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As from Monday 27th February Tyre Trade News is relocating to a new address; still in Quainton.

Our new address is 9, Townsend, Quainton, Nr. Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP22 4BB.

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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

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

It is now several years since the UK tyre industry had its own exclusive tyre show with the last event taking place in 2014 but now that situation is about to change with confirmation of an all new event as part of a successful global series of tyre and automotive related exhibitions under the experienced management of leading international specialists – SingEx Exhibitions. 

Based in Singapore, SingEx already stages highly successful bi-annual & annual tyre shows in Singapore, South Africa and India and will now be extending their exhibition portfolio to the UK with the launch of Tyrexpo UK 2017. The show will take place at the NEC in Birmingham in Hall 7 on the 4th and 5th of October 2017. 

Apart from looking to attract a versatile mix of exhibitors covering all aspects of the UK market, there will also be several showcase events including fifteen sessions of the hugely popular TyreTalk/GarageXpoTalk Seminars already staged at previous Tyrexpo & GarageXpo events around the world. At the same time there will be a series of ongoing Tyrexpo/GarageXpo Technical workshops covering various market sectors as well as a special Telematics Showcase.

Andrew Tan, SingEx Exhibitions Deputy Project Director says, “We are delighted to finally be bringing our proven tyre and garage show formula to the UK and SingEx is confident of staging an entertaining and informative event that will be popular with all parts of the UK industry from company decision makers and workshop and garage technicians right through OE Manufacturers and Fleet Management.”

Tested among 15 of its top competitors, the EfficientGrip SUV was crowned by leading German automotive magazine ADAC as test winner for its well-balanced performance, particularly regarding tyre wear, fuel consumption and handling on dry and wet.

For the size 195/65 R15 the EfficientGrip Performance received the ‘Good’ label. The tyre was applauded for its low fuel consumption, dry and wet capabilities and overall balanced performance.

After its four test wins and nine podium places in 2016, the Goodyear EfficientGrip range continues to perform strongly in 2017.

“This recognition shows once again that Goodyear’s EfficientGrip range offers some of the best tyres on the market.” says Martijn De Jonge, Brand Director Consumer PBU EMEA, “demonstrating that our premium performance tyres offer great value to the consumer.”

Independent tyre industry specialist Kevin Glynn has been confirmed as a consultant to the new Tyre Intelligence Europe data service.  The new platform is designed to deliver robust, speedy and insightful tyre sales data views and reports for mainland UK and Northern Ireland “sharer” dealers and subscribers.

Spokesperson Steve Daly says, “Kevin Glynn will bring an added dimension to Tyre Intelligence Europe, enabling the platform to exceed current market provisions as well as working to attain a wider net of “sharer” dealers that will make up the data population.  He will be supported by tyre industry experts who are highly experienced in tyre data management as well as enjoying access to modern Business Intelligence technology to present information dynamically so “Sharer” dealers and subscribers benefit from the speedy collation and delivery of the data.”

Due to rising raw material costs, Bridgestone Europe is announcing an average price increase by category of up to 8% in its Car, Van, SUV and Motorcycle ranges. This will be valid for all brands. The increase will come into effect on 01 April 2017 for summer tyres and 01 May 2017 for winter tyres.

Bridgestone will continue to closely monitor raw material pricing to ensure they can develop and deliver innovative tyres and related solutions

In the past few years, the products of the innovative Korean tyre producer Kumho have received a number of iF, Red Dot, IDEA and Good Design awards – i.e. the world’s top design accolades. Now the company has been presented with not one but two more iF Awards for its ever-growing trophy cabinet. The products recognised in the 2017 competition are the recently-launched high-performance ECSTA PS71, and the company’s futuristic concept tyre fittingly known as the ‘Smasher’. The criteria for the comprehensive selection process included innovativeness, environmental friendliness, quality, functionality and convenience, as well as design.

The ‘Smasher’

The ‘Smasher’ was evolved in collaboration with the SsangYong Motor Company and attracted significant attention when unveiled on the Tivoli at the 2015 IAA Motor Show. The tyre is optimised for driving in extreme conditions, and features such innovations as suction plates and grinder-shaped tread blocks. The former enable the vehicle to ascend steep slopes by creating a vacuum between the tyre and the ground, while the latter permit safe driving over even the roughest terrain by crushing uneven areas that could otherwise damage a tyre. This fascinating concept product has unsurprisingly caused widespread international interest, and was last year feted with an IDEA Award.

For further information on Kumho and its tyres for road and motorsport usage see www.kumhotyre.co.uk

 

espective fields, have been appointed with immediate effect and will prove excellent additions to the board of the global market leader of tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS).

Matt, Operations Director, joined Bartec in 2013 to take up the role of General Manager, tasked with project managing the design and build of the company’s refurbished head office in Barnsley, following an impressive career-to-date. He has since implemented restructuring of the company’s production, purchasing and quality systems and overseen the acceleration of the company design and development projects.

Meanwhile, Philip, Financial Director, was appointed to the team in 2015. Boasting an impressive financial pedigree, he holds two of the premier business qualifications in the world and over 10 years’ experience in advising business owners and managers.

Managing Director, Colin Webb, revealed he was “absolutely delighted” to welcome both Matt and Philip on-board.

Kwik-Fit has announced senior management appointments for Kwik-Fit GB’s fleet operations following the decision of Peter Lambert to retire after seven years as Kwik-Fit GB fleet director.

Andy Fern has joined Kwik-Fit as fleet sales director following an 18-year career with Michelin, most recently as national fleet sales manager.   Simon Lucas has been promoted to the new role of customer support director of Kwik Fit GB.  This role includes responsibility for Kwik-Fit Mobile, numbering some 200 vehicles, and the management of the company’s Customer Support Centre in Tannochside, Scotland, serving both fleet and retail customers.   Both Fern and Lucas will report directly to Kwik-Fit GB managing director Kenji Murai.

