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Plans by the Environment Agency (EA) to introduce new norms for the storage and processing of end of life tyres will force many operators out of business by the end of this year.

While much of this new guidance is acceptable best practice, new requirements for maximum stack heights and stack separation distances are unworkable and if implemented will force businesses to close. Not only will this mean a significant loss of jobs but tyre recycling will be driven further to the margins where rogue operators and others are already a significant factor.

 TRA members operate from permitted sites and are routinely audited under the UK’s industry’s Responsible Recycler Scheme. Those operating from exempt and illegal sites suffer no such inconvenience and are rarely subject to enforcement by the EA.

 The TRA has been in dialogue with the Agency over its proposals for more than three years but it appears to have taken no heed at all of the realities of our situation. Moreover, stack heights and separation distances proposed for tyres are inexplicably much lower than for other more easily combustible wastes such as plastics, wood, textiles and paper.

TRA Secretary General, Peter Taylor OBE, commented: “We have always worked closely with the EA and believe in the ‘partnership’ approach but the current situation is hugely disappointing and suggests we have simply been engaged in a dialogue of the deaf. If applied, these proposals will reduce site capabilities by up to 50%. Instead of working with us to preserve what is best in the business of tyre recycling these EA proposals will give a huge boost to illegal activity, no doubt increasing the very risks they seek to contain.”

 Over the coming days the TRA and its members will be explaining the consequences of these EA proposals to members of parliament in its own members’ constituencies as well as engaging with Defra and its new Secretary of State in a last ditch attempt to bring about a rethink.



Trelleborg announces a six per cent price increase on Agricultural  and Forestry tires in the UK effective from August 1st /16

The price rise, which includes Trelleborg branded tires for agricultural, forestry and light agricultural application, is driven by the recent sharp decline of the value of pound sterling against the euro.

Goodyear has successfully defended its top position in the readers' choice of the renowned German magazine ‘Off Road’ . For the fourth time in a row, Goodyear’s Wrangler DuraTrac tyre has been chosen as the best off-road tire in the category ‘Traction Tyres by a large margin’.
Readers were invited to vote for one of 10 competitors. Almost 28 percent of the votes went to the Goodyear tyre, the runner-up received almost 20 percent.
Over 85,000 readers participated in the voting for the 2016 Off-road Awards, selecting the most popular off-road vehicles in 12 categories and also choosing the best traction tyre.
 “This renewed award win is a testament to the performance of the Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac”, said Jürgen Titz, Group Managing Director D-A-CH Goodyear. “Being voted as the best off-road tyre is very important to us, because it is based on the judgment of particularly knowledgeable readers."
 The Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac, developed for use on tough terrain, offers robust off-road vehicles excellent handling on challenging off-road terrain and rocky surfaces.
 The readers’ choice award of ‘Off Road’ has been taking place since 1982. The award for the best traction tyre has been given since 2013.

With commercial fleets always looking at ways to operate more efficiently, Bridgestone is working overtime to quantify the true value of opting for its tyres.
 The world’s number one tyre and rubber company is continually testing its range against its competitors to provide projected wear rate and estimated life, which can then offer tangible evidence of its worth to each customer.
 Bridgestone’s Head Field Engineer Richard Kelter and the company’s technical team are constantly looking at the pounds and pence associated with its tyres, as seen in regular evaluations between its R-STEER and R-DRIVE products and competitor tyre offerings.
The formula is a straightforward one:
 Measuring the tread depth level of a new tyre versus the mileage recorded (over a certain period of time) gives a wear rate (km/mm) and projected tyre life (km to 3mm) thereafter.
 Underpinning all of this is a tried and trusted working relationship with each fleet, to allow access to their commercial vehicles to carry out the research in the first place.
 In this regard, Shirley’s Transport in Stoke allowed Bridgestone to switch the original equipment of some of its new Iveco Stralis trucks to carry out some analysis.
  When comparing the mileage achieved to some of Bridgestone’s competitors – who were tested at the same time – the statistics proved compelling.

