2014-04-02 15:26:00

REMINDER: NTDA Tyre Industry Golf Day 2017

REMINDER: NTDA Tyre Industry Golf Day 2017

Dear members and industry colleagues,

We are pleased to advise, that a new golf event, to be known as the NTDA 2017 Tyre Industry Golf Day, and which is being organised by an illustrious group of NTDA Honorary Life Members namely John Tarbox, Martin Rowlands and George Forbes, will take place at Mere Golf and Country Club, near Manchester, on Thursday June 1st 2017.

The 18 hole, 6,882 -yard, par-71 course at The Mere was designed by James Braid, and created out of 150 acres of Cheshire parkland in 1934. Today, the Championship course holds the reputation as one of the best maintained and highest quality golf courses in the North of England.

Often referred to as the ‘Wentworth of the North’, the course is surrounded by mature trees, flowering banks and has stunning views over the Mere Lake. The course offers the charm of the Cheshire countryside, coupled with a range of challenging features to test your precision and driving skills! Water, ravines and thick vegetation have been incorporated into the landscape, demanding care and accuracy whilst navigating the course.

To prepare for the challenges of The Mere’s golf course, the resort offers players a complete floating golf ball driving range, two-tier pitching green, putting green and bunker practice area where players can warm up before a round.

A variety of accommodation is available and the Association has reserved a number of rooms at ‘The Mere’.  Special NTDA rates have been negotiated and all of the amenities are available to enjoy a comfortable night’s sleep.  There is also a Premier Inn nearby. Accommodation must be booked directly and is not being co-ordinated by the NTDA.

The Competition will be divided into different divisions and there will be special prizes for “nearest the pin” and “Longest Drive” which means that golfers of all abilities will be welcome. The event is open to Members, Manufacturers, and Suppliers so it will present a great opportunity to meet with, and enjoy, the company of golfers from a wide cross section of the Industry.

The cost of the golf day is £120+VAT and includes the traditional Bacon butties and coffee on arrival, golf and then an evening 3 course meal.

To book player places for the NTDA Tyre Industry Golf Day please contact Alison Keitch on 01296 482128 or via email:

Further details will be provided by the aforementioned Honorary Life Members, who are asking for your support for this new event, nearer the date.

Please share this news with you ‘golfing’ colleagues!

2017 NTDA UK Tyre Industry Awards open for entries

2017 NTDA UK Tyre Industry Awards open for entries

The 2017 UK Tyre Industry Awards entry forms are now available. 2017 sees the launch of a new award category for Tyre Technician Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Wheelwrights. 2016 saw 57 finalists battle it out for these most coveted awards – so will your company be shortlisted or beat the usual suspects to perhaps lift one of the coveted trophies in 2017?

Benefits to your company of an award entry:

  • All those shortlisted for awards will be promoted in pre-show publicity by the NTDA and will be free to use an ‘NTDA 2017 Tyre Industry Awards FINALIST’ logo that can be placed on all company stationery, marketing materials, social media channels and website;
  • Winners will receive an engraved trophy and a set of professional photographs that can be used for post event purposes;
  • Winners will be entitled to use the ‘NTDA 2017 Tyre Industry Awards WINNER’ logo that can be placed on all company stationery, marketing materials, social media channels and website;
  • Extensive post-event publicity will be extended to the professional tyre trade press and full details of all finalists and winners, including photos, will be included in the 2018 NTDA Tyre Industry Directory.

Entries are only accepted from NTDA members and companies that are members of Tyre Industry Federation trade associations on the official NTDA entry form. The form and entry requirements brochure can be obtained from Alison Keitch, Membership Secretary via E: or T: +44 (0)1296 482128

The Awards will be presented to the winners, at a ceremony sponsored by Sailun, at the NTDA Annual Dinner which will take place on Thursday 12th October 2017, at the Double Tree by Hilton Milton Keynes, Stadium MK, Stadium Way West, Milton Keynes, MK1 1ST. This fabulous, sell out, black tie event, which is attended by over 600 of the great and good of the tyre industry and automotive aftercare market, provides great networking opportunities and, together with the NTDA Tyre Industry Conference which is held on the same day, is the premier social occasion for the UK Tyre Industry.

