Kumho has never shied away from exposing its retailers to the virtues of its tyres for road, off-road and competition use, but this year stepped up a gear courtesy of a multi-disciplined experience event held over the three days of October 3-5 at Silverstone, ‘The Home of British Motor Racing’.
Invited by Kumho Tyre UK and its national distributor Micheldever Tyre Services, some 150 members of their respective Performance Centre networks of independent Kumho retailers were given the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of a cross-section of the manufacturer’s latest products; the general consensus of opinion being that it was the best such event Kumho has run to date.
In summary, Kumho UK’s Marketing Director John Thrupp said: “This was a very rewarding event that allowed a good cross-section of our dealer networks to obtain invaluable personal experience of our exciting new products. The feedback has been very positive all round, and I’m confident the attendees will now be able to promote our tyres with greatly increased knowledge and confidence.”
For further information on Kumho and its products for road, off-road and competition use, see www.kumhotyre.co.uk.
Bridgestone has been selected by Aston Martin as an official project partner for the new DB11 model to be launched later in 2016. This exciting program sees Bridgestone support Aston Martin with a series of technical developments, durability testing and global media launches including use of its class leading European Proving Ground in Aprilia, Italy.
Christophe De Valroger, Vice-President Original Equipment, Bridgestone Europe: “Bridgestone is rightfully proud to continue its long-standing partnership with Aston Martin and be nominated as a sole supplier for this premium development project for the exciting new DB11. Working with one of the world’s top luxury sports car icons is not only a privilege for our engineers – it is a great opportunity to raise the bar in terms of tyre design, efficiencies and performance.”
Bridgestone has worked closely with Aston Martin on tyre development for many years, including projects such as the DB9, V8 Vantage S and Rapide and now the exceptional new DB11 will be fitted with the next evolution of Bridgestone’s flagship UHP sports tyre, Potenza S007.
Sales opportunities through eBay are realising huge business growth for tyre retailers. As a result, CAM is introducing a bespoke scalable cloud-based solution that will enable dealers to streamline the associated administration, eradicate errors and save time and labour.
CAM’s solution integrates Cameo and its Online Tyre Catalogue (OTC) alongside a bespoke eBay shop, which further strengthens the features list on the new Cameo Update! application. CAM achieved the eBay integration within eight weeks of receiving the signed order and it now plays a pivotal sales management role within Tread X Tyres’ business.
Post-order from the consumer, the system operator is presented with a list of all completed eBay transactions awaiting despatch. The user is able to review and confirm the details of each sale before being guided through a seamless sales process of courier and delivery service level selection, and then onto generating the finished invoice. There is virtually no manual data entry during the process, since all product and customer data is pulled from the eBay website, passed directly to into selected courier’s systems, and then into the finished customer invoice. Accuracy is improved and invoice processing time has been dramatically reduced.
The eBay integration also includes a ‘pick list’ feature which allows the operator to generate a picking list of all items that have been sold awaiting despatch. This allows warehouse staff to retrieve stock from the facility far more efficiently.
The mobile tyre shredder unit is based on the EV85E with a chamber length of 900mm and a chamber width of 500mm, the cutter width on this shredder is 75mm made up of 2x 38.5mm wide cutters stacked.
This particular mobile tyre shredder unit is driven by a 126KVA generator that not only powers the shredder but also in feed and out feed conveyors and a force feed system and lighting and an air conditioning unit.
Here is a link to a video showing the EV85E tyre shredder in action during testing https://youtu.be/HNkjg1Fw5cc.
The shredder is fitted inside a 20 foot high cube shipping container and has LED lighting running off the 12 volt battery on the generator to offer lighting in the container as soon as the battery isolator is switched on.
You will see a driven wheel in the hopper that pushes any larger tyres fed to the shredder in a downwards direction to the cutters, this shredder is only intended to shred all car and light commercial and smaller truck tyres, nothing over 850mm in diameter.
Riding on the success of Tyrexpo Asia 2015, the 11th edition of Tyrexpo Asia returns with new and exciting event highlights! Mark 21 – 23 March 2017 in your calendar now!
According to Ken Research’s market report, Asia’s tyre Industry could reach U$406,431 million by 2017. Tapping on the huge potential, Tyrexpo Asia 2017 will be the right platform to meet your Asia Pacific customers and to showcase your new products, all in one place.
A brand new show – GarageXpo Asia 2017 will be staging its appearance next year. Co-located with Tyrexpo Asia 2017, GarageXpo Asia serves as a dedicated gathering point for the automotive aftermarket communities in Asia, showcasing the latest automotive repair and maintenance equipment, trends, challenges and technological changes. With this, expect to see a greater synergy in the buyers’ group!
REMA TIP TOP AUTOMOTIVE UK LIMITED retain the 2016 NTDA – Tyre and Aftermarket Equipment Supplier of the Year award for an unprecedented third year in succession. The award, sponsored by ‘Automechanika’ was presented by NTDA Chief Executive Stefan Hay and MotoGP TV presenter Suzi Perry at the 87th NTDA Awards ceremony. The VOX Conference Centre hosted the sell out NTDA conference and awards dinner for the first time, with the event taking place on Thursday 6th October 2016.
Delighted at receiving the prestigious NTDA award for the third time in as many years, Chief Executive Mark Insley praised the dedicated team of professionals at REMA TIP TOP that drive the business forward in challenging times. Mr Insley, continued by stating, “Our customers remain the number one focus. By providing the highest levels of service, superb product quality and competitive pricing our goal is to maintain REMA TIP TOP’s position as the number one aftermarket supplier for many years to come.”
Managing Director, Cliff Jones commented “REMA TIP TOP is chosen by many of the leading players in the industry for its reliability, quality and stability. Today, even more than ever, external economic factors are playing an increasing role in the business decisions we are all making - which is why REMA TIP TOP will continue to offer a safe haven for all your aftermarket requirements, driven by a proven track record and a guaranteed commitment to the success of your business.”
l-r Suzi Perry, Simon Albert (Automechanika), Mark Insley & Cliff Jones (Rema Tip Top, Roger Griggs (NTDA)
With just one round to go in the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship, Sweden's Mattias Ekstrom has been crowned the new champion after scoring enough points on Cooper tyres, in Buxtehude (14-16 October), to secure the title.
