Martin O’Shea has been appointed to the new position of Quality Director at GX2 Technology Group, the parent company of joint Michelin licensees Wheely-Safe and Fit2Go TPMS.
O’Shea will work jointly on projects for the two Staffordshire-based technology firms, which have established themselves as global players in automotive wheel and tyre safety systems for the fleet and consumer motoring markets respectively.
Aged 53, he joins the group from UTC Aerospace Systems where he worked as a Senior Development Engineer for the last eight years, testing aircraft thrust reversal systems. This followed an 11-year career as a Supervising Test Technician for TRW Automotive, now part of ZF Aftermarket.
Commenting on his appointment, O’Shea says: “I met the owners during the interview process and was sold on their enthusiasm and product development plans. I knew immediately this was a chance to be a part of something which is going to make a major contribution to road safety.”
Reporting to Gary Thomas, Group Director, his role will include testing and certifying new Wheely-Safe and Fit2Go TPMS prototypes ahead of production, as well as ensuring the quality of finished products prior to installation by customers.
Wheely-Safe, which won the prestigious Transport Technology of the Year Award at the National Technology Awards 2019, now has its wheel security system fitted to vehicles in more than 100 truck, bus and coach fleets across the UK. Its light vehicle tyre pressure management system is also being used in thousands of vans operated by major fleets, including utilities companies, local authorities and ‘blue-light’ operators.
Sister-company Fit2Go TPMS has pioneered a new generation of tyre pressure monitoring systems and pressure checking tools, designed to address under-inflation. It launched three new products in January 2019, each featuring sensors small enough to screw onto the tyre valves of motorcycles, cars, vans and trailers, including caravans.
Notes to editor:
Wheely-Safe Ltd is a technology start-up founded in 2010 by two lifelong friends – Gary Thomas, a Director of his own transport compliance consultancy, and Gary Broadfield, a Director of Technology and serial inventor for a large Japanese electronics manufacturer. Together they brought the marriage of skills required to help solve wheel loss issues in the automotive sector, and to tackle the huge number of vehicles driving every day on under-inflated tyres. The early years of Wheely-Safe concentrated on attaining worldwide patent protection and technology small enough to fit near the wheels of all vehicle types, from cars and vans to trucks and trailers – with its first products launched into the market during 2018. www.wheely-safe.com
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