GWS Motorsport with Fox Motorsport took their second chequered flag of the season with a commanding performance at the Hankook 12 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. GWS Motorsport drivers Jamie Stanley, Ben Clucas and Andy Perry brought the TyreWatch sponsored Audi R8 LMS GT4 home nearly two minutes ahead of their closest class rivals.
After qualifying in second place, Jamie quickly secured the lead pulling out a 40-second advantage by the end of his first stint, which Andy doubled by the four-hour mark. But a lot can go wrong in endurance racing; we were unfortunate to be hit by a faster GT3 car, then the left side mirror became a casualty to track debris. These separate incidents required longer pit stops, which put us firmly back into second place. Showing superb pace and outstanding pitwork, we fought back claiming the fastest lap time of our class and then the lead with less than an hour to go.
Glenn Sherwood, Tructyre’s founder, commented: “Due to work commitments I was unable to race, but the Audi’s outright speed with bulletproof reliability allowed our terrific drivers and team to finish in superb form. We go into 2019 with composed confidence ready for our next race: The Hankook 24H Dubai held on 10-12 January – Creventic’s blue-riband event – one of the largest 24-hour endurance races in the world.”
Glenn Sherwood, Tructyre’s founder, is delighted to announce: “Following the ATS Group’s acquisition of Tructyre almost a year ago, the joint management team are working to merge the business with ATS Euromaster’s heavy tyre operation. Tructyre ATS is set to become the largest service provider in the UK specialising in the management of tyres for heavy vehicle operators.”
Please find the official customer update:
In October 2017, The ATS Group acquired Tructyre (Fleet Management) Ltd, a specialist mobile tyre management solutions provider in the Heavy Vehicle sector of the market.
Tructyre has achieved substantial growth over the past 22 years, to become one of the UK’s leading truck specialists and a trusted brand in the execution of service for local, regional and national fleets operating in the South of the UK.
To ensure we meet the needs of customers today and in the future, we have decided to change the way we approach our Light and Heavy Vehicle service, by moving to the Tructyre model nationally in a new Company.EXCITING NEWS
We’re excited to tell you that on 15 October, both companies agreed to create a new national model to manage the Light and Heavy Vehicle businesses going forward.
This means that over the next few months ATS Euromaster will migrate all truck activities and business to Tructyre ATS. This move will create two separate businesses, one that specialises in the car/van (Light Vehicle business) and a new one that will facilitate all the heavy truck LGV business called Tructyre ATS.
We are making this change to provide all our local, regional and national customers a best in class quality, more responsive and consistent service delivery model.
To ensure we maintain our current commitments to customers, there will be a transitional period before both companies are firmly established. We will obviously continue to update you whilst the new organisations are bedded in.When will the changes take place?
Whilst we are still planning the finer details and exact timescales, we wanted to advise you as soon as possible so that you are aware of our plans. Once we know more, we will be back in touch.Who will service my account?
If you have a LGV heavy truck, Tructyre ATS will attend the vehicle. For car, van and 4x4 vehicles, you will have the choice of taking your vehicle to an ATS Euromaster Centre or receiving a mobile service from an ATS Euromaster Light Vehicle Technician.Who should I contact?
We will keep you updated as the plan progresses. In the meantime, if you have any queries or questions, please continue to contact your current Account Manager.
Tructyre held its annual Motorsport extravaganza on Sunday 16th September at Silverstone; the iconic home of the British Grand Prix.
Guests were invited to pitch the delightful squeal of the agile Ferrari F430 Coupe against the graceful refinement of the Aston Martin Vantage. Each with 4.3 litre V8 engines, capable of 0-60 mph in around 4 seconds and top speeds of 195mph and 175mph respectively, they offer very different driving experiences. The afternoon set pulses racing with the incredible grip, steering and lightning acceleration of the Formula Silverstone Single Seaters. Followed by adrenaline inducing high speed rides around Stowe in the BMW M2 Competition (4.2 seconds and 174mph), alongside professional motor racing drivers.
Each challenge was carefully timed, allowing Jamie Stanley of GWS Motorsport to proudly present Tructyre Trophies to:
Throughout the day, guests watched the BTCC Races from the Woodcote VIP Suite and trackside terrace. This year marks the 60th Anniversary of the British Touring Car Championships, with the series title being decided at Brands Hatch at the end of the month.
