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The independent garages have chosen their new favourite. TPMS Pro, the practical service device offered by Continental under its VDO brand, has been named Product of the Year for 2015. The device enables garages to perform quick, reliable service jobs of all kinds involving tyre pressure monitoring sensors.

Votes were cast by 13,000 independent vehicle workshops. “We’re delighted by this honor and send our special thanks to our partner garages,” said Bert C. Lembens, Head of Sales Service at Continental IAM, when he accepted the award at an industry forum in Dortmund in mid-January. Another VDO product, the preprogrammed VDO REDI-Sensor, had won this coveted prize in 2014. 

Silverline Wheels and Tyres in Warwick are among the first 10,000 small businesses across the UK to successfully meet their workplace pensions duties on time.  

Accounts manager Rhyan Barry who implemented automatic enrolment for the business said: “It’s a straight forward process, all the information is on TPR’s website and they send out a brochure which explains step by step what you need to do, if you follow these guidelines everything will be fine.”    

Employers should leave plenty of time to get their plans in place and make TPR’s website their first port of call http://www.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk/en/employers.Our online duties checker tells them what they will need to do and when.

To see how Silverline Wheels and Tyres approached their automatic enrolment duties  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zyn5E7Gk6b0

TyreSafe, the UK’s not-for-profit tyre safety awareness organisation, is inviting all road safety stakeholders to enter submissions for the TyreSafe Awards 2016. Open to non-members of TyreSafe as well as its supporters, the awards seek to recognise the work and achievements of those campaigning to raise awareness of tyre safety in the UK during 2015. Winners will be presented with their awards at an evening ceremony on 14th July at The Belfry, Wishaw, which will be attended by senior members of the road safety community, representatives from the tyre and vehicle manufacturing and retail industries, and guests.

BMW M has announced that its M2 MotoGP Safety Car will take to the racetracks of the world in 2016 shod with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres in 245/35 ZR 19 front and 265/35 ZR 19 rear sizes.

In 2016, Michelin makes a return to MotoGP as the sole tyre supplier and this partnership with BMW means that not only will the race bikes be showcasing Michelin’s technological leadership, but it will also be demonstrated on the Safety Car that makes an appearance at the start of each race.

Garry Jennings achieved a memorable overall victory on the recent Corrib Oil Galway International Rally (February 5-7), using his Kumho-shod Subaru Impreza to beat three-times British Rally Champion Keith Cronin’s Citroën DS3 into second place by almost 3.5 minutes.

Jennings was once again partnered by Letterkenny-based Rory Kennedy, who is these days the most successful co-driver in the history of the Irish Tarmac Championship.

Commenting on the result, Kumho Motorsport’s Steve Thompson remarked: “This was a typically dominant drive by long-standing Kumho ambassador Garry and we are delighted to have contributed to his maiden win in this ever-popular event. The conditions were typically tricky and it was rewarding to see our tyres stealing a march on the products of rival manufacturers.”

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Micheldever Tyre Services has launched a new website that will help its customers sell more 4x4 tyres and grow their businesses, as well as provide expert advice and guidance to 4x4 and SUV owners.

The wholesaler, which is the UK’s leading 4x4 tyre supplier, has unveiled www.4site4x4tyres.co.uk, a fully transactional e-commerce site, which allows users to make online bookings for tyres and wheel alignment, thereby driving footfall to those 4x4 dealers that are part of Micheldever’s exclusive 4SITE 4x4 Tyres network.

So far, more than 100 4x4 specialists have already joined the network, and Micheldever is calling on other independent tyre dealers to sign up so they can also increase their 4x4 sales.

Birmingham based haulier Steve Benton Transport will be adopting a 100% Goodyear tyre policy after agreeing a five-year-deal with the tyre manufacturer.

Steve Benton Transport opted for the full Goodyear deal after receiving new trailers fitted with KMax last year and being impressed with their performance. The deal will now see the transport company fit Goodyear KMax and TreadMax only. 

