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Rugby Champions of England, Northampton Saints Rugby Team and their sponsors, Hankook Tyre UK Ltd, held a mini-trophy tour at the Daventry Leisure Centre recently.

Two of the Saint’s high profile players Sam Dickenson and Mike Haywood, were photographed with both the Aviva Premiership Trophy and Amlin Challenge Cup at the centre.

Anne Sherwood, business support manager of Tructyre Fleet Management, is to chair the inaugural UniSerV user group event hosted by CAM, which will take place ahead of the NTDA dinner on Wednesday, 8 October 2014 at Manchester Hilton Deansgate at 2:00pm.

Previewing the user group meeting, Anne Sherwood says, “We want to ensure that tyre service operators understand the future potential of UniSerV for their businesses in terms of efficiencies generated and the improvements and growth that can be attained.  By meeting on a regular basis the user group will be able to share best practice, exchange views and ideas, and plan for new developments by CAM that will continue to enhance our commercial tyre operations.”

Mike Allen, managing director of CAM, adds, “We’re very much looking forward to the first event and Anne is the perfect advocate to be chairing the group.  Tructyre was very much an early adopter of UniSerV and has made significant progress in transitioning the business from ‘doing paperwork’ to ‘auditing paperwork’, ensuring straight-through-processing of near real-time transactional data from the field.”

Sumitomo Rubber Industries has been awarded a contract from Chrysler Group LLC to supply tires for the 2015 Jeep Compass and Patriot BUX (Built-Up Export) models to be sold in Mexico, China, Australia and other countries around the world. The Compass and Patriot are offered in right and left-hand drive configurations and available with gas and diesel engines.

This is Falken North America's first contract to supply factory standard OE tyres-namely, Falken's ZIEX ZE914 ECORUN (size: 215/60R17). The ZE914 was designed to provide excellent rolling resistance while also combining great handling and wear performance. The tyres will be supplied to Chrysler's assembly plant in Belvidere, Illinois.

HOFMANN’s autumn/winter promotion has just been revealed and it gives workshops the chance to save thousands of pounds on market-leading equipment.

Highlights include the biggest-selling HOFMANN product – the V3D geolite, an entry-level 3D car and LGV wheel aligner – for just £8,099, representing a discount of more than £3,000 on the list price.

Another stand-out product is the wireless geoliner 790 which is now available with HOFMANN’s patented AC400 clamps.

The HOFMANN autumn/winter promotion runs until 31 December 2014 or while stocks last, and all prices exclude VAT. For details of your nearest HOFMANN distributor please call 01553 697233, email enquiries-soeuk@snapon.com, or visit www.hofmann.co.uk.

Avon Tyres, title sponsor of the British GT Championship, has unveiled a new slick tyre for the 2015 season.

Avon Tyres has been developing and carrying out rigorous testing of the new British GT tyre at various European circuits, most recently at Snetterton with marques including McLaren, Bentley, Aston Martin and Ferrari.

Avon Tyres Technical Manager – Motorsport, Mike Lynch, said, "The new slick tyre is an evolution of Avon's already successful British GT product. The new tyre has delivered peak lap times that are similar to, or better than, the 2014 tyre.

"However, the main focus has been on significantly improving the tyre performance throughout the range of ambient conditions. In all respects, we are extremely pleased with the test results from our significant UK, German and Italian test programs. We look forward to even closer and more competitive racing next year."

National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA) Director Stefan Hay says that next month’s Brityrex International exhibition in Manchester will be the business and social high point of the UK tyre industry calendar for 2014.

 “Brityrex International is a fantastic opportunity for the trade to spend time meeting suppliers and talking to people and organisations that can help to improve their businesses”, says Stefan Hay. “As the show only takes place every two years, it really is an opportunity not to be missed by any forward-thinking retailer, manufacturer, distributor or service provider. I know my members are looking forward to it and I encourage everyone involved in the trade to get behind the UK’s premier tyre event.”