The event was expertly run by GWS Motorsport, specialists in driving experiences and corporate hospitality events.
Tructyre has moved to a new head office in Chandlers Ford from its former Goodwood House location. The new building houses more than 30 employees working across operations, fleet administration, sales, accounts and management teams.
Glenn Sherwood, Tructyre’s founder and CEO, commented: “This is a key investment for the company. The new office creates a more inspirational work space that reflects our culture, mission and values – enabling us to give our customers the support they need to ensure we continue to grow and provide the best tyre management.”
The relocation was project managed by Anne Parker, Group Business Support Manager, who commented: “This is a huge move for the business as we had outgrown Goodwood House in just four and a half years. Stepnell House represents a massive 250% increase in floor space with an office layout aimed at promoting a flexible and collaborative approach to work. Everyone loves the new space, it really is a pleasure to work in.”
Our new head office address is:
Stepnell House, Tollgate
Chandler’s Ford, Eastleigh
Hampshire SO53 3LU
Our telephone number and direct lines to our members of staff remain the same. The new offices are just 5 minutes away from our central warehouse and Eastleigh service centre, which remain at Unit 8, Goodwood Road.
Tructyre are delighted to announce The Salvatori Group have renewed their R & M contract for a minimum of another three years.
The Salvatori Group are leading providers of transport, logistics and warehousing services. With facilities in Aylesham, Rochester and Calais, they have excellent access to road networks for Kent, London, the UK and throughout Europe. The family run business, established over 80 years ago, runs a mixed-fleet of around 200 vans, trucks, tractors and trailers in a distinctive green and red livery.
Phill Macey, Transport Director at Salvatori, commented: “We deliver over 500 pallets every day just throughout Kent, which means our vehicles must be operational. With Tructyre’s comprehensive R & M contract, we benefit from convenient monthly costs and proactive tyre management that is proven to ensure we deliver to schedule. We rely on their tyre technicians as an integral part of our maintenance team, even in France”.
Wayne Willavoys, Tructyre’s Contracts Manager, commented: “Salvatori service and maintain their fleet in their HGV Vehicle Workshop. Prior to our winning the contract in 2015, they looked after the tyres too. Given their own high-standards, I am delighted we delivered significant value and uptime since taking full control of their fleet’s tyres. I would like to thank our service teams for their continued and unstinting support”.
The Tructyre Southampton football team have two very special reasons to celebrate. Playing every Thursday in the 7-a-side league at Goals Southampton, they topped the Fair Play league of all 154 teams who play there. Fair Play is the FIFA programme designed to increase sportsmanship and raise standards in the beautiful game.
The Tructyre team comprises Lee Humphry, Gary Neville and Chris Murray from our Southampton service centre; Andrew Masham from Tructrak; Marc Pulford from Operations and Wayne Webster from Distribution.
Their reward was an invitational 5-a-side game against ex-professionals from Southampton Football Club – Matt “Le God” Le Tissier, Steve Baker, Mark Blake, Andy Cook and Greg Llewellyn – on the 16th of August. Not only did Matt Le Tissier get capped 8 times for England, he remains Southampton’s second highest goal scorer ever.
Chris Murray, Southampton Depot Manager, commented: “It was a hard game and we had to push ourselves. I stayed at the back in defence, with Gary and Andrew putting in 100% assisting Marc who unluckily just missed his shot on goal, Wayne who scored 2 goals and Lee who achieved a hat-trick. It was a very challenging game as you’d expect, so we were absolutely thrilled to win 5-4 at full time.”
Tructyre are proud to invest in the development and training of our skilled workforce. However, our busy tyre technicians spend most of their working day on customers sites and the road networks, so consequently do not spend much time together.
To counter this, Chris Murray; Southampton Depot Manager, and Eric Johnson; Regional Manager, organised a team building event for 15 technicians. This started with a social get-together and barbecue on the Saturday followed by a day’s racing at the Thruxton Kart circuit. The Karts are powered by 390cc Honda engines, capable of propelling them to speeds in excess of 55mph, around the fast and exciting 1.1 kilometre circuit.
