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Tyre aging law could take effect in 2020

Tyre aging law could take effect in 2020

24th June 2019 | 0 Comments

The UK government is consulting on plans to ban old tyres for buses, coaches, lorries and minibuses and a new law could be introduced this year and come into force early 2020. Tyres aged 10 years and older would be banned from use on buses, coaches, lorries and minibuses under the new proposals. However, further clarity about precisely what the new rules will cover is needed.

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Digital transformation in the tyre sector

Digital transformation in the tyre sector

19th June 2019 | 0 Comments

At the start of May, Zivojin Sekulic of GAJ d.o.o. gave a presentation on the digital transformation of the tyre industry at Guangrao Tyre Conference and Expo 2019. Shortly afterwards, he shared details of the presentation with Tyres & Accessories, which shows how digital data is affecting all parts of the distribution chain.

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MWheels refocuses business on wheel expertise

MWheels refocuses business on wheel expertise

10th June 2019 | 0 Comments

During the first half of 2019, Manchester-based commercial wheel services company MWheels has been implementing an evolutionary process to change its target. The company has sought to position itself differently within its markets; from a UK wheel distributor campaigning for legislative input on wheel safety, to a European provider of wheels and wheel services designed to make commercial operators more aware of the safety and business implications of fitting and maintaining the most suitable products for their fleets. “The last four months,” chief executive officer Matthew Mardle tells Tyres & Accessories, “have been a big success in following through on the strategies” implemented since the changes in leadership at the helm of the company in January – Mardle was appointed CEO, while company founder John Ellis took up a new position as chairman – and, in the longer term, since the company opened its European operation, MWheels GmbH, in Germany.

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Have the truck tyre import tariffs ‘worked’?

Have the truck tyre import tariffs ‘worked’?

5th June 2019 | 0 Comments

The size of the UK truck tyre market by sell-out unit volume fell 9.8 per cent in 2018 set against the backdrop of European import tariffs, according to GfK data presented at Autopromotec 2019. But what do the tell us about the effectiveness of the tariffs?

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Do tariffs and trade wars work?

Do tariffs and trade wars work?

5th June 2019 | 0 Comments

At the time of going to press, the President of the United States of America is mid-way through a state visit to the UK. Before he even landed on British soil, President Donald Trump stirred up controversy by tweeting his disparaging thoughts about London Mayor Sadiq Kahn. Whatever view one might hold about the propriety of Trump’s visit, we all know that 31-gun salutes and tea with the queen are about more than niceties. Sure enough less than 24 hours into the state visit, presidential talk turned to trade, with Trump backing out-going Prime Minister Theresa May to complete Brexit negotiations and promising a “phenomenal” trade deal between the US and UK. But all this is set against the backdrop of all-out trade war between the US and China at the same time that Europe is involved in somewhat more Cold War-esque trade skirmishes with China as well. The questions are: do such measures work? And what do they mean for the tyre business?

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A day in the life with Bridgestone OTR major accounts manager Rob Cole

A day in the life with Bridgestone OTR major accounts manager Rob Cole

28th May 2019 | 0 Comments

Bridgestone’s OTR major accounts manager Rob Cole is celebrating his 30th anniversary with the world’s largest tyre manufacturer. He spoke exclusively with Tyres & Accessories about his role at the company – and the changes he has encountered over the years.

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May 2019

May 2019

20th May 2019 | 0 Comments

Click on the CONTINUE READING button to view the May 2019 issue of Tyres & Accessories

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Hexpol growth driven by compounding and exports

Hexpol growth driven by compounding and exports

17th May 2019 | 0 Comments

Almost 10 years after Hexpol embarked on a prolonged growth-by-acquisition strategy, here Tyres & Accessories examines the company’s overall progress as well as the particular example of UK-based Hexpol Group member, retreading compound supply specialist Berwin Polymers.

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Vaculug promotes VMS Mobile at CV Show

Vaculug promotes VMS Mobile at CV Show

17th May 2019 | 0 Comments

With the UK commercial vehicle and fleet business congregating in Birmingham for the Commercial Vehicle Show at the start of May, Vaculug took the opportunity to demonstrate the latest addition to its bespoke fleet tyre management system called VMS - VMS Mobile. For the company, which is now the only non-new-tyre manufacture-owned retreader in the UK, fleet growth and retreading business growth go hand in hand. And that’s why having the right fleet tyre management system in place has become more important than ever.

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Can artificial intelligence reduce warranty claims?

Can artificial intelligence reduce warranty claims?

9th May 2019 | 0 Comments

At the start of April 2019, Bridgestone formally completed its billion-dollar acquisition of TomTom Telematics. The goal – as ever – is to capitalise on the benefits of big data, leveraging its usefulness in the cause of better tyres and greater efficiency for all stakeholders. Of course, Bridgestone is not the only tyremaker seeking to make the most of tyre data. Many have invested significantly in developing cyber tyres over the course of the last 10 to 15 years, harnessing the fact that tyres are a vehicles’ only point of contact with the road and therefore the only means of generating real-time road surface:vehicle contact data. This same approach also yields tyre condition and performance data, which can be used for everything from motorsport to commercial fleet applications. But what about in the manufacturing process itself?

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EfTD growing with the ‘right opportunities and matches’

EfTD growing with the ‘right opportunities and matches’

8th May 2019 | 0 Comments

European FinTyre Distribution (EfTD) has grown at a rate of knots since Bain Capital first acquired Italian tyre wholesaler Fintyre in the first quarter of 2017. At the time, Bain Capital Private Equity managing director Ivano Sessa stated his confidence in Fintyre’s “substantial growth potential both organically and through consolidation in a fragmented Italian and European tyre distribution market,” and later on the private equity fund put its money where its mouth was.

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Growth and stability amongst leading UK tyre retailers

Growth and stability amongst leading UK tyre retailers

2nd May 2019 | 0 Comments

6 - 10 stability, but battle for ninth position Outside of the top five, there is a certain degree of stability amongst the remaining five companies. Those in sixth, seventh and eighth position (McConechy’s, The Tyre Group and Lodge) appear to have remained stable in terms of branch count, with 61, 58 and 40 branches respectively. However, it is worth considering all this in the context of ULM Services Ltd the fleet-orientated cooperation Universal, Lodge and McConechy’s set up during 2017. Put those three partners together and we have 119 branches and another strong contender for fifth position on the table.

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ETEL continues to lead top 20 UK tyre retailers 2019

ETEL continues to lead top 20 UK tyre retailers 2019

1st May 2019 | 0 Comments

After years of expansion amongst the top 20 UK tyre retailers, the latest data shows that this trend peaked in 2017/2018 when the top 20 accounted for 2014 branches. The same 20 tyre retailers had 1980 branches between them in 2018/2019. And what’s more, the reorganisation of one retailer alone accounted for a 40-centre decline in branch count, with the overall figure remaining positive due to growth at other chains. Here Tyres & Accessories analyses the branch count data in the context of 10 years of comparable research.

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The growing influence of autocentres on tyre retail

The growing influence of autocentres on tyre retail

30th April 2019 | 0 Comments

In recent years autocentres have been selling more tyres than ever. At the same time, specialist tyre retailers – such as those featured on our annual table, have moved towards additional servicing and mechanical repairs in order to increase sales. This is especially the case at the top of the table, amongst the largest tyre retail chains where as much as 45 per cent of annual turnover is now made up of non-tyre sales.

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April 2019

April 2019

16th April 2019 | 0 Comments

Click on the CONTINUE READING button to view the April 2019 issue of Tyres & Accessories

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