figures in the region of anything up to 35m units. This depends obviously on whether the remaining part of the year continues the trend which if it does will be good news. Figures are always subjective to a degree however, because at any one time, it’s hard to establish the exact proportion of tyres fitted to wheels as opposed to those currently being stocked within the Wholesaler and Distributor Network, though you would hope that it would even itself out.

The replacement truck market has again seen growth this year with current estimates of anything up to, or exceeding 1.4m Units. Very good news for those players involved with new truck tyres, but where there is “gain”, there also can be “pain”. That pain I’m sure can be felt by the retread / remould producers who have seen their market share reduce, due to the influx of favourably priced Chinese produced brands and in particular, those of higher quality and reliability – a trend I don’t see changing anytime soon.

One of the largest independent haulage companies in Wales is on the right road to significant tyre savings after agreeing a fleet agreement with Bridgestone.

The world’s largest tyre manufacturer has responded to the needs of L.E. Jones with a holistic package of support within its Total Tyre Care provision of services.

The premium M729 regional tyre will be used predominantly on 25 units and 50 trailers along with the RS01 (front steers), which were seen as perfect products - in the correct sizes - for the company’s transportation work.

The Bridgestone Partner service network was also seen as a key factor during talks, which provides greater support to dealers and increased reductions in fleet operating costs. 

Bridgestone Partner is comprised of hundreds of respected tyre dealers who will guarantee the highest level of service to fleets.

Meanwhile, Total Tyre Care allows businesses to keep tight control over their tyre-related costs courtesy of a hat-trick of services.

The national campaign to celebrate General Tire’s centenary, supported by Micheldever Tyre Services, has raised £10,000 for the Children’s Air Ambulance.

Just over £5,000 was raised during the General Tire ‘100 Years of Adventure’ roadshow, which ran from July to September. The remainder came from an auction held during the ‘100 Year Anniversary’ event at the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon, Warwickshire, attended by more than 55 of Micheldever’s independent dealer customers. 

Alan Baldwin, Micheldever’s sales director, said: “Micheldever’s priority is to support our customers and the ‘100 Years of Adventure’ campaign proved to be a great way of engaging with them, providing them with much needed press coverage, as well as promoting the General Tire brand. But what really made this excellent campaign standout was the fundraising for the Children’s Air Ambulance. I cannot thank the dealers enough for their efforts to raise so much money.”

 L-R Amelia Jordan, Micheldever’s 4x4 and General Tire brand marketing manager; Children’s Air Ambulance pilots, Merrick Forsyth and Gavin Alexandra; Tracy Grunwell, national partnership manager for the Children’s Air Ambulance

Cooper Tire Europe has announced the appointment of Mirco Spiniella as Business Development Director. Spiniella possesses extensive experience in the tyre industry, and in his new role, he will be responsible for the implementation of Cooper’s sales and marketing strategy, with a focus on business intelligence and key account management in the German, Swiss, Spanish and French markets. He will report to Sylvain Borré, General Manager European Subsidiaries.

Derek Carruthers, Sales and Marketing Director, Cooper Tire Europe, commented, “We are delighted to have Mirco joining us. He brings to the company a wealth of experience from previous positions held in the industry, and adds to our management team. His valuable industry insights will benefit us across the key countries he will operate in, namely Germany, Switzerland, Spain and France.”


With seven months until the event, over 400 exhibitors have already joined the inaugural Automechanika exhibition in the UK.  First planned in one hall, the event now spans three, taking over 21,000 sqm of space at the NEC. The initial forecasted amounts of visitors and exhibitors have been doubled due to the massive interest in the event.

Almost all the big names in the industry are participating, from Schaeffler, Delphi, Denso, Valeo, 3M, TRW, ZF Friedrichshafen, NGK, Mann + Hummel, Robert Bosch, Tetrosyl and Yokohama as well as over 70 international exhibitors. National pavilions from Italy, Spain, China and Taiwan will show visitors companies looking to export to the UK.

Automechanika Birmingham will take place from 7-9 June 2016, in halls 9, 10 and 11 at the NEC Birmingham.

