German automotive and workshop equipment manufacturer Beissbarth GmbH is to be restructured by the end of this year and has filed an application with the Munich District Court (Amtsgericht München) to open self-administration proceedings.
Tyre servicing equipment manufacturers Sicam and Werther International have requested an arrangement with creditors. The two associated companies are part of the Beissbarth Automotive Service Equipment (BASE) Group, controlled by Bavarian company Stargate Capital. The group also includes the UK’s Tecalemit, in addition to Beissbarth, Apac Lube, Accu-Turn, Oma, Tecnotest and Fog Automotive. Werther and Sicam are based in Italy
Absolute Alignment has launched a new version of its popular Bluetooth Lite wheel aligner. The wheel alignment equipment specialist has developed the new model on the existing ‘Lite’ product. The new Bluetooth Lite has an extremely small footprint and is quick to put to work anywhere in the workshop. It can be used over a pit or on a variety of lifts, including two and four-post ramps and a scissor lift. The measuring heads have the power capabilities for a full day of use and the attached fixing clamps fit a range of vehicles, to meet most workshop demands.
Pro-Align vehicle diagnostic expert and Hella Gutmann will bring a hands-on workshop experience to Lanarkshire in Scotland in November 2021. The event, giving business owners and vehicle technicians from across Scotland an opportunity to trial on some of the world’s leading industry systems, will be hosted by New College Lanarkshire on 17 November. Pro-Align is the sole UK distributor of leading US wheel servicing equipment brand Hunter. Hella Gutmann is a pioneer of advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) calibration for the independent aftermarket. Recognising the increasing synergies between their areas of expertise, the two companies became brand partners earlier in 2021.
The E-CUBE mobile tyre service unit’s fourth generation has been introduced into global markets, as its manufacturer looks to expand its distribution network further. The pandemic has resulted in a considerable uptick in mobile auto servicing, as motorists adapted to new patterns of work and commuting. With many auto servicing companies upgrading or expanding their service van fleets, there is an opportunity for suppliers of small-footprint, transportable equipment suitable for this purpose. The E-CUBE 48-volt lightweight mobile tyre fitting and servicing unit, manufactured and distributed globally by Netherlands based Technomarketing Group (TMG) is one option ready to capitalise on the rise in popularity of mobile servicing.
Recognising the proliferation of ADAS within the car parc and the servicing demand it brings, Corghi has expanded its product range, with the release of the Proadas. The new product enables the calibration of safety-critical front sensors such as camera, radar and lidar, and targets businesses ready to enter ADAS servicing with an “easy to use” solution. The Corghi Proadas is available in the UK via distributor Rema Tip Top and is compatible with most equipment produced by the brand’s parent company, the Nexion group.
Wheel alignment checks offer garages the opportunity to demonstrate professional customer service while boosting profitability considerably, with a sizable proportion of the car parc suffering from misalignment, according to a leading garage equipment company. Pro-Align, the distributor of Hunter garage equipment products, says that 70 per cent of cars on the road today are misaligned. This, it continues, means there is a prime opportunity for workshops to help identify these issues through free alignment checks for every customer, regardless of what they had originally booked in for. After returning the initial outlay on machinery, Pro-Align says realignment jobs can then typically return profit margins of 88 per cent.
Aftermarket supplier Autogem is bringing its product range to life in front of hundreds of garage businesses at Mechanex 2021, energised by its maiden victory in the NTDA’s Aftermarket Supplier of the Year Tyre Industry Awards category. The company said that it will showcase its solutions to a host of key decision makers and centre owners at the 9-10 November event. While making its name as a one-stop shop for all sorts of garage consumables, Autogem is also a specialist in TPMS, built around its investment in the I-sensor Pro handheld tool. The tool offers instant, personalised tyre pressure reporting with a completely integrated tread-depth measuring device to give technicians a full picture of the condition of each tyre they are tending to on an easy-to-read colour screen.
It isn’t news to say that the tyre and autocentre sector is becoming an increasingly technological business. However, two recent trends confirm the need for garages to be properly equipped – increasing electric vehicle take-up and, in the short term, booming MOT demand.
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The maker of the E-CUBE mobile tyre fitting unit has introduced a new service tailoring the unit to various budgets. The Netherlands’ Technomarketing Group (TMG Group) has also launched a new commercial vehicle design and layout to increase safety and ergonomics for mobile tyre technicians. Ralph Dubbeldam, managing director of TMG Group says: “Our ultimate objective is to always make sure that there is a E-CUBE configuration for every customer type. It starts with the base model and depending on your activities you can simply add features related to communication, recording, data sharing, solar charging plus a lot more.
Four wheel alignment equipment supplier, Absolute Alignment says its May sales have “matched pre-lockdown figures in March.” The company has adapted its work practices to protect customers and staff and adhere to government pandemic guidelines. Social distancing measures are followed during every installation and each training session for workshop personnel. The business has also turned to online demonstrations.
Though its plans for the first quarter UK launch of the E-CUBE mobile tyre servicing system has been interrupted, Netherlands-based TechnoMarketing Group (TMG) is working to promote its latest product innovation. The compact mobile tyre servicing unit has already been adopted by firms in Europe, North America, and South East Asia.
Absolute Alignment says it has taken a record number of orders for its Bluetooth 3D aligner since the start of 2020. The three main benefits of this particular wheel aligner include the speed of operation, less ramp space being required for when a wheel alignment is in progress, and that the technology used is particularly suited to working on high performance and lowered vehicles. The Bluetooth 3D wheel aligner can now also be provided as official BMW or Mercedes approved workshop equipment.
Offering market-leading levels of precision, repeatability and a 90-second wheel alignment check capability, the Beissbarth Easy 3D+ is now available from Everard, the German specialist’s exclusive UK distributor. With this unit, workshops can complete a full vehicle alignment in as little as 20 minutes.