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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sealey’s BIGGEST EVER Tool Catalogue features 9,500 product lines, designed for use in the trade.  The new edition of The Tool Catalogue™, a must-have reference for automotive technicians, engineers, farmers and serious DIY enthusiasts, was released on Monday 13th March 2017. 

Sealey work relentlessly to bring you the latest technologies, products and a range that will cover all your tool and workshop requirements.  Trusted by professionals, all products are thoroughly tested by their experienced QC Engineers for quality, performance and compliance before they are included in the range.  In addition, Sealey tools are supported by warranties, an unrivalled aftersales service and technical support.  This ensures that even the oldest and most loyal tools can continue to work alongside new and innovative models.  The Sealey Tool Catalogue 2017/18 publication is the only Tool Catalogue you will need!

The new catalogue is available from Sealey stockists nationwide or you can request your copy from the Sealey website (www.sealey.co.uk).  Current promotions can also be viewed and downloaded.

Avon Tyres has ramped up production of its acclaimed Cobra motorcycle tyre in response to the successful launch of the new Triumph Bonneville Bobber.

The Cobra product is the OE fit rubber on which every Bobber rolls off the production line, with the bespoke front and rear tyres specially designed for this premium custom bike.

High demand for the Bobber since its launch means that Avon’s Melksham-based factory has expanded production for the Cobra tyres, investing in additional manufacturing capacity to satisfy increased demand for the bike.

The Bobber's radical chassis and styling meant that by working closely with Avon's in-house development team, both firms were able to come up with the perfect riding solution – an all-new Cobra tyre, with special carcass construction and materials to suit the Bobber's unique set-up.

Speaking about the production increase, Doug Ross, Avon Tyres’ Head of Global Motorcycle Tyre Sales, said: “This project has been a fantastic success for both Triumph and Avon. It’s also a real win for British manufacturing, showcasing the best of British at the highest level.”

 

The Parts Alliance has announced Steve Patch, Parts Manager of W&M Stevens as the first garage customer to win the ‘road trip of a lifetime’ along America’s iconic Route 66 in the current ‘Dream Drive’ promotion.

A delighted Steve Patch said: “I’m truly blown away to win a real once in a lifetime prize. It really is one of those bucket list moments.”

W&M Stevens is a long-standing customer of the High Wycombe branch of Allparts Automotive. The family-run garage has been established since the 1960’s. Steve is the third generation to work within the business - his father Bob and his uncle Martin are the current owners.

Head of Marketing for The Parts Alliance, Simon Moore said: “We’re delighted the first winning ‘Route 66’ scratch card has been claimed. Steve can look forward to an amazing experience, taking in the sights along one of the most renowned road trips in the world.”

The prize includes personalised itinerary along the Route 66, flights, accommodation and car hire.

Bartec Auto ID Limited (Bartec) is delighted to announce it will be hosting an interactive workshop and engaging seminar programme during its second visit to Automechanika Birmingham, allowing visitors to understand TPMS (tyre pressure monitoring systems) at a time when record MOT failures attributable to TPMS are in the news.

Figures regarding MOT failures linked to TPMS defects have skyrocketed to more than 23,000 vehicles – rising by 212% – meaning a visit to Bartec at the NEC is paramount for visitors.

During the three-day international show, technicians and fast-fitters will be offered the chance to try the TPMS experts’ global market-leading tools first-hand, learning how to diagnose and fix faults in the process.

Managing Director, Colin Webb, will also deliver a presentation entitled ‘Six Steps to Success’ – where he will identify what is needed to carry out TPMS repairs, how to select appropriate equipment, parts, training and support, as well as illustrate how TPMS can increase profitability.

Colin and his experienced team will be ready to extend a friendly welcome and provide visitors with an interactive education, ensuring they leave the NEC with a greater understanding of TPMS, imperative as EU rules on TPMS come into greater focus in 2017.

It was last September when Bridgestone first introduced its exciting project to use the latest technology to produce new tyres for the legendary Jaguar XJ220. This new tyre development has been craved by the owners of these classic cars for some years.

Four months, 17 specs and hundreds of laps later, the prototypes have been produced, evaluated, and tested, and the final tyre has now received a huge vote of approval not just from the Bridgestone engineers, but from Justin Law; and no-one has driven the XJ220 further than Justin. Thanks to his active participation in this project, it was possible to ensure that the new tyre out-handles and out-performs the original tyres that were fitted to the car.

Justin said: “It’s not just about knowing tyres, this is about knowing everything about the car and how it is supposed to handle. I’m one of the very few people that have been lucky enough to drive this car regularly during the last 23 years, and I’ve covered more than 100,000 miles.

“A project this exciting though doesn’t deserve to be secret,” added Christophe De Valroger, Vice President Consumer OE at Bridgestone Europe. “Car lovers everywhere acknowledge the appeal of the Jaguar XJ220 and its history, and for that reason we decided to tell the whole story in film.”

This Friday, March 24th at 11:00 CET join Justin, Don and the Bridgestone development team alongside Andy Wallace, John Nielsen, Alastair Macqueen and Shinichi Watanabe together with Don’s original pre-production car, chassis no. 004 and relive the experience.

The Jaguar XJ220 is finally rebooted, the legend lives on. Get a taste of what’s to come here: https://youtu.be/YqCvls0oXjY

Goodyear has again been chosen as truck tyre supplier by leading logistics service provider Ewals Cargo Care, extending a relationship that is more than 20 years old. The pan-European contract covers the supply of tyres for up to 3,000 trailers and 550 tractors as well as a full range of truck tyre support services under the Goodyear FleetFirst banner.