Steve Benton, Managing Director, commented: “It was an easy decision to move to a sole provider relationship with Goodyear.  The KMax product is an impressive performer on mileage, with strong EU Tyre Label ratings. While cost of ownership was the main driving factor, having our account managed by a person that understands our business was also an important consideration.”

Leading Workshop equipment supplier GEMCO will once again be at this year’s CV Show exhibiting its extensive range of products and services on its largest stand to date!

As one of the leading suppliers to the Commercial Vehicle market, GEMCO have a large 150m2 exhibition stand which will feature GEMCO’s premium range of Sherpa and BM commercial vehicle roller brake testers and ATF test equipment, some of which will be operational for on-stand demonstrations. GEMCO’s extensive vehicle lift range will also be on show and some of the products include mobile column lifts, an Autop in-ground lift and the new Stenhoj baseless two-post lift with a large 6.5-tonne lifting capacity.

For the first time in Gemco’s 31 year history, the stand will exclusively showcase the Bradbury brand which celebrates its 120th Anniversary this year and there is a very special offer on the 6 tonne H2603 Bradbury two post lift to mark the occasion.

Trelleborg will present its broad range of agricultural tyres and complete wheel solutions at the 39th International Fair of Agricultural Machinery FIMA 2016, which will be held in Zaragoza, Spain, from the 16 to the 20 of February, in Hall 7, stand D-7.

Ramon Martinez, Country Manager Spain and Portugal at Trelleborg Wheel Systems, says: “With more than 220,000 visitors and 1,250 exhibitors in 2014, FIMA has become the major event for agricultural professionals in Southern Europe, and provides us with the ideal platform for displaying our latest high performance solutions directly to professionals in the agricultural industry.”

As a way to recognise the outstanding contribution made by its suppliers in 2015, leading distributor of autoparts and workshop equipment, Andrew Page, has announced the winners of its annual Supplier Awards.

Taking top honours, MANN+HUMMEL was named as overall best supplier, while TRW was presented with the breakthrough supplier award. The Andrew Page Quality Award was taken by Carwood, marking a successful year between the two companies. There were also awards for Lesjöfors, Bosch, BM Catalysts, Unipart, TEMOT International and Tetrosyl, who secured the Best Retail Products Award for the second year running.

Tyresure is expanding their range of OE Sensors even further.

Previously OE sensors from the well-known Japanese company Pacific could be purchased from the dealer only.

Pacific Sensors Europe have now chosen Tyresure to be their official distributor of the OE Pacific TPMS sensors. Tyresure is starting with 40700-6WY0A and 42607-02030 which cover the full range of new Lexus and Toyota vehicles, and many popular Nissan vehicles. These sensors will be available fromstock very soon. Due to the popular nature of these sensors pre-orders are now being taken (sales@tyresure.com).

Czech company, Avex Steel Products, is rapidly expanding into Europe with their new sales director, Frank Maertens, who has recently joined the team.

Frank comes from Belgium with more than 15 years of experience in sales of steel pallets and from now on, Avex believes that it will be easier to reach their European customers.

Since 1996 Avex produces steel pallets, mesh boxes, load carries into various industries.

Welcome to Avex, Frank!

Barry Shaddick Tyres Ltd has been awarded accreditation from Safecontractor for its commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety.

Safecontractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises very high standards in health and safety management amongst UK contractors.

Employing 58 people, Barry Shaddick Tyres Ltd is principally involved in the Commercial Vehicle Tyre supply and repair sector, specialising in the Road Haulage, Plant Hire and Construction industries.  Formed in 1989 the company has over twenty five years’ experience in the tyre industry.Over the years the business has grown to an operation that boasts six service centres in Bristol, Swindon, Avonmouth, Gloucester, Bridgwater and Newport in South Wales. 

For four days Essen, Germany,  will become the capital of the international tyre sector from May 24 to 27.

