For Liverpool based wholesaler Kirkby Tyres, 2016 was something of a landmark year.

The company began a major infrastructure development, including investment in new tyre stillages, fixed racking, environmentally friendly LED T5 lighting technology replacing sodium lights, clean energy fuelled forklift trucks, and a major Warehouse Management System (WMS) project.

This will control movement of products from the receipt of advanced shipping notifications via Kirkby’s suppliers to the receipt handling, put-away, perpetual inventory and pick and dispatch of its orders to customers.

A full end to end product flow solution is in the implementation process, the wholesaler adds.


Kirkby’s infrastructure was not the only part of the company to be undergo development in 2016; it has made key personnel appointments, including new director of business development & special projects – and chairman of the NTDA’s Tyre Wholesalers Group – John Parker, who has nearly three decades in wholesale out of 45 years in the tyre industry.

“After leaving my previous employment and in-depth discussions with Kirkby’s senior management, I became excited by the opportunity to join the company and become involved in its future plans and direction,”

Parker said. “My previous experience in off-highway and truck tyre wholesaling combined with Kirkby’s brand portfolio and standing in the marketplace, made joining the company an easy decision to make. I am proud to have become an integral part in the company’s strategy for long term and sustained growth.”

Kirkby added that its recruitment of such a high profile figure in the UK tyre wholesale sector reflects its intention to cement a leading position as an independent truck and off-highway tyre wholesaler in the UK and Ireland.

In addition to Parker, Kirkby also appointed Craig Holdsworth, who has 15 years’ tyre industry experience, as area sales manager (Midlands & East Anglia).

Holdsworth has held various sales roles with Starco, Kumho, Stapleton’s and Alessio Wheels.

Read more about our landmark year  on the Tyre Press site, here