Tyre Industry-A Look At What future is in store for us all from Pellon Tyres

tyre industryOne of the first points to make is where the relationship between the wholesale tyre industry and the retail tyre industry will ultimately end with the combination of the online revolution. I don’t profess to know the answer?

Up to recent times things have been ticking along in the tyre industry, with different online developments coming at us at a leisurely pace. As a progressive tyre retailer these new ideas have helped me move my business on. Instead of moaning about the increase in new web sites, that sell tyres at very low margins, I have joined the “quantity and not quality “brigade.

We became a fitting station for Blackcircles. I must admit at first I did this because I was intrigued at why my customers were buying from Blackcircles (BC) and not from me? I soon realised when speaking to the BC customers that they were not my customers at all. Only one out of the first twenty drivers had ever visited my depot before and not for tyres.

Tyre Industry

It looked like (and still does) that the BC customers were buying the leading brands and would have normally bought the tyres from a national tyre company or Kwik-fit.
We then became a fitting station for the ASDA website. I must admit that I like this system, because although the margins are low, we actually get the full tyre sale.

The system just drives extra traffic. I also did some research as to where the ASDA customers had previously bought tyres and some of these were in fact my old customers. I had mixed feelings about this, but in the end if I had none worked with the ASDA formula then I could have lost the business to whomever else fitted the ASDA tyres in Halifax?
Our next online venture was with the Micheldever online system in conjunction with Cam-Systems stock system. This system is a very good thing for us.

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It has enabled us to set up our own local prices with a stock that is held at the MD warehouse in Elland just five miles away. This is the type of system that I would recommend for the small tyre retailer. It allows you to change things around and optimize the site for Google and the other search engines.
The big thing I have learned though is that your local customers will look at your website and prices, but will NOT buy online. They will contact you by phone or actually call in with the online price. This proves to me that it does pay to go online but not everybody buys online and also gives some strength to the retailer. I am also a member of Point-S and together with our online presence then our sales are growing.
One or two things have recently come to light? This I have to mention because it may be a different ball game in the near future. As we all know by now the great Michelin have bought a French online retailer and recently Blackcircles here in the UK. In my opinion they will be driving the BC traffic through their ATS tyre retailer chain. They have said that this is what they will do in the rest of Europe and so there is no reason to believe that the UK will be any different?

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Goodyear tyres did the same thing in America last year and bought an online tyre retailer to sell the Goodyear products direct to the public.
The wholesale sector is also once again trying to muscle in on shaping up a retail empire. Simpletons tyres are now linked with Kwikfit and Micheldever want to double there retail outlets (Pro Tyres).
I must admit though the old saying “what comes around goes around “comes into mind. Those of us old enough can remember all this type of thing before, but it never closed us down; in fact we go from strength to strength.

It will be interesting however though how tyre manufacturers such as Bridgestone and Continental will react to Michelin selling their tyre products on the Blackcircles web portal?
Could we develop into an American style tyre retailer system, here in the British tyre industry, where the depots only sell one manufacturer’s product, similar to Michelin now in the Costco Cash and carry outlets?
Only time will tell.
Eric Roberts, Pellon Tyres Halifax Yorkshire. UK

Michelin V8 Supercar tyre- keeps eye on V8 Supercar tyre tender – Speedcafe

Michelin V8 Supercar tyre

Michelin V8 Supercar tyre

Michelin V8 Supercar tyre

The giant French tyre maker, will consider bidding for the next V8 Supercar tyre contract if the category’s regulations change to ‘fit within the company’s DNA’, according the Australia-Asia marketing boss Tony Menard

Dunlop tyres have at the moment the licence tyre contract. Thus, to supply the V8 Supercars with their tyres. As a result,the contract has been held since 2002. Ending, is now set in 2017. Of course, this is when the giant French tyre company, Michelin could make a bid for the new tyre supply contract?

Consequently, Michelin V8 Supercar tyre are also expected to make a bid to supply.The lucrative F1 racing circus. Hence, when the Pirelli contract expires in the near future.


The rules for the Michelin V8 tyre, would have to change according to Tony Menard the  Australia/Asia marketing boss of Michelin, he said ” that Formula 1, which is supplied by Pirelli, and the World Endurance Championship provide the perfect contrasting examples of how a category can work for a tyre brand”

He was setting the table for different rules. Of course, about tyre sizes and compounds. Thus, which are  used at the moment.

