Pro-Align, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of wheel servicing equipment to vehicle manufacturers, car dealerships, tyreshops and independent workshops, has announced a change of ownership following the retirement of two of its founding directors.
Established in 1990, husband and wife paring Paul and Kathryn Beaurain will bow out after 33 years, leaving the firm in the hands of fellow founder Philip Wylie.
Wylie will continue as the company’s sole owner and take up the role of executive chairman.
“I would like to thank Paul and Kathryn for the great work they have carried out over the last 30 or so years,” he said.
“Anyone who knows them, will testify to their passion and unwavering commitment to the Hunter brand and wheel alignment in general here in the UK.
“I am proud of what we have built together and am incredibly excited about the next phase in the company’s growth.”
Having originally formed as a wheel alignment centre in Northampton, Pro-Align became the exclusive UK distributor for Hunter branded equipment in the UK in 1996.
As well as being approved and used by most major vehicle manufacturers either in their dealerships or technical facilities, the Hunter equipment supplied by Pro-Align is also widely used within national repair chains, bodyshops, independent and commercial vehicle workshops. Today, Pro-Align has more than 5,000 wheel alignment, tyre changer and wheel balancer installations at more than 4,000 locations around the UK and Ireland.
“Looking ahead, these are incredibly exciting times for all of us at Pro-Align,” added Wylie. “We will continue to evolve our relationship with Hunter while also developing our structure, expanding our product range and investing in products and services that ensures Pro-Align remains the number one choice of workshops across the UK.”
Under the new ownership, Pro-Align will continue to be managed operationally by experienced CEO Clive Seabrook, who has been at the helm of the business since 2019.