REIFEN 2016 will not only entice the 20 largest tyre manufacturers in the world into the halls at Messe Essen but renowned wheel rim manufacturers, garage equipment suppliers, specialists for retreading and dealers will also increasingly rush to the performance show which has been developed together with the sector for decades. 

The popularity amongst the tyre manufacturers alone is so great that Messe Essen has, for the first time, reserved and booked exclusively for them two halls with 22,000 square metres in total - and thus no less than a third of the entire exhibition area. The international demand is growing noticeably, too. For example, this year 75 percent of the exhibitors will probably travel to Essen from abroad. 

Apollo's Board of Directors recently approved the appointment of Padma Bhushan Shri Vinod Rai, former Comptroller and Auditor General of India, as Additional Director (Independent), and Francesco Gori, ex-CEO of Pirelli Tyres and Advisor for Strategy, Apollo Tyres Ltd, as Additional Director (Non-Independent).

Commenting on the appointments, Onkar S Kanwar, Chairman, Apollo Tyres Ltd said, “It is our privilege and honour to have Shri Vinod Rai and Francesco Gori as our Board Members. Their vast experience would further strengthen our Board, and add value to our strategic decision making process.” 

The Board of Directors of Apollo Tyres Ltd recently approved the company’s unaudited results for the 3rd quarter of the financial year 2015-16.

Apollo Tyres Ltd’s consolidated revenue for the nine months (April to December) of FY16 closed at Rs 8742 crores. Net Sales for the 3rd Quarter (October to December) closed at Rs 2929 crores. Commenting on the company’s performance in the 3rd quarter, Onkar S Kanwar, Chairman, Apollo Tyres Ltd said, “Despite our volumes going up, especially in India, we have reported flat revenues, as we have passed on the benefit of cooling raw material prices to our customers. This, in addition to the increasing import of cheap tyres into the country, has impacted our revenues.” 

Tourists can ‘pier’ at seaside sights in comfort from Blackpool Transport’s buses thanks to EFFITIRES™ by Michelin solutions, after the operator agreed a five-year renewal of the comprehensive tyre management programme.

Blackpool Transport will also fit Michelin Remix tyres under the contract – retreaded fitments that provide almost the same performance as new Michelin tyres, whilst protecting the environment as fewer new tyres are manufactured and fewer raw materials are consumed.

As well as its 147-strong bus fleet, Blackpool Transport is also responsible for maintaining and operating the seaside resort’s iconic tram services, which first entered operation in 1885.

Bridgestone UK’s tyre division is embarking on an exciting golf sponsorship quite unique to the UK tyre industry, featuring a European Tour event partnership, the resurrection of a high-profile English tournament and a nationwide amateur competition with up to 1,900 golf clubs. 

Bridgestone’s holistic package of golf sponsorships includes the following:   

  • Official partner of the European Tour’s British Masters event, supported by Sky Sports, from October 13 to 16, hosted by Luke Donald at The Grove 
  • Headline sponsor of the Bridgestone Challenge, a Challenge Tour event, at Heythrop Park from August 25 to 28
  • The creation of the Bridgestone DriveGuard Trophy, a Bridgestone amateur championship in association with England Golf

Tyre supplier Kumho has received two 2016 iF Design Awards in the ‘transport device’ discipline - they were accorded to the Kumho Ecsta HS81 and the Kumho Solus HA31. The prestigious annual iF accolade is organised by the International Forum Design of Germany and, along with the Red Dot Design Award and IDEA Design Award, the iF one is generally regarded as one of the world’s top three design prizes.

“The receipt of the iF Design Award is yet more global recognition of the excellence and innovativeness of our designs,” said Taek-Gyun Jeong, Senior Managing Director at Kumho Tire R&D headquarter in Korea. “As tyre design is closely linked to performance, we will continue striving to enhance our related capabilities in order to develop products that set us apart from our competitors.”