More than fifty thousand Facebook users have clicked the ‘Like’ button on BKT’s official page. These figures are clear evidence for the success of a global and articulated communication and marketing policy. ‘Likes’ have been recorded from all over the world: from South America to Europe, from the USA to Asia, from South Africa to New Zealand.

BKT’s web strategy, introduced at the beginning of 2015 with the new bkt-tires.com multilingual site, proved to be more and more successful. BKT has found in Facebook a new and effective communication channel to directly and instantly exchange ideas with its public. The page’s fans are BKT’s final product users, customers, experts and sector enthusiasts, who actively interact with the company through a constantly increasing number of messages, likes and comments. 

Alcoa Wheel Products, inventor and global leader in forged aluminium wheels, recently announced the European launch of a new finish, LvL ONE used for the aluminium wheels of commercial transport vehicles.  LvL ONE will be available in all standard Alcoa wheel sizes in the second quarter of 2016 and joins the “Brushed” and ‘Dura-Bright EVO’ finishes as one of three options Alcoa offers to commercial truck fleets.

Like all currently available Alcoa Wheel options, the new aluminium LvL ONE wheels will be manufactured in Alcoa’s state-of-the-art wheels plant in Hungary for the European market and will provide significant benefits to drivers and commercial fleets.

“We invented the forged aluminium wheel nearly 70 years ago, and since then, Alcoa has been tireless in its efforts to improve and innovate.  Our wheels are tough, reliable and lower the cost of ownership for fleets – all while allowing them to deliver more payloads. This, in turn, results in significant cost savings,” said Randall Scheps, Vice President and General Manager Alcoa Wheel Products Europe, Africa and Middle East.

Customers visiting TW Tyres in Rugby can have their new Michelin tyres fitted while they wait in comfort, thanks to a £40,000 reception refurbishment part-funded by the Michelin Auto Professional programme’s business development fund.

TW Tyres – a Michelin Auto Professional advocate dealership and Michelin Certified Centre – completed the renovation work to the highest of standards, with Director Mike Furner ruling the resulting reception area 'spacious, comfortable and completely transformed'.

TW Tyres’ Mike intends to continue the family-run dealership’s association with Michelin – and its pursuit of Michelin Certified Centre status – year on year. He adds: “Michelin tyres are the number-one premium brand we sell by volume."

Apollo Tyres recently announced the acquisition of Reifencom GmbH, one of the largest tyre distributors in Germany for Euro 45.6 million. Reifencom GmbH has an online presence in 6 countries -- Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and Denmark. In addition, it operates 37 stores and service centres across Germany.

Commenting on the acquisition, Neeraj Kanwar, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Apollo Tyres Ltd, said “The acquisition is a strategic fit in further growing our European business. It will enable Apollo to improve its mix of distribution channels in Germany and Europe and aid in increasing the visibility of Apollo and Vredestein tyres in the offline and especially the fast growing online retail space.” 

“It is our privilege to join hands with Apollo Tyres, where the team shares our passion for providing world-class products and customer service,” said Olaf Sockel and Heiko Knigge, Managing Directors, Reifencom GmbH.

For many years a supplier of tyres for the Jeep® Grand Cherokee, and more recently the Fiat Freemont, Kumho has now had its products selected for fitment to another member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) range – the new Jeep Renegade.

Commenting on this latest OE contract for the Korean tyre manufacturer, Frank Gilsdorf, the engineer responsible for the contract at the Frankfurt-based Kumho European Technical Centre said: “Working in close co-operation with our client FCA, we have adjusted the Crugen Premium KL33 to the specific needs of the new Jeep Renegade. This latest contract from FCA underlines the good level of co-operation that exists between our two companies and the consistently high quality of our tyres.”

For further information on Kumho and its products for road and motorsport use see www.kumhotyre.co.uk

Trelleborg has signed an agreement to acquire ČGS Holding a.s. – a privately-owned company with leading positions in agricultural and specialty tyres as well as engineered polymer solutions. The total cash consideration amounts to approximately SEK 10.9 billion on a cash and debt-free basis. 

Closing of the transaction is subject to approvals from relevant competition authorities and is expected to be completed in the first half of 2016.

“I am very proud to announce this highly complementary acquisition, which is a significant and attractive add-on to our existing businesses. ČGS, with its strong and well performing operations in agricultural and industrial tyres as well as engineered polymer solutions, will strengthen and complement Trelleborg’s already leading positions in a number of existing areas,” says Peter Nilsson, president and CEO of Trelleborg.