I must admit that SKY television have hooked me in. Watching “Motors TV”. Of course, this channel shows everything to do with motorsport. Including the Australian V8 Supercar championships. The cars at the moment are running on Dunlop race tyres. I think though that the V8 Supercar tyre tender for the new season will see a successful bid from the giant French tyre company and the new season will see yet another TV screen full of the Michelin tyre adverts along with the F1 scene. Michelin seem to be pulling out all the stops in their endeavour to retain their top spot in the tyre world.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.speedcafe.com

Nokian building successful few months – Tire Business – The Tire Dealer’s No. 1 News Source

Nokian building successful few months

Nokian building successful few months

Nokian building successful few months

As a result, Nokian Winter tyres are made from special compounds that work best at temperatures of 7 degrees or less. Hence,most of Great Britain experiences temperatures. Of course, below this especially between December and February.

Subsequently, we can usually expect frost here in Halifax Yorkshire. Thus, on almost a third of the days of winter. Of course, with this type of Nokian tyre fitted. Then your stopping distance can be well shortened. Consequently, on snow covered and icy roads. Naturally,  your vehicle’s handling will be greatly improved. As a result, reducing the risk of skidding, aquaplaning or sliding.

Obviously, in winter time. So the condition and performance of your tyres is extremely important. Winter tyres have specially designed tread patterns. These include, many more sipes than the summer tyres. Including silica added to the composition of the tyres compounds.

Hence, in order to provide the most effective grip. As a result improving handling and better safety for drivers. Of course, It’s an excellent idea. Therefore, to change to specialist Nokian winter  tyres to improve your winter safety. at the same time increasing your fuel efficiency. Most off all  ensuring the safety of you and your passengers during the winter months.

Safer driving is really important during winter. Therefore, in addition to fitting winter tyres to your car, there are other ways to improve your driving during the colder months:

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Brake Check Time-Ensure Your Car Can Stop Properly Using Quality Brakes in Casper WY

Brake Check Time
brake check time

Ensure Your Car or Truck Stop Properly Using Quality Brakes in Casper WY – http://t.co/DdxBOXZY7Z h

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Good brakes are very important? it is brake check time again

However you would be surprised at the number of drivers. Thus, that call into my garage here in Halifax Yorkshire.Panicking about the DREADFUL noise coming from their car when braking. We know straight away what this is likely to be?

The brake pads?

This problem manifests itself. Of course, when the car has not had a service for a long period of time.

When we check the brakes. Then sure enough the car will have worn out brake pads. Usually damaging the  brake discs. As a result, the damage is caused. Because the lining on the pads has worn away completely.So is down to the bare metal. This in turn wears away the metal discs(rotors) causing then to require replacing.

This is why I say that it is brake check time again? The first warm summer weather is about to reach us here in Britain and millions of us will be driving to the coast or a theme park. For many families it will be their first real run out in their cars.

Brake Check Time

This is why it is very important to have your car serviced, even if it is only once a year. Car servicing also includes checking your cars brakes. Alternatively you could simply have your brakes checked at your local garage or auto-centre. many garages do still offer a free brake check. If you see this in your area then take advantage because it really is brake check time again.

Many of our customers here in Halifax Yorkshire are very sensible and do have a service before setting out on a day trip or indeed their annual holidays. We do often see though cars that are broken down at the side of the road. This could be avoided in many cases by having your car serviced or at least make sure that you have checked the car yourself before departing on your next journey,but do not forget that it is brake check time again?

Eric Roberts


Wheel Alignment Problems- AND HOW TO FIX Them-Check your car out

Wheel Alignment Problems

wheel alignment problems

Fixing wheel alignment problems should not take too much stress. Check the following and fix your wheel alignment problems in standby.

Source: automedicsafrica.com

Another good article about your wheel alignment?

I guess that it is coming up to that time of year. When it is time to blow all the winter cob webs off your car. Therefore,  prepare it for the summer ahead (if we have one?)

Car servicing is all important.So is wheel alignment. Not only does it wear your tyres down.But at a much faster rate.Accordingly, it can also affect the way that your car steers.

We have all felt the affects of your cars steering pulling. Either, to the left or right? then this is usually caused by the cars wheel alignment being out alignment. Thus, most of our customers are now becoming familiar with wheel alignment problems?

The obvious problem is that your tyres will wear off at either the inside or the outside edge. This causes premature wear and indeed costs you money. The second most common problem is that their car will try to pull to the left or the right when it is driven?

The best thing to do in my opinion is to start by having your car wheel aligned, when you buy some new tyres. You should then keep an eye on the tyre for any signs of irregular wear. it is also a good idea to have your wheel alignment checked at regular periods. make sure that your garage checks it when you have your car serviced.

if your car is pulling to one side then it very likely to be caused by your alignment being out?

Wheel Alignment Problems

A good tip is also to ask your garage to swap the wheels over from left to right or back to front. This will give you a more even wear of your tyres. You have probably noticed that on most models of cars, your front tyres wear much quicker that your back tyres.

By changing them over(rotating) them you will get a much even wear and also spread out the cost when you require new tyres. Wheel alignment problems should not be a big deal and should be a part of your regular car servicing.