Olsbergs MSE driver Kevin Eriksson won the German RX round, his first-ever World Rallycross victory. Two-time World RX champion Petter Solberg finished second, while fellow Norwegian Andreas Bakkerud completed the podium line-up.
There have now been seven different winners in the Supercar category this season.
Sarah McRoberts, Marketing Communications Manager for Cooper Tire Europe, said, “It’s been another incredible year for World Rallycross, and the season isn’t even over yet!
“Many congratulations to Mattias for clinching the title and becoming the latest champion on our tyres. It was also fantastic to see Kevin take victory for the first time in World RX.
“World Rallycross really is the perfect way for us to demonstrate the capabilities and durability of Cooper tyres. It’s a pleasure to work with all the teams and drivers involved, and we are delighted to be continuing as sole tyre supplier in the championship next year.”
Find out more about Cooper's World RX tyres here: http://www.fiaworldrallycross.com/article/9242/cooper-tire-europe--world.
Goodyear Dunlop Tyres UK Ltd is delighted to announce the continued partnership with the UK Police Force that will see the leading tyre manufacturer supply, service and maintain the Government operated fleet.
The UK Crown Commercial Service has confirmed the supply and fitment of Goodyear and Dunlop tyres to the UK Police Force, as well as a provision of some tyres for non-Police Government services, including cars, trucks and motorcycles.
As part of the continued service provision, UK Police Forces will benefit from the support of Goodyear Dunlop’s fast-fit network, HiQ Fleet Services, which incorporates transparent costs, a dedicated network manager covering our nationwide network and tyre policy development.
Commenting on the deal, David Howe, Head of Fleet for Goodyear Dunlop said: “Winning and retaining this contract means that Goodyear Dunlop has held the position as supplier to the Police for over 15 consecutive years. We are thrilled to retain this prestigious contract once again.”
National Account Manager at Goodyear Dunlop, David Morris, added ‘We believe that the key strengths of Goodyear Dunlop have enabled us to retain the contract, such as our strong, innovative and award winning product portfolio, dedicated Account Management, our continuing partnerships with key OEM’s and the high priority our HiQ Fleet Service network places on this important contract.”
A new 360° video from TyreSafe depicts the startling difference in braking distances between tyres just below the legal limit and those with full tread. The film has been devised to immerse viewers in the action so they can safely experience for themselves the lack of control provided by tyres with dangerously low tread depth. The film builds to a dramatic climax as the test car careers through a purpose-built wall – out of control and unable to stop in time.
Following the controlled incident, viewers can see for themselves how much further it has travelled before coming to a stop compared with the car equipped with almost new tyres – a full 14m, practically a bus length.
Called TyreSafe 360 the film is best appreciated using a smartphone and virtual reality (VR) goggles, allowing viewers to simply turn their heads to get an all-round view of the action. It is available as an app from the Apple Store or Google Play and once downloaded it does not require an internet connection to play as the footage is embedded. Alternatively, visit TyreSafe’s YouTube channel and use keyboard, mouse, touchpad or touchscreen to control the direction of viewing.
Ever since her 18 year old son Michael was killed in the Bestival Coach crash on the A3 in Surrey in September 2012. Liverpool based Frances Molloy has tirelessly spent the past four years campaigning for Government legislation to be passed on the condition and age of tyres.
Over the past four years Frances has been behind a determined campaign to not only get a ban on part-worn tyres but also determine a legal age limit that a tyre can be fitted to any vehicle. In 2014 was a guest speaker at the Tyrexpo UK Show which proved to be a launch pad to take her campaign to the next level of intensity.
Backed by the NTDA and the TyreSafe organisation Legislation Against Dangerous Tyres (LADT) also has the total support of local Liverpool Walton MP – Steve Rotherham and with his help and experience create and present Legislation Bill 77 to 'Introduce limits on the age of tyres on buses and coaches; and for connected purposes. In effect Frances is demanding that tyre age join tread depth and external condition as part of an annual vehicle check.
For further details on the Legislation Against Dangerous Tyres contact Frances Molloy on 07795 017191 or at email@example.com
The Parts Alliance has been nominated for ‘Car Distributor of the Year’.
The award, given annually by the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF), will be announced at the IAAF Awards Dinner. The event itself will see around 600 people gather at Birmingham’s ICC on 15th December for an evening’s entertainment hosted by journalist John Sergeant.
The prestigious ‘Distributor of the Year’ accolade will be one of just four awards made on the night, and the only one for which the national motor factor buying group is eligible.
Reaching the shortlist recognises the achievements of all 13 individual members of The Parts Alliance in delivering consistently high levels of service across over 200 branches nationwide.
The award will once again be decided democratically; suppliers will rank nominees across five criteria, ensuring a thorough appraisal.
Members of the IAAF are invited to vote for The Parts Alliance by visiting http://www.iaaf.co.uk/voting/ or to contact the IAAF Office by telephoning 0121 748 4600.
Voting closes on 18th November.
In cold weather, Continental recommends fitting winter tyres on all axles of trucks and buses. This is because in wintry conditions, standard tyres reach their limits very quickly, even if they bear the M+S symbol. In many European countries, the minimum legal requirement for tyres suitable for winter use is usually limited to the drive axle and stipulates that tyres must feature the M+S symbol.
Continental's portfolio of winter tyres for commercial vehicles offers tailor-made tyres that stand out from the competition thanks to optimal traction and high levels of driving safety, when driving on cold and wet, snowy or icy roads. Continental winter tyres featuring the snowflake symbol on the tyre wall easily outperform M+S tyres, and also significantly exceeds the requirements of the "Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake" symbol (3PMSF). The concept of tyres working in harmony with each other is based on many years of experience and practical knowledge gained in Scandinavian countries, where genuine winter tyres are always fitted to commercial vehicles before the onset of winter.
Continental presents its winter tyres for trucks and buses in a new brochure, which uses augmented reality technology for the first time. Mobile devices can be used to get a clear picture of the benefits and performance characteristics of the tyres. You can download the winter brochure via the following link: http://www.continental-truck-tires.com/winterbrochure
The company offers a portfolio of modern winter tyres, one of the most comprehensive tyre ranges on the commercial vehicle market and one that contributes to safe driving on snow.
