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Putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to delivering on its aggressive growth plans, global tyre manufacturer, Maxxis, has announced the appointment of seasoned, award winning tyre industry marketeer, Nikki McCluney.

As HiQ Goodyear Dunlop alumni – and with over twenty years’ senior level marketing experience spanning retail, fast fit, fuel and light commercial vehicle, McCluney is tasked with raising awareness of the quality, performance and value offering of Maxxis products across passenger car, bicycle, motorcycle and specialist tyre markets. McCluney is also tasked with cultivating the existing UK dealer network and promoting the impressive profit margin opportunities available, and lifetime warranty offered on a majority of car tyres. McCluney will also take responsibility for developing relations with existing and prospective overseas distribution partners, in order to grow market share across Europe.

 

 

The American not-for-profit consumer watchdog organisation Consumer Reports has awarded 2nd place in its SUV tyre category to the Kumho Crugen Premium KL33. The commendation followed 12 months of testing by tyre experts acting on behalf of the organisation and is a clear recommendation to consumers to purchase the product. The tyre scored especially well on general handling, driving comfort, lack of rolling noise and excellence of traction.

Such qualities have already made the pattern a popular aftermarket choice among SUV drivers around the world, and also with manufacturers for OE fitment – Chrysler Jeep equips versions of its much vaunted Renegade model with 225/55/R18 98H and 215/60 R17 100V sizes, while Hyundai fits 235/60 R18 103H and 235/55 R19 101H examples to its Grand Santa Fe offering.

Kumho’s Road Venture MT51 is its latest mud-terrain offering for 4x4 vehicles. It has very deliberately been designed to fit below the company’s extreme off-road pattern, the well-established Road Venture MT KL71, and therefore combines great off-road capability with a very impressive level of on-road performance; not least first class braking on both gravel and tarmac.

The newcomer is currently available in 12 popular sizes to suit 4x4s equipped with wheel rims of 15, 16 and 17 inches in diameter. The aggressive sidewall motif is designed to complement the professional environment of heavy equipment in which the MT51 is quite likely to find itself, and carries both M + S and snowflake markings.

Further information on Road Venture MT51 and Kumho’s other advanced products for road, off-road and competition use can be found at www.kumhotyre.co.uk.

Steel waste container specialist Fairport Containers has binned its budget tyre policy and switched to Michelin, after a set of premium Michelin fitments achieved almost three times the mileage of a budget competitor in a tyre trial.

The Michelin 315/70 R 22.5 X MultiWay 3D XDE drive tyres clocked up 382,708 km – travelling more than 250,000 km further than the budget tyres’ approximate runout figure of 132,000 km at Fairport Containers’ 3 mm replacement policy – which Service Manager Lee Cunliffe describes as “miserable mileage, compared to Michelin”.

 

 

Former BBC Radio 1 DJ and Top of The Pops presenter Mark Goodier has revealed that AlloyGators have been ‘his saviour’ after confessing to kerbing his pristine alloy wheels just hours after picking up his brand-new car.

Mark, best known as host of the BBC Radio 1 Chart Show for more than a decade, admitted that like many motorists, he’s damaged a ‘fair few’ wheels during his driving career.

And according to recent research carried out by AlloyGator and Micheldever Tyre and Auto Services it would appear that Mark is not alone when having an alloy accident. The research found that four out of every five cars on the UK’s roads may be being driven around with scuffs, scrapes and other unsightly damage to their alloy wheels.

Curt Rathbone, managing director at AlloyGator comments “Mark’s certainly not alone when it comes to accidentally scraping your alloy wheels along a misjudged kerb. In fact, it’s something most of us will have done at one time or another and frustratingly it can cause some fairly unsightly and costly damage. However, fitting AlloyGators can protect alloy wheels as well as cover up existing wheel rim damage, meaning that expensive repair bills can be avoided.”

Following a competition recently held by Tyresure at the Automechanika exhibition for the chance to receive a free TPMS training session, the winner has now been confirmed as M-Sport Wheels Ltd. The business will receive comprehensive training from Tyresure’s TPMS experts, providing them with in-depth knowledge and IMI certification, once a suitable date has been arranged.

Held at Tyresure’s training facility at their head office in Whetstone, Leicestershire, the first workshops have received positive feedback from participants. James Dolden from Alloywheels.com, who attended the very first training session, said he thought the course was “very thorough and informative, covering all the different aspects of TPMS - from best fitting practices to vehicles relearns, with a good mix of practical and theoretical learning.”

Mr Dolden added: “The facilities and course instructors were excellent. We most certainly gathered plenty of useful information which we can put into practice straight away in our business. I would certainly recommend this course for anybody wanting to learn more about TPMS.”

Further details about the TPMS course are now available on Tyresure’s website. To make an enquiry or book a training date, please contact: training@tyresure.com

For the second year running, Tyre Bay Direct took their place alongside over 800 industry suppliers at the UK's Automechanika exhibition, which took place in June at the NEC in Birmingham. The firm, one of Europe’s leading garage equipment and tyre consumable suppliers, took the opportunity to showcase Cormach, an Italian range of machinery for whom Tyre Bay Direct have become the UK distributor.

Star of the show for them was undoubtedly the Cormach LIGRO GT Tyre Changer. Fully operational on the stand this 26” Fully Automatic Tyre Changer features Cormach's lever-less design making easy work of even the most stubborn wheel and tyre combinations.

Leigh Stote, Managing Director of Tyre Bay Direct said “We are always interested in offering our customers value for money and this is why we have partnered with Cormach. Cormach machinery offer technology and features that, for machines in the same price bracket are a costly add on or simply can’t be added. This makes them the only choice for serious tyre fitters.”

Rebecca Jenkins, Marketing Manager said “It was a fun show to be involved with and the leads we came away with prove what quality of visitors attend. It was decided by day 2 of the show we would be back next year and have already secured our stand.”

New research from MyCarNeedsA.com, the UK’s leading price comparison site where service providers quote for servicing, MOT and repair work, reveals the average job costs for online bookings, over the last 12 months.

The research shows that over the last 6 months, the average value of servicing and repair work was sitting at £161.61, while average clutch jobs were £431.10, average brakes jobs were £132.11, average timing belt jobs were £287.91 and average service jobs were £123.51.  Furthermore, 84.9% of the jobs booked were Grade A.

 

Sayers Road Tankers has renewed its contract with Bandvulc Tyres and fleet management division, BVPlus+, to December 2018. This is inclusive of specifying Continental product as new tyre policy and utilises Bandvulc’s bespoke Tankmaster tyre for front and centre axles with Uniroyal on rear axles.  Three tyre makes from one company, just one of the benefits and synergies afforded by the merger of Bandvulc and Continental last July. The Bandvulc offer also includes the latest release of Bandvulc’s recharge system to assist Sayers with the management of tyre damage recharges.

Marc Kinnear, Sales and Key Account Manager, comments; “We are delighted that the successful management of the Sayers account has enabled them to confidently extend their tyre agreement with Bandvulc and I look forward to further enhancing the services we provide them with”.

For Sayers Jonathan Allinson and Richard Bennett, both Hire Fleet & Tanker Maintenance Managers, stated; “Sayers’ wide range of tanker availability allows us to service the transport industry and also operate a substantial tanker hire fleet, servicing many industries including food, milk, general chemical and waste. Our reputation is key for service and reliability; Bandvulc’s fleet management expertise enables us to operate proficiently and with cost-saving benefits for ourselves and our clients”.

The Parts Alliance is to partner with the AA and supply key products to Britain’s largest breakdown and recovery organisation. The products will cover batteries, vehicle parts and consumables in a supply contract for five years.

The Parts Alliance, the UK and Ireland’s largest group of automotive parts distributors, will support the AA national patrol force as they attend more daily breakdowns than any other recovery organisation in the UK.

Sarah Millward, Commercial Director Road Operations at the AA said: “Both sides have been working diligently to ensure the varied and special requirements of Britain’s largest breakdown organisation can be met.

“The Parts Alliance has shown it has the footprint and market leading systems to support our needs, while also providing access to a wide ranging supply of quality parts, which is critical in enabling us to maintain our service to our members.”

Premium tyre designer and manufacturer Apollo Vredestein announced the appointment of John Cowderoy as a new Regional Sales Manager. As part of a reorganisation of the UK sales team, John will cover a newly-created region in the South of England. 

This is the ideal background for joining Apollo Vredestein: “I see my role here as promoting commercial success through building client relationships that result in revenue growth for both parties,” says John. 

John will report to Apollo Vredestein Country Manager Karl Naylor, who commented: “Apollo Vredestein’s strategy of growth in the European market is based on having industry-leading products and a team of excellent people - the company has been hugely successful in developing strong, long-term relationships with our customers and John’s appointment is a significant investment in continuing and further developing this approach. John’s experience clearly demonstrates his capabilities in collaborating with customers on their sell-out and marketing strategies, and this appointment is further evidence of how significant the UK market is for Apollo Vredestein.” 

 

BFGoodrich is helping military veterans deal with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) by donating tyres and funding to a charity embarking on three challenging vehicle expeditions.

Set up and led by expedition specialists Max Adventure, the ‘Driven to Extremes’ charity was recently named a winner of BFGoodrich Tyres’ Good Project Award, which sponsors off-roading projects with a difference.

The military veterans are being helped to conquer their PTSD by taking part in two exhilarating journeys covering 8,000 miles of some of the roughest terrain in Europe.

The expeditions will reach some of the most extreme points in Europe, with the first leg, a demanding 10-day venture across the Shetlands, having just been completed. The team are set to embark on a 20-day reconnaissance trip across Norway in July in readiness for 2018, followed by an arduous 30-day expedition to Ushguli in Georgia, the highest village in Europe.

 

The UK’s leading exhibition for the aftermarket and supply chain opened its doors recently to another incredible response from the UK automotive industry. At an event which was 70% bigger, hosting over 800 quality exhibitors, Automechanika Birmingham delivered a hugely successful exhibition in its second year. The UK automotive trade event welcomed over 12000 visitors including motor factors, workshops, retailers, dealerships, vehicle manufacturers, tier 1 and 2 manufacturers, who had opportunities to learn, discover and network.

Simon Albert, event director, Automechanika Birmingham said, “Automechanika Birmingham 2017 has hosted a 70% bigger event than in its launch year and welcomed over 800 exhibitors, including 250 new to the 2017 event – it has been absolutely amazing. We are delighted with the quality and quantity of senior buyers who attended, as well as the number of independent companies taking time out of their daily work to review and direct their business - it is what Automechanika Birmingham is all about. We have closed the 2017 event knowing that exhibitors are very happy with over 300 already reserving space for 2018.”

Next year’s event at the NEC Birmingham running from 5-7 June 2018 will deliver a newly improved layout with supply chain exhibitors in Hall 6, aftermarket suppliers in Halls 19 & 20 and a dedicated Workshop Quarter in Hall 18, set to welcome relevant exhibitors looking to meet garage owners and technicians. Automechanika Birmingham will continue to develop in order to establish further as the UK’s key automotive trade event.

Goodyear Dunlop proudly picked up the award for Best Stand – Equipment Supplier at the annual National Association of Police Fleet Managers Conference (NAPFM) at Telford’s International Centre.

The show, in its 44th year, presents the top suppliers to the Police fleet managers and offers the opportunity to engage and discuss products and services in a relaxed atmosphere. The Goodyear Dunlop stand was voted ‘Best’ by the delegates, the criteria included the best visual stand at the conference as well as well as considering the products and services provided throughout the year.

