United Kingdom Tyre Exporters Ltd (UK Tyres) is a family-run business of four generations that started back in the 1940s, when Albert Hannington’s father George Hannington had been buying and selling tyres from the back of a horse and cart. From these humble beginnings, in 1951 Albert Hannington formed a car salvage business in Notting Hill, West London.
From selling car parts for a number of years, Albert saw the potential of the tyre industry and opened his first tyre shop in Latimer Road, W10. The company AH Tyre Mart was formed at this time. Within a year, Albert had a small yard in the same area dealing in tyre fitting and also tyre casings. A chance meeting with Jack Sharples of Goodyear Tyre Co. gave Albert a great business opportunity to become one of his best customers.
During the 1960s, the business expanded rapidly and in 1966, Albert’s son David joined the company concentrating on the truck casings. The early 1970s saw the incorporation of United Kingdom Tyre Exporters Ltd who to this day 50 years on are still trading with Goodyear and now also Michelin, Bridgestone and Continental manufacturers. A larger premises followed in West London. David’s brother Paul had now joined the company also dealing in truck casings.
In 1974, United Kingdom Tyre Exporters Ltd purchased other premises in South London; this gave us the opportunity to restart the car casing business. Paul now turned his attention to this and formed Retreaders Requirements Ltd. This was to become one of the largest car casing companies in the UK and Europe. Paul has now been joined by his son and daughters and together Retreaders Requirements Ltd and Fourfor2 Ltd are still growing, selling tyres to remoulders and part-worn tyre shops.
In 1978, Albert’s youngest son Robert had now joined the company. 1990 was a sad year for every one with the loss of Albert Hannington, who died at the age of 65 at work doing what he loved best selling and fitting tyres.
Now we have three large sites on Scrubs Lane, North West London, one of which with the foresight and hard work of Robert Hannington, 108 Scrubs Lane is a fully licensed waste transfer station handling most waste streams. The other is a fully licensed metal recycling business run by another one of Albert’s grandsons. This was an opportunity for the Hannington family to diversify into a different industry, and Capital Waste Services was founded in 2012.
United Kingdom Tyre Exporters Ltd is still very active in the truck casing market, with David and Robert working closely with RT Tyres, a loyal customer and friend of 30 years. With five of Albert’s seven grandsons in the business, United Kingdom Tyre Exporters has a large Truck & Plant division, with 10 call-out vans on the road. In addition to our main branch still on Scrubs Lane, we now have a site in North London, NW7, where we are able to do MOTs, servicing, brakes, batteries and wheel alignment alongside the new, part-worn and remould tyre fitting.
Our highly skilled and dedicated workforce will ensure you get all your tyre needs sorted as quickly and cheaply as possible, so discover why UK Tyres remains one of London’s most popular tyre businesses by getting in touch with us today.