HB Commercial opens brake refurb site
Service, parts and rental specialist HB Commercial has opened a remanufactured caliper and brake shoe facility at its parts supply centre in Bury St Edmunds.
The firm is based in Ipswich and operates workshops and support hubs in the port towns of Harwich and Felixstowe. It claims the new facility will cut costs by reducing its reliance on imported parts, improve reliability and speed up delivery.
“As friction specialists, we have been re-lining brake shoes since the 1980s,” said operations director Oliver Brunt, “so the addition of the new facility is a natural fit. Our customers are now benefiting from the low cost, wide choice and fast supply, which the new service brings.”
“Being able to produce 90% of the market requirement on a same-day basis enables us to quickly respond to a wide range of parts requirements at an affordable rate. Furthermore, operators can reduce running costs, minimise down-time and, by reusing the components, make a positive contribution to the environment.”
Bretts signs up to five good years
Goodyear has signed a contract with warehousing and distribution specialist Bretts Transport to supply its 246-strong fleet with Fuelmax Gen-2 tyres for the next five years.
The deal includes tyre management via Goodyear’s Truckforce brand. All of the tyres will be fitted with RFID tags for identification and use tyre management and tracking systems, which the manufacturer claims increases efficiency and, due to the tracking element, serves as a deterrent to thieves.
According to Goodyear, the Gen-2 tyres are quieter, improve mileage by 10% and all-weather capability by 10% compared to the previous generation Fuelmax rubber.
“We have a large fleet of premium vehicles, and we aim to provide consistently high levels of service to our customers to enable them to grow with us,” said Bretts managing director, Simon Brett, “this partnership with Goodyear will enable us to continue with that, minimising down time and keeping us where we need to be for longer – on the road.”
Earlier this month, the tyre manufacturer also announced it had become the lead sponsor of the Promoter’s Cup category of the FIA European Truck Racing Championship, which will subsequently be renamed the Goodyear Cup. The category, which has existed since 2017, is dedicated to upcoming drivers.