The current COVID19 crisis has posed the biggest challenge to Micheldever Tyre Services (MTS) in over 45 years of operating in the 4×4 market, the company reports, resulting in MTS increasing support to its dealer network to unprecedented levels.
During our recent “Kickstarting your tyre business webinar”, the panel shared lockdown stories of how they have survived and even experienced success during these difficult times. For his part, Graham Mitchell, wholesale director of Micheldever Tyre Services, shared details of how his company moved from its role as a leading wholesaler to a more support-orientated position. For those pivoting into this new role during lockdown, far from having less to do, this meant being even busier than normal despite wholesale volumes dropping to 25 per cent of normal levels during the depths of lockdown (levels are much more normal now, however).
Tyre distributors from across the country have come together to support the restarting of the tyre trade. Large and small retailers from St Helens to the South East worked together to produce the inaugural Tyrepress webinar entitled “Kick-starting your tyre business’.
Micheldever group company Protyre is once again distributing Goodyear agricultural tyres within the UK market. It will supply the Goodyear Farm Tires range from its 20 agricultural centres across the country; it already reports high levels of customer interest from Protyre outlets in areas such as Cumbria, Pembrokeshire, Derbyshire, Bristol and Essex.
Exclusively available from Micheldever Tyre Services, Comforser purports to offer the discerning SUV driver with a range that signifies great value for money to the consumer. Comforser, is a brand of Shandong New Continent Tire Co. Ltd. According to the company, the manufacturer is committed to building UHP and SUV tyres that deliver “a range that are quiet, comfortable and harnesses outstanding driving performance on- or off-road”.
Giti Tire has extended its exclusive distribution agreement with Micheldever Tyre Services (MTS) for its GT Radial and Runway brands for a further four years. The new deal, which runs until 2022, will continue to cover the passenger car, 4×4 and light truck tyre segments. Tyrepress understands that certain car and SUV sizes of Giti Tire’s eponymous Giti brand will continue to be available via Micheldever, where no equivalent GT Radial-branded tyre is currently available. The brand was first added to Micheldever’s inventory in 10 such sizes in 2018.
Micheldever Group says it is “absolutely delighted” that Micheldever Tyre Services/Protyre has been shortlisted for five NTDA Tyre Industry Awards this year. The categories it has been nominated for are:
Giti Tire has developed its GT Radial all-season product range, available in the UK from exclusive distributor Micheldever, off the back of an encouraging run of sales for its initial product for this growth market. Tyres & Accessories spoke to Brian McDermott, country manager UK for Giti Tire, to get the latest on how the manufacturer is shaping its range for the segment, which appears to have gained more of a footing in the UK than specialist winter tyres have previously managed.
Micheldever Group won a trio of the annual TyreSafe Awards at this year’s event at St George’s park. Micheldever Tyre Services (MTS) won Wholesaler of the Year for the second consecutive year, while Protyre made it six-in-a-row for the Large Retailer of the Year accolade. The hat-trick was completed by MTS wholesale director Alan Baldwin, who was given the Lifetime Achievement Award ahead of his retirement from the industry later this year.
Micheldever Tyre Services (MTS) has appointed Graham Mitchell as its new wholesale director. Mitchell will take over the key strategic role following Alan Baldwin’s retirement, scheduled for November. In a 17-year career in the tyre industry, Mitchell has acquired extensive experience across both UK and European markets. He joins MTS from Cooper Tire, where he held senior management roles that included sales director for UK and Western Europe and UK and Northern Europe sales director.
Protyre, along with parent company Micheldever Group, has joined a select group of employers in signing The Armed Forces Covenant, and in doing so commits to the Covenant’s five pledges. The company says it is also proactively seeking to take on a raft of ex-forces personnel and will get the ball rolling by holding its first insight day, an event designed to give service leavers a glimpse of life working for the company.
After years of expansion amongst the top 20 UK tyre retailers, the latest data shows that this trend peaked in 2017/2018 when the top 20 accounted for 2014 branches. The same 20 tyre retailers had 1980 branches between them in 2018/2019. And what’s more, the reorganisation of one retailer alone accounted for a 40-centre decline in branch count, with the overall figure remaining positive due to growth at other chains. Here Tyres & Accessories analyses the branch count data in the context of 10 years of comparable research.