Michelin’s new Pilot Sport 4 tyre has won the Auto Express Ultimate Tyre Test “by a clear margin.”
Testers from the publication said: “There’s a liveliness to the steering that makes most rivals seem soft and spongy.” They continued: “It starred in the braking tests, making rivals look ordinary in the wet. There was also a clear margin in the dry.”
The Michelin Pilot Sport 4 was up against eight competitor tyres from manufacturers.
Many of the technologies incorporated in the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 were developed from the manufacturer’s involvement in Formula E – the world’s first electric single-seater race series.
Rebeca Nieto, Michelin’s Commercial Director for Car, Van and 4 x 4 in the UK and Ireland, said: “The Michelin Pilot Sport 4 is testament to our track to street philosophy. We got involved with Formula E at its inception because we knew we would learn so much in a very short space of time.
“The series uses a tyre size that relates to on-the-road cars and it takes place on real roads with potholes, rough surfaces, grids, surface paint and everything else motorists are faced with every day.
“Not only that, the tyre has to be able to handle high performance in both the wet and the dry, it has to be extremely durable and it has to be very efficient to prolong battery life.
“We’re very proud that the exceptional performance of the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 has been recognised by the Auto Express testers.”

Bridgestone’s very own ‘bike guru’ is offering a series of simple safety checks for riders to bear in mind as they take to the roads in growing numbers over the summer holidays, after declaring: “The majority of bikers don’t check their tyres.”
Senior motorcycle product manager Gary Hartshorne, who has more than 25 years’ industry experience, claims that only a ‘small percentage’ of bikers check their tyres and is calling on more to carry out some straightforward checks, not least with the warmer weather finally taking hold.
With a spike in motorcycle usage expected over the summer months, Gary was keen to issue some straightforward tips in an attempt to aid safety and wellbeing behind the throttle.
“Despite there only being two contact areas between a bike and the road, you would be amazed at how few riders actually have a look at their tyres before setting out,” he said.
“I would suggest, from years of experience, that the majority of bikers don’t check their tyres which I find really alarming. It can be literally a matter of life or death.”
Statistics from the Think! road safety organisation state that motorcyclists are roughly 38 times more likely to be killed in a road traffic accident than car occupants, per mile ridden.
It also states that motorcyclist KSIs have fallen since 2008 when 493 motorcyclists were killed and 5,556 were seriously injured on Britain's roads.1
Gary said: “Cleaning you bike thoroughly will give you the opportunity to spot any small issues and get them replaced or repaired before you leave.
“I can’t stress enough the importance of bikers checking their tyres. Give them a spin and look for any foreign objects protruding out.  If you find something, go to your local Bridgestone Bikers Club Dealer and get it checked out and replaced if needs be.
 “Also check for cracks around the tyre, especially if the bike has had a long winter storage.”

Tottenham Hotspur have  announced that Kumho, the South Korea-based tyre manufacturer, will become the Club’s Official Tyre Partner for an initial two years from the start of the 2016/2017 season.
The partnership was launched at Hotspur Way this morningas senior representatives from Kumho were joined by Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino and first-team players Heung-Min Son, Christian Eriksen, Ryan Mason and Cameron Carter-Vickers.
To support its objectives to grow its brand and business in the UK, Kumho will have a strong brand presence at the Club’s home matches and on its digital channels.
In addition, to further communicate the brand’s key tyre safety messaging in the UK, Kumho will also become presenting partner of the Club’s well-established match day player mascot programme and develop a tailored community initiative with Tottenham Hotspur’s award-winning Foundation.
Daniel Levy, Chairman of Tottenham Hotspur, said: “We are delighted to announce this partnership with Kumho Tyre. We look forward to collaborating with the company on its brand and business objectives both here in the UK and globally in its key markets.  We also greatly welcome Kumho’s enthusiasm to support and work with our Foundation.”