Award categories in 2017 are:

  1. REACT Roadside Technician of the Year, sponsored by: Zenises
  2. Truck and Agricultural Tyre Supplier of the Year, sponsored by: Jelf Beaumonts
  3. Aftermarket Equipment Supplier of the Year, sponsored by: Automechanika
  4. Industry Marketing Campaign of the Year: Available for sponsorship
  5. Staff Training & Development Initiative of the Year: Available for sponsorship
  6. Tyre Wholesaler of the Year: Available for sponsorship
  7. Tyre Manufacturer of the Year, sponsored by: Maritime Cargo Services
  8. Tyre Technician Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by: The Worshipful Company of Wheelwrights
  9. Tyre Retail Centre of the Year, sponsored by: Pirelli

The opening date for entries is Friday 30th March 2017 and the closing date is Friday 4th August 2017. Entries must be submitted on the official entry form. Entries arriving after the closing date or without the required testimonials will not be considered.

NTDA Chief Executive says proposed change to MOT test frequency is unnecessary and ill advised

NTDA Chief Executive says proposed change to MOT test frequency is unnecessary and ill advised

The National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA), which was the first trade association to respond on 8th July 2015 to the then Chancellor George Osbourne’s initial proposal, has, today, reaffirmed its opposition to the DfT’s plans to possibly extending the first MOT test from 3 to 4 years.

NTDA Chief Executive Stefan Hay said: “This subject was thoroughly reviewed over an extended period between 2005 and 2008 when a proposal was on the table to move to a 4-2-2- testing regime and where a change to 4-1-1 was also considered. The then Secretary of State for Transport, in consultation with Cabinet colleagues, the automotive aftercare market and many motoring organisations, concluded that any change to the current frequency would risk a totally unacceptable increase in road deaths and serious injuries as well as an unacceptable increase in cost to the economy. The NTDA fully endorsed those findings at the time.”

The NTDA position now, is that it does not believe that anything has changed, significantly, since that analysis by the DfT, which was the most comprehensive on the subject ever undertaken and this has been echoed by many of its members.

In the current consultation document, the DfT asserts that new, modern day, cars and vans are safer due to improved technology and warranties, but it is questionable as to the relevance of this to the MOT test. The NTDA believes that one could also argue that statistics show, that improved technology does not improve motorists driving behaviour or their attitudes towards general vehicle maintenance, but in reality, attitudes and behaviour, modern vehicle design, durability and extended warranties have little bearing on an actual MOT test as in the main, key safety critical consumables such as tyres, brakes, lights, windscreen wipers etc., often the main causes for failure, are not covered by warranty and require more frequent replacement.

Many will recall that DVSA released figures showed that 253,000 cars failed the MOT test between January and August 2013, when presented for the first time after being registered new in 2010, the NTDA believes it is fairly safe to assume that deferring the test for a further year would have increased the risk those vehicles posed and further swelled the failure numbers and clearly modern vehicle design and technologies didn’t help.

Stefan Hay continued: “On average between 2012 and 2015 7.5% of total MOT tests on car and light vans identified tyres alone as the failure defect and overall, in that same period, tyres accounted for, on average, 10% of failure defects.* Add to this the tens of thousands of tyre related ‘advisory notes’ issued by testers, including those issued to vehicles that still passed the test, and the more recent 2016 TyreSafe and Highways England statistics showing 27% of tyres as illegal on replacement and we have a very serious justification for saying no to these proposals on the grounds of tyre safety alone! This is an unnecessary and ill-advised consultation, which no one called for. We question to what extent the DfT was consulted before George Osborne’s announcement last year and we question to what extent the DVSA has been consulted now. I’ve quoted statistics today and there are now lots of statistics and numbers, including costs being used on both sides of this argument, but let’s not get too distracted as the MOT is about road safety, road safety is about protecting life and life is priceless!”

The NTDA concludes that the serious threat this potential change poses to road safety and the substantial cost burden to the economy remains and is now calling on all of its member involved in MOT testing to engage, and to respond to, the consultation which runs until 16th April 2017. *(DVSA released statistics)

NTDA says a sad goodbye to Andy Bucknall – Obituary

NTDA says a sad goodbye to Andy Bucknall – Obituary

The NTDA was devastated to hear of the death of one of its long standing members and industry stalwart Andy Bucknall who suddenly passed away at his home in Packmoor on Friday 30th December 2016 aged only 52 years.