Kings Road Tyres, one of the leading and longest-established UK tyre wholesalers, has announced a multi-million pound investment and modernisation programme to restructure its wholesale business. The outcome of a detailed structural review has highlighted the opportunity for KRT to modernise its entire business by taking advantage of the latest warehousing, logistics, sales, systems and IT technologies.

“Tyre wholesaling is a dynamic business environment that continues to evolve ever-more rapidly. KRT is committed to remaining a major player in the market, as we have been for over 40 years. Against that background, we have decided to radically upgrade our entire distribution network to take advantage of the benefits available with the most modern buildings, logistics, infrastructure and systems,” explained Adrian Bader, KRT Group Managing Director.

Setyres are currently looking for an experienced and proven wholesale telehone sales person for their busy and expanding brand in Braintree.

For more information go to the Jobs Vacancies page.

TyreSafe has made accessing essential tyre safety information and guidance easier and more rewarding with the complete rebuild and relaunch of www.tyresafe.org. Acting as the UK’s primary source of tyre safety materials and advice, the new website features enhanced functionality and responsiveness to meet the needs of the growing number of browsers using mobile devices while also maintaining its desktop usability.

The relaunch of www.tyresafe.org is one of the many activities which will mark the organisation’s 10th year of campaigning to increase awareness of the dangers of defective and illegal tyres.

Downloadable leaflets and resources to inform the driver and support tyre safety campaigns can be found throughout the site, including all of the previous Tyre Safety Month materials.

To see more, please visit www.tyresafe.org

thebestof UK Business Award winner 2016 for Tyre Dealers in the UK has been won by Supertyres Motorists Centre in Welwyn Garden City.  This well-established, family-run business received 142 reviews during the course of the campaign, which ran from the 4th to the 31st of January.  Supertyres Motorists Centre also won the best business in Welwyn Hatfield, after a hard fought battle with Welwyn Roofbox Hire (128 reviews).

Supertyres Motorists Centre is a family business run by Vaughan Furr and his son Adam.  They have a comprehensive stock of tyres for all cars – including 4x4s and performance cars – at prices to suit every pocket.  They use the buying power of Point S, one of the largest motoring groups in Europe, to secure the best prices. These are fitted by well-trained technicians, using the latest equipment.  

Taiwan tyre manufacturer NANKANG Rubber Tire has unveiled the latest SP-9 tyre to meet the growing SUV and CUV car market. By adopting the optimized tread design and pitch sequence, the NANKANG SP-9 achieves the perfect combination of performance, comfort, safety and mileage.

The SP-9 comes in 38 sizes of V and H speed ratings, ranging from 40-series to 70-series, rim range from 16” to 21”, section width from 215 to 285.

The Maxxis Babes have once again pulled out all of the stops to help raise funds for Macmillan. The tyre maker’s promotional team attended the Autosport International show at the NEC earlier this month, with all £2,275 generated from sales of their calendars going directly to the charity dedicated to help anyone affected by cancer.

The grand total raised by the girls represents the approximate cost of a Macmillan cancer support worker for a month. This means the Maxxis Babes will have helped Macmillan deliver critical services for people diagnosed with cancer, as well as their friends and families.

 

Kumho Tire has appointed 61-year-old Han-Seob Lee to be its new CEO - he will head up the Korean tyre manufacturer‘s global business with immediate effect.

During his early career at Kumho Tire, Lee held various positions within its European operation and is regarded by the industry as an expert in the European tyre market. His initial role on moving to the area in the late 1980s was that of Operation Manager in the UK. Following this successful beginning, he became General Manager for the Italian market, based in Kumho’s Milan Office. Lee then held several positions within the company’s Korean headquarters before returning to Europe in 2005 as President of Kumho Tire Europe. For his most recent post he once again returned to South Korea, where he was responsible for Kumho’s global sales activities under the title of Chief Sales Officer.

