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“The challenge we will be facing now is to stay true to our commitments and work to enhance
July 21, 2015

Autopromotec 2015  

The differences between Autopromotec in Bologna, Italy, and the trade shows in Las Vegas during Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week are both subtle and dramatic. Autopromotec, which is known as a trade “fair,” covers nearly 1.7 million square feet at the Bologna Trade Fair Center. That makes it physically larger than the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show and Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo combined. Yet it has fewer exhibitors.

Tags: 2015 Autopromotec, Atturo, Emanuele Vicentini, Falken Tire Corp., Kenda Industrial Co., Trade show

Cooper’s Discoverer SRX is available in 36 sizes, and four more V-rated sizes are coming at
July 7, 2015

Discoverer line expands  

There’s a giant party happening in the world of CUV and SUV tires, and Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. doesn’t want to miss it.

Tags: Cooper Discoverer SRX, Cooper Discoverer STT PRO, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., tire introduction

The Grabber HTS60 has a stylish symmetric pattern with a strong center rib and has been optimized
July 7, 2015

Continental adds more value to its value-focused Grabber HTS line  

Continental Tire the Americas LLC has added more value to its value-focused Grabber HTS line with tread patterns specific to metric and LT sizes, longer tread wear and quieter performance.

Tags: Ann Neal, Barry Terzaken, Continental Tire the Americas LLC, General Grabber

Mike Cox, CEO and president of ITDG, introduced the panel of tire company execs. They are (from left
July 7, 2015

ITDG continues growth, expects to reach 100 shareholders this year  

The Independent Tire Dealers Group LLC (ITDG) now has a presence in 41 states, with over 550 retail locations and 144 members and 97 shareholders participating. Calling itself the “Band of Brothers,” the ITDG has become a leading “affinity group” in the industry.

Tags: Ed Long, Greg Smith, Independent Tire Dealers Group, ITDG, Michael Cox

The Volvo Ocean Race, started in 1973, is the longest and toughest event in professional sports,
July 7, 2015

Tariffs on passenger tires make waves for Aeolus  

Aeolus Tyre Co. Ltd. is sponsoring a yacht in the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR), billed as the world’s toughest ocean race. As Mike Leverington, Aeolus general manager, United States, explained it, “No tire company has been involved in something like this. When you talk branding, you have to differentiate yourself from the pack or you are just a commodity. So by taking this on, we are differentiating our brand in sports marketing.

Tags: Aeolus Tyre Co. Ltd., Lori L. Mavrigian, Volvo Ocean Race

Steven Liu (left), director of proprietary brands for American Tire Distributors Inc., and Richard
July 7, 2015

Nexen wants to spread the word about its tires  

Nexen Tire Corp. is increasing its global presence step-by-step. And they aren’t baby steps. The South Korean company continues to increase production capacity, and now has a world-class tire test track at its disposal.

Tags: Automotive Prooving Ground, Bob Ulrich, Nexen Tire Corp., Plant tour

Bridgestone’s Ecopia EP422 Plus is designed to give drivers an extra 20 miles per tank of
June 3, 2015

Bridgestone broadens appeal with new products, new sizes and new features  

Bridgestone Americas Inc. is offering more to its customers: more fuel efficiency, more safety, more performance.

Tags: Bridgestone Americas Inc., Bridgestone Ecopia, Bridgestone Potenza, DriveGuard

Ed Brewington (left), owner of Ed’s Carx in Chicago, reviews training options with Mike
June 3, 2015

With Garage Gurus, Federal-Mogul takes training to the technician  

Federal-Mogul Motorparts Inc. is opening the doors to a network of training centers so automotive technicians, service writers and shop owners can brush up on their skills and get acquainted with the latest automotive technology.

Tags: Federal-Mogul Motorparts, Garage Gurus, Training

During Continental’s Gold dealer trip, Warren Murray (left) of Tower Tire in Pittsburgh, Pa.,
June 3, 2015

Continental Gold standard  

Continental Tire the Americas LLC executives recognize the important role independent tire dealers play in the sale of their tires to the consumer.

Tags: Bill Caldwell, Chris Jenkins, Continental Gold Program, Continental Tire the Americas LLC, General Tire, Incentive trip, Joe Maher, Travis Roffler

John Baratta says it’s the tire dealer’s job to meet or exceed expectations.
June 3, 2015

‘The consumer is the boss’  

John Baratta recently told independent tire dealers in North Carolina that on any given day, 5,500 tire-buying customers will visit their stores. However, another 3,500 won’t, choosing instead to go to car dealerships or other competitors.