Andy had a long and successful career in the tyre industry, most recently as Managing Director of South Cheshire Tyre & Exhaust Ltd T/A HiQ.

He was a very popular and active member of the NTDA and its North West and North Wales region.

NTDA Chief Executive Stefan Hay said: “ The news of Andy’s death comes as a massive shock, especially as many of us saw him at the NTDA Winter Ball in Blackpool in late November. He was a fantastic guy and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his lovely wife Carol, his children James, Robert and Rachel and his grandchildren Blake, Ryley and Ella-Mai.”

His funeral service will be held at Bradwell Crematorium on Friday 27th January 2017 at 10.40am.

Family and friends are kindly asked to meet at the crematorium. Flowers welcome or donations, if preferred, to N.S Combined Health Care Trust Fund, Rheumatoid Arthritis Department Enquiries to: CO-OPERATIVE FUNERALCARE 1 Park Avenue, Wolstanton. Tel. 01782 711244

2017 NTDA Tyre Industry Conference, Annual Dinner and Awards

2017 NTDA Tyre Industry Conference, Annual Dinner and Awards


Thursday 12th October 2017, Double Tree by Hilton Milton Keynes, Stadium MK, Stadium Way West, Milton Keynes, MK1 1ST


Building on the record levels of attendance and ongoing huge success of the NTDA’s Annual Dinner, Tyre Industry Award Ceremony and one day Tyre Industry Conference, the NTDA is delighted to announce that the 2017 event will be on Thursday 12th October 2017 at yet another new venue the Double Tree by Hilton Milton Keynes, which will also host the Tyre Wholesalers AGM and Lunch on 11th October 2017.

This impressive hotel and conference venue is built into stadiummk, home of league one football club MK Dons and the Arena MK. This modern venue benefits from 304 bedrooms 360′ around the pitch at Stadium MK, many with pitch views. It has complimentary Wi-Fi throughout and free parking for over 1000 vehicles on site. It is well served by London Luton airport, (just 35 minutes away), and if travelling by car, it’s just a twelve minute drive from junction 14 or a fifteen minute drive from junction 13 of the M1. Milton Keynes also benefits from two railway stations, Bletchley and Central Milton Keynes which are both just a 5 minute taxi ride away from the Doubletree.

Once again, this will be the most prestigious gathering of the UK Tyre Industry and one that industry professionals should not miss. Everyone is welcome, and many have already booked, so join the Association members, their guests and all the leading decision makers during the day to hear the latest on key issues affecting the tyre industry and wider aftermarket and then in the evening to celebrate our 88th Annual Dinner and the 4th Tyre Industry Awards, which will be hosted by well known BBC sports broadcaster John Inverdale.


Annual Dinner:

Members at £105 each or £99 each for group bookings of 10 or more.

Non-members at £125 each or £115 each for group bookings of 10 or more.


Members, sponsors, invited guests and Annual Dinner ticket holders: FREE

Non-members at £45 each or £40 for group bookings of 10 or more.

(All prices exc. VAT)

This event is extremely popular, spaces are limited at both the Conference and Annual Dinner and bookings operate on a first come, first served basis. To avoid disappointment book your tickets and contact us by email: or telephone 01296 482128.


We have negotiated a special NTDA rate for double rooms with breakfast at the Doubletree, but rooms are limited and we will operate on a first come, first served basis. There are numerous other hotels for all budgets within 5 minutes of the venue.


The 2017 Tyre Industry Conference, Conference Lunch and 88th Annual Dinner are available for sponsorship as are a number of awards and the TWG Annual Lunch.

Confirmed 2017 Award sponsors already include: Maritime Cargo Services, Pirelli, Sailun, Zenises and

Further sponsorship opportunities are available – please contact Stefan Hay for further details – email to: or phone 01296 482128

NTDA position statement on side wall drilling

NTDA position statement on side wall drilling

Following its Executive Council meeting held on the 9th November 2016, the NTDA Executive Officers have formally agreed the following position statement:

“The NTDA advocates the drilling of side walls or the cutting of beads on tyres that have been removed from a vehicle and which the tyre technician / tyre retailer considers end of life as such actions represent an effective approach to ensuring such tyres are permanently removed from the part worn tyre marketplace. Furthermore, the NTDA acknowledges, that based on the individual business decisions of individual members, such actions have become standard practice and are now encouraged throughout our membership on the grounds of improved road safety.”

