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The highly popular annual awards organised by NTDA has been rebranded.

With effect from this year’s Annual Dinner (2014) NTDA will drop the description TAFF and rename them TYRE INDUSTRY AWARDS.

The NTDA has announced that the 2014 Tyre Industry Awards, which will take place on 8th October 2014 at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate, will be presented by Michael Portillo. The ever popular, former Enfield MP is now firmly established as a broadcaster and political commentator. 

NTDA Director Stefan Hay said: “Michael Portillo is an outstanding speaker and presenter. With his sharp wit, eloquently presented repertoire and great sense of humour he will, undoubtedly, add style and gravitas to this already prestigious tyre industry event.”

Top Marques took place from 17 to 20 April in the Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo. Vredestein showcased for the first time at this automotive event its unique partnership with the Italian designer Giorgetto Giugiaro. The company has developed custom-made tyres with an exceptional sidewall design for the exclusive Giugiaro Parcour car. 

Vredestein launched some twenty new sizes for the Vredestein Ultrac Vorti this summer, designed especially for powerful SUVs and sports cars. The Ultrac Vorti R, a tyre for super sports cars like the McLaren MP4-12C and the Lamborghini Gallardo, will also get six new sizes. 

Comprising a range of specialised training programmes that enhance driving skills, safety and performance, the 2014 edition promises both big and small things.

As exclusive Original Equipment supplier to the i3, Bridgestone was the obvious choice. Perfectly adapted to the training programmes that put drivers to the test in a variety of conditions, Bridgestone’s tyres let them explore and extend their limits safely and with total confidence. 

With the popularity of SUV and Crossover vehicles continuing apace, the new Green-Max 4x4 HP tyre range is offering a strong alternative to the more established tyre names in this growing tyre segment.

The Green-Max programme offers an extensive range right from the start, incorporating 28 dimensions ranging from the ever-present 205/70TR15 to more ‘up and coming’ sizes like 255/55VR19 and 235/55VR17.

Demonstrating superb levels of comfort and noise reduction, coupled with excellent handling and wet performance characteristics, Green-Max 4x4 HP is likely to prove its worth to SUV owners wishing to find the best level of value and performance.  

The ATLAS SPORTGREEN budget tyre recently achieved a strong 7th place in an independent German summer tyre test, executed for the AutoBild magazine.

 Based on 10 tested parameters, the Atlas SportGreen outperforms many premium brands and many others. The main advantages of Atlas according to the test are:

 -        Excellent performance on wet (aquaplaning)

-        Short braking distance on dry

-        Low noise level

-        BEST price-quality ratio

AutoBild speaks of a surprising outcome. For Deldo Autobanden, the owner of the Atlas brand, the strong test result is no surprise whatsoever.

Hankook continues as the exclusive tyre partner to the FIA Formula 3 European Championship for 2014. For this season, the premium tyre manufacturer supplies a further-developed tyre from its successful Ventus Race Formula slick offering even more grip. On the calendar this season are 33 races over 11 weekends as a partner series to the DTM.

This year, 30 drivers will compete in twelve teams for the title of the European championship. Hankook’s commitment to Europe’s most important feeder formula series underlines the company’s active support of talented youngsters and is also the effective expansion of its brand awareness in the world of top motor racing. 

The manufacturer of sports cars has approved both 18" and 21" summer tyres from the ContiSportContact tyre line. The ContiSportContact 5 P N0 has been approved in sizes 265/40 R21 101Y and 295/35 R21 103Y. Offering maximum safety and driving pleasure, the ContiSportContact 5P doesn’t only go fast – it stops fast too. The ContiSportContact 5 N0 has also been approved in tyres sizes 235/60 R18 103W and 255/55 R18 105W.

Toyo Tires has announced that a further 12 fitments of its popular and effective Open Country M/T tyre have gained Professional Off Road (POR) accreditation, allowing them to be listed and sold outside of current EU labelling requirements.

The tyre is already hugely popular with many off-road professionals, including multiple Dakar and Baja winner, Robby Gordon.

More than 50 European partners recently met in New Delhi to celebrate with Infinity Tyres and discover more about the company’s exciting plans for the future. Following previous trips to Dubai, Thailand and China, the trip to northern India was the most ambitious yet with every detail personally arranged and co-ordinated by Executive Director, Mr. Harjeev Kandhari.

