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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

Wide-base tire update
April 16, 2014

Wide-base tire update  

To say the truck tire industry has experienced a lot of changes over the past three decades is an understatement at best. While tube-type bias-ply tires on multi-piece rims were still a significant part of trucking in the 1980s, they are practically dinosaurs today and more or less relegated to the intermodal and off-road markets.

Tags: Kevin Rohlwing, truck tires, Wide-base tires

Many of the 680 retread operations in the U.S., such as Northwest Wholesale & Retreading
February 11, 2014

Retreaded tires and wholesaling  

Retreaders in the United States stayed busy and were able to make more money in 2013. According to the 2014 Modern Tire Dealer Facts Issue, the average price of a retreaded truck tire was $250.04 in 2013, a pricing increase of 9.6% over 2012.

Tags: Northwest Wholesale and Retreading, retreading, Wholesaling, Willis Gill

Farm tires: Expect another flat year
January 3, 2014

Farm tires: Expect another flat year  

Farm tire dealers know that when it comes to farming, nature always has the last word.

Tags: Bob Bissler, Farm Tires, Rear farm tires

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The Intact Tire Test System from Steinbichler Vision Systems Inc. horizontally loads truck tires
October 17, 2013

Before and after you buff...  

Successful truck tire retreaders know that preparing a casing for retreading is an exact science. The visual inspection of a used truck tire is not enough to make sure all the flaws and nail holes have been detected.

Tags: Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions, Commercial tire dealer, Continental Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Hawkinson Companies, Marangoni Tread North America, Michelin Retread Technologies Inc., NDT, Non-destructive testers, retreading, Steinbichler Vision Systems Inc.

Tom Bowman says Belle Tire has become a one-stop service provider for fleets.
October 17, 2013

Dealers made investments during the downturn to prepare for the upturn  

The companies on the Modern Tire Dealer 2013 Top 25 United States Commercial Tire Dealers list are making a post-recession comeback. Fourteen of them recently opened or are planning to add outlets in 2013. In addition, nearly all of the top dealers are experiencing year-over-year increases in commercial sales.

Tags: Belle Tire, Commercial tire dealer, Service Tire Truck Centers, Tom Bowman, Top 25 Commercial Tire Dealers List

Paul Williams (left), Continental’s executive vice president for truck tires, worked closely
August 13, 2013

DLS Retreading and Continental: A ‘force multiplied’  

DLS Retreading Inc. opened the doors of the first all-new ContiTread licensed truck tire retreading facility in the United States last month.

Tags: ContiLifeCycle, Continental Tire the Americas LLC, ContiTread, DLS Retreading Inc., John Barnes, Paul Williams, Retread Truck Tires, retreading, Scott Snyder

Source: 2013 MTD Retreaders Survey.
August 13, 2013

Are retreaders too passive?  

It is safe to call retreading a mature market, based on the results of our 2013 Modern Tire Dealer Retreaders Survey. More than 85% of the estimated 680 domestic retread plants have been in business more than 20 years.

Tags: Commercial tire dealer, Retread survey, retreading, retreads

Understanding the application, load, and use of trailer tires helps dealers recommend the correct
August 13, 2013

Service trailer tires  

Knowledge is power, especially for independent tire dealers who realize that more product knowledge about service trailer tires powers more sales.

Tags: Ann Neal, Carlisle Tire & Wheel, Commercial tire dealer, Commercial tires, East Bay Tire Co., Kenda USA, Maxxis International, TBC Corp., Trailer Tires

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The Bridgestone Duravis R500 HD is designed for commercial highway driving applications and offers
June 14, 2013

Light truck tires: Building market security  

Americans are on the move, and that’s good news for the commercial light truck tire industry. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of people moving for a new job or transfer totaled 3.5 million in 2012, up from 2.8 million in 2011. People who move need homes to live in, and the housing market has been recovering as a result.

Tags: Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations LLC, Continental Tire the Americas LLC, Del-Nat Tire Corp., Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Hercules Tire & Rubber Co., light truck tires, Michelin North America Inc., Nexen Tire America Inc., TBC Wholesale, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp.

SmartWay-verified truck tires must meet stringent low rolling resistance criteria. Tires run cooler
June 14, 2013

Environmentally friendly truck tires  

Reducing nitrogen oxide emissions and fuel use by 3% or more “relative to the best-selling new tires for line-haul Class 8 tractor trailers” is the goal of the Environmental Protection Agency’s voluntary SmartWay program. Lowering rolling resistance is the way tire manufacturers are meeting that goal.

