Reading Your Tyre Sizes

Nail in your Sidewall-We now can probably repair most car tyre by Hot-Vulcanising

Nail in your Sidewall

Nail in your Sidewall

Nail in your Sidewall

As the saying goes “What Comes Around Go’s Around” So this what has happened recently ! Consequently, one of the services that we used to offer our customers was a car tyre vulcanising service.

Discerning customers had to buy a new tyre. Because of the rules regarding tyre repairs at that particular time. So, the tyre with the nail in the shoulder or sidewall could not be repaired. The image to the left shows exactly what i am referring to.

Vulcanising machine purchased

Customers had to buy a new tyre if they had this type of damage to their tyre. Passionate about my business, I took the decision to buy a specialist tyre repairing machine. Enabling us to repair this type of tyre damage. So offering a more complete service to our tyre buying customers. Of course, the largest tyre sizes at that time were the new 16 inch tyres. Indeed these tyres were very expensive when they first came out. So, it was more economical to have your tyre repaired at a cost of say £29.90 that pay £80 for a new tyre.

Subsequently, the 16 inch tyres became cheaper ! So making the tyre vulcanising  less viable. Customers would opt for the new tyre. Rather than have a vulcanised repair. Eventually, it became less profitable and we stopped offering the service. However we did continue with the standard puncture repairs and of course still do today.

So this is where the “What Comes Around Go’s Around” applies to our business today. SUV cars and larger tyre sizes have now become common place. Resourceful customers with these large cars are now having to pay well over £100 for a new economy tyre. Significantly, tyre sizes go well over the 20 inch mark with high replacement costs.

Nail in your Sidewall

Repairing a large SUV tyre

Specialist tyre repairing is back on the agenda ?

So, because of the expense of these large tyres we have made a corporate decision. Of course. to buy a new tyre vulcanising machine. Enabling us to repair customers tyres (safely and legally) with say a nail or screw in the sidewall or shoulder area of the tyre. So, the machine will bring the repaired area of the tyre up to new tyre standard and also within the tyre laws.

A vulcanised repair will be half the cost of a new tyre and just as safe.

Eric Roberts

 

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MOT Test Combined with Car Servicing | FindGarage.Co.Uk

MOT Test Combined with Car Servicing

Unlike an MOT test, servicing is not a legal requirement for your vehicle. However, you will probably find that regular servicing can help to keep everything.

 

Eric Roberts‘s insight:

We all must be responsible for our cars servicing and MOT test

Sometimes I find it a great shame. Incredibly,  that we in the motor trade. Insistently, have to keep harping on about servicing your cars. One of the main excuses in recent times! Of course, has been the recession. Recently, car drivers just haven’t had any spare cash to spend on their vehicles. Consequently, we have all seen people just putting £10’s worth of fuel into their cars at the filling station? Ridiculous, but true !

In my opinion I think that these people should have some kind of a budget. A sort of “piggy bank” and save to have their vehicle serviced. Including any mechanical work required when it goes in for its annual MOT test. Incidentally it is estimated that 4.7 million miss their mot testing date. I am sure that drivers either just flaunt the law or are not aware that driving your

mot test

Popular MOT Test sign seen throughout the UK

car without a valid MOT test certificate is an offense reference section 47 of the 1988 Road Traffic Act.

More reading… http://www.mybrief.com/drivingoffences.asp?type=29&p=No%20M.O.T

Also driving without an MOT test will make your insurance invalid and you may receive a fine of up to £1000. Is it really worth it, when you can have an MOT test and a service for most average family saloons for around £150? If you are not sure where you can go for your vehicle serviced you should go online and look for your nearest Unipart Car Care Centre (UCCC), they will offer you excellent service at a fair price.

Once you have had your MOT test and service you should be safer for another year, although I recommend that you have an engine oil and filter change in between the tests to be on the safe side. Also do not forget check your levels at regular periods, say once a week and top them up when required.

Here we are now at the back end of 2014, nearing Christmas time and the price of fuel has plummeted. The only problem is that the price of oil and petrol is not following as fast. The experts say that it may take a little longer for this to take place, but i was just wondering if services on cars wold be also coming down. I am not so sure , but i suspect so.

Curated by Eric Roberts…www.mot-halifax.co.uk

 

 

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van services and repairs to all makes of vehicles. Members of Unipart Car Care centres. Giving a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. Also sell Uniroyal Car Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk. So,by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. Offering courtesy cars to local motorists. Needing to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Trading Standards.Carrying out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Eric Roberts

MOT Test Combined with Car Servicing

Michelin EV Tyres-TYRE TALK-Twitter / Michelin Tyres: Here’s a first look at the …

Michelin EV Tyres

Michelin EV Tyres ready for action

RT @BaronVonClutch: The #Michelin EV tyres developed for @FIAformulaE (via @michelintyres): http://t.co/RqxunutI0M #FormulaE

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Also the new Michelin ev tyres will fit regular EV Vehicles.

