UK Hunter tyre servicing equipment distributor Pro-Align is helping to upgrade wheel aligners throughout Kwik Fit’s 600-plus site network. The company is supporting the software upgrade to WinAlign 17 on Hunter Elite TD aligners used by the chain. The new version increases accuracy and efficiency, and therefore revenue opportunities, Hunter says. Kwik Fit has been using the Elite TD since 2014. In addition to the network wide software upgrade, Pro-Align is also installing the Hunter Elite TD system across 14 Kwik Fit and Tyre Pros centres, with one site investing in a new Hunter DSP706 aligner for its workshop.
Following its rollout to private vehicle owners last year, Kwik Fit is extending its tyre and maintenance subscription service to meet the needs of corporate customers. Those interested in learning more about Kwik Fit Club can do so today and tomorrow at Fleet and Mobility Live, which takes place at the NEC, Birmingham.
Bridgestone has brought its award-winning tyre range to life to scores of onlookers on the first day of the British Motor Show 2022 – and is urging thousands more to come and find out about its premium products over the next three days.
Over the last week, Kwik Fit has seen demand for air conditioning recharges more than triple as car owners have battled unprecedented heat. Despite lower traffic volumes, with drivers heeding advice not to travel if possible, last week Kwik Fit saw overall demand for air con services reach 354 per cent of the equivalent figure for last year. Last Sunday, a group of the company’s centres covering the South East and East of England saw demand at more than ten times the same day last year.
Two noteworthy names from the tyre industry are teaming up to support The British Motor Show 2022, which takes place at Farnborough International between 18 and 22 August. Bridgestone, partnering with Kwik Fit, will be sponsoring both Hall 5 and the motorsport arena. The hall and arena’s names will reflect this arrangement and they’ll respectively be known as the Bridgestone Hall in partnership with Kwik Fit and The Bridgestone Motorsport Arena in partnership with Kwik Fit.
This summer sees Kwik Fit Fleet celebrating the 35th anniversary of opening its first fleet account. Following that first agreement in 1987, the Kwik Fit Fleet operation has grown year on year and now comprises a team of more than 200 people supporting over 4,000 fleet customers and 1.5 million drivers.
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.
Results of a survey conducted on behalf of Kwik Fit suggest 69 per cent of motorists have changed their driving behaviour since the beginning of the year. Altered habits include cutting down on ‘non-essential’ car journeys, something 35 per cent of the 2,000 respondents admitted to doing. Drivers of petrol or diesel cars are almost twice as likely to cut down on such trips, with 40 per cent doing so as opposed to 22 per cent of electric vehicle (EV) drivers.
Kwik Fit will be an Official Partner at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard (23-26 June 2022). The UK’s largest automotive servicing and repair network debuted in this role in 2021, and has promised “an even greater presence at the world’s biggest celebration of motorsport and car culture.” Kwik Fit will showcase its British Touring Car Championship activities and its expertise in car repair and electric vehicle technology from a bespoke Kwik Fit Centre.
Following a successful pilot scheme, Kwik Fit is increasing product availability for customers who want to buy tyres that support sustainable rubber production and help protect the rainforests of Indonesia. The company is now offering three brands of tyre that tick these boxes.
After last month’s government announcement of a five year pause in the introduction of new smart motorways to assess their safety, new research reveals that an increasing number of drivers are taking their own precautionary measures when using smart stretches already in operation. According to a study conducted on behalf of Kwik Fit, 73% of drivers avoid driving on the hard shoulder of a smart motorway even when signs show it is open for traffic. This proportion has increased from 56% of drivers in 2019.
Despite the impact that pandemic restrictions have placed on face-to-face fundraising, over the last year Kwik Fit raised more than £300,000 for its charity partner Prostate Cancer UK. With Covid-19 restricting the options for fundraising, the programme has placed a greater focus on online activity and staff participating in virtual and individual events. These included a team of employees from the company’s Fleet and Mobile division completing a “round the world” trip – walking, running and cycling a total of 25,734 miles and raising over £18,000.
Road Hero is supplying its spare wheel solution to Kwik Fit. The deal means over 600 Kwik Fit centres are able to “both tailor and equip Road Hero kits for their customers, ensuring that the dread of getting a puncture when you travel becomes the stuff of mere inconvenience…”
Kwik Fit is marking National Apprenticeship Week with plans to expand its apprenticeship scheme and recruit more than 300 apprentices in 2022. Throughout the week beginning 7 February Kwik Fit will also be featuring current apprentices on its social media channels, enabling them to share their own experiences of the apprenticeship programme and why they opted for an automotive career.
Itochu’s European Tyre Enterprises Ltd (ETEL) business, which owns Kwik-Fit, Stapleton’s and now Murfitts Industries, posted a loss of 3.6 billion yen (£22.97 million; 27.54 million euros; US$31.55 million) for the financial year ended 31 March 2021. According to Itochu’s annual report, which was published on 17 December 2021, ETEL will return to break-even in full-year 2022 results.