Guests were thanked for their own contribution in establishing the Infinity brand and its market-beating sales growth in 2013. Invitees also heard how the entire Infinity passenger tyre range has been renewed over the past two years (from UHP to Winter to Van to SUV) as well as seeing the company enter new segments such as the new agricultural tyre range. Infinity also has a number of distinctive marketing strategies lined up over coming months including a revamp of its corporate website and plans to enter the interactive world of social media.

The European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers Association published today figures concerning its members’ sales in the first quarter of 2014.

Compared to the very low start of 2013, ETRMA members experienced a double digit growth almost in all tyre segments. This first quarter saw the consumer segment growing by 10% and the truck and bus sector by 16%.

When looking at the national results for these two segments, almost all countries showed an increase.

Fazilet Cinaralp, Secretary General of ETRMA stated, “A good start is half the battle and we can expect also in the coming months a positive development of the market, with a growth between 3 to 4% at the end of the year, compared to 2013.”

The growing influence of the internet on the auto industry can be seen in the continuous growth of the eRetailing market for automotive parts. eRetailing of automotive components has given aftermarket participants a fresh boost and presents a new sales channel dynamic enough to be in sync with evolving macro-economic conditions and also flexible enough to address customer needs by offering a personalized shopping experience.

The sale of tyres is according to Frost & Sullivan by far the biggest segment amongst all automotive replacement parts sold online, contributing close to 46 percent of total aftermarket eRetail revenues for auto parts in Europe and being worth EUR 2.5 billion in 2013.

 

Leading Taiwanese tyre manufacturer, Federal Tire, is the latest company to join the Imported Tyre Manufacturers Association (ITMA).

Celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, Federal has overseas distributors in more than 70 countries around the world for its range of passenger car, SUV and light truck tyres.

ITMA also has announced that its 2014 annual general meeting will be held in the grand surroundings of Windsor Castle in the UK.

Taking place on the weekend of 14th June, a record number of attendees will hear a range of industry updates and briefings during the group’s general and technical meetings. Members will also have the opportunity to vote on any constitutional or operational developments being proposed by the group.

To find out more about the event or to reserve your place, visit www.tyre-conferences.com. 

As well as playing an important role in one of Europe’s major tyre conferences, ITMA will also be addressing ChinaGRTAE – part of the 5th China International Rubber Tire & Auto Accessory Exhibition.

Held in Shandong, China from the 15th – 17th May, the event will bring together influential tyre industry professionals from around the world. 

A host of new safety information and resources is being made available for the first time to scooter riders in the UK in a bid to help keep them safe on the roads.

The “PACT” campaign, launched by TyreSafe, provides riders with a wealth of free advice and tyre maintenance tips, designed to ensure that they remain safe on the road, whatever the conditions.

Very often owners have not ridden any other kind of motorcycle so they may be unfamiliar with the considerable demands being placed on their tyres and the need for proper and regular maintenance.

Brityrex International has confirmed that it will once again play host to a series of Tyre Talk seminars covering key business issues affecting tyre retailers, wholesalers and fast-fit service providers. 

Organised and presented in association with show sponsor the NTDA, the free seminars will cover topical subjects including the business opportunities provided by TPMS servicing and repair; an update on the EU tyre Labelling regulation; the NTDA’s campaigning work with Trading Standards on illegal part worn tyres, the environmental impact of illegal tyre dumping and disposal, and tyre ageing.

Toyo Tire  announced that they have concluded an agreement to support AC Milan (Associazione Calcio Milan), a renowned world-class veteran football club, as a premium sponsor, starting from April this year until June 2016.]

Seizing the opportunity of this business expansion, they will begin to actively take advantage of sponsorship of a sport that boasts overwhelming global popularity (football) as our influential global branding content.

With their extremely stiff sidewalls, changing Runflat tyres can present a challenge for many tyre shops. However, thanks to a new model in its range of Hunter wheel servicing equipment, the TCX 578 leverless tyre changer, Pro-Align has now made this operation much easier.

The new TCX 578 is a leverless model that is quick and easy to use, and helps avoid costly damage to rims. 

To arrange a demonstration, visit www.pro-align.co.uk.

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Hämmerling - The Tyre Company, a German tyre wholesaler operating on an international scale with its private brands ATHOS, MAXX, TALAS and SÄMM, is taking part in the Commercial Vehicle Show 2014 in Birmingham (UK) for the first time. Hämmerling - The Tyre Company will be presenting the whole range of its versatile products and services to its visitors at booth 4D98.

In order to meet the rising demand Hämmerling - The Tyre Company GmbH is looking for authorized dealers and will be recruiting employees in UK. Candidates are invited to contact our staff at the booth. For available situations and jobs, please refer to http://www.haemmerling-group.com. 

