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Guildford Tyre Company is the latest independent tyre dealership to achieve Michelin Certified Centre status, passing the Michelin Auto Professional advocate programme’s challenging audit at its three sites in Cranleigh, Gatwick and Guildford.

Having earned the right to display Michelin Certified Centre signage, all three sites will sport the iconic Michelin Man on their walls, “further highlighting our commitment to providing quality customer service every day of the year”, says Company Director Matt Sunderland.

Sunderland adds: “We don’t sell tyres – we specialise in tyres. To have that devotion rewarded with a mark of excellence is fantastic. We’re especially delighted as we consider tyres our passion – as well as taking the time to explain the value for money that premium Michelin fitments offer, we also go into the finer details of the tread pattern, and why it’s right for a customer’s specific vehicle.

“Offering that level of detail to our customers is second-nature to our team, and as a family-run company that’s been in operation almost 50 years, our repeat customer base has remained consistently strong as a result. Having Michelin Certified Centre status only further reinforces and highlights our commitment to our trade.”

For further information on Michelin Certified Centres and the Michelin Auto Professional programme visit http://www.michelincertifiedcentre.co.uk/

With temperatures dropping in the run-up to Christmas, Avon Tyres has ensured winter tyre availability for next day delivery to most parts of the UK.

This relates to the full new Avon winter tyre range, including the Avon WV7 performance winter tyre, the Avon WT7 premium winter tyre, and WM Van which has been specifically designed for medium-sized vans. 

The Avon WV7 has increased sipe density to improve traction in snow, ice, slush and wet weather. Available in 15 to 18-inch sizes to fit popular performance cars, the Avon WV7 is H and V speed rated. It features forward-facing shoulder grooves and V-slots to enhance braking.

The Avon WT7 premium tyre has been performance tested in Alpine winter conditions and is available in a range of 13 to 16-inch sizes to fit many car types; the Avon WT7 is T speed rated.

Avon’s WM Van tyre provides excellent traction, for medium-sized vans, in all winter conditions due to its high silica content tread formulation. Sizes are available to fit most popular van makes and models. For more information on the new Avon Tyres winter range, visit www.avon-tyres.co.uk.  

The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., has extended its agreement to supply its global flagship brand “ADVAN” racing tyres as the sole control tyre for the All-Japan Formula 3 Championship Series through until the end of 2019. The extension means Yokohama Rubber will be the sole tyre supplier to the championship series for nine straight years, starting from 2011.

The control tyres will again be the “ADVAN A005” for use on dry tracks and the “ADVAN A006” for use on wet surfaces. Both tyres use YOKOHAMA’s proprietary orange oil compounding technique to ensure superior grip performance while enhancing environmental performance. The control tyre sizes will be 200/50VR13 for front tyres and 240/45VR13 for rear tyres.

A large construction company in Massachusetts recently chose to fit its skid steer fleet with the new Camso SKS 532 tyres for a balance between traction and service life. After putting the SKS 532 to the test, the J. Masterson Construction Corporation quickly saw its value. “This tyre really gives us a good middle ground for traction, performance and service life as well as reduced cost per hour benefits,” says Kevin McGuire, Masterson Construction’s Fleet Manager.

With their large fleet of equipment doing all different jobs, J. Masterson Construction was having a hard time finding a tyre that would give them the performance and quality they need for general duty jobs. On any given day, the company is operating between 20 and 40 skid steers on different surface conditions. And this is above and beyond the skid steers the company owns through its equipment rental division, MasterRents.

Cost savings is not about buying the lowest-priced tyre

Durability is the key factor affecting McGuire’s choice in tyres. Buying the lowest-priced tyre often means that staff must spend more time doing tyre repairs and putting on replacements while dealing with customer complaints. If any one of the skid steers is down due to a flat or damaged tyre, it could cost Masterson Construction thousands of dollars. When it comes to selecting tyres, McGuire says durability is more important than price. “Losing one tyre on one machine for a day could cost more than a whole set of tyres,” he says.

Building on its huge success during the 2016 season, British tyre manufacturer DMACK has launched a completely new range of motorsport tyres for the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). Joining Michelin as the only two tyre manufacturers approved by the FIA to supply the WRC in 2017, DMACK’s new range is the culmination of a 15-month period of technical development and product progression.