Kirkby Tyres are pleased to announce the appointment of John Parker to the position of Director of Business Development and Special Projects as from 2nd August 2016.
John has been involved in the tyre industry for 45 years and of that, has over 29 years’ experience in Tyre Wholesale. The last 25 years he has been working for R. H. Claydon Ltd in various roles culminating as Sales and Marketing Director.
John will work closely with the Management Team and in particular our recently appointed Sales Director – Peter Hodges to assist in the continuous growth of the company’s sales performance.
Dave Dorrity (Managing Director) commented, “The combined team and experience of Peter and John will further enhance Kirkby Tyres Ltd’s position in the market place as being the leading Independent TyreWholesaler of Truck and Off-Highway tyres and tubes in the UK and Ireland”.

Some of the most promising automotive apprentices are being backed by the world’s number one tyre and rubber company, as they make their way into the fast fit industry.

Bridgestone is lending its support to National Tyres for a fourth consecutive year, courtesy of a number of ‘tyre toolbags’ to help them with their career adventures.

National’s Group Training and Development Manager, Graham Atkinson said: “Bridgestone’s continued support means a great deal to us. The brand is synonymous with premium quality, which adds an element of kudos to our offering.

“Bridgestone’s support certainly sets the apprentices off on the right footing and ensures that the company is one of the first they think about as they progress up the business.

“The tyre bags contain many of the tools that will be essential for our new apprentices including Bridgestone branded merchandise, stationery and extensive product and technical information.

(From left) Bailey Wood, 16, Reece Arcos, 18, Chris Radford, 16, Serena Harman, 17, trainer Billy Maley, Tyler Reynolds, 16, and Conor Sharratt, 16,

Tyre manufacturer Membat from Barcelona, performed a Benchmark Test last April. The brand was determined to test its tyres in order to enhance its product and, at the same time, to know the brand position among the B-Segment competitors. The tests were executed by TÜV SÜD Product Service GmbH.

The Test took place in Papemburg, Germany and Membat chose one of its most popular sizes: 205/55 R16 91V. The chosen car was a VW Golf VII and Membat tested its tyres together with 3 more brands. Membat created a video to show the results to their clients: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCDQWwdWDJA

ENVIRONMENT bosses have said they have had concerns for some time about a tyre recycling centre where a huge fire broke out last week at Egan Tyre Recycling near Docks Road in Port Talbot after being alerted to the blaze in the evening.

Residents reported flames of up to 100 feet at the site where up to 100 firefighters from stations across Wales tackled the blaze.

Natural Resources Wales, who are currently working with the fire service to monitor the impact of the fire, say they have had concerns about the site for some time after successfully prosecuting the previous occupier when it was discovered he had illegally stored waste there.

In September last year Dennis Egan from Gorseinon was sentenced to a total of 18 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, and was ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty to operating a regulated facility without a permit and keeping treated tyre waste in a manner likely to cause harm to human health and pollution of the environment and failing to comply with a waste removal notice.

The court was told the cost to the taxpayer of safely clearing the site was £200,000 — but Egan had been declared bankrupt. Natural Resources Wales said at the time it had already spent in the region of £30,000 in an effort to make the site safe.

Taken from South Wales Evening Post



Bandvulc is pleased to announce that they have been awarded the accreditation from SafeContractor for their ongoing commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety. Their application for the SafeContractor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business and to protect their employees and those of their customers.

The SafeContractor scheme is used by many large organisations as a way of identifying a suitable and competent contractor. With more than 210 major clients and over 20,000 contractor members, SafeContractor is one of the fastest growing health and safety assessment schemes in the UK. 

Yokohama has been awarded TyreSafe’s prestigious Tyre Manufacturer Award in recognition of its efforts, achievements and innovative approach in promoting tyre safety in the UK.