Wheel Alignment Explained – Should you really need to know about camber, caster and toe?

Wheel Alignment Explained

wheel alignment explained

Camber plays an important role in wheel alignment explained. Caster and toe both work in conjunction with camber to ensure proper tire wear as well.

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Wheel alignment explained is because it is a very important part of your cars overall performance, This is not known by many car owners.

In my opinion caster and camber and toe in are not things that the general public want to know about?

They just want to know that their wheel alignment is correct and wheel alignment explainedadjusted correctly.

I do feel though that caster and camber will become more important in the future, with integrated electronic systems that will link the tyres, steering and suspension more closely together.

This will be carried out on the expensive super-cars at first, before it is rolled out on the cars that you and i drive about, the regular cars. Caster, camber and toe can be better seen on the image, rather than trying to explain it.

In my opinion it becomes a little bit too complicated for the general public to know about. Mechanics should know, to give them a clearer understanding of the mechanics of steering when carrying out a wheel alignment.

Wheel Alignment Explained

Wheel alignment explained does not go too deeply into the inner depths of steering geometry and as long as our customers trust us to carry out a good job then that all that counts. Caster and camber are something that are most affected when a car has a front end bump. This causes the front steering and suspension to become out of line. if this happens then the accident repair centre, has to completely realign your cars steering and suspension.

This is done using highly specialised and expansive equipment. This equipment is very accurate and uses laser beams to help the technician to realign  the cars steering. This is also done from corner to corner and is known as four wheel alignment.

In most cases your car will just require a normal wheel alignment to correct the cars steering back to the original settings. The cost of this should be no more than £30 at your local tyre centre or garage.

Wheel Balancing should not be confused with Wheel Alignment? they are two completely different things.

Eric Roberts



Continental Tyres Hotel promotion is now available at Pellon Tyres in Halifax, Yorkshire UK.

Continental Tyres Hotel promotion

continental tyres hotel promotionContinental Tyres are kicking off year and are extending their new tyre/hotel stay promotion.

The giant German tyre company.Hence, are better known for their football related offers. Such as the recent world cup ticket offer, but they are now reverting to their old style.

The latest offer will be a free hotel stay for two. THerefore, for consumers who buy two or more of their car tyres. As a Continental tyre retailer. Continentals Tyres Hotel promotion offer will be available at the Pellonautocentre tyre finder. Thus and looking for your size of tyre under Continental here in Halifax Yorkshire, UK.
The competition will be running from April to the end of May. As a result, hopes that their tyres will make the journey as pleasant as their stay in a hotel. The Continental Tyres Hotel promotion. Will be covered by radio promotions.Accordingly, social media and other things such as Goggle add words.

Here in Halifax we will be advertising the Continental Tyres Hotel promotion, on Phoenix Radio. This is the radio station local to the area of Calderdale.

Continental Tyres Hotel promotion

There will be two ways that you can choose which hotel.Hence, that you would like to stay in. The first way is to go online. Of course, to the Continental Tyres Hotel promotion road trip finder.Then choose to stay at one of their recommended hotels, I suspect that they have done a deal with one of the large hotel groups. Perhaps, such as Premier Inns, but I am only guessing?
Or the second way. Will be just to choose from a selection of one of the 200 hotels on the website. In my opinion this will be a good deal for the customer.Thus, and for Continental tyres, as the summer can be a slow time for tyre sales.
When you buy your tyres and select your hotel, you may want to go for a jog in the new Continental/Adidas running shoes.
The two companies have teamed up using the Continental M traction compound rubber, which will give the runner excellent grip on both wet and dry roads even in snow and ice a spokesman says…
“The Adidas innovation team faces exactly the same challenges when it comes to developing the perfect out-sole for trail and outdoor sports shoes.

So the obvious answer was to exploit the expertise and competence of both companies. The outcome of this technology and marketing cooperation will be available in the shops soon: superb trail running shoes with an innovative sole that sets new standards”.

Continental Tyres Hotel promotion

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. https://www.continentalroadtrip.com/

Firestone Tyre Technology Shared Between Race Cars And Passenger Cars – CBS Local

Firestone Tyre Technology

Firestone Tyre Technology

Technology used to develop the Firestone tires used by drivers in the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix is also used for passenger cars.

Source: detroit.cbslocal.com

Firestone Tyre Technology

This is the kind of story that i like writing about?

The way that Firestone Tyre Technology.They are using different compounds and tread design on their racing tyres. This research will eventually get back into the development of the regular car tyres Therefore, that are used by you and I.

I am old enough to go back. Accordingly, when Firestone tyres were introduced to the British tyre market. In the early days Firestone were having many major problems. Especially, with the radial tyres that are imported and manufactured  in the UK.

