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When China and friends took over
August 18, 2014

When China and friends took over  

The year is 2024. Consumer tire imports from China are way down compared to 10 years ago.

Tags: Bob Ulrich, Bob Ulrich editorial, Editorial

Nokian Tyres offers the Flat Run line of run-flat tires for both passenger and SUV vehicles. The
August 19, 2014

Run-flats: what a difference a decade makes  

There seems to be love and hate relationships when it comes to run-flat tires (RFT). Auto manufacturers love offering the selling point of better fuel economy due to the lighter vehicle weight that run-flats offer by eliminating a spare tire. Consumers hate the high cost to replace original equipment run-flats and are struggling with their comfort level. Tire makers are caught in the middle.

Tags: Atturo Tire Corp., Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, Continental Tire the Americas LLC, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Hankook Tire America Corp., Michelin North America Inc., Nokian Tyres Inc., Pirelli Tire North America, Run-flat tires, Sentury Tire Americas, Yokohama Tire Corp.

Ziegler Tire & Service in Akron, Ohio, promotes the use of run-flat tires at the sales counter.
August 19, 2014

Five must-follow technological trends  Cover Story

When Henry Ford decided to produce his famous V8 motor, he chose to build an engine with all eight cylinders cast in one block, and instructed his engineers to produce a design for the engine. The design was placed on paper, but the engineers agreed, to a man, that it was simply impossible to cast an eight-cylinder engine block in one piece. Ford replied, “Produce it anyway.”

Tags: Carbon Revolution, Infotainment, Kevin Rohlwing, Spare tires, Technology, Tread compounds

Vogue Tyre board member Doug Dodson, grandson of Lloyd Dodson, who purchased West Coast distribution
August 19, 2014

Vogue Tyre turns 100  

To commemorate its 100th anniversary in 2014, Vogue Tyre & Rubber Co. held an anniversary celebration in Chicago for employees and business partners. Vogue Tyre was started in 1914 by Harry Hower, a chauffeur who the company says invented the whitewall tire with a patented gold stripe design

Tags: 100 year anniversary, 100 years, Vogue, Vogue Tyre & Rubber Co.

Consumers are spending money on deferred tire and service purchases
August 19, 2014

Consumers are spending money on deferred tire and service purchases  

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

Tags: Nick Mitchell, Your Marketplace

Plombco offers wheel weights for alloy and steel rims. The heavy-duty TALZ zinc weight is a
August 19, 2014

Wheel weights: Clip-ons or bags?  

Balancing all wheel positions, including trailer tires, has been documented to increase fuel economy by 1% to 2%, according to Derek Forney, marketing coordinator, International Marketing Inc. (IMI). “In fact, nearly half of a truck’s fuel efficiency related to tires comes from the trailer,” says Forney.

Tags: 3M, IMI, Perfect Equipment Inc., Plombco, Wheel Weights

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