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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

“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

More than 2,000 people recorded the launching of the newest Goodyear blimp, Wingfoot One, on their
October 13, 2014

Wingfoot One takes flight  

More than 2,000 people witnessed the christening of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.’s newest blimp, Wingfoot One, last month. Richard Kramer, Goodyear chairman and chief executive officer, said the brand equity built by the airship helps the company sell tires around the globe. “It is invaluable, irreplaceable and one of a kind.”

Tags: Goodyear Blimp, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.

One stop for the Toyo All or Nothing Road Tour training truck was this Kauffman Tire location in
October 13, 2014

Toyo takes training on the road  

Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. hit the road with its “All or Nothing Road Tour” to train its top dealers on the features and benefits of two new Toyo tires, the Open Country R/T for light trucks and the premium, all-season Versado Noir for sedans and coupes.

Tags: All-Terrain Tires, Luxury Touring Tires, Road tour, Roy Bromfield, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp., Training

More than 3,800 people from over 78 countries attended the fifth annual Latin American &
October 13, 2014

A conversation with Gustavo Lima  

MTD had the opportunity to ask a number of wide-ranging questions of Gustavo Lima. Lima has 38 years of international tire industry experience. He is currently the CEO of the Latin American & Caribbean Tyre Expo, the Latin Auto Parts Expo and the newly announced North American Tire & Retread Expo that will be held in New Orleans next April. He’s also the CEO of Oriente Triangle Tire Latin America, a distributor of tires for Latin America based in Miami, Fla.

Tags: Gustavo Lima, North American Tire and Retread Expo, Trade show

TIA’s Matt White says the association will be offering new training programs in 2015.
October 13, 2014

5 years and counting: Latin American & Caribbean Tyre Expo  

The fifth annual Latin American & Caribbean Tyre Expo in Panama City, Panama, attracted roughly 3,800 qualified participants and 233 exhibitors from over 78 countries, according to show organizers.

Tags: Caribbean Tyre Expo, Matt White, Pirelli Pneus Ltd., TIA, Tire Industry Association

Reifen Essen 2014: another record-breaking show
October 13, 2014

Reifen Essen 2014: another record-breaking show  

With Europe’s largest tire show well and truly over for another two years, event organizer Messe Essen has revealed that over the four days of the exhibition around 20,000 people came through the doors as visitors. This attendance figure is marginally higher than the previous figures in 2012, therefore setting a new record for the show.

Tags: John Stone, Reifen Essen, Trade show

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