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Eric has spent all his working life apart from a brief 6 months as a firefighter in the tyre trade. Married to Michelle having 8 children all now grownup. Tyres are Eric's life long passion. Apart from running his business Eric is a keen Blogger and runs 4 online websites relating to his business.

Apollo Tyres Greenfield facility in Hungary begins – Auto Tech- Update-Factory now open

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Apollo Tyres Greenfield facility

Apollo Tyres Greenfield facility-Apollo Tyres’ first European Greenfield plant in Hungary, started today with the foundation stone laying ceremony, start production in early 2017.

Source: autotechupdates.com

In my opinion Apollo tyres are the tyre company to watch out for.

They are very innovative and are reaching forward to expand to the rest of the world with their tyre products.

They are setting up a tyre dealer network here in the UK, and my tyre company will fortunately be a part of that, due to there involvement with Point-S. the European tyre buying group.

Apollo tyres now here in the UK

As the article says Apollo tyres are making big plans to expand into the European tyre market. The Indian based company have already bought out the Dutch tyre makers Vredestein tyres, who have strong customer base in the UK. Vredestein are the makers of one of the world’s best winter tyres and Apollo tyres will strengthen the brand name by adding their own selection of tyre types and sizes.
Apollo tyres are a good quality brand and will worry some of the establishment during their climb up the tyre hierarchy ladder. The company are aggressive marketers and have already established links with Manchester United, where the Apollo tyres brand will be advertised on match days on the excellent pitch side electric advertising screens that are now very popular around English premiership football grounds.

Tyre awards keep coming for Continental Tyres

Tyre awards & more: Independent journalists, consumer champions, environmental bodies and tyre buyers have one thing in common: they give Continental awards

Source: blog.conti-online.co.uk

Continental really are a top tyre company, with many quality achievements and top tyre test results, winning some of the top tyre awards.

Continental tyres are second to none as far as research and development goes. They are always contributing to environmental issues . Trying out new ideas and using different products to use in place of the dirty oil based materials. These are the bad materials that cause greenhouse gases.

Continental also support women’s football. Continental tyres are supporting their third season of sponsorship. The FA WSL and would you believe it they have committed themselves to a further  four years of support. Hence from 2014-2018 to partner the women’s game.

This also includes support to the  England Women’s Team. The FA Women’s Cup,  and the newly extended  FA WSL and The FA WSL Continental Cup.  In addition, Continental will continue to support The FA Girls Football Festivals. A national programme to increase participation at grassroots level.

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Continental Tyres supporting local female football.

This brings me onto the next football story on a more local level.

Continental have contributed and large number of training vests and warm up kits. As well as training aids to one of our local ladies open age football teams. The under tens girls team of the Tingley Athletic football club here in Yorkshire UK.

Continental Tyres and Pellon Tyre & Auto Centre Ltd support Grass roots football
The Tingley U10s Girls received a Continental Warm up Kit to boost their training supplies this week after a kind donation by Continental. Debbie Bastow, who manages the Open Age Ladies team at Tingley. She also works at Pellon Tyre & Auto Centre Ltd, Halifax. It was agreed after a meeting recently with the Continental rep. He said that he would be happy to continue their ongoing support with grassroots football by giving a warm up kit. The kit consists of bibs, balls, cones, bag and pop up goal.
Nicola Smith who manages the U10s has been doing a great job this season. The team is growing in confidence and skills. They are currently looking for new players to join next season and will be training throughout the summer, they play in the West Riding Junior Girls Football League. They generally have matches every weekend. It is a good thing when giant companies like Continental tyres can take time out to help the female game at a local level.

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Tyre/Brand/1231/CONTINENTAL

Car Tyres are NOT created equally – Practical Motoring

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When it comes to changing your car tyres, you can’t have everything, good grip, long-lasting and cheap – not all tyres are created equal.

Source: practicalmotoring.com.au

A good article as usual from practical motoring. It is not rocket science to know that you cannot have a perfect tyre.

When customers buy cheap car tyres, then they are only going to get what they pay for?

Cheap tyres will not last as long as a premium brand such as Continental tyres. Tyre companies such as Continental have put over 100 years of technology and research and development into their products. Budget Car tyres from mainly China are made from mass production facilities, with quantity and not quality in mind.

