BA Bush & Son Ltd has recruited Terry Moody as its new UK sales executive. The company said it is expanding and enhancing its existing sales team and coverage of the UK. Moody has a wealth of experience in both sales and the tyre industry and has previously worked in the OTR tyre sector. BA Bush says Moody will work with new and potential customers to communicate the company’s extensive brand catalogue, including exclusive off-road brand Ascenso Tyres. He will be accountable for growth with new customers as well as maintaining existing customer relationships, meeting customer needs and requirements.
Prinx Chengshan announced its operating conditions in the first half of 2023. The tyre company said that its net profit in the first half of the year was between 285 million yuan (about £31 million; €36 million) and 333 million yuan (about £36 million; €42 million), an increase of about 80-110 per cent over the same period in 2022.
Grupo Soledad-member Insa Turbo reports that Kraiburg has been able to significantly expand its share in the Spanish retreading material market. Grupo Soledad is one of the key players in the Spanish market, with its distribution network totalling more than 100 of its own shops and a franchise network with 1,000 points of sale in Spain and Portugal. And what’s more, the two plan to cooperate more closely in future.
Vaculug has appointed Darren Lea as its new OTR sales manager. Lea joins the off the road tyre team with the Lincolnshire tyre retreading and distribution firm’s specialist division celebrating “double-digit growth” and a record start to 2023. It states that several new contract wins have ushered in “major growth in the off the road (OTR) tyre sector.”
Recacor (Recauchutados Cordoba) recently hosted a meeting of Marangoni’s Retreading Systems’ European sales force in Spain. The event was also marked 25 years of partnership between Marangoni and Recacor.
Michelin Group has reported that its first quarter 2022 sales amounted to 6.5 billion euros, a 19 per cent increase on the first quarter of 2021. According to the company, price increases and strengthening replacement demand helped it offset headwinds including operation disruptions and inflationary pressures exacerbated by the conflict in Ukraine plus the resurgence of Covid-19 in China.
Simon Foxall has been appointed area sales manager to cover Central England for tyre inflation and compressed air equipment manufacturer PCL. Prior to his appointment at PCL, Foxall most recently managed key accounts for a wholesaler and manufacturer of industrial hardware products.
Autodoc, the Berlin-based online automotive parts retailer, just got an early Christmas present. The company, which was founded 13 years ago and now has around 4,600 employees in Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Moldova and Russia, reports that sales have exceeded the 1 billion euro mark this year.
Pirelli is raising its full-year 2021 sales forecast off the back of better-than-expected performance in the third quarter of 2021, a trend that was particularly driven by performance in the so-called “high value” tyre segment. According to the Italian tyre manufacturer’s nine-month figures, which were published on the evening of 11 November, sales rose 28.6 per cent to almost 4 billion euros. At the same time, Pirelli more than doubled its earnings and can now report a pre-tax profit margin (EBIT) of 15 per cent.
Maha UK’s Luke Fuller joined the company during 2020, right in the midst of the pandemic, but he didn’t let the ‘stay at home’ rule affect his confidence or ability to build a rapport with customers. Now back out on the road, he’s keen to make up for lost time.
PCL has appointed Ben Kershaw as technical sales manager. Kershaw will be responsible for growing sales and providing technical and product support in the petrol, automotive, industrial and fluid markets.
Yokohama has sold its Hamatite automotive and construction sealent business to Swiss company Sika Group AG in a transfer that is scheduled to be completed on 1 November 2021. Yokohama hasn’t released exactly how much Sika is paying for the Hamatite business, but management expects to post a gain on the sale of about ¥5 billion (£33 million; 38 million euros; US$46 million – after tax). However, the exact amount is said to be “subject to change”.
Workshop equipment and wheel alignment specialist Pro-Align has appointed a former Kwik Fit branch manager to its sales team. Tom Burkett, a former director and owner of a mobile tyre fitting service and branch manager at Kwik Fit, has been appointed to join the team as a sales executive, covering the Midlands and South Wales region. The Hunter distributor said the addition of Burkett will provide “even greater levels of support to workshops across the country.”