GT Radial’s first specific winter marked tyre, the GSW226 has been expanded by three new sizes to target coach operators, hauliers and gritter fleets who need to meet UK and trans-European winter road regulations.


The new sizes sit alongside the 385/65R22.5, which was launched one year ago and has proved extremely popular with long-haul operators. 

Tony McHugh, TBR Sales and Marketing Director UK at Giti Tire, said: “This is an important development in the portfolio as it opens up a number of new markets, primarily in countries where 3PMSF symbols are required by law but also for those operators who simply want a solid, accredited winter option.

“We have worked hard to create a strong product portfolio and services to meet all transport requirements; this is another welcome extension to our winter tyre range where we are witnessing substantial growth and interest across both the UK and Europe.” 


Bridgestone underlined its status as the world’s largest tyre manufacturer with a memorable experience for its customers and staff over three unforgettable days.

Bridgestone World, an action packed attraction at Mira Proving Ground in the Midlands, was organised to showcase the company – and its premium products – like never before.

Bridgestone World’s overall objective was to celebrate the many premium assets that work together to make Bridgestone – and Firestone - such a compelling choice, whilst leaving a lasting impression with customers and staff members for a long, long time to come.

The company's sales and training development manager Mark Fereday said: “We wanted to give our customers the chance to not only test our products, but also demonstrate all the many assets that work together to make us such a great company.

“We’ve been delighted with the success of Bridgestone World and believe that all the hard work that has gone into the three days has paid off.”

Addison Lee, the business class car service, is to fit Michelin CrossClimate tyres across the majority of its 5,000-strong fleet, and hails the unique summer tyres with winter capabilities as a “fantastic” innovation.

The company operates Britain’s largest passenger car fleet to adopt CrossClimate tyres so far, with its decision to take up Michelin’s latest innovation forming part of a one-year contract extension until 2017.

The move to fitting Michelin CrossClimate tyres will deliver a huge performance boost to Addison Lee’s most popular vehicle type – the Ford Galaxy – which has until now operated on summer tyres as standard.

Titan International has announced that it has entered into a licensing agreement with The Goodyear Tyre & Rubber Company.

The new agreement allows Titan to distribute and sell Goodyear-branded farm/agricultural tyres in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Russia and other Commonwealth of Independent States countries, as well as manufacture agricultural tyres in parts of the licensed territory outside the European Union with immediate effect.

Titan is now, however, able to offer a like-for-like replacement of Goodyear Tyres for agricultural and industrial purposes. In addition, Titan will be developing a new range of tyres to specifically meet the needs of the European market, featuring additional sizes and tread patterns.

Lindsay Hart, European tyre sales manager at Titan says: "The new license agreement is great news for Titan and we are delighted to be able to use such a reliable, highly-regarded brand name to meet the need for premium agricultural and industrial tyres in the EU market."

Carrying forward its association with Manchester United Football Club (MUFC), Apollo Tyres introduced the limited edition dual branded -- Apollo and Manchester United -- tyres for the Middle East and North African (MENA) market. The tyre was unveiled by Marco Paracciani, Chief Marketing Officer, Apollo Tyres Ltd, QuintonFortune, former Manchester United mid-fielder, and Ahmad Alserkal, Apollo Tyres’ Business Partner for the United Arab Emirates at the ongoing Dubai International Motor Show.

Commenting on the launch of the limited edition tyre, Marco Paracciani said, “The MENA region is a very important and growing market for us. After setting up our sales and distribution hub in Dubai two years back, we have been able to increase our sales and footprint in the region multi-fold. We are introducing this limited edition tyre for the huge following of Manchester United in the MENA region and the tyre would be available for sale immediately.”

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ATS Euromaster is to further increase its commitment to protecting customers, by embarking on a massive training programme that will see every single manager earn an accredited health and safety qualification from the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

Stan Rudowski, Group Head of Health, Safety and Technical Services at ATS Euromaster and Chartered Member of IOSH, says: “ATS Euromaster has consistently set the standard to ensure we are the safest business of our type. Our new IOSH license represents the beginning of a new phase in our ongoing commitment to place health and safety at the heart of our service to customers, all in-house. The motor industry is one of the five most dangerous industry sectors in which to work and with this step, we will ensure our staff continue to maintain the highest standard of expertise.” 