Buying your car tyres?

Like any purchase that we make, whatever it is then there will be differences in price and quality of the product that you buy.

Buying your car tyres?

Like any purchase that we make, whatever it is then there will be differences in price and quality of the product that you buy.

Car tyres are no exception to this rule?

In general you have a choice of three different types of tyres, the Budget car tyres, the mid-range tyres and the premium car tyres. A very good point to make about choosing car tyres is that there are no real grey areas.

What I mean is that when you buy say clothing, perhaps a new coat, then it is difficult to really know the quality ratio to the price that you pay. You can go to M&S a buy a new pair of trousers then you could pay a high price for something that is made in a huge factory in China.


Car tyres are more specific.

Most motorists have heard of the premium tyre manufacturers. Hence, companies such as Continental, Michelin, Avon and Goodyear. Traditionally, have all been about for well over 100 years. These car tyres will always give you top quality performance and will be long wearing.

There are diversities within this. Of course, you will always find someone who was not satisfied with their mileage or road holding. But in general the leading tyre makers make a very good product.
The premium tyre companies have put over a hundred years into research and development. So, to help create today’s excellent products. The down side is that you will have to pay more. Consequently, these car tyres are often more expensive.

Mid-range car tyres

These are the tyres that are from the up and coming tyre companies of the world, such as Kumho, Hankook, Apollo and Yokohama tyres. These tyre companies also offer an excellent product. They are relatively new tyre companies from the past 20 years and emanate from the east, South Korea and India.

These tyre companies produce a good tyre are not very far behind the premium tyre companies, both in quality and in their marketing efforts. This tyre would be the choice of the undecided motorist who are careful with their money, lady customers will very often choose a mid-range tyre.


Cheap car tyres


This is the final category before slumping to part worn tyres. These tyres are made by various tyre companies. Some are in fact made by the premium tyre companies and would be my choice if I had to buy a

budget car tyre? Michelin make a tyre called the Kormoran tyres. Which are made by the Polish tyre company Stomil Hence, which Michelin. bought/invested in a while back. The tyres are not the same as a Michelin. However, I am sure that Michelin will have had some sort of input into the product.
Other leading tyre makers make similar products and the rest are from Eastern Europe and China. These tyres will not give the mileage and comfort levels of the last two categories’? They are though a much better choice than part worn tyres and in my own area of Halifax Yorkshire UK, are a very popular choice of tyre and worth buying if you have an older car or just tootle about town. I hope this helps. If you are not sure which category of tyre fall into then just ask the guy in your local tyre depot.
Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles.

 

 

Michelin buys 40 % of tyre web shop Allpneus – Retail Detail Europe (press release) (blog)

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Michelin Buys a 40 % stake in the French market leader in online tyre sales, Allpneus, for 60 million euro.

Source: www.retaildetail.eu

Wow this is a shock?

A tyre manufacturer openly buying into an online tyre business?

In my opinion this will change the ball game and open the door for all sorts of ducking and diving amongst tyre manufacturers and wholesalers.

Will Michelin now miss the tyre wholesales out of the equation. By going online they are certainly missing out the middle man? the tyre wholesalers.

Watch this space

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Tyre/Brand/1272/MICHELIN

Michelin buys French Online Company ALLPNUES Throw Down the Gauntlet with the 40% Acquisition

Wow I have been saying for the past two years that we in the tyre trade are living in interesting times, but this announcement is one of the most interesting stories I have yet to come across?

Michelin are going online?

This will be done with a 40% acquisition of the French online tyre retailer “Allpnues”. The online tyre company sold 3 million tyres online last year, which accounts for 7% of the French tyre market.

Michelin to use ATS as the fitting stations

Michelin have also announced that they are going to use their network of ATS tyre depots to carry out their fitting work, across Europe.
When I first read the story I thought that Michelin were just going to supply France and use the French ATS depots, but they say that they will be using all the ATS depots across Europe. I did notice that some of the local ATS depots were not doing any truck work anymore and have been smartened up for retail, and so this has been a plan of theirs for some time.
One thing is for sure, this will kick off repercussions amongst tyre wholesalers and will there be a big rush from the other tyre manufacturers to compete on the same lines. This effectively means that Michelin are missing out the middle man, which at the moment, are the big tyre wholesalers.


