TotalKare’s move into the brake testing arena has gathered pace this week, with the appointment of one of the sector’s leading experts.

Graham Simmons, who has been working with garage equipment for more than 23 years, has joined the Halesowen-based company as Product Specialist and will be responsible for driving the firm’s in-ground and mobile brake tester sales. He will be responsible for growing the team and cascading his knowledge down to the business’ fleet of service engineers that look after customers from all the over the UK. It’s an ambitious task for the former instrument making apprentice, who will look to build on the interest generated by the introduction of brake testing equipment into TotalKare’s product portfolio.

“I’m really excited to be joining, especially as I get to put my own stamp on how the company does things in the brake tester marketplace. The initial focus will be on training our service engineers on the brake testers, making sure we offer the same level of service, professionalism and maintenance support as we are known for in heavy-duty lifting products. The remit doesn’t stop there as I’ll also be providing technical support to the sales department and shaping TotalKare’s future recruitment strategy, so we have the capacity to meet expected demand from clients,” explained Graham.

TotalKare launched its new brake tester range last month, the first time the business has introduced non-lifting products to its portfolio. Available as mobile or in-ground options, the brake tester is technically advanced and amongst the strongest and most reliable brake testing systems currently available. It is hot galvanised to improve durability and features app technology so that data and subsequent analysis can be completed on a tablet (also supplied by TotalKare).

Graham, who has travelled the world servicing and maintaining brake testers, went on to add: “The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency recommends that companies test the brakes on their vehicles as part of their regular servicing programme and keep accurate records – we anticipate this will see many small and medium-sized garages investing in their own brake testers.

“This gives them the autonomy they need to service their client’s needs and avoids any unnecessary downtime and costs that could be associated with having to book in at larger garages.”

He concluded: “It’s an exciting challenge and one I’m looking forward to playing an integral role in.”