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OTR Tyres and The County Tyres Group expanded their operations in formation of new company

The new company is to enhance the service to earthmover
tyre users in South West England and South Wales.
The new company, County OTR Tyres, will have Regional Service Hubs
based in Taffs Well (Cardiff), Bristol, Launceston and Frome with a new
Service Site planned for West Wales.

"What this means for customers is an increased support network with
enhanced earthmover tyre operations throughout the regions. The formation
of County OTR Tyres brings together the two main operators in the South
West and Wales to enhance the service that is provided. The combination of
local knowledge, experience, resources and global best practice will not only
benefit our customers, but the industry as a whole", commented Graeme
Manning, OTR Commercial Director and MD of the new company.

County Tyres Group was established in 1937 and expanded its operations
quickly from its Bristol headquarters to become one of the largest independent
tyre distributors in the United Kingdom. Founded by Arthur Peters and his
wife, the company grew from its original Bristol base with a depot opening in
Wales, followed by a further four opening around the West Country. The
company now handles car, truck, agriculture and industrial tyres as well as
their earthmover market share.

OTR Tyres was established in 1977 and has grown from a company with
three tyre fitters serving the open coal industry in England to the largest
earthmover tyre supplier in the UK. OTR now operate from 18 different sites in
the UK, supplying some 3500 earthmover tyres to the Quarry, Plant Hire, Coal
and Waste Sectors. Based near Alfreton, Derbyshire OTR operate from a 5.75
acre site which houses a purpose built retreading facility offering quality
retread tyres.

"From the initial discussions with OTR it was clear that our objectives for the
region were similar, to provide our earthmover tyre customers with the best
products and service available. By combining the facilities, resources,
systems, health and safety and training and of course experience of both
companies we are able to do this", said Brian Duguid, Managing Director of
County Tyres.

The two companies have a combined experience of over 100 years within the
tyre marketplace with all staff undergoing rigorous training to ensure that they
stay at the forefront of industry developments. Combine this with OTR’s
excellent health and safety record and County Tyres’ range of additional
services and this new affiliation will set unrivalled standards in South West
England and South Wales.

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