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Bartec is delighted to announce that its TAP200 tread and pressure reader will be unveiled at the CV Show 2017 by its new distributor, JHM Butt & Co Ltd (Butts of Bawtry).

The TAP200 will be on display at the exhibition, held at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) between the 25th and 27th April, on stand 4E111, where Butts of Bawtry will be on-hand to introduce visitors to the Bartec tool.

This latest electronic tool to be released by the Barnsley-based manufacturer, which has been MOT-approved, has been expertly designed to allow the fast and accurate collection of tyre wear and pressure data on commercial and fleet vehicles.

 

Automechanika Birmingham opens its doors at the NEC from 6-8 June for the second time, to a truly international automotive networking event for the aftermarket and supply chain. Last year’s event proved highly successful for the 250 international companies who attended and managed to secure deals with UK distributors, and for this reason, the number of international companies has increased to 400 for the 2017 event.

The exhibition will be 70% bigger than in 2016, hosting over 800 exhibitors with 50% of whom are from 35 countries around the globe, gathering to showcase their latest products and new technologies. The exhibition boasts national pavilions from Czech Republic, India, China and Taiwan. Each country pavilion will have offer a vast array of companies covering parts and components for the automotive aftermarket or supply chain, found in Hall 20.

Do you want to sell tyres in seconds? Would you like a webshop that supports online ordering 24/7? Do you want an affordable system that is easy to use? Come and see Team at booth 6G141!

In September 2016 Team Systems LTD became part of Compilator, the market leader for tyre trade and fast fit software solutions in Northern Europe. They will continue to offer the same excellent services, but now with an even stronger focus on development and innovation. 

“We are looking forward to meeting existing and potential new customers, showing our software solutions for both independent as well as multi-site tyre depots and wholesalers. See you at Automechanika,” said Dan Vassallo, Sales Manager at Team Systems.

TEXA will be exhibiting for the second time at this year’s Automechanika, Birmingham. They will be showcasing their extensive range of Diagnostic products, including the Axone Nemo with their IDC5 software, the renowned air conditioning service stations along with the latest developments for ADAS and TPMS.

The new IDC5 software will be demonstrated over the three days, showcasing the improvements which provide faster communication with vehicle’s control units. The graphic interface has been updated providing an intuitive menu system, simplifying access to all features.

There will be exclusive show deals so make sure you pay them a visit on stand 20E100!

GS Yuasa, UK market leader for automotive, motorcycle and industrial batteries, will exhibit its Yuasa and GS brands at this year’s Automechanika at the NEC, Birmingham. The world’s leading battery manufacturer will showcase its latest cutting edge technology and workshop initiatives at the event, as well as its Original Equipment quality product ranges.

The brand new interactive GS Yuasa exhibition stand will promote a wide range of Yuasa’s award-winning products and services.

Stand visitors can claim a free Yuasa USB Smart Button for rapid workshop access to the system.

Automechanika GS Yuasa can be found in Hall 19 at stand 19B50. For more information on Yuasa visit www.yuasa.com

Motor Wheel Service Distribution (MWSD) has appointed Frank Richter as European Sales Manager, a role in which he assumes key aftermarket commercial responsibilities for its recently launched German operation, MWheels GmbH.

Located out of the company’s headquarters in the Cologne Region, he will work closely with key retail and distribution partners throughout the country and offer operational, technical and wheel safety advice to bus, coach and truck fleets.

The role will ultimately expand into France, the Netherlands and Poland, as well as other European countries when they meet the key strategic sales objectives of the business.

He will work closely with MWSD’s senior management board, which consists of John Ellis as Chief Executive, Matthew Mardle as Chief Operating Officer, Jason Mayor as Chief Commercial Officer, Kevin Ryan as Chief Technical Officer and Clive Maudsley as Chief Financial Officer.

Giti Tire has launched a new larger derivative of its principle GT Radial ultra-high performance (UHP) tyre for Europe – the SportActive SUV.

Seven strategic sizes are initially available, with rims ranging from 18-19” across speed indices V-W, section widths from 225 to 255 and series sizes 50 to 60.

The tyre is targeting SUV vehicles with dynamic performance and powerful engines such as the Audi Q3, Range Rover Evoque and BMW X3.

Brian McDermott, Sales and Marketing Director - Europe for Passenger Car and Light Truck (PCR) and Country Manager - UK for Giti Tire said: “The SportActive SUV fits perfectly with our long term strategy which involves offering new advanced products and increased ranges in growing and profitable vehicle segments.

“Since its launch the SportActive has been in great demand throughout the UK and Europe, with market feedback from distributors and drivers nothing short of exceptional. The SUV derivative will undoubtedly be met with the same positive reaction, simultaneously leading to improved sales in this key growth sector.”

As the warmer weather approaches, caravans, classic cars, horseboxes, motorhomes and many other vehicles will be coming out of winter storage for the first time this year.

TyreSafe the UK’s tyre safety charity, is appealing to all owners to take time to carry out tyre checks before hitting the road for the 2017 season.

As the only point of contact with the road, tyres are crucial for tyre safety. Whether the vehicle has been stored in a garage or outside, all tyres should be checked for correct pressure, general condition and tread depth, TyreSafe advises.

Stuart Jackson, Chairman of TyreSafe, said: “There are a number of factors that can affect tyres stored on vehicles for several months, even if they are in a garage over winter. Tyres deteriorate with age as well as with mileage, and uneven weight distribution in use and during storage can lead to uneven tyre wear. Tyres will deteriorate faster if they’re stored outdoors, especially in direct sunlight.

“All of these circumstances can lead to unsafe tyres, which is why checks are so important at the start of the season and monthly throughout it.”

Easy Gripper 2400 T2, as the newest addition to Just Easy Tools’ product range is called. It is based on same design as the 1 ton Gripper, which today are moving tyres in production lines, distribution and service companies around the world.

3 point grip is safest

The core of the Easy Grippers is the 3-point grip. Lars Jørgensen, the CEO of Just Easy Tools, explained, “When squeezing a tyre from 2 sides, all the existing solutions tend to deform the tyres making it harder and thus also both more time consuming and dangerous, to push and pull them off the rim.  With the 3-point grip we keep the round shape.”