On the stand the leading tyre company not only showcased their award-winning tyres, they also presented the World Endurance Championship Aston Martin Vantage GT8 which has been seen on track at the infamous Le Mans 24 Hours. The 2015 Isle of Man TT winning McGuinness Padgett’s Honda also made an appearance, wowing the crowds. The star of the stand was certainly the Goodyear Eagle 360 Urban, a concept tyre for a car of 2045.

David Morris, Business Account Manager, Public Sector and Corporate Leasing for Goodyear Dunlop commented: “We are thrilled to have received the award for Best Stand, the team worked hard to bring many aspects of our two premium brands to the show and this obviously worked. The fact that the delegate votes were not only based on the visual appeal of the stand but also on the service we have provided to them across the year really means a lot.”

The NTDA has announced that since the launch of the Roadside Emergency Action Concerning Technicians (REACT) scheme in 2011 more than 4000 commercial tyre technicians have been trained, assessed as competent and issued with a Licence to Work Safely at the Roadside across the UK and, more recently, the Republic of Ireland.

Speaking about the success of the scheme at Automechanika Birmingham 2017 last week, NTDA Chief Executive Stefan Hay said: “The most important factor in all of this, is that since launching the scheme in 2011, there have been no reported deaths of REACT trained and licensed commercial tyre technicians working at the roadside. For the steering group that is the ultimate measure of success and consequently REACT has now become the de facto Licence to Work Safely at the Roadside for tyre professionals and we are now well on the way to 5000 licences!”

220 tyre retailers are now participating in the scheme with the training and assessments carried out by several manufacturers, retailers and training providers including ATS Euromaster, Bridgestone, Central Tyre, Continental, Michelin, PFTP Ltd and Roadside Safety UK Ltd. Roadside Safety UK Ltd has also recently launched a REACT training animation available to view on the NTDA’s YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/6NySai1h67c

For further information on REACT and the Licence to Work Safely at the Roadside contact the NTDA via E:info@ntda.co.uk,W: www.ntda.co.uk or T: 01296 482128.

Enjoy Tyre returned once again to this year’s Autopromotec Show in Bologna, Italy, celebrating ten years of successful distribution of their Rotalla PCR private brand and five years with their equally popular Routeway PCR and TBR private brands.

In line with all European and global exhibitions, Rotalla and Routeway's main priority was to showcase both brands and also to look towards further expanding Enjoy's existing European distribution partnerships. The main theme for development in 2017 is to introduce new developments and new sizes and patterns across their entire product portfolio.

Rob Henderson, Enjoy's General Manager for the UK and Europe says, “With two leading quality brands on display we have received a lot of interest from many European countries and beyond to make Enjoy's presence at the show a very positive experience.”

For further information on the Rotalla and Routeway brands along with the complete Enjoy Tyre product portfolio and services visit www.enjoytyre.com or contact Rob at rob@enjoytyre.com

Initiatives to be announced at TyreSafe’s annual Tyre Safety Month Briefing are set to broaden the impact of the UK’s tyre safety charity’s driver education campaign. In addition to presentations on TyreSafe’s own activities and its launch of Tyre Safety Month 2017 materials, representatives from national organisations will unveil tyre safety initiatives directly affecting Britain’s motorists. 

These plans will further elevate the profile of tyres on the UK’s road safety agenda. 

Detective Superintendent Paul Keasey, Chairman of the National Roads Police Intelligence Forum, will discuss a national proposal that would see all forces across the UK supporting TyreSafe’s campaign. Focusing on increased engagement with and education of drivers, further details and the planned timeframe for its roll-out will be revealed at the Briefing. 

Louisa Phillips, Senior Programme Manager of Highways England’s Strategic Safety Team will provide an update of the safety programme currently being delivered while also identifying opportunities to raise the profile of tyre safety across different driver groups. These opportunities include the New Driver Initiative, working in partnership through regional safety coordinators, and Driving for Better Business. 

Roger Griggs, on behalf of the Wheelwrights Charity 2020 Appeal, has agreed to take part in the 100 mile race on Sunday 30th July. The appeal was launched to support aspiring athletes with disabilities at grassroots level. The event starts at The Queen Elizabeth Park ‘Olympic Park’ sweeping through the streets of London into the beautiful countryside of Surrey which takes in some challenging hill climbs: ‘Box Hill fame’ before returning to London with the finish line on The Mall. This is quite a challenge for someone who does not ride bikes that often, and did not even have a bike at the time of signing up for the ride!

The inspiration behind the 2020 Appeal is the fact that the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo coincide with the 350th anniversary of the founding of the Worshipful Company of Wheelwrights. In May 2017 the Wheelwright’s Charity together with the National Tyre Distributors Association presented a cheque for £15,000 to WheelPower the British Wheelchair Sports charity at Stoke Mandeville Stadium – the birthplace of the Paralympic Movement. This was the first payment of a 3 year joint commitment between the Wheelwrights and the NTDA.

You can help Roger raise money for the Wheelwrights 2020 Appeal by donating directly to their fundraising page:

https://www.justgiving.com/Roger-GriggsRideLondon?utm_source=Sharethis&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_content=Roger-GriggsRideLondon&utm_campaign=pfp-email.

Tyre Reviews, the world's leading source of consumer tyre information, has produced a new video testing the differences between 17", 18" and 19" wheels. While data driven results suggest there is little to choose between sizes, the subjective experience of the Tyre Reviews test driver found greater differences than the data suggests. 

It is the first time such a test has been carried out using the same vehicle, tyre pattern and width of tyre, with just the wheel size being varied.

Testing at Goodyear's test track in Mireval, the test switched between 225/45 R17, 225/40 R18 and 225/35 R19 tyre sizes on a MK7 Golf GTI. Full objective data was measured, including wet and dry braking, straight and curved aquaplaning, wet and dry handling and NVH (noise vibration and harshness.)

Special attention was given to the subjective handling of the tyres, and how changing wheel sizes changed the character, behavior and comfort of the car.

The video of the test can be viewed at https://youtu.be/mPyg3ilw3KU with further supporting data on the TyreReviews.co.uk website.

 

Former England under 20 rugby international Rebecca Trist is joining CAM as a customer liaison officer. Her appointment will bolster CAM’s customer service team further to ensure it continues to provide its clients, from across the UK and the Republic of Ireland, with the latest information on the software solutions available to them and how the technologies can assist in their business improvement.

An accomplished sportswoman, university graduate and customer service professional, Rebecca will be working with existing customers to ensure they have access to or are using the full suite of software and data apps available to their company to help them become more accurate, efficient and gain benefit from the time and cost savings CAM systems can deliver.

Mike Allen, managing director of CAM, says, “We aim to provide our customers with high quality service to ensure they can reap the full benefit of our wide-ranging suite of solutions. I look forward to seeing the grit, the appetite to succeed and the organisational skills Rebecca showed on the rugby field translated to the team she is joining and the customers she will be working with.”

Pro-Align has launched a new leverless tyre changer, the TC Line, to provide workshops with a robust system offering some of best features on the market, packaged into a compact unit which is incredibly easy to use.

Seen for the very first time at Automechanika Birmingham the TC Line is capable of changing wheels from 10” – 30”.

Speaking about the new system, Paul Beaurain, managing director, Pro-Align comments, “The TC Line’s compact size is quite deceptive as it really packs a punch in terms of its performance. Not only is it quick and easy to use, it includes a host of features that are sure to make it extremely popular with both small and large workshops alike.”

“The TC Line changer is an incredibly impressive performer,” adds Beaurain. “It incorporates many features of much more costly machines, yet is more affordable and smaller in size making it even more appealing.”

For more information about the new TC Line, visit www.pro-align.co.uk.

Hunter’s revolutionary Road Force wheel balancing technology, which solves the most challenging wheel vibration issues, has been taken to the next step with the launch of the new Road Force Elite (RFE) balancer.

Launched at Automechanika Birmingham, the new RFE now incorporates Hunter’s ‘vision system’ which provides a host of benefits for users making it even faster, more accurate and easier to use than previous versions.

“The new Road Force Elite really does set a new industry benchmark in terms of wheel balancing technology,” explains Paul Beaurain, managing director, Pro-Align. “Aside from being quicker to use than a standard balancer, the system’s advanced technologies, which effectively take the tyre and wheel assembly for a simulated road test, solve the most challenging of wheel and vibration issues.”

To find out more about the new Hunter Road Force Elite wheel balancer, visit www.pro-align.co.uk.

Independent tyre dealers in the UK have enjoyed their best ever month for online sales, thanks to TyreClick, the website developed by Micheldever Tyre Services to help its independent customers compete for internet driven business.

 A record 29% surge in sales volumes through the Tyreclick website during May has marked down last month as the best ever recorded since the Tyreclick portal was launched.

The May increase in sales has been accompanied by an increase in profits across the dealer network as consumers choose to purchase more premium and mid-range tyres.

Alan Baldwin, sales director at Micheldever, said: “It’s an incredible achievement to record such a large percentage increase in sales volumes and demonstrates the commercial impact the TyreClick website can have for dealers signed up to it.

“The TyreClick site also allows dealers to own and develop long-term consumer relationships, while retaining their independence, controlling their own branding and margins, and crucially, having access and ownership of consumer data.” “It’s an extremely powerful e-commerce tool for independent tyre dealers and the record sales volumes figures this month greatly demonstrate its effectiveness.

“With new on line Tyre retail sites being launched all the time by the national players, we remain committed to assisting our independent customers to access their share of the growing on line tyre sales.”

 

MWheels is continuing to educate commercial vehicle fleet operators on the importance of wheel safety with the launch of a white paper entitled, ‘Evaluating commercial vehicle wheel safety – how to keep safe and stay compliant’.

The report, which has been designed to further augment information which exists from leading industry bodies, gives an overview of the current landscape, a look at problem wheels and non-circumferential hubs, today’s legal implications should an accident occur and a comprehensive 10-point wheel checklist.

It continues to outline three recommendations on how to keep a fleet safe including best servicing practices, traceability and procurement and choosing the correct wheel and fittings.

The conclusion focuses on the EU Roadworthiness Act, which had to be adopted and published by Member States, including the UK, by 20 May 2017 and must be fully applied by 20 May 2018.

To download a copy of the white paper visit: https://www.mwheels.co.uk/downloads/evaluating-wheel-safety-white-paper/.

The NTDA has, today, announced that Trelleborg Industrial and Construction Tyres has joined the association both as a supplier member and as a full member under the UK network of centres in its ‘Interfit’ service division.

Trelleborg Industrial and Construction Tyres is a global manufacturer of premium quality tyres and has developed extensive product ranges to serve both solid and pneumatic tyre requirements within these sectors. The UK operation has two distinct channels with very different customer bases and varying requirements.

NTDA Chief Executive Stefan Hay said: “We are naturally very excited to have Trelleborg on board as its products have long been established in the UK Industrial sector as market leading.  In recent years this area of the tyre Industry has become incredibly competitive and various lesser quality brands being sold into the market, at very low prices, certainly provide new challenges for us all.  Furthermore, it is a well-known fact that Trelleborg is always striving to provide the end user with reliable, durable products.”

As well as taking a seat on the association’s Executive Council, Trelleborg has also become the latest big name to join the impressive line-up of Tyre Industry Award sponsors and Richard Lyons, Trelleborg Industrial Tyres UK Ltd’s Managing Director, will be presenting the Staff Training and Development Initiative of the Year Award to the lucky winner at the NTDA Annual Dinner on 12th October.

Magna Tyres Group is delighted to announce the opening of a new regional office in Singapore to better serve the local customers. Following the recent appointment of Miss Nora Zhou, it is the next step in the worldwide expansion of the company.
With this new office Magna Tyres Group will focus on customers in the South East Asian Tyre market.  The goal is to increase the market share and focus on improving customer relationships and satisfaction in this high potential region. Michael de Ruijter, CEO of Magna Tyres Group, comments, "We expect that the new Magna Tyres office will play an important role in enhancing the Magna Tyres image, and strengthen our commitment to all customers in the region."