Since partnering with the Avon Motorsport arm of Cooper Tire Europe in 2015, DMACK has embarked on an extensive development programme, which delivered a string of impressive results in 2016. DMACK World Rally Team driver Ott Tanak set fastest times on six separate events this season and finished second overall on Rally Poland and Rally GB.

Building on that platform, DMACK has introduced a range of completely new WRC tyres for next year – all developed by technical director Fiorenzo Brivio.

Building on the record levels of attendance and ongoing huge success of the NTDA’s Annual Dinner, Tyre Industry Award Ceremony and one day Tyre Industry Conference, the NTDA is delighted to announce that the 2017 event will be on Thursday 12th October 2017 at yet another new venue the Double Tree by Hilton Milton Keynes, which will also host the Tyre Wholesalers AGM and Lunch on 11th October 2017.

This impressive hotel and conference venue is built into stadiummk, home of league one football club MK Dons and the Arena MK. This modern venue benefits from 304 bedrooms 360' around the pitch at Stadium MK, many with pitch views. It has complimentary Wi-Fi throughout and free parking for over 1000 vehicles on site. It is well served by London Luton airport, (just 35 minutes away), and if travelling by car, it’s just a twelve minute drive from junction 14 or a fifteen minute drive from junction 13 of the M1. Milton Keynes also benefits from two railway stations, Bletchley and Central Milton Keynes which are both just a 5 minute taxi ride away from the Doubletree.

Once again, this will be the most prestigious gathering of the UK Tyre Industry and one that industry professionals should not miss. Everyone is welcome, and many have already booked, so join the Association members, their guests and all the leading decision makers during the day to hear the latest on key issues affecting the tyre industry and wider aftermarket and then in the evening to celebrate our 88th Annual Dinner and the 4th Tyre Industry Awards, which will be hosted by well known BBC sports broadcaster John Inverdale.


Top Scottish bus and coach operator, Whitelaws Coaches, has implemented a Continental tyres only policy on its fleet, following conclusive tests against its former tyre choice. Speaking on behalf of the family-owned firm, George Whitelaw said, “We had been running other premium tyres for a great many years, but when we were offered the chance to trial Continental’s equivalent product on two of our hard-working bus fleet, we thought it would be good get some sort of measure on how well our policy had been serving us. We were very pleasantly surprised to discover Continental’s Urban HA3 M+S tyres significantly outperformed the tyres we had been using.”


Growing numbers of garages and motorists will be able to benefit from AlloyGators world leading alloy wheel protection system with the launch of an extra-large alloy wheel protector.

Designed to fit wheels 12 – 24 inches in diameter, the new size profile, was officially launched at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas in response to the rapid global growth of the SUV and Crossover market.

“The SUV market is booming at the moment and we wanted to offer the same level of protection and customisation to customers with larger vehicles,” commented Curt Rathbone, managing director at AlloyGator. “The new size will also fit super cars and hyper cars which typically have larger wheel rims, as well as benefit our customers in the overseas markets where custom cars are often fitted with extra-large rims.”

Promising to provide the same level of award-winning protection as the original super-tough nylon rims, the new AlloyGators feature a smooth rounded edge for an aesthetically softer look, as well as a branded embossed AlloyGator fastening clip for additional security and retention. The alloy wheel protector is designed to sit between the tyre and the wheel rim, reducing the risk of damage from scuffs and scrapes caused by kerbs and potholes.

In addition to receiving the award for ‘Best Agricultural Tire’ in the south-easternregion of Brazil for the third consecutive year at The VisãoAgro Awards, the performance of Trelleborg’s innovative agricultural tyres in the sugar cane industry has also been recognised for the first time nationally.

The VisãoAgro Awards recognise and honor mills, distilleries and product manufacturers who have excelled in the areas of processing and production in the sugar cane industry. Companies are selected following research conducted by AR Enterprises, GEGIS and the Journal of Vision Agribusiness.

José Oliveira, Managing Director at Trelleborg Wheel Systems in Brasil, commented: “After being recognised so enthusiastically for three years running by VisãoAgro for our efforts in the south-easternregion of Brazil, to receive a national accolade is a phenomenal feat. The award is testament to the years of experience and research we have invested in sugar cane fields to ensure that we are continually enhancing our comprehensive offering for the sugar cane industry.” 

