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Rolling down the highway
July 7, 2015

Rolling down the highway  

Truck tire shipments are off to a great start in 2015. Compared to last year, replacement shipments are up between 4% and 5%, while original equipment shipments are up 20%.

Tags: Brand shares, Commercial tires, Medium/heavy truck tires, Truck tires

The sun is shining on the economic forecast for the construction industry in 2015, and tire dealers
June 30, 2015

Mixed results: Construction season isn’t delivering steady tire sales  

Construction crews are back to work across much of America, and economists are predicting the construction rebound is going to continue.

Tags: Commercial tires, Construction Tire, Joy Kopcha, Off-road tire, Tire Dealers Warehouse

CSA and the changing face of truck tire service
June 30, 2015

CSA and the changing face of truck tire service  

Between April 2001 and December 2003, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted a Large Truck Crash Causation Study to determine reasons for serious accidents involving vehicles over 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight. The results showed the majority of the crashes were caused by the driver, but lack of vehicle maintenance was also a significant factor.

Tags: Compliance Safety & Accountability, CSA, Kevin Rohlwing, Truck tires

Alliance says it developed the Galaxy Giraffe XLW with extremely sturdy sidewalls, special tread
April 14, 2015

Sales of industrial tires pick up as ports and construction sites get busier  

When the mining industry slumped, OTR retreader Noah Hickman of H&H Industries Inc. looked elsewhere for business. “We’ve branched out into markets such as ports, construction, and other areas to combat the slowdown of the coal market,” says Hickman, whose Oak Hill, Ohio-based company holds the No. 25 spot on Modern Tire Dealer’s “2015 Top 100 retreaders” list.

Tags: Alliance Tire Group, BKT Tires (USA) Inc., Camoplast Solideal Inc., Continental Tire the Americas LLC, East Bay Tire Co., Industrial tires, Michelin North America Inc., Rovince International Corp., Trelleborg Wheel Systems Americas Inc.

Andrew Stivers applies tread rubber at the Great Lakes Best-One Tire and Service’s Bandag
April 10, 2015

Plentiful low-cost truck tire imports cloud retreaders’ outlook  

Production of retreaded truck tires grew nearly 5% in 2014, according to Modern Tire Dealer market data. Yet David Stevens, managing director of the Tire Retread and Repair Information Bureau (TRIB) says retreaders expect a flat year in 2015. “I don’t think anyone is forecasting much in the way of growth,” he says

Tags: Retreaders, Retreading, Top 100 Retreaders list

Titan’s LSW tire (right) is designed to help eliminate road lope and power hop.
February 13, 2015

Titan in 2015  

Following the first three quarters of 2014, Titan International Inc. Chairman and CEO Morry Taylor explained to the investment community how his company would rebound from a net loss of $27.4 million on net sales of $1.5 billion.

Tags: Bob Ulrich, Farm Tires, Titan Tire Corp.

The average truck tire retreader produced 516 truck tire retreads a day.
February 12, 2015

Top 100 retreaders: An analysis  

An analysis of Modern Tire Dealer’s “Top 100 retreaders in the U.S.” list is more than a microcosm of the domestic retreading industry. It represents such a large percentage of output that it almost speaks for the industry as a whole.

Tags: Retreading, Top 100 Retreaders

Sizes in the Yokohama RB42 E4 dump truck tire line now range from 18.00R33 to 33.00R51.
February 12, 2015

TIA will showcase training at its 60th OTR conference  

Sixty years ago, no one was producing a 63-inch giant OTR tire, much less retreading one. Today, 63-inch tires are in demand all over the world. And a number of companies, including Purcell Tire & Rubber Co. in Potosi, Mo., are profitably selling, retreading and/or repairing them.

Tags: Off-the-Road Tire Conference, Off-the-road tires, OTR tires, TIA, Tire Industry Association

Skid steer tire designs can optimize performance at certain types of job sites. For example, massive
February 12, 2015

Skid steer operators are on a tire-buying spree  

An improving economy and products that address specific application and performance needs are fueling sales of skid steer tires, according to dealers and manufacturers. Customers are relying on commercial dealers to help determine the product best suited for their needs.