 

Executive fleet car drivers can get a grip on their high-end company vehicles’ on-road performance with Michelin’s new Pilot Sport 4 tyres, which are inspired by the company’s motorsport pedigree.

Andy Fern, Michelin’s Head of Fleet, says: “Pilot Sport 4 tyres are ideally suited to the larger, more powerful diesel and hybrid passenger vehicles increasingly operated by fleets around the country. With high levels of engine torque, larger rim diameters – often over 17 inches – advanced automatic gearboxes and complex electronics, these modern fleet cars need tyres that balance handling and performance, while still delivering exceptional fuel economy and lower carbon dioxide emissions."

Maxxis International has enhanced its passenger tyre portfolio with the launch of the Premitra HP5 tyre. The latest addition will not only give motorists more options, the HP5 adds a new dimension to Maxxis’ already impressive and very diverse product offering.

The launch of the HP5 tyre marks an important milestone for Maxxis as managing director, Derek McMartin confirms: “Due to substantial advances in our manufacturing processes and the high demands from passenger car drivers, the introduction of the Premitra HP5 tyre has seen Maxxis take a huge step forward in ensuring it maintains its reputation for having one of the widest ranges on the market."

Around 700,000 new babies will make their first journey home from hospital this year. Alarmingly, more than one in four of those may travel home on illegal or dangerous tyres.

With this shocking statistic in mind, TyreSafe - the UK’s tyre safety organisation – is launching a brand new awareness campaign aimed at pregnant women. TyreSafe is encouraging mums-to-be to add CHECK TYRES to their pre-birth checklist in anticipation of the most important journeys they will ever make – the trips to and from hospital, before and after the arrival of a new-born baby. While the heavily-pregnant mums may not be able to carry out the checks themselves, they should ask a partner or local TyreSafe retailer to ensure their tyres’ air pressure, condition and tread depth are safe and legal.

‘Be On the Pulse of High Technology and Performance’ is the theme of Falken Tyre’s new television commercials aimed at Northern and Eastern Europe, with the launch of this campaign to coincide with the return leg of the Bundesliga German football league.

The clips, which range from seven to twenty seconds in length, will be screened by TV broadcaster Eurosport before match kick-off and at half-time. The Bundesliga is one of the most popular sporting events in these markets, generating high viewing figures.

“We anticipate that our strategy will deliver significant reach amongst our target group in these growth markets. Our TV advertising campaign is designed for maximum emotional impact on end-customers and wholesalers alike, and will firmly anchor our brand among these sectors over the long term,” explains Stephan Cimbal, head of marketing at Falken Tyre Europe GmbH.

Undeterred by the heavy snow fall and icy conditions, more than twenty members from across Northern Ireland gathered for the region’s first meeting of 2016.

The first presentation of the evening was given by Christine Joyce and Jason Simms of TyreSafe, who reported on the consumer body’s successful tyre safety campaigns in 2015, the results of its work with the NTDA on combatting illegal and unsafe part-worn tyres and its plans for 2016, which will be its 10th anniversary celebration year.

Members were particularly interested in the tread depth at the point of replacement survey which was conducted in partnership with Highways England and to which many NTDA members had contributed.

NTDA Regional Chairman Dasos Michaelides said that the results of the survey were shocking and that he was keen for members in Northern Ireland to contribute to a similar survey. Members present at the meeting supported this wholeheartedly.

Due to National Tyres & Autocare's continuing expansion the following positions are available:

Branch Managers, Assistant Branch Managers, MOT Testers, Autocare Techicians, Tyre Fitters

For more information go to the Jobs Vacancies page - National Tyres & Autocare are waiting to hear from you!

D & D Commercial Tyres have an exciting position for a Commercial Truck Tyre Sales Rep.

For more information go to the Job Vacancies page.

Setyres/Tyreco have a position for an energetic and self motivated individual to understudy and assist the exisiting General Manager.

For more information regarding this exciting position please go to the Job Vacancies page.

 

 

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