With tyre specialists doing as much mechanical work as ever, and with autocentres representing a growing proportion of the top 25 tyre retailers, understanding the so-called aftermarket side of the business is important. When you add in the pandemic-related disruption, which includes the effects of the government’s six-month MOT extension – something that has caused a mini-boom and bust in the garage space – getting to grips with the latest trends and products in the aftermarket sector at this particular time is something of a priority. That’s why July’s edition of Tyres & Accessories surveys the latest data, trends and products to help you prepare for what’s next.
Van and light commercial vehicle markets are giving tyre suppliers and servicers plenty of reasons to be cheerful. The boom in e-commerce dependence for everything from grocery deliveries to mobile-fitting tyres on customer driveways over the pandemic period has helped demand to stay relatively high through economic strife. There are good reasons to think that growing consumer behaviour trends in the period will outlast the pandemic, especially considering the newfound willingness of businesses to offer increased home working options beyond the socially distanced era. All the while, van fleets are more demanding than ever, increasingly looking for tyres that suit rugged urban applications and offer greater efficiencies. As fleets convert to electric vans in greater numbers, we can expect the desire to maximise range to be added to these demands too. Read more about the sector and its latest products in the July issue of Tyres & Accessories.
Agricultural, industrial & specialty tyres
Markets for specialty tyres proved resilient to the Covid-19 crisis in some instances, in other cases they rebounded in the latter part of 2020 and opening months of this year. Our July magazine builds upon our ongoing coverage of the segment with a feature dedicated to the agricultural, industrial/construction and specialty tyre markets.