Eric Johnson commented: “Given the tropical summer we have been enjoying, the heavy rain on Sunday was a surprise. Jake started the final on pole and led for nine laps until he got tangled with the back-markers, which allowed Gary to take the chequered flag and Steve finished third. Jake and Gary had just one tenth of a second between their fastest lap times.”
Glenn Sherwood, Tructyre’s founder and CEO, commented: “Thank you Chris and Eric for organising this terrific team building event. It was great fun for everyone with a high standard of racing. Congratulations to Gary for adding another victory to his 2018 Tructyre Drivers Championship.”
We are delighted to announce The Borough of Poole Council have awarded Tructyre their tyre management contract for services through to 2023, with an option for one further year.
The Borough of Poole covers a diverse environment, including world-class beaches, rich heathland, a beautiful natural harbour and top-quality parks and open-spaces. Because of this, the council’s 240-strong vehicle fleet is equally diverse. Their vehicles range from refuse collection, skips and hook loaders, accessible buses and coaches, traffic management vehicles, mobile libraries, gritter lorries, light commercial vehicles and cars.
Kate Langdon, Environmental Services Manager, commented: “I ensure the road-worthiness of our vehicles and that they comply with all current legislation and health and safety requirements. Tructyre’s team of experienced technicians have provided consistent and dependable tyre management – which ensures our vehicles remain operational, compliant and dependable. We rely on them as an integral part of our maintenance team.”
Pat O’Grady, Tructyre’s General Manager Sales, stated: “We are especially proud of this contract, which marks 12 years of continuous service since 2006. Poole require a comprehensive tyre management solution, and our forward-thinking approach backed up by years of experience has delivered. I would like to thank our Poole team for their dedication to this successful partnership.”
The UK’s port sector is fundamental to our success as a trading nation. Over 95% of the volume of all UK import/export trade, around 380 million tonnes of freight annually, is handled by UK ports.
From containers and cars, to oil and gas liquid bulks, to cargo and dry bulks. Alongside freight goods, ports also handle 70 million passenger journeys every year. Understandably, the ports rely heavily on road logistics to complete the supply chain – with 78% of all goods travelling by road.
With this backdrop, Tructyre have proudly opened our newest service centre near to the Port of Bristol’s Avonmouth facility and its supporting road network. With a skilled team of mobile technicians working hard to provide proactive maintenance during vehicle downtime, and hundreds of new and retread tyres in stock. Tructyre now have 25 service centres strategically located across the south.
Pete Fox, Group Field Operations Manager, commented: “Tructyre have many years of proven experience with this model, with existing depots located next to Ports at Southampton, Portsmouth, Dover, London, Medway, Shoreham and Poole. Our other service centres are strategically located on main road networks to support road logistics between production or distribution sites and the ports.”
Graham Simpson, Group Commercial Manager, commented “This new depot will support both local and nationwide clients to ensure that goods and passengers reach their destination to increasingly just-in-time schedules.”
Tructyre proudly promote road safety at every level. Our fleet of service vehicles are fitted with telematics that monitor driving style against best practise parameters. Every year six drivers; comprising the lowest number of infringement points and the most improved, are invited to the annual Tructyre Drivers Championships.
Held at Silverstone, the UK’s only Formula 1 track, the winners were given one-to-one race tuition by Jamie Stanley and Ben Clucas. The championship tested driving skills around the iconic track with gear change, brake points and racing lines in the Renault Megane RS, the Lotus Exige S V6 and the 5.2 litre TyreWatch branded Audi R8 LMS GT4. At the end of the day, Glenn Sherwood proudly awarded trophies to:
John Brand, Group Operations Manager, stated: “This was another terrific event and rewards our drivers for better driving. Our service vans are brand-ambassadors, so we need them to present a responsible image to every road-user. But the Championship also has another serious role, as we work to manage insurance premiums and minimise claims.”
Team Fox Motorsport secured victory in their Audi R8 LMS GT4 at Portimão in the Hankook 24 hour Series European GT Championship; held over the weekend of July 7-8. This is the Team’s first victory in the GT4 class and marks a terrific performance in a sweltering 31° centigrade heat. It follows just months after they claimed second place in their debut race at Silverstone.