On his retirement from Kwik-Fit, Peter Lambert said: “During my career I have been privileged to have worked for some outstanding companies.  I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Kwik-Fit and I am pleased to say that I have accomplished everything that I set out to achieve. Kwik-Fit Fleet has an excellent team with the potential to achieve great things in the future.   It is now time for me to move on and as one chapter closes I am looking forward to what will unfold in the next.”

Bridgestone is promising to raise standards, celebrate excellence and create a sense of uniformity in the commercial tyre industry, after becoming the first major manufacturer to offer a new licence for technicians to benefit from.

The world’s largest tyre manufacturer is the first to provide the Society of Operations Engineers’ (SOE) Commercial Tyre Technician Licence to employees of fleets across the UK.

The licence, featuring three practical assessments and an online test, aims to regulate the industry and provide a sense of ‘best practice’ with an approved standard that everyone can aspire to achieve.

At present, it is just beginning to be rolled out and Bridgestone has become the first premium tyre manufacturer to put its name to it, with UK development trainers Phil Thirsk and Paul Turner passing their own rigorous tests in October to become qualified assessors.

Michelin CrossClimate+ tyres are helping the North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust save money and boost mobility, after selecting the unique summer tyre with winter capabilities for its 160-strong ‘rapid response’ paramedic fleet.

The Trust’s rapid response fleet previously fitted Michelin winter tyres year-round, which was a compromise on wear and performance during summer months. By switching to CrossClimate+, the fleet’s tyres will last longer before replacement, which will in turn help to drive down fleet running costs.

Michelin CrossClimate+ tyres offer the benefits of a summer tyre for dry or wet braking, total mileage and energy efficiency, while also boasting the traction and braking performance of a winter tyre, making them perfect for the UK’s often unpredictable weather. The tyres also provide excellent traction on snow-covered roads, from the first mile to the last – with little difference in performance as the tyre tread wears down.

Andy Pritchard, North West Ambulance Service Fleet Engineer - Operations, says: “Our fleet covers a diverse territory, from the Cumbrian hills to the city streets of Manchester, so we need tyres that will help us get to the patient, whatever the weather and road condition, as quickly and safely as possible.”

 

 

Continental Tyres will use its presence at the CV Show 2017 to highlight its operational solutions, designed to help inform fleets, put efficiency and safety first and provide a complete service to complement its comprehensive range of commercial vehicle tyres.

ContiPressureCheck, the Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), as a standalone system or with full telematics integration, is further developed this year, with the roll-out of the group’s ContiYardReader TPMS system this summer.  The ContiYardReader system will allow fleet managers to monitor tyre pressures automatically for all vehicles in the yard adding further accuracy to fleet maintenance and helping to prevent costly tyre breakdowns

A selection of Continental’s range of commercial vehicle tyres will of course be on show.  With industry experts on hand to showcase the complete range of tyres for LGV, HGV and Materials Handling equipment (Truck, Bus, Coach, Van, Specialty). Each Continental tyre has been designed around the application, tailored to meet the growing demands of the commercial vehicle industry. Whether fleets wish to improve mileage performance, increase fuel efficiency or maximise safety and the lifecycle of a tyre, Continental has a solution. 

Mat Wilkinson, Commercial Sales and Marketing Director at Continental Tyres said: “Commercial vehicle operators continue to strive towards greater fuel and cost efficiencies and with this in mind Continental has invested in providing not only market leading tyres but a robust range of services and solutions to support our customers throughout their operations.  The CV Show offers us the opportunity to discuss how Continental can help, with the right tyres, and the right solutions to take your commercial business forward.”

Farming professionals and visitors will be able to discover Trelleborg’s extensive portfolio of tyres and complete wheel systemsat SIMA 2017 in Paris, France, from February 26 to March 2, on stand C 060, Hall 7.

In addition, visitors to the show will discover the new V-reality App that gives users a unique visual experience, allowing them to see Trelleborg’s best-in-class agricultural tyre solutions in action like never before. Visitors can also face the challenges of modern agriculture by playing the “Farming Simulator 17” video game, for which Trelleborg is the official agricultural tyre partner.

For more information, visit: www.trelleborg.com/wheels.


 

Motor Wheel Service Distribution (MWSD) has confirmed the launch of the next generation Xbrite+ forged aluminium wheels, all manufactured at Wheels India’s upgraded multi-million pound production facility.

In the advanced production process a polished Xlite forged aluminium wheel goes through several automated treatment stages to permeate the metal deeper. This ensures the highest levels of corrosion resistance and shine and ensures no tarnishing or flaking.

MWSD has exclusive distribution rights for the supply of Xlite and Xbrite+ forged aluminium wheels throughout Europe.

Matt Mardle, Chief Operating Officer at MWSD, said: “The latest generation of the Xbrite+ is a marked advancement on its predecessors, with the new production facility allowing far deeper penetration of the forged aluminium which in turn results in unrivalled aesthetics, performance and longevity.

The Parts Alliance has been named CAT magazine’s ‘Factor Chain of the Year’. The Award came on Friday 10th February at a prestigious industry awards ceremony at Manchester’s renowned Lowry Hotel.

The national trading group was represented by the eight branches in its South West region. They were shortlisted in recognition of a dramatic turnaround in fortunes under The Parts Alliance’s ownership.

“The acquisition initially looked a good opportunity to improve our group coverage in the region,” said Steve McCann, Chief Operating Officer at The Parts Alliance. “But that was very much the start of an ongoing development process.

