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AVON TYRES a great British Product.

 

Post Updated 31st Dec 2013

 Avon Tyres over 100yrs of history

Avon tyres have always been a great favourite tyre company of mine and I have traded with them on and off over my 35 year period in the tyre trade.

Avon Tyres Logo

Avon Tyres Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Avon tyres still trade in the same premises that they now occupy in Melksham, Wiltshire. The business was transferred there in 1890, when the business made  rubber products which included conveyor belts, solid tyres and rubber components made for the railways. The first pneumatic  to be made was for the then popular bicycles and it was not until 1906 that the first tyres for cars were produced. Over the years the company grew at a steady rate and in 1933 they were floated on the stock exchange market.

The company bought out a rival company in 1956 called G,S. Moulton, and the joint venture began to make inflatable boats in 1959. The boat division did very well but was sold off in 1994 and in 1998 became part of a French company.

The next major change in the company was in 1997 when Avon tyres were sold to American company Cooper tyre and Rubber Co. In my opinion I think that Cooper bought Avon to close it down, but as time went on I think that they realised that Avon was a great British institution, and the product was very popular here in the UK. I remember becoming a tyre dealer in Halifax for Cooper tyres but after a while I realised that the product was not as good as they said they were and started to deal with Toyo tyres, and dropped Cooper from my product range. We still bought the Avon Tyres for two reasons 1 – We liked the product and so did our customers

2- Avon had a small warehouse in Manchester which was very convenient for us to collect tyres from if we were stuck.

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avon racing tyres

Over the years we have always sold Avon tyres on and off, mainly buying them from tyre wholesalers, but it was only a matter of time before we would be buying the tyre direct from Avon again. That time has come round again and in August of this year we at Pellon Tyres we will be doing just that, and will be buying Avon tyres direct from the manufacturers again.

New products from Avon Tyres

Avon tyres have recently been bringing out new tyre products the latest being the ZZ5. This tyre is an Ultra High Profile (UHP) tyre, and has been tested and developed with an Asymmetric tread pattern, the three tread zones are developed to give the tyre enhanced wet grip and water clearance, this gives this tyre great handling and cornering in very wet and dry conditions. The tyre is made from a compound loaded with polymers and silica , helping the tyre to have a quiet and smooth ride on all types of road surfaces, making these Avon tyres  an excellent choice for all types of vehicles.

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 worked for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. I now own a company 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.

Avon Racing Tyres-A good old British tyre company

 Post Updated 23rd Dec 2013

Avon Racing Tyres are a good old British company

It is good news for supporters of British hill climb as Avon Racing Tyres have taken up the gauntlet as sponsors for this seasons events.

Avon Racing Tyres

Action picture from the latest race meeting at Snetterten race circuit in Norfolk UK, as the drivers exchange half way through the race, this is all done in a split second, note the car is an Aston martin and was fitted with Avon Tyres , a great sign of a great tyre.

 

Avon Racing Tyres have always been a favorite of mine , over the years. I have visited their headquarters in Melksham many years ago but I have always been overlooked as one of their dealers. The new season started in February at the Leicestershire circuit and goes on to cover all the other leading UK circuits including Jersey and Guernsey.

Avon Racing Tyres sell to the competitors, but this year have set new competitive prices to enable new entrants to have a go at hill climbing. Avon will subsidies the prices on specific hill climb tyre sizes and compounds.

Avon tyres were bought out by American tyre company Cooper tire and rubber co.

They are also involved in GT racing tyres. This started back in 2006, when Avon Racing Tyres were the sole supplier to the GT cars. Avon have brought out a new one for this seasons event and are saying that the new rubbers will be quicker than there predecessor and have been developed and tested over the past two years.

See the GT race car in the picture. In my opinion their tyres for the normal cars have not changed very much over the years and although Avon Racing Tyres take part in motorsport, they have not passed much onto their normal street cars, and I still class them as a good mid-range tyre but they are still very popular amongst older drivers.Avon Racing Tyres

About Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and Cheap Car Tyre industry now for 40 years. I worked for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. I now own a company 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.

Avon Racing Tyres

Avon Tyres racing slick ready to go

Tyre Care Tips for How To Take Care of Your Tyres (if your a racing driver)

Tyre Care Tips

Tyre Care Tips

Tyre Care Tips for Taking Care of Your Tyres

Cars.com News (blog)

The pressure is on: Do you know the proper pounds per square inch, or psi, to which you tires should be

Tyre Care Tips,yokohama tyres

Yokohama Advan racing treads fitted to this street car Tyre Care Tips

inflated? No? Well, do you know where to find it?

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Tyre care is something that we keep harping on about

Looking at some of the tyres that we are removing at the moment. So it is important that we do keep on at the motorists. Hence to check their  tyre pressures. Consequently, this article is about the tyre care tips. Pressures and the effect they have on your cars performance.

We should also give advice about what tyres you should be looking to buy.We recommend Apollo and Nokian.

Because they are good quality. Also can be purchased at a reasonable price . As a result, they are cheap mid-range ones but good quality. Another one of my tyre care tips . Therefore, is to keep away from part worns (re-used)  if possible. Because you simply do not know where they have come from. Naturally, before you purchased them.