“A total EU truck tyre service package linked to a web-based monitoring program exactly meets our needs.  As a result, we are continuing a relationship with Goodyear that has lasted more than 20 years,” said Bart Van Rens, Manager Ewals Fleetcontrol. “Our cooperation with Goodyear is quite dynamic.  In the past we have worked together on the development of the 435/50R19.5 tyre and more recently the introduction of the version with a built-in RFID chip.  We are convinced that the RFID concept contributes to better monitoring of our tyres and, as a logical consequence, will reduce costs.  Another great step forward in our fleet monitoring is the newly-created Goodyear ‘eJob’ recording facility.  This allows us to get instant information about any work being carried out; as the provider enters the relevant data via a PDA directly the job has been done, anywhere in Europe.  We feel very comfortable that the extension of our contract will result in the fruitful continuation of our partnership and collaboration.”

Tyre brand Falken has added further tyre sizes and tyre models to its portfolio for the new season. From this spring, the company’s high performance AZENIS FK510 will be available in 66 sizes compared to the previous ten.

Falken’s best-selling tyre impressed testers at German motoring magazine Autozeitung, who awarded the AZENIS FK510 the rating of “Highly recommended” in the 6/2016 issue. The tyre also received a “Highly recommended” from the German technical inspection association, Gesellschaft für Technische Überwachung (GTÜ), and it has just been named one of the top three tyres in Auto Bild’s summer tyre test, earning a rating of “Exemplary”. “Our addition of 56 new sizes to the AZENIS FK510 range reflects the continuing popularity of our UHP tyres,” says Andreas Giese, Manager Corporate Planning at Falken Tyre Europe, about the portfolio expansion.

A further addition to the Falken range is the LINAM VAN01, a summer tyre tailored to light vans and light trucks that will be available from spring 2017 in 21 sizes. The winter tyre range has also grown with the arrival of the EUROWINTER VAN 01 in April 2016. Also designed for light vans and light trucks, it is available in 17 sizes.

The Falken Tyre and Pattern Digest contains precise information on all the company’s tyres as well as interesting information about Falken Tyre Europe, such as the new key visual for the AZENIS FK510 SUV, showing a Grand Cherokee fitted with the tyres, and a double-page spread about the company’s sponsorship activities. The Tyre and Pattern Digest can be downloaded from Falken’s websites and is currently available in English and German, with a further 19 languages to follow. The printed version will be sent out to tyre dealers in the coming weeks.

TyreSafe, the UK’s tyre safety charity, is inviting road safety stakeholders to register to attend the Tyre Safety Month Briefing which will take place on Thursday 6th July at the Belfry Hotel & Resort, Wishaw in the West Midlands.

The annual event will provide an update on the latest issues affecting tyre safety awareness and will launch the materials and resources available to support 2017’s forthcoming Tyre Safety Month in October.

All road safety stakeholders are invited, however, spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendance is free with the briefing starting at 2pm following a networking lunch. Places can be reserved using the online booking form at www.tyresafe.org or by contacting theteam@tyresafe.org

Attendees of the briefing are also invited to join The TyreSafe Awards ceremony which takes place later in the evening of the 6th July*.

TyreSafe, the UK’s tyre safety charity, is launching a new awareness campaign aimed at all those who drive with children on board.

Children can clock up around three hours a week in the car with their parents and around 96 hours per year with grandparents at the wheel. Friends, childminders and guardians may also be regularly transporting kids of all ages to nursery, school, clubs, parties and other activities.

Worryingly, more than one in four carers may be driving with illegal or poorly maintained tyres.

The Home Safely on Safe Tyres campaign highlights the importance of tyres in keeping drivers and their young passengers safe while on the roads. It also emphasises to all drivers entrusted with child care that it is their responsibility to check the condition of their car’s tyres.

With the message ‘Child care - Tyre care’ the posters, leaflets and animation advise how drivers can carry out general tyre maintenance themselves. Alternatively, drivers can ask a tyre professional to ensure their tyres’ air pressure, condition and tread depth are safe and legal.

These materials will be distributed across relevant supporter facilities with further partnership enquiries welcome to theteam@tyresafe.org

Goodyear’s ultra-high-performance tyre was titled best performing tyre overall by Auto Bild allrad. After scoring consistently high in the different tests the tyre earned praise as a very well-balanced road tyre. When braking on dry, the tyre took second place with a braking distance of 34.8 meters from a starting speed of 100 km/h on dry; on wet, the tyre also came in second with a braking distance of 47.7 meters from 100 km/h.

The tyre also performed well in the aquaplaning test, being dubbed ‘brilliant’ on a wet road, coming in second both on a straight road and in a curve. As far as gravel aquaplaning is concerned, the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 came in third.

Strong grip

These results are exemplary for the key features and benefits of the tyre. The Active Braking Technology increases the contact surface and grip when braking, which allows for a shorter braking distance. Additionally, the new grip booster compound and the adhesive resin for stickiness deliver strong grip for shorter braking and handling. The new reinforced construction delivers a stronger, lightweight tyre that contributes to improved handling, cornering performance, tread wear and fuel efficiency.

Marangoni Direct Retreading and Services business unit, of the Italian-based TBR and OTR retread specialists, have fallen into line with other major manufacturers by announcing price rises.

The company has been forced to react to raw material cost increases over the past few months by increasing the cost of their successful TBR and OTR retread products by between 4% and 7%. The revised price list will be implemented in Italy and Europe between March and April.

The decision has been made after an extensive review of manufacturing overheads and the company has pledged to keep future changes to their price structure in line with the increasing cost of raw materials for each product type.