Having started the year in a very positive mode with the launch of their latest wheel alignment product in the first quarter. Leading Alignment Specialists, Southampton based Supertracker are now maintaining a 'high profile' momentum by further extending the company's sales base throughout the UK.

2014 is already proving to be a busy and successful year for Supertracker and Trevor is keen to point out that further developments in products and services will be announced in due course. 

The new SUV model of the Hankook Ventus S1 evo2, the UHP flagship of the premium tyre manufacturer is now available for drivers of high-performance, dynamic sports utility (SUV) and sports activity vehicles (SAV). Especially designed to meet the requirements of this popular vehicle category, the tyres combine sport-dynamic driving performance with suspension comfort, low rolling noise and limited rolling resistance. The safety features, wet grip for example, have also been specially tuned to the demands of high-performance premium SUVs like the BMW X5, which already come with the tyres as their original equipment.

As a result of expansion in outlets and sales, Mr Tyre Ltd have a variety of positions available in the Midlands area. For more information go to the Jobs Vacancies page.

40 of the UK’s top 400 Tyre Wholesalers & Distributors have been given an attractive acquisition rating – suggesting we are set for a fresh round of acquisition activity in the UK Tyre Wholesalers & Distributors market.

A new study by Plimsoll has surveyed the UK’s largest 400 Tyre Wholesalers & Distributors firms and delved behind the details of each and assessed each company on classic acquisition criteria.

Craighill Tyres & Autocentre is for sale due to the impending retirement of the 76 year old founder.

For more information go to the Businesses for Sale section.

 

Due to continuing expansion of National Tyres and Autocare they have positions at a range of levels in locations right across the UK.

For more information go to the Jobs Vacancies page.

Since being established two years ago, Cardiff based TIA Wheels (part of the TIA Group) has progressively gained a growing reputation as a specialist importer, distributor and stockist of quality alloy and steel wheels for the commercial, industrial, earthmover and OTR market sectors.

“The company's overall aim is to ensure a completely professional customer orientated service to the wheel industry which includes the ultimate in after-sales technical support. TIA Wheels prides itself on guaranteeing a 'fresh perspective' towards the modern production of quality wheel products and wheel fabrication within a highly competitive price level,” says Ray Taylor, Director if TIA Wheels.

In the recent J.D Power 2014 Original Equipment Tire Customer Satisfaction Study, Nexen Tire achieved great  results over two consecutive years.

Nexen Tire ranked in 11th on the total industry segment with improved satisfactory points. The company received good results on mileage, safety, durability and fuel saving. This study was based on the responses from new-vehicle owners who purchased the vehicle within the last two years.

The Parts Alliance group has significantly strengthened its position as an industry leader in the automotive aftermarket after reaching a landmark agreement for investors HgCapital (HgC) to acquire the business ‘The Parts Alliance Ltd’ along with its Central Facilities operations of offices in Solihull and central warehouse in Smethwick, both in the Birmingham area and from where it services its members.

The acquisition, completed on Friday 4 April, sees Peter Sephton becoming Chief Executive and pledging ‘to build an industry leading board of industry experts’ to drive the enhanced business forward with quick decision-making and ‘best in class’ systems and practices.

Silverline International, the Warwick-based tyre and wheels distributor, will be making a debut appearance at October’s Brityrex International exhibition to highlight its portfolio of exclusive 4x4 and sport utility vehicle (SUV) brands to trade buyers.

The company has recently signed an exclusive UK partnership agreement with Atturo, the private brand producer of SUV and 4X4 tyres, which will be a centrepiece attraction in Manchester.

Silverline is also the UK distributor for the American brands Mickey Thompson and Dick Cepek and is a global trading partner for Cooper Tire; these tyres, along with a range of branded wheels, will also be on show in Manchester this October.

Event Tyres have vacancies for Control Centre Staff at Warrington and Henley-on-Thames.

They are looking for Mobile Tyre Fitters in the Northeast, Bristol, Edinburgh and Glasgow areas.

For more information go to the Jobs Vacancies page.

 

R H Claydon has a vacany for a Branch Manager, based in Saxham, Bury St. Edmunds. Don't miss this opportunity as the closing date is 30th April 2014. Go to the Jobs Vacancy page for more information.

If we were to canvass our readers with regards to the effect that Tyre Labelling legislation has had on influencing Customer choice and the behaviour of Assistants at the point of sale, we are sure that opinion would be split between those who have embraced this transparent measurement gauge and those who are yet to see any change in behaviour.

