Kirkby Tyres matching Sailun, Double Coin TBR products to evolving market
UK wholesaler and specialist in commercial vehicle products Kirkby Tyres continues to leverage its exclusive distribution deals in order to deliver the right tyres to the UK’s evolving commercial vehicle segment. The Speke, Liverpool based company has exclusive distribution agreements with Double Coin, Sailun and Longmarch, and these relationships are allowing it to fulfil customer requirements. “We believe that long-standing business relationships are essential,” Kirkby’s spokesman told Tyres & Accessories. “It is through such relationships that we are able to offer our customers assurance of quality, continuity of supply and a full manufacturers’ warranty.”
Exemplifying this, Kirkby is working with Sailun to ensure Euro 6 ready vehicles have the correct, larger tyres available from this brand. Kirkby supplies 315/70 and 295/80 tyres with the required load index, and is “close to getting the remaining sizes up to regulations” as a result of collaboration with the manufacturer. Recent additions to the Sailun range include the City Convoy coach and bus tyre and the Sailun S913 on/off-road drive tyre. The City Convoy is developed for city roads, with rigid shoulder construction, irregular wear resistance, longer tread life, sidewall protection, and a notch design to reduce heat buildup and improve durability. Sailun’s formula for busses improves the abrasion resistance of the tyre, effectively preventing the drop-off of tread blocks caused by constant starts and stops. The S913 has a 19mm groove depth to increase mileage, M+S marking, wide, deep lateral grooves and open shoulder zone for improved self-cleaning and stone ejection.
Developed collaboratively between Double Coin, Kirkby’s technical team, and its customers, the Double Coin RT600 range meets increased demand in local and regional delivery trucks as a result of to growing e-commerce pickup and delivery requirements. Kirkby adds that certain sizes have been made available in the range which were previously the preserve of premium brands. The latest sizes include:
- 5 144/142M
- 245/70R19.5 136/134M
- 245/70R19.5 141/140K
- 255/70R22.5 140/137N
- 265/70R19.5 143/141K
- 265/70R19.5 140/138M
Also from Double Coin, Kirkby supplies the RT606 coach and bus tyre. The tyre’s five-rib design has wide shoulders to enhance durability, traction and even wear, while the tyre’s reinforced sidewall combats damage in urban use. The tyre is available in sizes 275/70R22.5 152/148J and 295/80R22.5 152/149L.
Kirkby added that Euro VI suitable sizes are currently under development in the “value” Longmarch brand, which covers all popular TBR sizes and applications.