In high demand from OTR tyre service providers

“We have been selling a number of 1 ton Easy Grippers. A lot of customers were enthusiastic about the design – but since operating in OTR segments, a larger version is capable of handling popular tyres such as e.g. 27.00R49 and 33.25RXX,” Lars continued.

AA Garage Guide, the online search and booking site that puts quality first, has launched a new ‘Garage of the Month Award’ for 2017, in a bid to reward UK garages that offer first-class customer service.

The awards, launched in January this year, provide the opportunity for garages listed on the AA Garage Guide to be acknowledged for their hard work and good customer service.  Promoting excellence in the garage community, the new Garage of the Month award provides the perfect platform to showcase each winning garage’s outstanding contributions to the field.

AA Garage Guide selects its winner by their positive customer reviews and feedback.  The lucky winner receives a special wall plaque, as well as the AA Garage Guide digital stamp, which is displayed on their Garage Guide profile. The prestigious award will enable the winning garage to place its services at the forefront of the automotive industry.

The February award was received by JTF Motor Services, based in Tottenham, London.

Tyre Bay Direct will take their place on stand 20B100 at this year's Automechanika show. With a vast and ever-growing range of affordable products that never compromise on the exceptional quality that clients have come to expect, the garage solutions provider has grown rapidly and cemented itself as a market leading supplier to garages all over the UK and beyond.

Leigh Stote, Managing Director of Tyre Bay Direct, says, “We're looking forward to showcasing a larger range of equipment at this year's show, giving people the chance to get hands on with a variety of products they perhaps haven't seen before. We're launching a range of premium machines from Italian manufacturers, Cormach. The experts from Cormach will be joining us on the stand providing demonstrations on the equipment throughout the show as well as an unmissable show offer."

As well as some interesting and innovative products, the team will also be hosting a competition where entrants will be in with the chance of winning an exciting prize. They'll also be giving away a variety of freebies on the stand making them a must-see supplier on your visit to Automechanika.

Responding to the increasing trend for high load truck tyres as more and more European countries adopt higher vehicle weights, Goodyear is launching new mold cure retread High Load (HL) trailer tyres.  The new retreads are the TreadMax KMAX T HL and TreadMax SP246 HL, both in size 385/65R22.5.

The TreadMax KMAX T HL is the retread version of the Goodyear KMAX T HL trailer tyre, which is developed to deliver high mileage.  The TreadMax SP246 HL is the retread version of the Dunlop SP246 HL, which is part of the Dunlop On-Road truck tyre range introduced last year.

The TreadMax process features the same tread designs as well as similar materials and manufacturing techniques to those used in the production of the new tyres they replicate. This ensures similar performance and mileage to those of new tyres.

Only customer owned casings (COC) that are latest generation Goodyear or Dunlop High Load carcasses like for example the trailer tyres KMAX T HL, FUELMAX T HL and SP246 HL are acceptable for retreading as TreadMax High Load trailer tyres. Additional retreading order options for the new High Load trailer tyres beside COC will be introduced later this year. All TreadMax mold cure retreads are produced in-house by Goodyear at its plants in Riom France and Wittlich Germany.

NEXEN TIRE has been ranked fourth out of 12 tyre brands in the Passenger Car segment of the 2017 J.D. Power Original Equipment Tire Customer Satisfaction Study. The company also ranked fourth last year, marking two consecutive years on the prestigious list.

“We are proud to have maintained the same ranking as the previous year which confirms consistent consumer satisfaction with NEXEN TIRE products. As NEXEN TIRE continues to make inroads with customers around the world, we will continuously strive to maintain a high standard for quality with better products and technologies,” said a spokesperson.

J.D. Power is a global marketing information services company which is especially well known for its customer satisfaction survey on new-car quality. The 2017 U.S. Original Equipment Tyre Customer Satisfaction Study, fielded between October and December 2016, is based on owner experiences with their tyres after two years of vehicle ownership.

Changes to the driving test which are due to come into force on 4 December could present a significant opportunity for workshops and garages, according the UK’s leading alloy wheel protection system manufacturer.

In the new test, the much-feared “reverse around a corner” manoeuvre has been scrapped, a move which AlloyGator believes could lead to even more damaged wheels.

“It’s not uncommon for even the most experienced of drivers to scrape their wheels along the kerb, especially when reversing around a corner or performing a parking manoeuvre, causing unsightly damage,” comments Curt Rathbone, managing director, AlloyGator. “With these moves being scrapped from the driving test, it’s possible that the standards of basic car control from new drivers may fall as they may be unfamiliar performing such moves. Without this experience, accidental damage to alloy wheels could therefore become even more common when they have passed their test and are driving in real world conditions.”

To help both learner and experienced drivers alike prevent costly and unsightly damage to their alloy wheels, AlloyGator’s super tough nylon protection system sits between the alloy wheel and tyre, reducing the risk of damage to the rim caused by scuffs against kerbs. Available in a range of 15 colours, from discrete black and silver to bolder options including red, yellow and even glow-in-the-dark, they can be fitted on wheels from 12 to 24 inches in size.

To find out more about joining the AlloyGator network, visit www.alloygator.com

Micheldever Tyre Services (MTS) has thrown its weight behind a cross-industry campaign to encourage a government rethink on proposed changes to current MOT legislation. It is also calling on all involved in the tyre industry to make their voices heard via an official petition.

MTS, the UK’s second largest distributor of tyres, is backing the ProMOTe campaign, which has been re-established in response to the government’s plan to extend the time allowed before the first MOT of a car or motorcycle’s life from three years to four.

The wholesaler is also appealing to all involved with the tyre trade who are opposed to the proposals to register their concern via the official petition. The petition was registered by Euro Car Parts, in collaboration with the IAAF, and aims to gather enough signatures to trigger an official government response.

The ProMOTe campaign has been established in response to the Government’s plan to consider reducing the frequency of MOT tests. ProMOTe is a broad-based coalition representing road safety groups, motoring organisations and industry bodies all opposed to what are dangerous, expensive and unwanted plans.

