NTDA past chairman John Tarbox recently contacted Tyres & Accessories as a way of conveying his, the association’s and newly retired director Richard Edy’s appreciation to all those that contributed to his leaving gift.
To kick off the Annual Tyre Safety Week, the Northern Ireland region of the National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA) is promising a dramatic demonstration of the importance of fitting the right tyre when the weather turns wintry.
Nominations for the 2012 TAFF awards subject to public vote are now closed, but according to the NTDA all trade supplier are being invited to nominate a product or service for inclusion in the 2012 TAFF Innovation Awards. The current holder is Rema Tip Top for their Ram Rod tyre cage.
The National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA) is to sponsor the next staging of Brityrex International in 2012 after reaching an agreement with the show’s organisers, ECI International. The association has been a long-term supporter of the UK’s only dedicated tyre and workshop equipment trade show and believes it plays an important part in the industry’s business calendar.
The National Tyre Distributors Association has revealed that its Annual Dinner and Taff Awards Gala night is a sell-out, with six weeks still to go until the event. “Interest in the Dinner has been unprecedented and we are delighted that we have a full house, although we have taken steps to limit numbers to ensure the room will be comfortable for guests,” said director Richard Edy.
Following the National Tyre Distributors’ Association’s (NTDA) annual general meeting yesterday (18 May 2010), the association has agreed to a number of major changes to its organisational and representational structure. The changes follow a review conducted by former chairman Peter Gaster during the last year, which found that a modified structure would better represent regional membership and that the association would benefit from better engagement with its suppliers.
So what has changed? According to the latest NTDA e-zine, the AGM accepted a change to the rules to completely revise the regional representation of its executive council. NTDA members will shortly receive a regionalised nomination form as “a prelude to a voting procedure to elect regional representatives from all eight regions.” The new approach will expand regional representation on the council and provide an on-going link with the smaller companies in membership. Nominations will only be accepted from companies who do not already have a right to a seat on council through their size.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), working with the National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA) and the British Tyre Manufacturers Association (BTMA), is running a series of workshops designed to draw attention to the dangers of handling tyres. The nationwide series of workshops are being held at venues across the country from January and March 2009.
NTDA director Richard Edy said: “NTDA research shows that back injuries caused by lifting tyres incorrectly are responsible for a huge number of lost man-hours in our sector and we are delighted to be working with the HSE to highlight the dangers to the trade.”
A much-awaited insight into our local tyre market has become available following the release of the first in a series of regular reports produced by market research company GfK. The GfK report into retail sales of new tyres divides the market into three distinct channels; national multiples (retailers with over 100 branches), regional multiples (10-99 branches) and independents (1-9 branches). Data from thousands of depots has been collected and analysed over a six-month period, and GfK has estimated the total UK new tyre replacement market (for car, 4×4 and light commercial vehicles) to be 28.4 million units.
The NTDA has called on small business car users to take a more responsible attitude to tyre maintenance after results of a survey issued this week showed that over 70 per cent of vehicles in this sector were running on cars with tyre problems.
The survey, carried out over a six month period last year, was produced by Total Motion as part of their regular vehicle monitoring programme and covered nearly 6,000 company and privately owned vehicles used for business.
Nearly a third of members responding to the recent NTDA fly tipping survey reported that tyres had been dumped on their premises in the past six months. Of those nearly half involved 20 tyres or more. The total cost of disposal is thought to be around £2 million. In February, Kwik-Fit’s David White spoke of how the retailer spent £250,000 a year secondary tipping disposal costs itself.
Peter Gaster of Kings Road Tyres and the National Chairman of the NTDA has been appointed as the new vice chairman of the Tyre Industry Federation Board. Gaster takes over from Steve Tidmarsh of Kumho Tyres who represents the Imported Tyre Manufacturers Association (ITMA) on the board and who stood down at the meeting. Jim Rickard of Michelin, the Inaugural Chairman of the TIF continues as Chairman.
Commented NTDA Director Richard Edy: “We are delighted that NTDA has been given the opportunity to take on this key role in the TIF which we see playing a pivotal role in promoting the interests of the multi billion pound UK Tyre Industry.”
NTDA became members of the TIF last year and have four members on the board, Peter Gaster, John Tarbox of Pan Autos and the Immediate Past Chairman of the NTDA and Richard Edy.
Significantly higher transportation costs for tyres from China will increase the cost of brands from this market by up to 5 per cent over the coming months, according to the NTDA. Commenting on recent increases in container rates from the Far East NTDA Director Richard Edy said: “Container rates have increased by up to $300 in recent weeks and the Chinese Governments decision to reduce export subsidies by 8 per cent in July will put added pressure on transportation costs which could have a marked effect on the price of Brands from China.