Road safety organisation TyreSafe has made its PACT campaign the centrepiece of its updated 2013 materials aimed at publicising bike tyre maintenance. The organisation will work with tyre retailers, bike dealerships and other road safety professionals to help bikers stay safe on the road. PACT is an acronym, representing four key tyre safety checks: Performance, Air pressure, Condition and Tread.
UK firm Symphony Recycling Technologies says it has released a semi-automatic tyre cutter that is small enough to be used by neighbourhood garages and can completely scrap a tyre in 60 seconds. The SymTyre-S300 is aimed at businesses wishing to flat-pack end of life tyres for easier and more cost effective storage and transportation.
As regular tyrepress.com readers know, used tyres are often a point of discussion in the UK. They’re also a talking point in Bahrain, but the island nation’s issues with used tyres differ somewhat from ours. The Gulf Daily News reported on 5 December that storage centres are being set up across Bahrain; the purpose of these is to house used tyres in order, as the newspaper writes, to “stop saboteurs from burning them on the street and to protect the environment from fumes and smoke.”
The team at Rema Tip Top Automotive say they’re just a little bit excited by the new Probalance NG (Next Generation), which the company launched in the UK at October’s Brityrex 2012 show. Pre-orders for the unit are described as “astounding”, and the team of engineers at Rema Tip Top believe this to be the most technologically advanced machine of its type.
During the recent Automechanika show, Bosch’s Automotive Aftermarket division displayed its latest tyre workshop products, including two new balancers, the WBE 4200 and 4400. With these new additions, the Bosch tyre services range has expanded to include equipment for balancing car, motorcycle, and van wheels.
Audi centres are offering a range of winter tyre and wheel options, including winter wheel and tyre sets priced from £799 to £3,659 for all current Audi models. Tyre-only sets also available priced from £540 to £1,300 and previous generation models can also benefit from a set of winter tyres from £325.
Suzuki GB PLC is keen to ensure drivers are well-equipped to tackle the worst the weather can throw at them by offering a winter tyre promotion with prices on average 10 per cent lower than last Winter and with storage facility now available.
With two new winter tyres for 2012, Pirelli is enthusiastically promoting the benefits of fitting specialist cold weather tyres in the UK. Joining the Italian manufacturer’s Sottozero Serie II high performance winter tyre are the recently introduced Winter SnowcontrolSerie 3, designed for smaller cars, and the Scorpion Winter SUV tyre, which was displayed at Reifen 2012, and replaces the Scorpion Ice.
Euro Car Parts reports that it has invested in a second storage facility, following the opening of its National Distribution Centre in Tamworth, Staffordshire in 2010. The 141,000sqft warehouse in Swadlincote, Derbyshire will primarily store crash repair stock including Platinum Plus product lines and the company has signed a 10-year lease agreement with GE Capital Real Estate for the Tetron Point distribution unit. ECP has continued to expand its network too, with 10 new locations announced. They are anticipated to open in the fourth quarter of 2012.
Michelin have launched a dedicated farming website for the UK and Ireland. Michelin-agricultural-tyres.co.uk contains technical information for every size of tyre in Michelin’s extensive agricultural range. This includes recommended pressure settings and load ratings, available to download 24/7 at the click of a mouse or swipe of a finger.
Michelin has launched a specialist agricultural tyre website, on which farmers and contractors can access detailed tyre information. The website includes detailed technical information – recommended pressure settings and load ratings – for every size of tyre in Michelin’s extensive agricultural range.
With hot weather continuing to prevail across the UK, TyreSafe is pre-empting the arrival of millions of drivers on the roads in the coming Spring Bank Holiday weekend – extended by the presence of the Queen’s Jubilee celebration on 5 June. Tyrepress.com will be spending the bank holidays in Essen for Reifen 2012, but those not heading to Europe’s premier tyre event should check their tyres to avoid risking motoring misery. “We want people to enjoy their holidays and arrive safely at their destinations, so that’s why we’re urging them to do a few simple tyre checks before they head off and this includes the spare wheel as well. The great news is that these inspections are quick and simple yet pay real dividends,” said Stuart Jackson, chairman, TyreSafe.
Five months after its foundation stone was laid in December 2011, Starco’s new central warehouse in Winsen, 30 kilometres south of the German city of Hamburg, is virtually ready for business. The company reports that the relocation of staff and stocks from its previous warehouse in nearby Lüneburg is almost complete, and Starco is set to benefit from the major expansion in capacity the new central warehouse delivers; the Winsen facility offers 11,400 square metres of indoor storage with 12 metres headroom (a doubling of the previous six metre headroom) giving space for 20,000 euro pallets. A further expansion that will bring capacity up to 30,000 euro pallets is already being planned, and the location can handle additional expansion when the need arises.
BiGDUG’s tyre racking is up to 30 per cent cheaper than other market competitors. That’s the claim being made by the Tewkesbury-based commercial and industrial racking company. The tyre system itself is said to be boltless and “easy enough for anybody to construct.”
When Carl Steele from Lincolnshire was found guilty of causing in excess of a quarter of million pounds worth of environmental damage during a two year tyre dumping stint, you could be forgiven for thinking the justice system would force him to pay his debt to society.
As Tyres & Accessories reported at the time, the 33-year-old was indeed sentenced to 15 months in November. However he has now been released after serving just five months of his sentence. Perhaps the most ironic part of the story is that despite amassing an estimated £2.5 million through illegally dumping tyres in Essex, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Worcestershire and Yorkshire he only has to pay back £122.