Changes within the Tire Group International (TGI) management team, with the Florida, USA-based wholesaler welcoming Joe Rios as its new CFO and Enrique Hernandez as COO. Announcing these appointments, TGI says both Rios and Hernandez “bring a fresh perspective” to the company, positioning it for “continued growth and expansion in both domestic and international markets.”
Made up of 10 regional members, Group Tyre UK Ltd is one of the UK’s largest tyre wholesalers. Group Tyre UK’s strapline is ‘National Strength, Local Service’, words that reflect the company’s business philosophy and its commitment to customers. Group Tyre UK chairman, Gary Oliver, who also acts as managing director for home counties Group Tyre member and tyre distributor, Group Tyre Wholesale Ltd, and IT manager, John Kingman, explained how the company is working to deliver on its promise, an approach that can be summed up in two words: “transformational IT”. And that specifically means the adoption of CAM’s Warehouse Management System, following on from the earlier adoption by fellow group tyre member Magowan’s.
Nokian Heavy Tyres now has a second partner in the UK. RH Claydon Ltd. is distributing Nokian forestry and agricultural tyres from its warehouses after entering into an agreement with the tyre maker. RH Claydon reports that it now stocks these products in most popular tread patterns and sizes, with next-day availability in certain locations.
Wholesaler American Tire Distributors, Inc. (ATD) has published its third annual sustainability report. Titled Catalysts for Change, the report describes ATD’s achievements and progress in 2022 against the goals outlined in the inaugural 2020 report.
With the opening of a new distribution centre in Ballymena, Micheldever Tyre Services (MTS) anticipates much swifter tyre deliveries to garages in Northern Ireland. The facility is located at the site of the former Michelin tyre plant, which closed in 2018, and will create up to 16 new jobs by the end of the year.
TireHub, the US national tyre distributor cofounded by The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (Goodyear) and Bridgestone Americas Inc. (Bridgestone), started selling Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels as an authorized national distributor on 1 May. The Mickey Thompson brand specialises in off-road orientated 4×4 products and came to Goodyear in the last couple of years as a result of the company’s acquisition of Cooper.
Fast-growing tyre wholesaler, GB Tyres, has begun construction of its new Oldbury tyre “storage and distribution facility”. As we reported back in September 2022, despite existing storage space of roughly 250,000 square feet across two large sites in the midlands the business requires much more space.
Sam Kato is the new president and chief executive officer of TBC Corporation, which through its companies is active in the tyre wholesale, retail and fleet/automotive service sectors throughout North America. He succeeds Laurent Bourrut, who is retiring after completing his assignment to “position the company for strategic growth amid the evolution of the tyre industry.”
Following our report naming GB Tyres as the new distributor of Kenda tyres, GB Tyres have confirmed the appointment and added further details. GB Tyres has indeed become UK distributor of Kenda passenger car, SUV, 4×4 and van tyres and the company is said to be “looking forward to an ongoing partnership with the brand”. Specifically, GB Tyres has already accepted delivery of its first Kenda containers and a selection of the range is already available. According to officials, the range of Kenda stock available for immediate delivery will continue to grow over the coming weeks and months.
GB Tyres has been appointed as exclusive distributor of the Kenda Tyres brand in the UK. The news follows a meeting between Sukhi Singh, managing director of GB Tyres and Henno Plaggenborg, director, automotive division Europe at Kenda Tyres today.
Growing wholesaler International tyres upgraded its online presence at the tail end of 2022. As a result, the company now has a new website and online ordering system, with more ways to stay more informed, access stock details and even win prizes.
Yokohama Corporation of North America (YCNA) has sold the assets of Missouri-based tyre wholesaler Friend Tire Company (FTC) to tyre dealer network and retreader Southern Tire Mart (STM). The agreement was finalised on 1 April 2023.
When it came to selecting a charity to work with in 2023 and beyond, GB Tyres had a few essential requirements in mind. The West Midlands-based supplier, who since its establishment in 2013 has become one of the fastest growing importers and exporters of vehicle tyres in Europe, sought a charity with roots in the local area whose work genuinely supports people in need of support, an organisation that is pro-active and enthusiastic about forming local partnerships.