Hankook Tire aims to solidify its technology leadership in the automotive industry at the high-tech facility by providing an optimal research environment, and by implementing Hankook Tire’s ‘Proactive’ corporate culture via innovation in the working process.
Hankook Tire today announced that it held an opening ceremony of ‘Hankook Technodome’, the new central R&D center in Daejeon, Korea, as the company headways into becoming a global top-tier brand based on technological leadership.
Hankook Technodome is an embodiment of Hankook Tire’s strong commitment in R&D innovation, and will act as a core instrument of the company’s global R&D infrastructure. As the high-tech facility provides an optimized research environment, Hankook Tire plans to focus on securing original technology for the future to lead the way of Hankook Tire’s mid-long term R&D plans to lead the latest tyre technology and world class quality. The new R&D center will also play a pivotal role in implementing Hankook Tire’s proactive corporate culture by innovating the working process, and continuously strengthening the company’s R&D capability to step towards a top-tier company.
Tyre technicians can prepare their TPMS tools ahead of Winter tyre season thanks to Bartec Auto ID Limited’s (Bartec) latest software update.
Compatible with TECH500SDE, TECH400SDE and TECH300 tools, the TPMS experts have unveiled the R55.0 upgrade – available to all customers who have registered their tools; those that haven’t need to do so quickly to take advantage of the comprehensive sensor coverage.
The software update covers new vehicles and sensors fitted as standard by the car manufacturers as well as programmable or universal sensors.
The family-owned British manufacturer has extended both the number of make, model and year selections of universal sensors for Schrader EZ-sensor (64 new selections), Huf IntelliSens (75 new selections) and Alligator sens.it (53 new selections).
To view the full coverage chart, visit www.bartecautoid.com/pdf/bartec-auto-id-coverage-chart.pdf
Ertan Kurt has been appointed as the new International Markets Director of Brisa, Turkey’s market leader and Europe’s seventh biggest tyre producer. Ertan Kurt assumed this role effective of October 3rd and will be responsible for international sales and marketing of Lassa Tyres. Kurt succeeds Halit Şensoy, who had held the position since 2010.
Mr. Halit Şensoy, who directed the development and activities of the International Markets Department of Brisa with great success since 2010,was appointed as the Consultant to CEO, OEM Business, effective as of October 3rd. Ertan Kurt assumed the International Markets Director position effective by the same date. Mr. Kurt held several sales and marketing positions in large multinational companies. A spokesperson for Lassa said,"We are sure he will also contribute successfully to the development and activities of Lassa Tyres in its global journey ahead.
It’s easy enough to prepare for the winter, so why are UK drivers always so unprepared? We all know that as the temperature drops the number of batteries we work on or replace in our workshops increase. So rather than waiting for customers to breakdown this winter, workshops should be more proactive. If you have a great customer database, use it. Don’t scare them, but contact your customers and inform them of the elevated risks of driving with vehicle faults during winter.
With batteries, tyres, brakes, lubricants and even lack of antifreeze fluids being significant causes of winter breakdowns, winter services can be highly profitable. So why not encourage your customers to visit your workshop for a winter checkup, before they find themselves stranded at the roadside?
Visit www.autodata-group.com find out more about the features and technical information provided by Autodata.
Micheldever Tyre Services is celebrating after being voted Tyre Supplier of the Year at the inaugural Power Awards, organised by Workshop magazine.
The award was voted for by the magazine’s readers, made up of workshop professionals at both independent and franchised dealers.
Alan Baldwin, sales director at Micheldever Tyre Services, said: “We’ve always prided ourselves as the wholesaler and distributor that goes above and beyond for our customers, so it’s rewarding to have been named Tyre Supplier of the Year.
“Through our network of 22 distribution sites, we supply tyres to over 6,000 tyre retailers, but our priority isn’t to simply supply tyres, it’s to support and grow the business of our customers by providing compelling partnerships and real added value benefits. The fact that this award comes as a result of our customers’ feedback demonstrates how much they value the service we provide.”
Eastbourne couple Keith and Sandra Robinson are celebrating after winning a trip to Australia to watch the famous Virgin Supercars Championship courtesy of Dunlop Tyres and National Tyres and Autocare (NTA). As a long time tyre supplier of the Virgin Supercar Championship in Australia, Dunlop chose to run the promotional competition across all NTA branches across the UK, giving plenty of opportunities for people to enter and win.
Following their purchase of Dunlop tyres at the NTA Eastbourne branch, Keith and Sandra Robinson entered the prize draw. Out of all the customers who bought Dunlop tyres, and entered the prize draw, at over 235 NTA branches throughout the UK, Keith and Sandra were picked as the lucky winners of this amazing prize.
Following their partnership on this promotion NTA’s Group Marketing Director, Michael Bourne added, “The promotion with Dunlop was excellent, giving our loyal customers, such as Keith and Sandra, the chance to win such an amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience! I hope to work with Dunlop on many more promotions in the future.”
As the very first football club to become a TyreSafe member, Chelsea FC is set to collaborate with the premium tyre manufacturer, Yokohama, in a series of activities to raise awareness about tyre safety.
Football fans attending at this Saturday’s Premier League match between Chelsea FC and defending champions Leicester City FC will be reminded of the importance of checking their tyres as part of this year’s Tyre Safety Month.
Stamford Bridge stadium will host big screen videos at half time and perimeter board visuals immediately after the game to communicate key tyre safety messages to the 42,000 strong crowd in attendance. To maximise awareness, a prominent full page advert will also be featured in Saturday’s match day programme.
“Each week, our teams, staff and tens of thousands of fans travel to matches and activities across the country and beyond, and one of our priorities is doing everything we can to help them arrive safely,” comments Christian Purslow, managing director of Chelsea FC. “Tyres have a critical role to play and we hope to spread the message to our fans that carrying out regular checks will reduce their chances of a tyre-related incident.”
Fans without a ticket for the match who want to see the action live can tune into Sky Sports 1 for the kick-off at 12.30pm.