Michelin Tyres UK are probably the most pro-active and innovative tyre company in the World. This new  development is no exception. The new Michelin EV Tyres are much lighter in

Michelin EV Tyres

The world famous Michelin man

weight; this is also to reduce the weight of the vehicle. This new Michelin EV Tyres does not skimp on performance with excellent grip and cornering, giving the car stability when cornering. This  will undoubtedly help the car reduce emissions. The new Michelin EV Tyres will be coming out as original equipment on the new Renault ZOE EV car. The new tyre from Michelin is not a cheap car tyre, but will be cost effective when it comes to lower emissions and savings on fuel, due the help from the Michelin EV Tyres lightness in weight. It will be fitted on many other cars including the other Renault range of cars such as the Renault Megane and many other brands of EV’s. I have noticed recently that some of the Continental brands are very light indeed weighing a third lighter than their predecessors.

For more reading…  http://www.mymichelin.co.uk/tyre-talk-the-new-michelin-energy-e-v-tyre-to-equip-the-renault-zoe#sthash.YLRXjJG9.dpuf

 

Michelin news from Eric Roberts…www.wintertyres-yorkshire.co.uk

 

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.



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Mazda offer Improved Engine Technology+Mazda to offer world-first compression+ignition petrol engine

Mazda offer Improved Engine Technology

Mazda offer Improved Engine Technology

Mazda offer Improved Engine Technology

This is great news to the regular mechanic who is sick of hearing about electric cars. Including the billions of dollars that are being thrown at them.

Many small garage owners are fearful for their futures. Including the futures of their families. This news from Mazda could be ground breaking and may be followed by other car manufacturers.

In regards to normal modern vehicles that have been around for ever. Then, there are two main types of engines available. Of course,the two main types are either a petrol combustion engine. Or a diesel compression engine.

To explain the differences we must first explain the similarities. Hence, of both engine types. In my opinion we should use a four cylinder engine. So as the basic model. Because, it is common in both petrol and diesel configurations.

As a result, in both diesel and petrol engines the following holds true. Both engine types convert burning fuel into mechanical energy. Of course, through a common series of explosions.Thus, inside the engines combustion chambers. All very basic stuff? These explosions force the rotation of the crank. This in turn, by design. Forces another piston in the line up into the bore of the next cylinder in the firing order. This repeats the process over and over again. Resulting in the rotation of the engine.

This is where the difference comes in from Mazda?

In the normal compressed fuel engine, . Then the fuel/air mix is compressed and then ignited. Which is what drives the engine. The Mazda system does the same thing as a conventional diesel engine but uses petrol. Subsequently, the fuel/air mixture is first heated and then compressed by the piston. Thus to the extent at which it creates combustion spontaneously.

This has never been done in the past. The Mazda system works very much the same way as our conventional diesel engines but fires on combustion using petrol. Consequently burning much less fuel. Therefore making the engine much more environmentally friendly.

This now makes into three types of engine-Mazda offer Improved Engine Technology

Over the years the basic design of the engines stays the same. Regardless of the vehicle manufacturer. Of course, fuel delivery systems do vary but at the end of that day the internal process is the same for all vehicle types..

On a diesel engine there are no spark plugs. Therefore, the ignition process is carried out by the compression of the air itself. because of the higher compression of diesel engines by design. Then the air when compressed reaches temperatures high enough to ignite. Of course, when fuel is introduced into the cylinder.Hence at a specific time in the combustion cycle.

This is the same in the new Mazda engine. This could revolutionize the petrol engine and give the technology a new boost of life. Hydrogen cell engines are also moving ahead and should one day become part of the big mix of engine technologies.

Perhaps the death of the petrol engine may now of been postponed? I for one hope so.

Eric Roberts

 

Mazda’s new engine, known as SKYACTIV-X, will be launched in 2019, as part of the  https://www.theengineer.co.uk/mazda-compression-ignition-technology/

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Wheel Balancing Problems-Wheel vibrations can damage your car.

Wheel Balancing Problems

Wheel Balancing Problems

Wheel Balancing Problems

So you love your job, and your family life is great. Congratulations! You have achieved balance. But can you say the same for your wheels? You can tell if yo… (Wheel Balancing Problems feel vibrations under your seat or steering wheel?