As a long-standing supporter of TyreSafe, Yokohama carried out a series of high-profile activities with Chelsea Football Club during last year’s tyre safety month, which took the industry’s tyre safety messages to a new audience in a dynamic and engaging manner.

“Our congratulations go to Yokohama on winning our Tyre Manufacturer Award,” added Stuart Jackson, chairman, TyreSafe. “By using their own partnerships in an inventive manner, Yokohama have helped take our message to a whole new audience in an engaging manner and are therefore, very worthy winners.”


The following companies received awards at the TyreSafe 10th Anniversary Awards 2016

Independent Garages Award (sponsored by Giti Tire UK Ltd)

Jeff Fowkes Tyres

Franchise Dealership Award (sponsored by Yokohama HPT Ltd)

Listers Group

On-line & Social Media Award (sponsored by Goodyear Dunlop Tyres (UK) Ltd)

FOXY Ladies Drivers Club

Emergency Services Award (sponsored by Bridgestone (UK) Ltd)

Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service

Rainer Zietlow and Goodyear have set a new world record for the fastest drive across Eurasia between Magadan, Russia, and Lisbon, Portugal. Together with cameraman Marius Biela and journalist Peter Bakanov, Zietlow completed this epic 15,200km drive in 6 days, 9 hours and 38 minutes. With this feat, the team beats the existing world record of 8 days and 12 hours.

Adam Butcher, Marketing Manager Goodyear UK&I: “We wish to congratulate Rainer and his team on their new world record, they did it again! We are proud to have been a part of their success in this amazing voyage and have demonstrated that our tyres from the Goodyear Wrangler family were the best choice for Rainer’s endeavour.”

Falken Tyre Europe has added an all-new winter van tyre to its product range. The EUROWINTER VAN01 features significantly improved wear life as well as enhanced snow traction and handling.

The primary development objectives were extended wear life, improved fuel economy and outstanding wet and snow performance. The tread design of the new Falken VAN01 features ACP (Adaptive Constant Pressure), which noticeably improves wear life, directional stability and overall traction by evenly distributing pressure across the whole tread area. Compared to its predecessor, snow handling has been improved by 20 percent, snow traction by ten percent and wet braking by five percent.

In April 2016, Harvie Tyres Limited relocated its team, warehousing and logistics operation to a state-­of-­the-­art sales and distribution hub in Blackpool, following two years of meticulous planning and organisation. In a very short space of time the new offices, ample warehousing, modern conference facilities and customer/staff car parking has transformed the business. Positive feedback from both customers and employees has significantly enhanced working practice and the new environment has brought about significant logistical improvements.

The new building houses over 8000 feet of fully racked warehousing and storage for Havie’s growing range of automotive aftermarket equipment and consumables.

Harvie, UK Sales Director, Stuart John, commented, “The move has been everything we hoped for and more. The new offices have brought a new sense of pride to the Harvie team and customers are really impressed in the direction we are heading. In terms of the business going forward, we see this as a vital step in terms of progression and development. The new facilities will enable us to confidently attract new business and improve existing operational efficiencies.”

RM Tyres Strood is celebrating after hitting the milestone of achieving a quarter of a million pounds worth of online sales.

The Kent-based dealer achieved the record figure thanks to TyreClick, a website developed by Micheldever Tyre Services to help independent dealers compete for online sales.

Phil May, from RM Tyres Strood, said: “Numbers don’t lie, and you can clearly see how my business has benefited from having an online presence. Being online means I get to compete for online sales at my prices, not just a fitting fee. I also maintain an online visibility in my local area so people can find me through internet.

“It’s not just online bookings; it’s also the phone calls that come from the website. The other day I received five calls via the website, which turned into five additional bookings.

On-vehicle power solutions provider Winton Engineering has announced a successful first year following its acquisition by rotary vane compressor manufacturer Mattei.

