Hunter equipment distributor Pro-Align says the SmartWeight software system is helping workshops save a significant amount of time and money when balancing wheels, making it an integral element of the Hunter GSP9200 wheel balancer.
Tyre Industry Awards 2015 winner Rema Tip Top has opened its new tyre repair and garage equipment training centre following significant investment in Leeds headquarters. Hosting Tyres & Accessories at a launch event in October, immediately after its NTDA 2015 Tyre Industry Award for Tyre and Aftermarket Supplier of the Year, the company showed how the site has been entirely refitted, having lain derelict for around half a decade before the acquisition of Doncaster’s Ace Conveyor Equipment in 2008 and subsequent consolidation of the industrial business. The new centre will provide accreditation for the new generation of tyre technicians, with an expanding variety of courses delivered over one or two days. Rema Tip Top chief executive Mark Insley stated: “We recognise the importance of education and training to an industry which is responsible for the safety of millions of people on our roads on a daily basis. With this well-equipped and highly professional facility we will provide an invaluable resource for our customers.”
Bright Technology says the number of sales and distribution partners it has throughout Europe is on the rise. A representative for the Chinese tyre changer and wheel balancer manufacturer, reports that the company is “currently in advanced negotiations with potential distributors in Germany, Italy and the UK.” Bright Technology is also supporting its presence within the region by taking part in trade shows such as Autopromotec.
Wheel servicing specialist Pro-Align has been awarded a five-star rating by leading garage equipment manufacturer Hunter Engineering for the first time. Pro-Align said this reflected the significant progression and development of the Hunter brand in the UK. The company was also presented with Hunter’s “Platinum Partner” award for the ninth consecutive year, indicating the Towcester-based company as one of Hunter’s most successful and important global distributors.
After introducing its ‘Bright Premium Concept’ at Automechanika Frankfurt 2014 and drawing a favourable response from exhibition attendees, Chinese tyre changing and wheel balancing equipment specialist Bright Technology is now in the process of extending its range – and will show its latest products at Autopromotec 2015.
According to the Department for Transport, road deaths and serious injuries were four per cent higher in the year ending June 2014 than in the prior 12 months, with a total of 24,580 casualties reported in the period. Reflecting on the contribution unsafe vehicles made to these sobering figures, Tyre Bay Direct has urged motorists to realise the importance of wheel balancers and the role they play in keeping British roads safe.
Following reports of different distribution arrangements in England and wales, Apaseal representatives recently contacted Tyres & Accessories in order to clarify that Apaseal is in fact the exclusive distributor of Corghi in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, a role it has successfully maintained – and indeed grown – for over 40 years.
Hofmann Megaplan, long associated with groundbreaking technology when it comes to wheel balancers, has recently introduced what it claims to be the most advanced, user friendly, and reliable wheel balancers ever produced.
The Parts Alliance has added its support to a charity that provides training in motor mechanics to young people of all abilities to increase their employment prospects in Buckinghamshire. Allparts Automotive, a Buckinghamshire based member of The Parts Alliance’s Eastern Alliance, helped to deliver the equipment. Another Parts Alliance member CES UK also supports a classic car restoration charity in the north of England.
While the financial context of the last five years has undoubtedly provided a challenging market environment for many players in the tyre industry, the premium garage equipment sector has seen opportunity. As tyre retailers have broadly seen margins squeezed further as consumers look to save on tyres, so has the importance of maximising ancillary services grown. On the occasion of the launch of another trail-blazing addition to its range with the Revolution tyre changer, Hunter garage machinery supplier to the UK Pro-Align took the opportunity to show Tyrepress the effects of providing innovative services to the sector.
Pro-Align has launched a new online Support Zone for technicians and workshop owners. The distributor of Hunter wheel alignment systems, balancers and changers says the site will give easier and greater access to support materials, including answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about Pro-Align. The Support Zone is available at www.pro-align.co.uk. “In […]
Trade Garage Equipment have added a new wheel balancer to the company’s range with the addition of the Technique T2120.
Spokesperson Stefan Bullworthy outlined the details of the latest addition: “The rapidly growing portfolio of trade approved Technique garage equipment products, has been enhanced further with the launch of the…powerful trade approved Technique T2120 wheel balancer…
A key piece of equipment demonstrated at Pro-Align’s recent ‘Service Vision’ events held across the country was the newly-introduced Hunter Road Force ‘Touch’ balancer. This new unit includes unique features that allow it to measure road force variation and load force measurement, and Pro-Align believes it is set to transform wheel balancing. This potential was well demonstrated in September; despite being launched only a matter of weeks ago, the new system has already claimed its first international accolade – it was awarded the prestigious Innovation award at the Automechanika show in Germany.
Snap-on Equipment has reported a successful Brityrex International exhibition, held recently in Manchester. The garage equipment manufacturer showcased a comprehensive range, including tyre changers, wheel balancers and advanced full 3D alignment systems. Chris Behan, Snap-on Equipment’s general manager, said that the “on-stand equipment demonstrations proved to be highly effective, resulting in firm orders for the Hofmann Quadriga 1 fully automatic tyre changer, among many others.”
Hofmann, a brand within Snap-on Equipment, has introduced a new design for the geodyna ‘off-the-vehicle’ 980L and 4800L truck, bus and coach wheel balancers. Both machines now feature a reinforced cabinet, which is, Hofmann claims, stronger yet 30 per cent lighter than before. Other enhancements include a redesigned wheel guard support that enables the guard to be handled more smoothly and conveniently.