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Tyre Giant, the breakthrough online tyre retailer developed by the one of the largest distributor of tyres and one of the UK’s leading digital agencies, has launched a new user-friendly website to give consumers the service transparency they deserve.

Bond International, one of the biggest tyre distributors in the UK, have a consistent stock of half-a-million tyres in their five UK warehouses, an exceptional transport network of 120 vans, which are on the road at all times, delivering 11,000 tyres per day.

Working alongside a network of 2,600 dedicated local and national tyre fitters, Tyre Giant have ensured complete mainland UK coverage and the vast majority of the UK population are within just three miles of a Tyre Giant-affiliated fitter.

To test out Tyre Giant’s features, and see how much you could save, go to www.tyregiant.com.

Michelin is expanding its range of Ultraflex technology tyres with the launch of the CargoXBib High Flotation tyre for trailers and farm machinery. It marks the first trailer tyre to benefit from Michelin’s patented Ultraflex technology – an innovation which offers substantial improvements to a farmer’s productivity and profitability.

Mike Lawton, Commercial Director of Michelin’s Agricultural tyre division, says: “Trailer tyres need to be able to withstand intensive use in fields and on roads, carrying heavy loads – all whilst protecting the soil they are working on. Savvy farmers have long realised the benefits of using dedicated agricultural trailer tyres for this type of work, rather than remould truck tyres. Our latest generation CargoXBib High Flotation tyre simply extends this performance gap even further."

MAM Software is pleased to report that Paul Jarrold Tyres Ltd has experienced significant growth since using MAM Autopart Tyres, MAM Software’s flagship business management solution for the tyre industry. Paul Jarrold has now extended its operations by purchasing the premises next door as a result of opening new revenue streams and enhancing the customer experience.

 “Autopart Tyres has undoubtedly played an important role in helping our business to grow,” said Mike Jarrold, Director at Paul Jarrold Tyres Ltd. “We’ve recently began to sell new stock lines, which Autopart Tyres accommodates for with very little fuss as it allows us to search for and purchase products from a variety of suppliers. The system also allows us to easily implement complex pricing models, such as promotions and customer-specific pricing, which is crucial to secure repeat business.”

Wheel Solutions Limited (WSL), the specialist supplier of assembled wheels, tyres, and wheel bolts to the OEM market, has acquired TyrePal Ltd; the tyre pressure monitoring (TPMS) company.


Steve Budding, Managing Director of WSL, says, “Tyre pressure monitoring is something for which our customers have been asking, and when the opportunity arose to acquire this well respected leader in the UK TPMS market, it seemed a perfect fit in reinforcing our position as the wheel and tyre safety experts in the markets we service. We already have some exciting plans that we’ll be announcing over the coming weeks which demonstrates how the synergy between these two businesses will benefit our customers.”


With Grand Prix racing heritage dating back to 1925, Spa-Francorchamps boasts legendary high-speed corners such as Eau Rouge and Blanchimont, with wide overtaking opportunities like the famous Kemmel straight. The British F3 racing will be hotting up at Spa as fourteen drivers head to this renowned track for the halfway point of this year’s championship calendar.

Cooper Tires Motorsport General Manager, Paul Coates, said: “For the British Formula 3 drivers, Spa-Francorchamps provides a great test of their tyre management skills, as it is a fast track with high speed turns. With variable weather conditions, the added challenge is that of tyre choice, as it can sometimes rain on only part or half of the track. This would suit our particularly durable wets.”

The fourth meeting of the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 Series will take place on 25-26 July. 

The 16 year-old Dutch motor racing sensation Max Verstappen was victorious in the 2014 Zandvoort Masters race on July 6. The former winners of this event not only include current Formula One stars Lewis Hamilton, Nico Hülkenberg, Valtteri Bottas and Jules Bianchi, but Max’s father Jos Verstappen, who was victorious in 1993 and subsequently drove in F1 for the Benetton and Tyrrell teams, among others. History has therefore been created, as Jos and Max are the first father and son to both win what is one of Europe’s top single-seater races.

Kumho have been the sole tyre supplier for this renowned event since 2002 and supplied a full complement of slick and wet tyres to the same specification that had proved itself in 2013. 

Said the company’s European Motorsport Manager Steve Thompson: “Once again both the performance and durability of the tyres proved to be what was required, and a good race resulted."

The 16 year-old Dutch motor racing sensation Max Verstappen was victorious in the 2014 Zandvoort Masters race on July 6. The former winners of this event not only include current Formula One stars Lewis Hamilton, Nico Hülkenberg, Valtteri Bottas and Jules Bianchi, but Max’s father Jos Verstappen, who was victorious in 1993 and subsequently drove in F1 for the Benetton and Tyrrell teams, among others. History has therefore been created, as Jos and Max are the first father and son to both win what is one of Europe’s top single-seater races.

