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August 20, 2015

Oil change wars and fall car care go hand-in-hand

Oil change wars and fall car care go hand-in-hand

The oil change wars have begun. Given the start of the school year is upon us, that is not surprising.

Tags: Company-owned stores, Conrad's Tire, Mass merchandisers, Oil changes, Tire Source, Under-hood services, Walmart

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, August 20, 2015 9:23 AM | » Comments(1)

August 13, 2015

Has China found a way to beat the tariffs?

China s economy is slumping. (www.freeimages.co.uk.)

China devalued its currency, the yuan, twice last week because of its slumping economy. Each time the news broke, stock prices in the U.S. dropped -- CBS News described it as "tumbled," but you get the idea.

Tags: Chinese tire imports, Currency devaluation, David Shaw, DOC, Tire tariffs

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, August 13, 2015 6:42 AM | » Comments(0)

July 29, 2015

Goodyear addresses online sales, pricing and more during conference call

Although Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. is moving full-speed ahead with its "value proposition" strategy, there are still headwinds with which to be dealt. That especially applies to the upcoming winter tire selling season.

Tags: Kelly Edge, Latin America, Low-cost radials, Online tire sales, Raw material costs, Richard Kramer, Tire prices, Winter Tires

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Wednesday, July 29, 2015 7:08 AM | » Comments(2)

July 22, 2015

Why domestic tire makers may be sad new tariffs are in place

Forbes writer says they are not necessary

I'm sure Chinese tire manufacturers and U.S. companies importing tires from China are longing for the days when tariffs on Chinese consumer tires were "only" 39%.

Tags: Barack Obama, Chinese tire imports, DOT, ITC, Tire tariffs, USW

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Wednesday, July 22, 2015 12:58 PM | » Comments(0)

June 25, 2015

The fate of Chinese tire imports is in the hands of the ITC

If the ITC doesn t agree with the DOC s tariff rulings, the entire issue is thrown out.

By July 27, 2015, we will know if the duties on consumer tires imported from China will stand. The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) will make that determination.

Tags: Chinese tire imports, DOC, ITC, Tire tariffs

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, June 25, 2015 9:39 AM | » Comments(0)

June 18, 2015

2015 tire tariffs: Why Cooper is stress-free with the wait-and-see approach

When tire companies say they are going to take a "wait-and-see" approach to the tariff situation, they generally mean one of two things.

Tags: Chinese imports, Cooper financials, DOC, ITC, Tire plants, Tire tariffs

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, June 18, 2015 10:10 AM | » Comments(0)

June 11, 2015

5 more interesting facts about the Goodyear/Sumitomo dissolution

Here are five final thoughts on the end of the alliance between Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. and Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. Some involve continuing research on the part of Modern Tire Dealer; others were insights pointed out by a Goodyear spokesperson.

Tags: Goodyear financials, Goodyear-Sumitomo, Plant capacity, Sumitomo financials

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, June 11, 2015 10:02 AM | » Comments(1)

June 4, 2015

Dunlop doesn't perform up to Sumitomo's expectations

When Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. and Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. formed an alliance in June 1999, Sumitomo said it aimed to achieve five objectives.

Tags: Market share, Sam Gibara

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, June 4, 2015 9:07 AM | » Comments(0)

May 28, 2015

Uniroyal is experiencing a resurgence this year

Michelin will increase production of its Tier 3 tire
The Uniroyal RainSport 3 will never be sold in the U.S., unless Groupe Michelin buys Continental AG

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%.

Tags: 2015 Autopromotec, Ray Fischenich, Tier 3, Truck Tires

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, May 28, 2015 7:35 AM | » Comments(0)

May 21, 2015

25 years later, it's takeover time again! Is Pep Boys next?

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.

Tags: ATD, Dealer Tire, Investment firms, Pep Boys, Raben Tire, Wheel Pros

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, May 21, 2015 5:10 AM | » Comments(1)

May 14, 2015

Goodyear drops in brand ranking from 150 to 301. Why?

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.

Tags: Brand awareness, Top 500 U.S. brands

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, May 14, 2015 9:55 AM | » Comments(2)

May 11, 2015

Paul Zurcher leaves behind a legacy from which you can benefit

He lived by his 9 lifetime commitments
Paul Zurcher leaves behind a legacy from which you can benefit

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.

Tags: Best-One Tire & Service, Obituary, Paul Zurcher, TIA, World War II

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Monday, May 11, 2015 8:23 AM | » Comments(0)

May 4, 2015

Why Nexen believes it will be able to satisfy fill rates

Nexen s Changnyeong, Korea, plant is one of two Korean facilities that produce tires for the U.S.

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."

Tags: Kyle Roberts, Plant capacity, Travis Kang

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Monday, May 4, 2015 9:12 AM | » Comments(0)

April 23, 2015

Costco is a clear winner when compared to Walmart and others

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.

Tags: BrightLine Marketing, Nitrogen inflation, Randy Ladd, Warehouse clubs

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, April 23, 2015 8:56 AM | » Comments(1)

April 16, 2015

Truck tire pricing is a hot topic in New Orleans

This retreaded truck tire from Action Tire Co. is up for  Miss Retread.  The contest winner receives

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.

Tags: Action Tire, Gus Lima, IRL, North American Tire & Retread Expo, Truck tire retreads

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, April 16, 2015 5:07 AM | » Comments(1)

April 9, 2015

What were they thinking? Tires get no respect from lawmakers

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.

Tags: Associated Press, Dan Zielinski, Legislation, RMA, Truck Tires

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, April 9, 2015 9:27 AM | » Comments(1)

April 2, 2015

Let's hope the United Steelworkers union is smarter than the UAW

“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.

Tags: UAW, USW, Wall Street Journal

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, April 2, 2015 3:24 AM | » Comments(1)

March 26, 2015

Talking business with Williams, Williams, Williams and Williams

Talking business with Williams, Williams, Williams and Williams

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.

Tags: Bill Williams, Jack Williams Tire, Jason Williams, Online tire sales, Scott Williams, Tracey Williams, Trade shows

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, March 26, 2015 8:51 AM | » Comments(1)

March 19, 2015

An abridged look at ATD by the numbers

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.

Tags: ATD, ATD financials, Bill Berry, Dealer Tire, MTD Facts Issue, TBC Corp., Tire Rack, Tire wholesalers

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, March 19, 2015 10:01 AM | » Comments(2)

March 11, 2015

The best UHP all-season tire EVER is…?

Aesthetically, the Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 looks the same as its predecessor, the DWS.

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.

Tags: BFGoodrich g-Force, Bridgestone Potenza, Consumer Reports, Continental ExtremeContact, Falken Azenis, Goodyear Eagle, Hankook Ventus, Michelin Pilot Sport, Nitto Motivo, Tire Rack, Tire testing, UHP Tires

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Wednesday, March 11, 2015 9:31 PM | » Comments(0)

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