At the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Alpine presented its new A110 First Edition fitted with MICHELIN Pilot Sport 4 tyres in 205/40 ZR 18 front and 235/40 ZR 18 rear sizes and following this, all 1,955 production models will also be exclusively equipped with these tyres.

Commenting on the tyre, Pierre Chaput, Michelin tyre designer said: “The demands of Alpine’s engineers prompted us to develop very high-technology tyres which were perfectly adapted to the character of their new car. This meant that we had to combine a high level of sportiness in extreme driving conditions with agility of the vehicle when driven on a daily basis.”

The result of this development was a special version of the MICHELIN Pilot Sport 4 which features a bespoke high-performance tread rubber compound along with a specially designed aramid belt. However, these elements do not involve any compromises in the other performance characteristics of the tyres as they have been graded A in wet grip and C in rolling resistance under the EU tyre labelling programme – a prime example of Michelin’s Total Performance strategy.

The TyreXpo Asia & GarageXpo Asia Show opens on Tuesday 21st March until Thursday 23rd March.

With seminars and workshops to attend at the full and eventful exhibition you will have a busy 3 days in Singapore.

Pre-register online at www.tyrexpoasia.com

Bridgestone has launched the UK brand activation of their campaign Chase Your Dream, No Matter What as an official International Olympic Committee Partner through to 2024.

The motivational campaign aims to encourage people of all ages, abilities and passions to find the strength to chase their dream and overcome the obstacles they face on life’s journey. The Chase Your Dream, No Matter What campaign brings to life Bridgestone’s goal of keeping you safe and on track on life’s journey - just as Bridgestone’s tyres do on the road - whatever the conditions.

Three national sporting heroes were revealed as Chase Your Dream, No Matter What ambassadors at today’s launch. They each shared their unique and personal stories of how they overcame adversity to realise their dreams against the odds. Double Olympic decathlon gold medallist, DaleyThompson, was joined by diver Chris Mears who secured his first gold at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 and UK golfer Charley Hull who, at just 20 years of age, tied seventh on her Olympic Games debut in Rio. These are the personalities encouraging everyone to Chase Your Dream, No Matter What.

The following quotes can be attributed to Peter Tillotson, business development manager at tyre pressure monitoring specialist, TyrePal.

"According to a new survey conducted by the AA's mobile tyre fitting service, AA Tyres, an estimated 8.1 million UK drivers haven't checked their tyre pressure in the last two months, meaning that a large proportion of road users could be driving on tyres that have a high potential to blow out.

"From 2014, all passenger cars manufactured in Europe have tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) fitted as standard. These provide drivers with an alert if there is a problem with their tyres. However, this legislation does not extend to commercial vehicles, buses and coaches.

"There is a high potential for this type of vehicle to suffer a puncture, which can lead to a blowout, as they operate in high risk areas, such as waste management, construction sites and docks. Larger vehicles are also subject to heavier loads and additional strain, further increasing the chance of a blowout. At best, a blowout results in a tyre being written off, but it can also lead to loss of vehicle control.

"Responsibility for commercial vehicle safety should not lie solely with the driver. Fleet managers should take responsibility for their fleet by investing in remote monitoring technology, allowing them to stay up to date with the condition of their vehicles and act as a second pair of eyes."

Michelin Development has appointed Noel Mulholland to intensify its campaign to create and support employment in County Antrim.

Last year Michelin Development - the small business funding and support arm of Ballymena manufacturer Michelin Tyre - helped create a potential 58 jobs by providing 15 base-rate loans worth a total of more than £200,000.

Now Mr Mulholland - alongside existing Michelin Development business development manager Cecil Caldwell - will be tasked with ramping up its funding and mentoring efforts.

He said: “Michelin Tyre is very conscious of the effect the closure of its Ballymena factory will have on the local area and we are absolutely committed to doing all we can to mitigate that impact.Michelin Development will do whatever it takes to help new businesses set up and to help existing small businesses to thrive and to take on new employees.”

Since launching Michelin Development in Ballymena in 2004, Michelin has provided more than £1.8 million to small businesses in the area, helping to create the potential for more than 500 jobs.

For more information on Michelin Development visit michelindevelopment.co.uk.

Michelin’s truck and bus division has strengthened operations in northern Europe, with the heads of its commercial and marketing teams in the UK and Ireland taking on responsibility for Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

The creation of a larger ‘North Europe’ team brings wider expertise and greater resources to staff across all seven countries, meaning customers will benefit from an even higher level of service.

The changes see Guy Heywood [49], appointed Truck & Bus Commercial Director – North Europe and Chris Smith [33], appointed Truck & Bus Marketing Director – North Europe. Heywood will also continue as Commercial Director of Michelin Tyre plc, which sees him represent Michelin commercially in the UK and Ireland, co-ordinating across all product lines.

Commenting on the new role, Heywood explains: “Bringing our teams together makes a lot of business sense. It streamlines processes, gives us greater critical mass and ensures we have access to wider industry knowledge, which in turn directly strengthens our offer to customers.”

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The 750MC M3 Cup, which started in 2016 has gained huge momentum heading into the 2017 season, with a lot of interest and good numbers of cars in build.

The 2016 season was a great on for the then series, with driver numbers increasing over the year and many drivers taking note of the performance abilities of the cars being built. In 2016, the series used the Nankang NS-2R which proved a good all-rounder and was very able to cope with high powered sports car.