Kumho have been the sole tyre supplier for this renowned event since 2002 and supplied a full complement of slick and wet tyres to the same specification that had proved itself in 2013. 

Said the company’s European Motorsport Manager Steve Thompson: “Once again both the performance and durability of the tyres proved to be what was required, and a good race resulted."

The Nankang Tyre Drift Team claimed first place at the British Drifting Championship Team Constructors event at Round 3, Teeside on 20th July 2014 in what was a very mixed bag of weather throughout the weekend.

The team consisting of Super Pro drivers Mark Luney in the 1100bhp Toyota Supra, David Waterworth in the V10 Viper powered Nissan S15 and Wesley Keating in the SR20 powered rocket bunny S13 scored a massive 50 points which now puts them in 2nd place overall in the Team Standings.

The next round is at the well known Lydden Hill Race Circuit in Kent on 9th-10th August with the team looking to continue the winning streak further at one of the driver’s favourite tracks.

For more information on the Nankang Tyre Drift Team follow them on Facebook: Nankang Tyre Drift Team - https://www.facebook.com/NankangTyreDrift

The Dexel Tyre Group’s integration of CAM’s UniSerV™ application suite is going live this week to provide job sheet processing efficiencies and a seamless transactional solution for the commercial environment through the use of Tablet technology for commercial jobs and breakdowns.

The UniSerV platform includes features such as call logging, customer policy and contract management, integrated casing management, Tablet-based job completion for fitters and options for business intelligence. UniSerV integrates seamlessly into CAM’s Cameo platform for systemised updating of stock and near real-time invoicing.

James France, managing director at Dexel Tyres, says, “By removing duplicate data entry and automating the transaction from fitment to invoicing through the use of electronic Tablet based job sheets, our managers will greatly reduce admin time and increase efficiencies at the depot.” 

R H Claydon have a vacancy fpr a high achieving, results orientated person to be a Business Development Manager serving Scotland and Northern England.

For more information go to the Jobs Vacancies page.

Kerr’s Tyres has announced a three year deal with the Henderson Group.  The deal, which is already achieving 50% savings, will see Kerr’s Tyres supply, fit and maintain all tyres for the Henderson Group under an innovative Pence Per Kilometre (PPK) contract.  The Henderson Group is a local, family-run company that own the SPAR, EUROSPAR, VIVO and VIVOXTRA franchises in Northern Ireland. 

“At Henderson Group we are very pleased to have awarded this contract to Kerr’s Tyres” said Greg Gilmour, Transport Manager, Henderson Wholesale, “The Pence Per Kilometre package has worked very well to date and allows us to plan ahead safe in the knowledge that we know what our tyre costs will be in advance.”

Goodyear is in the process of launching the 9th generation of winter tyres in its UltraGrip range. 

UltraGrip 9 was introduced to dealers from across Europe’s traditional winter markets at an event held at Goodyear’s Innovation Center in Luxemburg. The introduction of the UltraGrip 9 to the dealerships co-insides with the traditional purchasing period for winter tyres by the industry. 

The Maxxis Centre of Excellence programme is moving ahead at full pace, with yet another fantastic dealer enrolled in the first half of 2014. Bob’s Tyres and Exhausts Limited in Stevenage made the decision to switch to Maxxis, after finding out the benefits of stocking Maxxis Tyres.

Bob’s tyres has only been stocking Maxxis Tyres for 3 months, but in those few months the dealer has already been reaping the rewards, as Owner, Robert Malin, confirms: “After speaking to my Stapleton’s representative and finding out about everything that Maxxis has to offer, meant that my decision to move from another leading tyre brand to Maxxis, was extremely easy."

Hankook will again be equipping the new 2014 MINI with its tyres. The first generation of the BMW Group's premium small car has already been outfitted with Hankook tyres since 2011. Now the stylish new edition is rolling of the assembly plants on Hankook tyres as well. Various treads will be factory equipped in the suitable MINI sizes of 15, 16 and 17 inches, partially with emergency running properties. All tyres are supplied directly to the MINI production sites from the tyre manufacturer's European high-end factory in Hungary.  

Giti Tire has confirmed its first GT Radial original equipment (OE) homologation fitments for the European passenger car and light truck market with both Renault Nissan and PSA Peugeot Citroen respectively.

Renault Nissan the GT Radial Champiro VP1, in size 185/65R15 88H, will be fitted on Sandero 2 and Logan 2 models, badged either Dacia or Renault. 