“Since then we’ve continued investing time and resources, not least with the implementation of our class-leading IT system, and we’ve been able to transform the South West into a thriving region for the business.”

On February 15th at the Tire Technology Expo 2017, staged in Hanover from February 14-16, Continental was honoured by UK-based trade journal “Tire Technology International” with its Tyre Manufacturer of the Year award, first presented in 2008.

With this award, the high-caliber panel of 27 judges, including experts from Europe, Japan, India and the United States, honored the investments that Continental has initiated over the past twelve months. “We are very excited about this award because it appreciates several technology projects and innovations that we have already realised, working consistently within the scope of our Vision 2025 long-term growth strategy,” said Nikolai Setzer, member of the Executive Board of Continental AG responsible for Corporate Purchasing and head of the Tyre division, the world’s fourth largest tyre manufacturer with sales of more than 10 billion Euros. “At the same time, being awarded as the most innovative tyre manufacturer highly motivates our global team – now more than 50,000 employees – to continue on this path, step by step.”

Incidentally, the expert judging panel at Tire Technology International reached the same conclusion before when Continental was also named Tyre Manufacturer of the Year in 2014. At the same time Continental was honoured with the innovation award for tyre production for its so called ContiLifeCycle plant in Hannover-Stoecken that convinced the experts due to its integrated approach of combining hot and cold retreading with a rubber recycling facility which still is unique globally today.

With over 300 participating companies and brands from the Asia Pacific region, gain access to the extensive array of tyres, garage equipment, tyre accessories, as well as trends, technologies, all on a single platform!

Hear from close to 15 outstanding thought leaders around the region who will share their practical insights as well as best practices in the tyre and automotive repair trade.

Increase your knowledge and skills through a series of engaging training and demo sessions at the selected exhibitor booths. You may even have a hands-on opportunity!

Seek out potential partners and expand your business in Asia Pacific when you attend scheduled business matching meetings, specially crafted just for you!

Cutting-edge technology used in the development of Falken’s tyre compounds has won the Tire Technology of the Year Award at the annual Tire Technology International Awards for Innovation and Excellence 2017.

Following deliberations by an independent panel of 27 international tyre industry experts, Advanced 4D Nano Design technology was announced as the winner of this prestigious award category, presented on 15th February 2017 at the Tire Technology Expo in Hannover, Germany.

It is the fifth time that SRI has been presented with a Tire Technology International Award: the ENASAVE 97 passenger tyre scooped the Tire Technology of the Year prize in 2008, with SRI’s fourth-generation runflats receiving the accolade in 2010. It has also won the Environmental Achievement of the Year Award in 2009 and 2014.

Mr. Nakaseko was joined on stage for the presentation by Dr. Masato Naito, manager of research and development headquarters at Sumitomo Rubber Industries, and Dr. Bernd Löwenhaupt, managing director of Sumitomo Rubber Europe GmbH.

L-R Dr. Masato Naito, Dr. Bernd Löwenhaupt, Mr. Kozaburo Nakaseko

Tyre Trade News was given the opportunity to talk with Duncan Wilkes, Chief Executive of Micheldever Tyre Services (MTS) a month after the announcement of the intended acquisition of the Micheldever Group (which owns MTS and its retail brand Protyre) from Graphite Capital Management LLP by the Japanese company Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. (SRI) for £215 million. In the January 2017 issue of TTN, www.tyretradenews.co.uk/digital, page 34, it was stated that SRI manufactures the Falken brand and its aim is to increase the market position in the UK.

Duncan told TTN, “Everything has gone to plan and the transaction has progressed quickly as the European Commission, slightly surprisingly, has let the tender go ahead earlier than the normal 25 working days and completed on Friday 10th February.”

The announcement of the transaction between MTS and SRI has been very well received by the company’s employees and their positive response was due to the business of the buyer; staff were really pleased that it was a tyre company taking over, therefore putting MTS squarely within a tyre business family. Duncan was delighted with this reaction and with the employees’ positive feedback, particularly as people are not always adaptable to change.

The "3PMSF" (Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake) tyre symbol has been certifying enhanced traction and braking action for a good year now because it is now linked under ECE-109 R Annex 10 for the first time with a performance text on retreads and says far more than the classic "M+S" based on classifications devised by the manufacturers.

KRAIBURG Austria has subjected seven more winter patterns to a 3PMSF test in order to enhance the competitiveness of truck retreads. The designs in question were the K47, K54, K207, K208, K224, K701 and the K702. The results are impressive: all the patterns of the retrea­ding specialist demonstrate at least 25 per cent better traction than the standard reference tyre – and have therefore also earned the snowflake symbol.

For further information about the retreading specialist and a full list of all the KRAIBURG 3PMSF designs, please visit www.kraiburg-austria.com. 

 

McGill’s Buses has signed up to a Michelin solutions tyre management programme for five more years, citing the company’s “fantastic support” as key to its decision to renew.

The EFFITIRES contract covers 100 per cent of the operator’s more than 400 single- and double-decker buses, and will see Michelin solutions supply, fit and service the operator’s Michelin tyres.

Ralph Roberts, Managing Director at McGill’s, says: “We’ve enjoyed fantastic support from Michelin solutions since appointing them to manage our tyres on a pence per kilometre basis in 2010. When the time came to review our tyre strategy, it was clear that extending our current EFFITIRES contract was the best decision for the business."

Michelin solutions proactively regrooves all tyres across the customer’s fleet to make full use of the additional layers of base rubber built into every new Michelin tyre as standard. This process helps McGill’s to save money on fuel, as regrooving extends the life of the tyre in its most fuel-efficient state.

