Complete road haulage specialist Fagan & Whalley has selected Hankook Tyre UK to supply tyres for its 164-strong fleet of Scania trucks and 342 trailers. The tyre maker shares that the Lancashire-based haulier chose Hankook after being offered a “complete tyre solution coupled with an unrivalled service and support package.” The Hankook SmartFlex AH31 will be fitted to all steer and lift axles in the Fagan & Whalley fleet, the SmartFlex DH31 fitment to all drive axles and the TH22 for all trailer fitments.
Protagonists at this week’s Commercial Vehicle Show have cause to celebrate, as new figures from the SMMT show van and truck registrations have reached a record high. A total of 108,456 vans and trucks were registered in the UK between the start of January and end of March 2015, making it the best quarter on record. This result is particularly remarkable when bearing in mind that only 221,132 commercial vehicles were registered in the whole of 2009. Registrations reached 384,120 units last year – just below the 388,488 registrations recorded in pre-recession 2007 – and demand is expected to remain strong in the months ahead.
In its new report on the British tyre market, TechSci Research calculates the total value of the UK tyre market this year to be around US$5 billion, or approximately £3.2 billion. The report, titled ‘United Kingdom Tyre Market Forecast & Opportunities, 2019’, opines that tyre demand in the UK will be boosted in the coming five years by anticipated growth in the country’s automotive industry and expansion of the overall vehicle parc.
Brazilian tyre retreading specialist Vipal Rubber is further strengthening its presence in Europe with the opening of a new distribution centre in Felixstowe, the largest container port in the United Kingdom. The new 2,000 square metre Vipal centre has the capacity to store up to 500 tonnes of products, and was opened to cater to demand in Britain and Ireland; these markets were previously served by Vipal’s distribution centre in Germany.
According to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, the manufacture of cars in the UK picked up pace in March due to improving domestic and export sales. UK car production rose 12 per cent during the month to 142,158 units, bringing 2014 to-date growth to 2.9 per cent. Production of cars intended for sale in the UK increased 18.2 per cent year-on-year to 33,221 units, although the year to date production count of 86,505 units is still 4.1 per cent down on last year. Production of cars for export markets rose 10.3 per cent year-on-year to 108,947 units, while year to date figures are 5.0 per cent higher than during the corresponding period of 2013, at 318,298 units.
Apollo Tyres has commenced a new corporate advertising campaign in the UK and India that draws on the company’s three-year agreement with Manchester United F.C. for these two markets. The campaign covers television, cinema, print, digital and outdoor mediums and focuses on the shared values of both football club and tyre maker, specifically ‘going the distance to achieve the best’.
Michelin’s Stoke-on-Trent facility is taking a flexible approach to its employees’ wish to watch the World Cup match with Slovenia this afternoon. The manufacturer stated that, while it was impossible to allow its workforce to leave the site en masse, line managers have been given the discretion to allow their staff to watch the game on televisions placed around the Campbell Road location.
Tyres feature strongly in this week’s UK news but for once it is news we could do without. More than a hundred cars in Gornal, north west of Birmingham, have had their tyres slashed by a young man – described as a ‘yob’ by local media – wielding a power drill.
Residents awoke to find their cars sitting on wheel rims after the attack, and many are now facing hundreds of pounds in repair bills. Those affected include a disabled person whose car, with mobility stickers prominently displayed, had all four tyres slashed.
A man aged around 25 was spotted at work with the drill at four o’clock in the morning, but he evaded capture in the subsequent pursuit.