Workshop equipment and wheel alignment specialist Pro-Align has appointed a former Kwik Fit branch manager to its sales team. Tom Burkett, a former director and owner of a mobile tyre fitting service and branch manager at Kwik Fit, has been appointed to join the team as a sales executive, covering the Midlands and South Wales region. The Hunter distributor said the addition of Burkett will provide “even greater levels of support to workshops across the country.”
Hella has added the PS1000 to its aftermarket lighting range, the first Valuefit LED work lamp with a corrosion-free, plastic housing. By using plastic, the reverse light compliant, work lamp is optimally protected against corrosion and can withstand even the toughest conditions, as well as offering a weight saving advantage and better vibration control.
Netherlands based TechnoMarketing Group (TMG) is working towards the introduction of its E-CUBE mobile tyre servicing equipment in the UK. The system is already firmly established in many countries throughout Europe and in North America. It is designed as the next generation in versatile and safety when changing a tyre at a customer’s home or workplace.
Autogem has unveiled its second generation Treadspec drive-over scanners, offering a more efficient and simplified way to perform simple tyre checks for wear, alignment issues and inflation. The Treadspec 2.0 supplements the company’s Groove Glove, which allows garage mechanics to scan all four tyres on any given vehicle and discover the tread depth and alignment of each within 50 seconds.
Corghi has upgraded its range of wheel balancers for premium garage work with the new Plus classification distinguishing advanced features and benefits. The latest machines are available exclusively through Rema Tip Top in the UK.
Absolute Alignment says it has taken a record number of orders for its Bluetooth 3D aligner since the start of 2020. The three main benefits of this particular wheel aligner include the speed of operation, less ramp space being required for when a wheel alignment is in progress, and that the technology used is particularly suited to working on high performance and lowered vehicles. The Bluetooth 3D wheel aligner can now also be provided as official BMW or Mercedes approved workshop equipment.
Pro-Align is targeting workshops looking to grow their business in 2020 with a new offer designed to reduce equipment investment costs and lower the bar to improving service capabilities. The £9,999 Ultimate Starter Bundle includes three key workshop systems, offering a saving of almost £2,000 when compared with buying the pieces of equipment individually (which would cost £11,985). Included within the bundle are the Hunter TCX 52 tyre changer, the Hunter SmartWeight Pro wheel balancer and a Teknel Butterfly induction heater, making it an ideal package for those looking to enter tyre servicing, upgrade or replace existing equipment.
Auto Express given a big thumbs up to the latest Philips workshop lamp, the RCH 25. The RCH25 brings various key features to the workshop lamp sector, most notably, an adjustable light output to match the particular needs of a specific task.
The Nexion Group has suspended all activities at its Italian factories and offices until Sunday 29 March. The company had managed the situation by minimising risk to its employees while continuing some business functions until now but has taken the decision to enact the closure based on current circumstances. The company, best known for the Corghi brand of garage machinery distributed by Rema Tip Top UK, states that it will use the closure as an opportunity to “check, improve and guarantee” health and safety measures currently in place at its plants.
Autogem states that it is using online ordering and training platforms to assist customers in mitigating potential disruption amid the disruption caused by the Covid-19 virus. “We have never worked in such unprecedented times, with each day presenting potential new challenges and concerns,” said Autogem managing director Prashant Chopra.
Beissbarth Easy Tread automated tyre wear measurement equipment is now available in the UK, and exclusive distributor Everard says the unit can precisely measure tyre tread and detect uneven tread wear in a matter of seconds. It adds that Easy Tread’s ability to speedily evaluate tyre condition “enables the streamlining of mandatory vehicle health check practices while addressing road safety and providing upsell opportunities.”
Offering market-leading levels of precision, repeatability and a 90-second wheel alignment check capability, the Beissbarth Easy 3D+ is now available from Everard, the German specialist’s exclusive UK distributor. With this unit, workshops can complete a full vehicle alignment in as little as 20 minutes.
German workshop machinery and equipment manufacturer Beissbarth GmbH has acquired API Car Systems GmbH, a developer of robotic systems for touchless wheel alignment. Stargate Capital, which acquired Beissbarth along with Sicam in 2018, reports that API Car Systems became a Beissbarth company as of 1 January 2020. It will continue as a separate legal entity, with its headquarters remaining in Leipzig, Germany.
UK wheel servicing equipment supplier Pro-Align has launched a new website. Featuring a modern, clean design the new platform puts customers at the heart of the online journey by providing easier navigation, a fully integrated experience and product recommendations based upon their specific business type.