McGill’s also fits Michelin Remix retread tyres that help reduce its environmental footprint, as fewer new tyres need to be manufactured, and therefore fewer raw materials are consumed.

 

Goodyear proudly announces that the new Ultra-High Performance tyre Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 has been accredited with original equipment fitments on the new Porsche Panamera.

The tyre, developed to meet the needs of powerful sedan and sports car drivers, was approved with a mixed fitment, with size 265/45ZR19 (105Y) XL on the front axle and 295/40ZR19 (108Y) XL on the rear.

Nick Harley, Goodyear’s Managing Director OE Consumer EMEA, said: "We are proud to announce that once again we have been chosen by a renowned car manufacturer such as Porsche to equip its new exciting vehicle. Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 is the perfect match for the Porsche Panamera thanks to its state-of-the-art technologies, which will allow drivers to enjoy sporty driving by ensuring excellent handling in all conditions.”

 

There’ll be loads and loads at CV Show 2017, including some pretty heavy ones as three major truck manufacturers announce their return to the UK’s biggest and best event for the road transport, distribution and logistics industries.

The free-to-attend event, which takes place at the NEC, Birmingham, from 25-27 April, has already attracted over 450 exhibitors and has a 10% bigger footprint than in 2016, allowing plenty of space to accommodate the return of two heavy truck manufactures, DAF and MAN, along with Guest Trucks, a major distributor for Iveco.

Of course, it’s not just the trucks that will draw the crowds to CV Show 2017.As the largest and most comprehensive road freight transport, distribution and logistics event staged in Britain, The CV Show caters for every operator’s requirements and is purposely designed to be a one-stop shop for anyone involved in associated industries.

To register to attend the CV Show for free and find out more about the Show’s many features, including some new live elements - details of which are to follow - and a full exhibitor list and floorplan, go to www.cvshow.com

 

The editorial for Toyo Tire's van range that is printed in the February issue and the online magazine for February is incorrect. It should be:

TOYO TIRES range of van tyres covers a multitude of applications and fitments from 13” through 17”. At this time of year, many switched on owners and fleet managers are opting for the all-season capabilities of the multi-faceted H09, has been developed for modern vans and benefits from a unique tread design that ensures superior stability on wet and wintery roads. The H09 provides firm grip on deep snow covered roads, the four circumferential grooves ensure that its performance is outstanding in bad weather conditions. It also has an improved compound and is designed so that the tyre has even contact with the road to ensure good grip and wear life.

The H08 is a robust summer tyre for all vans and light goods vehicles, offering superb handling and a long service life. Wide tread channels offer optimum water evacuation, and the tyre’s circumferential dovetailed blocks guarantee stability, both on the road and whilst cornering. A continuous shoulder design endows this tyre with superb handling capability as well as ensuring even wear. An optimised tread compound, allied to carefully designed sipes mean that the H08 is more than a match for even the wettest day at work.

For more information visit www.toyo.co.uk

Central Tyre are set to provide a unique solution for commercial fleets operating in the UK market, following an agreement with Goodyear Dunlop to purchase Fulda branded tyres on an exclusive supply basis for a second year. The agreement is an important part of the wider strategic partnership between Goodyear Dunlop and the ETEL group, with the partnership spanning across several sectors of the UK market.

Hajime Mori, Director at Central Tyre, advised why a partnership between these two companies is so important to the UK market: “We are at a crucial time within the UK market where the customer’s trust in companies, brands and products is of highest importance. No-one can be certain what the future looks like, so we need to focus on what is vital for the market to survive, and that is the customer.  At Central Tyre we pride ourselves on our excellent level of customer service. We carefully evaluate our customer’s needs so that we can recommend the right tyre for them, and we know that that is also Fulda’s philosophy.”

Marc Preedy, Commercial Director at Goodyear Dunlop commented on the partnership with Central Tyre: “Both sides have benefited greatly from this relationship. Central Tyre has enjoyed the exclusivity of its own brand for the last two years, and we have enjoyed being part of the journey, growing with both Central Tyre and the ETEL group as a whole. I look forward to seeing the relationship develop and grow further.”

 

The SEAT Supercup Ireland will continue its partnership with Yokohama in 2017, the high profile one make championship having already enjoyed two successful seasons working with the Japanese tyre manufacturer. Quick to pledge its support when the introduction of the SEAT Leon Supercopa based championship was first mooted at the started of the 2015 season, Yokohama has gone on to become a key partner providing invaluable support to drivers and teams.

Flying in a tyre technician on race weekends as part of its trackside support, this level of commitment will continue to benefit the growth of the SEAT Supercup as a number of new drivers join the grid for the upcoming third season of the championship. In addition to technical support, Yokohama’s PR & marketing support has also helped boost the profile of the championship with the introduction last season of the Yokohama Pole Award a popular addition that will continue in 2017.

The 2017 SEAT Supercup Ireland consists of 12 rounds run over 6 weekends and will take racers to three different circuits. Running on Yokohama’s A005 slick tyre, each driver is permitted 2-new tyres per race weekend with Yokohama also supplying a controlled wet tyre for when the Irish weather does what it does best! Rounds 1 & 2 of the championship takes place on April 9th at Mondello Park when drivers will race on the circuit’s National track layout.

The recently launched Semperit RUNNER family has been met with a very positive response from quality-conscious transport companies that attach considerable importance to an attractive price-performance ratio. Semperit is now expanding its comprehensive truck tyre range in the field of trailer tyres with the RUNNER T2 in size 445/45 R 19.5.

This tyre size is of particular interest for the so-called megatrailers and semi-trailers that offer a load volume of up to 100 m³ and require a low platform height in order to comply with the statutorily permitted total vehicle height.