Nora Zhou – General Manager Magna Tyres Singapore 
Nora Zhou has been appointed as General Manager of the new Singapore regional office. She has almost 30 years of experience within the tyre industry as the general manager of a renowned Chinese Tyre company. With her profound knowledge of international business, general management and specialisation in OTR (mining) tyres, she is the perfect person to lead the Magna Tyres expansion in the South East Asian Tyre market.

 

Melksham-based Avon Tyres has released a new TrailRider fitment aimed at Honda's new Africa Twin.The acclaimed TrailRider adventure touring tyre is now available in 150/70 R18 rear size, which also fits the recently introduced KTM 1090 Adventure.

The TrailRider tyre, designed with a 90/10 split in terms of on/off-road performance, offers excellent on-road performance, balanced with solid off-road manners and is an excellent choice for the adventure tourist who spends most of their time on asphalt, but needs the ability to venture onto dirt trails and gravel tracks.

The TrailRider design includes Avon's trademark '3D Sipe' technology, which uses interlocking 3D 'teeth' inside narrow tread slits, to improve warmup and wet-weather performance, without affecting stability. In addition, a new tread compound uses a super-rich silica mix, for superb wet grip, while giving excellent mileage and wear characteristics.

The new Africa Twin TrailRider is available in dealers now. For further information on Avon Tyres, visit www.avon-tyres.co.uk.

The latest update to Snap-on’s diagnostic software brings coverage of thousands of new vehicles and systems to the fingertips of technicians on 2016 year model for 12 manufacturers: Chrysler, Citroen, Ford, Jaguar, Lexus, Mazda, Mercedes, Peugeot, Porsche, Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota.

Version 17.2 adds nearly 50,000 new systems, over 1,700 new vehicles, more than 18,300 new codes and almost 1,800 new functional tests to the capabilities of Snap-on’s handheld diagnostic tools – giving increased power and knowledge to the workshop.

Also added to the CTM are three new technology classes: Electronic Throttle Control, covering H-bridge control (reversing polarity); Basic Electronic Components with a focus on transistors/diodes, theory and operation, and testing; and Engine Management Control Systems, which looks at inputs, outputs and communication.

Users of the VERUS® and VERDICT® family of products, and of the MODIS™ Ultra and SOLUS™ Edge platforms, also get exclusive access to SureTrack™ with the new Snap-on software upgrade.

To learn more about the new 17.2 software upgrade or the Snap-on Software Subscription program, visit diagnostics.snapon.co.uk/software or talk to a Snap-on franchisee.

Millbrook Group has announced an ambitious expansion of its Test World site in Finland, which will see it become Europe’s leading location for tyre testing. The project will increase the capacity for testing on natural snow and ice, and introduce wet and dry braking, aquaplaning and split friction surfaces.

Customers can already test tyres and vehicles on natural snow at Test World twelve months of the year. The site currently has two indoor winter test facilities which can be used in the milder months when the outdoor snow and ice tracks are not available. The proposed expansion will create three additional indoor areas, doubling the amount of indoor testing space.

“This expansion is something our customers have been asking us for and we are pleased to confirm such ambitious plans for extending our current facilities,” said Janne Seurujärvi, Managing Director, Test World. “The investment will strengthen our position as the world’s leading tyre testing site for cold temperature testing. The new capabilities will allow us to provide a fuller service to our current and prospective customers, ultimately saving them time and money by providing more services on a single site.”

“Test World is already an immensely popular site, providing cutting edge testing facilities and services to tyre manufacturers, and a key part of Millbrook Group’s offering to the market. We expect this news to be warmly received by our customers, who look to our engineering expertise to complement their testing and development requirements,” said Alex Burns, President of Millbrook Group.

 


The Association for tyre retailers, wholesalers and the associated auto-care aftermarket has divulged that at its regional meeting held in Templepatrick on 17th May, the results of the 2017 tyre tread depth on replacement survey showed that in one week in March, members had removed 1,200 tyres from cars and light commercial vans that were already below the legal tread depth limit of 1.6mm. This follows on from a similar survey carried out over a longer period in 2016, where more than 3000 tyres removed were already under 1.6mm.

The survey was conducted at 18 tyre retail centres across the country and the full results showed. 

Tread Depth

CAR

LCV

Over 2mm

2797

138

Under 2mm

1519

144

Under 1.6mm

1122

78

 

 

Although Singapore Stamford Tyres has exhibited at the Autopromotec show for many years, at the 2017 event the company broke with tradition and shared a booth with their established Italian partner – MC Wheels who are based in Villorba, Italy.

Hanifah Abu Bakar, Stamford Tyres Vice President for Sales and Marketing says, “By sharing a booth with MC Wheels we were able to effectively promote our Firenza tyre and SSW alloy wheel ranges throughout Europe and on an international basis. In fact we have recently ‘re-launched’ the Firenza brand to announce that the tyres are now being manufactured in a new state-of-the-art  production facility in Thailand and a selection of patterns took centre-stage on the booth.

“We were also, with MC Wheels, able to showcase our high quality selection SSW wheel range and came to the show with a very open mind and have been successful in liaising with companies in most Western European markets for both Firenza and SSW. We have even had a surprise response from Colombia in South America.” MC Wheels are recognized specialists in quality after-market alloy wheels adapted for European cars and promote the SSW range throughout Italy.

A surge in new car sales means over 400,000 cars will be illegal from September if their initial MOT isn’t carried out. The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) is calling on garages to make sure their technicians have the up-to-date MOT skills and qualification in order to reap the financial benefits of the busiest testing period in the automotive calendar.

Since April 2016, all MOT Testers in each vehicle class are required to complete a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programme of MOT annual training, requiring at least 3 hours per year and a minimum of 16 hours learning over a 5 year period, as well as passing an online test each year.

Steve Nash, Chief Executive at the IMI, said: “Its crucial garages make sure their technicians have the training and qualifications that are now needed to carry out MOT’s. The MOT sector has experienced a lot of changes over the last year with the introduction of the annual training and assessment, but if these new regulations mean safeguarding both vehicle technicians and the public by upskilling workforces we believe this is always a positive thing.

“We know that September is a very busy time for all MOT Testers so, at the IMI, we have made it incredibly simple for them to complete the annual training and assessment via any mobile device.”

The IMI MOT qualification package consists of Tester courses in both Light Vehicle (classes 4 and 7) and Motorcycle (classes 1 and 2) and the Test Centre Management qualification – all MOT Testers can access this training via the IMI website. (www.theimi.org.uk/mot)

On Wednesday the 7th June, at its AGM held during the highly successful Automechanika Birmingham 2017 show, the NTDA installed Prashant Chopra, Managing Director of Autogem Invicta Ltd as its new National Chairman.

Prashant takes over from Roger Griggs, Communications Director of European Tyre Enterprises Ltd, who has served for an extended period of three years in order to support the implementation and execution of the three year strategic plan introduced by the Association’s Chief Executive Stefan Hay in 2014.

Commenting on the handover, Stefan Hay said: “Roger Griggs has been a phenomenal Chairman of the Association, he is a true tyre industry professional with endless enthusiasm and energy and it has been an absolute honour and privilege to work alongside him and learn from him over the past three years.  Prashant is equally professional, enthusiastic and energetic and adds a whole new dimension as his company is an aftermarket supplier member of the Association, which in itself is an indication of how the NTDA is rapidly becoming an association for both tyre professionals and the associated Autocare aftermarket, where, over the past three years, we have experienced incredible membership growth.”

GKN Wheels & Structures has developed a brand-new wheel for its Profi-line+ range, with this new product designed specifically to suit the new Nokian CT tyres which were introduced to the market earlier this year.

Featuring a double well radius, new flange design and a wider bead, the wheel design has been optimised to meet the very specific requirements of the new heavy duty, high load-bearing CT tyres from Nokian.

Commenting on the product launch GKN Wheels & Structures Product Manager Wheels, Ole Dall said: “This new Profi-line+ product is a significant addition to our range and the perfect wheel to suit the new Nokian CT tyres. The trend in the flotation wheel market is towards higher loads and more working hours, with the increasing use of AG trailers for road construction work a good example of this. These heavy-duty trailers require very high-performance wheels and the GKN Profi-line+ wheel with the Nokian CT tyre provides the perfect solution. We worked closely with Nokian throughout the development of the wheel and successfully completed an exhaustive testing programme, both in test lab and field tests.”

 

ATS Wheels, makers of advanced alloys and a brand distributed in the UK by Wolfrace Wheels, has been confirmed as the official wheel supplier for the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM). ATS hardware will be found under the arches of the cars of all 3 OEMs competing in the series; Mercedes, Audi and BMW, a move which rather underlines the high regard ATS is held in by the German motorsport community.

You’d struggle to find a more advanced race series than the DTM, so much so that the competing machines actually having more in common with LMP and F1 racers than more conventional, production based touring cars. 

Dr. Thomas Buchholz, chairman of UNIWHEELS AG (the owners of ATS): “We are extremely proud of the fact that we are able to be exclusive suppliers for both DTM and Formula 3 as of the 2017 season. Getting involved in motorsport gives us an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the technical expertise of ATS and the entire UNIWHEELS group, as well as showcase our brand in an optimal environment.”

Wolfrace is the UK’s sole distributor for ATS wheels and is therefore well placed to offer advice and guidance on the former’s extensive range of lightweight, motorsport inspired alloys. Click through to check out the entire ATS lineup: www.wolfrace.com/alloy-wheels/ats-wheels/

As celebrations continue to mark its centenary year, premium tyre manufacturer Yokohama, was the only tyre manufacturer to showcase its range of products at Automechanika Birmingham.

Returning to the show for the second year, Yokohama was using its presence to not only present its latest tyres for a variety of vehicle applications, but also to develop its relationships with existing and prospective customers.

“After one of the most high profile periods for the Yokohama brand in recent history, we’re delighted to return to Automechanika with our latest range of premium products,” commented David Seward, managing director, Yokohama HPT. “As the official shirt partner of Premier League champions Chelsea FC, many more people are now familiar with the Yokohama name and the show gave us the opportunity to present our latest products to existing and new trade customers and discuss how they too can benefit from our growing brand.”

Toyo Tire Europe GmbH (President, Kenta Kuribayashi) has announced that the Mazda Motor Corporation has selected the company’s PROXES R46 as the original equipment tyre for the all-new Mazda CX-5 crossover SUV which is launched across Europe during 2017.  (Tyre size: 225/55 R19 99V).

Nano Balance Technology, Toyo Tires’ proprietary platform tyre material technology, has been used to develop a tyre that achieves the superior driving and environmental performance demanded by the new Mazda CX-5 SUV crossover.

For more information please visit: toyotires.eu or contact info@toyotires.eu

Automechanika Birmingham, in partnership with GarageWire, has awarded MotorServ-UK Solihull as ‘Garage of the Year’ with the West Midlands workshop picking up the prize of £1000.

MotorServ-UK was up against 12 other shortlisted contenders but managed to gain the most votes in the battle for top spot with Philips Garage Ltd from Glasgow narrowly missing out and finishing second overall, and Shropshire-based garage EAC Telford coming third.

Kamran Saleem, director of Motorserv-UK Solihull, said: "We are thrilled to be the winners of 'Garage of the Year' at Automechanika Birmingham 2017. We are always striving for excellence by investing heavily in training, keeping up to date with future innovations and improving our internal management systems. Thank you to all those who voted for us, we are so happy that we are able to deliver a valued service to new and existing customers and this award is just another step in the right direction for us"

Bridgestone is celebrating the largest commercial fleet win in its history, having secured a $110m, five-year deal with transport operator FirstGroup.