To sign the petition to keep the current first MOT test at three years, visit: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/190843

Thanks to its large manufacturing capacity, Delticom AG is strengthening its expertise in complete wheel sets and extending its circle of potential customers. Target groups such as leasing companies, vehicle manufacturers/importers, aftermarket players, and other bulk buyers benefit from attractive new options, as well as the consistent benefits which Delticom’s B2B online shops such as Yourtyres.co.uk and Fleettyres24.co.uk have been offering in online trade for more than 15 years.

Timo Eisen, Head of Complete Wheel and Rims at Delticom, explains, “Our customers benefit from Delticom AG’s diversity of products and brands, and have 24-hour access to a wide range of complete wheels for practically any type of vehicle you can think of. This can create cost advantages, and also enables our customers to expand their own product portfolios.”

 

Despite Brexit, new EU data protection legislation is being introduced in May 2018 and if garages and workshops are not compliant, they could face fines of up to 4% of their turnover.

The new legislation will affect the way garages and workshops collect and use individuals’ personal data.  Individuals are going to be given more protection under the new EU legislation GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) which will replace the Data Protection Act 1998.

These new GDPR guidelines will strengthen individual’s data protection rights compared with the current legislation covering personal data.  Consent, profiling, transparency and administrative fines will all be up for public consultation ahead of the regulations being finalised and published.

Mark Kelland, Commercial Manager at Dragon2000 comments: “Garages and workshops need to be aware of the changes to data protection and should start putting in place the new measures that will be come into effect next year. One major change is a ban of the use of pre-ticked opt-in boxes for marketing purposes, which means failure to opt out will not constitute consent.  Garages and workshops will need to keep clear records to demonstrate individuals’ consent. 

European transport specialist De Rijke Northern Europe B.V. has appointed Michelin solutions to manage the tyres across a fleet of 160 tractor units and 660 trailers based in The Netherlands, Belgium and UK for the next three years, following a competitive tender which pitched the Michelin brand against several premium competitors.

The EFFITIRES™ contract – Michelin solutions’ name for a bespoke tyre management policy – marks the company’s third successive retention of the contract since De Rijke first outsourced its tyre management in 2007. It also extends De Rijke’s history of fitting Michelin tyres to more than half a century.

Under the new deal, Michelin solutions will manage approximately 4,000 tyres fitted to De Rijke’s Northern Europe fleets, with the contract structured to maximise compliance, safety, uptime and fuel efficiency.

Jeroen De Rijke, Chief Procurement Officer and joint owner, says: “It’s essential to have good tyres as we can’t afford problems on the road. We’ve built our business around delivering on time, and the whole Michelin solutions team supports us in achieving this promise. Service levels are consistently high, and it shows in the results we achieve together.”

A new golf event, to be known as the NTDA 2017 Tyre Industry Golf Day, is being organised by an illustrious group of NTDA Honorary Life Members namely John Tarbox, Martin Rowlands and George Forbes, will take place at Mere Golf and Country Club, near Manchester, on Thursday June 1st 2017.

The 18 hole, 6,882 -yard, par-71 course at The Mere was designed by James Braid, and created out of 150 acres of Cheshire parkland in 1934. Today, the Championship course holds the reputation as one of the best maintained and highest quality golf courses in the North of England.

Often referred to as the ‘Wentworth of the North’, the course is surrounded by mature trees, flowering banks and has stunning views over the Mere Lake. The course offers the charm of the Cheshire countryside, coupled with a range of challenging features to test your precision and driving skills! Water, ravines and thick vegetation have been incorporated into the landscape, demanding care and accuracy whilst navigating the course.

To prepare for the challenges of The Mere's golf course, the resort offers players a complete floating golf ball driving range, two-tier pitching green, putting green and bunker practice area where players can warm up before a round.

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Due to its success during the first Automechanika Birmingham in 2016, original equipment (OE) manufacturer and systems supplier, HELLA, is back again this June with a stand almost twice the size of last year’s.

Head of business development at Hella Gutmann Solutions, Neil Hilton, will present ‘Advanced Driver Assist System (ADAS) Awareness’, which will give an in depth overview of ADAS technology including the impact it has on various vehicle safety systems, the capability of these systems and the requirements following even basic vehicle repairs to reinstate their correct operation. It will also include the responsibility and potential liability of garages that are repairing and servicing vehicles, as well as an explanation of the company’s aftermarket solution to this ever-growing issue.

Helen Goldingay, senior head of marketing and communications, said, “This year, we’re going to build on that success with new additions across all of our product groups, as well as providing an interactive forum for visitors.”

For more information about the OE quality products available from HELLA or for Behr Hella Service, please emailhella.sales@hella.com

WENZEL Industrie, part of the Marangoni Group, has been honoured with an award at Jungheinrich’s annual Supplier Day.

The Lilienthal-based industrial tyre specialist is responsible for the sales of industrial tyres in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Denmark and won the ‘Best Supplier 2016’ award.

The award was received by Wilhelm M. Wendel, General Manager of WENZEL Industrie GmbH. “The superior teamwork of all Marangoni areas was the main reason the supply chain process was optimized, thereby ensuring 100% adherence to delivery dates for Jungheinrich AG, together with the high product quality of the Marangoni industrial tyres,” he said.

Both criteria were cited in support of the award win. Wenzel Industrie is part of Marangoni Industrial Tyres S.r.l, the solid tyres expert, which supplies the industry globally from its factories in Italy and Sri Lanka.

At Automechanika Birmingham, emissions system specialist TPCATS will exhibit the latest additions to its full range of aftermarket Catalytic Converters, DPFs and front pipes.

These include its brand new DPFs for Euro V Ford vehicles – with which TPCATS becomes the first non-OE manufacturer to reach the market.

TPCATS Sales Director, Mike Flower said: “High quality components and manufacture have always been the hallmarks of our range and the increased scrutiny of the Euro V test enables us to demonstrate those capabilities.

“We are proud to be the first aftermarket manufacturer to come through the Euro V DPF testing procedure which together with measuring the effectiveness of the Catalyst also tests the DPF’s filter. The Type Approval test measures the performance of the DPF in normal operating conditions and regeneration scenarios, along with testing back pressures to ensure no impact on engine performance.

“Our customers can choose TPCATS, safe in the knowledge they are installing an emissions compliant part that safeguards the performance of the vehicle.”