Moving into 2017, the M3 cup has now gained championship status, attracting more drivers than ever. With the evolution of the championship, Nankang knew that the tyre would need to evolve alongside them. For the 2017 season, the M3 Cup will be using Nankang’s latest motorsport tyre, the AR-1. Early testing has already proven the AR-1 to be faster than the NS-2R previously used by a good margin, with further tweaks being done ahead of the 2017 season making the M3 cup one of the fastest paced club motorsports in the UK.

For more information on the M3 Cup visit www.m3-cup.com

BRSCC are delighted to confirm that Nankang Tyre UK have signed a title sponsorship agreement for the 2017 BMW Compact Cup Championship.

BRSCC Competitions Manager Dominic Ostrowski said of the news, “Nankang Tyre had already been giving valuable support to the BMW Compact Cup for 3 years as mandatory tyre supplier, and we are delighted that they have now increased their level of support and commitment by agreeing to become title sponsors. Going forward, the championship will be known as The Nankang Tyre BMW Compact Cup Championship. We look forward to working closely with Nankang and indeed all of our sponsors to ensure the very best return on their investments throughout the coming season.”

Due to the owner retireing, a Retail Garage workshop with a sound customer base is for sale in a prosperous area of Surrey.

Go to the Business for Sale page for more information.

Interested? Then contact Lyn at Tyre Trade News for more information via email tyres@tyretradenews.co.uk

Looking for a change of job? If so, go to the Job Vacancies page as AA Tyres have a position for a Mobile Tyre Technician for a full time Field Based Position in around the M25 & London Boroughs.

“Hot-retreaded tyres make an important contribution in keeping fleet operating costs to a minimum,” says Ralf Benack, Retreading Director Truck Tyres EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa). “We are constantly expanding our range of hot-retreaded tyres, and the Conti Hybrid line – which was developed for combined use on regional and interstate highways – is extremely important thanks to its broad range of applications. Since their launch, the new Conti Hybrid tyres have impressed customers with their long service life and outstanding cost-effectiveness.  

Kitting out fleets with hot-retreaded tyres makes both economic and ecological sense. Around 75 percent of the raw materials required for tyre production can be found in the carcass. If this is then reused after its first life cycle, this saves not only valuable resources but also money as hot-retreaded tyres are typically around 25 percent cheaper than new tyres.

With the modular tyre life cycle concept ContiLifeCycle, Continental offers fleet operators a model designed to help them maximise the cost-effectiveness of their commercial vehicle tyres. ContiLifeCycle begins with the robust, hot-retread-ready premium carcass of the new tyre, encompasses professional carcass management following the first tyre life cycle and ends with the hot-retreaded tyre itself. All hot-retreaded ContiRetyres also have the same manufacturer guarantees as Continental’s new tyres.

ECOBAT Battery Technologies (EBT), formally Manbat, is making it two in a row in Birmingham as the company again exhibits at Automechanika, the UK’s premier aftermarket event, although this time under its full pan-European EBT identification.

“We had a great show last June, where we appeared for the last time as Manbat,” said EBT’s marketing manager, Myles Pemberton, “so we look forward with some anticipation to this June’s event, as we exhibit for the first time in the UK with our complete EBT branding.

“Although many visitors will still be less familiar with EBT than they were with the Manbat name, the brands we supply – VARTA®, Lucas and Numax, as well as NOCO chargers – will be instantly recognised, as will the subject knowledge of our team of experienced advisers..

“With so much to offer visitors, it is little wonder that we are looking forward to the event and to welcoming as many as possible to each of our various information focused features and attractions.”

For further details, please contact ECOBAT Battery Technologies on: 01743 218500 or visit: www.ecobat.tech

CAM is severing its ties with the market research company GfK, relinquishing its role in extracting data provided by regional and independent dealers through the agency of its software systems on GfK’s behalf.

The service to extract data from customer systems will cease effective from midnight 31st March 2017.

The move aligns with the emergence of the new Tyre Intelligence Europe data platform, which is a new industry information offering based upon advanced Business Intelligence architecture that presents consumer, van and 4*4 – delineating between retail and wholesale sources – as well as capturing truck and bus tyre sales. Fitted and Supply Only distinctions are also oberved.

CAM operations director Ryan Naughton says, “CAM seeks to be associated with leading edge innovation, transactional information accuracy and speed of delivery for Exective Information and Business Intelligence. This decision is simply a case of moving on to a better way of doing things.”

Spokesperson for Tyre Intelligence Europe Steve Daly says, “The acceleration of TIE continues as dealers recognise the robust, speedy and insightful tyre sales data views and reports they can have access to.  As the net continues to widen in terms of the data population, so the information becomes more dynamic, useable and relevant for dealers and subscribers.”

To help even more workshops enter the profitable world of wheel alignment, leading equipment supplier Pro-Align is freezing prices on its entry level PA200 models until the end of May 2017.

With post-Brexit currency fluctuations hitting the sector hard, the move is designed to give confidence and short-term stability to those budget-restricted workshops who are considering their first investment into wheel alignment but are nervous about rising prices.

“Changes in global currency markets have had a significant negative impact on many UK businesses in the last 12 months,” comments Paul Beaurain, managing director, Pro-Align. “Many workshops have told us that they are looking to expand their business through wheel alignment but they are nervous about the wider economic outlook. By announcing this price freeze on our entry level systems, we will be able to bring an element of stability that will give many the confidence to invest, without any fear of rising prices.”

With the largest automotive trade exhibition for the UK’s aftermarket and supply chain less than three months away, the organisers of Automechanika Birmingham have just announced the full event programme during a press conference in London.  Simon Albert, Event Director of Automechanika Birmingham revealed the latest list of exhibitors, announced the plans and the key developments for the show, 6-8 June 2017 at a media briefing last week.

