With the Tire Cologne Show in Germany already cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the UK and European tyre markets are facing an unprecedented trading period. However, according to SD International, digital communication is now proving to be a valuable lifeline to keep the industry moving until the market is able to resume normal trading procedures. With this in mind, SD-International is continuing to promote its three private brands Zeta, Pace and Toledo “in support of the tyre trade”.
As of 1 April, Tyremax will take over distribution of Continental truck and bus tyres in the Australian market. In addition to these products being available through the wholesaler’s distribution and delivery network, Tyremax will also provide all other facets of the service in relation to product warehousing, ordering, sales, logistics and technical support.
STARCO has taken on distribution of the Alliance and Galaxy agricultural, forestry and construction tyre lines in Switzerland under a newly-negotiated agreement with Alliance Tire Group (ATG). As authorised partner for the representation and distribution of Alliance and Galaxy tyres throughout this market, STARCO will provide its warehouse and distribution facilities as well as its expertise and skills in order to make ATG’s products more accessible to Swiss customers.
Goodyear plans to acquire a tyre wholesaler in Germany. Should the deal gain approval from the relevant antitrust authorities, Goodyear Dunlop Tires Germany GmbH will purchase Weilheim, Bavaria-based wholesaler and retailer Reifen Baierlacher. The tyre maker has not disclosed how much it will pay for the family-owned business.
European Tyre Enterprise Limited (ETEL) has appointed Andy Fern as managing director of its Stapleton’s Tyre Services tyre wholesale business.
Fern, who is currently group fleet sales director, replaces Wataru Goroku (‘Go’), who is taking on a new role with ETEL’s parent company Itochu. Go will provide continuity by taking the role of chairman of Stapleton’s during a transition period to ensure a smooth handover.
Micheldever group company Protyre is once again distributing Goodyear agricultural tyres within the UK market. It will supply the Goodyear Farm Tires range from its 20 agricultural centres across the country; it already reports high levels of customer interest from Protyre outlets in areas such as Cumbria, Pembrokeshire, Derbyshire, Bristol and Essex.
They are resigned, angry and desperate. But above all, they’re disappointed. Disappointed that they weren’t informed about the bankruptcy by their employer Fintyre, but by the media. Our sister publication in Germany, Neue Reifenzeitung, has spoken with staff at TyreXpert outlets in the north of the country to gain an insight into the mood of the workforce.
Tyre and wheel wholesaler Inter-Sprint Group has expanded the warehouse capacity at its main site in Moerdijk, the Netherlands. With the opening of a further 38,000 square metres of warehousing, Inter-Sprint has been able to increase the number of SKUs it stocks by at least ten per cent – more than 17,000 SKUs are now centrally stored at its distribution centre in Moerdijk.
The Fintyre Group has grown considerably since Bain Capital first acquired Italian tyre wholesaler Fintyre early in 2017, but what does the future hold? Tyrepress.com understands that the company has told its employees in Germany that a restructuring of the Fintyre Group is taking place, and that this measure is now being felt in a very tangible way.
EATD recently disclosed plans to bring a new investor on board, and when we spotted Yogesh Mahansaria visiting the distributor’s stand at Agritechnica 2019 the list of potential investor candidates suddenly became a whole lot shorter. Mahansaria is indeed the new investor; EATD confirms that Mahansaria Tyres Private Limited (MTPL) has reached an in-principle agreement to acquire a major stake in the company.
In 15 October 2019 Tyres4U acquired Tyre and Tube Australia Pty Ltd (TTA). TTA is known as a leading specialty tyre and tube wholesaler in addition to being a substantial distributor of value tier passenger and truck tyres in Australia. Initially TTA will continue to operate as it does not, but it will ultimately be absorbed into the Tyres4U operation. This is expected to be complete by the end of November 2019.
Spanish tyre distributor Grupo Soledad has entered into an agreement with Sailun Tyre that gives it exclusive distribution of the Sailun brand in Spain and Portugal. The distribution agreement was signed by the Sailun Group’s European management and José Pérez, commercial director of Grupo Soledad.