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24th November 2017
A successful show at Midlands Machinery!!

Our Managing Director Alex Burnand and colleague Mike Smith were manning the Air-Seal Products stand at The Midlands Machinery Show earlier this week, demonstrating how our tyre sealant can save customers much time, money and effort. We spoke to many happy customers over the two days and answered a lot of questions from new customers, with our show offers getting them started. Even after nearly eighteen years people are still amazed at how well Air-Seal Products tyre sealant works and how easy it is to install. We are looking forward to our next agricultural show will be LAMMA in January.

17th November 2017
Said Gidi, our Chilean Distributor exhibiting at EXPOCORMA 2017

EXPOCORMA is the leading business venture and trade expo in Latin America for forestry affairs and was held on the 8th - 10th November 2017 in Santiago, Chile.

Our Chilean Distributor Said Gidi was exhibiting last week and had a very successful show. Here he is surrounded by a crowd of interested spectators, demonstrating our premier tyre sealant.

 

15th November 2017
We're back again exhibiting at this years Midlands Machinery Show 22nd & 23rd November

Air-Seal Products Ltd are back again to exhibit at this years Midlands Machinery Show at Newark Showground on 22nd & 23rd November.

The show is organised by the Newark and Nottinghamshire Agricultural society, and is a platform for the small and medium sized agricultural businesses to show their diverse range of machinery and innovation to those who work in agriculture and have an interest in agriculture.

Come and see us knocking nails into a tyre on stand number JCH2 19 and discuss your tyre management needs.

23rd October 2017
Our Chilean distributor working hard at The Seguridad Show in Santiago, Chile

Here is Said Gidi, our Chilean distributor from Airseal-Chile, exhibiting at The Seguridad Show in Santiago, Chile. The show runs from 23rd - 25th October. You can find Said demonstrating our premier tyre sealants on Stand Number 643 ES.

 

3rd October 2017
Continued Decline in Casualties from Tyre-Related Incidents Cause for Motivation Not Complacency

Following a welcome but slight decrease in casualties caused by tyre-related incidents in 2016, TyreSafe is urging drivers and stakeholders to continue their efforts, not become complacent. 

The latest figures from the Department for Transport in its annual Reported Road Casualties Great Britain report show the number of people killed or seriously injured in tyre-related incidents fell to 158 from 162. Slight injuries were also down meaning the total number of casualties was 876, its lowest level recorded.

England and Wales recorded a fall in casualties from tyre-related incidents at (753 and 60 respectively) but Scotland saw a marked rise of nearly 30% (63 in 2016). The region reporting the highest number of casualties in England remains the South East which accounted for 7% of the national total (150 casualties).

With Tyre Safety Month beginning on 1 October, motorists and road safety stakeholders have the opportunity to join TyreSafe in raising awareness on the importance of regular maintenance checks and the dangers of defective and illegal tyres.

Stuart Jackson, Chairman of TyreSafe, said: “While it is, of course, welcome to see the number of casualties from tyre-related incidents decreasing, however slight, there are potentially thousands of families who have been affected. While maintenance checks won’t guarantee your safety, the chances of being involved in an incident will be significantly reduced if they’re carried out regularly. TyreSafe.org has a wealth of information and videos to guide drivers through the checks and Tyre Safety Month is an ideal opportunity to make a commitment to being tyre safe.

“Tyre safety is often taken for granted. Nobody expects to be a road casualty when they set off – check your tyres are roadworthy before you leave to reduce the risks.”

Drivers are reminded to check their tyres’ air pressure, condition and tread depth at least once a month and before long journeys. Tyresafe.org features a wide range of materials on how to carry out these checks along with videos and animations.

Tyre Safety Month 2017 focuses on the most frequent tyre defect of all – underinflated tyres. Research shows 57% of car and van tyres are being driven at least 4psi below the manufacturer’s recommended pressure settings. TyreSafe is asking motorists to make an ‘Air Appointment’ at least once a month to ensure they’re having a ‘Good Air Day’.

6th August 2017
Air-Seal Products became even more Eco Friendly January 2017

In January 2017, Air-Seal Products launched their new environmentally friendly Tyre Sealant. It is the same great product that has been helping companies save money on puncture costs and downtime over the past 17 years, but is now even better for the environment.
Air-Seal has always been a well known eco friendly product as it makes tyres last for longer meaning that fewer tyres end up in landfill and because it helps maintain the correct tyre pressure it helps save on fuel costs too. Tyres treated with our products can still be retreaded as well as being able to recycle the sealant to reuse it when you change your tyres, a key advantage over inferior products.
New at the beginning of this year, the Heavy Duty range became environmentally friendly by using Propylene instead of Ethylene Glycol. Apart from this and our new label nothing else changes, the product still works exactly the same, it just becomes even more environmentally friendly!
If you want to reduce your carbon footprint, choose Air-Seal Products Heavy Duty Tyre Sealant - It just works!

