David Wilson, Director of the Retread Manufacturers Association, has pointed to signs of a recovery in the UK car retread market.
Speaking at the TyreTalk seminar on retreading, Wilson identified an improved climate of opportunities for passenger retreads.
“A combination of economic and market factors means there is a more optimistic outlook for the sector than there has been for some time. It’s also extremely encouraging to see such a healthy presence of retreaders exhibiting at this year’s Brityrex.”
Chinese tyre maker Aeolus is launching two new retreadable truck tyres at Brityrex. The ASR 69 steer axle and ADR 69 drive axle tyre in 295/80 R 22.5 and 315/80 R22.5 for regional fleets, have wider tread areas offering improved regrooving and retreading opportunities compared to many other truck products from the region. Aeolus TBR tyres are distributed exclusively in the UK by Kings Road Tyres.
Creating a talking point in the EventCity foyer is Acorn Motorsport’s new 2013 season Drift car, sponsored by Infinity. The custom made 550HP engine car aims to follow up a highly successful 2012 season for the team in which its drivers finished second and third in their classes and fourth in the constructors championship.
On the Infinity stand, the new Eternity private brand is being previewed ahead of its launch next year. 50 passenger car sizes and a truck range will be included.
First-time Brityrex exhibitor Michelin Training Centre is using the show to promote its wide range of technical and management training courses, which are available to all tyre businesses, irrespective of whether they hold a Michelin account.
“We work with all levels of the industry from one-man start-ups to major national companies,” says MTC Training Manager Charly Bailey. Courses cover all aspects of practical technical training through to telephone selling, business to business and management development modules.
Meeting the requirements of the new tyre labelling legislation has been a burden for tyre manufacturers, but also offers opportunities for retailers to have an ‘extended dialogue with their customers’, according to Graham Willson of the Tyre Industry Federation (TIF).
Presenting a tyre labelling module at Brityrex, Willson said: “Tyre labelling will help retailers move their dialogue with customers on from a price-based conversation to added value opportunities.”
Visit www.tyreindustryfederation.co.uk to view the TIF leaflet explaining the changes.
Show sponsor the NTDA hosted a meeting of the influential SMMT Automotive Aftermarket Liaison Group at Brityrex. The Group includes representatives of many aftermarket trade bodies and organisations, including the tyre sector.