Bob Ulrich


Bob Ulrich was named Modern Tire Dealer editor in August 2000. He joined the magazine in 1985 as assistant editor, and has been responsible for gathering statistical information for MTD's "Facts Issue" since 1993. He has won numerous awards for editorial and feature writing, including five gold medals from the International Automotive Media Association. Bob earned a B.A. in English literature from Ohio Northern University and has a law degree from the University of Akron.

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Automotive Service Survey Results

How much have sales and profits generated by automotive services changed in the last 10 years? Very little, according to Modern Tire Dealer research. But there has been change in the services offered by independent tire dealers.


Tire Plant Capacities: 62 Plants, With More to Come

Yearly tire capacity, not production, in North America totaled 334.8 million tires at 62 plants as of Jan. 1, 2018. That’s up 4.9% compared to 2017, when capacity was 319.1 million tires. (The total does not include race or aviation tires.)


Commercial Tire Demand and Supply

For all of you commercial truck tire dealers and manufacturers, remember the first quarter of 2017? No? I’m guessing that is the result of selective memory. It was pretty slow, and that is an understatement.


Internet vs. Brick-and-Mortar

Selling tires online is a growing trend, with more online-only players making names for themselves each year. The relative newcomers compete against not only brick-and-mortar retailers, but also each other, and cannibalize sales from leading online tire companies like the Tire Rack Inc. and Discount Tire Direct.


Distribution: Michelin and SCOA Form NTW Tire Wholesale Venture

What spurred Michelin North America Inc. to buy 50% of TBC Corp. from Sumitomo Corporation of Americas (SCOA)? Michelin Chairman and President Scott Clark says the resulting joint venture “is about increasing our service capabilities and increasing our scale so that we can be a better supplier to both independent dealers and to provide secondary supply to our direct customers.”


Anchor Brands Lose Some Share

Modern Tire Dealer and tire industry analyst Nick Mitchell have independently reached the same conclusion: Tier 2 and Tier 3 brands outperformed Tier 1 brands through the first 10 months of the year based on unit growth.  

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