Cooper Melksham tyre factory site could be made into 600 houses
In October 2022, Goodyear announced that the Cooper Tire Europe headquarters and manufacturing operation was set to close around a year later. In November 2023, the land associated with the tyre plant went up for sale in parallel with plans to redevelop the site into residential premises.
Worcestershire-based Dawson Tyre Service Limited has signed-up to Fitter-Force (incorporating e-jobsheet) to support its growth strategy. Adding to Dawson Tyre Service’s suite of CAM solutions, Fitter-Force is designed to enable the independent commercial tyre dealer to capitalize on the breakdown and tyre service opportunities they can be connected to via TiDaeX and e-jobsheets connections with tyre manufacturers and national breakdown services.
Wastefront’s updated Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) by independent auditor DNV has found that “the plant’s environmental benefits are now even more pronounced than before”. Top-line environmental improvements include the following.
New van demand grows for 11th month but EV uptake needs 2024 boost
Britain’s new light commercial vehicle (LCV) market grew by 12.7 per cent in November as 27,433 vans, pickups and 4x4s joined Britain’s fleets, according to the latest figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The performance is 4.6 per cent above pre-pandemic 2019 levels and represents 11 consecutive months of rising demand, totalling 311,754 units – the largest volume for two years as product availability continues to improve.
Decline in battery electric vehicle sales underlines continuing need to address demand – Deloitte
The -17.1 per cent decline in battery electric vehicle registrations in November may have been a result of supply chain issues, but analysts argued that the setback on the electrification of the UK car parc also underlines the need to continue addressing issues affecting consumer demand. Jamie Hamilton, automotive partner and head of electric vehicles at Deloitte, said: “In a month where we’ve seen significant announcements in the UK supporting electric vehicle (EV) production, the decline in sales of battery electric vehicles in November is a reminder that we also need to think about demand and the underlying charging infrastructure that’s required for consumer adoption.
Latest new car registrations: ‘best November for four years’
The UK new car market grew by 9.5 per cent in November to reach 156,525 units, according to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). In the market’s best November for four years, registrations almost returned to pre-pandemic levels, down just 96 units (-0.1 per cent) on 2019.
Vaculug offers electric waste vehicle tread compound
Vaculug has introduced an electric waste vehicle-orientated tread compound integrated with its Protekt System. This compound is being developed at Vaculug’s R&D facilities in Grantham and with their partner Vipal’s R&D team in Brazil.
Halfords: Motorists could save £400 million by not servicing at dealerships
According to research conducted by Opinium for Halfords, 54 per cent of motorists are wrongly told they must get their vehicle serviced at a dealership to protect their warranty. The truth is that, under UK law, motorists can get their vehicles serviced anywhere from the moment they drive off the forecourt.
Halfords accelerates Autocentre investment after strong first-half 2024 results
Halfords Groups reports that its “strong” first-half 2024 financial performance was driven by “substantial revenue and profit growth through increased market share” and “optimisation of our Autocentres business”. And that means we can expect accelerated capital investment in Autocentres moving forward.
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44% of dealers think car buyers will stick with petrol, diesel for longer after UK government’s EV decision
More than four out of 10 dealers (44 per cent) think used car buyers will stick with petrol and diesel cars for longer following the government’s decision to delay the new car electrifcation deadline to 2035. Startline’s November Used Car Tracker also shows that 29 per cent believe the move will mean the used electric vehicle (EV) market will take longer to develop while 19 per cent forecast that consumer demand for EVs will fall. Additionally, 24 per cent of dealers now believe it is more likely that motorists will buy a hybrid as a stepping stone to full electrification while 20 per cent believe that EV prices will fall further in addition to recent reductions.
Autotech Recruit has introduced a new pathway for skilled vehicle technicians and MOT testers wanting to try freelancing within the sector, while retaining the security of full-time employment. The cuts to National Insurance contributions for self-employed workers, recently outlined in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, could be a catalyst in helping those, considering becoming freelance, make the transition, according to Autotech.
Tyrefix completed the acquisition of C&S Tyres (UK) Limited, which provides heavy off-highway tyre services across the earthmover, waste and recycling markets. The deal completed on 16 November 2023. According to Tyrefix, “the combination of the two businesses further strengthens Tyrefix’s national offering and is the second acquisition completed under the ownership of Literacy Capital.”
Enso partners with In’n’Out Autocentres and M4 Tyres
Enso has expanded its service network via fitting partnerships with INnOUT Autocentres and M4 Tyres. This distribution expansion follows Ensos nomination as a finalist in the Clear Our Air Category of Prince William’s The Earthshot Prize. And, according to the company, “reaffirms Ensos commitment to setting new standards for Londons electric taxi industry”, by providing access to its “double-A rated specialist EV tyres across the entire city”.
Defence Employer Recognition Scheme awards Tecalemit bronze status
Tecalemit Garage Equipment signed the Armed Forces Covenant in early 2023 as part of its commitment to supporting and empowering the wider Armed Forces community as an inclusive employer. The company now reports that it has been awarded the Bronze Award in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme, demonstrating its success as an Armed Forces-friendly employer.