Puncture resistance, reduced soil compaction, driving comfort, and fast transfer and transport both in the fields and on the road.

These, and many others, are the distinguishing traits of the BKT branded tyres designed for tractors and their implement that till the soil and prepare it for cultivation.

BKT has specifically developed ranges for soil tillage operations, i.e. tyres designed to equip latest-generation tractors that make it possible to quickly transport very heavy loads, offering a tangible contribution to the farmer’s work and optimizing the productivity of the farm. An additional confirmation of BKT’s ability and readiness to meet the modern needs of the sector with suitable solutions that are perfectly in sync with the operators’ preferences, working side by side with them so they can grow and face everyday challenges.

Goodyear is introducing a High Load version to its fuel-frugal FUELMAX T range of trailer tyres with EU tyre label ‘A’-grading in fuel efficiency.  The new Goodyear FUELMAX T HL 385/65R22.5 tyre is engineered for axle loads of up to 10 tonnes, to meet the increasing demand for such tyres as more and more European countries adopt higher vehicle weights.

Almost 80% of European countries have now extended regulations to permit axle weights in excess of the so far standard 40 tonnes on five-axle articulated vehicles.  There are now 32 countries in the region that allow total weights in excess of 44 tonnes even.  The new tyre has been developed to meet fleets operators’ demands for high load trailer tyres capable of enabling total weights in excess of 40 tonnes.

The introduction of the FUELMAX T HL means that Goodyear now offers in total three FUELMAX T trailer tyres boasting the coveted ‘A’ label grade in fuel efficiency.  These comprise the new Goodyear FUELMAX T HL 385/65R22.5, the FUELMAX T 385/55R22.5 and the FUELMAX T 435/50R19.5.  The new Goodyear FUELMAX T HL 385/65R22.5 with ‘A’ label grade in fuel efficiency, ‘C’ label grade in wet grip, 69 dB and one wave for external noise is available now.

SPEEDLINE TRUCK has a complete range of shank nuts for the refitting of all aluminum wheels from 17.5 to 22.5 inches. All products are given the environmentally friendly and TÜV-certified "Delta-Protect” coating.

SPEEDLINE TRUCK also offers an exclusive range of valves, specifically made for aluminum wheels for commercial vehicles. SPEEDLINE TRUCK valves are made of brass and coated with a special nickel alloy. They have additional corrosion protection, as there is no contact between the metallic components, and a low torque for fixture and reduction of the forces on the valve hole. 

The SPEEDLINE TRUCK accessory range comprises other articles such as, for example, valve extensions for twin wheel applications. 

As the UK's largest agricultural and machinery show, LAMMA offers the perfect platform for the HORNGROUP to show its thoroughbred PCL and TECALEMIT brands in Hall 4 Stand 491.

The combined portfolio includes PCL’s air and workshop tools and tyre inflation units, alongside products from the TECALEMIT portfolio of fluid handling and fuel dispensing products, including those suitable for AdBlue®.

Judging by past appearances at this popular annual event, visitors will be making tracks to see PCL’s extensive range of tried and tested workshop equipment, which no busy agricultural yard should be without. Products from its essential air tool and tyre inflation ranges are all specifically designed to meet the rigorous needs of the modern workshop and harsh farming environments.

All products from PCL’s comprehensive and cost-effective portfolio are especially designed for demanding agricultural applications, where durability and extended life are of vital importance.

Meanwhile, TECALEMIT will highlight the brand’s portable 12v and 24v electronic pump kits from the HORNET range, from tried and tested hand pumps, to the reliable and user friendly W85 H Inox Drum Pump, suitable for use with AdBlue®. Along with the latest innovations in mobile AdBlue® dispensing ensuring precise and accurate delivery.

Bartec Auto ID Limited (Bartec) was delighted to welcome members of the press to its behind-the-scenes media day on Wednesday 30th November.

The TPMS experts opened the doors of its impressive Barnsley facility to editors and journalists from the automotive press, where they were treated to expert demonstrations – featuring Bartec’s award-winning tools – the launch of its new training centre and an excellent guided tour.