ATS Euromaster Group Managing Director Peter Allen says: “We have a commitment to outstanding customer care and by implementing this course we are ensuring we have the required expertise to live up to this obligation. This is directly in-line with our company culture and our on-going responsibility to raising health and safety standards within the workplace.” 


Last week, key representatives from the Retread Manufacturers Association (RMA) and the tyre industry met with ministers at the Department for Business to press for urgent measures to address the imminent threat already being felt across the UK and European retread industry. 

The RMA presented data illustrating how the ‘dumping’ of cheap tyres is having a devastating impact on the retread tyre industry with direct implications for employment, the tyre recovery programme and the environment.

The RMA argues that the evidence of ‘dumping’ taking place is clear by simply comparing the cost of raw material and the retail price of the Asian imports.For a truck tyre, which typically weighs 60 kilos, the materials cost approximately £1.16/kilo, giving an overall total cost of £70. Meanwhile, these tyres are retailing in the market at around £73, leaving a margin of just £3 for manufacturing, transportation, import duty and profit.

That is an impossibly low amount for a commercial operation to sustain without significant subsidies from a backing organisation or government.

Further strengthening its strategic partnership with the prestigious Tractor of The Year® awards, Trelleborg announces that it will officially partner the esteemed awards for a further four years.

Fabio Zammaretti, Chairman of the Tractor of The Year Awards, says: “The international judging panel for Tractor of The Year awards is the biggest independent European network focused on the development of agricultural mechanisation. Comprising the agricultural industry’s biggest publications, our judging panel enables us to communicate to farming professionals across Europe, ensuring that year after year the Tractor of The Year awards feature the most innovative technologies and solutions on market."

For more information on the Tractor of the Year awards, visit: www.tractoroftheyear.com

Kumho Tyre has appointed Dirk Rockendorf as Marketing Director for the European market. The 46-year-old marketing and tyre expert has been in charge of Kumho’s European marketing team since November 1, 2015. His future responsibilities include price and product management, communications and PR and the company’s European motorsport and sponsorship activities. The development of the European marketing and communication strategy as well as the co-ordination of the related marketing activities will be among his prime tasks.

Commenting on the task ahead, Dirk Rockendorf said: “Kumho Tyre is a brand that delivers best quality at a reasonable price, and one of the central tasks of our marketing team is to fully establish this fact in the minds of the consumers.”

The sixth edition of Tyrexpo Africa 2016 is in Johannesburg next March.

Tyrexpo Africa 2016  is more than just a tyre exhibition as it brings in its latest format, new focuses on three additional product segments –Automotive Repair & Maintenance, Services & Smart Solutions as well as Sustainability where trade visitors will be able to source for a wider range of product, services and solutions in this three day business platform.  

“The Tyrexpo Africa event has been redesigned to offer a more holistic approach for the tyre industry to converge and conduct business in Africa. It is not just going to be a product showcasing platform, but a platform where the trade participants can connect with other players within the value chain and get the latest information on industry trends, challenges and solutions for their businesses,” says Ms Eileen Hair, Project Director of Tyrexpo Series.

For more information on the event, log on to www.tyrexposeries.com/africa.

Rachel McMullen has been named Group Operations Director - Comprehensive at ATS Euromaster, after nearly eight years leading the company’s finance department. In March 2015 she was named UK Finance Director of the Year at the Business Finance Awards.

Taking over the role of Group Finance Director is Jean-François Berruyer, who has more than five years’ experience within the Michelin Group, most recently as European Partnership Programme Manager at Michelin’s worldwide headquarters in Clermont-Ferrand, France.

Both will be based at the company's headquarters in Aston, Birminghm reporting to Peter Allen, Group Managing Director

A luxury coach hire company has opted to embark on another journey with the world’s largest tyre manufacturer Bridgestone, by way of a three-year contract extension.

In a huge coup for Bridgestone, the award winning operators have opted to extend a tri-party agreement along with Watling Tyres, who will manage the pence-per-kilometre contract and service each vehicle, fitting Bridgestone M788 products.

