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Motokiki tyre price comparison site launches

Motokiki tyre price comparison site launches

12th December 2018 | 0 Comments

A new online tyre price comparison service has launched, aiming to provide UK motorists with an online tool to choose their tyres quickly and easily, and bringing together products from a wide variety of retail businesses. Motokiki’s comparison engine is designed to offer an impartial whole of market price comparison of tyres from a broad range of suppliers, as well as tyre label result comparison, and the location in which they can be fitted. The company initially comprises 20 staff in offices a short walk from Port Talbot railway station, working on the technical development and marketing of the website, with other aspects of the business outsourced to teams around the country, such as its London-based communications agency, FWD Consulting. Tyres & Accessories travelled to south Wales in late November to attend the launch, with Maven Capital Partners (“Maven”) and the Development Bank of Wales, which have collectively made an equity investment of £3 million in the company, also represented.

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NTDA disassociates itself from TyreServ Romford

12th December 2018 | 0 Comments

Following its 5 December 2018 statement saying the association would take action against non-member misappropriation of the association’s name, the NTDA has indeed been taking action against a number of UK tyre retailers falsely claiming to be members of the association.

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Continental re-emphasises partnership with ContiTread cold retreaders

Continental re-emphasises partnership with ContiTread cold retreaders

11th December 2018 | 0 Comments

Continental reports that it is “further enhancing its support services to strengthen its partnership with ContiTread cold retread shops”. This development is being led by John Cox, Global Head of Technical Services Retread and will centre on the enhancement of support services.

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Toyo Tires signs three-year Professional Darts Corporation deal

Toyo Tires signs three-year Professional Darts Corporation deal

11th December 2018 | 0 Comments

Toyo Tires is now an official partner of the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) after the tyremaker signed a three-year deal commencing at the forthcoming William Hill World Darts Championship. Darts has enjoyed a boom over the past decade, with stars such as world number one Michael van Gerwen, flamboyant Peter “Snakebite” Wright and reigning World Champion Rob Cross becoming household names.

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IAAF Annual Awards Dinner ‘largest event for years’ celebrating aftermarket success

IAAF Annual Awards Dinner ‘largest event for years’ celebrating aftermarket success

11th December 2018 | 0 Comments

The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) Annual Awards & Dinner 2018 has been hailed as one of the largest of its kind in many years, as it once again welcomed key aftermarket professionals to celebrate another successful year of business, growth and innovation.

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Taurus tyres help Riviera Produce keep up with festive season consumer demand

Taurus tyres help Riviera Produce keep up with festive season consumer demand

10th December 2018 | 0 Comments

Riviera Produce, which supplies some of Britain’s top supermarkets with fresh vegetables, has praised its Taurus tyres for helping it boost productivity – delivering increased tyre life and reliability versus other brands it has trialled.

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Tesco to install thousands of free electric car chargers in its store car parks

10th December 2018 | 0 Comments

Volkswagen and Tesco have announced the development of the largest UK retail electric vehicle (EV) charging network. The two companies will roll out more than 2,400 EV charging bays across 600 Tesco stores within the next three years.

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Fleets say electric vehicles will become ‘dominant’ in next 10 years

10th December 2018 | 0 Comments

Electric vehicles are expected to become dominant in 89 per cent of fleets before the end of the next decade, according to a new study by Geotab. Almost half of today’s surveyed fleets (46 per cent) in the UK have no electric vehicles but nine out of 10 UK-based fleet managers expect them to play a dominant role in their company’s fleet before 2028.

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CAM appoints Frankie Sharp head of product management

CAM appoints Frankie Sharp head of product management

10th December 2018 | 0 Comments

CAM has expanded its management team with the promotion of Frankie Sharp to head of product management. The company states that the new addition to the management team is part of its ongoing commitment to drive innovation in the business to ensure its software solutions continue to meet the industry’s needs.

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Maxxis tyres in extreme motorsport action in 2018

Maxxis tyres in extreme motorsport action in 2018

10th December 2018 | 0 Comments

Maxxis-sponsored riders across motorsport experienced success on the tyre manufacturers’ high performance tyres. Leading the way on two wheels for Maxxis was enduro athlete Brad Freeman. The British rider secured his first ever senior world title in the Maxxis FIM EnduroGP World Championship, riding to victory in the E1 class using the soft compound version of the MaxxEnduro and MaxxEnduPro tyres.

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Yokohama increases motorsport profile with successful 2018

Yokohama increases motorsport profile with successful 2018

10th December 2018 | 0 Comments

Yokohama has called 2018 one of the most high profile and busiest in recent years for its motorsport operation. The manufacturer’s products have been action in rallying and on the circuit, where Yokohama launched its support of the major new TCR series in the UK. The company also continued its ongoing support for a number of promising young drivers and grassroots motorsport.

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2018 has been ‘Up in the air’

2018 has been ‘Up in the air’

10th December 2018 | 0 Comments

When it comes to reviewing 2018, two words sum up the kinds of talking points virtually everyone has touched on this year: tariffs and Brexit. Indeed it has to be said that 2018’s two meta-themes are not entirely separate from one another. Nevertheless, both have this in common. For most of the last twelve months details of both subjects have been “up in the air”, leaving the rest of us to forecast (which often means speculate) exactly what is going on. See page 32 for further analysis of what has been going on this year as well as coverage of a couple of stories that are emblematic of these themes.

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Michelin rejuvenates retail programme

Michelin rejuvenates retail programme

10th December 2018 | 0 Comments

In May Tyres & Accessories reported that Andy Aylward had been appointed as Michelin’s retail programme manager for the UK and Ireland. In this role, the 30-year Michelin veteran is responsible for overseeing the company’s network of over 80 accredited car and motorcycle Michelin Certified Centres, which is now known as the Michelin Automotive Programme. Since then, there has positive feedback from the car tyre retail sign and a number of initiatives have been kick started in the two-wheel as well as car tyre side of things. At the end of November Tyres & Accessories met up with Aylward in order to find out more.

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The increasingly high-value UK tyre replacement market

The increasingly high-value UK tyre replacement market

7th December 2018 | 0 Comments

4x4/SUV and UHP markets continued to grow in 2018 As part of our review of 2018, Tyres & Accessories asked market research specialists to give an overview of some of the key trends that have taken place in the UK car, 4x4 and light truck replacement tyre market trends during the course of the year. In doing so, we have a good foundation for looking forward into 2019 and beyond. What we found was that UK tyre replacement market is increasingly high-performance and increasingly high-value. GfK’s Panelmarket data compares the period between November 2016 and October 2017 with November 2017 to October 2018. Reading left to right, the infographic below shows the percentage share of the panelmarket broken down by vehicle type (passenger car, 4x4 including SUV and light commercial vehicle); key changes in the panelmarket during the last 12 months broken down by rim diameter; brand tier split; and the two five tyre sizes.

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Trelleborg invests in India two-wheel tyre production JV

7th December 2018 | 0 Comments

Trelleborg Wheel Systems is investing in a two-wheel tyre factory in India. According to the company, the investment forms part of Trelleborg’s strategy to “strengthen its positions in attractive market segments”. Currently Trelleborg’s mostly makes two-wheel tyres in Europe. Products include tyres for selected niches, such as enduro and motocross, as well as scooters, mopeds and motorcycles.

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