Protyre Motorsport has been named as Michelin’s global tyre supply partner to the inaugural FIA Formula E electric race championship. The Winchester-based firm will supply and service the Michelin Pilot Sport EV tyre which has been specially developed for the series.

Protyre experts will co-ordinate logistics and trackside assistance to all teams over the 10 rounds of the innovative series.

Malcolm Scovell, commercial director for Michelin in the UK and Ireland, said: “As technical partner to Formula E, we’re delighted to have Protyre on board. Michelin works with Protyre Motorsport on a regular basis so we know they have the expertise and infrastructure to provide fantastic support to the teams.

“Formula E is a really exciting partnership for us and it fits perfectly with our track-to-street ethos and our commitment to sustainability. The 18-inch tyres mean that the things we learn from Formula E will directly influence the development of our tyres for normal electric and performance cars."

Following a gruelling season touring Europe and battling it out against the best drivers in the world, Irish Falken Motorsport driver James Deane has taken the title in his Nissan S14 after a dramatic last minute clincher in Lithuania. Deane went into the final event of the 2014 season needing to finish high in order to secure the silverware.

After pushing hard to take second place in qualifying, James battled through a tough field of competitors and consistently wowed the fans and the judges with his precise, yet aggressive style of driving. In the final James put pressure on Poland’s Piotr Więcek to take the crown in style in front of a capacity crowd on the streets of Lithuania.

The 2014 title is the second title Extreme Drift Allstars title for James and follows his Irish Drift Championship win in 2013.   

Apollo Tyres and Manchester United are continuing with their shared commitment to preparing solid foundations for the next generation of football talent. This began in August when the tyre major launched a new state-of-the-art 'Go the Distance' community pitch within the Old Trafford premises. The pitch, made from 2,200 recycled tyres, is the first of its kind and will provide local kids with the opportunity to learn the necessary fundamental skills needed to go the distance in football.

The 'Go the Distance' pitch was created for the local community to test out and hone three key skill-sets associated with Manchester United's success over the years: Agility, Accuracy and Control - also the key performance aspects of Apollo Tyres' products.

Drivers in Cheshire are set to become among the most informed in the country about tyre safety issues following the county police force’s decision to become a supporter of TyreSafe. The move comes just months after Cheshire’s Fire and Rescue Service was presented with TyreSafe’s 2013 emergency services award for its work in raising awareness about tyre safety issues in the community.

“We are delighted to welcome Cheshire Police on board and look forward to developing some highly effective initiatives with them,” comments Stuart Jackson, chairman, TyreSafe. “With a number of major roads passing through the country, it’s important that local drivers properly understand their individual responsibilities about tyre care and take appropriate action. I’m sure that the assistance of the local police force will help this greatly.”

As part of their partnership with TyreSafe, Cheshire police will begin their tyre safety awareness activities during the busy summer holiday travelling period before fully supporting October’s tyre safety month.


Leading distributor of autoparts and workshop equipment, Andrew Page, has re-launched the industry leading Mega Wisebuys brochure, as well as investing in its garage equipment sales division by adding to the nationwide and regional teams.

The autoparts distributor has teamed up with leading garage equipment manufacturers to develop the instantly recognisable Mega Wisebuys brochure, which features exclusive sales promotions and special offers. Containing information on everything from hand tools through to capital equipment, Mega Wisebuys helps garages to find the best products and deals available.

See next week's issue of Tyre Trade News for the lastest MegaWiseBuys brochure.

Continental’s ContiSportContact 5 has taken top spot in this year’s summer tyre test from the UK's monthly title evo.

The evo summer tyre test pitted the Continental ContiSportContact 5 against eight competitor summer tyres in size 225/45R17. The awards recognised the ContiSportContact 5 across a broad spectrum, taking top spot for wet handling, wet braking and dry braking.