The contract will see Bridgestone, the world’s largest tyre manufacturer, supplying tyres to more than 60,000 of FirstGroup’s buses and coaches in the USA, Canada and the UK.

As part of the agreement Bridgestone will provide tyres for all of FirstGroup’s vehicles in the UK and around 80% of its operations in the United States and Canada.

Greg Ward, Commercial Sales Director for Bridgestone, said: “This is a hugely significant announcement for the whole team at Bridgestone and a partnership that we’re extremely proud of. To win the contract, we needed to demonstrate our value and ability to deliver on a global level in order to stave off stiff competition from a rival premium tyre manufacturer.

Glen Lovett, Group Procurement Manager for FirstGroup, said: “We are delighted to have agreed this global contract with Bridgestone. Having first begun working together through a fleet agreement in Leicester in 2004, we have seen significant achievements and built up a solid working relationship over many years.

“Many organisations – whilst global in nature – retain a regionalised market focus but Bridgestone were able to engage with FirstGroup on a global basis, enabling us to leverage our size and scale. This agreement will provide the flexibility that we need to manage a huge fleet of vehicles on both sides of the Atlantic, including our local buses, coach services, and school transportation.”

The Parts Alliance Group has been acquired from its private equity owner HgCapital by Uni-Select Inc., a Canadian publicly listed, North American Automotive aftermarket distributor.

“This has been a fantastic journey, building a market leader in just over 4 years through 10 acquisitions and consistently strong organic growth,” said Peter Sephton.  “I and our management team would like to thank HgCapital for all their support as our 2,900 colleagues look forward to continuing that journey with Uni-Select, helping build a great international autoparts business together with the Uni-Select leadership team.”

The Parts Alliance emphasise that for customers it’s very much ‘business as usual’ and look forward to working under trade owners with a deep understanding of the automotive aftermarket. The existing management team will continue to operate the business and Peter Sephton, Chief Executive of The Parts Alliance, will join Uni-Select’s executive team while continuing his leadership role in the UK as President and CEO of the European business segment.

CAM is expanding its custom projects team with the promotion of Frankie Sharp to development project consultant as part of the business’ ongoing investment in its technology solutions to assist UK tyre operators to maximise their efficiencies and develop new business opportunities. 

Frankie will report to Shaun Keevil, technical delivery manager at CAM, and will be tasked with delivering new development projects in conjunction with both new and existing customers.  These will be based around CAM’s wide ranging suite of tyre management software, apps and business data intelligence which will help dealers expand their client base and secure their continued growth. 

Mike Allen, managing director of CAM, says, “As a business, we continually invest in both our staff and our technology development to ensure our customers receive the best service and solutions in the marketplace. After three years employed at CAM, Frankie’s well deserved promotion will enable her to utilise the insight and skills she has gained in her previous role as a client liaison officer to drive new development projects for the benefit of our customers.”

Rick Colyar has worked at Columbus McKinnon for over 34 years. Rick has held numerous positions at the company over that time period including Sales Manager for the past 22 years. Prior to that Rick was the first Customer Service Manager for the company and prior to that he was a Field Service Technician. Rick has spent the majority of his career at CM directly involved with assisting customers succeed. Rick will continue working for CM Shredders on a part time basis after his retirement.

General Manager Charlie Astafan states: “Rick has made an immense contribution to CM and we will miss his every day involvement in the company. We are extremely pleased that Rick has agreed to continue working part time and that our loyal customers can still depend on his advice."

CM is pleased to announce that Tom Schroeder has joined CM Shredders as Director of Sales and Marketing effective May 3rd.

For more information, contact Charlie Astafan at Columbus McKinnon or email www.cmshredders.com

 

Toyo Tires has announced it has become a National Partner of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships London 2017. The partnership demonstrates Toyo Tires’ increasing commitment to athletics and sporting events.

The premier fixture on the global athletics calendar, the IAAF World Championships take place in London between the 4th and the 13th of August. The Championships will host 2,000 of the world’s finest athletes in the Olympic Stadium in London's iconic Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Like tickets for the Championships, Toyo Tires are in high demand with sales surging in 2017. The introduction of the new Proxes Sport tyre pushing the boundaries of tyre design and material technology to unprecedented levels.

Toyo Tires (UK) Managing Director, Keishi Inoue, welcomed the partnership saying, “Toyo Tires is delighted to be taking a prominent role in the biggest global sporting event of the year.  Dedication, preparation and exacting standards are synonymous with the pursuit of the best performance for both athletes and premium tyre makers.”

For further details about the IAAF World Championships London 2017, visit:

www.iaafworldchampionships.com

For further information about Toyo Tires  please visit: www.toyo.co.uk

Founded in 1976, Triangle Tyre has rapidly become one of the leading tyre manufacturers in China and worldwide. The combination of the growth of the Chinese market together with the globalization of automobile manufacturing has led the Company, within a few years, to a strong global position.

The Company has made some significant investment in continuing to develop its capability and capacity to serve the globe: with state of the art manufacturing facilities for the production of Passenger Car, SUV, 4x4, Heavy Truck and Bus, and OTR tyres, Triangle is poised to lever these investments into broadening its market presence.

Milano, Italy, has been chosen as the Headquarters of the European operations. Serving the complexity of all European countries, each with unique tyre ranges and circulating vehicle parc and indisputable high growth potential. This market will represent a big challenge for the newly appointed European team.

 

GS Yuasa Battery Sales UK Ltd have unveiled a brand-new GS automotive battery range at Automechanika Birmingham. The three-tiered range, which features new battery case designs, improved performance and a fresh livery, will be available from September.

James Hylton, General Sales and Marketing Manager at GS Yuasa Battery Sales UK Ltd said: “The launch of our new GS automotive range marks a real evolution for the brand. With a simplified three-tier structure, the new GS range offers the best possible performance and value for our customers whilst providing excellent coverage of the European vehicle parc.

“GS is a historic battery brand firmly associated with high quality and performance. Established in 1917, GS is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. The launch of our new, improved GS battery range is a great way to mark the occasion and look towards the future.

“In Asia, and many other parts of the world, GS is renowned as the leading automotive battery. We are confident that the improved range and new design livery will help us grow the brand identity of GS batteries here in the UK. The new range will be available from motor factors, distributors and workshops nationwide ready for the winter season.”

Having launched the brand at Autopromotec 2015, UK based Davanti returned to this year's event having progressed significantly over the past two years. The company has extended its size range across the PCR, UHP and SUV market sectors, introduced new patterns, and built its presence into multiple regions across the globe. In fact it would be true to say that Davanti has significantly expanded in every direction.

The main objective at the show this time was to introduce Davanti's all new winter range – Wintoura which has been developed over the past couple of years as an Alpine winter product specifically designed for the European region. All four new Wintoura patterns were on display at on the Davanti stand.

Peter Cross, Davanti's General Manager says, “Over the five days we received a very encouraging response and met lots of new people who have been impressed by our products and generally had a lively show. I am very confident we will be able to appoint new partners and expand into more countries in the immediate future.”

Davanti has recently started distributing the brand into the Benelux countries and will soon launch in the Italian market. Davanti is already well established in many other European markets including Spain, Cyprus, Croatia and other South-East European countries. For additional information on the complete Davanti product range and services visit www.davanti-tyres.com

TPCATS has become one of the first independent emission control manufacturers to bring a range of Euro 5 DPFs to the aftermarket – officially launching the new range at Automechanika Birmingham.

Following an extensive product development programme the TPCATS range of Euro 5 DPFs is now approved and available to customers in the UK and Europe.

In line with recently announced European legislation both the catalyst element of the DPF and the filter are now stringently tested to ensure they meet the same standard as OE parts. The test procedure also measures the performance of the filter in normal operating mode as well as regeneration mode.

TPCATS Sales Director, Michael Flower said: “As legislation and testing becomes more complex, the correct specification of emissions-related replacement parts has become a major issue affecting the automotive aftermarket right now. We’ve seen several instances recently where garages are being supplied DPFs which are not tested to the correct Euro emissions rating for the vehicle. We implore factors and mechanics to cross check the original equipment specifications before fitting unsuitable replacement parts.

“Initially supplying key Ford part numbers but with a clear plan to roll out across other makes and models, we’re delighted to be one of the first to successfully come through the Euro 5 testing procedure. We pride ourselves on our technical capabilities, the quality of our manufacture and our speed to market, so this is a fantastic endorsement.”

Automechanika Birmingham, the UK’s largest automotive trade exhibition, opened its doors yesterday as it returns to celebrate the thriving automotive aftermarket and supply chain sectors and consider the future of the industry.

With more than 800 exhibitors, including over 250 companies exhibiting for the first time, automotive parts distributors, garages, tyre fitters, retailers, dealerships and vehicle manufacturers now have the opportunity to learn about the latest innovations and product launches taking place throughout the aftermarket and supply chain.

What’s more, industry experts will present a comprehensive programme of more than 60 seminar sessions and topical discussions on current industry issues and pioneering technology over the course of the three days.

Twenty seven-time Dakar Rally entrant and Cooper Tire 4x4 ambassador, Xavi Foj, has become one of only six competitors to be honoured with Dakar Legend status.

During his Dakar Rally career, Foj has secured two victories, nine podium finishes and has an impressive run of 13 consecutive finishes to his name. 

Watch the Cooper Tire Dakar Legend celebratory film, produced for Xavi Foj, here: https://youtu.be/H4PxI8m84EM.

Foj revels in the challenge of the Dakar, and especially in the T2 category which is a cross-country class for production vehicles. In the 2017 edition of the Dakar, Foj competed in a Toyota Land Cruiser 150 on Cooper Discoverer STT Pro tyres.

Sarah McRoberts, Cooper Tire Europe Marketing Communications Manager, said, “Xavi’s dedication and passion for the sport that he loves is incredible, and his enthusiasm is infectious.

“Dakar Legend is a worthy title for Xavi Foj, who continues to enter the world-famous and gruelling Dakar endurance event in South America year-on-year. We are not only proud to support Xavi, but also that so many of his successes in the Dakar have been on Cooper tyres.” For more information on Cooper Tire Europe, visit www.coopertire.co.uk

 

Magna Tyres Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Arjen Sibon as Sales Manager. In this position, he has taken on the responsibility for growing and improving key accounts in the European OTR Tyre business. 

Michael de Ruijter, CEO of Magna Tyres Group commented: "We are pleased to welcome Arjen Sibon as he adds a wealth of senior experience and knowledge to the organisation.” Arjen Sibon is excited to start his new job: “My goal is to develop strong partnerships within the European market and strengthen the market position of Magna Tyres Group.”

Starting from the first of July Arjen Sibon will be part of the Magna Tyres Group, and will focus on building strong partnerships with key accounts in Europe. 

Sunday, 28 May, was the closing day of Autopromotec, the international exhibition of automotive equipment and aftermarket products. The remarkable attendance figures disclosed by the organizers confirm the success of the 27th edition of the show: 113,616 professional attendees, 9,627 more than the previous edition (+9.26%). 90,061 of these are from Italy, versus 23,555 from abroad, with an 8.06% increase in the number of Italian trade professionals and a 14.09% increase in the number of international ones. The show also hosted 422 specialized journalists, 33.4% of whom were from abroad.

Information and training received intensive coverage thanks to the rich meeting schedule provided by AutopromotecEDU, the think tank for closer examination of the latest trends and innovations in aftersales services. During the five show days, the event hosted 93 meetings, which involved 2,900 sector experts and registered record-breaking attendance figures.

