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Pirelli’s UK Truck division has highlighted Motor Wheel Service Distribution’s (MWSD) wheel safety campaign as a key reason to entering a preferred supplier agreement for supply of complete tyre and wheel fitted units.

Under the terms of the agreement all sales will consider the wheel and tyre as one item, ensuring the optimum technical fitting for a vehicle’s usage including component weights, required load capacity, driving conditions and tyre attributes including and above those listed on the label.

Chris Evans, Director of Truck business at Pirelli, said: “Both the tyre and wheel are safety critical items, so it makes sense that they are offered as a single solution. 

“We selected MWSD as the company is the market leader in the distribution sector, their technical knowledge, skilled technicians, expansive range of products and impressive work in the wheel safety campaign will ultimately benefit Pirelli through increased market penetration and sales.”

John Ellis, managing director of MWSD, added: “The agreement with Pirelli is a huge coup, and the move to fitted unit sales is a natural progression of the wheel safety campaign where we have long argued that the two items should be considered with equal safety, performance and financial importance.”

North West tyre dealer Gates Tyres is bringing its technology up to date with an investment in UniSerV and, in particular, its tablet technology for mobile fitters from CAM to speed up its job processing. 

Managing director Gordon Thompson explains, “We want to ensure we are completely up to speed with new technologies to enable the business to move with the times.  We have worked with CAM since the very early days and its service has always been second to none.  We’re confident the new systems will help us continue to provide high levels of service to our customers.”

Premium tyre maker Hankook today announced the appointment of Mr Jong Jin Park as UK Managing Director at the Daventry based operation.  With over 10 years of experience within the tyre industry and with expertise in both sales and marketing Mr Park shall continue to successfully expand Hankook’s presence in the UK market.

Mr Park takes over the position from Mr Gaugseung Lee who has now assumed the role as Vice President of Marketing and Sales at the company’s European Headquarters. 

Hankook Tire has announced the appointment of Mr. Gangseung Lee as new Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Europe.  The appointment reflects both the continual and long-term growth of the Hankook brand in the European tyre market as well as the increasing importance of the European business unit within the group.

Mr. Lee previously served as Managing Director of the company’s subsidiary in the United Kingdom, the 2nd biggest market for Hankook Tire in Europe. He succeeds Mr. Hee-Se Ahn, who will serve as the Chief Operating Officer at Hankook Tire’s American Headquarters.

 

Following its recent announcement about the creation of a new commercial vehicle division, wheel alignment specialist Pro-Align has appointed Brett Hickey as commercial vehicle specialist to head up the new division.

In the new role, Hickey will be responsible for introducing Pro-Align’s soon-to-be announced dedicated Hunter commercial vehicle systems to dealers, workshops and fleet operators across the UK.

Following Kings Road Tyres'  recent success in recruiting Business Development Managers, they are looking to further expand the team in the West of England / Wales and Northern Ireland.

For more information go to the Jobs Vacancies page.

Motorists are being encouraged to increase the frequency of their tyre pressure checks in a bid to identify and prevent potentially dangerous tyre failures resulting from pothole-damaged wheel rims.

The advice has been issued by TyreSafe following feedback from its tyre retail members that there has been a significant increase in the number of customers who believe that one of their tyres has a slow puncture. However, upon subsequent investigation, many instances of pressure loss are found to be as a result of air escaping from cracked wheel rims that have been damaged by driving over potholes.

If you do have the misfortune of hitting a pothole or notice that your tyres are showing signs of pressure loss, you should visit your local tyre fitting centre at the earliest opportunity so they can check that both your tyres and wheel rims are in a safe and serviceable condition.

 The European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association published today its members’ sales in the last quarter of 2014 as well as for the whole year.

The last quarter of 2014 further confirmed the downturn in sales registered in the third quarter of the year, with the exception of motorcycle tyres, which remained positive all the way through 2014.

One of the reasons for these results may be linked to the lower sales of winter tyres, due to the mild winters experienced for the last couple of years.

Nevertheless, the year-end results remain positive, due to the extremely good sales of the first half of 2014.  

The consumer’s tyre segment, after one year of decrease (2012) and one of stagnation (2013), show a positive, albeit timid, growth. 

Giti Tire has announced that Richard Lyons will assume the role of Director of International Marketing & Sales for Passenger Car, while retaining his position as Managing Director - Europe.

The move, which comes into effect immediately, has been made to allow the company to focus its resources more efficiently, with the aim of ensuring that the business continues to capitalise on its growing international presence and development strategy.

