Tyrexpo Asia 2021 is taking place in Singapore between 17 and 19 November, and event organiser Tarsus South East Asia shares that US-based association the Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau (TRIB) is partnering with the event. Tarsus has also announced the participation of two further exhibitors, Dutch wholesaler Inter-Sprint and German online tyre sales service Tyreworld (B. Fuhrmann Einzelhandel GmbH).
The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) has approved Global Automotive Investments Holding BV’s acquisition of PBG BV (Pon Tyre Group). The ACM reached its decision on 10 March after determining that the wholesale tyre market will remain sufficiently competitive following the takeover.
The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) announced today that Global Automotive Investments Holding BV, parent company of major tyre wholesalers Inter-Sprint and Van den Ban, intends to acquire PBG BV (Pon Tyre Group), the company that previously distributed the Continental tyre brand in the Netherlands. Global Automotive and current PBG owner Pon Holdings requested permission for the transaction on 29 January.
Tyre and wheel wholesaler Inter-Sprint Group has expanded the warehouse capacity at its main site in Moerdijk, the Netherlands. With the opening of a further 38,000 square metres of warehousing, Inter-Sprint has been able to increase the number of SKUs it stocks by at least ten per cent – more than 17,000 SKUs are now centrally stored at its distribution centre in Moerdijk.
Tributes are being made to Job van Vliet, the founder and owner of the Inter-Sprint Group, who died on Thursday 30 August at the age of 77.
Under his leadership Inter-Sprint grew to become one of the largest tyre wholesalers in Europe, with group businesses including De Sprint Autobanden, Inter-Tire and the Bandenexpress. In 2014 the company bought Van de Ban Banden. At the same time the companies he founded grew, van Vliet himself also prospered eventually becoming one of the hundred richest people in the Netherlands, according to Quote magazine.
A giant amongst tyre distributors on the other side of the Channel, Inter-Sprint’s business in the UK is currently low-key. Yet the company sees good growth potential here and is well-positioned to capitalise on this. We recently spoke with Inter-Sprint’s Jon Oram to find out more.
For Netherlands-based wholesaler Inter-Sprint, The Tire Cologne is the natural successor to the Reifen show that took place in Essen every two years until 2016 – especially when considering projected exhibitor and visitor numbers – and for this reason, being there as an exhibitor is a must.
A recurring theme encountered when talking to tyre wholesalers in 2015 and 2016 is the importance of value-added services. Each wholesaler has its own strategy for delivering this added value; in the case of Inter-Sprint, it involves a focus on acting as a “one-stop tyre partner.” This is a direction the Netherlands-based company has followed for some time now, and it is taking steps to ensure its customers can benefit from this in the years to come.
How does a tyre manufacturer grow from nothing to having large-scale international sales and a few percentage points of market share in a country like the UK in just five years? The answer is by starting with a blank piece of paper and by virtue of some strategic acquisitions.
The Authority for Consumers and Markets (Autoriteit Consument & Markt) in the Netherlands has consented to the Inter-Sprint Group’s proposed acquisition of the Van den Ban Group. B.L.K. Vroomen, team manager for the authority’s Directorate of Competition, reports the ACM ruled on 17 September that “sufficient competition” will exist in the market following this transaction.
The trade regulatory body in the Netherlands, the Autoriteit Consument & Markt (Authority for Consumers and Markets), reports that it received notification of the proposed concentration of the Inter-Sprint Group and the Van den Ban Group on 21 July. Both companies have approached the authority seeking its permission to go ahead with Inter-Sprint’s full acquisition of Van den Ban. The Autoriteit Consument & Markt says it is now evaluating the proposed acquisition and will announce its decision within four weeks from the date it received initial notification of the purchase plans.