 

Eric Roberts‘s insight:

Wheel Balancing Problems

So, this video shows exactly how we balance a wheel. Some wheel balances  are much more sophisticated than others. However, they are all built on the same principals. Hence to achieve the same end result a good smooth ride ! Wheel balancing is carried out on every single tyre that we fit at Pellon tyres. Including any strip and fits or puncture repairs. Although this video is from the USA. Of course the equipment is international. So we do the same thing using the same type of wheel balancing machines.

Wheel Balancing Problems

Wheel Balancing Problems will shake your Blueberry Toyota Steering Wheel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wheel Balancing Problems are more noticeable when you are driving on the motorway (freeway). Significantly, it can be detected by a strange vibrating feeling. Of course, coming through the vehicles steering wheel. Especially at a certain speed. Usually, say between 50 and 60 mph. You can often drive through the vibrating feeling. Unpleasant, but generally it will not go away, and is most annoying.

Sometimes Wheel Balancing Problems can make you feel the vibrations coming from the cars seat

So, this usually the rear wheels which are out of balance. Other Wheel Balancing  problems with your vehicle can cause a shaking through the steering wheel. Generally though it will be the wheel balancing that causes the vibrations and other balancing problems. Commonly, the main  cause is a lost balance weight. Say, after your wheel has caught the kerb (sidewalk edge) . Logically, the weight may have come off and  this is the most common cause.

Another cause of out of balance wheels can be a buckled alloy wheel. Significantly, caused by the pot-hole problem that we are all having to endure. So, to combat this we have invested in a special machine. Of course to straighten bent alloy wheels back to their original shape. I will keep our customers informed in future blogs.

Thanks Eric Roberts…www.mot-halifax.co.uk

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk. So by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Trading Standards, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Eric Roberts

DVSA highlights MOT improvements+A Look Into The MOT Test+In its first annual review+Pellon Autocentre

DVSA highlights MOT improvements

DVSA highlights MOT improvements

DVSA highlights MOT improvements

There is no doubt that the DVSA, (the old”DVLA”) are starting to come up with some improvements. Hence, to MOT Testing procedures. As a result, they will be out a new system of test reminders for customers.

Other improvements include giving testers the opportunity to access more information about the vehicle that they re testing. Also capturing and producing the test results digitally.

Improvements to improve the present payments method for their customers. Also making it easier to take a look at their account in real time.

Although many of the improvements are aimed at garages that carry out testing it is important to remind our customers of the testing procedure. here at Pellon Autocentre in Halifax, UK, we are in the testing standard of the “Green Lane”. This means that we are highly accredited by the DVSA, with top standards of testing.

As the owner of the garage then we have always implemented the highest standards when it comes to testing your cars. As a good MOT test centre then we test your vehicle thoroughly. So, according to the testers manual. As a result our testers allow you to watch them while the MOT test is being carried out. You are provided with a viewing area that is separate from our main reception.

It is our professional outlook that will satisfy most customers. As a result then we are satisfied that most drivers will return for other services and their next MOT Test.

The MOT Test is actually a strange thing? Therefore some drivers see the test as some sort of “school exam” on their car? Consequently, most people are dreading the MOT test. Especially, when the time comes to get their car through the MOT without any major expense? This could be primarily due to the lack of knowledge from the customer’s point of view. As a result, whenever we can, we explain in detail the vehicles faults and problems.

DVSA highlights MOT improvements

Unfortunately, not all testing stations have the same customer considerations. Most people know about the horror stories that come out of testing stations. However, I do think that the DVSA, are quick to spot these garages and take disciplinary action against them.

Most, accredited MOT centres are trustworthy. Having good and honest staff is the only way forward? A very watchful DVSA can usually spot rogue stations this will undoubtedly help you the customer to avoid unnecessary problems in the future.

Eric Roberts

Report reveals MOT cost savings for agency and motorists but what about test stations? The DVSA has published its first annual review, which reports on recent changes to the MOT testing service, MOT training and outlines future plans for

Source:

DVSA highlights MOT improvements in its first annual review – Auto Torque

Shock Absorbers-How to tell if your car needs New Ones – The Globe and Mail

shock absorbers

This car needs more than Shock Absorbers? but you get the idea.

