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“We need to improve our technical abilities in order to get more OE business,” says
October 13, 2014

Kenda says ‘No’ to status quo  

To Jimmy Yang, vice-chairman of Kenda Rubber Ind. Co. Ltd., status quo is unacceptable. The 52-year-old company was already one of the largest producers of specialty tires in the world when it began manufacturing passenger tires in 2001.

Tags: Jimmy Yang, Kenda USA, Tire plants

More than 3,800 people from over 78 countries attended the fifth annual Latin American &
October 13, 2014

A conversation with Gustavo Lima  

MTD had the opportunity to ask a number of wide-ranging questions of Gustavo Lima. Lima has 38 years of international tire industry experience. He is currently the CEO of the Latin American & Caribbean Tyre Expo, the Latin Auto Parts Expo and the newly announced North American Tire & Retread Expo that will be held in New Orleans next April. He’s also the CEO of Oriente Triangle Tire Latin America, a distributor of tires for Latin America based in Miami, Fla.

Tags: Gustavo Lima, North American Tire and Retread Expo, Trade show

TIA’s Matt White says the association will be offering new training programs in 2015.
October 13, 2014

5 years and counting: Latin American & Caribbean Tyre Expo  

The fifth annual Latin American & Caribbean Tyre Expo in Panama City, Panama, attracted roughly 3,800 qualified participants and 233 exhibitors from over 78 countries, according to show organizers.

Tags: Caribbean Tyre Expo, Matt White, Pirelli Pneus Ltd., TIA, Tire Industry Association

More than 2,000 people recorded the launching of the newest Goodyear blimp, Wingfoot One, on their
October 13, 2014

Wingfoot One takes flight  

More than 2,000 people witnessed the christening of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.’s newest blimp, Wingfoot One, last month. Richard Kramer, Goodyear chairman and chief executive officer, said the brand equity built by the airship helps the company sell tires around the globe. “It is invaluable, irreplaceable and one of a kind.”

Tags: Goodyear Blimp, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.

Prices were roughly flat on both premium and value brand tires
October 13, 2014

Prices were roughly flat on both premium and value brand tires  

According to the results of our survey, demand for replacement tires remained healthy in July. Indeed, from a volume standpoint the dealers reported that they sold 0.4% more tires last month on a year-over-year basis, following a 0.7% increase in June and a 1.3% increase in May.

Tags: Nick Mitchell, Your Marketplace

One stop for the Toyo All or Nothing Road Tour training truck was this Kauffman Tire location in
October 13, 2014

Toyo takes training on the road  

Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. hit the road with its “All or Nothing Road Tour” to train its top dealers on the features and benefits of two new Toyo tires, the Open Country R/T for light trucks and the premium, all-season Versado Noir for sedans and coupes.

Tags: All-Terrain Tires, Luxury Touring Tires, Road tour, Roy Bromfield, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp., Training

Dave Crawford plans to use his franchise experience to build a strong dealer support program and
October 13, 2014

‘We feel like we got our number one draft pick’  

Industry veteran Dave Crawford has taken on a new role as chief executive officer of The Hybrid Shop LLC (THS). In addition to overseeing day-to-day operations and management, Crawford will focus on expanding the THS network of franchise locations servicing all-electric and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs). THS founder and former CEO Matt Curry will continue to oversee the company’s evolution in his new position as chief visionary officer.

Tags: Dave Crawford, The Hybrid Shop

Improvements to the KO2 include thicker shoulder rubber extending down the sidewall to better resist
October 22, 2014

Same terrain, new KO tire  

The terrain is the same, but the new BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 light truck tire is different from its predecessor. By comparison, it has tougher sidewalls, longer tread life and improved traction for off-road and highway driving.

Tags: All-Terrain Tires, BFGoodrich, BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2, Michelin North America Inc.

#EverythingYouEverWantedToKnowAboutHashtags
October 21, 2014

#EverythingYouEverWantedToKnowAboutHashtags  

What’s with the pound signs everywhere? You know that symbol “#” over the number 3 on the keyboard that looks like a Tic-tac-toe game board. We used to call it the “pound sign,” now it’s hashtag this and hashtag that.