Leading wheel servicing equipment specialist, Pro-Align, will launch two brand new systems at this year’s Automechanika show in Birmingham, helping workshops to improve both their customer service levels and operational efficiency.

The new Hunter Road Force Elite (RFE) wheel balancer is the next step in Hunter’s advanced wheel balancing technology, designed to eliminate even the most challenging of wheel vibration issues. Now incorporating Hunter’s ‘vision system’ to provide more information in less time, the Road Force Elite takes a 3D scan of the wheel rim, allowing even more accurate placement of balance weights. Not only does this innovative approach help improve vehicle ride and handling, it uses fewer balance weights saving workshops money, and is all completed in less time than a traditional standard balance.

Pro-Align will also launch its new TCLine tyre changer. Sharing similar technology and benefits of the popular and larger Hunter Auto34 system, this small, yet versatile leverless tyre changer brings a robust build quality at a value that makes it stand out from the crowd.

To view the new Pro-Align systems, visit stand 19D80.

Peter Tillotson, business development manager at tyre pressure monitoring specialist, TyrePal, discusses the importance of tyre safety for emergency service vehicles.

Emergency service vehicles must be maintained in good condition to safely and quickly carry personnel and life-saving equipment to the scene of the accident without delays.

Since 2014, all new passenger vehicles sold in the EU must have tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) fitted as standard. However, there are no specific laws or regulations for tyre pressure monitoring systems in emergency service vehicles, including fire engines and ambulances, despite the importance of safe operation and driving.

A lack of legislation means that it is the responsibility of each emergency service to ensure its vehicles’ tyres are properly maintained. One way of doing this is by using TPMS to constantly monitor tyre pressure to recognise tyre problems early. The system's in-cab monitor can alert the driver of any potential problems, such as underinflation or overheating before an incident occurs.  

If a problem is not identified early enough it can result in a blowout. This is when all the air is released immediately due to a catastrophic collapse of the tyres integrity, potentially causing the car to swerve into another lane of traffic.

The Ron Haslam Race School has launched the season with a new tyre partner; Dunlop Tyres. Dunlop’s RoadSmart III tyres will now be fitted to the fleet of Honda’s used by the race school to provide an ultimate level of grip and performance at their track days running at the famous Donington Park circuit in Leicestershire.

Positioned as a sports touring tyre the RoadSmart III will provide a wide range of performance criteria to the riders using the school’s fleet. The tyre has been designed for demanding riders with the objective of being best in class for handling and grip whilst also achieving the highest levels of durability in the sector, which are all important criteria for a fleet of bikes at a professional race school such as Ron Haslam.

Ann Haslam of Ron Haslam Race School said: “We held our first track session with the Dunlop’s fitted on 5th April and the performance was second to none. As the brand of choice for road racing winners such as John McGuinness and Michael Dunlop, we are thrilled to be fitting the tyres to our fleet. We know that Dunlop tyres perform on track whilst also providing the longevity needed for a race school like ours. We look forward to working closely with Dunlop in the coming months to provide some excellent track experiences for our growing customer base."

THE TIRE COLOGNE trade fair will open its doors in Cologne for the first time on May 29, 2018. In order to quickly and efficiently keep exhibitors and visitors up to date on innovations, voices from the industry and current developments in advance, the event will also communicate through its own blog and a Twitter channel which is effective immediately.

Readers will in future find information, reports and interviews revolving around the entire thematic spectrum of THE TIRE COLOGNE - from tyres and wheels through equipment for automotive and tyre shops to the segments of tyre remoulding and old tyre recycling and disposal.

You can find the blog of THE TIRE COLOGNE at the website www.thetire-cologne.com or directly under http://news.thetire-cologne.de/en

Follow THE TIRE COLOGNE at Twitter under https://twitter.com/thetirecologne

TyreSafe’s tyre safety awareness message to check tyres before travelling this Easter is being featured in a national advertising campaign from Highways England and THINK!

TyreSafe has campaigned for ten years to raise the awareness of the importance of correct tyre maintenance and the dangers of defective and illegal tyres, working closely with key road safety stakeholders including Highways England. The national advertising over Easter will help reinforce TyreSafe’s ongoing road safety initiatives and spread the message to check tyres before a long journey to an even broader audience.

Half of all breakdowns attended by Highways England are caused by simple mechanical problems which could be avoided with simple checks. Nearly a quarter are caused by tyre problems. However, breakdowns are not the only concern - tyres account for 40% of fatal or serious injuries caused by vehicle defect-related incidents.

 

Goodyear has announced that its Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 SUV, Ultra-High Performance tyre, has been chosen as original equipment on the new Alfa Romeo Stelvio, the first SUV from the iconic Italian manufacturer. 

Matching Alfa Romeo’s tradition of ground-breaking design and state of the art technology, the Stelvio will be fitted with the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 SUV in sizes 235/65R17 104W, 235/60R18 103W and 235/55R19 101Y.

All the tyres will be marked ‘AR’ to indicate they are approved by Alfa Romeo as original equipment on their vehicles.

 "The fact that Alfa Romeo has chosen Goodyear as original equipment for its first SUV confirms our expertise in designing tailor-made tyres for car manufacturers’ new flagship vehicles," said Nick Harley, Goodyear’s Managing Director OE Consumer EMEA. "To meet the requirements for this eagerly awaited car, we had to deliver a tyre that enables the Stelvio driver to appreciate the benefits of a SUV, as well as to fully enjoy the Alfa Romeo spirit.”

 

Currently being rolled out across the global markets in which Banner Batteries operates, the labels incorporate a new design element in the shape of a differentiation in space. Whilst continuing to rely heavily on Banner’s ongoing adoption of the colour red and its now familiar brand ambassador, the buffalo, the labelling now centres on the inclusion of the colours black, silver and gold.

Commenting on this latest development, Banner’s Country Manager, Lee Quinney said: “The new look labelling will help further increase the visibility of Banner’s complete range of batteries, accessories and chargers across all of the market sectors where the company has an established operating presence. In addition to serving to further strengthen brand awareness, the process of product identification is simplified, as is information relevant to the product’s qualities in terms of durability and cycle life.”