For PSA Peugeot Citroen the GT Radial Champiro VP1, in size 195/65R15 91T, will be fitted to the Peugeot Partner and Citroen Berlingo. 

According to detailed research undertaken by United Aftermarket Network (UAN), the automotive aftermarket distributor turnover in the UK is now estimated to be valued at £2.5 billion per year. The research shows that three companies ECP, Andrew Page and MPD collectively share around 27% of the total market. In terms of buying groups, three companies including UAN account for over 40% of the total market.

Commenting on the research UAN’s Rachael Dickinson said, “Our research reflects the rapidly changing face of the UK automotive aftermarket which has accelerated and grown in the past decade."

Quality-assured online servicing, maintenance and repair portal Autobutler.co.uk has added to the expertise of its helpline team with the appointment of qualified mechanic Luke Littler to the role of vehicle support co-ordinator.

Luke is responsible for verifying job requests submitted by car owners via the Autobutler website, ensuring that the most precise details are made available to garages to enable them to provide accurate quotes to complete the work.

He served in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) – the most highly qualified Army engineers who repair and maintain British Army equipment around the world. 

David Wilson has stepped down from his role as Director of the UK’s Retread Manufacturers Association, a role he has filled since January 2005. 

Alan Bithell, who joined the RMA as co-director last summer, will continue as Director of the Association, whilst the administration of the Association will now be in the hands of Christine Joyce, who also runs the administrative function for the UK’s Tyre Recovery Association, the British Tyre Manufacturers Association, Tyresafe and BRPPA.


Recently retired NTDA Director Richard Edy  has received a leaving gift of a fully remote controlled golf trolley from appreciative members and supplier members of the organisation.


Ex-Formula One star and BBC F1 commentator, David Coulthard, attended the third round of the 2014 FIA World Rallycross Championship, as an ambassador for Cooper Tire – leaving Norway last month with a new-found appreciation for the sport.

Whilst in Hell, near Trondheim, 13 time Grand Prix winner Coulthard also managed to catch up with another familiar face from the Formula One world. Jacques Villeneuve is a competitor in the inaugural World Rallycross series with Albatec Racing and was on hand to give Coulthard the lowdown on one of the newest and fastest-growing FIA championships.

To view David Coulthard’s adventures at the championship event in Hell, visit:


Infinity Tyres has been nominated once again for a Tyre Industry Award within the category of ‘Marketing Campaign of the Year’. Formally known as the ‘TAFF’ awards, the Tyre Industry Awards (TIA) will take place at the 85th annual NTDA Dinner, to be held this year in Manchester, where leading figures from the U.K.’s tyre industry will gather together.

Having successfully won its very first ‘Industry Advertising Campaign’ award in 2013, this consecutive nomination is further proof that the Infinity brand is now well recognised within the fabric of the U.K. tyre industry.

Following the amazing success of its inaugural awards ceremony last year, TyreSafe has opened entries for its 2014 honours.

This year, entries are being invited into seven different categories covering the main types of organisations which support the group’s activities including tyre and car manufacturers, emergency services and its community award among others.

In addition to the seven open categories, TyreSafe will also present its outstanding achievement award, which in 2013 was awarded to the Highways Agency, to the organisation demonstrating the most exceptional contribution to raising awareness about the dangers associated with illegal and defective tyres.

Companies planning on supporting this October’s Tyre Safety Month campaign, can now register to receive their free campaign materials. Organised by not-for-profit organisation TyreSafe, the month long campaign will be raising awareness about the importance of driving on tyres with adequate tread depth, and after the wettest winter on record, will include essential advice about minimising the risk of aquaplaning.

“October may still seem like a while away, but you can be sure it will be here before you know it,” concludes Jackson. “By ordering your materials today, you can be sure to receive them in good time so that you can plan some fantastic, high-impact activity in and around your own business.”

To register for your tyre safety month campaign materials, visit www.tyresafe.org or call 01787 226995.

Tyre manufacturer Hankook has been selected as the original supplier for the new edition of the Mercedes-Benz C Class. As of the market launch, the brand new high-tech limousine in size 17 inches will be equipped with the high-end product Ventus S1 evo2. For the first time, Hankook's flagship will be used both in the standard version as well as with Hankook's own runflat system made in European production. In addition to high wet grip, low noise and rolling resistance, the focus was primarily on a high comfort level when developing the tyres, especially for the runflat version.

The European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers Association has published figures concerning its members’ sales in the first half of 2014.

