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Company History

2013– 
Viking International secure the sole distributorship for Rovelo Tyres.

2013– 
Continental Tyres commit to increased availability of Barum Tyres to Viking International who have now been the sole UK distributors for over twenty years, Barum is one of the Largest private brands sold in the UK.

2012– 
Viking International secure the sole distributorship for Westlake Tyres who are manufactured by the World’s Tenth Largest Tyre Company.

2005 - 2010 – 
Warehouse capacity at Viking International’s warehouses continues to be enlarged and the Edinburgh warehouse is relocated to a new much larger facility.

2005–
Warehouse capacity at Viking International’s Tonbridge warehouse is doubled to hold 70,000 tyres.

2002
Axle Group Holdings purchases Viking International from the Continental Group.

2001
Viking International employs over 250 personnel and operates 100 vans from its eight warehouses, offering not only a next day service, but up to three deliveries per day in some areas.

2000
Birkenshaw International and Viking Tyres (UK) Ltd merge creating Viking International.

2000
Birkenshaw International sells 1,000,000 tyres in a single trading year.

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).

1992 to 1997 - 
Birkenshaw International further expands to include warehouses in Edinburgh, Manchester & Gateshead.

1991
Birkenshaw International is the first UK wholesaler to sell car tyres with a Lifetime Guarantee.

1990
Birkenshaw International opens a warehouse in Liverpool.

1988
East Midland Tyre Company, a regional tyre wholesaler based in Desborough is acquired by Viking Tyres UK Ltd.

1986
The Liverpool wholesaler, Northern Tyre Service is acquired by Viking Tyres (UK) Ltd who also secure the distribution of Gislaved Tyres with Birkenshaw International continuing to have the exclusive Gislaved Distributorship in Scotland.

1983
Birkenshaw International acquires a Preston based wholesaler.

1980
Birkenshaw Distributors Ltd is renamed Birkenshaw International and commences distributing Gislaved tyres in Scotland.

1978
Birkenshaw Distributors Ltd is established in Glasgow to distribute tyres to independent retailers and Smiley Tyres & Exhausts.

1973

Viking Tyres (which later became part of the Continental Tyre Group) set up a UK subsidiary, Viking Tyres (UK) Ltd in Didcot to be the sole importer of the Viking Tyre brand in the UK.