It isn’t news to say that the tyre and autocentre sector is becoming an increasingly technological business. However, two recent trends confirm the need for garages to be properly equipped – increasing electric vehicle take-up and, in the short term, booming MOT demand.
In January 2019, we predicted a 5 per cent increase in MOTs during the course of the year. One calculation suggested this would work out as 2.6 million extra MOT tests during 2019, which equates to something like 50 extra MOTs per site per month. The latest DVSA numbers suggest that MOTs actually went up by an estimated 6.2 per cent last year, rising from 29.560 million in 2018 to 31.405 million last year. So far DVSA have only released data relating to the first nine months of 2019, so the final figure could go down, but in all likelihood it now looks like 5 per cent was a conservative estimate.
While sales of eco-friendly electric and hybrid cars have been slowly accelerating for a number of years, figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that for the first time ever, sales of new electric and hybrid cars recently overtook that of diesels for the first time ever. Although we’re probably still some time away from the real tipping point of mass adoption of electric vehicles in the UK, workshops are being advised that they need to prepare for this now, as they will only see more and more EVs and hybrids coming through their doors.
Cemb has launched the ER85 Evo wheel balancer, a renewed and improved version of the ER85. The Evo version of the ergonomic wheel balancer version is more efficient thanks to the implementation of Hubmatch programme. The programme works alongside the Sonar EMS during measurements launch to detect and correct any imbalance.
Martins Industries has integrated Magnum+ into its brand portfolio of tyre equipment and products by acquiring M & R Tire Products. According to the company, Magnum+ is a brand of high-precision tyre balancing beads that are described as “a revolutionary alternative to traditional wheel weight balancing”.
After a winter of discontent in 2017/18, potholes still blight the UK’s roads and causing numerous problems for wheels and tyres alike. Not only can they cause damage to the internal structure of the tyre – wheel rims can also suffer damage too, resulting in imbalance and vibration issues for the driver.
Workshop equipment distributor Pro-Align’s support for the Skills Show has stretched to half a decade, including the last five years in succession. Trainee vehicle technicians competing in this year’s show were able to gain valuable hands-on experience using some of the most advanced wheel alignment and diagnostic wheel balance systems currently on the market, thanks to this ongoing support. Held over three days at the NEC, Birmingham, competitors took part in a diverse range of practical skills and knowledge tests such as beauty therapy, bricklaying, landscaping, and games design.
CEMB is widening its mobile service dedicated range of products by presenting some new lines at Autopromotec in Bologna.
The new SM624 semi-automatic tyre changer for products for cars, light commercial vehicles up to 24 inches and motorcycles (using the optional clamping kit) is particularly suitable for mobile service thanks to the 12V power supply. SM624 can be equipped with the patented pneumatic device UHP, which assists the operator during mounting/demounting of low-profile or particularly difficult tyres such as run-flats.
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.
UK-based Trax JH Ltd, Europe’s second largest wheel weight manufacturer, has won the contract to supply all General Motors (Vauxhall/Opel) Europe plants with steel adhesive balance weights. The new steel adhesive weights will be supplied to car manufacturing plants in Germany, Spain, UK and Poland. Adhesive balance weights now comprise some 80 per cent of the value of all weights purchased by General Motors Europe.
Pro-Align has boosted staff numbers to a record level for the company, having created a number of new support and aftersales roles. The distributor states that the new appointments are the result of growing demand for Pro-Align’s range of Hunter wheel alignment and wheel servicing systems. “As well as providing innovative and technologically advanced products, […]
Hofmann Power Weight is now offering a new balancing solution called Balancing Compound 505. According to the company, the balancing compound works by dispersing along the tyre walls in a running tyre due to the centrifugal force. The higher the speed, the more the centrifugal force will disperse the material in the tyre and automatically push the compound opposite to the heavy spot, compensating for any vibrations.