The positive tendency shown by the European market in the first quarter of 2014 was confirmed by data from April to June, which shows an overall stabilisation on a positive trend of the market in all segments. As for the first quarter, truck and bus tyres remain the most successful segment with a 10% growth compared to the first six months of the previous year. Agricultural tyres also showed a 4% growth and motorcycle and scooter tyres grew by 8%.

Fazilet Cinaralp, Secretary General of ETRMA stated “The stabilisation of the market on a positive trend is very good news, which makes us hope for a positive end of year results after such a grim 2012 and 2013."

Recording profits that put the rest of the industry to shame, 50 Tyre Dealers have been named as the industry’s most profitable companies in a new report from market research company Plimsoll Publishing.

The full report has conducted a detailed analysis into the profitability of the UK’s largest 400 Tyre Dealers uncovering these 50 firms that are making remarkable profits.6 companies make over £5 million profit in their latest account.

Copies of the report are available by calling Plimsoll Publishing Ltd on 01642 626 419 or emailing c.glancey@plimsoll.co.uk

One of the UK's leading suppliers to the Fast-Fit Industry and industry leader for imported exlusive tyre brands, Oak Tyres has an exciting position for a Business Development Manager to cover the North East of England.

For moreinformation go to the Jobs Vacancies page.

A study commissioned by marketing communications company INNOCEAN Worldwide Europe reveals that car tyre brands are failing to gain traction in the minds of consumers, creating a golden opportunity for new challengers looking to shake up the market.

The research found that some 40% of consumers  have no idea what make of tyres is  on their car – and almost half of buyers (46%) spend less than five minutes in the decision making process before buying new ones.

The Tyre Shop is the latest high profile dealer to get the Maxxis look. Despite only having been open a year, the management team at the Chingford outlet felt they would benefit from the Maxxis make-over treatment, and just a few weeks later the move has brought a boost for the business

The Tyre Shop make over is part of the Maxxis Centre of Excellence programme, which is designed to reward dealers by providing bespoke signage and marketing materials. The scheme is open to all Maxxis dealers through key distributor, Stapleton’s.


Do to further expansion, Just Tyres are looking for Area Managers to work within their fast fit tyre centres. For more information go to the Jobs Vacancies page

ATS Euromaster believes a large number of truck fleets could improve fuel efficiency by monitoring tyre pressures after a Texaco survey found only 42 per cent of operators undertake the checks.

The survey of 500 truck fleets was part of the Texaco Operator Research Programme, and focused on all aspects of running a fleet such as vehicle maintenance."

Tyre Trade News has two new businesses for sale in the South East area. For more information contact Lyn on 01296 655 833 or email tyres@tyretradenews.co.uk

As the main summer holiday season approaches, drivers who will be towing a caravan or trailer are being encouraged to pay particular attention to their tyres before setting off. The advice is being issued by TyreSafe in a bid to help road users reach their destination safely.

“The summer months are normally the peak season for towing-related incidents on our roads, many of which are tyre related,” comments Stuart Jackson, chairman, TyreSafe. “However, by making some thorough safety checks as part of any travel preparations, many of these needless problems can be avoided.”

Bridgestone’s ongoing pledge to improve health and safety standards amongst commercial tyre fitters in the UK has been vividly brought to life, courtesy of an informative safety video for the whole tyre industry to utilise.

With more than seven years’ experience in providing comprehensive training courses to its Truck Point network partners and fleet customers, Bridgestone is now hoping that its roadside safety video – available at http://youtu.be/KZSoU0Ro15w - will be of additional value to all independent tyre service providers.

The breakdown assistance themed video was made highlighting REACT (Roadside Emergency Action Concerning Tyres), “Best Practice” guidelines.

Helping tyre and fast-fit retailers identify and take advantage of the rapidly developing market for TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems) servicing and repair will be among the highlights of the popular TyreTalk seminar programme at October’s Brityrex International.

Prashant Chopra, managing director of leading industry supplier Autogem, will be sharing his expertise and experience with show visitors. In particular, he will emphasise the benefits of establishing constructive dialogue with end user customers, many of whom will be unfamiliar with the technology.

TyreTalk presentation, TPMS – Commercial Opportunities for Tyre Retailers, will take place at 2.00 pm on Wednesday, 8 October at EventCity, Manchester.


Roadways Container Logistics, the UK based multimodal transport and container handling specialists, has announced the renewal of its contract with Tyrenet, the UK’s leading network of independent tyre service providers for a further two year period.

The decision to renew with Tyrenet for a further two years follows a successful one year trial, in which Phil Clinton the National Fleet Manager explains, “Initially it was a major decision to switch from our historical direct dealing relationships with the tyre manufacturers."