At the start of proceedings, Managing Director, Colin Webb, formally welcomed the visitors with a short presentation, sharing the company’s background, products – including the market-leading TECH500SDE and the new TAP100 tread and pressure tool – and vision for the UK aftermarket.

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company Europe Ltd. announced that effective today Jaap van Wessum has been appointed Sales Director for European operations. He reports to Luis Ceneviz, Managing Director, Europe Tire Operations and Managing Director, Latin America Tire Operations, for Cooper.

With two decades of experience in the tyre business with global positions of increasing responsibility in the Vredestein organisation, van Wessum most recently served as Director, Marketing and Sales for Apollo Vredestein BV, a position he assumed in 2010, based in Holland. Prior to that, he was Netherlands Country Manager for Apollo Vredestein BV, and earlier served as Scandinavian Country Manager for Vredestein Dack AB and Vredestein Norge A/S. 

Following the success of its tyre safety awareness campaign as part of October’s tyre safety month, Yokohama will be extending its activities at Stamford Bridge, home of Chelsea FC, for the remainder of the 2016/17 season.

Having already reached out to more than 80,000 fans who visited Stamford Bridge at match days in October, important tyre safety reminder messages will continue to be displayed on the stadium’s giant video screens and perimeter boards at all of its remaining 12 Premier League home fixtures which run until May next year. With each match likely to take place in front of a capacity crowd, the extended campaign is likely to be seen by more than half a million spectators.

The tyre safety awareness activities come as a result of the premium global tyre manufacturer’s partnership with the Premier League club.

To fully match with Audi AG’s requirements for their premium SUV range, Hankook engineers developed an ultra-high performance pattern without sacrificing the necessary comfort characteristics that are mandatory for this class of luxury vehicles. As an increased cavity noise is typical for light weight low aspect ratio tyres, its reduction was a pivotal aspect and a focal point of the development work to provide a top performing yet pleasant driving experience.

The Hankook engineers adapted the company’s own silent tyre technology ‘sound absorber’ to their flagship model Ventus S1 evo² SUV. A special noise absorbing polyurethane foam inlay sheet is applied to the inside of the tyres and is then bonded by a thin layer of Hankook’s Sealguard material. With the Hankook Ventus S1 evo2 SUV, Audi has chosen a tyre that combines sporty and dynamic driving performance with high suspension comfort, very low rolling noise and reduced rolling resistance. The safety features including wet grip for example, have also been specially adapted to meet the demands of drivers of high performing premium SUVs.

Following extensive testing with a leading tyre test engineer, Nankang are proud to release the new ZPMS (Zero Pressure Mobility System) tyre range.

Developed to O.E approval specification at the highly respected IDIADA proving ground in Spain, the ZPMS range uses the latest technology and the AS-2+ tread pattern to offer maximum grip and longevity as well as the safety net of a run flat.

With results proving the ZPMS system to have 50% better run flat durability than the standard (F06) RSC tyres and an increase of 23% for run flat rim roll off performance than the BMW standard (F08-2). Furthermore the Nankang ZPMS was compared to two leading brands from Europe and Korea with the AS-2+ proving better wet tyre performance by 10%.

The first tyre in the ZPMS range to be released is 225/45r17 91W AS-2+

AS-2+ ZPMS are covered by the Nankang Road Hazard Lifetime Tyre Warranty

With the great success of the AS-2, the refined AS-2+ offers TUV approval, improved A and B rated wet grip and a size range that ticks the boxes for the latest performance fitments.

Size examples: 175/50r16 81H, 195/40r16 80W, 235/45r20 100W, 245/45r20 103Y, 265/30r20 94Y, 265/45r21 104W, 285/35r22 106W, 

to come: 225/35r17 86Y, 265/35r20 99Y, 295/35r20 105Y, plus many more.....

All AS-2+ are covered by the Nankang Road Hazard Lifetime Warranty

Britain’s leading motorcycle tyre wholesaler, Bike TyreStore, says their annual Michelin sales competition has produced a 4% rise in their year on year sales over the competition period. The competition was open to any trade customer purchasing Michelin tyres between 1st July and 30th September, automatically entering them into a draw to win one of three top prizes with ten runner-up prizes.

