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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

Dave Crawford plans to use his franchise experience to build a strong dealer support program and
October 13, 2014

‘We feel like we got our number one draft pick’  

Industry veteran Dave Crawford has taken on a new role as chief executive officer of The Hybrid Shop LLC (THS). In addition to overseeing day-to-day operations and management, Crawford will focus on expanding the THS network of franchise locations servicing all-electric and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs). THS founder and former CEO Matt Curry will continue to oversee the company’s evolution in his new position as chief visionary officer.

Tags: Dave Crawford, The Hybrid Shop

The Global Tire Expo is one of 12 sections making up the SEMA Show at the Las Vegas Convention
September 24, 2014

TIA’s Global Tire Expo aims to offer a road map for growth  

The Global Tire Expo (GTE) set a record in 2013 with the number of exhibitors and buyers and we are confident that this year’s show will be no different,” says Dr. Roy Littlefield, Tire Industry Association (TIA) executive vice president. “Whether you are a buyer or an exhibitor, GTE is the one must-attend show of the year to keep your business moving forward.

Tags: Global Tire Expo, GTE, SEMA Show, Specialty Equipment Market Association, Trade show

All 17 T- and H-rated sizes of the Snowtrac 5 will be produced at the Vredestein plant in The
August 21, 2014

Apollo Vredestein screens Snowtrac 5  

The hottest tire in the Vredestein lineup is the Snowtrac 5. It’s new, it’s superior to its predecessors, and it meets European and North American winter tire standards for performance.

Tags: Apollo Vredestein, Bob Ulrich, European tire labeling, Winter Tires

“In three years, Kenda will have truck and bus tires available,” says Yang. “The
August 21, 2014

Kenda plans to manufacture truck tires within three years  

Kenda Rubber Ind. Co. Ltd. produces 10 million radial consumer tires a day worldwide. A relative newcomer to the market, Kenda’s annual production pales in comparison to, say, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.’s output, which annually exceeds 10 million units at its Fayetteville, N.C., plant alone.

Tags: Jimmy Yang, Kenda Rubber Ind. Co. Ltd., Truck tires

Wheel weight update
June 27, 2014

Wheel weight update  

From start to finish, it took only a few months to get the ban on lead wheel weights approved in Minnesota.

Tags: Gregory Parker, Perfect Equipment, Wegmann automotive USA Inc., Wheel Weights

ITDG CEO and President Mike Cox, left, recently played host to group members John and Karen Marshall
June 20, 2014

ITDG's ‘Band of Brothers’ continues on fast growth track  

The group that calls itself the “Band of Brothers” has been on a fast track of growth since its inception 20 years ago. The Independent Tire Dealers Group LLC (ITDG) celebrated its anniversary in Cancun last month.

Tags: Chris Wyborny, Independent Tire Dealers Group, ITDG, Mike Cox

Cooper says its siping technology improves wet and dry handling throughout the life of the CS5 Grand
June 20, 2014

Cooper debuts CS5 Touring tires  

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. has introduced the CS5 Touring, a premium touring tire line with two all-season tread options. It also has four speed ratings, including the company’s first-ever W rating for a touring tire. The CS5 is available in 78 sizes in Grand Touring (T-rated) and Ultra Touring (H-, V- and W- rated) tread options.

Tags: Cooper CS5 Grand Touring, Cooper CS5 Ultra Touring, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Touring Tires

The Cinturato P1 Plus was prominently displayed at the 2014 New York International Auto Show.
June 20, 2014

Pirelli launches Cinturato P1 Plus in New York  

Chicago has Bridgestone. Detroit has Michelin. Los Angeles has Yokohama. And New York, as in the New York International Auto Show, has Pirelli.

Tags: New York International Auto Show, Pirelli, Pirelli Cinturato P1 Plus

United Tire & Service partners (from left) Andy Chafolsky, Jeff Cohen, Ken Sylvester and Tim
June 18, 2014

17 independent tire stores band together to form United Tire & Service  

The name United Tire & Service LLC reflects the mission of 17 independent tire stores in Pennsylvania’s Delaware Valley: unite to compete against big box retailers and national tire dealers. “We are individual businessmen who have gotten together to buy better,” says Ken Sylvester, president.

Tags: Andy Chafolsky, Dealer Groups, Jeff Cohen, Ken Sylvester, Program groups, Tim Steigerwalt, United Tire & Service

Brian Mielko, vice president of sales, corporate accounts, for Dynamic Tire, uses the Sailun
May 28, 2014

Sailun promotes value and quality  

Sailun is not yet a high-profile tire brand. It is currently distributed exclusively by TBC Corp. in the United States and Mexico and Dynamic Tire Corp. in Canada, and has only been around for the last 11 years.

Tags: Brian Mielko, Jon Vance, Sailun Tire Corp.

Falken dealers were treated to volcano and river expeditions during their incentive trip to Iceland.
May 28, 2014

Falken reveals plans to expand  

Modern Tire Dealer had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Richard Smallwood, president of Falken Tire Corp.; Andrew Hoit, new vice president of sales; and Rick Brennan, executive director of marketing; during Falken’s recent dealer trip to Iceland.

Tags: Andrew Hoit, Falken Tire Corp., Iceland, Richard Smallwood, Rick Brennan

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