Martin O’Shea has been appointed to the new position of Quality Test Engineer / Manager 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 said: “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.