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September 15, 2014

Think you can avoid a tariff? Timing is against you

If you want an additional tariff imposed on consumer tires imported from China -- and there are a lot of you in the tire industry who do -- then time is probably of the essence.

Tags: Department of Commerce, ITC, Nick Mitchell, Northcoast Research, Tire tariffs, Trailer tires, USW

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Monday, September 15, 2014 9:06 AM | » Comments(1)

August 21, 2014

Are tire subsidies from the Chinese government the root of all evil?

By now, everyone who reads my blog, or my editorial in Modern Tire Dealer, knows that I am against additional tariffs on consumer tire imports from China.

Tags: Chinese imports, Department of Commerce, ITC, Tire tariffs

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, August 21, 2014 7:48 AM | » Comments(8)

August 14, 2014

How to increase profits -- or efficiency -- when business is slow

These 4 steps will keep you employees busy

Let’s say for some reason business is slow. Maybe all your bays are empty because it is raining hard, or the stars are aligned against you that day or week. Or there is no snow in January.

Tags: Training

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, August 14, 2014 6:29 AM | » Comments(3)

August 7, 2014

Tire manufacturers will like the new tariff in town

Will there or won't there be an additional tariff placed on consumer tire imports from China in 2015? Realistically, we won't know the answer to that until December.

Tags: Barry Steinberg, Direct Tire, Private brand tires, Tire tariffs

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, August 7, 2014 7:58 AM | » Comments(7)

July 31, 2014

Tariff update: Can you afford to raise tire prices by 88% just to break even?

The process of determining whether or not tariffs should be levied on consumer tire imports from China is well underway, and early reports out of Washington D.C. are not promising -- if you are against the tariffs.

Tags: Chinese imports, DOC, ITC, President Obama, Tire pricing, Tire tariffs, USW

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, July 31, 2014 8:58 AM | » Comments(5)

July 21, 2014

Flashback: the day Kenda ruled the world

No specific tire line is mentioned on the iamyokohama.com website (although a  tire search  function

On July 20, 2003, Kenda may have been the most recognizable tire brand in the world. That was the day professional golfer Ben Curtis won what we in the United States often call the British Open.

Tags: Sports marketing

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Monday, July 21, 2014 6:56 AM | » Comments(0)

July 16, 2014

I know where the next Goodyear plant will be built

Goodyear s Rich Kramer said growing demand in North America and Latin America makes a new consumer

A Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. spokesperson recently told me that the company had not yet chosen a site for its new $500 million consumer tire plant. I believe that is true.

Tags: Jamie Szulc, Plants, Rich Kramer

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Wednesday, July 16, 2014 7:36 PM | » Comments(5)

July 10, 2014

The 'usual suspect' is the No. 1 tire, says Consumer Reports

Michelin is ranked more often than any other brand

In its April issue, Consumer Reports ran a summary of its latest -- not new -- tire tests. They encompassed seven different categories that don't normally overlap.

Tags: Consumer Reports, Continental PureContact, Cooper Discoverer, Goodyear Assurance, Goodyear Eagle, Hankook Dynapro , Michelin Pilot, Michelin Primacy, Pirelli P Zero, UHP Tires, Yokohama Advan

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, July 10, 2014 8:17 AM | » Comments(3)

June 30, 2014

Ed Bobit: Why his legacy touches us all

Ed Bobit: Why his legacy touches us all

I liked Ed Bobit because he was always trying to raise the bar of his company, Bobit Business Media.

Tags: Automotive Fleet, Bobit Business Media, Ed Bobit, Obituary

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Monday, June 30, 2014 7:21 AM | » Comments(1)

June 26, 2014

Why the importance of a tread wear warranty is relative

European vs. U.S. needs
The new Quatrac 5 was introduced in Scotland on June 23.

Apollo Vredestein B.V. recently chose Scotland as the place to hold its Global Tyre Introduction. The main reason was the launch of its Vredestein Quatrac 5 all-weather tire.