 

The UK’s leading provider of automotive technical information will be exhibiting at the Automechanika Birmingham from 6-8th June 2017. Autodata will also be sharing insights of how the aftermarket can keep up with a data-driven automotive industry by becoming smarter and more connected.

Autodata’s seminar - ‘Connecting the Aftermarket’, will do just that. The aftermarket needs to face the challenges of connected and autonomous vehicles, as well as alternatively fueled vehicles by embracing a digital ecosystem. From digital tools to connected workshops, Autodata’s seminar will demonstrate how the aftermarket can ensure that it is prepared to take advantage of new opportunities with technology and content.

Visit Autodata in Hall 18-Stand D39 during Automechanika Birmingham or visit www.autodata-group.com for the latest news and to find out more.

Following on from its new tyre category, Heuver Tyrewholesale has now introduced a new brand to the European market - Indian tyre brand MRL. It is no coincidence that the brand's tyres fit perfectly within Heuver's new MPT agro industry category. This is Heuver's way of saying that it is a total supplier and is capable of catering to all needs and categories. MRL's tyres, which are available in a range of profiles and dimensions, will allow customers to choose from an even broader range within the new category.

Always ‘best-buy’

“One of our objectives is to always find the ‘best-tyre and best-buy’ for our customers. Also if we introduce a new brand”, says Bertus Heuver, director at Heuver Tyrewholesale. “This is a challenge we always rise to. Our leading position as tyre specialist, as well as intensive customer contact, allows us to feel what is going on in the market. When we announced the new category, which is our fourth, we wanted to reinforce it with a top quality new brand. And that's why we have opted for MRL. Our decision was based on a comprehensive process, featuring a variety of tests. MRL has been active for 60 years, which means it is experienced and able to offer good products at a competitive price. It is thus a great alternative, in keeping with other brands in our new category.”

The Board of Directors of the European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association met today for the first of its two annual meetings.

Amongst the several topics discussed in order to set the medium to long term priorities for the activities of the Association, particular attention was paid to the EU environmental agenda related to tyres and rubber products. This covers several aspects of the industry’s operation: from product inception to production, from the use phase to end of life.

In this context, the decarbonisation of transport remains high on the agenda of ETRMA. The European tyre industry has taken a proactive approach and is engaged in reducing CO2 emissions through new and advanced tyre technologies whilst promoting road safety and other regulatory measures, such as the tyre label. The Board confirms its support to the efforts of the European Commission to reduce Heavy Duty Vehicle CO2 emissions. The Board also confirms the continued efforts of the European tyre industry to improve the tyre rolling resistance coefficient by 1% on average per annum, which would result, by 2030, in a further reduction of 8.7 million tons of CO2, corresponding to removing emission equivalent of 81,000 40 ton-trucks every year from the European roads.

“The Board meeting of today confirms the commitment of the tyre and rubber industry to sustainability, not just through its focus on environmental issues – some of which are mentioned above, but also looking at other important aspects such as the future of road transport, REACH refit, toxic-free secondary raw materials and drinking water legislation, just to mention a few,” concluded Mrs Cinaralp, Secretary General of ETRMA.

The Honourable Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orban formally inaugurated Apollo Tyres’ 6th global tyre manufacturing unit and the second one in Europe last week. Present, on the occasion were Peter Szijjarto, Hungarian Foreign Affairs & Trade Minister, HE Rahul Chhabra, Ambassador of India to Hungary, Onkar S Kanwar, Chairman, Neeraj Kanwar, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Apollo Tyres. The company’s Board of Directors and its senior management team was also present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion Onkar S Kanwar, Chairman, Apollo Tyres said, “With this inauguration today, of our Hungary greenfield facility, we have crossed another milestone in our global growth journey. This facility will help us further increase our presence and market share in Europe. From being a replacement market focussed company in Europe, we would soon be starting supplies of our tyres to all the leading OEs in Europe.”

Located less than 100 km from the capital Budapest, this is Apollo Tyres’ first greenfield facility outside India. This is a reflection of company’s growth aspirations and manufacturing capabilities, showcasing some of the best practices available across the globe in tyre manufacturing. A highly automated plant with use of IT-driven systems and robotics, it employs young and skilled associates on the shop floor, mostly hired locally.

l-r Neeraj Kanwar, Viktor Orban, Onkar S Kanwar p[ressing the 'go' button to start manufacturing the tyres

It is now three years since the UK tyre market hosted its own show but the long wait is now over as Tyrexpo UK 2017 (including GarageXpo UK 2017) will be opening its doors for the very first time on the 4th October for what promises to be a unique and high professional two day event.

Tyrexpo UK 2017 which will be staged at the NEC in Birmingham – Hall 7 with around 3,500 sq metres of floor-space will be hosted by SingEx Exhibitions of Singapore and becomes the very latest show to form part of its’ event formulas of tyre and automotive related exhibitions. SingEx currently stages ongoing bi-annual tyre shows in Singapore and Johannesburg, South Africa along with yearly events in India (Delhi and Chennai) and the company is now turning its specialist attention on the UK market.

Northampton Saints recently teamed up with their elite sponsor, Hankook Tyre UK for the 2017 Hankook Power Lap Challenge. In an event exclusive to social media competition winners, 80 members of the public gained elite access to the Franklin’s Gardens Sturtridge Suite to meet their favourite players. As guests collected autographs and photos, the players competed head-to-head for the fastest lap on Forza 6.

Cheered on by the crowd and ‘Bernie’, the Saints mascot, the fierce competition culminated in a ‘battle of brothers’ final, with Saints prop Alex Waller eventually taking the crown. Four lucky golden ticket holders were also called up to compete; with 14 year old George Funnell claiming victory and taking home the team’s signed Xbox One.

The Saints’ global fans, from as far as Washington DC, cheered on as the races were streamed live on Facebook. The evening was also filmed by the players, footage of which can be seen on Hankook Tyre UK Facebook page as well as on their website www.hankooktire.com/uk.

With just days to go for the season opener at the FIA World Touring Car Championship, and following the arduous preparation from drivers, teams and mechanics over the past months, this year’s Championship, which has YOKOHAMA, the Japanese premium tyre manufacturer once again as exclusive tyre supplier, is probably one of the most open and exciting in the past years.