Scott Benbow, Product Marketing Manager at Continental said; “We are delighted to have been commended by evo yet again. The ContiSportContact 5has taken the summer market by storm, with several tyre test wins since its launch, reiterating our leading position for safety.”

ATS Euromaster has invested more than £350,000 opening a brand new service centre in Wrexham, North Wales. It is equipped to support all vehicle types including cars, vans, trucks, industrial equipment and agricultural machinery.

The flagship facility offers an extended range of services for businesses and private motorists. As well as traditional tyre and fast-fit work, skilled technicians can carry out vehicle health checks, fault diagnostics and scheduled maintenance servicing on all models of cars and vans.

The Parts Alliance has announced a new Managing Director to head up the HgCapital-owned factors within its Eastern Alliance.

James Geldart, formerly a Divisional Director with Unipart Automotive (UA), was appointed with effect from Monday, 1 September, and is responsible for the operation of 21 branches serving independent garages in London and the South East of England.

The Eastern Alliance is formed of Allparts Automotive and SC Motor Factors, which work as one within The Parts Alliance but trade locally under their individual brand names.

A further 24 jobs have been saved with the acquisition by The Parts Alliance of three former Unipart Automotive (UA) branches in the South West.

The move extends the business group’s coverage in the region, which has also been boosted by the recruitment of Paul Dineen, formerly regional director with UA and head of the Unipart Car Care Centres (UCCC) programme.

Due to Kirkby Tyres & Wheels' expansion of OTR business in mainland UK they are looking for an expereinced OTR sales professional to lead up the new division.

Go to the Jobs Vacancies page for more information.



MAM Software, a leading global provider of on-premise and cloud-based management solutions for the auto parts, tyre and vertical distribution industries, has to reported that its cloud-hosted business management solutions have now been deployed to over 1,000 active distribution and retail users in the UK. Over the last 12 months, 75% of new MAM customers in the UK chose the Software as a Service (SaaS) option over the traditional licensing and delivery model, citing simplified IT maintenance, security and scalability as some of the reasons for choosing cloud hosting.

"Our business management solutions have been developed to streamline core operational tasks including order processing, stock management, accounting and e-commerce," said Mike Jamieson, CEO at MAM Software.

The latest study by industry analysts Plimsoll Publishing is showing a combination of events points to a period of consolidation in the sector.

David Pattison senior analyst “The signs all point to one conclusion. “It looks like many of the UK’s leading Tyre Dealers are grooming their businesses for a sale, think of it logically and piece together the clues.

More information about the report can be obtained by contacting Chris Glancey c.glancey@plimsoll.co.uk. Readers of Tyre Trade News are entitled to a £50 discount on the latest Tyre Dealers report by quoting PR/TI77.


HM Inspectorate of Constabulary suggests that the police have “almost given up” on car crime.

Roger Powell, Divisional Head at CDL Vehicle Information Services commented: “We were astonished to read the comments from HMIC about the police supposedly having given up on car crime. This is an issue we deal with daily and the picture painted is simply not one we recognise.

“Vehicle crime is not something you solve, it’s an ongoing battle. It takes a professional thief 16 seconds to get into a car without breaking anything and the profit incentives are high – these assets are often worth £30k-£40k, sometimes more. The punishments aren’t much of a deterrent, so the police have a real job on their hands. 

You could be one of the lucky motorists to get an adrenaline-fuelled opportunity of a lifetime to tear up the race track in high octane machines including a 420bhp BMW M3, as part of a fantastic autumn giveaway from independent tyre dealer network Point S and Yokohama tyres.

Point S has teamed up with high performance tyre company Yokohama for this exclusive competition, which gives drivers who buy Yokohama tyres from a Point S dealer between 1st September and 30th November the chance to win top prizes, including a thrilling MotorSport Vision track driving experience or the cost of their tyres paid back.