In an industry where efficiency is always a top priority, the RUNNER T2 is a welcome top performer, with its small diameter and high mileage potential.

Thanks to its robust carcass design, the Semperit RUNNER T2 445/45 R 19.5” is retreadable and is thus a cost-effective, sustainable solution, even beyond the lifetime of the first tyre.

ATS Euromaster is to share its expertise with the wider industry and offer accredited MOT training to third-party technicians.

The course, which is approved by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) and used by ATS Euromaster to train its own technicians, is now available for any business that wants its MOT testers to benefit from the same high-quality training received by employees at the tyre and vehicle maintenance provider.

The five-day course, held at ATS Euromaster’s purpose-built training facility in Aston, covers both Class 4 and Class 7 MOTs – plus management training is available for technicians wanting to run their own test centre. As well as these two courses, ATS Euromaster is also offering the annual MOT training and assessment course at locations across the country.

The five-day course costs £1,000 per person, with a discounted rate of £850 per person available for companies booking six places or more. The two-day MOT manager course is £450 per person and the MOT annual assessment is £150 per person. All enquiries should be sent to mot.training@euromaster.com

 

Entries are now being invited for the TyreSafe Awards 2017. TyreSafe, the UK’s tyre safety awareness charity, is calling all road safety stakeholders to prepare submissions to demonstrate their tyre safety awareness activities during 2016.

Entries for the categories are welcomed from members and non-members of TyreSafe and can span a range of initiatives from social media and online campaigns to tyre workshops, themed events and local displays.

Winners will be presented with their awards at an evening ceremony on 6th July at The Belfry, Wishaw, which will be attended by senior members of the road safety community, representatives from the tyre and vehicle manufacturing and retail industries, and guests.

Single or multiple entries are invited for each of the following categories:

  1. Independent garage award
  2. Franchise dealership award
  3. Tyre manufacturer award
  4. Tyre retailer award
  5. Vehicle manufacturer award
  6. Best use of technology to support a tyre safety campaign
  7. Safety in the community award
  8. Emergency services award
  9. On-line and social media award

During the month of February, the Retreading Systems division of Marangoni will upwardly adjust the sales price for rubber materials used to retread tyres in all countries of the European Area, with percentage increases between 4 and 8%, depending on the product category. This will be applied to markets invoiced in Euros, while the sales price percentage increase will be different in other currencies.

This increase reflects that of the raw materials used by this sector, whose rapid evolution is caused by the increasing demand at a global level as well as a reduction in available quantities. In particular, the price of polymers, of the most direct derivatives of oil and especially of natural rubber - also encumbered by the decreased supply - make this corrective intervention necessary after a few months of constant growth.


Michelin is to commence replacement of its most popular heavy truck tyre range at this year’s CV Show, with the international debut of the all-new X Multi tyre line-up. Official testing has shown the next-generation fitments deliver 15-20 per cent more mileage than the current Michelin X MultiWay 3D series, at no extra cost.

Chris Smith, Marketing Director North Europe – Truck & Bus, says: “The new X Multi regional tyres will offer greatly improved longevity, and underline Michelin’s commitment to ensuring the lowest total cost of ownership for our customers, since they don’t cost a penny more.

“Regional tread pattern tyres currently account for more than two-thirds of our total sales in the UK commercial vehicle tyre market, and we’re predicting considerable interest in the launch. The double-digit improvement in tyre life is a direct result of Michelin’s significant annual investment of more than £600m in research and development,” adds Smith.

 

As a premium tyre manufacturer, Vredestein has long had a clear presence in the world of classic tyres. The company’s brand includes a strong portfolio of models created with vintage cars in mind, including the Sprint Classic, Snow Classic, Grip Classic and Transport Classic. The Mille Miglia is a prestigious racing event with a distinguished pedigree that is well-known throughout the world of classic cars and beyond.

“Vredestein and Mille Miglia share a rich European heritage and a passion for vintage cars,” comments Tanneke Reinders, Apollo Vredestein’s marketing director for Europe. “Becoming Official Tyre Partner of the Mille Miglia is a logical extension for Vredestein as a leader in the design and production of classic tyres which combine classic looks with contemporary performance. Vredestein and Mille Miglia are committed to enabling drivers to enjoy the unique sense of freedom that classic cars offer, and this new agreement will allow us both to take further steps in that direction.”

This year, tyre manufacturing giant, Maxxis, is celebrating its 50th year of business. Originally founded in Taiwan in 1967 as a bicycle tyre manufacturer, the last half a century has seen the company steadily become a global name. Although starting off as a small business, Maxxis is now recognised as a top ten global manufacturer, and the largest manufacturer of bicycle tyres in the world.

Since its inception, the tyre specialist has expanded its product range tremendously; entering multiple new markets and steadily growing a loyal brand following. Once specialising solely in bicycle tyres, now Maxxis produces tyres for motorcycles, cars, 4x4s, light trucks, trucks and buses, ATVs, lawn and garden products, race karts, industrial vehicles, and trailers. And that’s not the only expansion the manufacturer has undergone over the last 50 years. With demands for Maxxis tyres all over the globe, the company now distributes its products to over 170 countries worldwide, justifying the need for more than 30,000 members of staff operating in Taiwan, China, Thailand, Vietnam, USA, Canada, Great Britain, Germany, Holland, Japan and Dubai.

 

Vredestein’s 185/75/16 Comtrac and new 235/65/16 Comtrac 2 All Season tyres were fitted to Purple Parking’s fleet of Mercedes and Ford mini buses as well as other vehicles, in a series of tests carried out by Tomato Tyres, who maintains the fleet. The test results showed that Vredestein Comtrac LV tyres were lasting at least twice as long as the existing brands used on the fleet and, in some cases, by up to four times as much.