This announcement follows the NTDA Chief Executive’s recent call for a total ban on the sale of part worn tyres in the UK due to high levels of non-compliance, the current lack of enforcement or an appropriate audit scheme for part worn retailers and the appalling levels of unsafe tyres available to motorists.

Commenting on the statement Stefan Hay said: “Our members are tyre specialists, they replace millions of tyres every year and many have been damaging the end of life tyres they are removing from vehicles beyond repair for some time because they know, as experts, that those tyres do not belong back in the marketplace.

It has become clear, that this is now standard practice and the Association must stand by its members and formally support them in their efforts to remove these dangerous tyres from sale, I am therefore delighted, as are many members, that the Executive Officers have agreed this statement.”

The NTDA is now urging other professional tyre retailers who feel strongly about the dangers of part worn tyres to join the NTDA and work with the Association to campaign for a ban on the sale of part worn tyres in the UK.

2017 NTDA Tyre Industry Directory already starting to take shape!

2017 NTDA Tyre Industry Directory already starting to take shape!

This year, in addition to reports from the NTDA, including its annual review and features on the 87th Annual Dinner, 3rd Tyre Industry Awards and 2nd Tyre Industry Conference, leading experts from a diverse range of organisations will be , once again, providing their opinions on key industry and general business issues.

Owned and published annually by the NTDA, the UK Tyre Industry Directory, launched in 1989, is recognised by all sectors as the indispensable reference source for the tyre industry.

The directory is distributed to more than 5000 organisations in hardcopy; these include every member of the NTDA and their retail centres, other leading tyre retailers, wholesalers, suppliers of non-tyre products and services to the aftermarket, MOT stations, car and truck fleet managers, senior executives in the UK motor industry and leading representatives of other trade associations.

It is also distributed at major events such as the NTDA Tyre Industry Conference and Automechanika and is available, throughout the year, as an electronic turn-page version, on the NTDA website.

The directory is a ‘living’ document and provides a cost effective and unrivalled marketing opportunity for companies to promote their products and services to the industry over a 12 month period.

Many leading tyre manufacturers, wholesalers and aftermarket equipment suppliers have already pre-booked space and as the deadline for advertising copy is Wednesday 21st December 2016, we want to ensure you do not miss out.

Please do not hesitate to contact either Stefan Hay or Alison Keitch here at the NTDA if you would like to further discuss your advertising options.

NTDA reaffirms its support for 3mm Tread Safety campaign

NTDA reaffirms its support for 3mm Tread Safety campaign

The NTDA has, today, announced that it remains firmly committed to its Tread Safety campaign, an initiative designed to raise awareness among motorists of the importance of changing tyres when they reach a 3mm tread depth rather than the lower, legal limit of 1.6mm, which was launched in partnership with ROADSAFE in 2005.

The campaign followed the 2003 research by the British Rubber Manufacturers Association (BRMA) which commissioned MIRA to study the effects of tread depth on stopping distances. The study was carried out on MIRA’s test track in Nuneaton, and 5 different tread depths were tested – 6.7mm, 4.1mm, 2.6mm, 1.6mm (the legal minimum) and 0.9mm.

This research was conclusive and showed that the stopping distances in the wet start to increase dramatically at tread depths of below 3mm. It also showed that at the legal minimum tread depth of 1.6mm, the stopping distance increased by 36.8% on hot rolled asphalt and 44.6% on smooth concrete.

NTDA Chief Executive Stefan Hay commented: “Naturally, the NTDA does not want to become embroiled in a difference of opinion between manufacturers or comment on specific products and we are certainly not going to be distracted by a debate on wastefulness, individual product performance or fuel consumption. We are looking at this purely from a safety perspective and decades of both independent and manufacturer’s research shows that generally performance, particularly wet grip, gets worse as the tread wears. This is more marked as the tyre wears below 3mm of tread and approaches the legal limit. Let’s be clear, this is not about selling tyres, this is about the safety of UK motorists”.

