Simon Blair, MD of Stud Extract, campaigns for minimum quality standard for HGV components

Simon Blair, Managing Director of Stud Extract, has been campaigning for a minimum standard of quality for components to be fitted to HGVs. Below is an letter Simon sent to his local MP, Angela Rayner.

Dear Minister,

May I thank you once again for taking the time out from your constituency business to visit me for a brief tour and meeting  in March 2017.

May I respectfully remind you of my business, Stud Extract, which was established in 2010. As you know we are based in Audenshaw, Tameside, and employ a sizeable workforce of skilled local people. Our niche specialism lies in supplying HGV, PSCV and trailer wheel hub repairs to a loyal and growing customer base, throughout the UK.

Year on year, our turnover has grown from £200,000 to £1.1 million. We have reinvested much of that profit in the business to ensure longer term, sustainable growth, and we are now enjoying an enviable reputation for innovation and quality. At inception, our products were not only market leading, the ability to refurbish wheel hubs with minimum disruption to transport fleets, maintaining quality and minimising downtime, was completely unique.  We estimate we have saved thousands of pounds for our transport and logistics clients.

As our road network and particularly freight demands increase, our clients advise that they have never been under more pressure to keep freight on the road for the maximum amount of time. We feel there is an urgent need to stamp out rogue wheel suppliers, manufacturing inferior products, for the longer-term safety of the industry. We see increasing momentum to ensure the industry acts together, to maintain safely levels, particularly as product liability will be inevitably scrutinized as we move to our roads containing a mixture of both driver-led and autonomous vehicles.

Our family run business has not only enjoyed considerable success, it strives to deliver an extremely high level of technical expertise and customer satisfaction (my father and I are the founding directors). Our passion lies in continued innovation, growing our customer base as a specialist supplier to the transport and logistics industry, always mindful of the need to prioritise safety.

As you will remember during the tour of my business premises we discussed the critical safety aspects of our manufacturing process, and how there are similar businesses attempting to manufacture inferior replica products at increasing speed, into the transport market.  I am in no doubt, from our own test and client feedback, that these products are of poor quality and increase risks to both fleet customers and the public, on our roads.

My personal goal is to grow our business turnover to £4 million, through promotion of industry best practice, to grow understanding of the need to manufacture a quality product which minimises the risks associated with transporting heavy loads. Our wheel hubs are refurbished to a standard where they cannot be distinguished from a new hub, at a fraction of the cost and down time.

I can only but imagine how busy you have been the past months with the election. May I offer my personal congratulations on your re-election and thank you for your interest in supporting my business.

Now seems a prudent time, so I am writing to you, at your suggestion, in the hope that you are able to secure contact with the Transport Minister’s Office, in the hope of securing an audience or platform where I may discuss:

  • My safety concerns for the freight transport industry, and how our products assist
  • The risks associated with inferior products for freight and commercial vehicles, placing both drivers and their loads at risk of serious accidents
  • My views on future policy development to ensure industry growth, with appropriate safeguarding.

Overall, I reiterate that I am interested in helping to shape the future of the transport industry, minimising risks to industry professionals and the general public, in an era where we will soon welcome driverless vehicles to our roads. As a small business, I am keen to promote small businesses within the North West while representing the views of major hauliers.

May I reiterate my sincerity and interest in industry best practice and future Government policy, to help guide safety within the important area of the UK economy.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Simon Blair, Managing Director, Stud Extract Limited

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