Premium tyre manufacturer Hankook is continuing to expand the line-up of its current ultra high performance winter tyre. The Winter i*cept evo² has been developed to guarantee greater safety on journeys during the cold season, as weather conditions, particularly in Europe, become increasingly changeable. The asymmetric profile design, which has been distinguished with the Red Dot Design Award, was developed specifically for upper mid-range vehicles through to luxury saloons and sports cars. The Winteri*cept evo² is also available in a SUV version, which has been adapted to meet the special requirements of the popular Sports Utility Vehicle category with its double-layer body.
Hankook is also fitting the new BMW 7 series with the ultra high performance i*cept evo² winter tyres ex works in size 245/50R 18 H *RSC. Furthermore, the Hankook SEALGUARD® technology is being used for the first time in a number of tyres sizes for the 2016 winter season, e.g. for VW Passat and Touran. The unique SEALGUARD sealing material seals punctures up to a diameter of 5 mm in the area of the tyre tread; journeys can be continued with no problem even in the case of tyre damage caused by punctures. Vehicles equipped with self-sealing tyres no longer need to carry spare tyres, which makes additional space available in the vehicle, saves weight, and eliminates inconvenient tyre changing at the side of the road. In addition to their safety advantages, products equipped with Hankook SEALGUARD technology offer a further convenient driving pleasure, as the tyres essentially have the same structure as the models without this technology.
Independent dealership Universal Tyres’ Chelmsford site has been named the National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA) Tyre Retail Centre of the Year (sponsored by Pirelli) , fending off competition from national tyre dealerships around the country.
The Chelmsford site impressed the judges with its modern design, well-stocked tyre storage and skilled, polite fitting team. The site also became one of Universal Tyres’ eight Michelin Certified Centres earlier this year, after passing the Michelin Auto Professional advocate programme’s stringent audit requirements with flying colours.
Simon Wright, Sales and Marketing Director at Universal Tyres, says: “Our Chelmsford branch is the ‘new kid on the block’ in the retail tyre market, but one truly deserving of recognition for the impact the team is making.
“We invested heavily in building the new site during 2015, converting an old commercial tyre shop, which has long been a regular supplier to truck fleets, into a state-of-the-art retail branch with one goal – to provide excellent service to motorists living in or visiting Chelmsford.”
L-R Suzi Perry, Jason Sugden (Pirelli), Andrew & Simon Wright (Universal Tyres) Roger Griggs (NTDA)
Kumho’s latest all-season tyre, the Solus HA31, has been accorded one of the much-coveted Japanese Good Design Awards. So too has the Kumho Eco Sense SE11 – a pattern specifically designed for environmentally friendly and electric vehicles but which, unlike the HA31, is not currently available on the UK market.
The ideal all-weather choice for all sizes of passenger car
Solus HA31has now all but replaced the Solus Vier KH21 in the UK; though the older pattern is currently still available in some sizes. HA31 is the ideal choice for drivers of all sizes of passenger car seeking optimum performance and reliability in all weathers.
These latest accolades cap a golden period of recognition for Kumho, whose products have recently received tributes from all three of the world’s top design forums – the Red Dot (Germany), iF International Forum Design (Germany) and IDEA (United States) - and won two prizes at the Green Good Design Awards 2016 held in the United States. The latter were for the aforementioned Eco Sense SE11 and another new Kumho pattern aimed environmentally-friendly and electric vehicle markets, the WATTRUN VS31, which will become available on the UK market this December.
For further information on Kumho and its products for road and competition use, log onto www.kumhotyre.co.uk.
ATS Euromaster expert technician Lee Hayman has been crowned as REACT Roadside Technician of the Year (sponsored by Zenises) at the National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA) Awards – the second year running that the accolade has gone to one of ATS Euromaster’s team.
Hayman, who works at ATS Euromaster’s service centre in Plympton, is a mobile technician in one of more than 820 service vans operated by the tyre and vehicle maintenance provider.
Stefan Hay, NTDA Chief Executive, says: “The quality of all of the nominees for REACT Tyre Technician of the Year 2016 was absolutely outstanding and the judges had a very difficult task on their hands. However, Lee’s achievements really stood out and we congratulate him both on his win and on becoming first among a cadre of exceptional technicians!”
Peter Tye, Group Operations Director, ATS Euromaster, says: “I’m delighted that for the second year running, ATS Euromaster has set the standard by which all mobile technicians should be judged. Lee is an outstanding example for all to follow - he has expertise and competence, an impeccable commitment to safety and an engaging personality that is loved by customers. We are delighted that the NTDA has given him the recognition he has truly earned and deserves.”
The annual NTDA Awards are judged by a panel of industry peers, and represent the highest accolades available in the tyre industry.
L-R: Suzi Perry; Harjeev Kandhari (Zenises); Lee Hayman (ATS Euromaster and REACT Roadside Technician of the Year); Roger Griggs, (NTDA).
Tyre fleet management specialist, Tyre Business Solutions (TBS) has signed up to e-jobsheet, the open-access, digital tablet-based service work platform for truck, bus and van. TBS will also consider facilitating its car fleet operations through the platform.
In time, TBS will enjoy the option of being able to transmit referential data such as fleet, vehicle, fitment and tyre details directly through the exchange to their connected dealers, issue directives surrounding specific fleet and breakdown work, and receive completed job details directly back into its systems within seconds of a dealer’s fitter completing work on behalf of TBS.
The TBS tyre breakdown and service dealer members will be able to use e-jobsheet for their own direct work as well as undertake work received from TBS which is central to e-jobsheet’s design.
Luxury coach brand, Callinan Coaches, has appointed tyre pressure monitoring specialist, TyrePal, to supply a remote tyre pressure monitoring system for its fleet in both Ireland and the UK. The coach company prides itself in providing quality and safe travel for customers and the addition of TyrePal's TeleTPMS to its fleet is its latest investment in customer experience.
TeleTPMS can reduce the time needed for drivers to conduct walk-round checks because fleet managers can monitor tyre pressure and temperature, as well as vehicle location, remotely. The system can provide drivers with immediate feedback on the vehicles in a fleet.