The fleet comprises 61 coaches, running on 295/80 R22.5 and 315/80 R22.5 tyre sizes.

Rob Rose, senior sales manager for Watling Tyres, said Bridgestone’s premium product, along with a number of close working relationships, proved key in Kingsferry’s decision. He said: “The all-season nature of the M788 means that it is suitable to use in Europe during the winter ski season, which is an important point for the customer when they are embarking on travel for skiing holidays.

“It means the tyres don’t have to be changed upon arrival in countries like Austria, so we are providing convenience."

Messe Essen will be the epicentre of the global tyre industry from 24 to 27 May 2016: the event organisers have already had confirmation that the 20 largest tyre manufacturers in the world will be present, including key players such as Bridgestone, Continental, Cooper Tires, Goodyear, Falken Tyre Europe, Hankook, Maxxis, Michelin, Pirelli and Yokohama. The demand for stand space for workshop equipment providers is also growing: for example, leading providers to the tyre trade Corghi, Rema Tip Top and Snap-on will be amongst the exhibitors.

Frank Mertz, the Sales Division Manager at Messe Essen, who has assumed responsibility for REIFEN from this year, is delighted at the positive response from exhibitors: For a long time, Essen has been the established hub of the tyre industry, and the REIFEN success story is set to continue. The number of registrations we have received up to this point demonstrates the high level of confidence enjoyed by our trade fair location within the global industry."

Due to expansion, AA Tyres require experienced tyre fitters for immediate poistions with their busy mobile tyre fitting service.

For more information regarding these positions please go to the Jobs Vacancies page.



The MTPLC proposals include investments and increased production at Michelin’s Dundee factory and the modernisation of its logistics and warehousing infrastructure in Stoke-on-Trent and the run-down of the Ballymena factory by mid-2018.

The proposal to run down the truck tyre factory in Ballymena has been made in light of the significant downturn in demand for truck tyres in Europe since the financial crisis of 2007, which has seen the market decrease by over 5 million tyres.

This reduced market has been made even more challenging by the huge influx of tyres made in Asia, which have doubled in the last few years, and increased competition.

As a result, there is a strong need to reduce overcapacity and to concentrate Michelin truck tyre production in larger, more competitive sites.

Despite great efforts and progress being made in previous years, other European plants are still more competitive than Ballymena.

Goodyear is pleased to announce that all recently-launched Ford vehicles will be presented with the option of fitting its new, award winning, Vector 4Seasons Gen-2 All Season tyre as OE fitment.

Ford’s new versions of the Focus, C-Max, Galaxy and S-Max as well as the current Fiesta, all come with the optional fitment of the new Vector 4Seasons Gen-2* which provides enhanced performance for braking on wet, snow and ice in independent TÜV tests[1], performance which is beneficial for climates witnessed across Europe.



Micheldever Tyre Services has announced that it will further enhance its support for independent dealer customers in 2016 by expanding its CORE programme.

For the past three years, the CORE programme has allowed Micheldever to be the UK and European leader in providing a whole host of added value services to its customers, including in-depth market intelligence, a credible online presence, local marketing support, along with competitive mid-range products and geographic exclusivity.

In addition, its TyreClick website (www.tyresnetwork.co.uk/), has allowed independent dealers to compete for online sales against national chains and specialist internet traders.

SETYRES/TYRECO are looking for an energetic and self-motivation individual to understady and assit the General manager.

For more information regarding this interesting position go to the Jobs Vacanies page.

Micheldever Tyres Services has appointed Amelia Jordan as its 4x4 and General Tire brand marketing manager, as the tyre distributor looks to cement its position as the industry’s leading supporter of independent dealers.

In order to enhance the support Micheldever already provides to its customers, Amelia’s priorities will involve overseeing customer and consumer communications, such as advertising, PR, marketing and events, for Micheldever’s 4x4 partner brands, including BF Goodrich, General Tire and Pirelli.

Amelia will also be responsible for the marketing of the entire General Tire range, including car and van tyres. Micheldever has been General Tire’s official UK distribution partner for its range of 4x4 tyres since 1995 and car and van tyre supplier since 2009. 