Thanks to the Comtrac’s and new Comtrac 2’s winning features, Vredestein UK was able to show Purple Parking huge savings on both their purchasing and maintenance costs with fewer tyre changes and less down-time. With the new Vredestein two-year accidental damage tyre warranty, Comtrac and new Comtrac 2 are clear winners.

“We were obviously keen to select the best tyre package for our fleet,” said Purple Parking Operations Manager Steven Rowlerson. “In our business, downtime due to problems with our vehicles is something to avoid at all costs; fitting premium quality tyres actually results in cost savings and increased safety, whilst Vredestein’s warranty provides even extra peace of mind.”

Hamaton Ltd, the European headquarters of its parent company - leading TPMS manufacturer, Hamaton Automotive Technology Co. Ltd - has seen increasing popularity in its OE replacement sensors throughout the recent tyre change-over seasons.

Following its launch last year, the OE-R sensor has become a valuable time-saving addition to vehicle servicing centres across Europe. During the busy winter and summer tyre change-over seasons, it is important that TPMS sensor replacement is made as quick and easy as possible for servicing technicians. Therefore, as there is no need to spend time configuring these sensors for different vehicles, the OE-R sensor is an inexpensive and efficient solution that allows garages to save a significant amount of time when it comes to sensor replacement.

Additionally, Hamaton’s OE-R sensors cover over 90% of vehicles on the market, have a battery life in excess of 7 years, and are designed to be compatible with both OE and aftermarket wheels.

Further information on Hamaton’s OE-R sensors and the rest of their product range can be found at: www.hamaton-tpms.com

Premium tyre brand Vredestein awarded the Duncan Hamilton Trophy for its long-term support of the popular JEC Race Series (KX120-150 models, 1948-1961)

Vredestein UK has been the main sponsor of the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club XK Race Series since 2010, and involved with JEC for 13 years. The tyre company’s support for the Club was acknowledged with the Duncan Hamilton trophy at the JEC Racing Awards Dinner last month.

The dinner, a convivial occasion organised by JEC to celebrate its members’ racing successes in 2016, was an opportunity to remind Jaguar owners and racers that the Vredestein Sprint Classic range is the tyre of choice when it comes to competitive racing. “The Vredestein Sprint Classic ‘period’ look suits our racing Jaguar XK120s and XK150s whilst also performing superbly as everyday road tyres,” said Terry Dye, JEC Competitions’ Secretary.      

“We look forward to forging an even closer relationship with the JEC, as we continue to sponsor the exciting XK Race Series in 2017,” said Karl Naylor. “We are one of only a few tyre manufacturers who produce modern tyres with a classic look, therefore affording the best of both worlds, in terms of performance and safety.” 

l-r Karl Naylor, Terry Dye

The inaugural edition of GarageXpo Asia, organised by SingEx Exhibitions Pte Ltd will be staged on 21 – 23 March 2017 in Singapore and feature almost 100 international and local exhibitors.

This new three day trade show will feature Asia’s automotive aftermarket communities latest automotive repair & maintenance equipment, technologies, and trends in  the same venue as the 11th edition of Tyrexpo Asia 2017, the most established international tyre tradeshow in South East Asia, which will be taking place in Singapore EXPO Hall 1 & 2.

The inaugural edition of GarageXpo Asia, organised by SingEx Exhibitions Pte Ltd will be staged on 21 – 23 March 2017 in Singapore with almost 100 international and local exhibitors.

This new three day trade show will feature Asia’s automotive aftermarket communities latest automotive repair & maintenance equipment, technologies, and trends in  the same venue as the 11th edition of Tyrexpo Asia 2017, the most established international tyre tradeshow in South East Asia, which will be taking place in Singapore EXPO Hall 1 & 2.

Universal Tyre & Autocentres Ltd is the first commercial tyre service provider to go ‘live’ with the e-jobsheet link into Bridgestone Europe’s Siebel system directly from CAM’s UniSerV platform.  The integration will deliver greater shared accuracy between the parties as well as improve the speed and visibility of job processing, further enabling the NTDA ‘Fastfit of the Year’ award winner to excel in the commercial fleet space.

John Folliss, commercial sales & marketing director of Bridgestone Northern Region Europe, says, “This is an excellent development and is the result of a lot of hard work and collaboration between all parties. The integration to Bridgestone’s fleet management software not only meets the Bridgestone Partner requirements but also provides immediate operational information to the Fleet. Integration with new technology is at the core of Bridgestone’s industry leading fleet approach.” 

Simon Wright, commercial director at Universal Tyres and Autocentres says, “We now benefit from a complete cradle to grave solution that delivers greater visibility and transparency and eradicates our reliance on dual processing, paper and unwarranted administration."

On Thursday 19th January 2017, 16 Merityre staff dubbed ‘Stars of the Future’ from across the company’s 24 branches around the south of England were treated to a 4x4 off-roading experience day, courtesy of Cooper Avon Tyres.

In Tangley, just 20 minutes from the Merityre head office in Andover, Hampshire, the groups were given a presentation by Brian Sprott and Olly Brooks from Cooper alongside a run through of the safety precautions for the day.

The two Land Rover Defenders on site were fitted with Cooper Discoverer STT Pro tyres. These are dedicated 85% off-road tyres with an aggressive tread pattern – fully capable of taking on the ever-thawing mud which filled the woods where the activity day was based. After an initial lap around the course with an instructor behind the wheel, getting a feel for the way the car behaves, the teams took over the controls.

