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American Omni team members give a thumbs up in 2014 to the production of the first Thunderer TBR
March 23, 2015

American Omni celebrates 25 years  

Twenty-five years ago American Omni Trading Co. got its footing selling truck tires made in India to customers in Latin America. Since then the Texas-based importer has sold and shipped tires to 62 countries, altered its customer base and developed its own private brands, all while supplying everything from wheelbarrow to off-the-road tires.

Tags: American Omni Trading Co., Anniversary, Tom Brackin

Tire Pros President Dan Brown outlined plans for the franchise at the national dealer meeting.
February 13, 2015

Tire Pros aims for 700 stores in 2015  

Twenty-three people were dedicated to the Tire Pros franchise program of American Tire Distributors Inc. (ATD) in 2009. Today, 60 professionals provide marketing, retail, business analysis, administrative and training support to dealers.

Tags: Bartec, Bartec USA LLC, Dan Brown, Dealer meeting, Shepherd Tire Service, Synchrony Financial, Tire Pros

Traction grooves increase the number of biting edges on the WinterContactSI compared to its
February 13, 2015

Continental covers two winter segments  

The 2015-2016 winter selling season will begin soon, probably before the record 34-inch snowfall in Boston completely melts. In preparation, Continental Tire the Americas LLC recently introduced two winter tires.

Tags: Continental Tire the Americas LLC, Snow tires, Winter Tires

MTD’s 2002 Tire Dealer of the Year, Tom Raben, says his company’s new equity partner
February 12, 2015

Investor partners with the Raben family to grow Raben Tire  

Thirteen years after Tom Raben was named Modern Tire Dealer’s Tire Dealer of the Year, the Raben family has sold an equity interest in Raben Tire Co. Inc. The buyer is a fund affiliated with Palladium Equity Partners LLC of New York City, a middle market private equity firm with a specialized focus on family-owned businesses.

Tags: Ann Neal, Palladium Equity Partners LLC, Raben Tire, Raben Tire Co. Inc., Tom Raben

The introduction of six new tires to the U.S. market in 2015 will help improve Kumho’s image,
February 3, 2015

New tires and pro basketball promotions boost Kumho brand  

Kumho Tire U.S.A. Inc. is replacing its products and refreshing its image in 2015. The company previewed six tires and a brand awareness campaign built around professional basketball at its 2015 dealer meeting in Vieques, Puerto Rico.

Tags: Dealer meeting, Eric Domme, Harry Choi, Kumho Tire U.S.A. Inc.

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

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.

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

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

Hankook Tire America Ltd. broke ground on its tire plant in Clarksville, Tenn.
November 10, 2014

Hankook breaks ground on new plant in Tennessee  

Tire dealers will be able to sell American-made Hankook passenger and light truck tires beginning in 2016. That is when the first phase of Hankook Tire America Corp.’s tire plant in Clarksville, Tenn., will be completed.

Tags: Clarksville, Hankook Tire America Corp., Tire plant

The Terra Grappler G2 is the second generation of the Terra Grappler introduced 13 years ago and the
November 10, 2014

Nitto adds two tires to the Grappler line  

The Terra Grappler G2 and the Exo Grappler AWT bring a tread wear warranty and severe snow service certification to the Grappler line of all-terrain tires from Nitto Tire USA Inc.

Tags: All-Terrain Tires, Exo Grappler AWT, Mud-terrain tires, Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc., Terra Grappler G2

Crumb rubber from recycled Timberland tires will be used in the manufacture of Timberland footwear.
November 10, 2014

Tires as a lifestyle choice  

Buying tires has never been a lifestyle purchase for the American consumer. G.S. Sareen hopes to change that.

Tags: John Soule, Omni United, Timberland

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“The Thailand plant is going to be a platform for Linglong to step onto the global
November 10, 2014

Shandong Linglong Tire update  

At 42, Feng Wang is one of the youngest CEOs in the tire industry. But his rise to the top at Shandong Linglong Tire Co. Ltd., one of China’s largest tire manufacturers, didn’t happen overnight.

Tags: Feng Wang, Shandong Linglong Tire Co. Ltd.

The GT Radial Adventuro AT3 is Giti Tire’s newest light truck radial offering. It features an
November 10, 2014

Expect more P-metric light truck tires for CUVs  

In our October issue, we outlined the state of the P-metric light truck tire market in plenty of detail. Executives from 13 tire manufacturers provided their insights into a market segment that, by nearly all accounts, is growing.

Tags: Atturo Tire Corp., Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, Continental Tire the Americas LLC, Falken Tire Corp., Giti Tire USA, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Hankook Tire America Corp., Hercules Tire & Rubber Co., Kumho Tire U.S.A. Inc., LT Tires, Pirelli Tire North America, P-metric tires, TBC Wholesale, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp., Yokohama Tire Corp.

Tire Profiles’ permanent TreadSpec units for measuring tread depth (pictured) are better
November 7, 2014

Laser measurement software helps sell tires and alignments  

Tire Profiles Inc. of Chicago, Ill., has made its TreadSpec technology for measuring tire wear and checking alignments fully portable. The company is introducing its innovation, called the Groove Glove, at the 2014 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show.

Tags: Ann Neal, Tire Profiles Inc., TreadSpec

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.

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

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.

Members of Tech International’s leadership team are pictured by artwork created to honor the
October 21, 2014

Training is part of every sale  

Seventy-five years ago in a barn behind his central Ohio home, Charles Cornell invented a rubber vulcanizing process that he used to develop repairs for tires and inner tubes in hot or cold applications. The invention, which Cornell named the “2-Way” repair, launched Tech International.

Tags: Tech International, Tire repair

“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

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