With some returns to classic historical Motorsport locations, namely Monza and Macao, and following the departure of the dominant Jose Maria Lopez to another series, and the retirement as a driver of the WTCC - the four times World Champion Yvan Muller, the field is wide open for new blood to take the reins, without ignoring the real chances of the “veterans” in the fray – namely Huff, Monteiro, Michelisz, Coronel and Chilton among others.

Commenting on the new season a spokesman for YOKOHAMA Europe expressed excitement with the new Championship and calendar returns to Monza and Macau and wished all drivers and teams the very best of luck. “We are ready, our Motorsport support team is ready and YOKOHAMA as a global premium tyre manufacturer is looking forward to an intense World Championship.”

For careers as gripping as their tyres, National Tyres & Autocare are recruiting in the Northwest and beyond.

Due to their expansion they have various job vacancies for people at a range of levels in locations right across the UK.

Go to the Job Vacancies page for more information.

Davanti Tyres have started 2017 as they left off last year; by continuing to announce themselves to the global tyre market at the world’s leading trade events. First stop on this year’s world tour was Davanti’s debut at Tyrexpo Asia 2017 in Singapore.

The primary objective of attending South East Asia’s most established tyre show was to introduce Davanti’s extensive range of tyres, including the recently launched run-flat variations of their DX390 and DX640 PCR tyres, to potential distributors from around the world. Davanti, already well established in the UK and growing across Europe, have recently secured significant trading agreements further afield.

Tyexpo Singapore 2017 was the perfect venue to meet with their existing distribution partners and speak to potential new customers about the benefits of the Davanti brand.  Peter Cross, Davanti’s Commercial Manager says, “We found the show to be very professional, which enabled Davanti to meet a number of potential customers, not just from Singapore but also from other parts of South East Asia and Australasia. We are extremely confident of being able to develop our growing product range within the Asian, Australian and New Zealand tyre markets in due course."

Always at the front of British club motorsport, Toyo Tires has proudly announced that it is to supply its much vaunted Proxes R888R tyre as the control rubber for the all-new Z Cars Racing Series in 2017. The deal sees the busy grid of BMW Z3 and Z4 cars identically shod in what promises to be one of the most level playing fields in amateur racing.

GFR is a well-respected race preparation outfit with championship winning BMW experience, along with success in historic touring cars and GTs. Having already signed off on both a Z3 and Z4 race package – and built cars to suit, confidence is high that this series will deliver real excitement and safe, close racing. Working closely with great names like Custom Cages – who have designed a bespoke MSA approved cage for both platforms, the team has already seen a significant number of cars in build for the inaugural season, promising some epic battles ahead.

Commenting on the deal, Technical and Motorsport Director for Toyo UK, Alan Meaker, said: “It’s great to see a series that puts so much emphasis on technical parity and sensible costs, balanced with such dynamic cars and close racing. It’s the perfect playground for the Proxes R888R – and based on some of the test data we’ve seen so far, it’s going to be a very exciting grid!”

International Tyre Producer Enjoy Tyre was once again exhibiting at the recent Tyrexpo Asia 2017 Show in Singapore as part of the company's ongoing campaign to showcase their products and services around the world.

As usual the primary objective, as with any show, was to promote and showcase Enjoy's two highly successful private brands – Rotalla and Routeway which cover most market sectors including  PCR, High Performance, 4x4/SUV, Van, Light Commercial and Truck tyres.

A selected display of tyres on display met with a lot of enthusiastic interest from visitors to the stand and Mr Zhao Ye, Sales Director at Enjoy Tyre says, “At this show we were placing a lot of emphasis on some new sizes and patterns for both brands including a new large SUV pattern – the Rotalla AT01 which has been specially manufactured for larger performance vehicles following a specific request from customers and the tyre is making its debut at the event.”

Hankook Tire will again show a strong presence at the Autopromotec in Bologna from 24th to 28th May 2017. The premium tyre maker will present the highlights of its comprehensive line-up for passenger cars, SUVs, light, medium and heavy trucks and buses to the visitors in Hall 20, booth number A 74. Once again the company proves its innovative power - showcasing various state-of-the art tyre solutions, including new all-season trailer tyre SmartFlex TH31, two winter tyres, Hankook Winter i*cept evo² and Hankook Winter i*cept RS², All-season Hankook Kinergy 4S and tyre brand Laufenn launched on the European market in 2015.

Winter tyres on the Hankook booth include the Hankook Winter i*cept evo² which is tailored for enhanced snow performance and superior traction and braking in both wet and dry conditions and Hankook Winter i*cept RS² which is made for compact and mid-sized cars with reliable and stable handling characteristics on wet, snowy, slushy and also dry roads. Its latest all-season tyre Hankook Kinergy 4S, the all-weather specialist for year round safe driving is made to provide a well-balanced performance and high safety throughout the four changing seasons. On the Hankook booth there will also be an extra zone dedicated to the Laufenn tyre range, launched on the European market in 2015.

 

Bandvulc will once again be exhibiting at this year’s Commercial Vehicle Show on the 25-27 April at the NEC Birmingham.  As the Group continues to grow and develop cost-effective tyre solutions for clients, last year’s show clearly indicated the need to book a larger stand; this year’s will be its biggest yet!  Alongside a number of Bandvulc’s specialised range of products for individual operating sectors will be a display of Uniroyal product.  Uniroyal is now solely distributed by Bandvulc across the UK using its own fleet of trucks. 

Investment in people and processes has enabled the organic growth of BVPlus+, the tyre management sector of the Group’s activities.  Working with clients and partners Bandvulc offers a unique and flexible approach to tyre management which meets and exceeds many operational requirements.  Operating in-house 24/7 BVPlus+’s exciting new developments and investments will take tyre services and delivery into the 21st century as it looks to engage more with all involved in the supply channel. To this end the stand will include a new design and innovation section highlighting key development projects - all will be revealed at the show.  

Bandvulc can be found in Hall 5, Stand 5F70 and looks forward to welcoming you to their stand.

Did you take part in Tyre Safety Month in 2016? Have you made a contribution towards tyre safety awareness in your area?

Single or multiple entries are invited for all categories of the TyreSafe awards from both members and non-members.

Whether you are an emergency service, garage, franchise, manufacturer or other road safety stakeholder, enter now either online or via the downloadable entry pack.

