Hunter garage equipment supplier Pro-Align will bring a new concept to Automechanika Birmingham (stand 19D80), designed to show how workshop spaces, even on the smaller side, can be transformed to offer profitable wheel alignment and wheel servicing. The interactive concept has been designed to give technicians and business owners a real-world experience of its systems, emphasising the ability of smaller businesses to deliver quality Hunter and customer service levels or returns. The company will demonstrate live award winning equipment like the Hunter Elite TD wheel alignment system, in addition to launching the new Hunter Road Force Elite and Pro-Align TCLine tyre changer systems.
The 2015 financial year delivered Italian workshop equipment manufacturer Butler the best turnover in the company’s history. The 1988-established firm achieved sales revenues of 32 million euros last year, more than a fifth the entire turnover of the Samiro Group, to which Butler has belonged for the past decade or so. The other Samiro Group companies may also be familiar to those in the tyre and automotive industries; these are Ravaglioli, Space and Sirio. The first of these is the largest Samiro business, accounting for 75 to 80 million of the group’s total turnover of 142 million euros.
Time is of the essence in tyre service, and if done properly it is a lucrative business for all workshops. The latest range of tyre changers and wheel balancers from Bosch offer a safe, versatile and time-saving operation.
Wheel alignment equipment specialist Pro-Align has opened its inaugural facility in Ireland. Located in Plato Park, Dublin (just off the M50), the facility provides a new base for its sales, servicing and installation teams, and includes demonstration and training areas which allow the company to demonstrate the Hunter range of complete wheel servicing equipment to workshops.
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 […]