The prize draw for driving experience days and winning back the cost of tyres is open to retail customers who purchase, and have fitted, two or more Yokohama tyres at a Point S dealer. All offers run from 1st September to 30th November 2014.

Kumho Tyre has launched a brand new corporate website. Built from the ground up, with the UK consumer in mind, it’s a tyre industry first. The website was built from a ‘mobile first, fully responsive perspective’, using the latest coding technology. 

The result is a website that delivers users the best quality experience possible, no matter what device they access the site from. This development has resulted in a 50% increase in the amount of mobile traffic to the website in the first week alone. Early feedback from site visitors also shows that 96% would recommend the website to others.

Dan Woodward, Brand manager at Kumho Tyre UK, said: “We believe the approach we have taken with our new website is an industry first. We were keen to make the site fully mobile compatible but more importantly we wanted to ensure the content and design were appropriate for the unique UK market.”

“The new website is a content hub which will bring together the Kumho brand story - reflecting our new digital strategy. We hope to see the amazing increase in web traffic continue.”

Goodyear Dunlop has announced that two of its high performance products have taken the top two spots in the coveted Auto Express Tyre Test 2014.

The Dunlop Sport BluResponse took first place, with the Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance taking a close second.

Auto Express tested ten brands of tyre in the size 205/55 R16 with a load index of 91 or 94 and speed rating of V or W. Tests included dry and wet handling, dry and wet braking, wet cornering, straight and curved aquaplaning, rolling resistance and noise.

Taking first place, the Dunlop Sport BluResponse performed particularly well in dry and wet braking, straight and curved aquaplaning and rolling resistance. 

Taking a close second spot, the Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance shone above competitors in many of the test criteria, performing particularly well in rolling resistance, wet handling and braking, wet cornering and cabin noise.

Starfire Tires, engineered by Cooper Tires, is to launch a new winter tyre – the Starfire W200 – aimed at the compact car market and developed using the latest manufacturing techniques.

Tested in Alpine winter conditions and manufactured in Serbia, the newest member of the Starfire winter tyre family delivers exceptional grip in snow, slush and wet conditions, thanks to state-of-the-art computer technology and increased sipe density.

It also meets current and future EU tyre regulations for wet grip, clean oil and rolling resistance, with the entire size range registering a ‘C’ rating for wet grip. 

With its increasing presence in the European commercial tyre segment, Infinity intends to step up development and sales activity in 2015. And to promote these bold initiatives, the company will be debuting its range at IAA 2014 in Hall 25 Stand A02.

“The decision to be at the largest commercial vehicle fair is to support our engagement in the important European market,” commented KK Singh, European Sales Manager. “Infinity offers high quality products for the most demanding conditions.  Our latest products are being developed in the most modern facilities and further tested in Europe and are being constantly improved to meet the highest regulation standards. Our growing success, and also the positive reactions of our partners, now gives us confidence to display our excellent products to wider markets.”

Following unprecedented demand for its workshop equipment, wheel alignment specialist Pro-Align is providing further support to its workshop customers through a number of newly created roles across the business.

Chris Ivory has been appointed to the brand new role of product and OEM sales and support manager. 

Following the company’s recent expansion into Ireland, Dublin-based Shane McGinty has been appointed to the new role of sales and service engineer for the region.

Meanwhile to provide further capacity and to extend the level of support offered, other new roles see Jennifer Davy joining sales administration, while Simon Henchman further strengthens the workshop and stores team.

Chris Coyle has been promoted to the new role of sales director and will assume responsibilities for all of the company’s sales activities supported by the new sales administration team leader, Emma Hounslow. Meanwhile Colin Avis has been promoted to the new role of aftersales director.

Bridgestone has presented a sneak peek of its presence at the 65th IAA Commercial Vehicles International Motor Show in Hanover, along with some key company messages which will be conveyed during the event.

A 300m² two-level Bridgestone stand will take pride of place at the September 25 to October 2 German show and is themed on the company’s renewed Total Tyre Care programme: a cost and time-saving tyre solution for fleets.