With the 2017 show set to be 70% bigger than in 2016, organisers have introduced dedicated zones for the aftermarket and supply chain, helping visitors to locate the most relevant suppliers. Many of the exhibitors will announce special show deals, offers and competitions in time for the show.

New opening hours
In response to the growth of the show, the organisers have introduced new opening hours to allow both the 800 exhibitors and visitors to maximise their presence at the show. The new times will be 9.30am to 5.30pm Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th and 9.30am to 5.00pm on Thursday 8th June.

Visitor Registration Up

Simon Albert, Event Director of Automechanika Birmingham, said, “Visitor registration has opened and we are already 30% up from where we were at the same time, last year. The market reaction speaks for itself, with significantly more exhibitors booked for 2017 and higher visitor registrations; we’re set for a brilliant event in June.”

Hosting over 800 quality exhibitors and 60 seminars and technical talks, Automechanika Birmingham is set to be bigger and better than before. Visitors can register through this link reg.buzz/amb-visit01

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According to a recent article in The Economist, “an age of uncertainty is upon us.” Quite simply, that’s not great news for workshop owners.

The key to Pro-Align’s success is its unique mix of class leading Hunter wheel servicing equipment, more than 25 years’ industry experience and wealth of support and advice designed to ensure success and growth for the workshop.

Hunter wheel alignment equipment has won dozens of accolades around the world. With a host of innovative and advanced features, the robust systems are designed with the workshop in mind. Not only does this mean that they are incredibly fast, efficient and easy for technicians to use, but perhaps more importantly, they help workshops identify and create vehicle servicing opportunities, which if handled correctly, leads to more income.

However, the equipment alone is not enough to transform a workshop’s fortunes and that’s where Pro-Align adds its own bit of magic.

Firstly, and perhaps most importantly, Pro-Align provides a full consultation service to its workshop customers, developing a winning strategy for the business covering internal operational workflows issues, physical layout and workshop design, staff training and the business’ wider objectives and plan.

As part of its European truck and bus rebrand project, Giti Tire has announced that its UK retread programme has been renamed Giti Genesis.

Originally known as GT REE-Tread, the next-generation products remain a high-quality, hot cure bead-to-bead retread which are only manufactured using Giti casings in partnership with a leading UK-based operation.

Tony McHugh, TBR Sales and Marketing Director UK at Giti Tire, said: “Since we launched our first retread tyre in 2012 we have proven that the programme delivers tangible benefits to operators who want the lowest price-per-kilometre without sacrificing reliability and safety.

“By utilising our casings’ proven integrity and retreadability, both patterns offer excellent traction, optimal mileage performance and resistance to damage and impacts which has put them very much in demand.

Giti Tire will use CV Show 2017 to unveil the first phase of its Giti branded truck and bus tyre range, with no less than 20 patterns making their European debut.

Toyo Tires has agreed to become the principal associate sponsor of the BTRDA Clubman’s Rallycross Championship. The deal, which secures the sponsorship for three years, will see Toyo Tires extending its influence in Rallycross beyond the British Championship to support Clubman racing in a standalone championship. Additionally, a prize fund has been established to reward competitors who win their class in each round using Toyo Tires.

This deal has not only been agreed to enhance the BTRDA Championship but ultimately to increase brand awareness within Motorsport of the Toyo Tire products. The partnership over the next 3 years will allow Toyo Tires to demonstrate the grip and traction levels on both tarmac and gravel showing what strength and depth they have within their range.

Toyo Tires are currently supplied within the Championship through Mel Williams Tyres and this will continue in 2017 with tyres available for all 6 Categories within the BTRDA Championship.

Kenta Kuribayashi, President, Toyo Tire Europe GmbH said; “We are extremely pleased to be supporting the 2017 BTRDA Clubmans Rallycross Championship. This dramatic Motorsport format is enjoying a surge in popularity in its 50th anniversary year. The excitement and accessibility of the sport make Rallycross the perfect partner for Toyo Tires.”.

The Geneva Motor Show has underlined its status as the most important shop window for car manufacturers, which have once again chosen Pirelli to highlight their latest models. This is the overwhelming conclusion from looking at all the top cars featured during the first day of the 87th Geneva Motor Show.

More than 63% of the prestige cars on display at the Swiss show – from McLaren to Pagani to Porsche – wear Pirelli tyres, many of which form part of the coloured edition, launched by Pirelli in Geneva. This statistic is particularly significant, considering that the closest competitor has a 24% share.

Pirelli’s own share has increased by 28% compared to last year, consolidating the Italian firm’s leadership of the prestige segment. Pirelli’s presence in the premium segment is also significant, with more than 35% of all fitments.

As a result, Pirelli reinforces its presence in Geneva, confirming the Italian tyres as the preferred choice for the world’s most prestigious car manufacturers.

The Tyre Equipment Company has been awarded a Feefo Gold Trusted Service Award, an independent seal of excellence that recognises businesses for delivering exceptional experiences, rated by real customers.

Created by Feefo, Trusted Service is awarded to businesses that use Feefo to collect genuine ratings and reviews. A badge of honour, this accreditation remains unique, as all the awards are based purely on the interactions with verified customers. This feedback has been collated by the Feefo review platform, with the accolades being awarded based upon performance.

The Tyre Equipment Company met the criteria of collecting at least 50 reviews between January 1st 2016 and Decem"ber 31st 2016 and achieved a Feefo service rating of between 4.5 and 5.0.

Phillip May, Manager of The Tyre Equipment Company, commented: “We always strive to offer great customer service so we are proud to have received this recognition. Our customers are at the heart of everything we do and we want to take this opportunity to thank every customer who took the time out to leave a review and give us some feedback."