The Team Fox drivers – Jamie Stanley, Glenn Sherwood (Tructyre’s founder and CEO), Ben Clucas and Andy Perry – finished Saturday in 3rd place despite posting the fastest lap time in their class. Sunday saw solid defensive work from the Perfection Racings Ginetta G55 and the Mercedes-AMG from the QSR team, but this was not enough to stop Team Fox’s drivers from steaming by with just 45 minutes of the race left to run. Taking the chequered flag, the 5.2 litre Audi finished with a one-lap advantage in their first ever 24 hour race.
Glenn Sherwood commented: "it was a tough race – the high temperatures were challenging for both the drivers and the tyres. But our strategy together with slick pit work enabled us to secure victory in just our second outing."
The Teams next race is at the famous Spa-Francorchamps circuit on the 12-13 October. They will be targeting another podium finish ‘on the bounce’ before the car is shipped to Dubai ready for the next race in January 2019.
We are pleased to announce the new Trailer BVC tyre has been launched in our RE-TRAK range.
This new mixed service tyre targets the bulk haulage trailers used in the construction and waste management sectors. Designed for both tough terrain and the highway, the Trailer BVC features a new hard-wearing tread pattern that can readily eject stones at low speeds to improve road safety. The rubber compound has been engineered to deliver the strongest resistance to both cuts and punctures off the road, and to maintain a low temperature when running on the road. These features, combined with a deep tread, provide a long service life and outstanding value for money.
Like every RE-TRAK tyre, it is covered by our no quibble guarantee and makes a significant contribution to the environment compared with a new tyre.
Graham Simpson, Tructyre’s Commercial Manager, commented "The RE-TRAK Trailer BVC has been specifically designed for our clients operating in the construction and waste management industries. It builds on our RE-TRAK promise, for axle specific tyres optimised for their operational environments – to deliver the best value tyres for fleet operators."
Demonstrating our commitment to Health and Safety compliance, the Commercial Tyres Off Highway sales team have gained their MPQC/SPA Contractor Safety Passports. The Safety Pass Alliance (SPA) design this nationally recognised standard to ensure an industry-wide commitment to safe working practices throughout the sector: quarrying, sand and gravel operations, concrete, mortar, cement and asphalt plants, wharfs or surface mining.
Jason Hobbs, Peter Roffey and Graham Simpson received their MPQC Level 2 Awards after successfully completing the rigorous course run by Gary Holmes of MP Skills at Writtle University College in Chelmsford. The SPA Passports are valid for three years and provide reassurance to operators of heavy plant that all Commercial Tyres Off Highway staff are suitably trained and represent a lower-risk to their operations.
Graham Simpson, Commercial Manager for the Tructyre Group: “these Passports emphasise our responsibility towards safety, allowing us onto customer sites with shorter inductions and to work with minimal supervision when performing tyre inspections or discussing new tyre specifications.”
Fox Motorsport secured a superb second place finish in the SPX class at the Hankook 12 Hours of Silverstone – their first appearance in the 24H Series. Debuting their brand-new Audi R8 LMS ultra GT4, Fox intended to use the race as an extended test for the 5.2 litre car and the team.
Jamie Stanley started Friday’s opening five-hour section of the race, with Ben Clucas taking over just as the rain started. The wet track provided difficult conditions for Ben and Glenn Sherwood (Tructyre’s founder and CEO) who drove on slicks throughout their stints, finishing the day with an advantage of just under 90 seconds. Saturday saw the final seven hours of racing. The ambitious team continued to lead until the ninth hour, when a titanic tussle saw the Audi’s pace narrowly edged into second place as the temperatures fell.
Glenn Sherwood commented: “It’s a great feeling to be on the podium in an international race series for the first time. The weather conditions were tough because with the recent track resurfacing, the grip isn’t where it used to be, and it was actually more challenging on the greasy surface on Saturday than it was on a full-wet circuit on Friday. Between the drivers we didn’t make a single mistake, the car never missed a beat and the teamwork was spot-on. I’m delighted with the way things have gone.”
The Audi’s next 24H Series outing will be in Portugal on July 7-8.
We are pleased to announce that Peter Roffey has joined Commercial Tyres Off Highway as of February 1st. As our new Group Off Road Specialist, Peter will drive the business development and oversee every aspect of customer service. He joins a well-established team, working alongside Matt Baldwin, Operations Manager, and our team of experienced specialist technicians.