Since the acquisition completed last June, the on-vehicle power specialist has invested in a branding refresh, including the launch of a new website (www.onvehiclepower.com) which provides comprehensive information about the on-vehicle power solutions offered by Winton Engineering and the addition of a new corporate brochure

Winton has also launched new products to enhance its overall offering of on-vehicle power solutions; these include an  engine mounted compressor for use on both front wheel and rear wheel drive vehicles  in response to the increased market demand for alternative, flexible and reliable systems.

Leading supplier of autoparts and workshop equipment, Andrew Page, is set to continue its network expansion with the opening of a new 17,000sq ft. site in Halesowen shortly.

The Halesowen site will serve as a ‘hub’ branch and improve Andrew Page’s stock handling capabilities in the South East and South West regions in England as well as reaching customers in Wales. It is an important location for Andrew Page, which has three sites in the region already. The central location enhances the company’s logistics capabilities further, while the Halesowen site will improve Andrew Page’s ability to reach the region as quickly and effectively as possible.

“The Midlands is a key region for us both in terms of its location from a logistics perspective, as well as the opportunities it brings in reaching additional customers,” said Mark Saunders, Andrew Page chief executive. “This site will also help us to expand our operations into Wales, where we are looking to grow further after opening our Cardiff site last year.”

ATS Euromaster has smashed its fundraising targets for its 50th anniversary year by collecting more than £57,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The tyre and vehicle maintenance provider pledged to raise £50,000 for the charity but beat its target thanks to a variety of quirky fundraising initiatives led by team members at every level of the business.

The money raised by ATS Euromaster in conjunction with its suppliers and customers could pay for a Macmillan Nurse for one year and on average, over this period they will help and support almost 150 cancer patients.

ATS Euromaster is now planning a variety of events for the remainder of 2016 to raise vital funds for the charity, and will be participating in the national Coffee Morning event once again on 30 September. Donations can also be made direct at any of ATS Euromaster’s more than 340 service centres across the country.

Davanti has appointed Michael Eckert as European Sales Director.

Michael joins Davanti with 21 years experience within the European tyre market and will be responsible for further enhancing an already promising sales programme in some European countries with additional new distribution agreements throughout the Continent.

Peter Cross, Davanti’s Commercial Manager adds, “We are delighted that Michael has joined us and we look forward to taking Davanti to the next level of growth of the brand and also further extend our distribution footprint. We have enjoyed tremendous success in the UK through our extensive knowledge of the market and now Michael will be the key to unlocking our potential across the rest of Europe.”


Extensive trials carried out by the DEKRA Automobile Test Centre in Germany have shown Michelin summer car tyres last an average of nearly 5,000 miles longer than the average mileage for a group of well-known competitor brands.

The data was collected over a two year period from trials involving Michelin Energy Saver +, CrossClimate, Latitude Sport 3, Pilot Sport 4 and Primacy 3 tyres versus comparable fitments from five manufacturers in each product group. 

Commenting on the results, Andy Fern, Michelin’s Head of Fleet, says: “This performance advantage is equivalent to more than three months of additional motoring for a company vehicle before needing to change tyres. That represents a very real saving in expenditure and downtime.

“It is further evidence of why Michelin tyres remain such a popular choice for fleets and leasing companies. Downtime has always been a key consideration for fleets, and for leasing companies a 5,000-mile advantage per set of tyres can have a noticeable impact on the total number of tyres fitted over the life of the contract. There’s also a sound environmental argument for fitting the brand of tyre which will last the longest.”

Having launched as a new tyre brand in 2015, Liverpool based Davanti Tyres has already established themselves as an emerging leading brand in the UK with a growing 200 strong dealer network. Now the Davanti Team have started to concentrate on the ocean waves as well through the sponsorship of a J11s yacht that has recently won a Regatta.

Captained by Charles 'Chaz' Ivill (who is well known in the UK tyre market) the Davanti Tyres J11s started the season by competing in the Weymouth Doubles.

