Exhaust supplier Klarius is continuing to supply garages with exhausts, catalytic converters, diesel particulate filters and mountings. The company said it is supporting the aftermarket supply chain to ensure that critical vehicle repairs can still be carried out when needed, helping members of the public and key workers alike to stay mobile for essential journeys during the COVID-19 outbreak.
In September 2018, the then new Klarius CEO Mark Brickhill established a Works Council, one of a number of initiatives to improve employee engagement and feedback within the company and externally with the local community. The Works Council members chose Dougie Mac (Douglas Macmillan Hospice) to be the Charity of the Year for 2019, and have again for 2020.
Klarius has been presented with the Northern Automotive Alliance’s Manufacturing Excellence Award. The award was presented by Jaguar Land Rover and followed a detailed application that focussed on continuous improvement (CI) and a quality driven culture at the company’s manufacturing plant in Cheadle near Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.
Helping the aftermarket distribution network to serve independent garages as promptly as possible, Klarius has announced that standard UK mainland deliveries will be made the following morning when ordered by 5:30pm. New Group CEO Mark Brickhill states, “Over 97 per cent of all our deliveries are with our customers the following morning across the UK. Klarius stockists grow their business even in challenging markets by having the widest range of stock available on the shelf. Our unique delivery service allows them to massively reduce stock levels of individual parts, while freeing up valuable warehouse space and capital.”
Effective Monday 16 July 2018, Mark Brickhill has become Klarius Group chief executive officer which covers Klarius Products, machine specialist KMT and related tools/consumables business Emissco. Brickhill is well known to the tyre industry having previously been Goodyear Dunlop UK MD and other executive positions within Goodyear’s EMEA operation.
his last public engagement before completing his transfer to Brussels. Goodyear Dunlop’s new vice president of the company’s EU Consumer Business Unit talked at length on a wide range of subjects including what he sees as “the cornerstone of our branding strategy”; his thoughts on the newly launched Dunlop High Performance Centre and the rest of the company’s retail involvement; Dunlop and HiQ’s roles in the BTCC and his experiences with the company over his time in the UK hotseat. Here, tyrepress.com presents Brickhill’s thoughts on his new role in the company’s EMEA division and his views on tyre labelling. The whole interview will be printed in the May edition of Tyres & Accessories Magazine.
Following the news that former Goodyear Dunlop UK & MD Mark Brickhill has been promoted to the position of vice president of the company’s consumer business unit in Europe, Goodyear Dunlop EMEA has released further details of the recent changes in the businesses European management.
In order to “capitalize on building a more efficient organization” the company has established a new leadership position oversee Goodyear Dunlop Tires Operations (GDTO) and the Luxembourg complex. Philippe Degeer, who was previously vice president of the consumer business unit has been appointed to the position of VP Goodyear Dunlop Tires Operations. In this position, Degeer will continue to report to Arthur De Bok, who remains president EMEA.
Goodyear Dunlop Tires Europe has appointed George Rietbergen as managing director UK and Ireland. Rietbergen will move to Birmingham to take over from Mark Brickhill, who has been promoted to vice-president of the company’s Consumer Business Unit EU. The appointment means Rietbergen is Goodyear Dunlop UK and Ireland’s third managing director since 2004.