Peter has more than 30 years’ experience in the tyre industry, starting on-the-tools then moving into sales at an early age. Having worked for well-known retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers, he has acquired an in-depth knowledge of the industrial, earth mover and heavy plant markets. With this diverse range of operating environments, his technical skills cover radial and bias tyres, press-on solid tyres and replacement wheel rims, through to foam-fill and astute tyre management.
Graham Simpson, Commercial Manager for the Tructyre Group, stated: “Our Off Highway division has been growing consistently since 2013. Recently, referrals from satisfied customers together with investments in marketing and trade shows, has led to increased levels of business. Peter joins us with a wealth of industry experience and a proven track record in technical sales. I look forward to him driving the customer service experience for new and existing clients.”
Our ISO audit for roadside breakdowns during 2017, confirms the Tructyre mobile service team achieved an average arrival time of just 51.8 minutes – day or night.
We are rightly proud of this class-leading performance, which is faster than other networks and 42%-57% faster than Industry KPIs. We understand that every minute saved at the side of the road reduces the cost of this unexpected downtime. Using standard transport rates, our performance saved over £2,000,000 in downtime for customers of Tructyre and the tyre networks.
Even with our investment in additional technicians, this performance was 72 seconds more than 2016. We had planned for congestion on the M25 and around the South-East generally – but significant delays with the Dartford crossing hampered our performance. To counter this, we have expanded our team of technicians based locally by opening our new Thurrock depot, enhancing our service levels North of the Thames and in Essex.
Our audited performance was achieved over a record 23,966 total breakdowns – up 5.4% compared to 2017. This gave us a new average of 66 breakdowns per day to manage, from customers of both Tructyre and the networks. Though this is an impressive volume, it relates to just one breakdown every two working days for each technician. With the rest of their time focused on delivering proactive maintenance, it illustrates the commitment we place on preventing avoidable roadside failure.
Commenting on this performance, Glenn Sherwood, Tructyre’s founder and CEO, stated: “We understand the value to fleet operators of our rapid arrival time. However, I’m more delighted to see the incidence of breakdowns relative to the total fleet Tructyre manage continues to fall. This proves the value of our proactive fleet checks, significantly reducing avoidable roadside breakdowns in the first place.”
Tructyre are proud to announce we have achieved OHSAS 18001 certification; the best practice standard in Occupational Health and Safety management.
We undertook the project to ensure Tructyre provided the best possible workplace procedures and safety. With our technicians working in a range of dynamic environments; from customer sites to the roadside to other public areas, the risks are simply higher. Our Health and Safety committee thoroughly reviewed all work policies and procedures, to ensure they detail the best and safest way to perform every task or process.
The OHSAS 18001 certification is combined with our ISO 9001 quality standard and ISO 14001 environmental management. Together, they form our integrated management system – designed to ensure Tructyre perform services in the safest, most professional and consistent manner. Additionally, it provides the framework to drive our commitment to continual improvement.
John Brand, Group Operations Manager, stated: “It was a solid performance from all the team to achieve OHSAS certification at our first attempt. We believe it demonstrates our commitment to delivering the highest standards of performance and safety. Today more than ever, we find customers seek reassurance in proven risk management from their supply chain.”
OHSAS certification covers both Tructyre and Commercial Tyres Off Highway.
Tructyre are pleased to announce the launch of the RE-TRAK MULTI-U WM3. This new tyre has been engineered for urban stop-start vehicles, such as buses, waste collection and multi-drop deliveries. The MULTI-U WM3 features an improved compound that significantly reduces tread wear from lateral scrub and sidewall protection from our integral kerbing band. Rigorous testing proved a significant increase in service life, continuing our drive to offer best value.
The MULTI-U WM3 underlines our continuous investment into the RE-TRAK range, following hot on the heels of the Trailer T08. Every RE-TRAK tyre is as safe as a new tyre, is more environmentally responsible, and benefits from our No Quibble Guarantee.
Glenn Sherwood, Tructyre’s CEO, commented “The new MULTI-U WM3 builds on the success our MULTI-U has enjoyed since its launch back in 2014.”
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