Sean Maddocks, Davanti's Sales Director for the UK and Ireland says, “We are still a young but ambitious brand and therefore building recognition is an absolute priority. Our yacht sponsorship venture highlights the company's intention to target sporting events to increase national market awareness on a regional and national basis throughout the UK.”

Hankook has an exciting opportunity for an application to become the Regional Sales Manager for the Eastern & Central Regions.

For more information go to our Jobs Vacancies page.

Launched in September 2014, the inaugural FIA Formula E Championship featured 11 street races in major cities across the globe starring electric single-seater cars equipped with MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV tyres. With two seasons now completed, in the course of which this revolutionary tyre has successfully demonstrated its exceptional versatility, a new version featuring upgraded performance is due to make its debut when the competition’s third season gets under way this autumn.

Michelin, which is constantly at the cutting edge of tyre technology, makes a point of taking forward all the factors that influence tyre performance simultaneously in accordance with its Michelin Total Performance plan which applies to all of the French firm’s motorsport activities, including Formula E. The mission of the engineers tasked with developing the MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV was to lower rolling resistance while maintaining the same levels of longevity and grip performance.

“Our work focused on improving energy efficiency, even though the original MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV excelled in this domain,” notes Serge Grisin, manager of Michelin’s Formula E programme. “Thanks to the use of new technologies, we have succeeded in reducing rolling resistance while at the same time lowering the weight of each MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV. The combination of these gains will mean greater autonomy for the cars and, no doubt, enhanced performance for the third Formula E championship. As required by the FIA regulations, we provided all the constructors registered for Season 3 with the latest MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV at the beginning of May. As a function of their respective test schedules, they will therefore able to familiarise themselves with it as they develop their cars for 2016/2017.”

First Stop can claim to be a well-oiled machine after agreeing a slick new association with ExxonMobil to help benefit motorists.

The world’s leading synthetic motor oil brand is helping to put First Stop in the driving seat by positioning its network of independent garages as ‘Mobil 1 workshops’, entitling them to high profile sales promotions.

A dedicated account manager will work with First Stop garages to help it get the maximum benefit from the programme including by helping to improve customer retention and the generation of new business through brand ambassadorship.

Steve Hannington, Automotive Lubricants Manager of the WP Group, said: “I am delighted to work with First Stop on developing their range of customer services.

“The association between First Stop and Mobil has proven hugely successful in Germany and we are looking forward to emulating this success. Both Mobil and First Stop provide the highest quality products and customer service.”

Camso, formerly Camoplast Solideal, strengthens its service offering in Europe and increases its wheel manufacturing capacity with the acquisition of Eurowheel, a long-time supplier of tire presses and small runs of wheels.

Located in Herenthout, Belgium, Eurowheel is an established manufacturer of wheels, presses and tools for European distributors as well as OEMs across Europe.

“This acquisition will allow Camso to produce a greater volume and a wider range of wheels for resilient and press-on tyres,”says Gregory Fossey, Vice President, EMEA - Aftermarket Division at Camso.

The UK's leading independent fast-fit specialist, National Tyres and Autocare, are looking for highly motivated Mobile Tyre Fitters, UK-wide.

Interested in this varied and interesting role? The go to our Job Vacancies page.

National Tyres have agreed a high profile collaborationwith this summer’s highly anticipated film GHOSTBUSTERS, at cinemas Monday July 11, which will span radio, national press advertising and digital campaigns – engaging with customers and film fans alike with a series of thrilling giveaways.

Through a unique competition, fans of the franchise will follow in the footsteps of their jumpsuit-clad heroes and even get to try on a proton-pack. Roar through the streets of the Big Apple in the Ecto-1 taking in the iconic Ghostbustin’ sights, including the NY Public Library, Rockefeller Center and the team’s famous Firehouse HQ before lunching at one of the city’s most haunted restaurants.  The winners will stay in a luxury Times Square hotel and receive a GHOSTBUSTERS goody-bag. For terms and conditions on how to qualify for a chance to win this great prize visit: national.co.uk/promo/ghostbusters.