TyrePal's TeleTPMS system gives fleet managers peace of mind when it comes to tyre safety. The smart sensors on each wheel continuously monitor and transmit temperature, pressure and location data to an online portal. The colour-coded system is easy to use and gives at-a-glance information to fleet managers on the status of a vehicle’s tyres. Users can even access data when they are out of the office through a tablet or web application.
In its UK tyre test debut, the Continental WinterContact TS 860 has won a coveted award from the UK's no1 weekly selling car magazine, Auto Express, winning the 2016 winter tyre test.
On the winning performance of the ContiWinterContact TS 860 Auto Express said; “The new Continental delivers a winning blend of wet and dry grip plus fuel efficiency. It will keep you safe on snow, and then it will excel in the wet and on dry roads – exactly the conditions UK drivers will face for much of the winter.”
Winter tyres from technology-leading premium manufacturers like Continental are genuine all-rounders, because they have to be able to deliver grip reliably on dry, wet, icy and snow-covered roads. Winters in Central Europe are mainly cold and wet, with ten rainy days per month expected between October and March. With temperatures hovering around zero, that of course means an elevated risk of black ice – and indeed, one accident in four involving injuries is caused by slippery roads. That’s why the specifications for the new WinterContact TS 860 focus on delivering maximum safety on wet and icy surfaces.
For more information on Continental’s complete range, visit www.continental-tyres.co.uk and for the full tyre test visit http://www.autoexpress.co.uk
Giti Tire has confirmed that Brian McDermott and Daria Sala della Cuna have been appointed as Sales and Marketing Directors – Europe for Passenger Car and Light Truck (PCR) and Truck and Bus (TBR) respectively.
They will report directly to Torsten Gehrmann, Senior Managing Director – Europe for Giti Tire. He said: “Both Brian and Daria have excellent track records, and have already proven to be extremely knowledgeable, diligent and well-respected both within the company and the wider automotive industry.
“The next phase of the company’s European business operations is key to hitting our projected global financial targets. They have been pivotal in creating a very clear direction and strategy for PCR and TBR, and with the talented European sales and marketing teams at their side these plans will now be implemented.”
The NTDA Chief Executive Stefan Hay took the opportunity to formally call for a total ban on the sale of part worn tyres at the Association’s Tyre Industry Conference, which was held at the VOX Conference Centre on Thursday 6th October 2016.
In front of an audience of 200 delegates from the tyre manufacturing, wholesale, retail and associated sectors, he said: “We have tried being nice and polite, we have tried working in partnership with various enforcement agencies, we have tried collaborating with other trade bodies, but the situation is now out of control. Dealers, consistently, ignore the regulations and sell tyres that have not been tested under inflation and inspected for damage. They do not mark the tyres as part worn, they often store them in tyre mountains in yards open to the elements causing further deterioration and they are fitted by people who are very rarely, if ever, qualified tyre technicians.”
The NTDA has been working closely with the consumer charity TyreSafe and local trading standards officers over the past three years to raise public awareness of the dangers of part worn tyres. During that time, numerous part worn dealers have been visited and in every case non-compliance with the regulations has been found. Among the most recent visits were businesses that have already been prosecuted within the last 12 months. Alarmingly, trading standards found further evidence of non-compliance leading to many further prosecutions.
Micheldever Tyre & Auto Services is one of the fastest growing independent fast fit networks in the UK. Recent expansion of their network across the UK provides 98 fast fit and mechanical centres providing a full range of tyres for car, motorcycle and agricultural vehicles as well as MOT testing and car servicing for all makes and models.
The new contract, worth in excess of £8 million, will run until the end of 2018 and appoints The Parts Alliance for the supply of all vehicle parts, covering Braking, Steering and Suspension, Emission and Service Repair products.
Mark Harley, Retail Operations Director for Micheldever Tyre Services Ltd,said: “The Parts Alliance has the largest network for automotive parts distribution. They supply a full range of OE Quality products, deliver hourly to our centres which is vital to our business and has helped us provide our customers with outstanding service.”
ITMA, the trade association that brings together international tyre manufacturers from outside Europe, held its Annual General Meeting in Dusseldorf recently.
Under the Chairmanship of Alfred Graham and his executive group, supported by a large membership which includes some of the most significant global players in the tyre industry, the agenda was wide reaching. The meeting included discussions and presentations on technical aspects of the industry, regulatory matters as well as a general overview of the market conditions in Europe.
After the meeting, Alfred Graham described it as “one of the most varied and dynamic of the association’s history” and expressed satisfaction with the level of participation and commitment to improve many aspects of the industry by its members and particularly those in attendance.
“We are considering more prospective members and what started off as a purely UK initiative many years ago has transformed into a very significant international association, which attracts some of the biggest names within the Tyre industry ranging from well-established tyre manufacturers to up and coming new manufacturers from different corners of the world,” he said.
Bridgestone is celebrating back-to-back Tyre Manufacturer of the year titles for first time in a huge coup for the company, after winning the National Tyre Distributors Association’s headline award for a second successive year.
The world’s number one tyre and rubber company added to its 2015 success by winning the category once more, whilst also scooping the Staff Training & Development accolade to complete a memorable night.
The NTDA trophies represent a significant breakthrough for the business and pays tribute to the giant strides made by its senior management team over the past 12 months once again.
Bridgestone’s managing director Robin Shaw said the awards were testament to the company’s ‘one team’ approach, where all elements of the business work together to showcase a wide range of best practice achievements.
He said: “We are so proud to win the NTDA’s Tyre Manufacturer of the Year award for 2016, after also triumphing 12 months ago in the same category.
“It is such a difficult award to win. We thought it was something special in 2015, so to have won it for a second time is incredible."
l-r Suzi Perry, Rob Shelley, Robin Shaw, Roger Griggs
Snap-on’s new 16.4 diagnostic software upgrade puts more power into the hands of technicians with the addition of coverage for thousands of new vehicles and systems.
The latest update sees over 2,400 vehicles added to the software, along with more than 40,000 new systems, almost 13,000 new codes and nearly 1,800 new functional tests – putting more knowledge and ability to deal with different problems at the hands of technicians than ever before.
The component test meter now features over 350,000 total tests covering 27 makes, with the addition of Toyota coverage including ABS menus and control module information, along with speed sensor and brake pedal component information.
