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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(0)

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(0)

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)

March 5, 2015

Gowland vs. Goodyear: A dealer speaks out about suppliers selling online

 Our consumer research shows the online tire-buying process is happening with or without us,  said

Since announcing its intention to sell tires online, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. says the response from its dealers has been "overwhelmingly positive."

Tags: Chabill's Tire, Charley Gowland, Online tire sales

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, March 5, 2015 7:43 AM | » Comments(17)

February 26, 2015

'Car Talk' gets tire talk wrong when it comes to tire aging

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).

Tags: Car Talk, Congress, Tire aging

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, February 26, 2015 8:53 AM | » Comments(5)

February 19, 2015

Improper tire pressure remains a hot topic in the cold weather

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.

Tags: Conrad's Tire, Tire inflation, TPMS, Triplett Tire Depot

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, February 19, 2015 8:41 AM | » Comments(3)

February 12, 2015

Why Kumho appears poised for a big year

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.

Tags: Edmund Cho, Harry Choi, John Hagan, OE tires, S.B. Kim, Tire plant, Tire tariffs

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, February 12, 2015 8:40 AM | » Comments(0)

February 5, 2015

For wholesalers, 2014 was a VERY good year

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.

Tags: ATD, Price increases, State-of-the-Industry Survey, Tire wholesalers

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, February 5, 2015 9:29 AM | » Comments(2)

January 29, 2015

5 takeaways from the Goodyear dealer conference

 Make no mistake, our future is going to be shaped by these new millennials,  said Goodyear s Rich

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.

Tags: Andy Traicoff, Brian Buckham, Chinese imports, Goodyear Assurance, Kelly Edge, Millennials, Online tire sales, Rich Kramer, Tire tariffs

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, January 29, 2015 9:17 AM | » Comments(9)

January 22, 2015

The tariffs have been assessed, and there is one VERY BIG winner

The tariffs have been assessed, and there is one VERY BIG winner

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.

Tags: Chester County, Chinese imports, DOC, ITC, Tire tariffs

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, January 22, 2015 7:55 AM | » Comments(2)

January 15, 2015

Psssst: A new Continental DWS? Yes!

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.

Tags: Continental ExtremeContact DWS, General Grabber, Joe Maher, UHP Tires, Winter tires

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, January 15, 2015 6:44 AM | » Comments(0)

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