Gregg Foster appointed field and sales manager for Ascenso Tyres in the UK
Agricultural tyre brand Ascenso has appointed Gregg Foster, of Abbey Tyre Co and BA Bush, as the new Ascenso field and sales manager in the UK following a lengthy interview process. BAB Distribution, BA Bush’s wholesale arm which is the official distribution partner of the brand in the UK, and Ascenso jointly state that Foster performed excellently in the interview stage and his passion for the brand is what ultimately led to his appointment.
TMD Friction, through its Mintex braking brand, has expanded its exciting partnership with drifting star Pete ‘Peden’ Nielsen. The expanded sponsorship will see Mintex branding displayed prominently across the liveries of Crewsade drivers Pete Nielsen and Al Harris’ Nissan 180SX and S14 drift racing cars at a thrilling series of events this summer, kicking off with the Modified Nationals display in Peterborough in May.
57% of garages plan price increase due to cost-of-living crisis, rising parts prices
57 per cent of garages are planning on increasing their prices according to a survey conducted by WhoCanFixMyCar. The survey, which was sent to WhoCanFixMyCar’s network of over 15,000 top-rated garages, mobile mechanics and dealerships, asked businesses whether they would be raising their prices soon, and if so, what had influenced that decision.
The Royal Automobile Club, custodian of the RM Sotheby’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, has introduced a new Summer Veteran Car Run for pre-1905 cars. The new event – set for Thursday 21 July – has been established to provide owners of these extraordinary pioneering vehicles with a relaxed and convivial opportunity to warm up their machines for the November event.
“As new car sales continue to be impacted by the ongoing supply constraints, it is encouraging to see that consumer appetite for second-hand vehicles remained robust in the first quarter of the year”, said Sue Robinson, chief executive of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), commenting on the latest SMMT’s used car figures. The UK’s used car market rose 5.1 per cent in the first quarter of 2022 with 1,774,351 transactions. There were 86,596 more cars changing hands compared to the same period in 2021. Despite this increase, used car transactions remain -12.2 per cent below pre-pandemic levels.
45 per cent of motorists ‘would not consider buying an EV’ in next decade
Research by insurance company NFU Mutual has revealed that 45 per cent of Brits would not consider buying an electric vehicle (EV) in the next 10 years, with battery range, lack of charging infrastructure and charging time being among the key worries. The insurer carried out a survey of 1,107 people across the country to discover the public’s views on EVs. The research showed that, despite marked steps towards increased EV use, 45 per cent of Brits still would not consider switching to an EV or hybrid vehicle.
ATS Euromaster: ADAS needs calibration during SMR to avoid compromising vehicle safety
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) have become vital for a car’s safety and form a critical part of EuroNCAP’s star safety rating system. But to ensure ADAS items continue to work correctly they need to be recalibrated after remedial work. With that in mind, tyre service and maintenance provider ATS Euromaster is advising fleets to consider recalibration work in any SMR undertaken on a vehicle that might affect the proper functioning of the affected safety system.
Micheldever Fleet Solutions supplies Auto Windscreens fleet tyres
Following Micheldever Tyres Services (MTS) establishment of Micheldever Fleet Solution fleet tyre operation a year ago, the company has developed both the depth and scale of its fleet tyre offering. One example of the practical application of MFS’s offering can be found in Auto Windscreen fleet. Shaun Atton, Auto Windscreens’ Head of Fleet and Facilities. Atton, who manages Auto Windscreens’ 354-strong fleet of vehicles across 64 UK sites, shared how the fleet support services provided by MFS work to bring “peace of mind” to the business:
Fleets extending vehicle life and switching to EVs in response to chip shortage
Fleets have been less affected than expected by the global semiconductor shortage that has impacted the original equipment business. According to latest research from Arval Mobility Observatory’s 2022 Barometer, just one in four fleets (26%) say that they have been affected.
Triangle to demonstrate global OTR position at Hillhead 2022
Multi-segment Chinese tyre manufacturer Triangle Tyre is closing in on a top 20 position in Tyres & Accessories’ chart of the sector’s leading companies, but the brand has a particularly strong presence in the OTR tyre segment, in which Triangle claims a rank of fourth. The company has distributed earthmover products within Europe for more than 15 years, with this business supported via the establishment of a regional head office in Milan, Italy in 2017. It now claims a double-digit market share in the European OTR segment, which it has achieved via the introduction of new sizes to expand its already-wide range; the establishment of new partnerships, such as its UK distribution arrangement with RH Claydon, which commenced in late 2020; and participation in international fairs, the next of which will be the UK’s Hillhead 2022 show on 21-23 June. Triangle will exhibit its latest OTR products at the Buxton quarry from stand E23.
Growth despite challenges: Torque from the Top – Kumho Tyre UK managing director, Keon Park
Continuing our ongoing series of Torque from the top special interviews with influential industry figures, here Tyres & Accessories hears from Keon Park managing director, Kumho Tyre UK, who shares Kumho’s perspective on the challenges and triumphs of the last couple of years as well as the well-known brand’s hopes for the future.
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Point S and International Tyres to introduce Fortune tyre range at CV Show 2022
Point S Tyre & Autocare is exhibiting alongside its truck tyre distribution partner, International Tyres, at this year’s Commercial Vehicle Show. The stand will showcase the Fortune truck tyre range, alongside Point S’ range of high-quality car and van tyres.
TyreSafe: Annual MoT tests needed to counter driver maintenance apathy
The government is considering scrapping the annual MoT test and replacing it with an inspection every two years, and this is a proposal that TyreSafe would like decision-makers to ponder very carefully – for the sake of road safety.
Carlton Forest heats up cold testing of tyre pyrolysis plant
Carlton Forest reports that it has begun a cold testing phase at what it refers to as “the UK’s first continuous pyrolysis plant” located at the company’s Worksop site. That announcement, which was published on 13 May 2022, will be followed by “full operation launch” later in May.
Friday the 13th is a Blimp-free day in the UK - but keep an eye out for the airship tomorrow as it heads to Brands Hatch, where it will provide aerial coverage of the British Touring Car Championship on Saturday and Sunday.