But that’s not all! For the duration of this summer promo, National Tyres and Autocare have teamed up with Sony Pictures to bring customers and film fans the chance to win one of several Sony Electronicsprizes, as well as film merchandise including hats, earphones, ghost trap USBs, and notebooks. Follow on Facebook and Twitter for details on how to get your hands on these exclusive prizes.

Tyre condition problems are the single biggest reason for breakdowns and accidents in commercial vehicles. Empowering fleet managers to take control of this issue, tyre pressure monitoring specialist TyrePal has launched its TeleTPMS system, a tool specifically designed for the remote monitoring of commercial vehicle tyre pressure. Suitable for fleets of HGVs, buses, coaches and trailers, the TeleTPMS system enables managers to regulate entire fleets of commercial vehicles remotely. 

“There is a common misconception that tyre failures in commercial vehicles are unavoidable,” explained Peter Tillotson, business development manager of TyrePal. “Tyre blowouts, as an example, are widely considered to be unpredictable accidents, but they don’t just happen. The original cause could be side-wall damage, an overloaded tyre or even just a small, slow puncture. When the vehicle is in motion, these small problems could lead to a dangerous tyre burst or fire.

“Tyre pressure monitoring is often overlooked by fleet managers. However, regular monitoring of tyre pressure can reduce the probability of a blowout – and other tyre related accidents – significantly. TyrePal’s TeleTPMS collects temperature and pressure data from tyres every few seconds and transmits this data directly to the fleet manager, reducing the risks of an accident caused by underinflated or damaged tyres.”

Mid-Range Brands taking Share of Recommendation off of Premium Labels but Everything isn’t as it Would Appear

The Latest data supplied to TTN by Encircle Marketing, has revealed a drop in overall market recommendations for Premium brands, whilst at the same time, a growth seen for Mid-Range.

Encircle constantly audit the tyre marketplace through scenario based mystery shopping phone calls. Data collated via this approach measures the various brands recommended to them and the order with which they are recommended.

Encircle can then report changes in Retailer recommendation overtime and track how promotional activity or more simple factors such as availability or in-stock immediacy, drive the brands being offered at the coal face.

If we look at their latest data, March to May 2016 versus data 9 months further back and then aggregated at a quarterly level, at an overall level, i.e. those brands recommended irrespective of order, Encircle has seen a drop of 4%pts or 11.76% in Premiums share of recommendation since November of last year to stand at a collective/ combined figure of 30.6%. 

Continental Tyre Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Continental AG, announces the acquisition of Bandvulc (B.V. Environmental Ltd.), a leading UK fleet management service provider and independent truck tyre retreader. The deal sustainably strengthens Continental Tyre Group’s position in the in the UK and Irish market. The takeover will establish Bandvulc as a wholly owned subsidiary of Continental U.K. Group Holdings Limited.   

With over 40 years of experience in hot retread and casing management, Bandvulc has had a close working relationship with Continental Tyres for over 25 years. The current UK factory at Ivybridge will continue to offer high quality retreads in both ContiRe and Bandvulc brands going forward, with plans for further investment to widen the range of ContiRe produced in the UK. While Continental will benefit from the ownership of a local production facility it also allows the current Bandvulc business to expand, with access to Continental’s global network of customers and fleet services.


Kirkby Tyres are looking for an Area Sales Manager to cover the Mindland & East anglican areas.

For more information on this position please go to the Jobs Vacancies page. Previous applicants need not reapply.

It was the first Holiday Season that Lassa Tyres were celebrating together with FC Barcelona Lassa Teams, when the brand presented a set of Lassa Tyres as a New Year gift to all the indoor players, coaches and staff of the FC Barcelona Lassa teams (i.e. basketball, handball, futsal and roller hockey teams).