Tags: Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, Going green, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Medium truck tires, Michelin North America Inc., SmartWay, SmartWay Verification, truck tires, Yokohama Tire Corporation

Minimizing cost per mile
June 14, 2013

Minimizing cost per mile  

Fleet managers today are all about cost savings in an uncertain economy. Downsizing trucks, shortening delivery routes and looking at ways to save on fuel costs are some of the ways. Tire technology of the 21st century is offering another area of savings.

Tags: Alliance Tire Americas, Bridgestone Commercial Solutions, China Manufacturers Alliance, Continental Tire the Americas LLC, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Del-Nat Tire Corp., EPA, Giti Tire (USA) Ltd., Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Heavy-duty truck tires, Kumho Tire U.S.A. Inc., Medium truck tires, Michelin North America Inc., Rubber Manufacturers Association, SmartWay, Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd., Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp., Wholesale Tire Distributors, Yokohama Tire Corp.

The Galaxy King of Coal is back after four years of redevelopment with an innovative tread pattern
May 22, 2013

From skid steers to golf carts  

Dealers who stock specialty tires know that not every person who walks into the showroom needs tires for specialty trailers, skid steer loaders, industrial equipment, lawn and garden vehicles, and golf carts.

Tags: Alliance Tire U.S.A., American Omni Trading Co., Carlisle Tire & Wheel, East Bay Tire Co., Greenball Corp., Kenda USA, Specialty tires

The one-million-square-foot Alliance Tire plant in Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India, was built from
May 22, 2013

No skidding: Construction recovery lifts sales of high-quality skid steer tires  

The economy remains difficult and consumer confidence continues to waver, yet manufacturers are selling more skid steer tires. “Our company has experienced a slight increase in skid steer tire sales from 2011 through early 2012, with sales in the latter half of 2012 through early 2013 showing a steady and significant increase,” says Tom Van Ormer, director of purchasing for East Bay Tire Co.

Tags: Alliance Tire U.S.A., BKT USA, Carlisle Tire & Wheel, Charlie Cohen, Commercial tire dealer, CTD, East Bay Tire Co., Industrial Tire Solutions, Michelin North America Inc., Skid Steer Tires

OTR tire market faces an uphill climb
April 23, 2013

OTR tire market faces an uphill climb  

The Off-the-Road (OTR) Tire Conference, hosted annually by the Tire Industry Association (TIA), is the tire industry’s largest event for dealers, retreaders, manufacturers and suppliers dedicated to the construction and earthmoving markets. For the 58th conference, representatives from 33 states and 18 countries came together at the Gran Melia Golf Resort and Spa in Puerto Rico to share ideas and learn more about the OTR tire industry.

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

The new Ameri*Steel solid tire line uses a recycled base and press-on band.
April 22, 2013

Industrial tires go green  

The Commercial Specialty Tire business unit of Continental Tire the Americas LLC is launching two brands of remolded industrial tires for sale in North America. “In terms of cost, these lines are overall less expensive than a new industrial tire,” says Gary Sass, Continental’s market manager for industrial tires in the United States.

Tags: Continental, Continental Tire the Americas LLC, Going green, industrial tires

OTR tires: demand in 2012; a flat 2013?
February 14, 2013

OTR tires: demand in 2012; a flat 2013?  

For OTR tire makers, 2012 was a decent year. Will 2013 be a repeat?

Tags: Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Mining Tires, OTR tires, Yokohama Tire Corp.

Even though farmers are projected to do well financially in 2012, the tire market was down due to
December 18, 2012

Farm tire market: Early spring, dry summer  

It all looked great at first. Spring came early in 2012 for many farmers, placing them in a good position. They were planting more acres, the weather was warm and dry, projections were great and farmers were happy.

Tags: Ag tires, Alliance Tire Americas, BKT, Del-Nat Tire Corp., Farm Tires, K & M Tire, Michelin North America Inc., TBC

Bauer Built Inc., number 9 on this year’s Top 25 Commercial Tire Dealers list, expanded
October 18, 2012

Pent-up demand spurs commercial sales  

History repeats itself in 2012. For the second year in a row, Southern Tire Mart, based in Columbia, Miss., tops the Modern Tire Dealer 2012 Top 25 U.S. Commercial Tire Dealers list.

Tags: Bauer Built, Nebraskaland Tire, Pete's Tire Barns, Pomp's Tire Service, Raben Tire Co., retreading, Service Tire Truck Centers, Top 25 Commercial Tire Dealers List

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