How to tell if your car needs new shocks The Globe and Mail A local tire repair shop (I had a tire rotation and an oil change) told me that I should consider new shock absorbers and struts – approximate cost, including parts, labour and taxes, plus a wheel…

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

The car in the picture needs more than shock absorbers

Cheap Shock absorbers tend swing in and out of fashion? About twenty years it was all the rage to have your shocks checked out and replace, much the

same as wheel alignment is today. All the large equipment manufacturers were making machines to enable garages to check the shock on cars that were in for a menu car service.

shock absorbers

Monroe Shock Absorbers

he role of the cars shock absorber is to keep the car’s tyres in constant  contact with the road, giving the car optimum grip, when the car is cornering and braking. Shock absorbers are part of the cars suspension, so if the shocks are worn, the vehicle’s ride and comfort is compromised, and you will get the feeling of drifting when cornering and general insecurity when driving.

I remember visiting a motor equipment show in London; I think it was in Earls Court. One of the companies exhibiting at the time was SUN Garage Equipment. SUN were a well-known Garage Equipment Suppliers, well established company and had on display a wonderful looking shock absorbers testing machine.

I asked for a demonstration and was very impressed with it. The machine worked by the car driving onto plates and a shaker, driven by an electric motor shook one axle at a time. The machine then printed out a sort of impression of how the shock  absorbers performed, if the lines were close together and tight looking then the Car Shock Absorbers were alright, but if they were sort of wobbly and not consistent then the shocks would worn out and needed replacing Shock Absorber Replacement was a lucrative business for us the Sun machine was very accurate and popular amongst our customers. In those days we used a few different makes but we became impressed shock absorbers,monroe shockerswith a brand called Monroe Shock Absorbers and tended to stick to this brand, for the quality and also we had a good deal from the local factor, which helped in our decision to fit them.

I was most impressed with this machine as it gave a print out and a visual aid to the customer. It was only a matter of days when I ordered one and had it delivered and installed. What a great asset this proved to be. I believe that VOSA the UK MOT governing body are considering a similar thing, with vibrating plates to test the shock absorbers

Article scooped by Eric Roberts…www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Cheap Continental Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

 

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VW Camper Van Batteries+Make Sure To Fit The Right Batteries+On Your Cherished VW Camper Van.

VW Camper Van Tyres

"VW Camper Van Tyres

VW Camper Van Tyres and a free battery check

There is no doubt that camper vans have become very popular.Including the iconic VW camper vans. Of course ,camper vans are technically self-propelled vehicles. So, that have been adjusted according to the needs and specification of the campers. Many are designed to the owners specific needs. In fact one of my sons Aaron has just purchased a splendid red one. These vans are equipped with a broad range of features and amenities. Of course, that will introduce a more convenient camping activity. VW campers do hold their value. Even second hand you can pay between £15000 and £20000 for a good one. Many still go for camping vans for lease. Because, buying a new one would require a big sum of money. Therefore out of reach for some people.

Some of the benefits of Hiring Camping Vans

Compared to normal camping in a tent. Then hiring camping vans will surely offer you more freedom with superb comfort. Of course, these vans have comfortable seats. Equipped with a functional entertainment system. Consequently, that you can use to pass time in say bad weather.

Campers rent and lease a van so to try them out. Hence before going out and buying. In fact thats exactly the thing that I am going to do myself?Another great advantage of leasing a campervan is the accessibility of home-like comforts. Most of these vans are very well equipped. Including,a functional kitchen, dining table set, and a portable toilet.

So if you are traveling off/grid and in the middle of nowhere. You do not have to be concerned about where your next meal will come from. Or how you will attend to your personal needs (There are usually bushes about though)? Of course, everything that you need are already inside the van.

One obvious thing to check out would be the condition of your camper van battery. Even if you hire a van then the battery should be checked.

Hiring a camping van will allow you more camping freedom. You can virtually take the van  anywhere you want. Traveling with camping vans will definitely give way for a more fun-filled and exciting outdoor experience. Including travelling on the continent. As a result, I see millions of camper vans and motorhomes in France and surrounding countries.

Camper vans are a better driving experience

Unlike when traveling in an your every day car. Then these vans are capable of providing a more rewarding riding experience. As long as you have the correct seat belts fitted in the rear of the van. Then your family can sit in the rear and perhaps pass the time away playing cards and games. Of course while you drive to your next destination.

If you have children traveling with you, they will feel more at ease in the rear with chairs and a table.If it is a really long journey then there are also beds where they can easily doze off. While waiting to arrive on your travel destination. During long trips, the van can also serve as a convenient place. For you to park up and where you can spend the night.

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. Members of Unipart Car Care centres. Therefore, giving a nationwide guarantee. Naturally, for all our work and parts. Selling General Tyres Online in Yorkshire from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk. Hence, by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. Offering courtesy cars to local motorists. Thus,needing to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. Also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes. Carrying out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Eric Roberts

Recycling Li-On batteries-Lithium-Ion- electric car batteries- to provide power to homes.