The awards are free to enter and winners will be presented with their awards at an evening ceremony on 6 July at The Belfry, Wishaw, West Midlands following the TyreSafe briefing.

Categories are:

  • Independent garage award
  • Franchise dealership award
  • Tyre manufacturer award
  • Tyre retailer award
  • Vehicle manufacturer award
  • Best use of technology to support a tyre safety campaign
  • Safety in the community award
  • Emergency services award
  • On-line and social media award

Enter online or download the entry pack now. Deadline extended to Friday 7 April

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Vehicle tyre monitoring will take a technological leap with TyreWatch PTM (Predictive Tyre Management) – next generation tyre management. Initially focusing on commercial vehicles, RL Automotive will outline at the CV Show in the NEC Birmingham on 25th to 27th April 2017 how TyreWatch PTM works.

Part-funded by InnovateUK during 2016-2018 as part of the UK’s CAV (Connected & Automated Vehicles) programme, Tyrewatch PTM will be using AI (Artificial Intelligence), specialist software and enhanced satellite connectivity to provide a predictive solution to tyre management and maintenance.

TyreWatch PTM has all the same benefits to fleet operators as a fully independent TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System), which include improved fuel consumption, tyre life and operator safety. What sets TyreWatch PTM apart is its use of Mobile IoT (Internet of Things) to predict problems before they occur and communicate them in real time, so that the workshop can manage by exception. This makes scheduling of maintenance more efficient. Maintenance reports inform the workshop of the issues before the vehicle arrives. Technicians can concentrate on the problem without having to spend valuable time investigating – only the tyres that need corrective actions are touched.

“Developments in Internet and wireless technology, coupled with AI, gives us an unparalleled opportunity to predict potential tyre problems and take pre-emptive action, leading to a safer and more efficient working environment,” Mark Longden – Director R L Automotive.

Over the last ten years, independent garage workshops have carried out the largest volume of MOT testing, servicing, maintenance and repairs. The latest stats from Trend Tracker, show that the greatest volume of transactions were recorded by independent garage workshops (66%), compared to 24% for franchised dealer workshops in 2015.

Independent garage workshops have a distinct advantage, as they are more ‘local’, with four times more non-franchised workshops, than franchised workshops. However, research from The Castrol Professional Car Servicing and Repair Trend Tracker shows that with the record number of new car registrations over the last five years, the average age of UK vehicles has been driven down and the pool of repair work is shrinking.

According to MyCarNeedsA.com, the UK’s leading price comparison site where service providers quote for MOT, servicing and repair work, the competition is going to get tougher and garages need to create stand out from competitors. 

Scott Hamilton, Managing Director of MyCarNeedsA.com comments: “The good news is that independent garage workshops get the lion’s share of MOT work. Research has shown that there is a higher percentage of customers returning to independent garages repeatedly, compared to franchised workshops, which indicates that motorists get a better experience in the independent aftermarket."

Michelin is launching a series of highly interactive JAUPT accredited Driver CPC training courses designed to significantly improve HGV and PSV drivers’ tyre knowledge and the quality of vehicle walkaround checks.

Held at the Michelin Training Centre in Stoke-on-Trent or onsite at customers’ premises, the four half-day workshops were created in collaboration with driver training specialist Junction 17 Defensive Driver Training Ltd, and offer tuition in four key areas: tyre identification, wear and damage patterns, wheel security and tyre maintenance.

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Goodyear has signed a three-year deal to become title sponsor and tyre supplier to the British Truck Racing Championship (BTRC).

The partnership has evolved following Goodyear’s positive involvement with the European truck racing championship (ETRC).

The leading tyre manufacturer will not only benefit by becoming tyre supplier but there will also be a wide range of marketing benefits to the partnership package.

BTRC is the only event of its kind in the UK, the championship is a thrilling showdown where trucks race around some of the UK’s best known circuits reaching exhilarating speeds of up to 100mph. Watched by a dedicated following in almost 50 countries, the championship offers Goodyear plenty of opportunities to be exposed to a new audience and build its brand presence.

Marc Preedy, Commercial Director Goodyear UK&I, explained the benefits of the title sponsorship for BTRC. “Driving our brand equity and spontaneous awareness with consumers is vitally important. As well as giving us valuable data on our new technological innovations we will also be exposed to a new audience which will help us to build and grow our customer base.”

To experience BTRC for yourself, tickets can be purchased through the BTRC website http://www.btrc.co/. Fans can watch the races through Motors TV channel, available on Sky 447 and Virgin 545, and online at www.motorsportwebtv.co.uk

ATS Euromaster has reinforced its unmatched safety credentials in the fast-fit sector with the successful renewal of its SafeContractor accreditation for the eighth year running.

The accreditation, first awarded to ATS Euromaster in 2009, means the tyre and vehicle maintenance specialist can instantly comply with the health and safety requirements of many clients, greatly simplifying the procurement process for potential customers.

As ATS Euromaster operates a fleet of more than 820 mobile service vans, SafeContractor provides complete peace of mind to customers that a technician attending their site is fully compliant with the highest levels of health and safety.

A new campaign from Goodyear makes retreading even more attractive for commercial vehicle operators. The new guarantee of 100% acceptance of casings, with no visual defects, within Goodyear’s Customer Own Casing (COC) scheme will help fleet operators to reduce their Total Cost of Ownership while providing peace of mind at the same time.

Goodyear’s Multiple Life Concept, which combines both regrooving and retreading; reduces tyre costs by up to 10% while it increases mileage by up to 25% compared to using two sets of new tyres.  Not only that but there are also significant environmental benefits through using fewer materials in the process, and reducing both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions thanks to the extended performance of the retreaded tyre. The great benefit of using the COC scheme is that a vehicle operator mostly knows the full history of the tyres being retreaded.

“Accepting more casings from our customers for retreading means one less worry for the vehicle operator.  The Goodyear Multiple Life Concept maximizes tyre performance, lowers running costs and improves the CO2 footprint.  By incorporating both our Customer Own Casing scheme and eCasing retread management systems, customers can easily reap the many benefits retreading offers,” said Grégory Boucharlat, Director Retread Operations Europe, Middle East and Africa at Goodyear Dunlop.