Tags: Alliance Tire U.S.A., Camoplast Solideal Inc., East Bay Tire Co., Greenball Corp., Michelin North America Inc., Skid-steer tires, Solideal USA

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

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.

After you ask the question, stop talking and start taking notes. Don’t become defensive. If
October 22, 2014

Commercial challenges: Answers to 4 key questions will help you survive  

Is your company keeping up with the changes in the commercial tire industry? Wow! That’s a great question. If you look around the industry, you’ll notice several trends that are taking place. One of the most significant is the disappearance of the small commercial dealer.

Tags: Commercial Tire Dealer, Commercial tires, Gerry Maleski

In addition to its non-traditional approach on Facebook, Purcell Tire posted videos on YouTube
October 22, 2014

Log on and promote  

Social media has become a powerful promotional tool. Information about your business can be shared with thousands, even millions of potential customers almost instantaneously thanks to the popularity of mobile phones, tablets and laptops.

Tags: Commercial tires, Justin Whaley, Social media

October 21, 2014

Commercial dealers change with their markets  

The nation’s top commercial tire dealers have adjusted their store counts, added equipment, expanded service offerings and emphasized employee training to be better competitors over the last year. All of those strategies are in play in the commercial division of Black’s Tire Service Inc. (BTS). The Whiteville, N.C., company is No. 23 on this year’s Top 25 Commercial Tire Dealers list.

Tags: Commercial tires, Top 25 Commercial Tire Dealers List

Skid steer owners now have more options for tires designed to work in conditions from enduring the
August 21, 2014

Skid steer tread patterns go from all-purpose to purpose-built  

Dealers have more choices than ever when matching skid steer tire tread patterns to specific applications for their customers. “The skid steer product line looks a lot more like a small OTR or medium truck type of offering now,” says Nick Phillippi, general manager of Nebraskaland Tire Co. Inc., which also does business as Kansasland Tire and Coloradoland Tire.

Tags: Alliance Tire Group, Carlisle, Coloradoland Tire, East Bay Tire Co., Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Greenball Corp., Michelin North America Inc., Nebraskaland Tire, Skid Steer Tires, Titan Tire Corp.

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

The SmartWay-verified Sailun S665 EFT is available in six sizes.
June 20, 2014

TBC brand strategy  

One of the largest booths at the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) was the TBC Corp. booth, which featured three truck tire brands: Sumitomo, Sailun and the new DynaCargo.

Tags: Commercial tires, Medium truck tires, Mid-America Trucking Show, TBC Corp., Truck tires

The average number of service calls for the reporting fleets was one per tractor for every 74,000
June 20, 2014

How do fleets manage tires?  

The S.2 Tire and Wheel Study Group of the American Trucking Associations’ Technology and Maintenance Council (TMC) recently conducted a tire management survey, which produced some eye-opening statistics.

Tags: American Trucking Associations, Commercial tires, Heavy Duty Trucking, Jim Park, Medium truck tires, Technology & Maintenance Council, Truck tires

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John Collins, left, president of American Crane Inc., talks with Chris Bates, OTR manager for the
April 16, 2014

OTR Tire Conference 2014  

On the tire side, higher speed is a goal. So are all-season tires for year-round operations, especially in winter.

Tags: Commercial tires, OTR Tire Conference, OTR tires

Manufacturers are adding sizes and durability to tires they are introducing for forklifts, material
April 16, 2014

Industrial tire trends  

The dialogue at commercial dealerships is shifting from the price to the quality of industrial tires. Productivity and longevity are now trumping the lowest possible price in the purchase decision. “What we’re seeing mostly in terms of trends is the willingness of customers to take heed of what we’re telling them about what a tire will really do,” says Ned Edwards, owner of Star Tire Co. Inc. in Dallas, Texas.

Tags: Commercial tires, Industrial tires

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