Hunter garage equipment supplier Pro-Align will bring a new concept to Automechanika Birmingham (stand 19D80), designed to show how workshop spaces, even on the smaller side, can be transformed to offer profitable wheel alignment and wheel servicing. The interactive concept has been designed to give technicians and business owners a real-world experience of its systems, emphasising the ability of smaller businesses to deliver quality Hunter and customer service levels or returns. The company will demonstrate live award winning equipment like the Hunter Elite TD wheel alignment system, in addition to launching the new Hunter Road Force Elite and Pro-Align TCLine tyre changer systems.
Autogem is exclusively distributing Tire Profiles Inc’s TreadSpec and Groove Glove tyre tread depth and wheel alignment diagnostic equipment. Tire Profiles is designed to help auto dealers and repair shops sell more tyres, wheel alignments and other “around the wheel” repairs, by providing equipment and processes that create “a sound repeatable process”. The solution works on the philosophy that “it is not the measurement that matters but rather what one does with the measurement which has driven”.
Wheel alignment specialist Pro-Align has introduced a new advanced level training course for technicians with a basic level of knowledge and understanding of wheel alignment theory and practice. Suitable for technicians who have already passed Pro-Align’s IMI quality assured wheel alignment fundamentals course, the new course is designed to extend technicians’ skills in both theory and practical sessions, enabling their business to grow their wheel alignment expertise and revenue further.
Pro-Align has announced independent workshop, K Brown Auto Repairs in Kings Lynn, as the winner of its 25th anniversary competition. The workshop will receive a Hunter PA200 Plus wheel alignment system with a list price of £15,000. Pro-Align states the addition of the aligner will enable K Brown to expand its service offering and grow its wheel alignment business.
Southampton wheel alignment equipment supplier Supertracker will expand its product range in the early part of 2017 to include a new model for the agricultural market. Final tests have recently been completed on the laser-based four-wheel aligner, which Supertracker says will guarantee accurate results alongside ease of use. Modern tractors’ ability to travel at speeds of up to forty miles an hour have led some established and potential Supertracker customers to enquire about wheel aligners for agricultural vehicles, which the company states will open up a new avenue of sales opportunity.
The 2015 financial year delivered Italian workshop equipment manufacturer Butler the best turnover in the company’s history. The 1988-established firm achieved sales revenues of 32 million euros last year, more than a fifth the entire turnover of the Samiro Group, to which Butler has belonged for the past decade or so. The other Samiro Group companies may also be familiar to those in the tyre and automotive industries; these are Ravaglioli, Space and Sirio. The first of these is the largest Samiro business, accounting for 75 to 80 million of the group’s total turnover of 142 million euros.
Time is of the essence in tyre service, and if done properly it is a lucrative business for all workshops. The latest range of tyre changers and wheel balancers from Bosch offer a safe, versatile and time-saving operation.
Garage equipment supplier and exclusive UK distributor of Hunter products, Pro-Align has marked its 25th anniversary at its Towcester headquarters. The company unveiled a new slate sign outside its offices, while each member of staff was presented with a 25th anniversary decanter and 1991 bottle of vintage port, marking their contribution to the firm’s growth and success. Pro-Align’s aftersales team also recommissioned one of the first wheel alignment systems the company sold back in 1991.
Supertracker will introduce its first 3D wheel aligner in October. The company is marking its 30th year of successful trading with this new landmark. Managing director Trevor Lovesy says: “Over the past couple of years we have experimented with the new concept of 3D alignment and concluded that the crucifix style systems have a definite limitation in terms of space, flexibility and accuracy. However we have now introduced the STR600 3D wheel aligner that completely eliminates these problems as we have moved the camera location to the lift which eliminates the need to move a vehicle backward and forward to obtain readings.”
The Automechanika Innovation Awards 2016 have been announced – and tyre manufacturer Continental and tyre equipment manufacturer Corghi are amongst the winners. On 23 August 2016, the independent jury of nine experts reached agreement on eight award winners whose innovative solutions and future-oriented products will be presented for the first time in an interactive special show in the ‘Festhalle’ during the coming Automechanika Frankfurt on 13 September 2016.
Pro-Align has boosted staff numbers to a record level for the company, having created a number of new support and aftersales roles. The distributor states that the new appointments are the result of growing demand for Pro-Align’s range of Hunter wheel alignment and wheel servicing systems. “As well as providing innovative and technologically advanced products, […]
Garage equipment brand Hunter’s UK distributor has launched a new wheel aligner targeting workshops “starting out” in the provision of the service. Pro-Align says the new entry-level Hunter PA200 will allow more tyre shops to “enjoy the financial, efficiency and customer service benefits that result from ownership of a Hunter wheel alignment system.” The PA200 features a two-camera system and uses the same imaging technology found on the company’s popular, range-topping Elite TD system.