Tags: Mountain Snowflake, Nokian WR, Tread wear warranty, Vredestein Quatrac

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, June 26, 2014 8:34 AM | » Comments(1)

June 19, 2014

Mano a mano: Monro Muffler Brake vs. Pep Boys

Two of the more aggressive automotive retailers in the United States are Pep Boys-Manny, Moe & Jack and Monro Muffler Brake Inc.

Tags: acquisitions, John Van Heel, Mike Odell, Monro financials, Monro Muffler Brake, Pep Boys financials, Stock prices

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, June 19, 2014 7:35 AM | » Comments(4)

June 12, 2014

If tire tariffs are implemented, tire prices will rise again

Can consumers afford a 25% increase?

Will the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) once again recommend tariffs be increased on Chinese consumer tire imports? We won't know for sure until July 18.

Tags: ITC, Tariffs, Tire pricing, Tire tariffs, Tread depth, USW

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, June 12, 2014 8:52 AM | » Comments(7)

June 5, 2014

Final thoughts on how Yokohama and Kumho handled the L.A. Clippers scandal

Reacting vs. overreacting
Yokohama and the Los Angeles Clippers  play  at the Staples Center.

When racism reared its ugly head on the national stage in late April, the tire industry was directly involved. I am pleased to report we handled ourselves very well, in contrast to many others.


Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, June 5, 2014 6:23 AM | » Comments(0)

May 29, 2014

Chinese imports are way up; is that a problem?

Through the first three months of 2014, consumer tire exports from China to the United States are up 25%. If that continues, a record 64 million Chinese-made consumer tires will hit our shores this year.

Tags: Chinese imports, Union, USW

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, May 29, 2014 7:32 AM | » Comments(8)

May 22, 2014

Why the issue of tire aging is coming to a head

The government is also looking at the tire recall system

The day-long investigative report on tire safety issues we previewed last week is over for now. On May 14, ABC News ran a three-part series of reports covering two topics, and they were damaging to our industry.

Tags: National Transportation Safety Board, ABC, Dan Zielinski, recalls, RMA, Sean Kane, Tire aging

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, May 22, 2014 9:19 AM | » Comments(3)

May 12, 2014

As ATD gets bigger, the haters grow in number

Is that fair? MTD's editor says no

One of the hot topics among New York and New Jersey tire dealers recently was the growth of American Tire Distributors Inc.

Tags: acquisitions, ATD, New Jersey State Tire Dealers Association, New York Tire Dealers Association, Terry's Tire Town, Wholesale distribution

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Monday, May 12, 2014 8:17 AM | » Comments(19)

May 8, 2014

Online sales taxes: The 'loophole' may be closed soon

I recently attended both the New Jersey State Tire Dealers Association and New York Tire Dealers Association. The concerns of their members are pretty much the same.

Tags: Al Breese, ATD, New Jersey State Tire Dealers Association, New York Tire Dealers Association

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, May 8, 2014 7:55 AM | » Comments(3)

May 1, 2014

It looks like Michelin raised -- and decreased -- prices in the first quarter

Not one tire company has announced a consumer price increase in the United States in more than a year. Given the rapid increase in tire prices from 2010-2012, that is not surprising.

Tags: Michelin financials, Price increases, Raw material costs

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Thursday, May 1, 2014 3:36 AM | » Comments(0)

April 21, 2014

Goodyear execs discuss the keys to Goodyear's success

Years of hard work are paying off, says Winterton
Goodyear s top executives, who are based in Akron, Ohio, say they are on the same page.

I recently had the chance to sit down with three top executives from Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.’s North American Tire operations.

Tags: Goodyear Eagle, Goodyear Fuel Max, Goodyear Wrangler, Jack Winterton, Phillip Kane, Steve McClellan

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Monday, April 21, 2014 9:16 AM | » Comments(0)

April 9, 2014

Right or wrong, the U.S. government is picking on Michelin

The United States government seems to have it out for Groupe Michelin and, to a lesser extent, Michelin North America Inc.

Tags: Aviation tires, Iran, U.S. Navy

Author: Bob Ulrich | Posted @ Wednesday, April 9, 2014 8:34 PM | » Comments(6)

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