Ivybridge-based Bandvulc Tyre Contracts (BTC), the management arm of the Bandvulc Group of Companies, has won a major new contract from Axis Intermodal, one of the leading European hirers of Trailers, Trucks, Rigids and Intermodal Swap Bodies. The new deal is worth an estimated £400,000 per annum.
BTC will manage Intermodal’s 5,000-strong fleet across the UK and Europe delivering real time cost savings through a comprehensive package of benefits. One such benefit is the ability to provide specific recharge reports, enabling Axis to monitor and control damaged tyres.
Plymouth-based retreader Bandvulc Tyres has added four key personnel to its Sales division; two of these operating as Regional and National Sales respectfully and two appointments to its fleet support department.
Sales Director, Philip West comments: “We have had a stable growth period of sales over recent years and need to allow for further growth with the addition of key people to our sales team”.
The appointments of Richard Crummack and Simon Arnold to the Sales team bring experience to the organisation, Richard having worked with Michelin previously and Simon with Pirelli.
The Retread Manufacturers Association has announced the appointment of Tim Hercock of Vacu-Lug as the Association’s Chairman. Hercock succeeds Patrick O’Connell of Bandvulc who has stepped down after two years in office. The appointment took effect on 21 June.
Commenting on the appointment, David Wilson, Director of the Retread Manufacturers’ Association said: “We welcome the appointment of Tim Hercock as our new Chairman and I look forward to working with him over the course of the coming two years. Patrick O’Connell has made a valuable and active contribution to the role during his term of office and on behalf of the association I would like to thank him for his efforts.”
International development agency Transaid has launched a Tyre Safety Awareness Campaign in Malawi and Zambia, which commenced with a series of training courses led by Phil Rochester, a Training Manager at Michelin’s head office in Stoke-on-Trent. The initiative forms part of Transaid’s wider programme of work on road safety and professional driver training, which aims to reduce the number of road traffic crashes in Africa, which records 10 per cent of all such incidents, despite having just four per cent of the world’s total vehicle parc.
A total of 10 training courses were delivered over a two week period to key audiences which included traffic police, road safety agencies, road transport operators and public transport operators. Each course provided basic information on safety checks and how to avoid dangers associated with poorly maintained tyres, with training delivered to 270 people.
The UK’s second largest manufacturer or remoulded truck tyres, Bandvulc, intends to unveil a new range of tyres at April’s Commercial Vehicle Show being held at the NEC in Birmingham. Bandvulc says this new range will further enhance the success of its tyre management subsidiary, Bandvulc Tyre Contracts.
BIPAVER, the European Retread Manufacturers Association has announced that it has relocated its offices and made several changes to its operational structure.
The Retread Manufacturers Association (RMA) has administered BIPAVER in the United Kingdom since 2002. Now the Association has decided to relocate its offices to Leiden in the Netherlands, where the Dutch Trade Association, VACO, will administer it.
Truck tyre retreader Bandvulc Tyres was recently recognised for its support of its Reservist employee at a reception hosted by HRH The Prince of Wales at his Highgrove residence. Managing Director Patrick O’Connell was one of more than 120 employers from across the UK who attended the reception.
The company’s reservist, Corporal Richard Arundel, who was mobilised for six months in Afghanistan, received a commendation for his leadership following a suicide bomb attack on British forces.
The Retread Manufacturers Association has appointed Patrick O’Connell, of Bandvulc as the Association’s chairman, effective from 8 June. He succeeds Gary Oliver of C-Tyres, who has stepped down after two years in office.
Bandvulc Tyres will be showcasing Bandvulc Tyre Contracts (BTC), its tyre management system, at this year’s CV show, having committed £1/4 million to create semi-intelligent reporting software.
A selection of tyres will also be on show, including the BD04 295/80R22.5 new generation drive axle tyre, the BDE1, 225/75R17.5 bead-to-bead remould and the B2K 385/65R22.5 super single tyre for trailers.
Bandvulc Tyres has appointed Mandi Ingram as office operations manager.
Her responsibilities will include improving the efficiency and effectiveness of systems and procedures within the accounts department and the Bandvulc Tyre Contracts (BTC) fleet division. The role will also require her to deal with personnel issues and the recruitment of office staff.
“I’m determined to drive Bandvulc forward by focusing on operations at the grass roots level, so that it can become the best that it can be,” said the new office operations manager. “It’s been quite a challenge starting with zero tyre knowledge and I’m on a steep learning curve but once the new systems and procedures are in place, my vision for BTC to attain the ISO 9000 quality standard will be realised,” she added.
Truck tyre retreader, Bandvulc Tyres, has appointed Richard Quadling as its new software developer. Through its new recruit the company is aiming to improve its existing systems, and provide enhanced reporting facilities and systems integration.
Mr Quadling joins Bandvulc after 15 years at Carval Computing where he specialised in programming bespoke applications, point of sale and accounts development.
“I love programming and the degree of problem solving the discipline requires,” says Richard Quadling, software developer, Bandvulc Tyres. “Having previously designed software for Bandvulc as a contractor, I know that the work here will be extremely interesting. It also means that I can combine the high quality of life that staying in the region brings, with a challenging and rewarding career,” he adds.