When perusing any of the plethora of online tyre shops now available, it is clear to see those who make a point of displaying labelling scores right at the forefront of each brand/ price offered and then those who still display it but a ‘shopper’ is required to perform numerous more clicks or searches in order to find the required information.

Stuart Jackson has been re-elected as the chairman of not-for-profit road safety campaign group TyreSafe. The appointment sees Jackson start his third term as the head of the not-for-profit road safety organisation which he has led since 2010.

“I’m honoured to have been re-elected by my colleagues to such a fantastic and worthwhile position,” comments Stuart Jackson, chairman, TyreSafe. “We’ve achieved so much as an organisation over the last few years, yet there is still a great deal of work to do, so I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to continue playing such an important role.”

TyreSafe was established in 2006 with the sole aim of raising awareness about the dangers associated with illegal and defective tyres. Since then, its campaigning has helped reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured each year in the UK in a tyre related accident by 36 per cent.

 

A unique solution that can help truck, bus and coach fleets to radically reduce fuel consumption will make its Commercial Vehicle Show debut later this month at the NEC.

EFFIFUEL™ by Michelin solutions – a new entity of the Michelin Group launched in May 2013 – brings together an array of fuel-saving levers to help road transport companies reduce and contain their fuel consumption, managing it efficiently and committing to meet a fuel consumption target over periods of up to four years.

Paul Davey, Commercial Director of Michelin solutions in the UK & Ireland, explains: “This is an entirely new approach to understanding fuel efficiency, and a novel concept in the commercial vehicle sector; the CV Show is the perfect opportunity to discuss it with some of the biggest fleets in the business.”

ATS Euromaster is putting the spotlight on its five decades of van expertise at this year’s Commercial Vehicle Show, with the offer to help businesses give both their tyre and fleet maintenance policies a health check.

Peter Fairlie, ATS Euromaster’s Group Sales Director, says: “Most fleets know us for being the country’s largest commercial vehicle tyre specialist, but not all realise our light commercial vehicle expertise extends to everything from Class IV and Class VII MOTs to complex fault diagnostics.

“We’ll be using the three days at the NEC to highlight our van excellence – building on the £12 million we’ve invested since 2010 in upgrading our network and extending the services we can offer van operators.”

 Michelin has selected the Commercial Vehicle Show 2014 to host an exclusive international preview of its new 385/65 R 22.5 X Multi T trailer tyre – which will be officially launched this summer.

Michelin says the 385/65 X Multi T, which is designed for national and regional operations, will enable fleets to drive even greater value from their tyres. It will offer improvements in longevity, grip and rolling resistance over the current XTE3 trailer tyre of the same size, which has been Michelin’s best-selling trailer fitment since its launch in 2007.

The 385/65 is the second most popular commercial vehicle tyre size sold domestically and accounts for approximately 16 per cent of the market. 

Also on display will be an example from the Michelin XML line-up; an all-round fitment for trucks operating both on and off-road, where good grip on all types of terrain, from mud and sand to grass, snow or tarmac is required.

Fast-growing TBR and CVR tyre manufacturer AEOLUS will use its presence at the Commercial Vehicle Show to demonstrate the value/performance proposition offered by the brand to buyers and specifiers of commercial tyres.

The manufacturer will be exhibiting its full range of truck, bus, coach and van tyres in conjunction with its exclusive UK distributor, Kings Road Tyres (KRT), which has been responsible for sales of the brand since 2004.

 Last month (January) saw KRT announce that it had extended its distribution agreement with the manufacturer to include its CVR (Commercial Van Radial) range, which includes the flagship Transace AL01 van fitment in 14 sizes, covering the majority of popular light commercial applications. 

CV Show Challenges Operators about their Tyre Policy

The 2014 Commercial Vehicle Show wants to convince fleet operators to think long and hard about their tyre policies or face a hefty penalty.

It believes choosing the right tyre is key to the success of any transport operation, because of the safety critical role tyres play in a fleet’s safety and performance. It is advising operators to consider their company tyre policy carefully.

An illegal or defective commercial vehicle tyre could mean a roadside prohibition, a court appearance and a hefty fine. A driver caught behind the wheel of a vehicle with illegal tyres faces three penalty points and a fine of up to £2,500 per tyre – regardless of whether they own the vehicle or not.

 

The 2014 Commercial Vehicle Show will provide operators with the perfect opportunity to compare tyre suppliers and decide which is best suited to their needs. That’s why this year’s Show will feature 14 different suppliers to this essential sector of the road transport industry.

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