Like all the other major tyre companies. Firestone were trying to emulate the success of the Michelin steel belted radial tyres. Firestone Tyre Technology. This tyre was very popular amongst the American car manufacturers. Because it was developed along with their type of suspension.

Firestone Tyre Technology

The Firestone 500 was their new radial tyre. This was to compete with Michelin. The radial tyres were more suitable.Hence, to the European cars suspension and Firestone Tyre Technology developed a radial tyre. As a result, that was to cause them all sorts of problems.

The main problem was the belts in the tyres. Hence, which were twisting because of rust entering the steel belt. This is known as separation.As expected, can still happen if your tyre has a puncture allowing the steel belt to slip.

However this was along time ago and only old folks like me can remember these things. Firestone have become part of the Bridgestone tyres empire now and enjoy taking part in many motorsport events. Firestone Tyre Technology now helps them in tyre development to create a better product for the normal cars that we all drive.

Eric Roberts


Pirelli Intelligent Tyres – P-ZERO tyres are tested on the new LaFerrari

Pirelli Intelligent Tyres

Pirellis intelligent tyres

Pirelli Intelligent Tyres Data streamed from hi-tech rubber set to transform performance

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Nothing ever stops still.Especially, in the hectic world of tyres? The major tyre companies are always looking at ways to better their rivals.In my opinion, it all benefits the end user, the everyday drivers like you and me.

This is the latest disclosure about the Pirelli’s intelligent tyres, the P-ZERO tyres, seen here being tested on a Le-Ferrari in Italy.


Pirelli Intelligent Tyres

These new tyres are being tested on the new Ferrari FXXK track car. Just like other tyre manufacturers. Pirelli are at the thick end of research and development.

The tyre world is not going to be left behind.naturally, when it comes to involvement in car technology.So, and the advancements in car electronics.
This applies to whether the tyres are for the motorsport industry.Thus, or the everyday car that we use on our roads. In a recent interview with Maurizio Boiocchi of Pirelli tyres, he said…”We’re continuously working on the P Zero family of products. Specifically to have electronics working inside the tyre interacting with the main computer in the car ; something more than a tyre pressure monitoring system,”
Which works from signals emitted from sensors. These sensors are about the size of the British 50p coin. The sensors are fitted in each quadrant of the tyre belts.

Pirelli Intelligent Tyres

The equipment in the Pirellis intelligent tyres. Hence, is been tested on the LA Ferrari-based FXX K track special cars. It is to be used on supercar street cars within a five year period.
The Pirelli’s intelligent tyres. Can pick up the friction coefficient which can send information about the tyres. The sensors can give information. Therefore, such as longitudinal. Also, lateral and radial acceleration. So, as well as the temperature and pressure of the tyres.
Pirelli Intelligent Tyres. As a result, then send the information back the cars ECU which helps to calibrate other important factors such as steering and braking. This can enable things like the softening of the suspension on real time race events. Finally, they can also combine with the cars traction control system which would enhance the cars braking capabilities.


Bald Tyres-Halifax-are still Common Place-Burnt Tree on Twitter

Bald Tyres-Halifax

bald tyres in halifax
These bald tyres in Halifax were removed recently and are down past the steel belt?

RT @dharford79: Tyres like this have no handling or braking capability! #RoadSafety #TyreChecks pic.twitter.com/AxoseCx3Gc

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Bald tyres Halifax are an every day occurrence?

The tyre on the original image is the type of thing that we see every day. Especially, here at Pellon Tyres in Halifax, Yorkshire UK.

Burnt Tree are a reputable vehicle hire company. Thus, this tyre would have been picked up before it reached such a bad state.


It never stops to amaze me. Hence, about the amount of cars that we have coming in to my tyre retailer depot. Accordingly, with bald tyres in Halifax. In fact the majority of the tyres that we remove. Therefore, are now beyond the bald tyres stage. They are down (and in some cases) past the steel belt stage. This makes the car on these tyres very dangerous indeed.

It is hard to imagine. That some of these cars could have been doing high speeds just a day before the new tyres were fitted. I do realise though that tyres are one of the last things on drivers minds. In today’s busy world we are all flying about at the speed of light, with other things on our minds.

Bald Tyres-Halifax

it is important though.Therefore, to step back once in a while and consider your poor car. I think it is safe to say that the cars with the really bad tyres . As expected, are the same cars that do not have any servicing. If the cars get a regular service then any bad tyres would be spotted by the garage. These tyres would then be reported to the driver, when the car is picked up.

We find that when we report such things then it is on the drivers mind. If they do not have the new tyres at the time, then they usually save up for them or have them fitted in the near future.

These tyres are very dangerous and the tread limit should be adhered to. All you have to do is call in to your local tyre centre and they will check them and the tyre pressures for free. thanks  Eric Roberts


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