Digital traffic figures also bear witness to the success of this year’s Autopromotec: the official website recorded 182,609 unique visitors and 1,950.542 page views. The Autopromotec presence on social media was particularly lively, involving an ever-increasing number of users who followed live the 2017 edition of the show.

Manchester City Football Club has revealed the new Home Kit with the NEXEN TIRE logo on the sleeve; the first ever official Sleeve Partner in EPL history.

The NEXEN TUIRE LOGO will be on the sleeve of the Manchester City Football Club’s playing shirt for all Premier league and domestic up matches for three seasons start from 2017/18

Following Chelsea FC’s magnificent victory in the 2016/17 Premier League, visitors to this year’s Automechanika Birmingham will have the opportunity to have their photo taken alongside the official Premier League trophy which will be appearing courtesy of Yokohama, the club’s official shirt partner.

As the trophy will be on display so soon after Chelsea’s victory, its presence is expected to attract scores of football fans to the Yokohama stand (20D80) who will be looking to admire the silverware and enjoy a memorable photo opportunity.

With an overwhelming demand from other Chelsea functions, the trophy will only be on display during the first two days of the show, so fans are encouraged to visit the Yokohama stand early to avoid any disappointment.

“It’s been an incredible season for Chelsea FC and it’s a true honour for us to host the Premier League trophy on our stand at Automechanika this year,” comments David Seward, managing director, Yokohama HPT Ltd. “We look forward to welcoming show visitors and football fans where we will of course be showcasing our latest range of products as well.”

To find out more about Yokohama tyres please visit www.yokohama.co.uk.

Giti Tire has launched the GT Radial WinterPro2, with independent tests by Dekra confirming a big increase in wet performance while maintaining excellent snow execution against its previous generation and four main competitors.

The tests, which were conducted early this year in Rovaniemi (Finland) and Fontange (France), confirm that the HP tyre was up to 10% better on wet braking exercises and 2% ahead in wet handling.

“The competitor products were jointly selected, ensuring that we only compared the new tyre against the latest models from our peer manufacturers at the top of the mid-market.

“The independent results from DEKRA confirm that our targets were fully achieved and we have created a tyre that is perfectly suited to European winter road conditions and a quality option at its price point.”

GT Radial is distributed exclusively throughout the UK by Micheldever Tyre Services, who have sole supply rights for passenger car, SUV/4x4 and light truck tyres.

TPMS and tyre valve manufacturers, Hamaton Ltd, recently announced the launch of an exciting new addition to their valve range at the Autopromotec exhibition in Bologna, Italy. The new Double Seal Valve Cap (or “DSV” cap) is designed to replace standard valve caps on truck and heavy-duty vehicle tyres, and enables the operator or fleet inspector to check tyre pressure or inflate tyres, without needing to remove any of the valve caps.

The efficient design of the DSV cap allows for one of the fastest air-flow rates on the market, meaning that correct tyre pressure can be quickly and easily maintained. This not only reduces operational costs, but also increases tyre life, lowers fuel consumption, and improves safety for the driver, the vehicle, and its cargo.

Further information about the DSV cap and the rest of Hamaton’s product range can be found at: www.hamaton-tpms.com

Specialists in tyre pressure monitoring systems, Hamaton Ltd, have launched a brand new TPMS sensor for the European aftermarket. The EU-Pro Hybrid is the latest addition to Hamaton’s product range and is the next generation in universal sensor technology, with several new and upgraded features that have been adapted from their successful EU-Pro range.

The innovative EU-Pro Hybrid covers all protocols from Hamaton’s previous EU-Pro 1 and 2 sensors, providing coverage of over 90% of direct TPMS-enabled vehicles - including new vehicles for the 2017 market. The sensor is also equipped with an integrated memory chip to store more complete and self-contained protocols, allowing limitless protocol additions for the future as new vehicles and sensors arrive on the market.

Martin Blakey, Managing Director of Hamaton Ltd, said that the new product represents a step forward in configurable sensor technology: “The EU-Pro Hybrid combines the best features from the configurable sensors in our current range with the some of the latest advancements in TPMS technology, and we are looking forward to discussing the benefits of these new features in more detail with customers.”

According to the India Tyre Market Forecast and Opportunities, 2020 report, the tyre market in India is forecast to be dominated by the two-wheeler tyre segment, in volume terms, through 2020. Rising vehicle sales, including two wheelers, passenger cars, light commercial vehicles, medium & heavy commercial vehicles, three-wheelers and OTR vehicles, coupled with the country’s overall automotive fleet being in excess of 150 million vehicles, have established the country as one of the largest tyre markets in Asia-Pacific.

With the last Tyrexpo India edition in June 2016 concluding on a high note, the key sourcing platform for the tyre and related industries will be back in Chennai Trade Centre for another three days of intensive business and networking session from 11 - 13 July 2017.

Organised by Singex Exhibitions, the 5th edition of the Tyrexpo India continues to be the dedicated trade exhibition for India’s tyres, automotive repair & maintenance, and tyre accessories market, where more than 3,000 industry players from within India and the surrounding regions will converge, explore new business opportunities, exchange ideas, products, technologies and solutions relevant to the India market.

Many renowned national & international players like BKT, LingLong Tyres, Sarveshwari Technologies Ltd, Oriental Carbon & Chemicals Ltd & the newest edition to the show – L&T Rubber Processing Machinery will be participating at the show as exhibitors among many others.

Yourtyres.co.uk, the online B2B shop operated by Delticom, Europe’s largest online tyre dealer, celebrates its 15th anniversary in June. To mark the occasion and to thank partners and customers for their loyalty, Yourtyres.co.ukwill give 15% off of car tyres, motorbike tyres, truck tyres, tyre and wheel packages and rims on “Tyre Tuesdays” – every Tuesday in June. The discount will be given as subsequent credit.

At Yourtyres.co.uk customers can find over 25,000 different types of tyres from more than 100 brands. The online B2B shop offers simple and convenient purchase opportunities to tyre dealers and workshops, including attractive prices and top conditions. Companies can simply register online, without any additional fees or hidden costs. Especially workshops who want to maintain their independence benefit from this partnership: they have access to the same range of products usually available to tyre wholesalers and workshop chains, but don’t have to affiliate with certain manufacturers. Moreover, due to the high availability and speedy delivery of products, they are able to meet customer requirements promptly without having to worry about stockpile and storage capacities. Workshops can also choose to cooperate as fitting partners, which allows them to win customers buying their tyres in B2C shops like Mytyres.co.uk.

 

Nokian E-Truck series of all-season truck and bus tyres is optimized for long and medium haul in regular weather conditions. The tyres are perfectly balanced to work well in Central Europe as well as on Nordic main roads.

“With the Nokian E-Truck series, we want to bring a new alternative to the European market,” says Teppo Siltanen, Product Manager at Nokian Heavy Tyres. “They are high quality tyres made in Europe, they will be widely available, and can be installed at any time of the year.”

Economical life cycle

The Nokian E-Truck products feature a special rubber compound for all-season use. The optimized groove pattern enables low rolling resistance, and economical as well as ecological kilometers. The drivers also appreciate their comfortable handling and quiet running.

Retreading is an essential part of economical tyre management. The new Nokian E-tread series of retreading materials complement the Nokian E-Truck series, and make it possible to squeeze up to even a million kilometers from one tyre.

Availability

The Nokian E-Truck tyres will be available in the autumn of 2017, starting from the most common European truck and bus tyre sizes.

Morecambe haulier JM Gorry & Son has switched to a 100 per cent Michelin policy after a trial set of Michelin Remix retreaded tyres outperformed competing brands’ new tyres fitted to identical vehicles.

The family-run company previously fitted a mix of budget and premium brand tyres, switching to Michelin after the Remix tyres – which offer virtually the same performance as a new Michelin tyre, but cost around 40 per cent less – delivered better traction and total mileage than the competition.

Dave Squires, Workshop Foreman at JM Gorry & Son, explains: “The Remix tyres just ran and ran. We looked at how long they lasted and considered how much more we could save by fitting Michelin from new. While the up-front cost is admittedly higher than other premium brands, our calculations showed that if we used all the Michelin tyres’ multiple lives, we’ll reduce vehicle operating costs in the long term.”

Under the scheme, Michelin promises to refund operators for any accidental damage suffered before a new tyre is 50 per cent worn, provided it has been registered on Michelin’s MyAccount web portal within one month of purchase.

At the sixth UniSerV User Group (UUG) meeting in Birmingham recently, CAM committed further major investment over the next 18 months to ensure commercial service providers maximise their efficiencies and gain incremental business opportunities presented through its new fleet management enhancements and system reporting tools as well as benefit from the increasingly fertile area of business intelligence (BI).  

The meeting, chaired by Anne Sherwood of Tructyre, was attended by UniSerV customers Aone, Dexel, Horndean Tyres, Lodge Tyre, Micheldever Protyre, Watling Tyres, Tyrenet, Tyrework and Universal & Autocentres.

Anne Sherwood said, “CAM has pledged further investment to take system and data connectivity to the next level, enabling greater efficiencies to be introduced and more business to be generated.  The proliferation of BI means data will be able to be shared amongst the enlightened UUG participants so that they are more than competitive in the areas of fleet customer acquisition and retention over their non e-jobsheet enabled competitors.  We’re very excited to be part of this next phase in CAM’s technology development.”

Kate Neill, UniSerV product manager for CAM, commented, “The UUG meetings have become an insightful, thought-leading forum for UniSerV customers to debate key issues and challenges, and become beneficiaries of the latest technological developments to be introduced by CAM.  Together, we are pioneering the way for best practice and for new business opportunities to be forged for the good of the industry.”

Premium tyre manufacturer Hankook recently celebrated a long service award for two more employees at the head office based in Daventry, Northamptonshire.  Mark Grace, Marketing Manager and Nick Wood, Key Account Manager were both recognised for their 10 year service at Hankook Tyre UK Ltd. 

Mark Grace, Marketing Manager said, “I started in the tyre industry working for a subsidiary company of Pirelli called CPK, which was a multi-branded wholesaler. After becoming Product and Pricing Manager and working for the company for 18 years which included a 6 year stint at the Pirelli head office in Burton upon Trent, I decided it was time for a new challenge.”

Key Account Manager Nick Wood says, “My career in the tyre industry started at another tyre manufacturer where I remained for 6 years and worked as a Business Development Manager.  I joined Hankook Tyres in 2006 as a Regional Sales Manager covering the Midlands Region, I was then promoted to Key Account Manager in 2016. I have found my time at Hankook to be very rewarding and I’m proud to be part of a team that has shown continual growth.”   

(Left: Nick Wood. Right: Mark Grace)

Continental Tyre Group Ltd announces its new passenger marketing director Tracey Mortimer, who replaces Guy Frobisher, who takes on a central role at Continental AG as Head of Marketing Communication BU Replacement EMEA PLT.

Tracey said; 'I am delighted to return to the passenger division within Continental. The brand has an excellent product offering and we have some really exciting marketing initiatives and partnerships underpinning our communications activities, such as our 'Vision Zero’ initiative and our partnership with the European New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP) through its ‘Stop the Crash’ campaign - both of which further enhance Continental’s status as a leader in automotive technology and safety - through to our involvement in the Prudential RideLondon and our joint development activities with adidas. I really look forward to continuing the successes of my predecessor and the team, driving these initiatives further.”

Tracey replaces Guy Frobisher, who leaves Continental Tyre Group to take on a central role as Head of Marketing Communication BU Replacement EMEA PLT based at Continental AG in Hanover. Guy started working at CTG in April 1988 and has successfully held 10 different roles located within and outside the UK. Guy  started his new role on 1st May 2017.

