May 28, 2015
Michelin will increase production of its Tier 3 tire
In the year after Groupe Michelin purchased the Uniroyal Goodrich Tire Co., the Uniroyal brand boasted a 3% share of the U.S. replacement passenger tire market. Its original equipment share was 17%.
Posted @ Thursday, May 28, 2015 7:35 AM | »
May 21, 2015
Remember the late 1980s? Debbie Gibson and Milli Vanilli were top music acts. The late Peter Jennings anchored the ABC evening news. George Bush the First was president. And foreign tire manufacturers were buying up their U.S. counterparts left and right.
Posted @ Thursday, May 21, 2015 5:10 AM | »
May 14, 2015
Brand Finance plc refers to itself as "the world's leading brand valuation and strategy consultancy." Its recent "Top 500 U.S. brands" list leaves something to be desired, particularly with how it treats Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
Posted @ Thursday, May 14, 2015 9:55 AM | »
May 11, 2015
He lived by his 9 lifetime commitments
Because of the spelling of his name, the late Paul Zurcher, who died last Thursday after a brief illness, probably found himself at the end of many a line during his 90 years on this earth.
Posted @ Monday, May 11, 2015 8:23 AM | »
May 4, 2015
Travis Kang, president and COO of Nexen Tire Corp., says the company will rebound in 2015 following a disappointing 2014. "Compared to 2013, 2014 sales dropped a little bit; now we can recover in this year."
Posted @ Monday, May 4, 2015 9:12 AM | »
April 23, 2015
Which of these tire merchandisers has superior customer service: Costco Wholesale Corp. or Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (Walmart)? The clear answer, according to a book on, believe it or not, healthcare, is Costco.
Posted @ Thursday, April 23, 2015 8:56 AM | »
April 16, 2015
Neither rain nor more rain nor.. more rain could dampen the opening of the 2015 North American Tire & Retread Expo in New Orleans on Wednesday, April 15.
Posted @ Thursday, April 16, 2015 5:07 AM | »
April 9, 2015
When it comes to Congressmen and Congresswomen (Congresspeople?), there appears to be no happy medium. They either don't think at all or think too much.
Posted @ Thursday, April 9, 2015 9:27 AM | »
April 2, 2015
“UAW’s ranks press to close pay gap.” That was a seemingly innocuous headline in the March 23, 2015, edition of the Wall Street Journal. To me, it sounds ominous, however.
Posted @ Thursday, April 2, 2015 3:24 AM | »
March 26, 2015
Bill Williams, chairman and CEO of Jack Williams Tire Co. Inc. in Moosic, Pa., has a very simple philosophy about selling tires at the retail level.
Posted @ Thursday, March 26, 2015 8:51 AM | »
March 19, 2015
Although American Tire Distributors Holdings Inc. lost money (at least on paper) in 2014, it increased its sales by more than 30%, to $5 billion.
Posted @ Thursday, March 19, 2015 10:01 AM | »
March 11, 2015
I am often asked this loaded question: "What is the best tire?" My answer is always the same: There are a lot of great tires out there, and I don't use the term "great" loosely.
Posted @ Wednesday, March 11, 2015 9:31 PM | »
March 5, 2015
Since announcing its intention to sell tires online, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. says the response from its dealers has been "overwhelmingly positive."
Posted @ Thursday, March 5, 2015 7:43 AM | »
February 26, 2015
Sensationalism. Media hype. Snarky comments. Those seem to be the goals of journalists these days. And bloggers (most of whom I don't consider journalists).
Posted @ Thursday, February 26, 2015 8:53 AM | »
February 19, 2015
Whether or not the National Football League finds the New England Patriots guilty of cheating in the "Deflategate" scandal ("Of course they cheated," said one of my friends, an avowed Patriots fan), one truth came out of the debate. As the temperature drops, so does inflation pressure.
Posted @ Thursday, February 19, 2015 8:41 AM | »
February 12, 2015
Patience is paying off for Choi and the gang
Last year was a challenging one for Kumho Tire U.S.A. Inc. But it was not unexpected.
Posted @ Thursday, February 12, 2015 8:40 AM | »
February 5, 2015
After the first quarter of 2014, nearly half of the tire wholesalers responding to Modern Tire Dealer's exclusive State-of-the-Industry Survey reported unit sales were down. More than half reported their dollar sales were down.
Posted @ Thursday, February 5, 2015 9:29 AM | »
January 29, 2015
There were many "takeaways" from the recent 2015 Goodyear Dealer Meeting in Grapevine, Texas. If you asked the record 2,140 attendees to list them, you could probably write a book. Here are five that I thought were particularly interesting.
Posted @ Thursday, January 29, 2015 9:17 AM | »
January 22, 2015
The final tariffs, for all intents and purposes, have been levied on consumer tire imports from China. Since the tariffs were not implemented across the board, some companies are better off than others.
Posted @ Thursday, January 22, 2015 7:55 AM | »
January 15, 2015
I'm good at keeping secrets (says me), but this one I am going to share with you. Continental Tire North America LLC is replacing the ExtremeContact DWS.
Posted @ Thursday, January 15, 2015 6:44 AM | »