Tex has a long and distinguished history as the supplier of wiper arms, wiper blades and rearview mirrors to the British motor industry, but sales of the latter have declined steeply in the last 12 months, owing to an influx of cheap foreign copies.
Since 2008, Tex Automotive has been a wholly owned subsidiary of British Motor Heritage (BMH), whose Managing Director John Yea has this warning for the classic car fraternity:
Examination of these fake products reveals they are of less robust quality and the glass is not ‘E’ marked, meaning the optical properties will not meet the legislative standard that existed when such items were originally manufactured. Yet more concerning is the discovery that some unscrupulous traders are passing them off as the genuine article – something we have proved through a dedicated ‘mystery shopping’ campaign.
Needless to say we will be taking action over this criminal activity, but in the meantime wanted to alert the public to the problem and help them avoid being tricked into buying these inferior, non-original specification products for their cherished classics. The obvious visual difference is that the copies lack the all-important Tex trademark, which on the genuine product is located in the pressing where the arm attaches to the mirror head.
Following BMH’s purchase of Tex, manufacture was relocated to the Heritage premises in Witney, and one of the highlights of the regular plant tours is seeing the production of genuine Tex product. The skilled assembly of the myriad small components is in stark contrast to the heavy duty production of replacement body panels and complete bodyshells that takes place throughout the rest of the factory, for which BMH is, of course, far better known.
Motoring Classics is the retail arm of BMH, which sells related products direct to the public via www.motoringclassics.co.uk.
Note: Press release courtesy of British Motor Heritage.