One of the fastest growing companies in their sector, Tyreonthedrive.com are embarking on another exiciting programme of development and expansion and have a position for an Operational Depot Manager available in High Wycombe. 

For more information go to the Jobs Vacancies page.

Formerly KRT’s Purchasing and Marketing Manager, the promotion will see Tim take added responsibility for a wide portfolio of Group roles, including IT and Communications, Stock Control, Transport and Health & Safety. He retains the Marketing and Purchasing functions and will work alongside the heads of departments.

Tim will be based at KRT’s head office in Hayes, where he will be assisted by the recent recruitment of Kimberley Siggs as Marketing Co-ordinator. 

The Board of Directors of Apollo Tyres Ltd has approved an expansion of truck-bus radial capacity at the Chennai plant from the present 6000 tyres per day to 8900 tyres per day. The Board noted the improved demand outlook and the fact that the current Chennai project is generating returns ahead of projections.

 The company plans to raise funds to pursue these organic growth opportunities and for other corporate purposes.

Kumho is to supply the ecowing es01 KH27 to Volkswagen-Navarra S.A for fitment to Polo models built at its plant in Pamplona, Spain. The tyre size is 185/60R15 84H.

A ‘green’ tyre with notably impressive label ratings, the es01 delivers low rolling resistance for optimised fuel efficiency and features enhanced wet grip technology combined with excellent resistance to aquaplaning.

The new Polo contract is one of the first fruits of work done by Kumho’s European Technical Centre (KETC) since it moved to Mörfelden-Walldorf in Germany and expanded its staff of first-class engineers and test drivers. 

Goodyear is commencing the roll-out of a brand new improved version of eCasing, its web-based commercial vehicle tyre casing management system.  The existing eCasing system is used extensively for managing the truck, bus and coach tyre casing and retread requirements of fleets and dealers in 13 EU countries.  The new version will be introduced progressively across Europe, giving Goodyear customers more options to enable them to make the best retread choices, which meet their specific needs in an easy, fast and user-friendly way.

The new upgraded version of the Goodyear eCasing system will enable customers to choose their desired retread design on-line and, as the system contains a full picture library of designs, this feature will enable fleet operators to make a much more informed choice to select the right retread pattern to fit each specific application.  

Italian tyre firm Pirelli will have a strong presence at the Brityrex International tyre show from October 7-9 in Manchester, exhibiting some of its latest state-of-the-art products.

The Manchester-based show is the main trade event for the tyre industry in Great Britain, where Pirelli is leader in the Ultra High Performance sector.

Pirelli UK Managing Director, Dominic Sandivasci commented: “We’re delighted to be back at the Brityrex International show, which provides us with an excellent shop window for our premium products.

Hankook Tyre UK has launched the 10th Hankook Masters site with the recent opening of Mr Tyre based in Stafford.  The Hankook Masters Program has shown continued growth as it identifies premium independent retail depots in prime locations across the UK.  Each of the ten premium Hankook Masters sites showcases the Hankook global brand in a unified retail environment using unique design featuring state-of-the-art technology.   

Tony Lee, Managing Director of Hankook Tyre UK said “The Hankook Master Program is continuing to expand with the announcement of the 10th depot.  Mr Tyre have been a loyal customer for many years so we are delighted to work with them developing yet another stylish and distinctive premium retail space at the Stafford site.”

Avon Tyres’ flagship ultra-high performance (UHP) tyre, the acclaimed ZZ5, has achieved an A-grade for wet grip, the highest rating awarded under EU regulations, across all sizes in the range.

The compound of the tyre has been reformulated and now features a high-dispersion silica tread which, combined with a three-dimensional polymer network, provides exceptional wet grip, improved braking and rolling resistance, all without affecting the tread wear performance.

After three exciting months of receiving the nominations from industry, the NTDA can finally announce the finalists for the first Tyre Industry Awards. Since announcing the changes to the awards evening format, a tremendous interest has been shown, from sponsors, nominees and attendees alike and the 85th NTDA Annual Dinner sponsored by Zenises is set to be a sell-out.

NTDA Director Stefan Hay said: “2014 has seen a fierce contest for the finalist shortlists with many ‘familiar faces’ joined by some new-comers and there have been many genuine surprises in some categories with previous winners failing to receive nominations in categories they have previously dominated! In some cases nominees were so neck-and-neck we have had to increase the shortlists to six finalists." So who received the most nominations and who are the 2014 finalists?

Camoplast Solideal are looking to recruit a number of Industrial Tyre Technicians Nationwide for their National UK Operation.

Go to the Jobs Vacancies page for more information.


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