Treadsetters have an exciting opportunity for a Business Development Executive to join their team for purchasing and sales within their truck tyre department.

For more information go to the Job Vacanices page.

The Board of Directors of Doublestar Europe has announced the appointment of Harjeev Kandhari as Vice Chairman of Doublestar Europe. 

Doublestar Europe is a joint venture with one of the leading tyre distributors in Europe - the Zenises Group.  It is responsible for the sale, marketing and distribution of all Doublestar products in Europe (including Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the UK).

A spokesperson for Doublestar Europe commented on the appointment, “We are very fortunate to have Mr Kandhari as a guiding hand on the Doublestar Europe board.  We believe that he is one of the leading thinkers in the European tyre industry and with his experience both in China and in the tyre industry, this will take the joint venture to new heights in building Doublestar into one of the leading brands in Europe.”

Mr Kandhari also commented on the appointment, “Doublestar is one of the leading tyre manufacturers in China. Having seen their new factory and met their new management I can confidently say that they will remain as one of the top five manufacturers in China when the inevitable consolidation comes in the Chinese tyre industry.  I am proud to be associated with a company that shares our values both in terms of the provision of quality products and in the creation of positive social impact.”

Hankook Tire is one of the main sponsors of the UEFA Europa League for the 5th season, and also presenter of the Man of the Match trophy. Mr Ho-Youl Pae, COO of Hankook Tire Europe, proudly handed over the trophy to Manchester United midfielder, Ander Herrera.

After losing the final four years ago with his previous club the Manchester United ‘player of the year’ seized control from the beginning and stymied Ajax's flow. Herrera dedicated his trophy to the victims of Monday’s terror attack in Manchester.

"The technical observer group chose Ander Herrera as man of the match for his drive and sharpness, his quality in and out of possession and his spirit and willingness to sacrifice himself for the team," said Ioan Lupescu, UEFA managing director for technical development.

"We are very happy. It’s not every day you win the European trophy!” summarised Ander Herrera after the match. “We know we could have done better in the Premier League, so to finish the season with three titles is fantastic; it was the game of the season.”

Hankook has been an official partner of the UEFA Europa League, the largest cup competition for club teams in Europe since 2012. In addition to football sponsorships of Real Madrid CF and Borussia Dortmund, Hankook also supports many international motorsport racing series. Amongst others, for many years the company has been the exclusive and successful supplier of tyres for DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters) and for the 24-hour series.

Mr. Ho-Youl Pae, COO of Hankook Tire Europe, proudly presents the trophy to Manchester United midfielder, Ander Herrera.

Goodyear has signed a three-year deal to become title sponsor and tyre supplier of the British Truck Racing Championship (BTRC).  High performance from the tyres is essential as they are a key component to the BTRC racing trucks.  Goodyear has developed new technologies and innovations to ensure the best performance possible for the Truck Racing tyres.

Testing was completed throughout the development of these tyres.  Racing trucks and their drivers were regularly given the opportunity to push the tyres to their limit on test tracks in Luxembourg and France.  The tests took place on a variety of track surfaces and in both wet and dry conditions to ensure the tyres could provide optimal performance in all environments.

Fast forward to 2017 and development of the Truck Racing tyres is still ongoing.  The latest generation of Goodyear 315/70R22.5 truck tyre carcasses are still being used, but now developments are focused on reducing overheating and increasing lateral rigidity to enhance performance further.  Additionally, a special tread compound and tread design are used to improve ground contact.  The tyres also contain another innovation; Radio Frequency Identity (RFID) in which a microchip is built into the tyre to provide a unique electronic identification.

 

 

Bandvulc initially introduced its special fleet management process for one of its rental fleet clients in order to stringently focus on costs.  The difficulties particularly experienced by such operators include additional work being carried out without authorisation and difficulties in recharging the work to its customers. 

The benefit that Bandvulc’s specialist service brings is the ability to track the work through to completion for the customer, ensuring that only the work authorised at the time of the call is paid for (with no exceptions!) and closing down the job.  Whilst this involves greater administration for BVPlus+ the benefit to the hirer is that costs are known in advance and recharges can be processed upfront thus increasing revenue.  BVPlus+’s role includes monitoring the service provider’s ETA and completion time to ensure the customer is being charged correctly.  In February of this year this facility was rolled out to the majority of BVPlus+’s rental/contract fleets.

The team managing this area of operations has been formed from a group of technically aware, experienced members of BVPlus+ including ex-tyre fitters.  They are able to assess situations in depth and have the authority to take suitable action based on achieving the best outcome for the customer in terms of costs, expediency and timesaving.  They can decide whether work recommended by the fitter needs to be done right away or can be arranged to be done back at the depot avoiding additional roadside/call out charges.

After a thorough tender process, Shanks Waste Management Ltd has selected Vacu-Lug Traction Tyres Ltd to manage its commercial vehicles and mobile plant and machinery tyres for a number of recycling centres throughout the UK.

Using Vacu-Lug’s bespoke web-based VMS software programme, each Shanks vehicle is individually managed to provide a full monitoring, repair and tyre husbandry service. This includes Shanks’ entire fleet of delivery and collection vehicles, including roll-on-roll-off hook-lifts with drawbar trailers and a mixture of plant and OTR wheeled equipment.

“During several months of stringent evaluation,” says Shanks’ UK Plant and Vehicles Manager, Chris Byrne. “Vacu-Lug came out best for service level agreements and overall value. Now, after the first 3-month review, I’m pleased to say our ongoing objective to reduce vehicle downtime has been achieved and we expect to maintain exceptional response and repair times going forward.”

“The VMS fleet management solution from Vacu-Lug,” adds Chris, “includes the provision of high quality new and retread tyres and helps to ensure full compliance with Shanks tyre policies and the law. Furthermore, through ongoing analysis of tyre data via the VMS web portal, we can identify any potential high-cost areas while keeping a close eye on vehicle budgets.

“So far,” concludes Chris Byrne, “Vacu-Lug’s tyre fleet management service has achieved all that it set out to do: close tyre monitoring, fast response times and consistent first-time repairs – all of which go a long way to keeping VOR times as low as possible.”

Paper and corrugated packaging producer DS Smith is rolling out Michelin solutions’ trailer telematics programme across its entire 207-strong fleet, after reporting zero trailer tyre-related breakdowns during a 40-unit, six-month pilot project.

The EFFITRAILER telematics units are being fitted to 207 single-deck SDC Trailers curtain-siders as factory-fit original equipment, and delivered as part of a rolling 18-month fleet renewal.

Mark Abbey, General Manager, UK Logistics at DS Smith, says: “During the six-month pilot EFFITRAILER flagged up 22 potential trailer tyre-related issues, all of which we could rectify quickly. This helped us maximise fleet uptime and keep to our delivery schedule without fail. 

“We’ve also improved efficiency across the pilot fleet thanks to the programme’s schedule-tracking tools, which keep a close eye on the location of our trailers when they’re sitting at mills and recycling partners, and alert us to under-utilised assets. In fact, we’re so confident in its efficiency-boosting abilities that once every trailer is fitted with EFFITRAILER telematics, we might even reduce the fleet by up to 10 trailers.”

ATS Euromaster, the tyre and vehicle maintenance specialist, has received the Gold Award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) for the fourth year running.

The award follows ATS Euromaster’s introduction of additional programmes to consolidate its industry health and safety record.

As the first national tyre and vehicle maintenance provider to hold the RoSPA Gold Award, the repeat receipt of the accolade means ATS Euromaster’s commitment to safer working environments remains unmatched in the sector.

Winning a RoSPA Gold Award requires a demonstration that the business has improved its health and safety practices from the previous year. During 2016, ATS Euromaster introduced its ‘Think safe: Home safe’ programme, which emphasises how health and safety regulations protect the lives of colleagues and customers.

The SEMA Show is the world’s greatest automotive products trade event – and this year you and your team could be there in style with Inconnection’s managed, flexible attendee package.

Every year the SEMA Show brings together the industry’s biggest and best buyers, sellers and innovators for four days of product demonstrations, seminars, networking opportunities and more. This year the show returns to Sin City itself for a four day run at the Las Vegas Convention Centre from Tuesday October 31st-Friday November 3rd.

As one of the UK’s leading corporate events and incentive management companies, Inconnection has been able to secure a limited number of exclusive set-price attendee package deals including British Airways flights, transfers, hotel rooms and entry to the SEMA Show and AAPEX 2017.

Bridgestone is celebrating a major commercial coup after extending a fleet agreement with Arla Foods, which will take the relationship into a 10th consecutive year, it was revealed.

The 13,500-strong dairy farmer cooperative will continue to benefit from Bridgestone’s premium tyre range and holistic Total Tyre Care offering, with a renewed deal now in place up until 2020. Bridgestone’s Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) and tailored package of support were both cited as major factors in the extension, with call-out times being reduced by up to 30 per cent as a direct result. 

Arla’s Inbound Logistics Director, Richard Wilson, said: “We have been really impressed with Bridgestone on a number of levels for some time now, so the decision to extend our agreement was an easy one for us to make. 

“Not only are the products extremely reliable an impressive from a performance point of view, but the levels of aftercare and associated services are also right up there.”

 

Award-winning engine detox company E EDT will support Asthma UK by promoting its logo on literature and will also be making a donation for every EDT treatment completed after 1st June.

 “Supporting Asthma UK is a great fit for us,” said David Holmes, Managing Director at EDT Automotive. “Vehicle emissions can negatively impact air quality and are strongly linked to asthma whilst our engine detox and cleaning treatment can help to lessen the problem.”

 EDT says the new partnership offers the fast-growing business a welcome opportunity to give something back. The charity will also be supported by EDT’s partner garages – not only to help further raise the charity’s profile but also in opting to make an extra donation they will fund themselves.

 Asthma UK works to stop asthma attacks and aims to ultimately cure the condition through support to sufferers and funding for research. Every ten seconds someone in the UK has a potentially life-threatening asthma attack and three people die every day. The charity says two thirds of these deaths could be prevented, yet some suffer with symptoms so severe that current treatments aren’t effective.

 

The Parts Alliance is delighted to announce that it has acquired BMS Superfactors, their Greater Manchester-based associate member. BMS Superfactors has four branches in Bury, Oldham, Rochdale and Dukinfield, collectively employing over 120 staff.

 Founded 25 years ago, BMS Superfactors begun as a small accessory shop and has grown into a business currently completing over 1,000 trade deliveries each day. Since joining The Parts Alliance in December 2012 they have posted consistent double-digit annual sales growth and have invested to achieve industry-leading service levels, with over 97% of orders delivered within one hour.

 “We’re delighted to be taking what seems a very natural next step with The Parts Alliance,” said Tony Parr, Managing Director of BMS Superfactors. “Joining the group and gaining access to their OE parts ranges, outstanding AlliCat parts catalogue and overall business support has been central to our success to date.

 “For staff and customers, it’s very much ‘business as usual’ but we now move forward on an even stronger footing, being part of one of the largest motor factor groups in the UK, combining systemised entrepreneurship with excellent financial stability.”

 

Michelin is set to unveil its wireless tyre pressure management system at Automechanika Birmingham between June 6 and June 8.

The user-friendly accessory, which is being distributed by Fit2Go, can be installed in under three minutes - helping to give motorists maximum performance, safety and fuel efficiency with the minimum of fuss.

The valve-mounted part of the Michelin Tyre Pressure Management System weighs just 8g and it transmits pressure and temperature data to a small, windscreen-mounted sensor.

The solar-powered sensor flashes and emits an alarm if pressure is incorrect or if temperatures are too high.

A seperate pressure checker is also supplied, and contactless technology means tyre pressure can be measured accurately without havuing to unscrew dirty valve caps.

