Tag: Vacu-Lug

Vacu-Lug fined £300,000 in forklift death case

Tuesday 10th October 2017 | 0 Comments

Lincolnshire-based Vacu-Lug Traction Tyres Limited was been fined £300,000 on 15 September after a worker died when the fork lift truck he was driving overturned at the company Grantham headquarters three years earlier. Lincoln Crown Court heard the worker was transporting tyres on 30 July 2014 when the fork lift ran over a loose tyre in the road. He was crushed between the fork lift truck and the ground and later died from his injuries. He was not wearing a seat belt.

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Vacu-Lug seeks to capitalise on advantages of independence

Wednesday 20th September 2017 | 0 Comments

With Continental’s acquisition and subsequent integration of Bandvulc, the UK retreading market was left with one remaining large independent operation in Lincolnshire-based Vacu-Lug. There were obvious comparisons between the firms – both private, family-owned businesses before Conti’s takeover; both in possession of a large chunk of UK retread market share; both offering the sorts of fleet management service options – but the change of ownership of one gives a new dimension to commercial vehicle tyre manufacturers’ decision of which firm to partner in the production of retreads for the UK.

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Vacu-Lug managing IWJS fleet

Vacu-Lug managing IWJS fleet

Wednesday 12th July 2017 | 0 Comments

National waste water management and high-pressure water jetting services specialist Industrial Water Jetting Systems (IWJS) has appointed Vacu-Lug Traction Tyres to provide a comprehensive tyre management and husbandry service for its UK vehicle fleet.

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Shanks ‘reduces vehicle downtime’ with Vacu-Lug tyre service management

Shanks ‘reduces vehicle downtime’ with Vacu-Lug tyre service management

Friday 26th May 2017 | 0 Comments

Shanks Waste Management has selected Vacu-Lug Traction Tyres to manage its commercial vehicle tyres for a number of recycling centres throughout the UK. Using Vacu-Lug’s bespoke web-based VMS software programme, each Shanks vehicle is individually managed to provide a full monitoring, repair and tyre husbandry service. This includes Shanks’ entire fleet of delivery and collection vehicles, including roll-on-roll-off hook-lifts with drawbar trailers and a mixture of plant and OTR wheeled equipment.

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Apollo truck tyre range ‘fully retreadable’

Apollo truck tyre range ‘fully retreadable’

Tuesday 2nd May 2017 | 0 Comments

When Apollo Tyres launched its European truck tyre range at the CV Show last week, the company did so with a pre-planned retreading strategy in mind as well as the headlining “disruptive” digital media strategy.

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AFI Uplift renews FORS gold accreditation with help of Vacu-Lug retread tyre

AFI Uplift renews FORS gold accreditation with help of Vacu-Lug retread tyre

Friday 21st April 2017 | 0 Comments

AFI Uplift, one of the UK’s leading powered access hire companies, has renewed its FORS gold accreditation with the assistance of leading independent UK retreader Vacu-Lug Traction Tyres. As part of the accreditation, which is centred on improved safety, efficiency and environmental standards, fleet operators are required to demonstrate that appropriate measures have been taken to monitor and, where possible, reduce the noise pollution of their fleet.

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Vacu-Lug to present new generation of truck tyres at Commercial Vehicle Show

Vacu-Lug to present new generation of truck tyres at Commercial Vehicle Show

Tuesday 28th March 2017 | 0 Comments

Commercial tyre retreading and management specialist, Vacu-Lug Traction Tyres will launch the first of a new generation of tyres at the CV Show (Birmingham NEC, 25-27 April). Featuring an enhanced sidewall protection system, the new 245/70R17.5 WZY2 has been manufactured to provide operators with extra protection against kerb wear.

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Vacu-Lug’s range of light truck and van tyres

Vacu-Lug’s range of light truck and van tyres

Thursday 26th January 2017 | 0 Comments

Vacu-Lug, the UK’s leading independent manufacturer of retread tyres and a supplier of both new and retread light truck tyres – as well as new Westlake van tyres – is promoting its range of light truck and van tyres.

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Operators take control using Vacu-Lug’s tyre management system

Operators take control using Vacu-Lug’s tyre management system

Wednesday 21st December 2016 | 0 Comments

Vacu-Lug has upgraded its VMS management system, adding a self-authorisation function to allow customers to validate and authorise work carried out on their vehicles from their own computer. Customers using the added function are also able to accept or reject their own pending authorisations and query transactions if necessary. Vacu-Lug states that VMS provides complete transparency and takes away the hassle of having to deal with suppliers directly.