TPMS specialists, Tyresure Ltd, have announced that they will be exhibiting at the upcoming Automechanika show in Birmingham, and are looking forward to demonstrating their comprehensive TPMS product range to customers from Hall 20, Stand E80. The exhibition will take place at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), and will run from the 6th – 8th June 2017.

Tyresure are planning to exhibit their complete TPMS line at the event, including their universal T-Pro sensor range which covers over 90% of TPMS-equipped vehicles, as well as OE-R replacement sensors, diagnostic tools, TPMS valves, service parts, and accessories. Tyresure are also looking forward to launching some significant new additions to their product range, which they will be introducing to customers for the first time at the event.

The next edition of Autopromotec, the most specialised international trade show for automotive equipment and aftermarket products, that will take place in Bologna next 24-28 May, will host for the first time all the most important international tyre manufacturers. Besides confirming the role of Autopromotec as an international benchmark for the sector, this strong presence means more exhibition space devoted to the tyre business, not to mention a busy calendar of not to be missed events and workshops as part of the AutopromotecEDU programme.

Thanks to the remarkable increase in exhibitors, the area dedicated to the tyre sector doubled and will cover not only halls 20, 22 and 31 but also hall 15. Overall, these four halls will host 271 global tyre manufacturers and retailers (new and retreaded) and rims, with a majority of international operators, and will cover a total surface area that exceeds 19,000 sqm. In addition to the indoor halls, the External Area 42 will also host industry players this year. Not to mention that as usual hall 19 will be exclusively dedicated to tyre assistance equipment: forty-eight companies will exhibit there, the majority of which are Italian, and will showcase the technological expertise that has always distinguished them as industry leaders.

Global TPMS and tyre valve suppliers, Hamaton Ltd, have announced that they will be exhibiting at the upcoming Autopromotec show in Bologna, Italy, and are looking forward to demonstrating their innovative product range to customers from Hall 22, Stand A4. The exhibition will take place at the Bologna Trade Fair Centre, and runs from the 24th – 28th May 2017.

Hamaton are planning to exhibit their complete TPMS product line at the event, including their universal EU-Pro sensor range which covers over 90% of TPMS-equipped vehicles, as well as OE-R replacement sensors, diagnostic tools, TPMS valves, service parts, and accessories. Hamaton is also one of the largest tyre valve manufacturers in the world, supplying valves for bicycle, motorcycle, passenger car, light truck, heavy commercial vehicle, OTR and earthmover applications - and their extensive valve range will also be on display at the show.

The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., announced that it will begin sales of a new fuel-efficient global standard tyre, the “BluEarth-Es ES32 (BluEarth-Es)” from this spring. The new tyre will initially be rolled out in Europe, Asia and Oceania, with marketing to gradually expand to the Middle East and Latin American markets (the new tyre will not be sold in some countries, including Japan, China, India and Russia). “BluEarth-Es” will be available in a total of 73 sizes, ranging from 235/40R18 95W XL to 175/70R13 82T. Responding to the recent trend toward tyres with larger rim diameters (inches), the “BluEarth-Es” series will include a number of size variations with 17-inch and 18-inch rim diameters.

“BluEarth-Es” provides a well-balanced package of the four core performance traits of any tyre—wet grip, wear resistance, durability, and fuel efficiency. It features a new tread pattern with a wide, square, powerful profile that delivers stable driving performance and safe handling. “BluEarth-Es” uses Yokohama Rubber’s proprietary “nano BLEND compound” comprising various materials, including orange oil, which creates an optimal balance of high fuel efficiency, superior wet grip performance, and wear resistance. The original “orange oil” makes the tyre’s rubber more pliant, which results in an optimal contact area between tyre and road, thereby reducing uneven wear.

Paolo Pompei has been appointed as the new Business Area President of Trelleborg Wheel Systems as of April 1, 2017. He succeeds Maurizio Vischi, who is retiring. Like his predecessor, Paolo will be a member of Trelleborg Group Management.

“We are very satisfied to be able to promote Paolo. He has an excellent profile as well as a very suitable background in all respects. We are certain that he will be able to continue the successful development of our tyre operations in close cooperation with the excellent team at Trelleborg Wheel Systems. Paolo has been instrumental and closely involved in the acquisition of CGS and is a strong contributor in the ongoing integration activities,” says Peter Nilsson, President and CEO of Trelleborg.

The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., recently announced at the 87th Geneva Motor Show, the return of the “YOKOHAMA A008P,” one of the Company’s landmark tyres. The new YOKOHAMA A008P will be available in two sizes—205/55ZR16 91W for front tyres and 245/45ZR16 94W for rear tyres. Sales in Europe are scheduled to begin in autumn 2017 with other regions to be considered.

The original “YOKOHAMA A008P” was unveiled in 1989. After receiving Porsche’s technical certification, the tyre was installed as original equipment on the Porsche 911 type 964. The “YOKOHAMA A008P” paved the way for Porsche’s steady use of YOKOHAMA brand tyres, including today’s flagship tyre, the “ADVAN Sport V105”. The “YOKOHAMA A008P” thus contributed to the spread of the YOKOHAMA brand name around the world, making it one of the Company’s historically important products.

A prototype of the new YOKOHAMA A008P is on display at the YOKOHAMA booth at the 87th Geneva Motor Show, which end on Sunday 19th March in Geneva, Switzerland. The booth features the new YOKOHAMA A008P on a 1989 Porsche 911 930 Turbo Cabriolet, made available by Porsche from its museum of classic Porsche models

Camso, formerly Camoplast Solideal, increases its warranty terms for its mini-excavator tracks (MEX HXD and MEX SD) and stands behind its claim of having the toughest most performing tracks on the market.