As well as a day away out of the workshops, the experience was also a good chance to learn new skills and learn more about the tyres Merityre sell. Being able to test tyres that customers often enquire about and see first-hand the kind of capability they have on these sorts of terrain means staff have the unique benefit of being able to advise customers with their own personal experience. It’s always helpful to be able to give customers a personal and authentic account of the quality tyres the company provide, and have the confidence that staff are supplying the right tyres for the customer’s needs.

Garages now have the opportunity to help the motorist facing the burden of the unexpected bill when their car is taken into the garage for Service, MOT, or when a vehicle health check is carried out. This additional cost can make a dent in their monthly finances, sometimes meaning that the critical work that the car needs to make it roadworthy is put off until the motorist can afford this extra cost.

This finance product helps to spread the cost of the work and means the motorist can remain driving safely, whilst paying for the job over 3 months.

 

Camso, formerly Camoplast Solideal, unveils the new MST 776, its most advanced underground mining tyre for load haul dump (LHD) equipment.

The Camso MST 776 provides superior hard surface durability for LHD machines working in the toughest underground mining applications.

“Knowing how uptime is crucial in underground mining, the new Camso MST 776 was engineered to maximize tread life while protecting it from puncture,” explains Mike Dembe, Camso’s Product Management Director for North America and Latin America, on the release of the MST 776.

“The MST 776 is all about superior performance,” adds Dembe, “and customers will see as it outperforms the competition in terms of tyre life and heat resistance.” When tested in controlled conditions the MST 776 showed 15% better life and 2% better heat resistance than the industry benchmark, thanks to its higher tread depth and further advanced compound properties

For customers this means greater productivity, and ultimately, lower operating costs.

Kumho had high hopes of success on last weekend’s (February 4/5) Corrib Oil Galway International Rally, but exceeded all expectations by equipping not only the outright winning WRC Subaru of Garry Jennings and Rory Kennedy, and the Ford Fiesta of new signings Alastair Fisher and Gordon Noble that annexed the all-important R5 class, but cars victorious in no less than 10 other divisions.

This was Fisher’s first outing with backing from Kumho, plus renewed support from the company’s Irish Distributor, Modern Tyre Service of Enniskillen, and his haul of maximum points towards the Clonakilty Blackpudding Irish Tarmac Rally Championship means he is now leading the series outright with five rounds to go.

Said Kumho Motorsport’s Steve Thompson: “We have a strong record in Irish rallying, but this was nevertheless a standout weekend for us. Fisher and Noble were never headed within the R5 class and finished over 30 seconds ahead of their nearest championship rival. They were running our latest, soft-compound FIA-homologated TM02 tarmac rally tyres, while the majority of our other runners were shod with Kumho’s proven TW02 tyre or hand-cut slicks. We couldn’t have hoped for a better start to the season and now very much look forward to the second round of the Irish tarmac series, the West Cork Rally on March 18/19.

For further information on Kumho or its products for rally stage, circuit or road use see www.kumhotyre.co.uk.

Hankook Tire announced its global financial results for the fourth quarter of 2016 with consolidated sales of KRW 1.61 trillion (1.295 billion Euro) and an operating profit of KRW 239.8 billion (192.2 million Euro). The company reported total sales revenues of KRW 6.62 trillion (5.163 billion Euro) and an operating profit of KRW 1.10 trillion (860.1 million Euro) for the total fiscal year 2016.

Hankook's  achievement is attributed to continuous OE supply for models of global premium automobile brands based on Hankook's global top tier technology and product quality. An increased sales volume in the Replacement Tyre  segment, especially in the Ultra High Performance Tyre segment including sales of winter tyres in Europe added up to a consistent upward trend. Furthermore, Hankook  managed to secure balanced growth through also increasing OE sales in the Chinese market.

Especially, revenue from UHPT sales accounted for 33.5% of the total sales in the fourth quarter, marking a 0.7% increase in comparison to the same period of last year. With regard to 2016’s total sales, the sales revenue of UHPT comes to 34.5%.

With this year’s goal of reaching global sales revenues of KRW 7.22 trillion, Hankook Tire plans to focus on expanding sales in the UHPT segment as well as in the OE segment for new premium car models in order to strengthen its brand value.

During a record-breaking run, in which Jeremy Clarkson’s Grand Tour smashed Amazon Prime’s viewer streaming record, Zenises was delighted to help the world’s number one car show end its first series on a high.

Launching the final show from a spectacular setting in front of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, Clarkson introduced the Guinness record-breaking diamond and gold encrusted Z Tyre to the studio audience – a unique set of tyres designed and crafted in the United Arab Emirates.

The show, and series, concluded with a high octane report from Richard Hammond in which he experienced the adrenalin rush of drifting alongside the lead driver of Acorn Zenises Motorsport, Steve ‘ Baggsy’ Biagioni.  Baggsy and Hammond first headed to the Ladoux Test Centre in France to practice and refine the driving techniques used by professional drifters. 

Homologation of the :01 Series by Daimler continues, with new Pirelli extra-load products for city, highway and regional applications. The Pirelli :01 range of original equipment products for Daimler Buses now includes the latest-generation Pirelli MC:01 (275/70R22.5) tyre, designed with an increased load index, suitable for new-generation transportation such as hybrid and electric vehicles, which require a greater axle load. Thanks to high mileage and low rolling resistance, which translate into a low cost per kilometre and reduced fuel consumption, as well as a reduction in CO2 emissions of more than 10%1, MC:01 is the ideal solution for buses transporting passengers in urban areas.

Pirelli Industrial currently boasts 71 Daimler homologations, spanning all of the market segments: from Regional (26 homologated tyres) to Long-Haul (14), from On-Off (11) to Off-Road (6), and 14 omologations in Winter alone.

