Description Viking International, Glasgow
Viking Wholesale Tyres offers a full range of car, van, 4x4 and high performance tyres, our stockholding includes all leading brands, Bridgestone, Continental, Pirelli, Michelin, Goodyear and Dunlop.
Our private brands include Barum and Westlake which are supported with a wide variety of marketing and point of sale materials.
1973 - Viking Tyres (UK) Ltd in Didcot is established as the sole importer of the Viking Tyre brand in the UK. 1978 - Birkenshaw Distributors Ltd is established in Glasgow to distribute tyres to independent retailers and Smiley Tyres & Exhausts in Scotland. 1980 - Birkenshaw Distributors Ltd is renamed Birkenshaw International and commences distributing Gislaved tyres in Scotland and uniquely expands product offerings to include exhaust systems, brake parts and shock absorbers. 1983 - Birkenshaw International acquires a Preston based wholesaler. 1986 - Viking Tyres (UK) Ltd acquires Liverpool based wholesaler, Northern Tyre Service and also secures sole UK distribution of Gislaved. Birkenshaw International commences trading with Viking Tyres UK Ltd and secures exclusive Gislaved Distributorship in Scotland.
1988 - East Midland Tyre Company, a regional tyre wholesaler based in Desborough Northamptonshire is acquired by Viking Tyres UK Ltd. 1990 - Birkenshaw International opens a warehouse in Liverpool. 1991 - Birkenshaw International is the first UK wholesaler to sell car tyres with a Lifetime Guarantee. 1992 to 1997 - Birkenshaw International further expands to include warehouses in Edinburgh, Manchester & Gateshead. 1998 - Tyre Expert is launched in the UK, jointly administered by Birkenshaw International and Viking Tyres UK Ltd.
1999 - Viking Tyres (UK) Ltd sells 1, 000, 000 tyres in a single trading year and extends its warehousing by 30, 000 sq.ft. by opening a new site near Tonbridge (Kent). 2000 - Viking Tyres (UK) Ltd merges with Birkenshaw International creating Viking International, a truly national wholesaler, and now the largest tyre and automotive component wholesaler in the U.K. Viking International offers a wide range of tyres, exhausts, brakes and shock absorbers from all warehouses.
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