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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.

 

A celebration of the life and career of John Surtees

– the only man to win World Championships on both two and four wheels – will take place on 5 June. 

The John Surtees Event (JSE) is to be held on behalf of the Henry Surtees Foundation. The programme will include an afternoon exhibition and an evening Celebration Dinner – all at the world famous Celtic Manor Resort Hotel in Newport, Gwent.

Unique in the world of motor sport, John Surtees is a true great. He not only dominated motorcycle racing in the late 1950’s – winning seven Grand Prix World Championships – but also made a seamless transition to single seaters, winning the 1964 Formula 1 Championship for Ferrari. He thus became the only man ever to win World Championships on both two and four wheels, a record that he still holds and is unlikely ever to be equalled.

For more information about the event, tickets or accommodation, visit our website: www.JohnSurteesEvent.co.uk

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.

As thousands of families prepare for the traditional Easter holiday getaway, one of the busiest times of the year on the roads, TyreSafe is reminding them about the need to check their tyres before setting off. It warns failure to do so could result in a number of tyre related problems leaving passengers stranded by the roadside or even involved in a completely avoidable accident.

Figures from the AA showed that in 2013, their patrols attended 350,000 tyre-related call-outs, their second most common breakdown cause after batteries.

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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.

According to the recently published report by TechSci Research, “South Africa Tyre Market Forecast & Opportunities 2019”, the tyre market in South Africa is projected to grow at a CAGR of around 9%, in revenue terms, during 2014-19, due to continuous expansion in production capacity and increasing investments in the automotive sector.

The report indicates that Goodyear, Apollo, Continental and Bridgestone are the major tyre manufacturers in the South African tyre market, accounting for over 50% cumulative share of the country’s overall tyre sales. On the contrary, Michelin, Pirelli, Kumho and Yokohama, etc., are also setting up their businesses and broadening their respective product portfolios to capitalize on the growing tyre demand in the country through imports from their overseas manufacturing  units. However, tyre imports from China continue to pose a huge challenge for domestic as well as international players in South Africa due to comparatively low selling price of Chinese tyres.

 

A brand-new mobile tyre fitting service has been launched this week, aiming to transform the industry.

The service has been launched by Motion Tyres, which has ambitious growth targets for the industry – mobile tyre fitting currently accounts for just 3% of the market – based on its tenets of convenience, technical expertise and courtesy.

Jon Friedlander, Motion Tyres company director said: ‘We live in an age of convenience. More and more people want a service without having to go out of their way or wait around for hours. Yet when it comes to getting new tyres fitted, drivers are required to take their cars to resource hungry garages.

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.

In support of the government’s ‘Cyber Streetwise’ campaign, MAM Software is urging businesses to monitor and increase the security of their IT systems. The company is offering essential pointers and tips to enhance software security and help defend against cyber criminals.

The nationwide ‘Cyber Streetwise’ campaign sets out to change the way people view online safety. It also aims to provide the public and businesses with the skills and knowledge they need to take control of their cyber security.

Read more about the ‘Cyber Streetwise’ campaign at www.cyberstreetwise.com for information, advice and tips about IT security.

Motor Wheel Service Distribution’s (MWSD) commercial vehicle wheel safety campaign has been successfully incorporated in the new European Union (EU) Roadworthiness Package, which will become law in May 2014.

Following adoption by both the European Parliament and European Council, the new law states ‘compatibility between parts and components, such as between wheels and wheel hubs, should be treated as a critical safety item and should be checked during roadworthiness testing’.

Addition legislative text includes several visual wheel inspection prerequisites and also that ‘wheel size, technical design, compatibility or type not in accordance with the requirements [laid down by type-approval at first registration or first entry into service] and affecting road safety’ will be classed as a major defect.

St. Leonards-based Rambler Coaches Ltd has clocked-up more than 430,000 km with a pair of Michelin X Coach XD tyres fitted to one of its vehicles – reinforcing a policy of fitting Michelin tyres which dates back to the early 1960s.

The family-run business, which celebrates its 90th anniversary this year, operates a 35-strong fleet of coaches and specifies Michelins wherever possible – both on new vehicles, and as replacement tyres across the fleet.

The X Coach XD tyres in question were fitted by Volvo to a new coach delivered in 2007, just weeks after the tyre’s international launch. Despite covering a distance equivalent to more than 10 journeys around the equator, they are still on their first life in service and are yet to be regrooved.

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.”

Toyo has announced its plans to sponsor nearby neighbour Santa Pod Raceway for the whole of the 2014 show and event season. The deal sees the respected brand taking prominent track signage at the world-famous venue, as well as a host of other commercial benefits.

These two big names have enjoyed working together before, with Toyo Tires being one of Santa Pod’s most ardent supporters during the mid ‘noughties’ height of the modified era.