Recycling Li-On batteries

Lithium-Ion batteries may be used to store solar energy in the future as a form of Recycling Li-On batteries

Post updated  18/3/2014

Motor-Trades Insight Recycling Li-On batteries

Recycling electric car batteries to provide power to homes could mean ‘an end …

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

We are already talking about a second use for the old electric car batteries ?

Four partner companies in the North East of England, they are Opus Green, SR Technologies, together with Tadea and Gateshead College. They are looking at the possibility of using Recycling Li-On batteries that will be changed at the end of life period after say ten years, on such cars as the Nissan Leaf.

The companies are trying to come with ideas about the use of Recycling Li-On batteries in conjunction  with solar panels and wind turbines, to store energy for use at night time, rather than just put the electricity used into the National Grid. We have such solar panels on our roof and the electricity generated is transmitted via inverter and an electric meter into the grid here in the UK.

All this working project will be carried out at Gateshead College research and development department at Barmston Road in Sunderland, in the North East of England. The EV batteries will be tested on sight at the college and will be used to power equipment that will be used on demonstration. In my opinion I cannot see why it should fail, once they found a way for the solar panels to charge up Lithium-Ion batteries. I know that there have been many other types of experiments in this field even using large banks of Trojan  batteries can be made to work-.

See more at…http://www.tadea-uk.com/News/A-second-chance-for-EV-batteries-


“Malcolm Potter, Project Manager at Tadea said “This is a very exciting project for tadea to be involved in and as it’s the first of its kind within in UK to focus on how to extend the life of these batteries it’s hoped that the results will lead to further developmental work in this field.”

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

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Big Five Tyre Makers+Back in Front where they belong+Big tyremakers are regaining their grip

Big Five Tyre Makers

Big Five Tyre Makers

Big Five Tyre Makers

There is no doubt that in my long presence in the tyre industry. Then the top five tyre companies have always been in contention. Hence, for the top spot.

Whether it be on numbers sold or quality then the top five manufacturers have kept in front. Therefore the likes of Michelin, Goodyear, Continental, Bridgestone and Pirelli.

One of the main reasons is because premium car manufacturers tend to stick to premium car tyres. Hence, for the original equipment tyres they choose.

Consequently,there has begun to be a wider variety of OE tyres chosen in the mass market car sector. Previously, most car manufacturers have stuck to the top five tyre manufacturers.

Big Five Tyre Makers could it change

As this has already started to change. manufacturers that were previously labelled as “mid range” tyres are now appearing on new car models. Especially,if the country of origin is the same. Indeed this is how the big five started out. With Michelin supplying the mass car markets in France. Including Citroen and Renault. Pirelli had a good foothold with supplying Fiat and Alfa Romeo cars.

Of course in Germany then the huge car makes of Mercedes and  BMW, not forgetting VW were supplied by the giant Continental conglomerate. Goodyear had a firm hold of the North American market, before going global. Japan cars were coming out as original equipment on famous car brands such as Toyota and Nissan.

In recent years the mid-range and budget tyre market has increased with world demand as the car industry has flourished. Including, the introduction of the new tyre labeling laws. This manifested itself with the shock that some of the budget brands had just as good a rating as the big 5. Causing some embarrassment to say the least. Going forward this could very well encourage mass market car manufacturers to look closer at the budget brand tyres. Especially, if they have similar good looking results on the new labels.

We at Pellon Tyres have noticed that consumers will take these labels into consideration when choosing tyres. In my opinion this could lead to the likelihood to see a change in the original equipment tyres. of course, that mass market car manufacturers may choose?

Car makers under pressure to bring down costs

Under constant pressure to bring costs down, car manufacturers may feel able to justify to consumers.That the economy brands will deliver the same performance as the more expensive mid-range. Not forgetting the premium brands. In my opinion though the top five companies also lead the way in tyre technology. As a result, they are always looking at innovative ways of improving their tyre products,

A great example of this is the tremendous effort that Pirelli have put in to the F1 racing scene. This involvement has given great confidence to the general public  when buying Pirelli tyres.

Consequently, there is actually much more to a tyre’s performance than just wet braking. Including rolling resistance and external noise, but it is often first impressions that count. Especially when people are trying to save money. Of course, the fact that surveys have so far shown that many drivers don’t even know about the tyre label. Although this is improving in recent times.

To summarize, I think that the tyre buying public will support the better products that the big five can offer. Including the growing mass SUV market. Some of the tyre sizes are over 20 inch and require great skills to manufacture tyres that are quite whilst giving great performances on faster models such as the BMW’s and Jaguars.

Eric Roberts

Big tyremakers are regaining their grip