With 8 strategically located warehouses around the UK, Viking International can offer up to three times a day delivery. With a heritage stretching back over 30 years, Viking International have built an enviable reputation in tyre wholesaling for the quality of our products, the competitiveness of our prices and the speed and accuracy of our delivery service. Viking International continues to add value to its business proposition, ensuring that our customers receive the very best levels of service and support available. Viking International also provides a Trade Area designed for the benefit of our loyal customers featuring special offers and competitions.
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.