Kings Road Tyres has added the Blacklion passenger car range and new Turf/ATV tyres from its Kingstone house brand to its portfolio. Already the exclusive distributor of Blacklion’s TBR range, KRT has extended its stock with the Sailun-produced brand’s PCR products. KRT describes Kingstone, first introduced in 1987, as being among the very first house brands developed exclusively by a UK wholesaler. The development of a new range of 50 turf and all-terrain vehicle tyres is a reflection of KRT’s strategic decision to grow its business in this specialist market.
Business minister Anna Soubry visited Dunlop Aircraft Tyres’ Birmingham plant to hear how the manufacturer’s further investment plans will help it expand its product range and increase international sales. The world’s only specialist manufacturer and retreader of aircraft tyres was one of four companies in the West Midlands that the minister visited during a fact-finding day in the region.
RH Claydon’s John Parker gave his first Tyre Wholesalers Group speech as chairman at the group’s annual lunch in November. Parker covered the current state of the market, before summing up current views on part worn tyres and tyre labelling, the latter of which he labelled a “debacle”. Attending the event, Tyres & Accessories reports the contents of Parker’s speech below. Parker contextualised what he had to say with current UK market figures. Saying that the consumer tyre replacement market has “stabilised at about 34m units give or take”, he reserved judgement on whether this represented a corner starting to be turned, while noting that this did not take into account part worn sales.
Trelleborg’s Tire Book app, a digital version of its technical catalogue, is now available for use on iOS and Android smartphones. The app, already available for use on iOS and Android tablets, is presented in five languages, though the specialist tyre and wheel manufacturer says it will add to this portfolio. Tire Book enables users […]
Liverpool-based wholesaler Kirkby Tyres & Wheels has expanded to become one of the biggest – if not the biggest – wholesalers of agricultural tyres and wheels in the UK and Ireland during its 60-plus year history. The distributor now boasts a range of more than 6,000 different product lines, with sole distributorship deals on Alliance, Double Coin, Longmarch, Malhotra and Sailun brands within certain segments. It was also appointed as the wholesale distributor for Trelleborg’s premium agricultural tyre products, alongside Trelleborg Wheel Systems’ direct tyre dealer network.
Starco has opened a new solid tyre manufacturing facility in Sri Lanka. The new facility, which has a capacity of 100,000 tyres per annum, replaces the original Starco facility in the country three years after starting production, and Starco states that the success of the venture has led to the need for a larger, more modern and better equipped factory. Starco continues that much attention has been paid to employee health and safety and welfare A Sri Lankan ceremony, in which the new workplace and its employees and management were blessed according to the local Buddhist tradition, was held in September to mark the opening.
British aviation tyre manufacturer, Dunlop Aircraft Tyres has identified a site in Mocksville, North Carolina as the preferred base for its first retreading facility in the United States. The world’s only specialist aircraft tyre manufacturer and retreader announced its decision to establish the facility in order to boost its competitiveness across the Americas.
Apollo will introduce its full range of industrial tyres to end users and tyre specialists in Europe with a six-month tour of the continent. Apollo Vredestein specialists will visit eight countries to introduce Apollo branded industrial tyres to as many users and dealers as possible. The company will use a specially designed Volkswagen Crafter, with dual Manchester United branding, to display almost all types, sizes and profiles of tyre during the promotional tour.
One of the UK’s foremost industrial tyre dealers, Kings Road Tyres has recently taken on distributorship of the Maxam brand for pneumatic applications including skid steer loaders, ground support equipment, access lifts, telescopic handlers and wheeled excavators. Key Maxam patterns covering a wide range of equipment are the MS801, MS802, MS906 and MS908, available ex-stock from KRT regional centres around the UK.
Maxam Tire personnel have recently returned from the USA, where the company took part in the Conexpo exhibition, held from 4-8 March in Las Vegas. Conexpo is one or the world’s premier shows for the construction, mining and earthmoving sectors, held once every three years and attracting over 2,400 exhibitors and more than 125,000 visitors over the five days of the show. The Maxam stand was 164 m2 (1800 sq. ft) in area and on show were 10 of the extensive ranges of Maxam construction and radial OTR tyres.
Swedish manufacturer Husqvarna’s decision to move its manufacturing operations to Poland led to specialist tyre and wheel supplier Starco’s Polish operation assuming responsibility for the supply of complete wheel assemblies and aftermarket spare parts for Husqvarna lawn tractors.
Hamilton and East Lothian’s R&J Strang Tyre Services is introducing Cam Systems’ Cameo and UniSerV platforms in July. The company, which supplies car, truck, earthmover and specialist tyres, is aiming to streamline its job sheet processing, while managing its truck casings “from cradle to grave” via UniSerV’s Integrated Casing Management module. R&J Strang also wants to exert greater control over products and pricing via the Online Tyre Catalogue, while simplifying its stock management and invoicing processes.
Classic car tyre provider, North Hants Tyres says that the past year has yielded a rise in classic radial sizes such as 125×15, 145×15 and 165×15 as the major manufacturers ceased their production. The small niche market for specialist tyres has, according to the company, seen little fluctuation and, in spite of undoubtedly difficult market conditions, there has been an increase in sales over the past year.
Totrax Ltd is pleased to announce the appointment of Alan Glen to the position of OEM Sales Manger. The company said that Glen has a long history of working with the specialist Manufacturers of Hi-Speed trailers, Caravans, Turf and Lawn care Machinery, Agricultural Implements, Ground Support Equipment. He joins an experienced internal and external sales team based in Boston, Lincolnshire.
Recently, Vintage Tyre Supplies celebrated the 10th anniversary of the company’s Waymaster private brand. So what? I hear you say. Just about every wholesaler has their own brand nowadays. But before you follow that trail of thought through, the Waymaster range is a little different and VTS isn’t your average wholesaler. To begin with, VTS only deals in vintage and classic tyres for cars and motorcycles, and we’re not just talking about 80 series radials like so many “classic” dealers. The VTS range goes back way further than this.
If you consider the changes that have taken place in the tyre industry over the last 10 years, you can multiply that by 10, because the VTS range starts around 1900, and that’s where the Waymaster range begins.