I can remember years ago when Michelin decided to go into ASDA to sell tyres.

This too caused a huge rumpus and I think that it was ATS who eventually stopped the process and Michelin closed down the tyre shops within the supermarket. This time ATS will be one of the main players and have no complaints.

I also wonder what Michelin will do with other brands that Allpnues also sell? Will they be pushing out their own product? I think so. It is a big investment to make just to sell Dunlop’s and Continentals products.
Whatever happens, it has certainly changed the game big style? But I can’t help feeling that this is the way to go, it makes good business sense and will cut out the middle man as I have stated earlier. It could be the start of another dot/com boom, but in the tyre industry, watch this space?

Michelin Agilis 51 Van Tyre have some suspected defects. On VW T5 T30 Transporter

My VW Transporter T5 T30 2.5Tdi 130 Kombi camper van has been developing an increasingly bad droning / humming noise when travelling at speeds over …

Source: www.youtube.com

This is an interesting video to watch as it very rare to see a faulty Michelin Agilis tyre?

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Tyre/Brand/1272/MICHELIN

Michelin Agilis Van and Motorhome tyres

I am still of the opinion that the Michelin tyre product is the best one in the world. Other tyre companies come a close second such as Continental tyres, but the radial tyre inventors are still king in my opinion.
The Michelin Agilis range of tyres is no different and offer excellent quality, both for vans and motorhomes. The Agilis is kept in high regard by the people who buy these tyres for their vehicles and this includes the Agilis Camping, which has been specially designed for the drivers of motorhomes. These tyres are marked up as an M+S tyre and this is for when the motor has to park on soft ground and surfaces.
The other Agilis tyres in the range are the 41/51 and 61 Van tyres that have a reputation for big mileages and are original equipment fitments on VW’s and some of the Mercedes range of vans.

Michelin Agilis tyre problems

I have always been the first to say that I have never seen a genuine Michelin FAULTY tyre, until perhaps now?
We recently had a customer call in with his van. The van was fitted with Michelin Agilis 51 tyres. The guy was experiencing vibrations when driving at about 60 mph. We immediately diagnosed a wheel balancing problem and balanced the wheels accordingly.

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Michelin Agilis showing various stages of the problem

My fitter reported back to me that the wheels were difficult to balance correctly, but he did the job and the guy paid and went away. I have in the past that if the wheels are not straight foreword to balance there will be a problem with the tyre. It can mean that the steel belt is not stable due to some problem with the tread separating from the tyres casing, (the rest of the tyre).
In this case we have not seen the guy come back yet, but I decided to research into some internet forums, because I do believe that the tyres could be faulty?


Other van users have been experiencing problems with the Agilis 51 tyre?

The problems start with balancing issues, followed by bulges developing as the tyre go out of shape. This is a relatively common problem with tyre companies. Over the length of my career in tyres, but never with Michelin.
A few van drivers were having these problems. But not with the Agilis 61 tyres. Until the guy suffers any more balancing problems. Then this is only my first personal experience with this Michelin problem. It is possible that the tyres have been misused by the drivers; We all know what tight schedules the van drivers have to stick to these days. But I just thought it was an interesting topic.
Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles.

Waste tyres-2- California re-used them in rivers and beaches to stop erosion.

waste tyres

But efforts to use the trash as building materials offer new hope.

WASTE TYRES-2

Source: www.hcn.org

Wow this is yet another great innovation, coming out of California?

I must admit that i have seen something like this in the past, but on a smaller scale, and waste tyres were used were left whole. These used on a grander scale have had the sidewalls removed.?

I guess that this makes the wall more stable that leaving the sidewalls on. On a local note the guy who lives next door to my tyre depot in Halifax Yorkshire UK, did a similar thing, but did it with whole tyres. At first it all went well but after a year the whole thing collapsed into the valley bellow.

I am sure that this will not happen in California though, they will have given the problem much more thought. It looks good and uses up waste, end of life tyres,GREAT!