Fleet operators visiting the stand will be guided through the Total Tyre Care offering and can inspect some of the latest Bridgestone truck and bus tyres, Bandag retreads and Bridgestone service systems. 

Staff from the Michelin Training Centre in Stoke-on-Trent held their third agricultural tyre fitting course in Scotland in just over 12 months, following unprecedented demand from local dealers.

The two day agricultural tyre fitting course is designed to give tyre technicians new to the agricultural sector detailed information and best practice skills to ensure they can safely and expertly fit farm tyres across a variety of machines – from tractors, combines and sprayers, to farm trailers, telehandlers and skid-steers. The City & Guilds-accredited course can also be used to remind experienced technicians of the correct processes to follow when working with farm tyres.

The latest training course was held at Michelin’s factory in Dundee and saw 10 technicians attend from two of the biggest Michelin Exelagri dealers in Scotland – McConechy’s Tyre Service, which has dealerships in Montrose and Stranraer, and Redpath Tyres, with dealerships in Aberdeen, Duns, Forfar and Wooler.

After the widely reported busy start to the year, membership growth has continued over the summer and some of the latest companies to join, add further diversity to the Association’s growing portfolio of member expertise.

New member Sigmavision is a dedicated manufacturer and integrator of machine vision systems. NTDA Director Stefan Hay said: “Sigmavision is at the forefront of innovation in tread reading technology and it’s all designed and manufactured here in the UK! I was extremely pleased when Sigmavision joined the NTDA and delighted when Dr. Andrew Pryce of Sigmavision agreed to speak at the Brityrex 2014 Tyre Talk Workshops.”

The NTDA team is also very excited about new member Suffolk-based freight forwarder Maritime Cargo Services (MCS) which is one of the UK’s leading independent family-owned freight-forwarding agents, having been founded by CEO Rob Shelley more than 20 years ago.

Nokian Tyres presents five new durable SUV summer tyres and expands its product selection. The tyre manufacturer’s SUV tyres are the most modern on the market, utilising Nokian Aramid Sidewall technology. The extremely strong sidewall structure of the Nokian tyre provides much-needed durability and safety for demanding road conditions and surprising situations.

Combined with precise handling, the unique durability provides exceptional driving pleasure to drivers of powerful SUVs. These special Nokian tyres are tailored for the growing SUV segment.

TyreSafe welcomes The Camping and Caravanning Club as the latest organisation to become a supporter of its road safety campaigning activities.

As the world’s oldest and largest club for lovers of camping and caravan getaways, The Camping and Caravanning Club represents the interests of more than half a million members. As such, its involvement in TyreSafe campaigns is set to raise awareness about the importance of correctly maintained tyres among the UK’s 650,000 caravan and motorhome owners.

With more than 5,000 tyre-related towing incidents recorded by fellow supporter the Highways Agency in 2013, the Camping and Caravanning Club joins a number of major road safety organisations who share concerns about tyre safety issues and support TyreSafe’s activities, such as the Chief Fire Officers Association and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency.

Long a supporter of athletic competition across a range of sports, Maxxis is again expanding its roster of professional sponsorships. The company has announced that it will be the exclusive tyre sponsor of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team for the 2014-15 season.  

As the official tyre of the Lakers, Maxxis will receive promotional opportunities including courtside LED TV signage and a banner in the Toyota Sports Centre practice arena. The company will also host a giveaway night during the season for Lakers fans, who will receive a specially prepared Maxxis/Lakers promotional item for attending. 

NEXEN TIRE N'blue eco has been awarded the prestigious U.S. Green Good Design Award 2014. 

The U.S. Green Good Design Awards promotes excellent environmentally friendly design. The Awards are famous for their rigorous judging standards that reward the best design in terms of public understanding and sustainability. 