 Camso extends its warranty terms for the MEX HXD from 30 months/2500 hours to 36 months/3000 hours – whichever comes first – and from 18 months/1500 hours to 24 months/2000 hours for the MEX SD tracks. In addition, MEX tracks are non-prorated so customers receive full value on warranty replacement tracks related to manufacturing defects versus competitive products that base warranty on months of service or work with a prorating system.          

"We are very pleased to be in a position to increase our warranty terms. This program is one of the ways that we intend to provide exceptional service to our customers," explains David De Waele, Product Management Director, EMEA and APAC – Construction.

“Our improved track designs, testing and premium rubber compound allows us to provide the best warranty of the industry to our customers,” continues David De Waele. Indeed, Camso HXD tracks are designed with much thicker carcass offering more protection on puncture and edge cutting. This all translates in improved damage resistance, less downtime and over 30% more service life than standard aftermarket tracks. 

At the launch of the latest version of the Porsche 911 GT3, eight out of ten cars rolling off the production line will be fitted with specially-developed MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 N1 ultra-high-performance tyres, in 245/35 ZR20 front and 305/30 ZR20 rear sizes.

Designed specifically for the Porsche 911 GT3, the MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 N1 is the latest generation of Michelin’s road-legal track tyres. Compared to its N0 marked predecessor it offers improved lap times, stability and more sporty handling, and provides drivers with a unique balance between safety and driving enjoyment that makes it suitable for everyday road use, as well as in very demanding conditions on the racetrack.

An innovative range of motorsport-derived technologies are used in the tyres, including multi-compound technology where different rubber compounds are used on the inner and outer sections of the tread to ensure high and consistent grip levels in a variety of weather conditions. In addition, Track Variable Contact Patch 3.0 optimises the pressure in the tyre's contact patch so the same amount of rubber is always in contact with the road or track, whether driving in a straight line or cornering.

The trust that Porsche has in the performance of this tyre range is clearly demonstrated by the fact that it is also the original equipment fitment on other Porsche models including the 918 Spyder, Cayman GT4 and 911 GT3 RS.

Yourtyres.co.uk, the online wholesale shop from Delticom, Europe’s largest tyre dealer, recommends that specialist tyre stores and vehicle businesses stock up on summer and all-season tyres in plenty of time for the upcoming season. “Tyre dealers and workshops should be thinking about brand trends, and should be smart about stocking up early”, advises Andreas Faulstich, Head of B2B at Yourtyres.co.uk.

Above all, Faulstich sees a growing trend for SUV/offroad tyres. This is borne out by current figures from vehicle market researchers, JATO Dynamics: according to them, the growth of the SUV market is continuing apace. In 2016, the number of SUV registrations increased by 21.4 % to 3.9 million vehicles. This means that a quarter of all new cars registered in Europe are SUVs.

“When considering price-conscious SUV drivers who nevertheless do not want to compromise on quality or safety, the Yourtyres.co.uk range offers dealers a number of exciting alternatives”, says Faulstich. “For example, as a premium partner of VIKING tyres, we are able to offer attractive prices on VIKING’s SUV tyre range. This enables our wholesale customers to achieve interesting margins.” At Yourtyres.co.uk, various dimensions of the VIKING City Tech II SUV tyre are available for small or medium-sized SUVs, while the XL ProTech HP meets the needs of large SUVs.

 

Tyre brand FALKEN has expanded its product range by launching a new summer tyre with optimised rolling resistance. The new addition is a first for FALKEN’s product portfolio.

The new ECORUN A-A offers fuel-saving design features and impressive braking distance in wet conditions. The tyre’s name and EU label clearly underline its performance credentials; one A stands for the top fuel efficiency class, while the other A is for wet grip.

The ECORUN A-A embodies the essence of state-of-the-art technological expertise. FALKEN’s ADVANCED 4D NANO DESIGN – a materials development technology only recently awarded the accolade of “Tyre Technology of the Year” – was used to develop a tyre compound that delivers exceptional performance in the three core areas of fuel efficiency, wet grip and mileage. The ECORUN A-A is exclusively made from ultra-refined natural “Pure Rubber”; the compound cuts heat build-up and rolling resistance, and thus significantly extends tyre life.

The product is recommended for use with hybrid vehicles. Under an exclusive partnership with Toyota for the replacement market, it will be available from April from authorised Toyota Germany dealers, initially in size 195/65R15 91H for Prius III hybrid vehicles.

Bandvulc Group is pleased to announce the appointment of TyreWORK to its Key Partner Network. With more than 40 years’ experience in truck tyre business TyreWORK has been providing Bandvulc with exceptional service provision over the last 10 years. Its rapid and comprehensive handling of callouts alongside the provision of professional tyre support for Bandvulc’s prestigious portfolio of clients is highly valued and Bandvulc is pleased to strengthen this association with the award of Key Partner status.

TyreWORK provides a 24-7 service operating out of five dedicated centres in south east England. They have a team of 45 fully trained technicians and a
fleet of 40 highly-equipped vehicles.

“We appointed TyreWork as a Key Partner in recognition of their high standards in service delivery, excellent response to breakdowns and their role as a key player in providing exceptional service to our DOT.com customers. We look forward to a long and prosperous relationship with them and are delighted to welcome them to the KP Network," Tony Doyle, Key Partner Account Manager.

Aston Martin has announced at the Geneva Motor Show that it will equip all of its Valkyrie hypercars with MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 ultra-high performance tyres in 265/35 ZR20 front and 325/30 ZR21 rear sizes.