To learn more about the new 16.4 software upgrade or the Snap-on Software Subscription program, visit http://diagnostics.snapon.co.uk or talk to a Snap-on franchisee.
LKQ Corporation recently announced that its United Kingdom subsidiary, Euro Car Parts, has acquired substantially all the business assets of Andrew Page Limited, a distributor of automotive parts in the United Kingdom. As part of the transaction, Euro Car Parts will acquire 102 Andrew Page branch locations, its national distribution centre and corporate office.
UK C.E.O. Martin Gray said, “I am delighted to confirm that the future of the Andrew Page business has been secured, which celebrates its UK centenary next year. We remain committed to assuring that the iconic Andrew Page “Brand” continues to thrive and will remain separate from Euro Car Parts, but will benefit from our UK infrastructure, inventory and the financial support from the LKQ Corporation.”
UK Chairman and LKQ Board Member Sukhpal Singh Ahluwalia said, “As a competitor, I have always had the greatest respect and admiration for Andrew Page and the brand. So today, I’m absolutely delighted to welcome them into the LKQ family. The acquisition by LKQ firmly demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the UK market, which includes their investment in the Euro Car Parts brand new 1.6M sq. ft. distribution centre, located in Tamworth and our recent acquisition of Arleigh, a specialist leisure wholesaler.”
Ms Emilie Faure, Private Label product Manager at Point S Development, comments: “We are glad to be the first retail group offering an own branded studded / studdable tyre to our network. Thanks to this range extension, our members will be able to meet all customers’ needs with an exclusive private label tyre.”
As the existing Point S branded tyres range, the Winterstar ST is designed and produced by one of the major global manufacturers in Europe, with the latest technologies in term of spikes and rubber compound development. This tyre can face extreme winter conditions thanks to its performances on snow, ice and dry roads, ensuring an excellent safety level! As Summerstar and Winterstar, Winterstar ST is a good value for money product.
Mr. Fabien Bouquet, Point S International CEO, underlines: “I am proud of this new product development which has been possible thanks to our global volume potential and the synergies we have managed between our North American and Scandinavian teams too. This launch demonstrates once again the power of Point S as a global player in the tyre industry.”
Tyre dealership staff selected to join the Michelin Tyre Academy ‘Class of 2016’ travelled to the company’s Dundee factory for the course’s second module, as their journey towards becoming expert technicians continues.
The manufacturer flew a group of 17 attendees – selected from dealerships of the Michelin Auto Professional network – to Scotland for the second Tyre Academy module, which combined classroom-based training with a tour of the city’s Michelin tyre factory.
The Tyre Academy’s second module centred on an in-depth exploration of the technology that goes into Michelin’s safe, durable and high-performing tyres, as well as detailing and analysing the company’s production processes.
Mark Meagher, Retail Programme Development Manager at Michelin, says: “It’s one thing to learn about Michelin’s premium tyres in a classroom, but there’s no substitute for on-site education – and the staff that made the trip to Dundee got to see what goes into Michelin fitments first-hand.”
A day of celebrations were held on the 1st October for staff at Pro-Align in Towcester, who gathered at the company’s HQ to mark its 25th anniversary.
The day began with the unveiling of a new slate sign outside the company’s offices with further presentations throughout the day, including the gift of a 25th anniversary decanter and 1991 bottle of vintage port for each member of staff, to mark their contribution to the firm’s growth and success.
“From small beginnings in 1991 with just five employees, we entered an aftermarket not only in recession, but at a time where four wheel alignment was a ‘dust-gathering’ and forgotten service,” comments Paul Beaurain, managing director, Pro-Align.
“Starting out was certainly a challenge that we relished! However, having spent 25 years promoting wheel alignment through education, to the trade and motorists alike, it’s gratifying to see how drivers are now asking for Hunter wheel alignment servicing and how workshops are embracing the business opportunities available. We’re delighted to have been instrumental in that journey and now our team of more than 60 people remain as keen as ever to help workshops of the future continue making the most of the complete wheel servicing opportunities on offer.”
Torsten Gehrmann, Senior Managing Director - Europe for Giti Tire, has praised the Giti brand launch at Automechanika Frankfurt 2016, citing high levels of interest and positive feedback on the range.
Recently, the company announced it was launching a flagship Giti branded passenger car and SUV summer portfolio, consisting of four premium performance tyres, all of which were on display at the show.
Commenting on the reaction to the GitiSport S1, GitiSport S1 SUV, GitiPremium H1 and GitiSynergy E1, Gehrmann said: “Having developed the Giti brand at our European R&D Centre in Hannover, it is right that the full debut should also take place in Germany at Automechanika Frankfurt.
“From the first to the last moment of the show we received many visitors from across every aspect of the automotive supply chain, all of whom took the opportunity to study the tyres and speak to our representatives to truly understand the premium performance nature of the products and multi-brand approach.”
BFGoodrich Tyres, the brand that created the first radial all-terrain tyre in 1976 and has proven its off-road racing mettle with victories around the globe, is set to return to the 2017 Dakar Rally as the official tyre supplier of the Dakar Rally.
When the Dakar Rally kicks off in Asunción, Paraguay in January, BFGoodrich Tyres will be back on competitors’ vehicles on a large scale for the first time since 2012. In addition BFGoodrich will roll out the BFGoodrich Dakar Service Center, through which competitors will benefit from 24/7 technical expertise. The rugged terrain and unpredictable elements that racers face over two weeks and more than 5,000 miles of punishing competition across three countries is exactly the sort of proving ground that BFGoodrich seeks.
Michelin and BFGoodrich Motorsport Director, Pascal Couasnonsaid: “BFGoodrich has a long-tenured racing heritage and we’re excited to continue our global involvement in racing in the dirt with our official return to the Dakar Rally. Cross-country rally racing is a distinct challenge and this race features some of the most complex terrains on the planet. As with other forms of racing where BFGoodrich competes, our commitment stays the same in this discipline. We continue to use all the technical information we learn in racing laboratories around the world to develop new technology and constantly improve our products while taking on the toughest conditions on Earth.”
Tens of thousands of golf fans will receive an inflating safety message from Bridgestone and First Stop, when the companies swing into action with free tyre checks at the British Masters supported by Sky Sports.