Knowing the importance of road safety for both themselves and their loved ones, captains of handball and roller hockey teams, Víctor Tomás and Aitor Egurrola and  players of basketball andhandball teams Marcus Eriksson and Viran Morros recently paid a special visit to Lipecar, Lassa Tyres’ first flagship shop in Barcelona, for a regular check of their Lassa tyres. 

 “Life-saving technologies of the automotive industry are not effective enough unless the tyres cannot maintain their grip on the road surface. Lassa Tyres are a brand dedicated to delivering the highest possible standards of performance for safety and durability in all road and weather conditions, in all regions of the world. We confidently entrust safety of ourselves and and our loved ones to Lassa Tyres.”       



The new Cooper Discoverer A/T3 Sport, an all-terrain 4x4 tyre, is the latest premium product launched by Cooper Tire Europe. Designed specifically for the European market, the A/T3 Sport is available now in a range of sizes for light trucks and sport utility vehicles.

Manufactured in Europe, the Discoverer A/T3 Sport is a 60% on-road and 40% off-road tyre developed for optimum performance across varied terrain and in all conditions.

Introduced to replace the Discoverer A/T3, the Discoverer A/T3 Sport boasts a modified tread pattern to reduce road noise and improve handling. The initial lineup will include 21 sizes with 30 additional sizes being introduced later this year. 

For more information on the new Cooper Discoverer A/T3 Sport, visit www.coopertire.co.uk

Michelin has announced plans to build a production facility in the center of Mexico to manufacture high-end tyres for passenger cars and light trucks. The first tyres are expected to come off the production line in fourth-quarter 2018. The new plant in León (Guanajuato state) is the Group’s 21st in North America and 69th worldwide. Its location reflects Michelin’s commitment to producing its tyres as close as possible to the markets in which they are sold.

The construction of the 142,000-square-meter plant, which represents an investment of €450 million ($510 million), is expected to begin in second-half 2016. Once completed, the León plant will be ramped up gradually. During the initial production phase, it is expected to manufacture four to five million tyres a year for Michelin customers with plants in the region as well as for the large north-american domestic market, which has been enjoying strong growth in recent years.

The Miss Tyres in Stock campaign is already running for half a year and there are 6 pretty ladies selected. It gives Tyres in Stock itself more attention and visibility. The campaign is being brought in different ways in the spotlight: mailings, press releases, social media and banners. This pays and delivers new notifications for the Miss Tyres in Stock. For the last 2 months our customers and suppliers could even vote on their favorite Miss Tyres in Stock with a special poll on the website.

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A new OTR tyres line is available at OBO Tyres. The series of the brand MTP offer new tyres for a wide range of applications such as articulated dump trucks, graders, loaders (wheel) cranes and dump trucks. OBO Tyres has acquired the exclusive rights for this line as a distributor for the Benelux.

An extensive range of new radial OTR tyres for the home market was missing at the Dutch company. "Of course we have the exclusive rights for Techking Tires for the countries Germany, France, Austria and Switzerland, but there was a good brand missing for the Benelux. "With MTP tyres we complete our range and can supply as good as anyone with an appropriate offer in OTR tyres," says Alfred van Dijk, International Account manager and Earthmover specialist at OBO Tyres. The tyres come in various sizes starting at a 15.5 R25 up to 24.00 R35.

R H Claydon are also looking for a Business Development Manager for East Anglia, Kent and Sussex areas.

Reporting to the Managing Director, there is an attractive package for the successful applicant. For more information go to the Jobs Vacancies page.

R H Claydon have a position available for a Sales Manager for Northern England, Scotland and Ireland.

To find out more regarding this exciting position go to the Job Vacancies page

An opportunity to buy a long established retail tyre business in Cornwall has arisen due to a genuine retirement.

For more information please go to our Business for Sale page

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