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Content/Page/Tyre+Disposal+Policy

Many new ways of using old rubber tyres

Over the past two years. I have been pleasantly surprised at the number of new ways that have come to my notice to use up scrap tyres at the end of their life .
There are many things from fashion items to garden ornaments. On a larger scale the use of rubber pellets. Thus, to mix with tarmac to construct new roads and re-lay old ones. It is not too long ago that the world had a gigantic problem.

So, of disposing of the toxic old tyres. But ingenious ways have moved us on and although things are not perfect. Then we are moving in the right direction and many great ideas have emerged. For used tyres to be re-used and re-cycled.
This idea used in California is no exception to the rule. The waste tyres are used to build sea walls and buffers to protect beaches and river beds. As you can see in the image the

waste tyres
lady bird planters made from waste tyres

sidewalls are removed. Hence, just leaving the centre of the waste tyres intact. These are filled with soil and then planted and they look really good and sturdy.
On a smaller scale. People paint the old waste tyres and use in a garden display. I was not sure about this in the first place. But my wife and I had a go and they looked pretty good. The old tyres retain moister and warmth and the plants love this growing environment.

We have also been successful in growing vegetables. In old car tyres that are stacked up in three’s and fours. This is especially good for growing potatoes, because you can remove the top tyres to get at the potatoes, when they have grown.
Old tyres are also used to re-establish coral reefs and it has been found that they make great hiding and breeding places for fish and molluscs, so there may be further under water ideas to be considered for using waste tyres in the lakes and seas of the world.
Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles.

Wheel alignment Necessary-Have you checked yours recently? It could save you money and tyre wear.

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Wheel alignment Necessary

STAFF at a car care and motorcycle maintenance centre in Somerset are asking motorists to check their vehicles’ wheel alignment to help save them money on fuel costs (March, 2015).  Autoserv…

wheel alignment is something that the tyre trade are always harping on about.

To be truthful drivers usually do have the cars alignment checked. Of course, when they have new tyres fitted. The thing is that it really does save you money. In the long run. If your wheels are not aligned correctly. Consequently, then it firstly it means that your nice new, probably expensive tyres will scrub off.

This happens on the inside or the outside edges of the tyres. Therefore,  could cost you half the life of your tyres. I love showing the images of tyres that we have removed here in Halifax Yorkshire UK.

One of the problems that we have is when we are very busy. Hence, such as this week with a bank holiday coming up for Easter. Motorists want their new tyres fitting at once. Because of this we do not have time to carry out the free wheel alignment checks that we normally do.

wheel alignment

We always point out to the customers that the car is out of alignment , but they forget and fail to return to get the work carried out.

Another problem that the motorists get with out of alignment cars is the the steering wheel is not straight and the car pulls to one side. in this case as well as doing the alignment, we have to also straighten their steering wheel. Depending which model the car is then we may have to charge a little extra, especially if the car is fitted with steering sensors, like some of the BMW’s and Mercedes cars.

This means that when the job is complete then we have to reset the warning light with a special computer the we had to buy(although the computer does other functions, besides that).

Bringing this post to 2022, we now use the latest computer based four wheel tracking equipment. So, this modern machine will be capable of adjusting camber and caster as well as the tracking.

A good wheel alignment guide can be found on…http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/TyreInfo/GuideToAlignment

Source: www.westerndailypress.co.uk

Top Ten Best Winter Tyres-Similar types are offered here in the UK with different names.

Top Ten Best Winter Tyres

Top Ten Best Winter Tyres

Of course, this top ten is compiled in the USA. Thus, we do have similar products here in the UK. Hence, some of the tyre types are the same.Especially, tyres from the European tyre manufacturers. Therefore, this video gives a guide and an insight into what goes on when testing winter tyres.

Therefore, Top Ten Best Winter Tyres, give the consumer. Naturally, some of who are our customers here at Pellon Tyres in Halifax UK.

10-Gislaved Nord Frost 100
09-Falken Eurowinter HS439
08-Dunlop Winter Maxx
07-Yokohama iceGUARD iG52c
06-Toyo Observe GSi5
05-Continental ExtremeWinterContact
04-Pirelli Winter 210 Sottozero Serie II
03-Michelin X-Ice Xi3
02-Bridgestone Blizzak WS80
01-Nokian Hakkapeliitta 8

Tyre business owner illegally stored 85000 waste tyres-at sites across Devon – Plymouth Herald

Tyre business owner illegally stored 85000 waste tyres

Tyre business owner illegally stored 85000 waste tyres
Tyre business owner illegally stored 85000 waste tyres

The owner of a tyre business has been jailed for 15 months, suspended for two years, after Tyre business owner illegally stored 85000 waste tyres at sites in Devon.