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Fred Sherwood Group reports reduced downtime since Vacu-Lug tyre management deal

Fred Sherwood Group reports reduced downtime since Vacu-Lug tyre management deal

Friday 16th September 2016 | 0 Comments

The Fred Sherwood Group reports significant improvements in vehicle downtime since selecting Vacu-Lug to manage its fleet tyre requirements. Starting from June 2016 the contract covers tyre supply and tyre management for all the transport companies within The Fred Sherwood Group, including Bulk Freight (Midlands), F. Sherwood & Sons (Shepshed), George Varney (Bulk Services) and KJ Transport.

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Vacu-Lug hits 20-year high as Brexit leaves markets ‘wide open’

Vacu-Lug hits 20-year high as Brexit leaves markets ‘wide open’

Friday 26th August 2016 | 0 Comments

With Continental’s acquisition of Bandvulc, the voice of independent retreading in the UK has been substantially diminished at a moment of intense market pressure and political uncertainty. Issues surrounding the at times unbelievably cheap new commercial vehicle tyres imported from China have been around for many years now, and have certainly squeezed retread output in this period. The Brexit vote has increased doubt that protectionist European market measures for which independent retreading businesses could lobby the EU to provide would be implemented in a more isolated UK market, though in the short-term the reduced value of sterling has presented opportunities for British-manufactured product. While nothing is currently clear, we will leave our readers to consider the chances of UK market protectionist measures against Chinese imports being implemented while the country redefines its trading relationship with global economic superpowers. It’s not hard to see how the security provided by merger with Conti was attractive to Bandvulc.

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Yokohama tyres fitted to Chelsea FC team bus

Yokohama tyres fitted to Chelsea FC team bus

Friday 19th August 2016 | 0 Comments

Yokohama has added a further initiative to its shirt sponsorship link with Chelsea FC; the manufacturer is fitting its tyre to the team bus. Chelsea will roll into Watford FC’s Vicarage Road ground for the squad’s first away fixture of the 2016/17 season on Yokohama 104ZR coach and bus tyres. The company has also fitted its high-performance, premium car tyres to a number of the players’ own cars.

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Vacu-Lug’s Humphries achieves national high in company’s City & Guilds success

Vacu-Lug’s Humphries achieves national high in company’s City & Guilds success

Monday 1st August 2016 | 0 Comments

Vacu-Lug’s commitment to the retreading sector and the personal development of its team has been illustrated by successes in City & Guilds examination successes. The retread specialist has been entering candidates for the City & Guilds examinations for Part 1 Retread Workshop Practice for many years, and the latest successful entrants for the qualification included ten of its team members. Jason Humphries not only achieved a Distinction pass, but was awarded the highest mark nationwide. Two Credit passes awarded to Dave Alsop and Elaine Dable.

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‘Strong demand’ for new Vacu-Lug Logistik, Duramold retreads following CV Show

‘Strong demand’ for new Vacu-Lug Logistik, Duramold retreads following CV Show

Thursday 30th June 2016 | 0 Comments

Vacu-Lug has reported a strong response to the launch of its two new Logistik tyres.  The new 315/80R22.5 Logistik LD01 drive and 385/65R22.5 Logistik Supersingle LT01 trailer tyres were shown alongside a selection of Duramold tyres, including the new 315/70R22.5 T100 drive at the recent CV Show at Birmingham’s NEC.

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Vacu-Lug manufacturing investment, contracts a way forward in contracted UK market

Vacu-Lug manufacturing investment, contracts a way forward in contracted UK market

Monday 27th June 2016 | 0 Comments

Vacu-Lug’s stand at the recent Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham provided a summary of the tripartite business of one of the UK’s largest retreaders. Featuring its Vacu-Lug Management System (VMS) for online fleet application; its UK exclusive distribution of ZC Rubber’s (or Hangzhou Zhongce’s) Westlake truck tyre product range. in partnership with global Westlake partner Zenises; and Vacu-Lug’s own retread range – including the latest “premium” Logistik drive LD01 and the Logistik trailer LT01 retreads, and Duramold tyres designed for a cross-section of heavy and light truck operations – the company showed its relatively recent evolution into more rounded service provision. In terms of its retreading activities, estimated by the company to account for just under a fifth of the UK market, the last year saw upgrades to the Lincolnshire business’ manufacturing, with a second 12-segment, high pressure (300psi) press installed, with which its Logistik brand products are produced, alongside further phases of its new conveyor system and other general upgrades designed to improve product flow, utilisation, productivity, efficiency, and housekeeping. Tyres & Accessories spoke with Vacu-Lug fleet sales director, Dave Alsop during the show, who explained how the company has reacted to the contraction of UK retreading and various other challenges in the market.

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