RH Claydon structures wide range of brands to become ‘one-stop shop’
While the phrase “one-stop shop” is somewhat overused in relation to tyre wholesaling, RH Claydon (RHC) business development & purchasing director John Parker argues that for his company it is thoroughly deserved. Now in its 60th year of trading as one of the UK’s independent nationwide premier specialist tyre wholesalers, RHC believes that, whether the need is for Consumer, Off-Highway or Truck applications, it has a wide range of brands and fitments within its extensive product portfolio to meet the requirements of service provider and end-user alike in the UK and Ireland market place.
The company’s product portfolio encompasses brands such as Annaite, Aurora, Basoon, BKT, Duro, Galaxy, Infinity, Lassa, Mitas, Primex, Security, Titan, Trelleborg, Vredestein, Windpower, Zeta and more in various patterns, profiles and sizes. This extensive brand range is backed by an equally impressive range of own branded “Airtite” tubes.
Parker says the Consumer range majors on the brands Aurora, Lassa (in Scotland only), Security and Zeta. The Aurora brand, part of the Hankook Tyre stable, is exclusive to RHC for the UK. The product, from a high quality manufacturer, comes with an RHC Lifetime Guarantee, displaying the wholesaler’s faith in its quality. To compliment both Aurora and Lassa, another high quality product is Zeta, Parker says, which also offers and expanding selection of sizes and fitments to cater for the Value end of the market. The Security brand is concentrated on key sizes for the radial high-speed trailer market.
The Off-Highway market is served by key brands BKT, Duro, Galaxy, Mitas, Primex, Titan, Trelleborg and Vredestein. The BKT brand, for which RHC is the longest established Authorised Distributor in the UK, has a vast range which covers Agricultural, Trailer, Plant & Construction, Industrial, Small & large Implement, Forestry, Turf Maintenance, ATV, Port, Earthmover and more in various radial and crossply manufacture.
Also exclusive to RHC for the UK and Ireland are the brands Galaxy and Primex from the Alliance Tire Group stable. Parker says the brands are “synonymous with quality” and offer “an expanding range” of sizes and fitments both in radial and crossply for Agricultural, Trailer, Plant & Construction, Industrial, Small & Large Implement, Specialist Turf Maintenance and Earthmover segments. He particularly notes the Galaxy brand as an OE supplier “to well-known prestigious manufacturers” – good news for the tyre service provider in that it presents replacement market opportunities. Covering the smaller end of the market, RHC supplies Duro, Supreme, Titan and Trelleborg alongside BKT and Galaxy.
In the light and heavy truck tyre markets RHC boasts end-to-end coverage too, with the brands Annaite, Basoon, Infinity, Lassa and Windpower. RHC categorises Infinity, Lassa and Windpower products as its “Premier” range – Infinity and Windpower are exclusive to RHC in Northern Ireland and the UK respectively. Both brands offer a wide-range of sizes, patterns and profiles for the many different applications required, such as short and long haul, tipper, trailer and bus/coach. The “Value” support package is covered by the Annaite and Basoon brands, Parker says. These brands also present an extensive range of size and fitments for this key market segment.
RHC’s very extensive product portfolio offering is supplied through strategically located sales and service branches in Falkirk, Scunthorpe, Stockport, Swindon and Bury St Edmunds. With “experienced, knowledgeable and motivated staff,” Parker says RHC is confident it can satisfy both existing and future needs and requirements of their ever expanding customer base.