Hornby Tyrepower – Christchurch
Phone: +64 3341 5497
Tyres Brands: Cooper Tires, Hankook, Yokohama, Toyo Tires, Pirelli, Kumho, Goodyear, Falken, Dunlop, Michelin, Nitto, Goodride, Nankang, Nitto.
Address: 240 Main South Road, Hornby, Christchurch.
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 07:30 – 17:00, Saturday: Close, Sunday: Close.
In 1977 in Australia, ten independent tyre store owners got together to improve the purchase price of tyres. After the success, they founded a TyrePower company, managing to pass on the price improvement to their customers by offering better prices in the market.
Over the years, the company became the largest independent tyre dealer network in Australasia. Each tyre store is managed by its owners, which generates a faster response speed and excellent service to each local customer. Besides, each store shows the name of the owner and has an internal code of conduct for each owner and employees, developing great confidence from the customer.
Nowadays, the company in addition to only selling tyres also offers batteries, puncture repair, brakes, WOF, suspension, air conditioning, transmission flush, wheel alignment, balancing and rotation and more.
In New Zealand has more than 16 stores, the locations are Kerikeri, Whangaparaoa, Otahuhu, Piopio, Warkworth, Whangarei, New Lynn, Christchurch, Te Aroha, Ellerslie, Helensville, East Tamaki, Oxford, Gisborne, Hastings, North Shore, Otago and Glen Innes.
Tyres in Christchurch
There are an estimated 293.000 vehicles in Christchurch, which means there are 1.460.000 tyres in this city.
Christchurch is located on the east coast of the South Island; it is the second-largest city and third most populated in New Zealand. It is also the gateway to the Canterbury region. It is a city prone to earthquakes were recently in 2011, unfortunately, caused much destruction and thousands of deaths. There are several museums like the Quake City to know this kind of phenomena with testimonies and their different technical aspects. It is also the oldest city, which was founded in 1850 where it is the seat of the Canterbury Regional Council. It is next to the New Zealand Alps and the Banks peninsula and is a beautiful destination both for its cultural richness and its spectacular surroundings.
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Pirelli Tyres History
It was on January 28, 1872 when Giovanni Battista Pirelli obtained the registration of a company that began as a producer of rubber objects and has ended up being a benchmark for high-performance tires
Born on December 27, 1848 in Varenna, Giovanni Battista Pirelli was the eighth of ten children of Santino Pirelli, a baker, and Rosa Riva, although only five survived. After his initial studies, he transferred to Milan to study physics and mathematics, then to Pavia to expand them, he enlisted with Garibaldi’s troops in the War of Independence of 1866 and finally returned to Milan to obtain the title of industrial engineer, that he got with the best grades of his promotion.
That earned him a scholarship that, through Europe, allowed him to meet great companies, personalities and production methods. But above all, an element that was revolutionizing the industry: rubber, or elastic rubber. The fellowship lasted until September 1871. But Pirelli already had an idea in mind, and so, on January 28, 1872, he founded the GB Pirelli & Co., of which he was the sole managing partner, with a registered capital of 215,000 lire. His first factory, on the banks of the Sevesetto, was modest, with only a thousand square meters and just 45 workers, which in just 10 years will already be 250.
Initially with rubber tubes and tapes, but gradually expanding the business to shoe soles, raincoats or tire cables, only three years after the company was founded, half of the country’s demand for rubber objects is Pirelli. But that’s not enough. Pirelli’s mind for the future leads him to see the future in telecommunications. And it is there where from 1881 onwards it will expand its range of products, with submarine cables for telecommunications, which allowed the telegraph cables to be passed under water not only in Italy, but also in Africa or from Barcelona to Palma de Mallorca.
That prosperity also had to confront legitimate workers’ demands. That is where the first chapter of the Pirelli series begins and ends, with the strike on May 5, 1898 that resulted in the Bava Beccaris massacre, with 418 people killed and hundreds injured by police and government repression. Giovanni Battista Pirelli thinks from his factory how to improve the employment situation, which in the future will lead to a scientific organization of work, the presence of doctors and psychological tests and an improvement in working conditions. But just before, in 1901, the production of what would be the signature work and hallmark of the firm had started: automobile and motorcycle tires.
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