Tags: John Baratta, North Carolina Tire Dealers Association, Social media

Gus Lima (right), CEO of Triangle Tire North America LLC, talked business with Triangle Tyre Co.
June 3, 2015

New North American expo draws nearly 1,600 people  

The first North American Tire & Retread Expo was very successful, based on the results from a post-show survey asking both visitors and exhibitors for feedback. Nearly 1,600 people attended the inaugural event, held at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Tags: Gus Lima, Helio Castroneves, North American Tire & Retread Expo, Retreading, Trade shows

Construction highlights of the DWS06 include 1) a high strength, two-ply sidewall; 2) a Sport
April 15, 2015

Continental’s ExtremeContact DWS06  

"Don’t screw it up.” That was the mantra among the Continental dealers who loved the ExtremeContact DWS. And engineers at Continental listened.

Tags: All-Season Tires, Continental Tire the Americas LLC, Ultra-high performance tires

The consistent tread block rigidity of the new g-Force Comp-2 A/S tire resists irregular wear
April 15, 2015

BFG tour challenges dealers to test the new g-Force tire  

The new BFGoodrich brand g-Force Comp-2 A/S comes in more sizes, is more durable and has more all-weather capabilities than its predecessor. Michelin North America Inc. says 50% of the volume of the new ultra-high performance Z-rated tire will come from new sizes.

Tags: BFG, BFGoodrich Tires, High Performance Tires, Michelin North America Inc., Passenger tires, Ultra-high performance tires

Mike Finley (left) goes over MyTireShop.com associate dealer program benefits with business owners
April 10, 2015

Jack Williams Tire: Taking care of its customers  

What do Bachman-Turner Overdrive and Jack Williams Tire Co. Inc. have in common? They both are known for taking care of business.

Tags: Bob Ulrich, Jack Williams Tire Co., News/views

Greg Olsen (center), an All-Pro tight end for the National Football League’s Carolina
April 6, 2015

Hankook introduces 2 tires  

Hankook Tire America Corp. used its annual Partner’s Day meeting in Cancun, Mexico, to unveil the 2015 launch dates of two Hankook passenger tires for the North American market.

Tags: Dealer meeting, Greg Olsen, Hankook, Hankook Tire America Corp., Hee-se Ahn, Laufenn, Shawn Denlein

Clay Egan, finance manager at Tire Zone Tire Factory in Salt Lake City, Utah, and a professional
April 6, 2015

Tire Factory signals a change in strategy  

Tire Factory Inc. added tire brands, unveiled digital marketing technology and distributed $3.8 million in profits and volume purchase bonuses at its annual dealer meeting in Portland, Ore., Feb. 20-22, 2015. The cooperative’s management team also signaled the need for a change in strategic direction to its members.

Tags: Clay Egan, Dealer meeting, John Kreidel, Tire Factory LLC

K&M dealer Ron Rainsberg Jr. of Tiremaxx in Toledo, Ohio, and his wife, Teri, won a 2015 Jeep
April 6, 2015

K&M goes south to meet new dealers  

K&M Tire Inc. doesn’t expect to continue its rapid growth of the last few years, but that’s just fine for the leaders of this family-owned tire wholesaler.

Tags: Dealer meeting, K&M Tire Inc., Ken Langhals, Kevin Knebel

(From left): Greg Smith, MTD publisher, hosted the tire manufacturers’ panel consisting of:
April 6, 2015

OTR market conditions  

The Tire Industry Association (TIA) Off-the-Road Tire Conference has long served as a valuable venue for learning not only about what’s happening in the OTR marketplace, but also about the overall economic health of many different industries.

Tags: Greg Smith, Off-the-Road Tire Conference, OTR, TIA, Tire Industry Association

The Kelly Edge powerline will reach 89% of its targeted market segment, a greater percentage than
April 6, 2015

Goodyear tells dealers it will sell tires online  

There were many “takeaways” from the recent 2015 Goodyear Dealer Meeting in Grapevine, Texas. Two of the more newsworthy were the announcement that Goodyear would soon be selling tires on goodyear.com, and the introduction of a low-cost radial manufactured in the U.S.

Tags: Andy Traicoff, Dealer meeting, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Online selling, Rich Kramer


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

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