The N'blue eco is the most popular environmentally friendly tyre developed by NEXEN TIRE. It reduces rolling resistance while improving fuel efficiency through its structural design that minimizes energy loss with optimized tread patterns. Plus, it features an environmentally friendly functional design based on a natural motif.

Cooper Tire Europe, the Official Tyre of Arsenal Football Club, was delighted to welcome 10 youngsters from Arsenal’s ‘Premier League Kicks’ programme as guests to the Arsenal versus Besiktas Champions League game at Emirates Stadium, on Wednesday 27 August.

‘Kicks’ is targeted at young people living in communities where they are considered to be more vulnerable to crime either as victims or potential offenders.

Cooper Tire Europe’s partnership with Arsenal Football Club began just ahead of the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League season. This exclusive sponsorship designates the Cooper brand as the first ‘Official Tyre of Arsenal Football Club’ for Europe. 

NIRA Dynamics AB has now developed algorithms that can estimate the friction value between the road and the tyres. 

Experienced drivers perceive the road with nearly all senses: they see, feel and even hear the road. They use all this information to estimate the grip of the road and, based on their judgement, adapt their driving speed to the conditions.

But what if every car could have such an experienced co-driver to help do this difficult job?

A typical example of where NIRA’s algorithms can be used is on a long oily patch on a curvy road. This might be hardly noticeable for car drivers, but is a potential death trap for motorcyclists even at low speeds. If the road friction estimation calculated with NIRA’s algorithms is communicated directly to the car or via the infrastructure, approaching traffic could receive a warning before it is too late. 

National Tyres and continuing to expand and are looking for people at a range of lelvels in locations right across the UK.

For more information go to the Jobs Vacancies page.

Infinity Tyres was delighted to join in Euro-Tyre’s special anniversary which was held during the summer at the company’s headquarters.

Having been there at the inception of Infinity in Europe, it was fitting that European General Manager, Jorge Crespo, travelled to Venlo in the Netherlands to celebrate with the Euro-Tyre team and outline future plans for the Infinity range.

Jorge stated that: “Infinity and Euro-Tyre have developed a long and successful partnership. We were honoured to have been invited to celebrate this landmark anniversary and it was a privilege for us to show how the Infinity passenger tyre range will be further expanding for 2015. We look forward to the next 30 years working together!” 

It is now over two decades since US based Gaither Tool Company launched a European division in The Netherlands and during the course of this period Gaither Europe has progressively evolved into one of Europe's leading specialist in innovative tire changing solutions. Back in the 1990's Gaither offered just two products whilst currently there are up to 30 pieces of equipment available in the company's brand portfolio therefore underlining the tremendous growth that has been achieved.

By far Gaither's most popular innovative product range has to be the Bead Bazooka® range which was originally introduced three years ago as a prototype. However to date around 16,000 Bead Bazooka's are currently sold on a global basis each year with the range now expanded to three models - the original 6 ltr, 9 ltr and 12 ltr versions. 

Having continually grown in size and popularity since the very first event in 1997, Tyrexpo Asia 2015, will once again break all previous records in terms of exhibitors, and at the same time introduce several new innovative features for visitors including a larger floor plan for additional stands.

Traditionally staged in Singapore, the successful formula of the show provides visitors with an unrivalled networking opportunity within the international tyre industry. So far, 206 companies from 20 countries are confirmed as exhibitors, therefore underlining its increasing popularity as the most international tyre trade event in South East Asia.

Mr Aloysius Arlando, CEO of SingEx Holdings says, “Tyrexpo Asia has steadily evolved into the region’s leading tyre show that is synonymous with high-calibre exhibitors and products, and quality buyers. Now in its tenth year, Tyrexpo Asia has expanded with new and innovative elements that will meet the myriad needs of both the buyers and sellers, and cast the spotlight on salient issues and regulations that impact the tyre trade industry as a whole."