 

3rd August 2017
TyreSafe, the UK tyre safety organisation, is reminding all drivers to check their tyres before they

Tyre-related incidents are one of the most common causes of breakdowns on the roads, leading to extensive delays and increasing the chances of incidents, yet many of these could be avoided if owners ensured they were ready for the trip ahead. This is particularly important for owners of vehicles which have been in storage for an extended period of time, such as motorhomes classic cars and caravans. Many of which are being driven or towed for the first time this year.
Despite this, as many as one-in-five drivers have never checked their tyres. This rises to one-in-three among drivers under 25 years-of-age.
Essential holiday tyre checks
Air pressure - under- or over-inflated tyres will affect car handling and grip; properly inflated tyres reduce running costs and increase tyre life. Correct pressures can be found in the owner's manual, fuel filler cap or door shut. There are likely to be at least two recommended pressures - one for a light load and the other when fully laden, such as when travelling with family and all their luggage. Adjust pressures within two miles of home, not after travelling many miles.
Tread depth - drivers with insufficient tread depth face longer stopping distances, reduced grip and an increased risk of aquaplaning on wet roads. The minimum legal tread depth of all car, van (below 3.5 tonnes gross), trailer, caravan and motorhome tyres is 1.6mm. A 20-pence piece can be used as a guide to how close the tread is to the legal limit. Place the coin edge in the main tread of the tyre and look to see if the border is visible. If it is, you should have it checked by a professional as it may be illegal and unsafe to use.
Condition - all tyres should be free from any cuts, lumps, bulges or cracking. If there is any doubt of a tyre's roadworthiness, have it checked by a professional
Spare wheel/tyre - spare tyres must be given the same checks in case there is a need to use them. If you don't have a spare, drivers should be familiar with the how to use the spacesaver or emergency repair kit supplied with their vehicle
These checks should also be carried out by those using a vehicle, trailer or caravan for the first time after being in storage for a prolonged period and they should also be aware of other potential issues. Tyres which have been left exposed to ultraviolet light (UV) will deteriorate more rapidly, so particular attention needs to be paid to the signs of cracking or glazing on the sidewall of a tyre. Tyres also lose pressure over time, so these must be checked as they are likely to be below recommended settings.
Stuart Jackson, Chairman of TyreSafe, said: "The vast majority of us have experienced being stuck in a holiday traffic jam at one time or another but in our frustration, it's easy to forget the experience the driver, and their passengers, causing that delay might have been through. Whether the result is simply delayed holiday plans or something far more serious the thought that carrying out checks before they had left home might have avoided the situation only makes it worse. Tyre-related incidents are one of the most common on Britain's roads and it's the driver's responsibility to check they're roadworthy before they set off.
"TyreSafe urges all motorists this summer holiday to minimise the risks to themselves, their families and other road users by checking their tyres before they drive away for their getaway."

* Please find original article - www.tyresafe.org/media-centre/latest-news/

28th July 2017
Michelin warns fleets on cost of driving on under-inflated tyres

Michelin is warning businesses that the cost of driving on under-inflated tyres has risen over an 18-month period, in line with the cost of fuel. In June 2017, average pump prices in the UK reached 116.4 pence per litre for unleaded and 117.4 pence per litre for diesel – an increase of 13.9 per cent and 14.5 per cent respectively since 1 January 2016*.

Tyre pressures have a direct impact on a vehicle’s fuel economy, with under-inflation increasing both fuel usage and carbon emissions, whilst also posing serious safety risks to motorists and other road users.

Jonathan Layton, Michelin’s Head of Fleet, explains: “Driving on tyres just a few psi below the manufacturer’s recommended pressures will reduce a vehicle’s fuel efficiency on every single journey. As fuel costs rise, the impact of this under-inflation is pushing running costs higher.

“A lot of fleet drivers routinely monitor their average fuel consumption via the dashboard display, and many will even be aware of small differences between journeys. Just imagine how much UK businesses could save if drivers paid as close attention to their tyre pressures as they did to their mpg readout.

“Maintaining accurate tyre pressures is a small but simple step to improving fuel efficiency, maximising vehicle safety and reducing carbon emissions,” he adds.

UK data collected by Michelin over the last 10 years shows that, on average, at least 60 per cent of motorists drive on under-inflated tyres, and half of those are at dangerously under-inflated levels (more than 8psi).

As well as increasing fuel bills, under-inflation makes a vehicle’s steering less precise, increases stopping distances and leads to a higher risk of aquaplaning. It also reduces a tyre’s endurance capabilities, making it more prone to damage and possible rapid deflation.

Michelin testing has shown that a tyre which is 20 per cent under-inflated will typically return 20 per cent less mileage before needing to be replaced. That means a loss of 5,000 miles on a tyre which offers a potential mileage of 25,000 miles.

Tyre pressure check advice

Michelin advises motorists to check tyre pressures – including the spare – at least every month and before any long journeys. Pressures should ideally be checked when the tyres are cold, meaning they have not been used in the last two hours or have covered less than two miles at low speed.