Complementing the role fulfilled by Chris Bloor, Director of International Marketing & Sales for Commercial Tires, they are responsible for all commercial and product activities outside of the Chinese and Indonesian markets across the replacement and original equipment initiatives.

Hankook,s ambitious growth plans for the Hankook Masters Program continues with the appointment of Stephen Marsh as UK Retail Development Manager in January 2015.  Stephen’s industry experience spanning over 30 years will witness him developing the Hankook Masters network in addition to assisting in the development of Hankook’s portfolio with other regional retailers.

A new fully automated Hunter tyre changer, exclusively available in the UK through Pro-Align, is set to help workshops protect motorists’ tyres this spring when they switch back from winter to summer rubber.

Launched at the end of the 2014, the Revolution is the latest innovative Hunter system designed to help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of workshops. Thanks to its fully automated processes, it allows technicians to effortlessly change tyres in exactly the same way, taking the same amount of time, every time, regardless of tyre size or type, helping to minimise damage to tyres, rims and TPMS sensors.

 

January 15th 2015 sees a public led campaign insert itself into national consciousness as National Pothole Day makes its way into the Great British calendar.

Damage to cars resulting in hefty bills, obstruction to driving and a cause of danger to has finally seen UK motorists bite back and demand more for their tax pounds.

Colin Mahoney, the managing director of streetrepairs.co.uk has recently put together a campaign through social media and using app technology, to harness the frustrations of the UK’s motorists who have long complained about how unpleasant, disruptive and damaging the unsightly craters are. www.tyregiant.com

 

The Japanese manufacturer of high-performance road and motorsport tyres, Yokohama, enjoyed a successful weekend at this year's Autosport International show.

Autosport International provides Yokohama with a unique opportunity to promote not only its wide motorsport involvement but also, its range of high performance, replacement and 4x4 tyres to one of its key groups of consumers.

Launched during last October’s tyre safety month, the Tyre Safety Companion, a new smart phone app from tyre safety group TyreSafe, is set to help even more drivers stay safe on the road in 2015 after being named as one of the best motoring apps for 2015 by leading motoring magazine Auto Express.

“Being named as one of Auto Express’ Best Apps for 2015 is a fantastic accolade,” comments Stuart Jackson, chairman, TyreSafe. “It’s important that drivers have easy access to accurate tyre safety advice while they’re out and about, so we’re delighted that this latest innovation has already been identified as a potential life saver."

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Yokohama, has confirmed that it will be supporting an entry in the 2015 British Rallycross Championship.

The brand has been present in the UK rallycross scene for some time; it is used as control tyre for the Suzuki Swift and Suzuki Swift Junior categories of the British Championship, as well as the RX buggies. However, until now, it has not been present in the highest level of the sport.

However, for the 2015 season, it will partner with the newly-formed Team RX Racing in the Supercar category, where tyre choice is free to the competitors. Team Principal and driver Ollie O'Donovan is no stranger to Yokohama, as he is the dealer who supports the existing competitors using Yokohamas in British Rallycross. His car will not only sport Yokohama tyres but also, the manufacturer's famous red and black livery in 2015.

 

Tructyre Fleet Management has awarded CAM its prestigious ‘Supplier of the Year’ title for the first time after receiving over 72 per cent of the votes from the senior management team.  The award recognises CAM’s considerable contribution in 2014 in helping Tructyre deliver key objectives for the business and sustain its continued progress and growth.

CAM was one of nine companies nominated for the awards, which have been running for the past fourteen years.  Its success was based on several initiatives CAM introduced into Tructyre over the past year.

Glenn Sherwood, managing director of Tructyre Fleet Management, says, “The votes were overwhelmingly in favour of CAM, which was miles ahead of other nominees.  The company has worked really hard in 2014 to meet the needs of the business and the industry as a whole.  We have been working with CAM for 19 years and in that time the business has really turned around its service.  It was integral to our head office move last year and integrating depots based in the East, and has undoubtedly helped us move the business forward.”   

The latest vehicle from manufacturer Ariel, the Nomad, will be fitted with Yokohama tyres from the factory.

The Nomad follows a similar ethos to the Atom, built around an open spaceframe chassis but using outboard suspension with long travel rather than the Atom's inboard set up. 

Other tyres to be fitted on the Ariel Nomad include the Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S and Geolander H/T-S, as options depending on the intended use of the vehicle. Yokohama ADVAN A053 gravel rally and A006T tarmac rally tyres are a further option for off-road and competition use.