Hankook Tire has announced financial results for the third quarter of 2015. The company reported global consolidated quarterly revenue of KRW 1.72 trillion (1,328.7 million Euro) and an operating profit of KRW 241.7 billion (186.1 million Euro).

Compared to the previous quarter, Hankook Tire was able to register robust sales growth of 6.5% and an increase in operating profits of 20.2%. Despite reduced demand across the global automotive industry, Hankook Tire was able to solidify its presence in the premium tyre market with its strong technology leadership and world-class quality products.

Bush Tyres launched their flag ship Barton Warehouse on the 1st September 2015. They developed an existing property into a pioneering distribution centre that can store over 45,000 car tyres, and an extensive range of agricultural and commercial tyres.

The Barton site will give Bush Tyres even more tyre stock holding capacity, and allow for ‘even more’ choice for Bush Tyres trade division [BAB Distribution], and its retail customer base. 

BAB are a member of leading independent wholesaler Grouptyre UK Ltd who, through their 10 members, offer an unrivalled one stop shop service to the tyre trade throughout the country.  

Fleet Tyre Network has been appointed as one of the key tyre providers for LeasePlan. The fleet tyre specialist will join a new panel of suppliers providing service to LeasePlan’s 140,000-strong UK fleet.

The contract comes on the back of a move by LeasePlan to redefine its tyre supply service. The leasing company is pioneering a change in the way tyres are supplied to its fleet and will be working with a panel of providers instead of a single supplier to deliver an improved customer experience through improved flexibility and wider choice of fitters.

Neil Dixon, head of procurement and supplier management at LeasePlan UK, said: “We are delighted to announce the appointment of Fleet Tyre Network as part of LeasePlan’s new tyre fitment network for 2016 and beyond. Following a rigorous selection process, we appointed FTN as it demonstrated it has the scale, capability and great customer service ethos necessary to meet the tyre needs of our drivers, regardless of their location or vehicle type."

The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., has announced that it will launch a tyre called the 'BluEarth-A AE50 CHELSEA FC EDITION' with the Chelsea Football Club logo on the sidewall. The tyre commemorates the partnership with the Barclays Premier League champions Chelsea FC, which began in July 2015. Following the product’s release in Japan on October 29, the tyre will be released gradually in Europe, Asia and South America, with methods of release differing from country to country. It will be available in three sizes: 225/45R17 94W, 205/55R16 91V and 195/65R15 91H. 

The commemorative "BluEarth-A AE50 CHELSEA FC EDITION" tyre was based on the high-performance, fuel-efficient "BluEarth-A AE-50". The sidewall design was modified to include large, complementing logos of both YOKOHAMA and Chelsea FC, as a strong proclamation of their partnership. Like the BluEarth-A AE-50 from which it was developed, the new tyre delivers excellent fuel efficiency along with maneuverability and handling.

Continental Tyres’ partner I.T.S, Industrial Tyre Specialists, has been presented with the tyre manufacturer’s Industrial Network Performer of the Year award at its annual network conference. I.T.S received the award thanks to the strength of their partnerships both with Continental and its customers as well as for delivering outstanding sales performance.

I.T.S is Continental’s exclusive partner in Ireland for specialty tyres and forms part of the Continental Industrial Network, a service network providing forklift and industrial vehicle tyres as well as a professional tyre service and maintenance programme.

Continental Tyres’ Speciality Tyres Sales Manager Rebecca Shedden said: “We are delighted to recognise I.T.S. achievements with this award and thank the whole team for their excellent partnership performance and representation of our brand in Ireland.”

Northern Ireland-based haulier Sawyers Transport has signed up to Michelin solutions’ EFFITIRES™ tyre management system.

Sawyers Transport expects the comprehensive programme to streamline tyre administration and management for the company’s 550 commercial vehicle assets, and assist the chilled goods specialist in delivering excellent customer service.

The price-per-kilometre (PPK) deal will cover the company’s mixed fleet of 300 refrigerated and curtain-sided trailers and 250 tractor units, which consists of a mix of MAN, Renault, Scania and Volvo trucks. It replaced a previous agreement which saw Sawyers Transport operating a mixed tyre policy through a local service provider.


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For more information go to the Jobs Vacancies page.

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