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The innovative series of Tyre Talk seminars covering topical industry issues kicked off with a summary of the impending TPMS legislation and the new repair and servicing opportunities it will create for the independent sector. By 2015 there will be 40 million sensors fitted to UK vehicles, with a service likely to cost £10 to £15 per unit.
Presenting the seminar, Ian Smith, chair of the NTDA’s Aftermarket Suppliers Group and an exhibitor with Tyresure, said: “For an investment of between £1,000 and £1500 retailers can set themselves up to take advantage of this lucrative new market opportunity.”
Matador distributor Kings Road Tyres is using Brityrex to launch a new bus tyre aimed at helping independent dealers compete for regional bus company business. The company is showcasing two popular sizes in 275 70 R22.5 and 295 80 R22.5, which KRT’s Adrian Bader says will be ‘highly competitive’ new entrants into the bus market.
Vortex is aiming to re-energise the replacement exhaust market with its patented stainless steel system, which offers significant savings in fuel consumption and emissions, while improving engine performance. Brityrex will be the venue for a number of meetings with major tyre retailers who have expressed an interest in the concept. The internal
design of the Vortex system creates a turbine effect inside the silencer, causing a vacuum which sucks gases out of the engine, allowing it to burn fuel more efficiently.
Tyre Bay Direct’s NitroFill Auto Club is a contender for Wednesday evening’s TAFF Innovation award at the NTDA dinner. The scheme is designed to drive customer traffic to participating retailers’ premises for nitrogen inflation services. Prominent regional retail groups Merityre and Selecta Tyre are founder members of the Club.
TBD’s Leigh Stote says: “Evidence from the US, where nitrogen inflation is a more established concept, shows that the NitroFill Club can increase repeat customer depot visits by up to four times.”
Away from the exhibition hall it was a busy day for trade bodies the NTDA and RMA yesterday. The NTDA hosted a meeting of the Tyre and Rubber Industry Safety Advisory Group’s Working Group 2, while the RMA’s AGM was followed by a meeting of its Technical Committee.