Official partner Bridgestone will team up with its retail dealer network First Stop to provide tread depth checks at the European Tour event at The Grove from October 13 to 16, to coincide with Tyre Safety Month 2016.
As part of the world’s number one tyre and rubber company’s presence in Hertfordshire, daily tyre checks across the event’s main car parks will take place through First Stop. And if national statistics from the TyreSafe organisation are anything to go by, hundreds of tyres might well be below the legal limit.
First Stop, currently operating with 72 centres, will be ready to check each tyre at The Grove, utilising state-of-the-art, handheld scanning devices and drive over ramps, which can instantly check for tread depth levels and wheels out of alignment.
If a car is in need of a replacement tyre on the day, First Stop’s team of fast fitters will be on hand to change the product, along with a discount and an official British Masters supported by Sky Sports shoebag.
Any other drivers will be given a discount on their next DriveGuard tyre purchase, while TyreSafe leaflets will also be handed out to coincide with Tyre Safety Month.
A new concept tyre developed by Falken is being shown at the Paris Motor Show, fitted to Mitsubishi Motor Corporation’s new Mitsubishi GT-PHEV Concept, which is being shown for the first time.
The new Falken concept tyre combines high performance with a cutting-edge dynamic design thanks to its use of an innovative directional tread pattern developed to match the style of the Mitsubishi GT-PHEV Concept. The vehicle is Mitsubishi’s next-generation crossover concept SUV designed to be a ‘Ground Tourer’, a car made for cruising over vast open lands, and is based on Mitsubishi’s overall ‘Dynamic Shield’ design concept.
The new Mitsubishi GT-PHEV Concept with Falken concept tyres is being shown on the Mitsubishi booth at the Paris Motor Show, located in Pavillon 3, Stand 209, running until 16 October 2016.
REACT Roadside Technician of the Year (sponsored by Zenises)
Lee Hayman – ATS Euromaster Ltd
Truck and Agricultural Tyre Supplier of the Year (Sponsored by Infinity)
Kirkby Tyres Ltd
Aftermarket Equipment Supplier of the Year (Sponsored by Automechanika Birmingham)
Rema Tip Top Automotive UK Ltd
Industry Marketing Campaign of the Year (Sponsored by TyreExpo UK 2017)
Micheldever Tyre Services Ltd – Protyre Tyre Reminder Campaign
Staff Training and Development Initiative of the Year (Sponsored by Parts Alliance)
Bridgestone UK Ltd
Tyre Wholesaler of the Year (Sponsored by Goodyear)
Stapleton’s (Tyre Services) Ltd
Tyre Manufacturer of the Year (Sponsored by Maritime Cargo Services)
Bridgestone UK Ltd
Tyre Retail Centre of the Year (Sponsored by Pirelli)
Universal Tyres Ltd - Chelmsford
As far as our industry is concerned what can be said of 2016 at this time, “attention-grabbing – Definitely”, “challenging – without a doubt”, “Boring – Never”. It has been a year that has not only seen and witnessed many changes, but also brought into focus a great number of uncertainties both positive and potentially negative for the future post “Brexit” – A subject I’ll touch on later.
Figures though subjective, would suggest the Consumer Replacement Market is still hovering between 32 > 35m - very similar to last year. The proportion of these sold as “Part Worn”, is still disastrously high as being somewhere between 2 > 4m which I’m sure the actuals are leaning more towards the higher assessment than lower. The good news I’m sure for the majority of everyone here today, is that the “Transaction Value” has been increasing, due to two main reasons. Firstly, Premier Manufacturers are now commanding a larger share of the market. This in the main is owing to the adoption of a much more aggressive marketing and Pricing Strategy, resulting in an easier “Sell Up” by the Distributor from a Mid-Range brand, as the price benefit has greatly reduced. It should also be said that the Mid-Range Brands are continually being hit and “Bleeding” Market Share to the Value brands primarily from China.
Chelsea FC, one of the most famous football teams in the world, has become the first Premier League club to lend its official support to the UK’s tyre safety awareness charity, TyreSafe. The high-profile signing follows support of Tyre Safety Month in 2015 by the Chelsea Ladies FC team, which has now grown to include the club as a whole.
Chelsea FC Managing Director, Christian Purslow, said: “Each week, our teams, staff and tens of thousands fans travel to matches and activities across the country and beyond, and one of our priorities is doing everything we can to help them arrive safely. Tyres have a critical role to play and by becoming an official supporter of TyreSafe we hope to spread the message to our fans that carrying out regular checks will reduce their chances of a tyre-related incident.”
Chelsea fans have already been introduced to the Tyre Safety Month message following activities at Stamford Bridge last October. In partnership with Yokohama, Chelsea FC’s Official Shirt Sponsor, matchday programmes carried features on tyre safety while a message to remind fans to check their tyres was played at the end of the games as they readied themselves to leave the stadium. Activities for 2016’s Tyre Safety Month will be announced during October.
Avon Tyres has launched the new TrekRider motorcycle tyre combining superb off-road and on-road performance.
The TrekRider is Avon’s first adventure tyre that offers a 50/50 split of on road versus off-road performance. Designed for light to medium trails, the tyre works as well in mud and gravel as it does on asphalt.
This new tyre will make choosing tyres for an adventure bike much simpler. Often when selecting the best road bike tyre, performance can be limited when riding on mud, but with a full-on dirt tyre, a bike’s roadholding can be affected. Avon’s new TrekRider has been designed to cut out any of this compromise.
RINGTREAD, a Marangoni trademark retreading system, is the champion of a new promotional campaign: Spliceless is better. The straightforward slogan teams up with a clear and impactful image, a chain that needs the strength of each link to endure.
As for performance, RINGTREAD simply has no equals. The first key element of the Marangoni cold retreading system is its ring shape, which means absence of splice so therefore no weak points, but the advantages certainly do not stop here. Thanks to the development of specific compounds and tread designs as well as continuous technological improvement, RINGTREAD offers maximum grip, high mileage, and lower rolling resistance resulting in lower fuel consumption. Essentially, the performance is comparable to a new premium tyre. Then don’t forget to add the advantages of tyre retreading in terms of economic savings and reduced environmental impact.
