While the vast majority of the UK’s tyre production and retreading capacity refers to trucks and a relatively small amount of car tyre retreading still takes place as well as some specialist earthmover retreading, one of the nation’s largest retreaders makes aircraft tyres. Dunlop Aircraft Tyre Ltd or DATL as it is known has demonstrated strong growth in recent years and is majority-owned by private equity. Put the two together and it begs the question – is Dunlop Aircraft Tyre Ltd (DATL) up for sale?
Finance deals are key to the new car market with dealers reporting a high level of satisfaction with their manufacturers’ finance schemes”, said Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dealers Association, commenting on the recent results of the NFDA Summer 2016 Dealer Attitude Survey.
The Parts Alliance has announced that the Garage Essentials equipment brochure, originally developed by GSF Car Parts, will be made available through all members from the next issue (Autumn 2016) due out in October. Since GSF Car Parts joined The Parts Alliance, by acquisition in September 2015, Garage Essentials has continued to showcase the best of what’s available from GSF Car Parts’ branches whilst Toolchest has done a similar job for The Parts Alliance’s other members.
Tyres Online, the website developed by Grouptyre in 2014 to help tyre retailers compete for online sales, has had an enthusiastic uptake by tyre retailers throughout the market place, by independent retailers as well as larger dealer groups and national retailers – according to Grouptyre.
Nottingham’s Sherwood Farming reports that it is reaping the benefits after specifying a combination of sprayer and tractor tyres on its high-horsepower Fendt 720 Vario tractor, on the advice of its local Michelin Exelagri-accredited tyre dealership. The company, which farms 3,500 acres of land, required a narrow tyre for inter-row crop work, which would also enable the tractor to tow a fully-loaded 14-tonne trailer during harvest. After seeking the advice of Pete Sampson, commercial manager at Tanvic Tyres’ Newark centre, and that of Michelin account manager Ian Whitwell, Sherwood Farming selected Michelin 380/85 R 34 YieldBib tyres for the front axle, and 380/90 R 50 SprayBib fitments for the rear axle of the tractor.
AA Garage Guide, the online search and booking site, is launching an extensive advertising campaign, helping people to better understand how the website differs from its price-driven competitors. The campaign, which will feature on national radio stations, will communicate the Garage Guide’s primary concern: to provide motorists with access to accredited garages and dealerships who are committed to delivering premium service levels, undertaken by trained professionals. Each registered garage is handpicked with these considerations in mind.
After years in the making, Stapleton’s is releasing TyreSurf – an e-commerce system designed to help tyre retailers boost profits – on a widespread basis. In short, TyreSurf acts as the retailer’s own bespoke branded, website specially created, maintained, and linked into Stapleton’s. Stapleton’s sees the latest development as “almost certainly the company’s greatest e-commerce innovation since the introduction of ProfitLink at the turn of the millennium”.
AA Tyres, the AA’s mobile tyre fitting service, has grown its fleet of vans by 40 per cent in response to escalating demand. The ten new Volkswagen Crafter vans will allow AA Tyres to push into the West Country, where the demand for mobile tyre fitting in Bristol, Bath and the surrounding areas is said to have surged. The AA’s mobile tyre fitting service is currently available between London, Birmingham and Manchester and the surrounding regions.
The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has revealed its theme, ‘How to survive and thrive – post Brexit’, for its annual conference, aiming to address arising issues following the aftermath of the recent European Union (EU) referendum and produce a lively debate for conference guests. The conference, held at the ICC in Birmingham on 15 December, will be facilitated by John Sergeant, the well-known BBC television and radio journalist, and BBC’s chief political correspondent from 1992 to 2000.
CD Auction Group has announced the appointment of Graham Howes, who joined the company over the summer, as Commercial Director. He will be responsible for further building on the success of the group over the past two years and developing relationships with existing vendors and buyers to ensure they continue to receive high quality, personal service as the group grows.
To ensure even greater access to its range of original equipment components for the UK aftermarket, Mahle Aftermarket UK has signed its first distribution agreement with FPS Distribution. This partnership takes effect immediately and includes Mahle Original engine components and Victor Reinz sealing products; both of these brands will be available on a same-day delivery basis.
Steve Shingleton, general manager of Strategic Sales for Tructyre, has announced that the company became sole provider to Rye based John Jempson & Son in July 2016. Jempson’s are one of the largest transport enterprises in the South East with a combined fleet of over 85 commercial vehicles and 160 trailers. Currently celebrating their 150th anniversary, they remain an independent family run business.