Many subsequent research projects have confirmed the results and safety organisation RoSPA, for example, still recommends that tyres are changed once the tread reaches 3mm in depth. The RAC still states that motorists need to be aware that even though the legal minimum tread depth is 1.6mm, in the rain anything less than 3mm can affect performance and the AA says check tread depth more often once it gets down to 3mm and aim to replace tyres before the tread wears below 2mm.

NTDA Chief Executive calls for total ban on UK part worn tyre sales

NTDA Chief Executive calls for total ban on UK part worn tyre sales

The NTDA Chief Executive Stefan Hay took the opportunity to formally call for a total ban on the sale of part worn tyres at the Association’s Tyre Industry Conference, which was held at the VOX Conference Centre on Thursday 6th October 2016.

In front of an audience of 200 delegates from the tyre manufacturing, wholesale, retail and associated sectors, he said: “We have tried being nice and polite, we have tried working in partnership with various enforcement agencies, we have tried collaborating with other trade bodies, but the situation is now out of control. Dealers, consistently, ignore the regulations and sell tyres that have not been tested under inflation and inspected for damage. They do not mark the tyres as part worn, they often store them in tyre mountains in yards open to the elements causing further deterioration and they are fitted by people who are very rarely, if ever, qualified tyre technicians”.

The NTDA has been working closely with the consumer charity TyreSafe and local trading standards officers over the past three years to raise public awareness of the dangers of part worn tyres. During that time, numerous part worn dealers have been visited and in every case non-compliance with the regulations has been found. Among the most recent visits were businesses that have already been prosecuted within the last 12 months. Alarmingly, trading standards found further evidence of non-compliance leading to many further prosecutions.

Hay continued: “Part worn tyres are, in the majority of cases, not fit for reuse, are a cancer to our business and a menace to the public. We want a total ban, it may not happen today, tomorrow or even this year, but we are ready to take this campaign forward for as long as it takes and we call on all existing and future members to join the fight and if that means drilling holes in the side walls of tyres we remove to stop them being sold as part worns, then bring it on!”

Later that day, the NTDA’s National Chairman Roger Griggs added his voice to the call for a ban at the Associations Annual Dinner also held at the VOX. In front of 600 guests he said: “Our Chief Executive speaks, I believe, for most of us, when he states that the recent repeat offences by some retailers are not only completely unacceptable, but demonstrate a complete lack of respect by those retailers for both customers and their safety. As Stefan says, it really can come as no surprise that more and more NTDA members are now deliberately damaging beyond repair the sidewalls of tyres they are removing from customers vehicles to ensure they do not end up in the part worn market. This is a bold decision by those members, but under the circumstances is certainly not surprising!”

Jelf Beaumonts to sponsor the 87th NTDA Annual Dinner

Jelf Beaumonts to sponsor the 87th NTDA Annual Dinner

The NTDA has announced that Jelf Beaumonts is to be the sponsor of the Association’s 2016 Annual Dinner, to be held at the VOX Conference Centre, Birmingham, on 6th October. Jelf Beaumonts is part of Jelf Group, a leading consultancy providing expert advice on insurance, employee benefits, healthcare and financial planning for businesses and individuals. Jelf Beaumonts already boasts an impressive list of clients from the tyre industry including many key NTDA members.

NTDA Chief Executive Stefan Hay said: “Jelf Beaumonts has an outstanding reputation for its approach to risk management and insurance services within the tyre industry and we have been greatly impressed with the expertise and knowledge it has developed within our sector and the work it is doing to educate our members. We very much value the support the Jelf Beaumonts team is giving us and look forward to working closer to developing business solutions that mitigate risk and add tangible value to the NTDA membership.”

The NTDA Annual Dinner, which hosts the Tyre Industry Awards, is the Association’s flagship event and already more than 600 people from the tyre manufacturing, wholesale, retail and aftermarket sectors have booked places.

Commenting on the sponsorship, Ben Harrison of Jelf Beamonts said: “Jelf has worked closely with the tyre industry for over 30 years and NTDA initiatives such as REACT will reduce risk for NTDA members protecting their balance sheet in the process. We are proud to sponsor the dinner and are looking forward to what promises to be a fantastic event! “

For further information, or to book places at the 2016 NTDA Annual Dinner, contact Alison Fitzgerald via

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