For the second year in a row, Bike TyreStore also reported an increase in new business as a result of the competition activity, with 7 new accounts opened, raising awareness of both brands. However, it is notable all winners came from the existing Bike TyreStore database.

Winners were presented with their prizes by Bike TyreStore Sales Manager, Adam Rous and Michelin Key Account Manager Andy Aylward. In first place, Michael Hughes from Bike Treads in Swindon, won a brand new Kawasaki KLX450R. Second prize, a Yamaha YZ250, was won by Andew Shoesmith from Gavin Fleetcare, while Steve Hazell from Evolution Cycles won the third prize of a Trek Remedy full suspension mountain bike.

Adam Rous from Bike TyreStore said: “We have run the competition for two years now and it has been successful in getting the Michelin name out to the trade. My favourite part of the process is the day spent handing over the prizes. It’s great to spend time with the winning dealer and seeing the look on their face when the bike is wheeled out of the van is priceless.

“We saw a good uptake of the competition and sales increased over the period by approximately 4% year on year. However, we are always looking at new incentives and prizes for our valued customers and we’re open to any input from dealers as to what would inspire them to buy Michelin product in the future.”

Sigmavision supported Bridgestone and First Stop at the recent Sky Sports British Masters golf event, to survey 2,400 cars and measure tyre tread depths with Sigmavision’s TreadReaderTM hand held scanners.

A team of technicians scanned hundreds of tyres away from the fairways and greens at The Grove, as part of the collaborative venture between Sigmavision, Bridgestone and its network of tyre service providers, First Stop.

Over the course of two days, Sigmavision technicians inspected the tyres of 2,400 vehicles parked in one of the main car parks, with results to back up Bridgestone’s belief that many motorists don’t spend the short amount of time needed to make regular checks.

Of these 2,400 vehicles inspected, the following results were recorded utilising TreadReader™ hand-held 3D tyre scanners:

  • 805 tyres on 500 cars showed ‘badly worn’ tyres or uneven wear, caused by wheel misalignment or tyre inflation problems.
  • 380 vehicles (15.8%) arrived at the event with at least one tyre having a tread depth below 3mm.
  • Furthermore, 65 of those vehicles (2.7%) drove on at least one tyre below the legal limit of 1.6mm.

The 2017 Pirelli Calendar, created by one of the world’s top photographers, Peter Lindbergh, was presented in Paris recently. The 2017 edition, which follows on from the one by Annie Leibovitz in 2016, sees the German master become the only photographer to have been asked to produce the Pirelli Calendar for the third time. It was Peter who shot the Calendar of 1996 in the El Mirage desert in California, and the one of 2002 at the studios of Paramount Pictures in Los Angeles. In 2014, it was again Lindbergh, together with Patrick Demarchelier, who took the photographs to celebrate 50 years of the Calendar, which was first launched in 1964.

The photographer explains the underlying theme of the 2017 Pirelli Calendar: “In a time when women are represented in the media and everywhere else, as ambassadors of perfection and youth, I thought it was important to remind everyone that there is a different beauty, more real and truthful and not manipulated by commercial or any other interests, a beauty which speaks about individuality, courage to be yourself and your own private sensibility...”.

In order to convey his idea of natural beauty and femininity, Lindbergh has portrayed 14 internationally renowned actresses. They are Jessica Chastain, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, Helen Mirren, Julianne Moore, Lupita Nyong’o, Charlotte Rampling, Lea Seydoux, Uma Thurman, Alicia Vikander, Kate Winslet, Robin Wright and Zhang Ziyi. 

Two significant international tyre businesses have become the latest companies set to boost their competitiveness in Europe by becoming members of the International Tyre Manufacturers’ Association (ITMA).

Yanchang Rubber of China and the Dutch Van den Ban Group have both become members of the association, taking ITMA’s membership to new record levels.

“The legislation affecting sales of tyres in Europe continues to be complex and constantly evolving so it’s important that manufacturers and wholesalers intending to grow their business in the region are fully compliant with all relevant rules and regulations,” comments Alfred Graham, president, ITMA. “We are delighted to welcome on board our two latest members and we hope that our wealth of legislative and technical knowledge and support services helps them to grow within the region.”

