The AAPEX blog is designed to keep attendees ahead of the curve year-round as the automotive aftermarket faces near-constant change that presents both opportunities for growth, as well as long-term shifts and threats.
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Blog Created to Enhance AAPEX Experience

Industry members planning on attending this year’s Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) are now able to turn to the event’s new blog for insights from industry experts on how the latest vehicle technologies, trends and issues are impacting the global automotive aftermarket.

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Truck Tire Market Analysis

An unexpected surge in domestic truck tire demand in the second half led to a record number of replacement truck tire shipments in 2017. Unable to produce enough tires to meet the demand, Tier 1 and Tier 2 manufacturers lost market share versus 2016.

The OTR tire factory in Bloomington, Ill., produces .29 OTR tirs a day, according to Modern Tire Dealer's Facts Issue.
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Bridgestone Expands OTR Tire Production in U.S.

Bridgestone Americas Inc. will spend $12 million to expand production at its Bloomington, Ill., off-the-road tire plant. The expansion means for the first time the company's 29-, 33- and 35-inch OTR tires will be made outside of Japan. 

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ZC Rubber Marks 60 Years of Growth

Zhongce Rubber Group Co. Ltd. (ZC Rubber) is celebrating the 60 years of work that have transformed the company from a bicycle tire manufacturer to a top Chinese tire maker with revenue of more than $4 billion.

Peter Gibbons likes hiking and reading, and also supports the Glasgow Celtic soccer club. He earned a physics degree from the University of Edinburgh and has a MBA from Strathclyde Business School in Glasgow, Scotland.
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Meet 8 Members of the TireHub Leadership Team

TireHub LLC has revealed the names of six leaders from Bridgestone Americas Inc. and Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. who are working with industry newcomer Peter Gibbons at the newest U.S. tire distribution company. There’s also another former Starbucks leader on board.

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