Clearly pleased to be ‘back in business’ with its nearest motorsport neighbour, Toyo UK marketing manager Sarah Clavey said, “I am delighted to have reinstated the great relationship between Santa Pod and Toyo Tires."

Hankook’s UHP flagship tyre Ventus S1 evo2 will be fitted as Original Equipment on the new BMW 4-Series Coupé. The high-end wide base tyre comes equipped with sophisticated DTM technology, developed and produced in Europe. It stands out for its successful combination of performance, durability and energy efficiency.

The recently launched 4-Series Coupé is the sixth model by the BMW Group to be fitted with Hankook tyres, following on from the MINI, the BMW 1-, 3-, and 5-Series as well as the X5. This marks another important milestone in Hankook’s global expansion in the premium segment. 

Production takes place at Hankook’s European plant in Racalmas, Hungary. The company’s state-of-the-art factory specialises in the production of passenger car tyres for the European market and ranks among the most modern production facilities in the world.

 

Maxxis is celebrating after the M8060 Trepador competition tyre came out on top at this year’s Welsh Xtrem 4x4 event in South Wales. Five out of the top seven competitors were all using the M8060 Trepador competition tyre, making it the best performing tyre at the event.

The event involves three days of off-road endurance racing, with teams battling against each other over 2500 acresof rough terrain and natural obstacles to achieve the fastest times possible.  With it just being the second year running, this year saw eleven teams out of forty-two from across Europe, choosing to run on Maxxis, with six of these achieving positions in the top ten.  

Following successful field trials and trade show demonstrations, MAM Software has released the general release of MAM SalesRep. MAM’s second tablet app, SalesRep empowers field-based sales representatives to strengthen customer relationships and improve productivity.

Available for Apple and selected Android tablets, SalesRep has been designed to enhance the way in which sales representatives conduct business while on-the-go. Communicating directly with their MAM business management software via Wi-Fi or 3G, SalesRep gives staff instant access to extensive customer information such as contact details, account information and transaction history. Any information entered into SalesRep is instantly reflected at the branch or head office.

International Tyres has secured an exclusive agreement to introduce a new brand of truck, bus and coach tyre into the UK, fuelled by the strong demand for mid-range products.

The launch will give hundreds of independent tyre dealers and fleets access to Riken commercial vehicle tyres for the first time – a fitment already popular in France, Germany, Spain and throughout Eastern Europe.

Andy Jackson, Director of Oldbury-based International Tyres, says: “We expect the mid-range commercial vehicle replacement tyre market will follow the pattern we’ve seen in previous years and increase again in 2014."

Goodyear returns to prime time TV. 1st April will see the Made to Feel Good brand campaign appear on television for the first time.

The new campaign focuses on the enjoyment of driving and inspires a sense of adventure through a series of lifestyle images. An EfficientGrip Performance product message concludes the 20 second message which will be first seen on 8th April.

The advert will be supported with a fully integrated campaign across online display advertising focusing on weather environments, Google search activity and Goodyear’s social media channels.

Kumho has been the sole tyre supplier to the F1 feeder series Auto GP since 2012, and from day one has provided product aimed at giving drivers experience of the type of tyre management so fundamental to today’s Grand Prix racing – the level they all aspire to. Now Kumho has gone one step further.

Thereas last season’s tyres were closest to F3000 ones in terms of size, (with a different diameter front to rear) those created new for the 2014 season are not only all the same diameter, but equivalent to those used in F1, ie size 660-13 – 245mm wide at the front and 325mm at the rear. 

Workshops may be missing out on an opportunity to capture a share of the £100million a year that UK motorists are currently shelling out to repair car damage caused by the UK’s pothole-ravaged roads.

Autobutler.co.uk, the UK’s new quality-focused online servicing, maintenance and repair concept, could help garage businesses of all types to benefit from the opportunity to bid for pothole-related repair requests submitted by owners via the Autobutler website.

Workshops are invited to see how Autobutler.co.uk could help them turn potholes into profits by signing up for a three-month ‘try before you buy’ trial. Businesses interested in finding out more should email info@autobutler.co.uk or visit www.autobutler.co.uk

Giti Tire has appointed Angelo Giannangeli to one of the most senior roles within its expanding European operation – Marketing Director for Passenger Car and Light Truck (PCR).

Working across the GT Radial, Primewell and Runway brands, he will take ownership of all marketing and e-commerce initiatives relating to PCR tyres in Europe, with the ultimate objective of achieving a market share of five to 10 percent in the company’s key target countries.

Reporting directly to Richard Lyons, Managing Director – Europe, he will take a prominent role in the European Management Team and be based at Giti Tire’s head office in Milan, Italy.