27th July 2017
Tyre Wars - When is the best time to change tyres on your vehicles?

New research is splitting the tyre industry on when is best time for fleets to change rubber, after Michelin claimed that premature switches could hit businesses both in the wallet and environmentally.
The French manufacturer found that changing tyres with 3mm of tread left - almost double the current UK legal minimum of 1.6mm - could cost European drivers an extra £6.9bn a year in additional tyre purchases and extra fuel consumption through increased friction on the road surface.
Michelin also claimed that changing tyres too early would result in an extra 128 million tyres a year being used, causing an additional nine million tonnes of CO2 emissions through increased friction on the road and extra tyres being manufactured.
The firm likened changing tyres early to throwing away shoes because they needed to be cleaned, or putting a half full tube of toothpaste in the bin. In addition, Michelin said it could not see a correlation between a decreased tread depth, down to minimum of 1.6mm, and increasing accident rates
However, Continental - a company that has long campaigned for the tread depth limit of tyres to be upped - disagreed with Michelin's views on the grounds of road safety.
"A number of tests over decades proves without a doubt that the wet braking characteristics of summer tyres and the snow grip of winter tyres reduces disproportionately with tread depth of les than 3mm and 4mm respectively," a spokesman for Continental told BusinessCar. "Therefore, for safety reasons, we have been recommending for years to change summer tyres with tread depth of 3mm and winter tyres with tread depth of 4mm."
The spokesman added: "Continental continues to recommend a tyre change before reaching the legally mandated minimum residual tread depth of 1.6mm because the influence of physics on numerous safety-relevant tyre characteristics cannot be denied."
However, the idea of changing tyres at 3mm was branded as "ridiculous" by one fleet manager, with Andy Hyatt, transport and fleet manager at Ashford and St Peters Hospitals NHS Foundation, telling BusinessCar he asks the leasing company responsible for his vehicles to swap rubber when 2mm of depth is left "as by the time they've got their stuff together it's down to 1.6mm anyway."
He added that if he were to change tyres at 3mm, 2,000 - 3,000 miles worth of usable read would be wasted and suggested that the legal limit should be upped to 2mm. "At 2mm, people will push their luck and change at 1.6mm. At present people, people chance a change at 1mm and that's dangerous," he added.
Michelin's advice of replacing tyres early goes against that of fast fitter Kwik-Fit too, which earlier this year urged fleets to follow the lead of UK emergency services by changing tyres well before the 1.6mm threshold.
According to results of a Freedom of Information request made by Kwik-Fit, 73% of the UK's police, fire and ambulance services change tyres when between 2.6mm and 3mm worth of tread is left. Of the 95 units that responded to the Fol request, 73% have a formal tyre change policy in place, while the remaining third have an accepted practice on when to switch rubber.
Falken Tyre also advises changes at 3mm. However, Matt Smith, UK director of the company, told BusinessCar tread depth isn't the only thing to take into account when choosing the right time to switch and urged fleets with concerns to visit a tyre centre for a safety inspection. "Tyre safety is not merely about tread depth and consumers need to consider other factors to maintain their safety. These include tyre age, how they are stored and using the appropriate tyres for the vehicle and conditions," he said.
A number of factors need to be considered when deciding to replace tyres, a spokeswoman for Goodyear told BusinessCar, although the company recommended that tyres should be changed when the law dictates.
Michelin conceded, however, that factors other than tread depth play their part and called for an overhaul of the way new tyres are tested in light of its findings.
At present, tyre safety is ranked when the rubber is brand new, but the company called on the industry to conduct tests with worn tyres as well: "There is no consideration given to how their levels of performance will change over time. Michelin is now raising this issue - the fact that the only factor for safety is tyre performance not tread depth. Michelin is calling on industry test bodies and consumer organisations to start comparing and testing tyres when they are worn to the legal limit."

Business Car - June 2017

Issue 271

24th July 2017
Our product is so much safer - Holt JCB fined 67,000 following injury to worker

 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 10:20

JCB dealer prosecuted after vehicle wheel falls on employee resulting in broken bones in his feet

JCB dealers Holt JCB Ltd have been fined after the wheel of an industrial vehicle fell on to one of their workers at a site in Port Talbot, South Wales.

Swansea Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 8 April 2016, an apprentice had been tasked with changing air-filled tyres with foam tyres on a machine intended for use at a recycling site.

While carrying out the changeover, a wheel weighing more than 400kg fell on the man leaving him with broken bones in both feet.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the company did not have any handling equipment for wheels, had not assessed the operation and had not trained workers on how to handle wheels.

Holt JCB pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Manual Handling Regulations 1992 and were fined £67,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,929.70.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Steve Richardson said: ‘This incident could have been prevented if the company had used a mechanical wheel handler costing less than £700. Measures such as this would have been apparent had the task been properly assessed.’

 

 

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