Vaculug’s second Sustainable Thinking Fleet Forum of the year is officially sold out. Vaculug representative report that they are “excited to be hosting this exclusive event, as it demonstrates their commitment to promoting sustainability and driving positive change within the tyre industry and fleet management sector”.
18 months ago, David Almazan joined the Bridgestone North Region as commercial business unit director. During that time the commercial vehicle sector in general as well as the UK fleet business proved their resilience and creativity and the market has experienced a number of shifts. Tyres & Accessories caught up with Almazan at the company’s relatively recently refurbished Warwickshire headquarters in order to find out more about how the leading tyremaker’s commercial vehicle strategy is evolving.
Michelin started retreading tyres back in 1923. In the years that followed, the process was refined and demand grew, with the Michelin Remix process (REmould, MIchelin, and X the designation for the French tyremaker’s radials) born in the 1960s. Demand for retreads continued to increase, leading to the expansion of production at the Stoke-on-Trent plant in 1968. Since then, around 30 million worn tyres have been remanufactured at the Michelin plants in Stoke-on-Trent, UK and Homburg, Germany. With around 10 million of those retreads manufactured at the Campbell Road, Stoke-on-Trent operation, Tyres & Accessories went to see the latest developments at the largest retreading facility in the UK and arguably one the most modern retreading facilities in Europe.
Yodel, one of the UK’s leading parcel carriers, has awarded a five-year tyre management contract to Halfords Commercial Fleet Services. Halfords Commercial Fleet Services’ position as the UK’s largest commercial service network with 104 depots and over 500 dedicated mobile vans was cited as a major factor behind decision.
Earlier this year we found that Halfords Autocentres is neck-and-neck with Kwik-Fit for the title of largest car tyre retailer in the UK, with 650 centres a piece. However, what that figure doesn’t tell you is just how influential the company’s commercial vehicle tyre business has become. Tyres & Accessories recently met up with Halfords Commercial Fleet Services director, Greg Ward in order to find out.
Jason Chamberlain, sales director at ATS Euromaster, is now also taking over as commercial director role of TrucTyre. In his expanded new role, Chamberlain will be responsible for overseeing and driving business growth for both ATS Euromaster and TrucTyre. According to the company, “the promotion will ensure customers of both ATS Euromaster and TrucTyre get a consistent and high quality level of service, across all vehicle types.”
Hawthorns Logistics, a family run business based in Washington, Sunderland, has signed a 12 month Pay-as-You-Go contract with Prometeon Tyre Group for the company’s entire fleet. The contract includes Prometeon’s central billing tool, PRO Management.
GTS, an Icelandic coach company and tour operator, reports that it has improved the safety of its operation and made significant financial savings since fitting its vehicles with Wheely-Safe technology.
Maxime Dupuy has been named as UK sales director, Michelin Connected Fleet as part of plans to grow its share of larger fleet customers. Dupuy has been promoted from national sales director for France after five years working for the fleet management services and solutions company. He previously held roles at the car rental and leasing business, Sixt. Dupuy will be based at Michelin Connected Fleet’s London offices, reporting to Fred Nahon.
Grupo Soledad has won the contract to supply and maintain tyres for the Spanish National Police fleet. The Spanish Ministry of the Interior reportedly chose Grupo Soledad, which will supply and fit Nexen tyres for Spanish National Police cars, based on the distributor’s “quality and service proposal”.
The new car market grew 28.3 per cent in July with 143,921 new vehicles registered, according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). As a result, the market has enjoyed non-stop growth for a full year despite challenging economic conditions, as supply chain challenges ease, production increases and deliveries can be fulfilled.
The Prometeon Tyre Group report that they enjoyed a successful debut at the Road Transport Expo at NAEC Stoneleigh 28-30 June. According to the company, fleet operators were particularly keen to understand how the newly launched UK SuperTruck network can bring real efficiencies to their business.
Durham based Hargreaves UK Services has signed a pence per kilometre (PPK) contract with Prometeon Tyre Group for their Bulk Logistics Division. In addition to managing Hargreaves Bulk Logistics Division Prometeon will take on Hargreaves Industrial Division that includes 32 trailers and 18 tractor units that work on critical infrastructure the length and breadth of the UK building on Prometeon’s successful relationship with Hargreaves UK Services.