Four years before the tyre industry stages its leading event ‘The Tire Cologne’ in Cologne for the first time from 29 May to 1 June 2018, the trade and the industry strongly reaffirmed the decision taken at the beginning of year to relocate the trade fair.The BRV Board of Directors received the unanimous consent of the 250 meeting participants for its decision to become the conceptual and technical sponsor of the international tyre trade fair ‘The Tire Cologne’.

Furthermore, leading representatives from the trade and industry underlined the fact that from 2018 onwards Cologne is the trade fair location that enjoys the full support of the industry. 

NEXEN TIRE will have an advertising signboard at the stadiums of football clubs in the four largest football leagues in Europe - Germany, Spain, Italy and England. 

NEXEN TIRE is to place advertisements on an LED signboard at the stadiums of Everton FC, Tottenham Hotspur FC, Southampton FC and West Ham United. 

"As we increase our sales and supply of tyres to European car manufacturers with every year, we have signed a contract with 10 European football clubs as part of our marketing strategies. We will continue to improve our brand awareness through active marketing campaigns,” said Vice President Lee Byungwoo, the Head of NEXEN TIRE Sales.

This October’s Tyre Safety Month campaign has received a major boost with the news that Road Safety GB has become an official supporter of the campaign’s organiser TyreSafe.

“We’re delighted to formally mark our ongoing partnership and collaboration with Road Safety GB,” comments Stuart Jackson, chairman, TyreSafe. “Correct tyre care and maintenance is an essential element of road safety so it’s fantastic that Road Safety GB will be supporting our ongoing campaigns. Not only will this help to raise the profile of tyres within the wider road safety agenda, but it will directly help to educate motorists and reduce the number of tyre related road casualties.”

NEXEN TIRE will put advertisements at the football stadiums of four English Premier League clubs to enhance its marketing in England.

The English Premier League is one of the best, most-watched football leagues in the world and, with international footballers featuring prominently in it, the league is riding a wave of interest from global fans.  

The advertising contract NEXEN TIRE has signed will see it advertise its brand on the LED signboards at the home stadiums of Everton FC, Tottenham Hotspur FC, Southampton FC and West Ham United during the 2014/2015 season, which runs from August 18, 2014 to May 24, 2015.

With schools across the UK set to return after the summer holidays, parents preparing for the daily school run are being reminded about the importance of checking that their car tyres are safe and legal.

“The start of the new academic year means that we will be experiencing many more cars on the roads, particularly at peak times of the day,” comments Stuart Jackson, chairman, TyreSafe. “Many of these cars may be used less frequently so it’s essential that their tyres are checked to ensure that they are roadworthy and legal so that the precious load is transported in a safe manner.”

Legendary British Motorcross Champion, Lee Dunham, has launched his very own motocross academy in Baynham Court Farm, Lower Wick. The launch of the Lee Dunham Racing (LDR) training facility comes following an inspiring 23 year motocross career for the rider that saw him win 7 coveted major MX championships, as well as 5 IMBA championship titles.

Lee opened the facility on Wednesday 30th July, with a practise day dedicated to children aged 6-16, with a passion for motocross. Lee was on hand throughout the day, giving on-going support to the children that needed it.

Being able to continue supporting one of the most famous figures in motorsport is extremely rewarding for Maxxis, as managing director, Derek McMartin confirms: “We are really pleased to be continuing our support for Lee now he’s taking on some very different challenges, and to be a part of the LDR Training facility.”

The next race school will be held on 27th August, to book your place call 07792994795.

Kings Road Tyres (KRT) is set to launch its exclusive UK distributorship of the AEOLUS range of PCR tyres at Brityrex International 2014 at EventCity, Manchester, this October.

Included in the attractive package for retail stockists will be the opportunity to join the AEOLUS Valued Partner (AVP) scheme. This will offer exclusive and innovative benefits, including an AEOLUS-themed merchandising package, to fit out a reception area. 