Yanchang Rubber’s Dr Sean Yaliang Xu, stated, “There are clear challenges faced by any non-European based tyre manufactures in EU & UK market. ITMA has created a channel for us to be closer to EU policy, which may help us to deal with the EU & UK markets.”

Meanwhile, Frans van Lenten, managing director of Van den Ban Group, commented, “We are happy being a member of ITMA and we are looking forward to a constructive co-operation with the organisation and our co-members.”

Dunlop has announced the launch of their latest tyre for the hypersport sector. Designed for ultimate street performance but with track capability, the latest Dunlop SportSmart2 Max combines learnings taken from Dunlop’s World championship winning endurance racing programme with the experience gained in developing the revolutionary RoadSmart III Sport Touring tyre. 

Motorcycle EMEA Marketing Manager, Andy Marfleet, praised the work of the Dunlop Technology Team: “By taking the learnings from a diverse range of successful road and track products, including RoadSmart III, FIM Endurance World Championship Race tyres and the existing strengths of the SportSmart2, we have been able to create a hypersport tyre which brings considerable improvements in mileage, wet performance and offers exhilarating handling with precise steering feedback.”

“Our latest GP Racer D212 track tyre will go on sale in January, and the SportSmart2 Max in February, meaning Dunlop will have the freshest and most innovative product line up in the hypersport segment,” added Andy.  

ATS Euromaster has grown its service centre network with the opening of a new 5,300ft² facility in Bracknell – marking the brand’s first presence in the booming Berkshire town.

Located on the Trade City estate on Western Road, the new centre will provide car and van tyre and vehicle maintenance for consumers and fleets. It is situated just a mile from Bracknell town centre, and close to vital transport routes connecting London with the South and South West.

ATS Euromaster has invested £315,000 in developing the new centre, which incorporates three bays – including one for MoT testing. The centre is staffed by an experienced four-strong team recruited locally, comprising three technicians and a centre manager.

The new location represents a strategic expansion for ATS Euromaster in Berkshire, which already has a presence surrounding the town in Reading, Slough, Bourne End, Aldershot and Heathrow.

Leading alloy wheel protection specialists, AlloyGator has snapped up a 2016 Global Media Award at this year’s annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world.

The company was selected ahead of nearly 3,000 product entries, by a panel made up of 34leading journalists from around the world, inrecognition of their potential mass appeal to consumers in countries outside of the United States.

“The response to the AlloyGator protection system around the world has been absolutely fantastic and for it to win a SEMA Global Media Award is a real honour,” comments Curt Rathbone, managing director at AlloyGator. “Our dedicated and skilled network of distributors and fitters across the world has made it possible for us to take this product global and we intend to carry this momentum forward into the future and continue to expand into new territories.”

In 2016 Tyres in Stock had chosen a Miss Tyres in Stock each month via an online poll on the website. Customers and suppliers were able to vote for their most favorite. There is voted a lot, in all participated countries. The result is 12 beautiful ladies who are presenting the Tyres in Stock Calendar 2017.

The ladies from The Netherlands, Germany and France has made the trip to the Louwman Museum to be present at the photoshoot. At 12 exclusive settings they have shown there best poses.

The exclusive calendar will be distributed in a circulation of 10.000 pieces to customers, potential customers and suppliers in The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Poland and Turkey. 



Taking your car in for its annual MOT test and a new set of tyres is rarely an experience to remember…

…But for one Lincolnshire motorist, the occasion was an event to live long in the memory, when it resulted in a brand spanking new BMW 1 Series worth up to £20,000.

Jane Robinson, from Waltham, took her family car to Bush Tyres in Grimsby for its routine check and set of Bridgestone tyres, before entering into a competition to win a gleaming new car.

Bridgestone’s consumer sales and training development manager Mark Fereday said: “These competitions have always been extremely popular with drivers and Bush Tyres were extremely pro-active in getting their customers to enter. It is great to see such a delighted overall winner in Jane. We’re so glad that she has won and can’t wait to hear how she enjoys her new driving experience.”

Bush Tyres offers MOT’s and services alongside its selection of premium brand tyres to suit all models and manufacturers.

The company’s 18 garages are located across the north east of England.

