Leading Netherlands haulier, HN Post & Zonen has taken delivery of the country’s first DAF XF106 trucks to be fitted with Xlite and Xbrite+ forged aluminium wheels. The Euro 6 compliant pulling units – described as the benchmark for long-distance transport – have been developed for maximum transport efficiency to, with a new chassis and engine to reduce weight, minimise CO² emissions, lower fuel usage and ultimately maximise payload.
Motor Wheel Service Distribution (MWSD) has welcomed the Department for Transport’s report into wheel safety and the government’s classification of CV wheels as ‘safety critical’. However the company remains sceptical of the report’s findings and industry awareness of the issue. MWSD has long campaigned for legislation requiring operators to carry out more stringent checks on commercial vehicle wheels to be introduced.
Motor Wheel Service Distribution’s (MWSD) commercial vehicle wheel safety campaign has been successfully incorporated in the new European Union (EU) Roadworthiness Package, which will become law in May 2014. The new law, adopted by both the European Parliament and European Council, states: “compatibility between parts and components, such as between wheels and wheel hubs, should be treated as a critical safety item and should be checked during roadworthiness testing.”
Paul Goggins MP has died just over a week after collapsing while jogging with his son on New Year’s eve. Member of Parliament for Wythenshawe and Sale East, Greater Manchester, Goggins was respected in Westminster and known in the tyre and wheel industry for his for his efforts to raise the standards of checks on HGV wheels and their suppliers. Indeed it was this work that won him the Parliamentarian of the Month’ award which was presented by road safety charity Brake and Direct Line.
Motor Wheel Service has launched its “next generation Xbrite” single part, transparent finish. The protective coating was specially developed for MWS, offering what the Wythenshawe-based distributor calls “the highest levels of corrosion resistance and unrivalled shine for xlite forged aluminium wheels”.
Tomorrow (Tuesday 29 March 2011) between 13:30 and 14.00, MP Paul Goggins, will lead a debate on road vehicle wheel safety in Westminster Hall. The debate is expected to focus upon how substandard second-hand wheels are entering the commercial vehicle wheel supply chain, the inherent problems this may cause, and what can be done to monitor and assess the scale of the issue.
Wheels India’s latest forged aluminium commercial vehicle wheels, distributed under the xlite name in UK and Europe by Manchester-based Motor Wheel Service, have received OE approval. According to the company, three sizes (8.25 x 22.5 inches, 9.00 x 22.5 inches and 11.75 x 22.5 inches) have been awarded the accreditation. The process to obtain certification took four years.
Quality assurance managers for commercial vehicle fleets are being urged to check their supply lines as a leading wheel distributor warns that a rise in unqualified wheel sellers threatens to “contaminate the market with substandard products.” Motor Wheel Services (MWS) estimates that over 10,000 second hand and take-off wheels entered the market in 2009, of which the large majority were sold by companies who do not possess the technical abilities or examination procedures to ascertain the history and fatigue of a wheel. In a few very serious cases, the company’s field sales team have been made aware of old, repainted wheels being sold as new. And, as MWS reports, the serious implications of purchasing a faulty wheel include warranty, liability and safety issues.
New from MWS Distribution, supplier of international brands such as Kronprinz, Gianetti, Magnetto Topy and Wheels India, is the Xlite range of forged aluminium commercial vehicle wheels. The line-up is available through the company’s MWS Wheel Systems and MWS Aftermarket divisions to both OE and replacement market customers.
Xlite wheels, currently available in 17.5, 19.5 and 22.5-inch sizes, are forged from a single aluminium billet, using computerised numeric control to produce a truer running wheel that delivers reduced vibration, aiding longer wear on surrounding components. The products are available with either a machined or a polished finish, and are available with ‘xbrite’, a surface coating that MWS says helps the wheel maintain its shine while minimising the need for cleaning.
MWS Aftermarket Division has developed an easy to use calculator, nicknamed “the Gizmo” to help UK tyre fitters identify commercial vehicle wheels and what they need to order to ensure correct fitting from the thousands of different types of wheel available.
The 16cm diameter disc allows users to dial in the tyre specification and type of mounting or construction, then simply read off the wheel type. The Gizmo identifies the 27 most popular commercial vehicle steel wheel types and tyre sizes, including their fitting and centring systems.
Motor Wheel Service Group launched a full range of forged alloy wheels at the recent Commercial Vehicle/Automotive Trade Show. According to the company, the new forged alloy wheels are exclusive to the MWS Group and will increase the range of wheels already stocked by the company. MWS is remaining tight lipped about which company is responsible and where the new wheels are being produced, but was keen to point out that the MWS forged alloy range will include both polished and machine-finished wheels and will be available through the company’s MWS Wheel Systems (OEM source) and MWS Aftermarket divisions.
MOTOR Wheel Service Group, the Manchester-based independent distributor of commercial vehicle wheels, will be launching a full range of forged alloy wheels at this year’s CV Show. According to the company, the new forged alloy wheels are exclusive to the MWS Group and will increase the comprehensive range of wheels already stocked by MWS. The company did not release details of where or which company will produce the wheels.