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Nitto covered the SEMA Show in real time at its booth.
December 15, 2014

2014 SEMA Show coverage  

Cab drivers in Las Vegas were told to be ready for 140,000 visitors during Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week. That estimate proved to be too low.

Tags: 2014 SEMA Show

The market is transitioning to Increased Flexion and Very High Flexion tractor tires, says
December 16, 2014

Farm tire market trends for 2015  

Corn production in the Midwest was greater in August than was forecast. At the same time, cotton production in the South was down year-over-year.

Pirelli developed the P Zero All Season Plus for North American driving enthusiasts. It offers
December 16, 2014

As he departs, Ferrari lets Pirelli dealers know what to expect  

Paolo Ferrari is going to be a hard act to follow at Pirelli Tire North America Inc. After three years as chairman, CEO and president, Ferrari is taking over Pirelli Latin America.

Tags: Bill Bainbridge, Paolo Ferrari, Pirelli Tire North America, Woody Rogers

Bridgestone officials gather in front of the new OTR tire plant for a ribbon cutting. From left to
December 16, 2014

Bridgestone opens first radial OTR tire plant outside Japan  

Building Bridgestone’s biggest tires requires 40 tons of rubber a day, equipment that stands three stories tall and a plant that spans 1.5 million square feet. And that’s just the beginning.

Tags: Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Aiken County , New Plants, OTR tires

Thanks a bunch!
December 15, 2014

Thanks a bunch!  

We couldn’t put out Modern Tire Dealer month to month without our readers. You are the heart and soul of this magazine.

Tags: Bob Ulrich, Bob Ulrich editorial, Discount Tire Co.

Dealers told MTD that the top issues for 2015 will be nothing new -- employee recruitment and
December 16, 2014

Dealers say recruitment and regulations are top challenges in 2015  

What issues will preoccupy tire dealers in the next 12 months? Employee recruitment, government regulation, margin pressures and casing supply, according to dealers we contacted. Although the year is new, the top issues affecting dealers’ operations are not. Many dealers cited these same challenges in 2014.

Tags: Ann Neal, Government regulations, recruitment

Hyun Bum Cho, Hankook’s president, chief marketing officer and chief corporate management
December 16, 2014

Hankook introduces an entry-level global tire brand  

Hankook Tire Co. Ltd. launched a global brand with lines for the passenger, UHP, on- and off-road SUV/LT and winter markets in Las Vegas during the 2014 Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week. Laufenn brand tires will be available in the U.S. in March 2015 in sizes covering up to 75% of the U.S. market.

Tags: Hankook Tire America Corp., Laufenn, LT tires, SUV tires, UHP tires

Pent-up demand should lead to decent volumes throughout the selling season
December 15, 2014

Pent-up demand should lead to decent volumes throughout the selling season  

According to the results of our survey, demand for replacement tires remained somewhat encouraging in October. Indeed, from a volume standpoint the dealers reported that they sold 0.8% more tires last month on a year-over-year basis, following a 1.2% increase in September and a 0.1% increase in August.

Tags: Nick Mitchell, Northcoast Research, Your Marketplace

A hard look at procrastination
December 16, 2014

A hard look at procrastination  

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show is always the first week in November, and it’s a reminder to me that the end of the year is near.

Tags: Counter intelligence, Procrastination, Sales training, Wayne Williams

Brityrex addresses ‘part-worn’ tires and tire labeling
December 16, 2014

Brityrex addresses ‘part-worn’ tires and tire labeling  

I recently attended the three-day Brityrex Show in the UK, and this biannual event featured for the very first time a special seminar entitled TyreTalk that incorporated a series of speakers from various aspects of the tire industry.

Tags: Brityrex show, European Notebook, European tire labeling, John Stone, Part-worn tires

CEO Jean-Dominique Senard delivered an impassioned speech regarding Groupe Michelin’s
December 16, 2014

Michelin Challenge Bibendum  

Groupe Michelin held its 12th annual Michelin Challenge Bibendum (MCB) in Chengdu, China, in November. The event brought together members of both the private and public sectors to examine sustainable mobility; this year’s conference focused on innovation in mobility, and how it can drive growth and urban well-being.

Tags: Groupe Michelin, Michelin Challenge Bibendum, Michelin North America Inc.

Figure 1: Registering the tire pressure sensor.
December 16, 2014

Optimal service for Kia Optima TPMS  

The tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) on a 2011 to 2013 Kia Optima monitors the air pressure in the four road tires with wheel-mounted tire pressure sensors. To do this, the system uses a TPMS receiver, four radio frequency (RF) tire pressure sensors, two warning indicators on the instrument cluster, and a data circuit to perform system functions

Tags: Kia Optima, Mitchell 1, Tire pressure monitoring systems, TPMS

Jimmy Yang, president of American Kenda Rubber Industrial Co. Ltd., reports the company is
December 16, 2014

Kenda is relying on research and development  

Kenda USA held its inaugural dealer and distributor meeting three days before the 2014 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas. Two of the highlights were the introduction of the Kenda Klever S/T and the rollout of the company’s new associate dealer program, Kenda Traction.

Tags: Dealer meeting, Jimmy Yang, Kenda USA

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