Are rapid charging forecourts the key to EV take up?
The first bespoke Electric Vehicle (EV) charging forecourt opened in Essex recently, regarded by some as heralding the demise of petrol and diesel service stations. The move is applauded by motorists who remain uncertain about the practicalities of charging EV batteries, including charging times and home charging. A recent survey from Venson Automotive Solutions confirms that 68 per cent of drivers would be more likely to make the switch to an EV if they knew they could conduct a rapid 30-minute charge at an electric forecourt rather than the inconvenience of charging their vehicle at home.
Transaid launches ‘Coast to Coast’ UK cycle challenge
Transaid has launched its much-awaited 2021 UK Cycle Challenge, laying down the gauntlet to transport and logistics industry professionals to dust off their lycra, polish their saddles and gear up for the epic coast-to-coast fundraising event, which takes place from 24-26 September 2021.
Lineage Logistics LLC signs five-year deal with Michelin
The world’s largest temperature-controlled industrial REIT and logistics solutions provider, Lineage Logistics, LLC, has awarded Michelin’s Services & Solutions team a five-year tyre management agreement covering its UK fleet after back-to-back tyre trials highlighted a range of sustainability improvements could be unlocked with a change in policy.
The Independent Garage Association (IGA), which represents the independent garage sector in the UK, is pleased to announce the appointment of Rob Collison as Chairman effective from March 2021. Collinson succeeds Colin Parlett, who recently stepped down from the role after many years.
RH Claydon, Triangle Tyre exhibit at Hillhead Digital 2021
Triangle Tyre and RH Claydon are exhibiting at Hillhead Digital 2021, the UK largest quarrying and construction exhibition. Triangle is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of off the road (OTR) tyres. RH Claydon is its official distributor for this segment in the UK. RH Claydon and Triangle are jointly welcoming visitors to their virtual booth between 15 and 31 March 2021. The booth displays Triangle’s complete portfolio of OTR tyres through pictures, videos and product presentations, ready to be downloaded at any time from the portal. The staff of both companies will be present on 30 and 31 to participate in live chats with visitors who have booked a meeting through the agenda in the portal.
Tyre retailer achieves £1 million of tyre sales through MTS’s TyreClick
Phil May, owner of Strood based RM Tyres, passed the million-pound milestone at the end of February, the peak of 12 months during which his company has seen an unprecedented increase in online sales. For all of the tyre sales processed by RM Tyres through TyreClick, 28 per cent have come in the past 12 months, an indication of the surge in consumers opting to buy their tyres online.
What will become of ULM and Universal Tyre Wholesale?
Halfords’ recent acquisition of Universal Tyres follows the acquisition of McConnechy’s Tyre Service Ltd for £8.5 million and Tyres on the Drive for £746,000 back in November 2019. The combination of the McConnechy’s and Universal purchases means Halfords now owns two of the three founding firms of ULM Services Ltd, a fleet servicing business that Universal establishing in partnership with McConnechy’s and Lodge tyres back in 2017. At the same time, Universal runs its own tyre wholesale business. So, what does the latest acquisition mean for the Universal Tyre Wholesale operation? And how was McConnechys commercial business folded into Halfords? For that matter, how will the businesses be integrated in general? And what does this all mean for ULM?
The National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA) is launching a new Responsible Repairer Group for companies providing major repairs for commercial vehicle, OTR, agricultural as well as plant and equipment tyres. Tyres & Accessories understands that “several major repairers” have expressed interest in the group.
For the last few years Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) take-up has continued apace. Indeed, according to the latest UK vehicle registrations figures, cars that can be described as SUVs now occupy a significant portion of new vehicle market share. Indeed, the Nissan Qashqai crossover was the third most popular purchase in February 2021, according to the Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). And the Volvo XC40 as well as the Volkswagen T-Roc and Tiguan also figure in the top 10. Of course, all these vehicles need tyres so there is every chance that the recent trend towards SUV tyre replacement sales is also going to continue over the next few years. But what about last year? With these trends in mind, the month’s SUV tyre feature takes a closer look the best products on the market beginning with a detailed look at the latest market data produced in association with GfK.
Kumho adds 12 Ectsa PS71 SUV tyre sizes to its range
The breadth of Kumho’s 4x4 tyre range has been further enhanced by the addition of the new Ectsa PS71 SUV in some 12 sizes, specially developed for large, powerful SUVs and designed for 100 per cent on-road use. As a result, the vast majority of requirements will be covered by the newcomer and other on-road products such as the Crugen HP91 and HP71, plus the cross-functional Road Venture patterned MT51 and AT61. Between them, they cover everything from top-end SUVs such as the Audi Q7, Range Rover and BMW X5 to the ever-popular classic Land Rover Defender.
Contract manufacturer SD-International’s Zeta and Toledo tyre brands offer a range of patterns for all types of SUV vehicles.
For its part, the Zeta brand features the Impero range, which provides “modern and stylish designed high performance SUV patterns” that are said to “guarantee overall superb safe drive” as well as “All Season road handling performance”. The Impero range also offers a new tread compound and profile thar results in a 25 per cent improvement in wet grip. The Zeta Impero is currently available in 54 sizes, ranging from 215/65 R16 to 285/35 ZR22.
Davanti range offers UHP and utilitarian SUV tyres
With a growing number of SUVs on the roads – both ICE and electric – there is an increasing need for high-performance tyres that can handle heavier loads without sacrificing performance. Whether you need a sporty, lower-profile tyre or a more traditional offering, company representatives say Davanti Tyres has a range that addresses such demands.
Michelin introduces on-site industrial tyre training courses
Michelin is now offering expert tyre fitting and maintenance training for operators of industrial and heavy-duty machinery via two new one-day courses. The Safe Earthmover Tyre Fitting and Safe Crane Tyre Fitting programmes are delivered at the customer’s site by experts from the Michelin Training & Information Centre (MTIC). The sessions are appropriate for in-house technicians, or tyre dealers, working in a variety of sectors, including surface mining, underground mining, quarries, construction and materials handling.
Pro-Align appoints ex-Kwik Fit manager to sales team
Workshop equipment and wheel alignment specialist Pro-Align has appointed a former Kwik Fit branch manager to its sales team. Tom Burkett, a former director and owner of a mobile tyre fitting service and branch manager at Kwik Fit, has been appointed to join the team as a sales executive, covering the Midlands and South Wales region. The Hunter distributor said the addition of Burkett will provide “even greater levels of support to workshops across the country.”