As part of the continued growth of Strathclyde Tyres, the company is looking for an experienced Area Retail/Operations Manager.

For more information go to the Jobs Vacancy page.

Pirelli has entered into an exciting new agreement with BRDC F4 creator and promoter MotorSport Vision to supply the MSV F4-013 cars with bespoke P Zero tyres from 2015.

These tyres have been developed specifically for junior single-seater racing by Pirelli engineers in Milan and incorporate learning from Pirelli’s participation in Formula One and feeder categories GP2 and GP3. The tyres will be distributed from Pirelli’s logistics hub in Didcot, Oxfordshire – regarded as a 'centre of excellence' in motorsport.

Pirelli’s Motorsport Director Paul Hembery, who launched the partnership on the Pirelli stand at Autosport International, commented: “We’re delighted to be involved in this innovative formula, which gives drivers the opportunity to take their first steps in motorsport with a perfect compromise between costs and performance. This latest initiative underlines our company-wide philosophy of providing young drivers with opportunities to progress within motorsport, all the way to the very highest levels of competition.”

Toyo Tires has announced the UK launch of its hotly anticipated road-legal track tyre, the Proxes R888R.

This all-new tyre, which will eventually replace the best-selling Proxes R888, has been improved in every single area. The outgoing design, which will continue in many sizes as the new model rolls in, was an incredibly successful all-round tyre, giving exceptional dry grip, but combined with unusually high adhesion levels in wet and cold conditions. 

The Proxes R888R has big shoes to fill, but this new tyre has been totally re-engineered from a clean sheet of paper in order to create a tyre that performs even better on track, but surprisingly, remains one of very few tyres commercially available, along with the original R888, that will surpass the latest tyre labelling regulations making it totally legal to use on the road as well as the track. Put simply, almost all other manufacturer’s  ‘semi-slick’ tyres produced from this date, are fine for track, but will be illegal to use on the road.

On the 1st October 2015, the NTDA will be hosting a one day conference on the same day as its highly successful Annual Dinner and Tyre Industry Awards.

The event, which will be sponsored by tyre manufacturer Zenises, is also moving to a brand new venue, namely the International Convention Centre (ICC), Birmingham.

NTDA Director Stefan Hay said: “The NTDA National Chairman and I visited tyre industry leaders throughout 2014 and were consistently asked to reintroduce a national conference. The NTDA has a proud history of such events with the first conference having been held in Peebles in 1947. There are so many factors affecting our industry at the moment."

 

Trax JH Ltd has announced that Adam Watkin has been appointed Engineering & Quality Director for the UK based wheel balance weight manufacturing company.

Adam has been with the company for 12 years since leaving university and during this time has been working with the management to develop Trax into a successful and broad based business supplying both OE and aftermarket companies on an international basis.


A ruling by Vice Chancellor Glasscock on October 31, 2014 that Apollo was not in breach of any of its obligations under the Merger Agreement, Apollo Tyres is pleased with thisfinal dismissal of the Delaware litigation filed by Cooper Tire and Rubber against Apollo whereby Cooper has expressly given up all its claims against Apollo, thus vindicating Apollo’s case.

Apollo Tyres will now pursue its organic growth projects in Eastern Europe and elsewhere without any overhang of the legal process in the United States. 

Premium tyre manufacturer Hankook is extending its line-up of tyres for the minivan and light truck segment by specific high-performance variants in 16 and 17 inch sizes. The tyre models Ventus Prime² and Vantra LT are now being manufactured in original fitment versions for the Mercedes-Benz V-Class. Alongside good wet grip and precise handling, the development of the tyres, which are being manufactured at the company’s state-of-the-art production facility in Hungary, mainly focus on a high level of comfort combined with exceptional environmental properties such as low rolling resistance and a low rolling noise.

One of the leadiing tyre manufacturers, Kumho, has an exciting position for a National Sales Manager available.

For more information go to the JOB VACANCIES page and contact PG Automotive on 0845 643 0497.

A luxurious three night visit to Dubai was the fabulous reward claimed by some of Grouptyre’s top independent customers, plus their partners, as part of the 2014 Grouptyre Rewards programme.  The visit provided the winners with a trip to remember in one of the seven emirates that make up the country.

The loyal dealers earned a place for themselves plus a partner on the exclusive trip by purchasing volumes of exclusive brands Evergreen, Federal and Goodride tyres.

Mitas is planning to test the first agriculture tyre made from agricultural cultivated crops. Rubber extracted from the Taraxacum koksaghyz (Kazakh dandelion) will complement rubber tree latex in the compound of agriculture tyres produced by Mitas. The goal is to have the first prototype of the dandelion tyre during 2015. 

