A blaze within a Swansea factory containing some 5,000 tonnes of shredded tyres has been extinguished after three weeks. Fire crews had battled the fire at the former Mettoys factory since June 16 and gaining the upper hand required demolishing a good part of the building so that the burning waste could be removed an immersed in large tanks of water.
After 13 years at its current headquarters in Shrewsbury, Manbat has moved to a substantially larger site. The shift to a new headquarters has seen the UK’s largest battery distributor move a full 500 yards along Lancaster Road; Manbat says the new side provides sufficient room for its ongoing expansion plans.
A former Mettoys factory on the Fforestfach industrial estate in Swansea has been burning since at least lunchtime yesterday (16 June), and appears likely to continue to do so into the weekend, as 50 firefighters work to control the blaze. The reason for the fire’s resilience and size appears to be “several tonnes” of shredded tyres that were being stored on the site, according to the BBC’s local news report at the scene. The corporation quotes firefighter Richard Fry: “The product is quite a number of feet thick in places and it's a very deep seat burning and very slow burning. It's a rubber product from reused vehicle tyres and it's the by-product of the process that was used to recycle these tyres. There's quite a few tonnes in there. We expect this to continue for a number of days yet."
Iowa-based Thombert Inc says it has developed a new forklift truck tyre for better operation in areas with moisture on the floor. The THp-GripTM tyre has a special hole pattern to give operators better grip in produce areas, cold storage facilities, ramps, or any other place where moisture or traction are issues. According to Reggie Collette, sales marketing manager at Thombert, the tyres offer better traction, better braking and improved safety. In addition, he says, “siped tyres may have a tendency to chunk out in the centre after some use, but the THp-GripTM tyre averages more hours of use with no chunking.”
Gaither Tool is credited for introducing the first portable automatic bead booster, and Gaither Europe has now launched what it considers to be the next generation of modern bead booster – the Gaither Bead Bazooka. This latest model offers the considerable advantage of being lighter and more compact; Gaither reports the Bead Bazooka weighs just 5.5 kilograms – less than half that of the 12.5 kilogram Gaither GB5A. It is also 60 per cent smaller. Gaither believes these reduced dimensions are just one of the advantages the Bead Bazooka offers; it also sees customers being attracted by its pricing and its delivery of the “most powerful automatic rapid air release system” of any bead seating device on the market.
ATS Euromaster has won the Innovation Award in the 2011 Van Fleet World Honours, after becoming the first national fast-fit provider to launch a fully managed cold weather tyre service for UK fleets. The company has reportedly doubled its budgeted investment in winter tyre stocks for the next seasons following the success attained last year. Last year the Michelin-owned retail business ordered £3 million worth of winter tyre stock (subscribers, see related news link below by clicking more).
The first opportunity for UK-based caravanners to use their mobile homes is upon us, with the Easter period seeing a fair number of the country’s 2 million or so caravan owners on the road. Micheldever Tyre Services retail arm, Protyre suggests in a new statement that many owners will not carry out basic safety checks despite a lengthy idle spell that could have resulted in tyre distortion and cracking. The company is offering a free Easter Tyre Safety Check at any of its 53 UK outlets for this reason, a good strategy for increasing footfall in what is always a busy time for Britain’s roads.
Having witnessed the ascendency of private brands and exclusive budget labels in numerous European markets, the team at Tyres & Accessories has decided to pool its vast industry knowledge and release its own private tyre label. Known as ‘Tyrepress’, a subtle nod to the popular website the United Kingdom based company operates, this new range includes summer and winter sizes along with – in a European first – fitments specifically designed for spring and autumn use.
Michelin’s missing one-of-a-kind stained glass windows may have end up in Oz. The focus of Michelin's window hunt has moved to Australia following tip-offs that the glassware featuring the Michelin man Bibendum could have been shipped down under. The antipodean link has emerged out of information submitted to Michelin through its stained glass amnesty, issued over four months ago. Michelin set up a confidential hotline and amnesty web page to allow people to leave their clues anonymously in the search for the original stained glass windows that once adorned the Michelin House building in London.
It was widely predicted that the winter, or cold weather tyre market would experience growth in Europe this winter; indeed, the question turned from whether there would be growth to how much of a leap this winter would see. The Euromaster Group has now announced that demand for cold weather tyres across Europe saw volumes reach an all-time high. Its sales alone of the high-grip seasonal car and van fitments exceeded 1.5 million units for the first time, rising by 20 per cent from 1.4 million in 2009 to 1.68 million in 2010. In the UK, volumes sold by ATS Euromaster have risen over the past two winters by 955 per cent.
Failure to heed prior Environment Agency warnings has led to a 12 month prison sentence for Staffordshire man Mark Watts. On February 14 the 41-year old Burntwood resident was sentenced at Mold Crown Court for charges relating to the illegal deposit and keeping of controlled waste; namely, the illegal depositing and storage of used tyres on rented land at Abercynllaith and at Broad Oak Business Park, Whitchurch.
It may not be the sunny season in Europe right now yet solar energy still has a role to play in our region. Goodyear Dunlop has shown its confidence in the technology through investing in an 87,000 square metre solar facility at its Philippsburg plant in southern Germany. The set-up installed on the roof of the tyre warehouse at Philippsburg by regenerative energy specialists PV julist and juwi is said to be the third largest rooftop solar power plant in the world and is expected to provide an output of 7.4 MW and 7.3 million kWh per annum, equivalent to the annual requirements of approximately 1,800 households.
Hofmann Megaplan has given away one of its megamount Smart lever-less tyre changers to Mill Tyres of Boston, Lincolnshire, the latter having won the company’s Brityrex 2010 prize-draw. The Smart can handle rims up to 30” in diameter, and is specifically targeted at “tough rim and tyre combinations”, including runflats, according to Hofmann Megaplan.
The team set up by Michelin to track down three original stained glass windows missing from London's iconic Michelin House building are reportedly “closing in” on the missing windows. In order to find the iconic relics of Michelin’s history the company set up a confidential hotline and webpage offering a “window amnesty” in exchange for information as to the stained-glass creation’s whereabouts. Now in the latest instalment in this tale of intrigue, Michelin is reporting that the phone lines have “proved busy with calls and tip-offs from across the UK.”
The tyre giant issued the amnesty two weeks ago in an attempt to get back the three missing original stained glass windows that once adorned the sumptuous Art Deco inspired Michelin House building on the Fulham Road, London. Michelin reports that the hotline and web pages have been “hot with rumour and speculation, with over 300 visits a day to the website since the amnesty was announced and a host of phone tip-offs that are helping to close the net on the missing windows.” Information including sightings has so far centred on the windows being last seen in the 1980s at Michelin storage facilities, a possible link to them being whisked out of the country to Australia and an anonymous call claiming they were sold onto a memorabilia collector based in the South East.
North Eastern Tyre and Exhausts has set aside £2 million for a two-year growth strategy centring on its wholesale division. As a first phase of this strategy the company has acquired a 69,000 square foot warehouse in Stockton for its NE Wholesale Operation. The storage site relies on 1400 stillages and three forklift trucks to manage its stock base of 100,000 of tyres, and next on the company’s agenda is to invest in state of the art automated technologies which will enable faster picking and stock optimisation.