Blurring the line between motorsport and road tyres, the MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 is the latest generation of road-legal track tyres specially designed for ultra-high performance cars that are used on road and track.

With its high-power, high-downforce, low-weight philosophy the Aston Martin Valkyrie promises to redefine the limits of road car performance and in order to explore these limits on a race track, the Valkyrie will put unprecedented demands on its tyres.

The MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 uses an innovative range of motorsport-derived technologies such as Bi-Compound technology, which involves the use of different rubber compounds on the inner and outer sections of the tread and Track Variable Contact Patch 3.0, which optimises pressure in the tyre's contact patch so the same amount of rubber is always in contact with the road or track. 

Bridgestone, the world’s largest tyre manufacturer, has become the first UK operator to trial a new accreditation standard for tyre technicians.

The irtec tyre assessment evaluates technicians on a number of practical and theoretical tasks, and includes an online test. If successful, the technician will be licenced for five years.

In January, Bridgestone assessed the first commercial technicians at Tyreforce in Manchester, and are supporting the scheme they believe will help professionalise the industry.

Bridgestone’s Phil Thirsk, a qualified assessor having passed his own test in October, believes the industry has been greatly in need of an accreditation standard which recognises the vital services provided by tyre technicians.

 “It is not an easy job, especially when working in tough conditions, and quite often they have to make difficult decisions when working alone,” he said. “They work long hours and perform a hugely important role in our society. It’s time they were given the recognition they deserve. The industry has been in need of regulation and control, and irtec tyre fills this void. It supports the career progression of technicians. We have seen today how keen they are in proving their capabilities – the irtec tyre accreditation gives assurances that those conducting this important and dangerous work are accomplished and qualified.”

A new aesthetic, clear and easy-to-use portal providing in-depth information about its leading tyre trade software Cameo, and a range of commercial, enhancement, sales and integrated apps is being launched by CAM this month (www.cam-systems.com).  

The website will enable customers to understand how they can benefit from scalable solutions designed for every business in the tyre trade.  Whatever their size and complexity, tyre businesses will be able to peruse the dedicated pages that contain overviews of its systems, highlighting their key features and benefits, and how they can be accessed to achieve specific outcomes including speed, efficiencies and savings.

Mike Allen, managing director of CAM, says, “We are committed to supporting all types of tyre-related businesses, whether they are large or small, with tailored solutions that meet their needs and requirements.  The new website will allow users to make informed decisions about our business management systems and apps which will assist them to gain efficiencies and help them grow their businesses in the short, medium and long-term.”

The 11th edition of Tyrexpo Asia 2017, Asia’s largest tyre exhibition, will focus on Asia-Pacific’s role as global protagonists of the tyre trade, as the world’s leading platform in connecting global players in the tyre community to the region. Against the backdrop of the global automotive tyre market estimated to reach $298.15 billion1 by 2021, more than half of all tyres will be sold in the Asia Pacific region by 2019.

Over 230 exhibitors from 25 countries will take part in the industry’s principal trade event from 21 – 23 March in Singapore EXPO Halls 1 and 2, which will see a record number of participants from Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, China and India, including prominent industry leaders such as Stamford Tyres (Singapore), Elgi Rubber (India), Qingdao Double Star and Linglong Tyre (China), Maxrubber Industries (Malaysia) and Deestone (Thailand). Trade professionals and buyers can expect a wide range of tyre related products, equipment, tools and accessories, as well as complementary services and solutions not limited to certification, inspection services, storage systems, tyre sustainability and smart solutions.

TyreSafe has aired its concern at the implication for road safety of skyrocketing MoT failure rates caused by defects with vehicles’ Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS). More than 23,000 vehicles required a retest following identification of TPMS issues in 2016 compared with a little over 7000 in 2015 - an enormous rise of 212%.

TPMS became mandatory on all new passenger vehicles sold after 1 November 2014 as a safety feature to help reduce the number of vehicles being driven with tyre pressures significantly – even dangerously – below the recommended settings.

As of 1 January 2015, all vehicles first used after 1 January 2012 and equipped with a TPMS by the manufacturer must have a functioning system to pass its MoT. TyreSafe had expected the widespread introduction of this technology to lead to an increase in MoT failures in 2016 as more cars were equipped with these systems. However, the startling rise in failures due to TPMS defects - more than treble - was unexpected.

Stuart Jackson, TyreSafe chairman, said: “TPMS adds significantly to general tyre safety making it easy for the driver to know if their pressures aren’t at the right level when out on the road. But, clearly, even though Britain’s motorists are being warned there’s a safety issue they’re choosing to ignore it. Regrettably, this leap in MoT failures due to TPMS defects underlines that a poor attitude to tyre safety is not an issue exclusively associated with older vehicles.

“TyreSafe urges motorists to put tyre safety higher up their list of driving priorities and check their tyres and TPMS are in roadworthy condition.”                                                                           

 

More than 230 exhibitors from over 25 countries will participate in Tyrexpo Asia 2017 this year, making it the largest tyre and automotive repair & maintenance trade exhibition in Asia Pacific. Supported by prominent industry leaders such as Stamford Tyres, Elgi Rubber, Qingdao Doublestar, Linglong Tyre, Maxrubber Industries and Deestone, the event will see a record number of participants from the region.

Come and witness first-hand as exhibitors present their first in Asia's technologies, products & services at Tyrexpo Asia and GarageXpo Asia 2017, taking place on 21 – 23 March 2017 at Singapore EXPO Hall 1 & 2.

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

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

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

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

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