“We are examining different ways to use natural and renewable materials to produce our tyres,” said Andrew Mabin, Mitas’ sales and marketing director. 

“A European-made agriculture tyre produced from cultivated plants grown in Europe: That is our idea, and that is one of the main reasons behind our objective to produce agriculture tyres from dandelion rubber,” added Jiri Brejcha.

Business media consultancy Sapphire Media, which specialise within the tyre and wheel market sectors, has recently announced its support for the ongoing tyre age legislation campaign led by Liverpool based Mother and Businesswoman, Frances Molloy. The untimely death of her son Michael earlier this year caused by the failure of a nineteen and half year old tyre fitted to a coach inspired Frances to draw attention to the outdated legislation.

John Stone, owner of Sapphire Media is now working closely with Frances and the NTDA who have also thrown their full support behind the growing campaign.

With forecasters uncertain about the likelihood of a white Christmas this year, drivers in the UK are being reminded that they can stay safe and mobile on the roads, whatever the weather, by fitting winter weather tyres.

Designed to provide better grip in cold and damp conditions compared with normal ‘summer’ tyres, winter tyres are ideal for British roads right the way from October through to the spring, when temperatures rarely rise above 7 degrees Celsius, as well in rarer but more extreme conditions such as snow and ice.

“We’ve had one of the mildest autumns on record, but the colder, wetter weather is now most definitely here bringing with it more hazardous driving conditions,” explains Stuart Jackson, chairman, TyreSafe. “While we can’t know for sure if we will experience snow this year, we can be certain that drivers fitting winter tyres will have better grip and safety, throughout the entire winter period.”

Commercial Tyres Off Highway Ltd is part of the successful Tructyre Group of Companies and has an exciting opportunity to join this relatively new company as a Business Development Manager - Earthmover and Off Road.

For more information go to the Jobs Vacancies page.

Charles Lawrence International Ltd will be changing its name to CONICA LTD as of January 2015, following the acquisition of the company by the Munich-based Serafin Group in October 2013.

Under the new name, CONICA LTD will continue to provide the same high quality products and services. As a market leader in tyre recycling it will continue to supply rubber granulate to sport, leisure and other industries.

There will be no changes to the management of the company and Newark will continue to be the company’s main operating base, with an expansion of the site facilities already underway. 

Maxxis has announced that it will be supporting Tim and Tom Coronel at next year’s Dakar Rally in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The 2015 edition of ‘Le Dakar’ will be the first competition that the twin brothers have competed together in 2009.

To be a part of the Dakar Rally for the fourth year running, as well as a sponsor of a couple of the competitions greatest drivers, gives Maxxis the chance to be seen as an important player in the world of motorsport, as UK managing director, Derek McMartin confirms: “It is great to be able to sponsor a couple of the motorsports greatest drivers and be a part of the Dakar Rally for the fourth year. Not only does it give the brand a fantastic platform to showcase the capabilities of our tyres, it gives us the chance to gain greater recognition all around the world and to be seen at the very highest level of off-road competition.”

“The Dakar Rally is widely recognised as the toughest test tyres can take, with punctures and other structural damage a constant threat, so to be able to demonstrate our strengths and products to an international audience and give drivers the performance they deserve, is fantastic.”

Alliance Tire Group’s industrial tyre series MULTIUSE 550 has been developed and proven to be highly effective for all kinds of applications on industrial tractors, backhoe loaders, and municipal vehicles, i.e. machines that are mostly used on harder surfaces such as dry soil, sand, concrete or tar.

“The MULTIUSE 550 series has also proven to be highly effective on snowy and icy roads. As we are on the threshold of the next winter season, the company is delighted to announce that ATG has enlarged the range of MULTIUSE 550 tyres by four additional sizes. By now, 21 different sizes for all common tractor sizes are available,” said Angelo Noronha, Chief Sales and Marketing – Aftermarket, Europe.

Following Cooper Tire Europe’s recent Precision Challenge video featuring some of Arsenal Football Club’s star players, the ‘Official Tyre’ partner of the Barclay’s Premier League Club have studied the footage in more depth to explain the science behind the accuracy of five Arsenal players.

In a new video launched today http://youtu.be/VoGe-Jmd9kA , Cooper Tire Europe overlays graphics onto the original video, examining the varying styles and techniques as the players tried out the Precision Challenge.  These five players were Santi Cazorla, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski and goalkeeper, Wojciech Szczesny.