The 26th edition of Techno-Classica  take's place in Essen from 26 to 30 March this year. Apollo Vredestein will offer this prestigious gathering of classic car enthusiasts an exclusive opportunity to participate in the launch of its new Classic website.

Classic website for Classic range

Vredestein’s new website, classic.vredestein.com, especially designed for owners of vintage cars, offers a rich assortment of classic tyres which combine the nostalgic look of yesteryear with the very latest technology. This segment differs from the contemporary Vredestein range and has a very specific target audience. In addition to a general outline of the Vredestein Classic range, the site includes a tyre selector that gives advice on the most suitable tyres for nearly four thousand different classic cars and youngtimers.

South Korean tyre manufacturer Nexen Tyre has confirmed plans to construct a NEW tyre factory in Nošovice District, east of Czech Republic.

When fully operational (2017) the factory will initially produce 6 million tyres a year.

 

Celebrating its 50th birthday this year, Chemix Autocentres is giving itself a present with an upgrade of its back office systems including the introduction of CAM’s Retail Customer Relationship Management package, Online Tyre Catalogue (OTC) and B2C module, which will enhance the professionalism of its consumer-facing services, both at the counter and over the internet.

 

In addition, as consumers become more familiar with tyre labelling they can view the labelling information on Chemix Autocentres’ customer-facing display and make more informed purchasing decisions about which tyres they wish to fit.  

Despite an extra £200million being pledged in the budget to help fix potholes and damaged roads, tyre safety campaign group TyreSafe is urging drivers to make even more regular checks for damage to their tyres and wheels. It warns that drivers failing to do so face an increased risk of being involved in a tyre related accident.

After hitting a pothole, a buckled wheel or lump in the tyre are the most obvious signs of damage, but hidden problems can be just as dangerous. Hairline cracks in alloy wheels can allow air to gradually escape. If tyres are driven in an under-inflated state for a prolonged period, they are more likely to overheat and suffer from a rapid deflation. This type of event can be extremely difficult to control as it often occurs at high speeds on motorways.

The TRA is alarmed that registered exemption for waste tyres have reached record levels in England and Wales.  Since 2012 the Association has been warning Ministers of the potential danger posed by weak supervision of exempt sites.

Exemptions are easy and cheap to register but may pose a looming threat to the environment where they are unpoliced.  Recent Environment Agency figures (Dec, 2013) show that in England and Wales alone 1,622 sites were registered for the treatment of tyres (T8) and 3912 sites registered for the storage of baled tyres (U2).

In the case of baled tyres the maximum permitted holding is 50 tonnes (equivalent to approximately 5000 car tyres).  Were all such sites to be stocked to the maximum permitted this would equate to some 195,000 tonnes of tyres.  This figure alone would equate to 40% of our total UK national arisings, exempt sites are subject to relatively few regulatory checks.

NFU Mutual, the UK’s leading rural insurer, is the latest organisation to join the tyre safety campaign group TyreSafe.

NFU mutual is the second insurer to join the organisation, which now boasts some 70 members from a diverse range of sectors including tyre manufacturers and retailers, car manufacturers, emergency services, local councils, fleet operators and many others.

The Tyrexpo Africa 2014 Show in Johannesburg, South Africa last week was not only another successful event for the international tyre market but was also the beginning of a new direction in the show's management. Previous bi-annual events have been promoted by UK based ECI International but the latest exhibition was hosted by Singapore based Exhibition and Events Management Specialists – Singex.

Having taken a controlling stake in the business in 2013, this year's Tyrexpo Africa Show was the first event Singex had exclusively handled prior to when ECI International relinquishes its involvement in early 2015. Tyre Trade News (TTN) exclusively interviewed Mr Aloysius Arlando – Chief Executive Officer of Singex during the event to discover more about the company and its intentions and aspirations for the future of the Tyrexpo Exhibitions and in particular the UK Brityrex Shows.

Naturally the main concern for TTN was Singex's future intentions towards the Brityrex show with the next event due this October and Mr Arlando stated, “We are well aware of the 'chequered history' of the Brityrex Shows and this year's event will be jointly managed by Singex and ECI International with ECI taking the lead role and the Singex management team looking to observe the overall running of the event with a view to introducing new developments for future shows.

 

The Drifting team sponsored by Infinity tyres is set to make a spectacular return to this October's Brityrex International exhibition in Manchester.

Cars and drivers from Acorn Infinity Motorsport will be at the show fresh from competing in the seventh staging of the British Drift Championship. Held between April and September, The Drifting team sponsored by Infinity tyres is set to make a spectacular return to this October’s Brityrex International exhibition in Manchester.

 

STS

STS Tyre Pros have vacancies for Centre Managers, Assistant Centre Managers, MOT Testers, Service Technicians, Brake Technicians, Tyre Fitters throughout the east and south east of England. To see which counties have these positions in please go to the jobs vacancies page of the website.

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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