Since it became part of the US garage equipment supplier Integrated Supply Network’s ISN Europe division in late September 2017, UK distributor Tyre Bay Direct has added its newly related company Atlas Equipment’s range of garage equipment to its portfolio. The UK company was identified by the US giant, which operates from 13 locations across the USA and Canada, and exports to Central and South America, as “the ideal partner” to help launch its equipment range into the UK, it states.
The UK’s leading exhibition for the automotive aftermarket and vehicle production industry, Automechanika Birmingham, welcomed 10,200 industry personnel to its 2018 event. Featuring 500 exhibitors from 26 countries in 9,400sqm of floor space, the organiser stated that more than 120 companies exhibited for the first time, including: AA Garage Guide, Snap-On, Ceramex, GSF Car Parts and Wurth Electronics. Tyres & Accessories joined the National Tyre Distributors Association in representing the UK tyre industry at what was a lively event for the automotive sector, with an emphasis on visitor interaction – a fact underlined by the three in-hall dedicated presentation spaces, in which speakers addressed major issues currently affecting the sector.
According to Companies House, specialist garage consumables supplier Tyre Bay Direct has appointed an administrator. The appointment was made on 25 September and further details of this will be made public via Companies House in the next five days. However, judging by a statement on the company’s website there is every intention to continue business as a going concern:
Tyre Bay Direct has celebrated 10 years in business. Now a family run business, Tyre Bay Direct was formed in 2005 by Roger Stote, becoming a name associated with nitrogen tyre inflation systems. With the growth in popularity of nitrogen inflation, Tyre Bay Direct has since had successful relationships with some of the largest and most recognised companies in the industry, including Kwik Fit, Selecta Tyre, Merit Tyre and Halfords. Today Tyre Bay Direct have nitrogen tyre inflation systems installed in over 1,200 tyre shops and fast fit centres across the UK and Europe.
According to the Department for Transport, road deaths and serious injuries were four per cent higher in the year ending June 2014 than in the prior 12 months, with a total of 24,580 casualties reported in the period. Reflecting on the contribution unsafe vehicles made to these sobering figures, Tyre Bay Direct has urged motorists to realise the importance of wheel balancers and the role they play in keeping British roads safe.
Just because a tyre looks correctly inflated, it doesn’t mean it necessarily is. I was reminded of this the last time my car’s tyres were treated to a pitifully infrequent air pressure check. But at least I’m in good company when it comes to tyre pressure sloppiness. Tyre Bay Direct shares that a recent roadside survey performed by Sussex Police found 73 per cent of all inspected cars to have tyres at least 5psi above or below their recommended handbook pressure.
Tyre Bay Direct is offering motor traders exclusive insight into what it says are the top ten factors to consider when purchasing a tyre changer. The tyre consumables and garage equipment retailer has over half a century of experience in the tyre industry and identifies tyre changer information as one of its most popular custom inquiry topics. This inspired the company’s team of experts to create an insider’s guide covering everything a buyer needs to know about purchasing this specialist equipment.
Tyre Bay Direct has released its new ‘Knowledgebase’ – and it says it is unrivalled when it comes to tyre service equipment and maintenance.
Available automatically and exclusively to all Unite tyre machinery customers, this new section of the tyrebaydirect.com website has a landing area personalised to each customer’s equipment models and is automatically accessible from the moment the machinery is installed. The Knowledgebase lists the current equipment in the customer’s workshop, plus warranty status and expiry reminders along with complete manuals, operating instructions and instructional videos for the customer’s purchased machine, meaning any required information is always at hand.
The fact that Tyre Bay Direct’s NitroFill Auto Club was a contender the TAFF Innovation award that was announced during the course of Brityrex week is likely to promote both the nitrogren inflation brand and the “club” concept. Tyre Bay Direct (TBD) may not have won when the awards were announced on Wednesday 10 November, but as the saying goes “all publicity is good publicity.
Tyre Bay Direct has teamed up with Think Smart to offer new tyre equipment leasing concept. Rent Smart has been available through Curry’s and Dixons for many years but Tyre Bay Direct are reportedly the first people to bring it into the Garage Equipment market.
Kenworth has announced plans to add the SmarTire TPMS, from Bendix CVS, as an option on selected Class 8 trucks.
“With so much riding on their truck tyres, fleets are finding that they need to be more proactive in addressing tire inflation issues,” said Erik Johnson, Kenworth on-highway marketing manager. “By equipping their trucks with the SmarTire TPMS, truck and fleet operators can help avoid fuel mileage penalties, large bills for roadside assistance and penalties during roadside inspections. They can also gain more tire life, and reduce expenses that for many truck operators are second only to fuel costs.”
The Tire Industry Association (TIA) has announced plans to host an online webinar TPMS tomorrow 21 March. This twice monthly online webinar series is designed to help Tire Industry Association's current and future members learn how to stay ahead of the competition. Webinar attendees do not have to be a TIA member to participate in the online webinars.
TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems) will soon become a legally required feature of the MOT test. From 1 November 2012 all new passenger car models must be fitted with TPMS and a non-working TPMS system will has already been subject to advisory on the MOT test from 1 January 2012. As from January next year, all taxis will be required to have the TPMS system working to pass the MOT and this will then become the same for all TPMS fitted vehicles as of the start of 2015.
The Pirelli Driver Centre scheme – a pan-European network of approved independent fast fit centres focussed on customer service and industry best practice – is now recommending the use of nitrogen tyre inflation from Uniflate.
Malcolm Russell, manager of the Pirelli Driver Centre programme commented: “The purpose of the Driver Centre scheme is to offer motorists a network of trusted independent fast-fit centres. Clearly, quality of service is a major focus for us, and being able to recommend trusted suppliers such as Uniflate allows us to offer the centres – and through them motorists – the best possible service.”