Cooper Tire Europe Marketing Communications Manager, Sarah McRoberts, said, “Both Cooper Tire Europe and Arsenal Football Club are truly driven by success and you can see that in this video. The players are so competitive, they won’t give up until they’ve got the precision kick just right. We adopt the same ethos when we’re developing our tyre product – second-best just isn’t good enough.”

Nokian Tyres has developed the most energy efficient winter tyre model in the automotive industry. The new Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 is a genuine winter tyre designed for BMW's unique i3 electric car, and it combines extremely low rolling resistance, first-class grip, and exceptional driving comfort. According to tests, the Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 can reduce the rolling resistance of electric vehicles even 30%. The energy savings gained from the lower rolling resistance increase the vehicle's range.

In January 2015, the world's northernmost winter tyre manufacturer is introducing a winter product that achieves the A class in the EU tyre label. The new Nordic non-studded Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 winter tyre is especially designed for BMW's i3 electric cars. The new tyre model’s size is155/70R19 84Q. This modern introduction to the Nokian Hakkapeliitta family represents future technology, and it allows for safe, economical, and high-performance driving on snow and ice in demanding Nordic winter weather.

One year since Bridgestone and Ryder implemented their strategic partnership tyre-related breakdowns for Ryder customers have fallen by 28% following the introduction of a range of initiatives aimed at maximising fleet uptime and lowering running costs.

Ryder is Bridgestone’s largest UK commercial fleet customer and the two organisations have been working together for nearly 20 years. The relationship evolved into a strategic partnership in 2013 with the implementation of a joint framework that aims to reduce tyre wastage through closer collaboration and improved working practices.

The programme is backed by a dedicated 24/7 phone line, run and administered by Ryder. If a customer experiences tyre failure, Ryder will manage and monitor the call out and replacement process through Bridgestone’s Truck Point dealer network, which has 355 outlets across the UK. 

Owners of new Mercedes-Benz GLA and C-Class vehicles will soon enjoy the added safety, performance and efficiency of fully customised Bridgestone technology.

The all-new Bridgestone Dueler H/P was chosen by Mercedes-Benz for its latest compact SUV model: the GLA. Renowned for their outstanding durability, reliability and performance, Bridgestone’s Dueler H/P Sport tyres will get the most out of their vehicle, even in challenging conditions.

Vertu Motors, the sixth largest dealer group in the UK which encompasses well known dealers such as Bristol Street Motors, Macklin Motors, Farnell Land Rover and Vertu Honda has become the latest company to join the tyre safety organisation TyreSafe.

As part of its ongoing commitment to customer service and community safety, the group already offers free tyre safety checks at all of its dealerships and conducts extensive tyre training for its advisors and technicians. However, as a TyreSafe member, the group is seeking to place even more emphasis on tyre safety issues and will actively support TyreSafe’s campaigns in-store, in local communities and online.

Replacement tyre market trends

Despite continued economic and market challenges in 2014, Continental estimates the UK car, 4x4 and van tyre market will still be worth around 35 million tyres. Although this number is similar to 2013, there have been some very notable trends in 2014. 

ETRMA statistics show the replacement car tyre market shows further year on year decline in 13” rim sizes and a marginal increase in 14”. The segment has continued to see the decline in 15” tyres and we are now seeing a small decline in the 16” market. This can be attributed to growth in 17” and above, now representing almost 40% of the car tyre market. 

'We develop sustainability' 

The topic of sustainability is high on the agenda at Continental Tyres. Experts from a wide variety of fields are working closely together in the research and development, testing, and production sectors to make the tyre of the future even more energy efficient and eco-friendly.

Through this process Continental’s experts call into question every tyre component and replace it if necessary with more environmentally compatible materials. The focus on greater sustainability also embraces production processes at Continental. For instance, an innovative process has been introduced to return waste rubber to the production cycle, enabling rubber from end-of-life truck tyres to be reused in production of both new and retread tyres.

First car tyres with dandelion-rubber

Continental has reached an important milestone in its research project for the industrialisation of dandelion rubber in tyre production.

Continental has presented the first test tyres made from the innovative material that the company is calling Taraxagum™, derived from the botanical name for the dandelion (taraxacum). Production of the first Continental WinterContact TS 850 P with rubber from dandelion roots has taken the tyre manufacturer an important step closer to reaching its long-term goal of making tyre production more sustainable and less dependent on traditional raw materials.

Group Tyre Wholesale are looking for a Business Development Manager for the Essex Area. For more information go to the Jobs Vacancy page

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