Already published on the website marangoni.com, the new campaign was unveiled during the Reifen 2016 industry fair in Essen and it’s aimed for a worldwide distribution.
Ben, the not-for-profit organisation that partners with the automotive industry to provide support for life to its people and their families, has today unveiled its new brand identity as a vehicle to help fulfil its vision for the future. This includes a new, fresh look website offering additional functionality to provide easier access to important support and care services.
These changes help fulfil Ben’s vision to be an integral partner to the automotive industry, adding value by improving the health and wellbeing of the workforce, reducing absence, improving productivity and raising morale. The new brand and website are instrumental in helping Ben achieve its ambition of helping even more individuals and their families as well as supporting businesses and the industry.
Ben has now officially launched its new brand, including a new logo and website. The website follows Ben’s mandate to offer relevant support at all stages of life, with user-friendly information and a new live chat function, allowing visitors to access help and guidance on financial, social, physical and mental health and wellbeing.
Please spread the word about these important changes and download the new brand pack including Ben’s new logo, by visiting: http://ben.org.uk/media/
The Parts Alliance is sponsoring the Staff Training & Development Initiative award at the 2016 Tyre Industry Awards organised by the National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA).
The awards, along with the NTDA conference and annual dinner, take place on Thursday (6th October) within the Resort World complex, adjacent to the NEC Birmingham.
Mike Curry, Sales Director National Accounts for The Parts Alliance said: “As one of the UK’s leading National suppliers of automotive parts to this sector, we believe it’s important we support the NTDA.
“The Parts Alliance is a member of the NTDA and has strong working relationships with many NTDA member companies. We are delighted to be able to support this year’s NTDA Staff Training & Development Initiative category.”
Lexus has introduced its Lexus UX concept car, fitted with Goodyear Urban Crossover concept tyres, at the Paris Motor Show 2016. This exclusive car is matched with special tyres, successfully showcasing the cooperation between the two companies.
When Lexus asked Goodyear to develop a tyre for its newest creation, two requests were made: explore new frontiers of tyre design and apply state-of-the-art technology.
To reflect the unique design of the car, Goodyear committed to the inside-out philosophy adopted by Lexus for this model, which makes the internal elements blend with the external ones and vice versa. Following this principle, the spokes of the rim flow smoothly into the sidewall design of the tyre, creating one unique feature consistent with the rest of the car.
David Anckaert, General Director OE Product Development EMEA at Goodyear, comments: “We are proud to present this innovative concept tyre for the Lexus UX concept, which confirms once again Goodyear’s experience in providing OEMs with tailor-made solutions. Our designers succeeded in developing a tyre that is consistent with the car’s design philosophy, and at the same time we managed to answer the Lexus drivers’ needs for comfort, driving pleasure and safety by building on technologies currently available to consumers in our product portfolio such as Sound Comfort Technology and the RunOnFlat Technology.”
Tyre Safety Month 2016 started over the weekend with positive news from the Department for Transport’s Reported Road Casualties Great Britain (RRCGB) analysis which has revealed a reduction in casualties resulting from tyre-related incidents on Britain’s roads. Released yesterday, 2015’s data shows a 28% decrease in the number of people killed or seriously injured in tyre-related incidents with total casualties falling by 16.2% when compared with 2014 figures.
That equates to a 44% decrease in all casualties caused by tyre-related incidents since the inception of Tyre Safety Month’s organiser, TyreSafe, in 2006.
While the news has been well-received, TyreSafe is urging drivers not to be complacent and ensure they carry out regular tyre checks. Despite the casualty rates falling there is no evidence that the number of tyre-related incidents, which do not result in fatalities or injury, is decreasing, as this data is not captured in the DfT’s report.
As revealed earlier this year by TyreSafe’s survey of tyres at the point of replacement, in partnership with Highways England, there is evidence that the number of illegal tyres on Britain’s roads this year will remain at 10 million or even increase. Driving with illegal tyres not only leaves the driver vulnerable to a £2500 fine and three-point penalty but also far more likely to be involved in an incident.
Tructyre are independent tyre management specialists servicing commercial vehicle fleets of all shapes and sizes.
With over 110 employed technicians and service vehicles, operating from 25 depots throughout the southern half of England, Tructyre aim to maximise vehicle uptime through an emphasis on proactive prevention.
Steve Shingleton, General Manager of Strategic Sales for Tructyre, is delighted to announce they were appointed sole provider to Rye based John Jempson & Son in July 2016; Mark Chamberlain, Managing Director said: “We were in the market for a tyre service provider who could deliver high levels of service. Tructyre came highly recommended from other Transport Association members, and after trialling them for 6 months, their service-levels exceeded our expectations.”
The central theme at the world's largest showcase for the independent aftermarket in 2016 was ‘Tomorrow's Service & Mobility’. A record 4,820 exhibitors from 76 countries took part, including leading players from industry, workshops and retail, and they offered an impressive demonstration of the ways in which the industry is changing as connected cars come to the fore.
Detlef Braun, Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt GmbH: “With these impressive figures, Automechanika is continuing to build on its position as the world's leading platform for the automotive aftermarket. In addition to countless impressive smart vehicles that are already connected, the struggle for data was one of the hottest topics of discussion at the trade fair.” As a result, Messe Frankfurt launched a new format, “Connected Mobility”, an international road show that began on 15 September and which will soon be making stops in Shanghai and in Austin, Texas."
The world’s northernmost tyre manufacturer is boosting its year-round product development by opening a new, versatile technology center for summer and winter tyres in Santa Cruz de la Zarza, Spain during 2017. This modern development center will be located south of Madrid and it will span approximately 300 hectares. In the future, it will be especially used for testing summer tyres with high speed ratings as well as the characteristics of winter tyres.
The final construction of the center will be finished in late 2019, but the first stage will be completed already during 2017. This new technology center allows for year-round product development and testing on demanding and varying tracks. The benefits will also trickle down to ordinary drivers, as their tyres will be safer and offer excellent handling.
GB Tyres UK are having an exciting time and are looking for a Business Development Manager to join them! The areas to be covered are South East, North East and South Wales.
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