 

 

Magna Tyres Group is delighted to announce the appointment of Miss Nora Zhou to the position of General Manager at the new Magna Tyres Singapore office.

Miss Zhou has almost 30 years of experience within the tyre industry as the general manager of a renowned Chinese Tyre company. With her profound knowledge of international business, general management and specialisation in OTR (mining) tyres, she is the perfect person to lead the Magna Tyres expansion in the South East Asian Tyre market. 
Now joining Magna Tyres directly, as head operations of the Singapore regional office, Miss Zhou sets her goal to further enhance the customer relationships and satisfaction within this high potential region. She comments, "I am proud of being part of the Magna Tyres Group, and have full confidence in building a good South East Asian market”.

Every UK public sector ambulance service now fits Michelin tyres on a first-choice policy, with the premium tyres delivering long lasting performance and maximum safety for the lifesaving ‘blue light’ services, whilst helping to deliver better value for the taxpayer.

All 10 NHS ambulance services in England have signed a first-choice policy, alongside those of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland – each agreed under the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) Supply and Fit Tyres framework.

The Crown Commercial Service supports public bodies, including the emergency services, to save money and achieve commercial benefits, including on tyre purchases and fitting.

Jonathan Layton, Michelin’s head of fleet, says: “By fitting Michelin, ambulance services are benefiting from tyres which deliver the optimum blend of performance over a long life, reducing fleet operating costs and the downtime associated with tyre replacement. Plus, Michelin tyres provide excellent safety and mobility year-round – a factor appreciated by ambulance crews, especially during the winter months.

“We’re very proud to be first-choice fitment – and to know our tyres are helping save lives around the country every single day.”

 

After an overwhelming inaugural event in 2016, Automechanika Birmingham is set to be 70% bigger and host over 800 exhibitors for the second edition of the UK’s leading exhibition for the automotive aftermarket and supply chain at the NEC from 6-8 June 2017.

From fast growth and a staggeringly positive response from the automotive industry, the large event has now been recognised as a contender for four awards at the prestigious AEO (Association of Event Organisers Ltd) Excellence Awards, on 16 June. Automechanika Birmingham has been shortlisted for Best Trade Show Launch, Organiser Team of the Year, Best UK Trade Show over 2000sqm and The Innovation Award.  

Simon Albert, Event Director of Automechanika Birmingham, said “With an incredible launch of Automechanika Birmingham in 2016 and the 2017 event set to be even better, we are thrilled to have made the cut for four industry accolades in our second year. The team have worked extremely hard and we are all very proud to represent the global Automechanika brand”.

At the end of March 2017, Automechanika Birmingham scooped two industry accolades at the Exhibition News Awards. The organisers took home awards for expanding the Automechanika brand and for the best UK trade show newcomer.

Automechanika Birmingham will take place from 6-8 June 2017, hosting over 800 suppliers from the automotive aftermarket and supply chain. Visitors can register free at https://automechanika17-visitor.reg.buzz/ to join the huge three day automotive event.

MWheels has become the new name for Motor Wheel Service Distribution, as the company rebrands to bring its European operations under one banner.

Coming into full effect today (Monday 22nd May 2017), the name and logo will be immediately visible on its reworked website, marketing literature and communications and will be introduced across all product packaging over the coming months.

 Additionally the logo will replace the Chevron as the quality stamp on its steel, Xlite and Xbrite+ forged aluminium wheels*.

 MWSD was established in 1987 and has become one of Europe’s leading independent distributors of commercial vehicle wheels. The company commenced operations with MWheels GmbH at the start of 2017 to create stronger retail ties with the German aftermarket.

  

Trelleborg and the Tractor of the Year® awards came together once again for the co-marketed event, “Tractor of the Year 2018: Let the challenge begin”.

The widely anticipated “Tractor of the Year 2018: Let the challenge begin” took place at Palazzo Arzaga on Lake Garda, Italy, on May 15 to 16. The kick-off to the Tractor of the Year® awards was attended by representatives from 15 leading tractor manufacturers, along with an international judging panel of 24 journalists from across the European agricultural industry’s most influential publications.

The event provided leading tractor manufacturers with a platform to showcase their candidates for the esteemed awards ‘Tractor of the Year 2018’,  ‘Best of Specialized 2018’, ‘Best Utility 2018’, and‘Best Design 2018’ categories.

 

Following the launch of the ‘Flat Rate’ dealer programme which has propelled Z Tyre’s ambition to be a premium capability tyre in the German market, the company has now announced plans to offer the complete Z tyre range direct to the driving public via a new B2C website developed in Kaiserslautern especially for the German market.

Having already launched an extensive summer and winter tyre programme, this year’s introduction of the Z 4Seasons all-season range reinforces the brand’s commitment to Germany and its peoples’ driving requirements. Extensive social media feedback and further demand for the Z tyre range from all regions has led to this new on-line initiative which aims to cover the whole market with rapid supply and a reliable fitting network.

“Z Tyre has always been at the forefront of the industry and this new website developed for Germany will allow German drivers to experience a luxury tyre more easily without having to leave their home”, commented Stephan Nungess, German Country Manager of Z Tyre.

  • Yokohama-sponsored Chelsea FC lift the Premier League trophy
  • Club’s first league title since premium tyre manufacturer Yokohama became their official shirt partner
  • Chelsea play Arsenal in the FA Cup final season finale this weekend

Following their 5-1 win in yesterday’s top versus bottom clash against Sunderland, Chelsea FC lifted the Premier League trophy in front of a packed crowd of 42,000 at Stamford Bridge.

The win made Chelsea the first club to secure 30 top-flight victories in a 38-game season and gave them their fifth Premier League title, the first since Yokohama tyres became their official shirt partner in 2015.

“It’s been a fantastic year for both Chelsea and Yokohama and we’d like to pass on our congratulations to the team on their magnificent achievements over the course of the season,” comments David Seward, managing director, Yokohama HPT Ltd.

Despite the league season drawing to a close, Chelsea have one more domestic fixture remaining in this weekend’s FA Cup final at Wembley against north-London rivals Arsenal.

After just a few weeks rest, the team will return to action in their pre-season tour of the Far East which kicks-off in Beijing against Arsenal on 22nd July. The team will then move on to Singapore with games against Bayern Munich and Inter Milan on 25th and 29th July respectively.

Bridgestone’s presence at the CV Show has been heralded as an ‘emphatic’ success, after showcasing its range of premium services to hundreds of businesses, whilst also concluding a prestigious fleet agreement during event itself.

The company’s newly developed M-STEER 001, M-DRIVE 001 and M-TRAILER 001 tyres were showcased, with both new and retreaded patterns generating a great deal of interest. This newest line-up of On/Off tyres have the durability to perform in a wide variety of surface conditions from asphalt and gravel to sand and mud, while demonstrating a high resistance to cutting, chipping and other forms of accidental damage.

The M-SERIES, which also delivers excellent mileage as well as great traction and grip, was especially significant at the NEC, as they played an instrumental role in the conclusion of a fleet agreement with Arla Foods. The 13,500-strong dairy farmer cooperative will continue to benefit from the range of tyres and holistic Total Tyre Care offering, with a renewed deal now in place up until 2020.

 

 

What may presently be the world’s fastest fully-electric racing car will shortly make its debut at the Zandvoort motorsport circuit in Holland, shod with Kumho tyres. During the track’s annual Pinksterraces meeting (June 3-4), the young Dutch racing team InMotion, that primarily comprises students from Eindhoven University of Technology and Fontys University of Applied Sciences, will attempt to break the circuit’ s existing electric car record of 2:04.52 minutes. However, the general public will have the opportunity to preview InMotion and its IM/e at the same circuit during this weekend’s (May 20-21) annual Family Days. The team will be in good company, as the main attraction of the event will be none other than the Dutch F1 sensation Max Verstappen and his Red Bull Grand Prix car.

 Based on their previous Formula Bio bio-ethanol racecar, InMotion’s IM/e features a powertrain consisting of a pair of high power electric motors that generate a mighty impressive 550bhp, while retaining the car’s total weight as low as 650kg. Of higher specification than a Formula E single-seater, it will sprint from 0-100kph within 3 seconds and reach speeds of up to 280kph. However, this is only stage one for the young entrepreneurs, as it will serve as a test-bed for their forthcoming IM01 - an 1100-plus horsepower hybrid sports racing car with which they hope to break Stefan Bellof’s outright record of 6:11.13 minutes for the 20.8km Nürburgring Nordschleife, before competing in the Garage 56 class of the legendary Le Mans 24 Hour race – the class reserved for vehicles of technical innovation. This spectacular racing car of the future is intended to outperform a current F1 car while consuming less than half the amount of fuel.

Automechanika Birmingham in partnership with Garage Wire has announced the shortlist of garages in the running to win the £1000 cash prize for Garage of the Year. The judging panel, James Onions, Andy Savva and Simon Albert will announce the winner on Wednesday 7th June in the Workshop Training Zone at 1.00pm at Automechanika Birmingham, NEC.

As a new initiative, the organisers were overwhelmed by the number of entries from garages and the judging panel has finalised a shortlist of 13 workshops who will go head to head for a peer vote. “The standard of entries was incredibly high as the applications showed the huge variety of garage businesses operating successfully throughout the UK by tailoring their services to meet local demand,” said James Onions, Director of Garage Wire. “However, some clear common themes emerged amongst entrants too. These included first, an entrepreneurial flair to adapt to changing car and consumer technologies; second, willingness to invest – typically in premises, skills development and equipment then finally, heart-felt commitment to customer service and transparency. Thanks to all who entered and good luck to the finalists!”

Two years ago in Italy, Davanti came into the market with a small, but targeted range of PCR and SUV tyres in their DX390 and DX640 patterns. Since then, Davanti has risen to prominence in the UK & Irish markets as evidenced by their scale of developments thanks to their ambitious growth plans.

Fast forward two years and the brand now boasts over 200 summer sizes across 6 individual patterns including PCR, UHP, commercial, SUV and taxi. Sean Maddocks, Davanti Sales Director to the UK & Ireland says, “We’re all looking forward to heading back to Bologna and further developing our European customer base. We’ve brought a fantastic range of products to market and our dealers across the UK & Ireland have embraced them from day one, and we’re getting great feedback from our European distribution partners too.”

At this year’s Autopromotec event, Davanti will be launching its Wintoura range of winter tyres, which is the latest offering to the brand’s ever growing customer base, both in the UK and the global market. The Wintoura range, which has been tested and developed at Test World Oy in Finland, is being launched in 51 fitments across the HP, UHP, SUV and Commercial sectors.

Michelin is rejecting calls from parts of the tyre industry to increase the minimum legal tread depth from 1.6mm to 3mm.

The manufacturer says there is no link between tread depths at 1.6mm and increasing accident rates. In addition, changing tyres at 3mm would cost the motorist money and increase carbon emissions - especially as a tyre becomes more fuel-efficient as it wears.

An Ernst & Young report commissioned by Michelin found that changing tyres at 3mm instead of 1.6mm would cost European Union drivers an extra E6.9 billion a year in unnecessary tyre purchases and additional fuel consumption.

Instead, Michelin is calling for a change to the tyre testing regime to reflect wet braking performance at 1.6mm.

For this year’s Nürburgring 24 Hours, Falken Motorsports will field a two-car team for the first time: a Porsche 911 GT3 R (Type 991) and a BMW M6 GT3. An internal battle between the two has ensued, with Falken driver and ‘Nürburgring expert’, Peter Dumbreck, opting to switch to the M6. The Banbury-based driver discusses the unique challenges of the race, his move from the Porsche to the BMW, how tyres compare on the two and his aims for the race.