Vintage Tyres have told TTN readers, "We're at Salon Retromobile at Porte de Versailles, Paris from February 8-12. Come and see us on stand B13 in Hall 1.

"We'll have our full range of car and bike tyres plus tea, cakes and the occasional bottle of champagne."

The International Aftermarket Meeting 2017 (IAM17) will be held during Autopromotec on Thursday May 25th and will be one of the most high profile events in the AutopromotecEDU calendar of seminars. This year’s topic will be Mobile Solutions: Opportunities and challenges for the Automotive Aftermarket.

IAM17 provides an opportunity for the aftermarket community to hear from experts what these changes and transformations mean for the sector. The first contribution, after an introduction made by ANFIA, will focus on the Italian Market and will be presented by GiPA. In the second presentation, Tim Armstrong, Vice President Planning Solutions at IHS Automotive, will show the long-term outlook for new mobility solutions around the world and look at the impact on automotive demand and the knock-on effects for the aftermarket industry. In a third part, Matthias Knirsch, Business Development Director at Bosch Automotive Aftermarket will describe the changes in the value chain, where the role of the consumer will be different, the speed of innovation due to connectivity and the need of clear legal framework. 

After setting three fastest stage times on the season-opening Rallye Monte Carlo last month, DMACK heads to the FIA World Rally Championship’s only full winter rally this week. Round two of the series at Rally Sweden is a seriously specialist event and provides one of the toughest tests of the season for tyre manufacturers and drivers.

Snow and ice-covered roads demand a very special tyre, with numerous technical variables all contributing to the end performance. To cope with the frozen forests, DMACK has designed a completely new directional winter tyre. The DMG-ICE2 features a new tread pattern and upgraded studding technology – all optimised for enhanced stud retention.

Each tyre is equipped with 384 metal pins which protrude 7mm to bite into the frozen surfaces and provide impressive grip. But warmer temperatures can increase exposed gravel on many stages, especially on second pass, which rips studs from the tyres and forces drivers to cleverly manage tyre allocations.

Motor Wheel Service Distribution (MWSD) has completed its senior management board with the appointment of Jason Mayor as Chief Commercial Officer.

He will be responsible for all sales and marketing functions in the UK and Europe, where the company recently launched MWheels GmbH in Germany to take advantage of stronger commercial ties with the aftermarket throughout the continent.

Ellis said: “Jason’s appointment is the last piece in the jigsaw, bringing with him a huge range of industry knowledge to complement what is now a vastly experienced, professional senior management team which is tasked with growing this business in the UK, and especially in Europe where the potential is far greater.

“With the CV Wheel Safety campaign and imminent Roadworthiness Act*, sole European distribution rights for Xlite and Xbrite+ forged aluminium wheels**, a full selection of steel wheels carrying our Chevron safety stamp and our new fitting service, we will establish ourselves as the one-stop solutions provider for all CV fleets.”

The average time taken for Bridgestone’s truck fleet service network to resolve a commercial vehicle breakdown upon arrival in 2016 has shortened to just 49 minutes, new company figures reveal.

The strength of the Bridgestone Partner network - comprised of hundreds of respected tyre dealers across the UK -  has been further underlined through end-of-year data which can now be shared for the first time.

In 2016, 35,000 jobs were accepted, with an average time of 62 minutes taken from the time the first call was made to the moment a Bridgestone Partner member arrived at the roadside.

Commenting on the impressive Bridgestone Partner roadside assistance results, Paul Sheehan, National Operations Manager, said: “These figures certainly make for positive reading and provides a tangible example of how we support commercial fleets.

“Our levels of aftercare and support are amongst the very best in the industry and underlines why it is preferable to work with a premium tyre manufacturer like ourselves.

“We appreciate the need to get fleets back up and operational as soon as is possible. Any roadside breakdown is an unwanted headache for a fleet. Knowing that we can get them back up and running again so quickly will be viewed as a major positive amongst operators.

“We have over 315 commercial tyre dealerships and more than 1,000 vans in our Bridgestone Partner network, which means that we are the leading UK fleet tyre service provider.”

 

Steve Tranter, a long serving Product Manager with CES UK and The Parts Alliance, has died after losing his battle with illness. He built his career in the aftermarket, which stretched across 40 years.

Steve spent 20 years working for CES, a Parts Alliance Group business, latterly moving to a role with The Parts Alliance in Chester for whom he was Product Manager for Emissions.

His funeral will take place on Friday, 10 February at St Thomas’ All Saints Church, Ellesmere Port.

Steve was widely known for his personality, kindness and above all, his technical expertise. He was willing to share his knowledge and contributed to articles in the automotive aftermarket press.

His first job was as a replenishment officer, later moving high up the career ladder as a Managing Director and Operations Director with different businesses before joining CES.

Merseyside based, high performance tyre specialist Davanti returned to this year's Autosport International/Performance Car Show in January to capitalise on a very successful year in 2016. Established just over eighteen months ago this new dynamic brand has swiftly evolved into one of the most progressive and popular UHP tyre ranges in the UK and Europe.

Sean Maddocks, Davanti's Sales Director for the UK and Ireland says, “When we exhibited at this lively event last year we were only just establishing ourselves in this highly competitive market sector and took a modest size stand to display our initial tyre patterns. This time we promoted ourselves to a much more prominent stand stand with the primary objective of showcasing our tyres and partnerships to new customers and updating our existing customer base in the UK on our extensive progress over the past twelve months.

“The show has been a great success once more with the trade sector enthusiastic about our new tyres and we had important discussions with decision makers from a wide variety of potential partners. During the public days we saw that our brand awareness continues to gain recognition from ordinary sports enthusiast drivers.”

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