The NTDA has announced the finalists for its 2021 Tyre Industry Awards. The awards are due to be presented at a ceremony sponsored for the 7th consecutive year by tyre manufacturer Sailun, during the Association’s 92nd Annual Dinner on Thursday 7th October at the International Convention Centre (ICC) Birmingham. The dinner is sponsored by long standing NTDA supplier member, and Tyre industry Awards supporter, Maritime Cargo Services, while the awards will be hosted, once again, by popular TV personality and Rugby Union pundit Mark Durden-Smith. The 2021 finalists include many former award winners, finalists, and some new nominees.

Aftermarket Equipment Supplier of the Year Award – sponsored by The Parts Alliance:

  • Autogem Invicta Ltd
  • Harvie Tyres Ltd
  • Rema Tip Top Automotive UK Ltd

Apprentice of the Year Award – sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Wheelwrights:

  • Ryan Allen, STS Tyre Pros
  • Haydn Beaumont, Kwik Fit (GB) Ltd
  • Sam Bennett, Kwik Fit (GB) Ltd
  • Brandon Garner, Kwik Fit (GB) Ltd
  • Jack Jago-Davy, Kwik Fit (GB) Ltd
  • Ben Leighton, Lodge Tyre Co. Ltd
  • Callum Meech, Protyre
  • Louie Pearce, Kwik Fit (GB) Ltd
  • Mandeep Singh, Kwik Fit (GB) Ltd
  • Jack Wakeman, Kwik Fit (GB) Ltd

Industry Marketing Campaign of the Year Award – sponsored by Tyre Trade News:

  • Bridgestone Europe NV/SA, UK Branch
  • Pirelli Tyres Ltd
  • Protyre
  • Yokohama HPT Ltd

Product Innovation of the Year Award – sponsored by Snap-on:

  • Kwik Fit (GB) Ltd
  • Pneumatic Components Ltd (PCL)

REACT Commercial Tyre Technician of the Year Award – sponsored by Bridgestone Europe NV/SA, UK Branch

  • Barry Garbett, Lodge Tyre Co. Ltd
  • Ashley Panteli, Protyre

Staff Training & Development Initiative of the Year Award – sponsored by GB Tyres Ltd

  • Bridgestone Europe NV/SA, UK Branch
  • Lodge Tyre Co. Ltd
  • Pirelli Tyres Ltd
  • Roadside Safety Ltd

Truck & Agricultural Tyre Supplier of the Year Award – sponsored by Continental Tyre Group Ltd:

  • GB Tyres UK Ltd
  • Kirkby Tyre Ltd
  • The Lodge Tyre Co. Ltd

Tyre Manufacturer of the Year Award – sponsored by The Commercial Vehicle Show:

  • Bridgestone Europe NV/SA, UK Branch
  • Hankook Tyre UK Ltd
  • Pirelli Tyres Ltd
  • Yokohama HPT Ltd

Tyre Retailer of the Year Awards – sponsored by Pirelli Tyres Ltd:

  • Freeway Exhaust and Tyre Centre Ltd
  • Lodge Tyre Co. Ltd
  • Merityre Specialists Ltd
  • Protyre
  • Stone Tyres Ltd

Tyre Wholesaler of the Year – sponsored by Compilator / Team Systems:

  • Bond International
  • GB Tyres UK Ltd
  • Kirkby Tyre Ltd
  • Stapleton’s (Tyre Services) Ltd

Worshipful Company of Wheelwrights Tyre Industry Environmental & Sustainable Solution Award:

  • Bridgestone Europe NV/SA, UK Branch
  • Continental Tyre Group Ltd
  • Michelin Tyre PLC
  • Yokohama HPT Ltd

In addition, the recipient of the Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Tyre Industry – sponsored by Hankook Tyre UK Ltd, together with the inaugural winners of the two new awards; Commercial Tyre Supplier of the Year – sponsored by Marsh Commercial and TRA (RRS) Member of the Year – sponsored by Michelin Tyre PLC will be announced on the evening.

NTDA Chief Executive Stefan Hay said: “There is no denying, that getting to this stage has been a long, frustrating and bumpy road. After the terrible disappointment of having to cancel last year’s event, we are now finally getting back on track and would like to thank all of the member companies who have supported the Association and entered the Tyre Industry Awards this year.

As always, we’ve had a fantastic array of quality submissions, although, as always, we would like to have received more tyre retailer entries, as after all, we are an association for tyre retailers!

Nevertheless, we are certain that we’re set for another unforgettable evening, especially as my co-host this year is Mark Durden-Smith who caused much hilarity in 2018 with his mad-cap antics. For many in the trade, October cannot come soon enough!”