TyreSafe’s annual industry briefing this month made it clear that illegal tread depth remains a problem in the UK. In its survey of Britain, TyreSafe found that 27.1 per cent of tyres inspected had less than the legal limit, 1.6mm of tread, while another 39.0 per cent were close to the limit (between 1.6 and 2.0mm. Given this context, the presence of a new, technologically advanced tread depth measurement system, present in a handheld device called the TreadReader, and in drive-over products manufactured by Hunter and distributed in the UK by Pro-Align, is significant. Sue Pryce, marketing director of the British firm behind the technology, Sigmavision, provides an additional perspective on the “unsettling” tread depth statistics.
Wheel servicing specialist Pro-Align has been awarded a five-star rating by leading garage equipment manufacturer Hunter Engineering for the first time. Pro-Align said this reflected the significant progression and development of the Hunter brand in the UK. The company was also presented with Hunter’s “Platinum Partner” award for the ninth consecutive year, indicating the Towcester-based company as one of Hunter’s most successful and important global distributors.
Damage to tyre pressure monitoring system sensors caused during the tyre removal and refit process can be an expensive problem, but a UK garage equipment supplier believes the Hunter Revolution can prevent this unfortunate side effect from occurring. Pro-Align launched the new (almost) fully automated tyre changer from Hunter last year – Tyres & Accessories was able to preview the machine as it went on sale – and the system’s process actively works to prevent sensor damage. The Revolution also allows tyres to be changed effortlessly in exactly the same way every time, requiring the same amount of time regardless of tyre size or type. As well as helping workshops avoid damage to customers’ TPMS sensors, the machine can also improve workshop efficiency and effectiveness, Pro-Align adds.
UK Hunter distributor Pro-Align will debut a new automatic drive-over tyre tread depth measurement system at the inaugural Car Dealer Conference & Automotive Expo. “As a fully automated and extremely accurate system, QuickTread is a perfect tool for workshops of all sizes, helping them to easily identify cars that require replacement tyres,” explains Paul Beaurain, managing director, Pro-Align. “The extraordinary current level of demand in Hunter’s domestic US market demonstrates the true potential for QuickTread in the UK . We’ve pulled out all the stops to secure a system for the Car Dealer Expo and we look forward to showing its potential and capabilities to all of those attending.”
The strong representation of the tyre and wheel business at April’s Commercial Vehicle Show 2015 proved that the show is considered an increasingly important platform for those within the business. Indeed, Giti Tire’s notably larger stand, effectively re-launching its corporate identity, and the presence of Pirelli after a decade of non-attendance – alongside strong commitments from all the leading UK CV brands; major CV tyre wholesalers, Kirkby Tyres, RH Claydon and Kings Road Tyres; fleet servicing companies; and garage machinery providers.
Hunter-brand garage equipment distributor Pro-Align has launched the new EasiPush onto the UK market. The EasiPush was developed to help workshops move commercial vehicles a short distance forward in order to carry out the rolling compensation check in the wheel alignment process. The innovative device is now available as a stand-alone tool to help operators manoeuvre vehicles in cramped workshops safely.
Hunter’s new wheel alignment system for commercial vehicles is now available in the UK, and its distributor believes the innovative product is set to help fleets reduce their running and maintenance costs significantly. The Hunter system, available exclusively through Pro-Align, is the first and only CV alignment system on the market today capable of providing live alignment readings on three axles simultaneously, according to the distributor.
Pro-Align will host the UK debut of its new Hunter CV wheel alignment system April’s Commercial Vehicle Show at the NEC, Birmingham. The Hunter garage equipment distributor recently announced its intentions to move into the commercial vehicle sector. It believes Hunter’s equipment will help truck, bus and heavy vehicle fleet operators check their wheel alignment more regularly and easily than ever before. The benefits of this are lower fuel bills and emissions, extended tyre life and improved vehicle safety.
While the financial context of the last five years has undoubtedly provided a challenging market environment for many players in the tyre industry, the premium garage equipment sector has seen opportunity. As tyre retailers have broadly seen margins squeezed further as consumers look to save on tyres, so has the importance of maximising ancillary services grown. On the occasion of the launch of another trail-blazing addition to its range with the Revolution tyre changer, Hunter garage machinery supplier to the UK Pro-Align took the opportunity to show Tyrepress the effects of providing innovative services to the sector.
Callum Byrne, an apprentice with Chapel Motor Repair who studies at Peterborough Regional College, won the SkillAuto competition at the recent Skills Show. Tackling a series of vehicle repair tasks, including a component change and subsequent full four wheel alignment check, Byrne successfully completed the wheel alignment check, using the latest Hunter HawkEye Elite TD […]
Automotive technicians entering this year’s WorldSkillsUK competition will be put through their paces using the very latest Hunter HawkEye Elite TD alignment system. The news comes after Pro-Align confirmed the firm’s support for the competition, which will run in November. It is the third year running Pro-Align has supported WorldSkillsUK.
UK Hunter wheel alignment and balancing equipment supplier Pro-Align has expanded its operation in the Republic of Ireland. Pro-Align says it will support the growth of the American brand in the country with a newly created team of dedicated service and sales personnel operating under the name Pro-Align Ireland. Experienced Pro-Align UK sales executive Miles Ross will lead the team in Ireland, offering a high level of expertise to businesses considering Hunter upgrades to their wheel servicing operations.
Hunter Engineering Company has brought its latest tyre changer to the Reifen show in Germany, and the US-based firm says the new Revolution is “the industry’s most advanced fully-automatic tyre changer.”
Maximising the revenue opportunities offered by services is a key part of any modern garage’s strategy. The reduced margins available on tyres – and the effective outsourcing of the tyre retail process to e-Commerce websites – mean that making the most of services such as wheel alignment and diagnostic checks has become increasingly important. Pro-Align, the distributor of Hunter wheel alignment equipment in the UK, has offered one complementary tool in the recent past to speed up the diagnosis of misaligned wheels, the Hunter Quick Check, but the most recent innovation is the Quick Check Lane – a modular diagnostic system that allows garages to add brake and battery performance checks, in addition to tyre pressure and tread depth measurements to the alignment diagnosis procedure. Tyrepress visited Pro-Align’s recently refurbished and reorganised unit near Towcester, Northamptonshire to see the new unit in action, while business managers Paul and Kathryn Beaurain explained the background to the latest wave of Hunter equipment innovations.