At a recent care race meeting at Snetterton in Norfolk. I was lucky enough to witness the power and quality of the Avon and Yokohama racing tyre products first hand. I was very impressed by the efficiency and speed that these two  companies were able to change and service the tyres that were fitted onto these racing cars and also the fact that every one that was used in the races were sent back to the relevant factories. This was for inspection, in order to improve the compounds, not only for the next races but much of the information is used in research and development, that goes into the making of the road tyres that we sell to the public, all this is great to see and i cannot wait for the next meeting for me to attend.

 Clever Tyre Care Tips

Avon has been in the motorsport supply business for years now. In fact it was in 1981 that they decided to start producing a whole range of tyres to meet the needs of most styles and types of motorsport. In fact in my opinion it is this commitment to the car racing side of the business that has kept the Avon name alive in the tyre world, and also informed me of some great tyre care tips.

They make the tyres for vehicles as diverse as Rally-cross right up to the British F3 championships. In fact AVON’s great reputation for quality, consistency and innovation has resulted in the company being the leader in control tyre supply. The race meeting that I visited in Snetterton was in fact an F3 championship event and I was able to see how the car teams were so dedicated in looking after the tyres. The teams had small heated tents to warm the tyres up before a race and there was also a guy with a blow gun skimming the tyre tread area to remove small pieces of grit, little things but very important in the races, and again gave me some tyre care tips.

Tyre Care Tips

Thanks  Eric Roberts…http://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.

Apollo Tyres India-Have Apollo Tyres “Bitten off More Than They can Chew ?”Cooper Tyre deal now Over

Apollo Tyres India

Cooper/Avon tyres bought by Apollo Tyres India

As we all probably know by now. Apollo tyres India have made yet another acquisition. Buying Cooper tyres from America, who also own Avon tyres here in Great Britain.

Some City people though are concerned. Thus, about the higher debt burden. As a result, of when the price of raw materials is increasing. So unfavorable  to the tyre industry on the whole. Using  borrowed money for their expansion plans..

Apollo Tyres India

Cooper tyres missed by Apollo Tyres India

This take over by Apollo Tyres India. Therefore,  will fit into their plans to expand into the North American market. Hence, the European tyre market has been complimented. Because of the acquisition of the Dutch company Vredestein tyres. Specialising in producing a large range of winter. Of course, tyres for all vehicle types. In fact a good friend of mine from Alcar tyres in Huddersfield is a Vredestein dealer and to this point has not noticed any difference in trading, since the take over by Apollo Vredestein. It would be interesting to hear from any LinkedIn members to the contrary.

Another Cooper owned subsidiary here in the UK are Avon tyres, who are long standing players in the British tyre market, originally specialising in the motor cycle tyre market, but now covering all vehicles for their summer and winter car tyre market.

Apollo Tyres India

Indeed they are now one of the suppliers to the up and coming tyre retailer group known as Point-S, a large group of tyre retailers in other European countries and now expanding in the UK. As a foot note and an update as we all know the Apollo Tyres India/Cooper acquisition fell through and the take over was aborted. Apollo Tyres India are now strengthening their position in the British market, through Vredestein and are adding their product to the excellent Vredestein Wintrac Xtreme tyres portfolio, which is their main strength in the European tyre market.

  The only problem that I can foresee in the future is that Apollo may close down some of the smaller subsidiaries such as Avon tyres, but to be honest I thought the same about Vredestein tyres and I have been proved wrong, although more and more Apollo tyres are being marketed along side of Vredestein as part of the same company and Avon may not be needed in the long run, who knows ?.

Apollo Tyres India- now have a foot hold in China

Another good move by Apollo Tyres India now gives the Indian tyre giants a foot hold in China. This is because of the Chinese factories producing tyres, that were owned by Cooper tyres, producing tyres for both Cooper and Avon, along with their British factory, here in the UK.

In my opinion this takeover by Apollo tyres is a brilliant move  and you can read about the financial implications

Another good move by Apollo Tyres India now gives the Indian tyre giants a foot hold in China. This is because of the Chinese factories producing tyres, that were owned by Cooper tyres,

Another good move by Apollo Tyres India now gives the Indian tyre giants a foot hold in China. This is because of the Chinese factories producing tyres, that were owned by Cooper tyres, are now one one the main sponsors of Manchester United, since the Cooper take over fell through

of the buyout in the following article…

“After the Cooper Tire acquisition, concerns on Apollo Tyres India biting off more than it can chew have seen the stock nosedive 30 per cent in two days. At Rs 64, the stock now trades at a valuation of about 5.3 times its trailing 12-month consolidated earnings and about 3.5 times the likely consolidated per share earnings for FY14. Although valuations may be attractive, time may not be ripe yet for fresh exposures to the stock. The management expects the acquisition to contribute to earnings immediately. However, the huge debt burden taken on for funding the acquisition does pose a challenge”... http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/money-wise/stock-insight/apollo-tyres-tread-with-care/article4817714.ece .

Article compiled by Eric Roberts

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.

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