To find out more about Bridgestone visit www.bridgestone.co.uk and for more information about Bush Tyres, visit www.bushtyres.co.uk/

Gripen Wheels has recently invested heavily in new warehousing, modern logistics, and a major new IT system for all the Gripen companies.  These new investments have seamlessly linked all Gripen companies throughout Europe, making them the leading OTR tyre wholesaler in Europe capable of stocking over 10,000 Earthmover tyres at any one time.

The investment has seen the Sweden warehouse in Jonkoping expand to 436,000 ft², Finland, Vassa  warehouses expanding to 100,000 ft² and UK, Llanstrisant warehouse is now 54,000 ft².

“Tyre wholesaling is a fast moving business environment that is always evolving. Gripen is committed to remaining a major supplier in the market, with unique product ranges, efficient logistics and modern warehousing techniques,” explains Wayne Collins, Gripen Wheels UK Manager.

Starting immediately for the next few years, premium tyre maker Hankook will be the exclusive tyre supplier to the Dutch racing series “Supercar Challenge powered by Hankook”. The season kicks off on 14th April 2017 on the Dutch track of Zandvoort. Races will be held on eight weekends at venues in Germany, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Belgium and Austria.

Hankook’s Motorsport Director Europe, Manfred Sandbichler: “This year Hankook has clearly demonstrated its global success in the motorsport field. And, as the year draws to a close, we are showing how we are continuing to grow. Our new venture is a very special racing series with more than 40 participants, including both touring cars and also GT racing cars. We look forward to this promising partnership.”

The agenda for a racing weekend during the Supercar Challenge powered by Hankook is as follows: Two 40 minute training sessions take place on the Friday. The qualifying and the first race are held on the Saturday and the second race is on the Sunday. The races each last 60 minutes plus an additional lap, with a pit stop having to be included. The vehicles are divided into four classes: GT, Supersport 1, Supersport 2 and Sport – in each case dependent on engine performance and vehicle type.

Independent tyre dealers in the UK are benefitting from almost 1,000 years of tyre industry experience at Micheldever Tyre Services.

Micheldever’s front line sales, which works directly with independent tyre dealers to support their business needs, has a combined 945 years of industry knowledge and experience. This enables Micheldever to provide a multitude of added value benefits to independent dealers, such as raising their online presence and allowing them to compete for and win online sales.

Micheldever recently recognised the long service of three members of staff. Carl Birks, Matt Whitehead and Neil Schmid have respectively notched up 34, 22 and 20 years.

Micheldever’s sales director, Alan Baldwin, who himself has more than 30 years of industry experience, said: “The UK tyre market is very tough for independent dealers, so our experience and industry knowledge puts us in a unique position to partner with dealers in order to help drive footfall to their forecourts and them grow their businesses.

“We always knew that the team had many years of experience, but when we actually sat down and totted up the number, even I was surprised with the final figure.”

Organised by SingEx Exhibitions, the 11th edition of Tyrexpo Asia 2017 may be a little over 4 months away, but the exhibition space is already close to 80% sold with strong participation from International and Asia Pacific leading brands.

Dozens of leading exhibitors have already confirmed their booth participation at the show such as:

Accella Tire Fill Systems, Aeolus Tyre, Alliance Tire Group (ATG), AVG mbH BKT Tires, Beltyre Asia, CUB Elecparts Inc, De Klok Banden B.V., DM Tyre International, Membat Tire, Qingdao DoubleStar Tire, Salvadori srl, Shandong Linglong Tire Co., Ltd, Shandong Wanda Boto Tyres, Stamford Tyres International, STARCO Europe A/S, Synergy Tires Inc,  Van den Ban Autobanden B.V.

Due to Formula One's ongoing expansion progam, they have positions for Regional Managers.

Looking for a change in your career, then please go to the Jobs Vacancies page.

GB Tyres UK are having an exciting time and are looking for a Business Development Manager to join them! The areas to be covered are South East, North East and South Wales.

Go to the Job Vacancies page for contact details and more information.

Looking for a career change? Then go to the Jobs Vacancies page where National Tyres and Autocare have positions for Branch Managers, Assistant Branch Managers, MOT Testers, Autocare Technicians and Tyre Fitters waiting to be filled.

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