How has progress been in testing this year?

With two cars we’ve had a different approach for each car. The Porsche is a continuation from the end of last year and as we are better acquainted with it, it’s been a natural progression from last year. At this year’s VLN it came out of the blocks and was fighting for victory straight away. So from that side the Porsche is doing very well. The BMW is a new car to us and we are all still learning, both drivers and tyre engineers.

At Portimão, where we shook down the cars, and at the first VLN race the conditions were pretty wet, so we had no dry running at all really. You get a pretty good sense of where you are after 20 laps of wet running. The first two VLN races are a good test to fix where you want to go on setup and tyres and our engineers really value that track time ahead of the Nürburgring 24 Hours.

The one unknown, which is the same in every form of motorsport, is the BOP [Balance of Performance], I’d say the dreaded BOP. Only at the 24-hour race will you really see what the pace is like and how all the manufacturers are performing.

It is now just over four months (19 weeks) until the UK tyre and automotive/garage market sectors finally has its own dedicated trade show again and the interest from potential exhibitors and visitors continues to gather momentum.

When Singapore based SingEx Exhibitions hosts Tyrexpo UK 2017 at the NEC in Birmingham – Hall 17 on the 4th and 5th October it will be a most welcome return as it is several years since the UK tyre industry players have been able to enjoy an internationally respected business show on its own doorstep. At the same time the show is expected to attract interested visitors from Europe and possibly around the world.

Whilst the now established Tyretalk seminars will consist of expertly curated presentation sessions over both days and Singex is at present in negotiation with a number of enterprising and respected ‘leaders of the tyre and automotive/garage industry’s’ to speak on specialized subjects of interest.

There are also sponsorship deals on offer for Carrier Bags, Official Lanyard and Badge and Onsite Advertising to take advantage of. A standard exhibition stand shell scheme package includes fascia board with company name, spotlight, power socket, a cabinet, round meeting table and chairs and each stand is carpeted. To receive further information about Tyrexpo UK/ GarageXpo UK 2017 and request an exhibitor participation package contact Leah Jurado at leah.jurado@singex.com or Jermaine Tan at Jermaine.tan@singex.com.

 

Having finished a fine third overall on the previous weekend’s British Rally Championship Pirelli Rally in Carlisle, the pairing of Marty McCormack and David Moynihan were hopeful of a strong result on last weekend’s (May 13) Donegal Forestry Rally. And their wish was well and truly granted, with a memorable outright victory by the sizeable margin of over 1 minute 10 seconds for their TigerRisk Kumho-shod Skoda Fabia R5.

The victory leaves the duo joint fourth in the Irish Forest Rally Championship with three rounds to go, and just a handful of points away from the podium places of the British Rally Championship. 

Steve Thompson of Kumho Motorsport said: “This was a truly dominant drive by Marty who made mincemeat of the tricky 17km stage through Tullnacarry, taking no less than 25 seconds out of his nearest rival. We wish him all the best with the coming rounds of both championships, as he is clearly in the groove right now.”

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

A solid step in Doublestar’s aspirations to strengthen its position in the global tyre industry has taken place with the formation of a new operational joint venture in partnership with the Zenises Group. The new company, Doublestar Europe, will be responsible for the sale, marketing and distribution of Doublestar commercial and passenger tyres in key European territories (including Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom).

Doublestar is already one of China’s ‘Top 5’ leading tyre manufacturers with a track record of strong growth. Most recently, the establishment of its new ‘4.0’ industry leading production plant in Qingdao allows the company to increase its European footprint with regard to both volume capacity and new product development.

For the Zenises Group, this new JV relationship represents a powerful opportunity to build on its longstanding presence in the European tyre arena and offer commercial partners the opportunity to work with one of the world’s most forward- thinking tyre providers. The Doublestar brand has already built widespread recognition in the commercial tyre segment. It is also now the intention of the new Doublestar Europe company to grow the brand in the high performance passenger tyre segment, building on these technological advancements made by the company over recent years.

The new Doublestar Europe venture will be established in London (U.K.) with its own dedicated support and business development team.  

GT Radial unveiled its three-year development programme at its annual PCR European Marketing Council, with Micheldever Tyre Services (MTS) praising the clearly defined future direction of the brand.

Held in Austria, over 27 customers from across the continent attended the event which looked at the current state-of-the-market, future trends, product development and marketing direction, which included the brand proposition across advertising, point-of-sale and online activities across website and social media.

Guest speakers included Dr Klemens Skibicki, a renowned professor in social media and digital marketing, and MTS who presented in-depth details of the UK’s GT Radial Performance Centre (GPTC) programme plus information on their B2B2C Tyreclick solution for GT Radial dealers.

Duncan Wilkes, managing director of MTS, said: “The aim of the event was to convey a single message to all its customers across Europe that GT Radial has a past and a future that remains clearly defined across both OEM and the aftermarket, and this was delivered with aplomb.

“There is no doubt that the UK and European markets are becoming more challenging, so a quality product range with a clear message and brand position is essential, and GT Radial continues to heavily invest in its marketing and R&D to ensure it stays ahead of the game. This was an exceptional event.”

The retreading specialist has optimised its product range again this year in response to customer demand from several quarters. The core range has been streamlined to cater more specifically to the needs of the retreaders as some tread lengths have been discontinued and others added.

There are new additions in the 10-metre length, for example, in both the K77 range in the K_plus version and in the K208 range in the K_base and K_plus designs. KRAIBURG Austria has also completed its successful K227 product range to include 260, 270 and 280mm so it is now available in all widths and in the K_base and the K_plus compounds.

"The new layout and clear structure of our pattern programme went down very well with our customers last year," said Christoph Priewasser, Product Manager at KRAIBURG Austria. "Our new naming system established a foothold from day one as well. We are doing all we can to supply naturally high-quality retrea­ding mate­rials again this year and to provide the optimum basis for business ope­rations."

Further information and the current pattern programme are available to download at www.kraiburg-austria.com.

Autopromotec is one of the most important automotive exhibitions in Europe that enables manufacturers to present their products and meet their clients in an international environment. For this 27th edition, Headway are exhibiting the new Horizon HU901, one of its most successful tyres. It features an asymmetric tread design that effectively improves water drainage and increases tyre adhesion to the road, providing better performance in safety and driving. With a central main rib design that increases stability when driving straight and effectively reduces tyre resistance on the road, this tyre provides a significant improvement of the vehicle’s starting speed. The Horizon HU901 will be displayed at the E20 stand in Hall 15.

Headway’s participation in Autopromotec will also increase the company’s visibility in Europe, because in the end, Headway has a headquarters in Italy, Germany, France, and Spain, which places it in a very good position to sell and distribute its products around Europe. So its presence at the fair is even more advantageous, given that it’s one of the few manufacturers that sell their products to tyre shops directly through their webshops.

New research from Dragon2000, reveals that if garages and workshops increase their efficiency by just one hour per day, at an average labour rate of £70 per hour, it could result in £18,200 of extra labour sales per year.

A garage or workshop with five technicians, who each increases their efficiency by one hour a day, can head towards making extra annual labour sales of almost £100,000.

Mark Kelland, Commercial Manager at Dragon2000 comments: “The new Technician Scheduler shows capacity levels at a glance and will also suggest suitable technicians to assign labour to, depending on their pre-set skill sets. As well as MOTs and standard service work, it is ideal for managing long-term jobs.

“The feature also accommodates shift patterns and allows for apprentice technicians to have a lower efficiency rate, so they are allowed extra time, as they would take longer to carry out work than experienced technicians.

DragonDMS users can find out more about the Technician Scheduler and all the other features in the latest update via the ‘What’s New’ icon within the software.

For further information visit www.dragon2000.co.uk

Say hello to confidence with MODIS Edge – the brand-new diagnostic tool from Snap-on that provides the speed and performance expected by professional technicians.

MODIS Edge is a complete diagnostic platform combining a full-function scan tool and scope/graphing meter with new features, advanced software and exclusive technical information to help users get right to the heart of the problem and reach the right solution quickly.

MODIS Edge’s expert diagnostics take the guesswork out of solving problems thanks to the SureTrack™ system, which provides repair tips and timesavers from other technicians in a Cause, Complaint and Correction format with Real Fixes and Common Replacement Parts information; and access to OEM-level information through Technical Service Bulletins with important information direct from the manufacturer.

The software is upgraded twice a year and an optional subscription plan means MODIS Edge users will always have access to the latest updates as soon as they are released, giving them more diagnostic power than ever before.

Visit http://diagnostics.snapon.co.uk/MODISEdge or speak to your local Franchisee for more information.

 

Yokohama sponsored and TyreSafe member Chelsea FC has secured one of the biggest and most prestigious prizes in world club football, taking the 2016-17 Premier League title.

Chelsea sealed the title on Friday night in the club’s 0-1 away win against West Bromwich Albion, taking an unassailable lead with two games to spare. The club has the chance of adding further domestic honours in just under two weeks’ time when it meets Arsenal at Wembley in the end of season showcase, the FA Cup final.

Chelsea’s latest victory is the club’s fifth Premier League title, the first under new manager Antonio Conte and the first since Yokohama became the club’s official shirt partner in 2015.

“We’d like to offer our congratulations to all of the staff, players and behind the scenes officials at Chelsea on their latest Premier League title,” comments David Seward, managing director, Yokohama HPT Ltd. “We’ve had the pleasure of watching some fantastic action at Stamford Bridge this year, and it’s great that this has resulted in another title for the Blues.”

photograph from Getty Images.

Yokohama offers a choice of premium run flat tyres for both summer and winter applications giving drivers extended mobility in all conditions.

From Yokohama’s flagship, high performance ADVAN range, the ADVAN SPORT V103 ZPS tyre provides the perfect balance of sport and comfort. With a high grip compound and innovative asymmetric tread design, the V103 is a superior sports tyre that delivers outstanding drivability and exceptional handling and braking.

Featuring an exclusive construction and zero pressure system designed for high powered, high speed and high loading stress, this superior sports tyre has ultra-high speed capabilities (over 300 km/h), with low noise as well as many other features demonstrative of its class.  

Also from the ADVAN range, the ADVAN WINTER V902 ZPS tyre is designed to offer superb performance in winter conditions. Featuring an asymmetric tread and micro-silica compound which remains flexible in colder temperatures, the tyre performs very well in both dry and wet conditions. It features the three peak snow peak symbol and provides excellent traction in extreme cold weather conditions, with efficient dispersal of snow, slush and water.

Also featuring the zero pressure system (ZPS), the V902 ZPS tyre is available in a range of sizes from 16” – 18” and is suitable for many popular high performance and family vehicles.

For further details of Yokohama’s car tyre range, visit www.yokohama.co.uk

 

Autopromotec, the international exhibition of automotive equipment and aftermarket products that will take place in Bologna on 24-28 May, presents the calendar of events and meetings of AutopromotecEDU, the area of discussion and debate for the most current topics of automotive after-sales service, aimed at business growth but above all at the development of a culture of quality. Besides providing moments of insight into the most important aspects of the aftermarket,AutopromotecEDU seeks to support the fair in its goal of providing global operators with networking and business opportunities.
The central role of AutopromotecEDU is underlined by the location of the spaces dedicated to the programme’s activities: the Link and Connect Rooms. These two conference rooms are set up within the "Circuit of Ideas", a specific area located at the main entrance of the Bologna fairgrounds (West - Costituzione).
The complete and constantly updated calendar of all events scheduled during AutopromotecEDU is available on the Autopromotec website www.autopromotec.com. By accessing the details of each conference, not only it is possible to access all the details of the specific event, but it is also possible to pre-register for the events requiring registration, including the inaugural conference and IAM17.

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