Lassa Tyres have to launched Snoways 3, their latest addition to the Lassa Snoways winter tyre line up.

Snoways 3 has unique features to satisfy the demands of the harshest winter driving conditions. Snoways 3 provides superior levels of handling and control on snow and ice thanks to the new winter compounds and intelligent tread design. Also, it performs equally well on wet and dry surfaces in winter weather conditions.

Tested and approved by TUV SUD, Snoways 3’s braking distance on snowy and icy surfaces is dramatically reduced by 7 percent and its lateral grip is increased by 9 percent on ice compared to its predecessors. Snoways 3’s overall performance on snow is increased by 7 percent.


The Altrincham branch of ATS Euromaster is urging council officials and developers to include its thriving business in the proposed Altair development, after the Council confirmed its intention to take possession of the site.

However, a compulsory purchase order (CPO) placed on its current site by Trafford Council, means the existing branch will be forced to close.

ATS Euromaster Group Estates Manager Rhys Jenkins claims the business has been unfairly excluded from the regeneration project by developers Nikal and council decision makers.

He says: “We have fought long and hard to stay where we are, or to be incorporated into the new plans. For some reason, unknown to us, we are being ignored. The Council wishes to see a mix of uses on the site but for some reason refuse to see us as part of that mix.”   

Show dates 7, 8 and 9 October, EventCity, Manchester

For anyone interested in meeting new tyre suppliers, seeing the latest workshop equipment in action and catching up on the most topical business issues, spending a day at Brityrex in Manchester next month should be a top priority.

“Brityrex is the UK’s only specialist tyre and equipment exhibition and a day spent at the show will be time very well spent,” says Paul Farrant of show organiser SingEx-ECI. “It’s a low-cost, high-return business investment we think everyone involved in the trade should consider making.”

Brityrex has been the UK’s premier tyre show since the late 1970s and while it has broadened and diversified to embrace all aspects of the industry over the past 40 years, tyres and everything associated with them remain a prime focus.

Vintage Tyre Supplies Ltd is one of the world's largest supplies of specialist tyres for vintage and classic cars and motorcycles.

A strong anf successful company, they are embarking on further expansion and a seeking a Sales Manager/Director who will help drive the company forward.

For more information go to the Jobs Vacancies page.

More than 100 motor industry and road safety professionals gathered recently to hear how they can get involved and support this October’s Tyre Safety Month.

After the wettest winter on record, this year’s campaign will focus on the importance of driving on tyres with adequate tread depth, with a particular emphasis on the dangers of aquaplaning.

A suite of new campaign materials are now available to order or download from the TyreSafe website, ensuring you have plenty of opportunity to plan activities within your organisation. We’ve also developed a campaign toolkit and partner case studies to give you further inspiration and ideas about how you can get involved.

For more details about the campaign, to register for materials or to partner with another road safety organisation, visit www.tyresafe.org or call 01787 226 995

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.

Entries into the awards must be submitted by Friday 5th November with the ceremony taking place at St Johns Hotel, Solihull on Friday 28th November. To find out more about the awards including details of last year’s winning entries, visit www.tyresafe.org

Extract from the Chairman’s Speech at the Annual General Meeting 

"China is currently going through what I believe is a consolidation phase. The humongous growth of the past couple of decades has been tempered to allow systems, processes and fiscal prudence to catch up. I do believe that in the long term this is another market that will continue to be a huge influence on our industry. Europe continues to address structural issues and while it will remain a very significant market I do not believe we will look at rapid growth for the industry. We, of course, enjoy a presence there and are in a happy position of not being able to meet the demand for our products, which we are addressing by way of the Greenfield that I spoke of earlier.

"The next phase of your Company’s journey has just begun. Challenges are part of our lives; it is the opportunities that we need to focus on. I am optimistic, and have equal faith in the future and the power of hard work which ensures that even as we work to create value for ourselves, even greater value is generated for the society that we live in."

Onkar S Kanwar 

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