Tags: Social media, Wayne Croswell

Reifen Essen 2014: another record-breaking show
October 13, 2014

Reifen Essen 2014: another record-breaking show  

With Europe’s largest tire show well and truly over for another two years, event organizer Messe Essen has revealed that over the four days of the exhibition around 20,000 people came through the doors as visitors. This attendance figure is marginally higher than the previous figures in 2012, therefore setting a new record for the show.

Tags: John Stone, Reifen Essen, Trade show

Price fixation
October 21, 2014

Price fixation  

By the time the last tariff on Chinese consumer tire imports ran its course, the average price of a tire had risen 28.4% in four years. Those lingering 4 for $99 specials suddenly became 4 for $127.11.

Tags: Bob Ulrich, Chinese tariffs, International Trade Commission, ITC, Tariffs

AAPEX and the SEMA Show combined will offer more than 7,300 exhibitors with thousands of new
October 22, 2014

Learn from the experts at Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week  

With more than 2,000 new products on display, more than 2,300 exhibiting companies filling over one million square feet of the Las Vegas Convention Center, the 2014 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show is shaping up to be the biggest yet as industry optimism continues to build, according to Chris Kersting, SEMA president and CEO. The show will be held Nov. 4-7.

Tags: AAIW, AAPEX 2014, Las Vegas Convention Center, SEMA Show 2014, Seminars, Trade show

Healthy sales trends continued for manufacturer-branded tires
October 21, 2014

Healthy sales trends continued for manufacturer-branded tires  

According to the results of our survey, demand for replacement tires remained somewhat encouraging in August. Indeed, from a volume standpoint, the dealers reported that they sold 0.1% more tires last month on a year-over-year basis, following a 0.4% increase in July and a 0.7% increase in June.

Tags: Nick Mitchell, Your Marketplace

Managing customer expectations
October 22, 2014

Managing customer expectations  

It’s not unusual for me to have ideas. I’ve often said, “I have good ideas I haven’t even thought of yet.” However, every once in a while, I’m flooded with a tsunami of thoughts or ideas related to a particular subject. I’ve learned to write them down because as fast as they come, they go.

Tags: Counter intelligence, Tire pricing, Wayne Williams

Green tire technology
October 22, 2014

Green tire technology  

When tire labeling legislation came into force around two years ago in Europe, it was viewed by many people in the industry as a signal to move forward and make future tires as “green” and fuel efficient as possible.

Tags: European Notebook, Green tires, John Stone

RSR 1: In this example of the RSR and the template, the yellow lines on the innerliner represent the
October 22, 2014

Tire repair trends  

While there might be some debate regarding the first person to say “The only thing that is certain in life is death and taxes” (most attribute it to Ben Franklin), it’s obvious they were not talking about the tire business. Among the many certainties are the loss of tread depth, the dependence on natural rubber, the need for correct inflation pressure, and, of course, flat tires.

Tags: Kevin Rohlwing, TIA, Tire Industry Association, Tire repair

Figure 1: Removing and installing a one-piece sensor.
October 22, 2014

TPMS: 2005-11 Volvo V Series service  

The tire pressure monitor system (TPMS) on the 2005-11 Volvo V Series uses sensors mounted in the tire valves to check inflation pressure levels.

Tags: Mitchell 1, Tire pressure monitoring systems, TPMS

How to build more profits into mounting and balancing services
October 22, 2014

How to build more profits into mounting and balancing services  

In the September issue of MTD, dealers, business coaches and manufacturers shared suggestions for getting more profits from mounting and balancing services. The following article looks at how equipment maintenance and technician training speed bay turns and lower costs.

Tags: Ann Neal, Greg Meyer, Hennessy Industries Inc., Hunter Engineering Co., Kevin Keefe, Mounting and balancing

Apprentice technician Eric Gruler is one of 20 part-time employees at Discount Tire’s East
October 22, 2014

Discount Tire gives its customers the tools to buy  

Discount Tire is famous for offering free tire repairs at each of its 891 stores nationwide. That has been a staple of the organization since 1970.

Tags: Bruce Halle, Discount Tire Co.

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