Over a period of 12 months, ATS Euromaster piloted an out-of-hours tyre inspection and replacement service for retailer and dotcom fleets. The tyre and maintenance provider recently opened up this night shift service to last-mile delivery operators is already generating over 9,300 servicing jobs per month. It says this service, which complements the existing emergency tyre work service it provides to blue lights fleets, is “already proving a hit for customers and staff.”
From November, Tructyre managing director Nick Harley will become MD of all Euromaster Group companies in the UK. Reporting to Benoit Hubert, Harley will be responsible for both ATS Euromaster and Tructyre. Vitor Silva, the current MD of ATS, will take on the role of chief performance officer for Euromaster Group and be based in France.
Fleets changing to lower carbon and zero-emission vehicles are having to adapt to different SMR maintenance requirements, and ATS Euromaster notes that this can lead to higher costs. But the tyre service and maintenance provider says these can be managed effectively with a variety of insider tips on how to keep maintenance budgets under control.
ATS Euromaster reports that demand for its mobile tyre service increase rapidly over the last two years. The tyre retail business currently attends 9,000 jobs a month on average. A quarter more jobs are expected next year.
Tructyre founder Glenn Sherwood is the new Chief Growth Officer at Vaculug. In this role, he will be responsible for the firm’s new growth initiatives both on the fleet side as well as the technology and product side of the business.
ATS Euromaster has expanded its sales team with the appointment of Craig Archibald as business development manager and John Hall as territory account manager for the north of England. In addition, effective 1 July, Dan Hickman will be promoted from his current role of territory sales manager to national sales manager, with a team of experienced territory account managers reporting to him.
ATS Euromaster, which describes itself as a network of “tyre and maintenance centres”, has invested in upskilling technicians so they can work on both hybrid and electric vehicles. Technicians have been trained to IMI standards as part of a phased roll out.
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) have become vital for a car’s safety and form a critical part of EuroNCAP’s star safety rating system. But to ensure ADAS items continue to work correctly they need to be recalibrated after remedial work. With that in mind, tyre service and maintenance provider ATS Euromaster is advising fleets to consider recalibration work in any SMR undertaken on a vehicle that might affect the proper functioning of the affected safety system.
Times have been tough in the last couple of years, but if the growth of the top 25 tyre retailers in the UK is anything to go by, the nation’s leading tyre retail businesses are taking triumph from adversity. Of course, Halfords’ acquisition of National Tyres and Autocare’s parent company at the end of 2021 makes up a big part of the new UK tyre retail landscape, but it is clear that adding branches to existing networks (either by organic growth or by acquisition) is a common theme across the board.
Lack of vehicle availability is extending commercial vehicle replacement cycles, which results in greater service, maintenance and repair (SMR) costs in line with increased maintenance requirements, according to ATS Euromaster.
Jason Chamberlain has been appointed sales director at ATS Euromaster, where he joins the executive team to provide strategic leadership to drive customer retention, with UK growth responsibility for both national and regional new business.
Following our in-depth coverage at the start of November, ATS Euromaster has confirmed that it has once again secured a position on the latest Crown Commercial Service (CCS) four-year framework. ATS Euromaster and parent company Michelin have a long history with CCS contracts. However, the latest deal is the first time that ATS Euromaster has been able to offer servicing, maintenance and repair elements such as brake and suspension work, to those on the framework. According to the company, the ATS support also includes the company’s mobile networks to ensure vehicle uptime is fully optimised.
Following the news that Goodyear has retained the UK police fleet tyre contract, Tyres & Accessories contacted Crown Commercial Services in order to confirm which other tyre firms have succeeded in winning their part of the two government tyre supply contracts which together are worth an estimated £200 million.
Tyre service and maintenance provider ATS Euromaster is investing in its mobile van fleet to meet growing demand for mobile servicing. It reports having added 30 vans to its fleet so far this year and anticipates the arrival of more vehicles before the end of 2021, bringing the total fleet to 155 mobile vans.
5.5 million drivers took advantage of the government’s six-month MOT extension between April and July 2020. This caused a rush for MOT slots between September and January last year and the same is set to happen again as garages prepare for what some are calling “super September”. On top of all that, nearly 1 million new cars registered between September 2018 and January 2019 are set for their first MOT. As a result, some sources are predicting 16 per cent more MOTs in September 2021 than the year before and 29 per cent more in October. And, of course, more MOTs mean more tyre and fast-fit business. But this is just part of the story, there are also growing signs of pent-up tyre demand hidden in the details of the MOT data.