 

Tyre manufacturer Michelin has been ranked 4th in the UK RepTrak® 150 2017 - the UK’s largest corporate reputation study.

Administered annually by corporate reputation research and advisory specialist the Reputation Institute, the study ranks the top 150 most reputable companies in the opinion of the UK general public.

The UK study considers many aspects of a business, including its products and services, ethics, authenticity, transparency and citizenship. The latest results have been based on more than 35,000 ratings collected from the UK general public in the first quarter of 2017.

John Young, managing director of Michelin Tyre, said: “As a group, Michelin is based around core values of respect, and we try to ensure that everything we do in the UK is informed by those values.

“This research showed that consumers are 72 per cent more likely to buy products from companies with the best reputations, so being ranked as excellent and in 4th place in the UK is a fantastic result for Michelin.

“As we proceed with investment in our manufacturing and logistics capabilities in the UK, we will work hard to maintain the reputation we have as a trusted company providing trusted products and services.”

The First Stop fast fit network is continuing to evolve and expand, courtesy of an innovative approach to new member recruitment.

After increasing to a total of 72 centres by the end of 2016, the network has attracted another new outlet in the form of Hickleys in Taunton, who will now be boasting a tyre offering for motorists to benefit from for the first time.

First Stop’s retail business consultant Ollie Turpie is actively targeting businesses not currently boasting a tyre retail arm, with Hickleys one of the first outlets of this type to come on board.

Hickleys, based in Castle Street, offers a broad range of automotive solutions, from diagnostic equipment right through to heating and air conditioning installations.

Hickleys’ service manager Keith Smalldon said: “From the moment I joined the company last year, the plan was to bring a provision of tyres to the business, to supplement our existing services.

“Becoming a First Stop partner gives us that level of credibility and reliability that we were looking for as an independent garage.”

For more information about First Stop and its network of centres, visit www.firststop.co.uk

 

The Tyre European Network (TEN), comprising independent and professional tyre dealer networks covering 14 countries, recently attended a presentation by CAM International on the integration options of e-jobsheet with the TiDaeX™ platform, enabling commercial tyre service work sharing across borders and languages.

Hosted by Tyrenet in Liverpool, the meeting was attended by TEN service partners including Profil from the Netherlands, Top Service Team from Germany, Top Reifen Team from Austria, Dekk Partner from Norway, and Profile Euro Service from Belgium.

The participants were impressed with the open-architecture, digital tablet based work exchange for truck, bus and van within the context that they can send and receive work amongst themselves as well as with other fleet contract holders and all manner of tyre service dealers that subscribe to e-jobsheet. 

Presenting the e-jobsheet app and TiDaeXTM web client in German, Kate Neill, said, “e-jobsheet is universal.  The platform supports commissioning, receiving and completing work between third parties such as between TEN members and any number of different tyre service providers.  The one system can and will span multiple countries and languages, delivering job data with accuracy and in seconds to connected parties. Work reconciliation becomes a much more real-time experience.”    

Tyre dealerships can roll out a personalised, business-boosting website in just two hours with the help of Michelin Click2Sell – a flexible ‘website in a box’ that helps dealers build their online presence and attract new customers with ease.

Click2Sell is believed to be the only tyre manufacturer-backed website-building package to allow dealerships in the UK and Ireland the freedom to promote their chosen tyre range online – whether that’s primarily Michelin tyres or a premium competitor – and is available to any tyre dealership.

Once a dealership’s initial Click2Sell website is online, the dealer can add additional applications, including pay-in-store stock reservation, and upsell services such as air conditioning recharging and wheel alignment through an online appointment booking system.

Michelin’s Click2Sell service is built around a flexible website template that can be customised to match the dealership’s branding. Dealerships can also take advantage of features including an interactive map to illustrate points of sale, an area to run promotions, and a dedicated customer feedback system.

To sign up for a Michelin Click2Sell website, dealers should contact their local Michelin Account Manager.

Automechanika Birmingham, 6-8 June 2017, is set to deliver a bigger and better offering for workshops owners and technicians at the UK’s leading exhibition for the automotive aftermarket and supply chain. New for 2017, the organisers, in partnership with Garage Wire, have launched a Garage of the Year competition with a cash prize of £1000.

The organisers are now calling for entries, with a simple application process. Workshops can either submit 150 words or send a one minute video clip explaining why they should be Garage of the Year. Entries should include information about improvements to their garage service such as: new equipment, special customer promotions, and examples of excellent customer service. Garages could also mention ways they have increased profit, staff training or incentives and improvements to the building or facilities.

Tyrexpo Asia and GarageXpo Asia 2017 brought together 4,578 visitors and 248 exhibitors from 25 countries within the automotive community. This year, we introduced new event features such as TyreTalk/GarageTalk Seminars, Tyrexpo/GarageXpo Technical Workshop, Commercial Vehicle Showcase, Telematics Zone, Qingdao Pavilion as well as the ITE Automotive Skills Competition, which were well-received over the 3 days of the show. The event ended on a high note with visitors rendering glowing feedback.

Celebrating its successful English football club sponsorships, Avon Tyres has created and held its first Avon Tyres Mascot Challenge, pitting Derby County’s Rammie, Swindon Town’s Rockin Robin and Bristol Rovers’ Captain Gas against each other in a series of fun physical tests featuring Avon tyres.

The mascots dribbled footballs around stacks of tyres, carried footballs through a tyre slalom, rolled tyres to the goal line, and then attempted to get into the driving seat of an Avon liveried Audi R8 with each mascot squeezing themselves in and closing the door within a set time.

Derby County’s Rammie, the first full-time mascot in British football, clinched victory following intense competition in the final round of the four-round challenge. Former professional footballer turned Sky Sports pundit, Chris Kamara, commentates on all the Avon Tyres Mascot Challenge action in this new video released today:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1DVM3lZ_p0&feature=youtu.be.

Sarah McRoberts, European Marketing Communications Manager for Avon Tyres, commented, “This has been a really fun way to promote our Avon Tyres partnerships in English football for the 2016/2017 season. Our aim is to raise awareness of the Avon Tyres brand among UK consumers, and partnering with competitive English football clubs helps us to reach a wide audience.”

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