Andrew Mayhew admitted five offences at…

Source: www.plymouthherald.co.uk

This is a common problem these days. Especially, here in the tyre business. Many such examples have come to light in recent years. So, where unscrupulous.Tyre dealers have just filled old premises with waste tyres and abandoned the building.

The last one that I heard about was at Bradford in Yorkshire, UK. The city used to be a large woollen industry city.Hence,  manufacturing all types of materials.Thus, from large manufacturing MILLS. These premises went into disrepair when the clothing industry collapsed. Back in the day.

These old mills are now converted into housing complexes. But some are used for storage. These have been the target of criminals. As a result, who have been receiving money for the scrap tyres, and filling the old mills to the roof.

When are the mills full of the waste tyres the dishonest person just locks the doors and walks away? Leaving the problem, to the local council.

The last old mill had 100,000.00 (one million) old tyres filling it to the rafters. WOW.

Tyre business owner filled an old Airfield?

As I have said, this type of criminal activity is nothing new. A few year ago when new laws were introduced, to control the movement and disposal of the “end of life” tyres a few criminally minded people set up scams, and I was sucked in by this guy.
The guy approached my depot manager claiming to be the owner of a tyre business, dealing with waste tyres and showed him the certificate that was required by law to remove, transport and dispose of waste tyres.

We pay £1 each for waste tyre disposal. Therefore, if he collects 400 old tyres. Then we have to pay him £400.The tyres are then taken to a registered disposal site and are made into tyre crumbs and then re-used in industry.
Unbeknown to my manager the certificate was a fake? The guy was found to be getting the money. But all he did with the old tyres was to pile them up on an old RAF airfield in North Yorkshire, UK.

The environmental agency became suspicious when the old tyre collection began to grow and grow and started to investigate the guy.
He was also found to be dumping the old tyres in the River Calder and burying them on an old farm. He was eventually arrested and sent for trial.

The guy went to prison for five years. Because of the giant scale of the scam.
He ended up doing two years and immediately started the same thing again, only, this time, we would have nothing to do with him and he just floated off, not to be seen since.

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/environment.htm

Correct Tyre Pressures-How to tell if your tyres have the correct pressure – Malay Mail Online

Correct Tyre Pressures

Correct Tyre Pressures

Correct Tyre Pressures

When we fit new tyres to our cars, then everything should be “hunky dory” . The correct tyre pressures and the wheel alignment will determine the way that your new tyres will wear and the amount of money that you will throw away?

What do I mean?

well you should keep an eye open to see if your tyres are wearing evenly or not. By evenly , I mean wearing straight across the tread equally. The general problem is with your tyres wearing off at one edge. Either the inner edge or the outer edge. Of course, this as most drivers seam to know is usually a wheel alignment problem and can be

Correct Tyre Pressures
Pressure gauges are easy to read

separated with the other money waster.

Correct tyre pressures are usually spotted when it is a little too late and premature tyre wear occurs. We should be checking and adjusting our tyre pressures at least once a week in my opinion, but this is often not the case, and the pressures are neglected.

What are the signs

Under inflation will wear your tyres away at the edges and your car may not handle very well.

Over inflation, will wear your tyres away in the centre and your car will once again fail to handle very well, usually a hard ride and over steering may occur.

These problems can be corrected by inflating your tyres at regular intervals. If your are not sure about what to do, then it is still important to have the correct tyre pressures and you should visit your local independent tyre dealer. They would be pleased to check that your car has the correct tyre pressures and is safe for the road.

We at Pellon Tyres in Halifax literally drop everything when a customer wants their tyre pressures correcting.

We feel that it is such an important thing to do that  we attend to any customer that wants their pressures checking immediately.

Since writing this article then TPMS systems are now taking over. Hence, the task of warning the driver about falling tyre pressures.