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December 18, 2014

Sidewall blisters prompt CMA tire recall

China Manufacturers Alliance LLC (CMA) is recalling certain Bluestar LQ225 size 8-14.5 low platform trailer tires manufactured Feb. 24, 2013, to Aug. 9, 2014. The affected tires can develop a sidewall blister on the upper section of the sidewall. This blister may pop while the vehicle is in operation.

Tags: Bluestar, NHTSA, Tire recall, Trailer tires

The Michelin Truck app gives fleets and owner operators access to find products and services from
December 17, 2014

Michelin updates app to find truck dealers

Michelin Americas Truck Tires upgraded its dealer locator app that offers drag and drop capability, type ahead functionality, more search options and one-click access to all key dealer information. The new app is designed specifically for ease of use while on the road.

Tags: Commercial truck service, Michelin Truck Tires, Smartphone Apps

December 17, 2014

TIA will host free webinar on social media

The Tire Industry Association (TIA) is presenting a free webinar on mapping out a social media plan. “Plan for Success: Create a social media plan for 2015” will be held Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, from 2:00 p.m. to 2:40 p.m. EST.

Tags: Roy Littlefield, social media free webinar, TIA

Toyo unveiled an anniversary logo as the company looks forward to 2015. On the right is a conceptual
December 17, 2014

Toyo to celebrate 70th anniversary in 2015

Toyo Tire and Rubber Co. Ltd. will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the company’s founding in August 2015.

Tags: Logo, New headquarters, Toyo 70th anniversary

December 15, 2014

More than 145,000 were at industry’s top shows

Las Vegas was the center of the automotive universe during the recent Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show and the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX).

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A hard look at procrastination
December 16, 2014

A hard look at procrastination  

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show is always the first week in November, and it’s a reminder to me that the end of the year is near.

Tags: Counter intelligence, Procrastination, Sales training, Wayne Williams

Brityrex addresses ‘part-worn’ tires and tire labeling
December 16, 2014

Brityrex addresses ‘part-worn’ tires and tire labeling  

I recently attended the three-day Brityrex Show in the UK, and this biannual event featured for the very first time a special seminar entitled TyreTalk that incorporated a series of speakers from various aspects of the tire industry.

Tags: Brityrex show, European Notebook, European tire labeling, John Stone, Part-worn tires

Jimmy Yang, president of American Kenda Rubber Industrial Co. Ltd., reports the company is
December 16, 2014

Kenda is relying on research and development  

Kenda USA held its inaugural dealer and distributor meeting three days before the 2014 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas. Two of the highlights were the introduction of the Kenda Klever S/T and the rollout of the company’s new associate dealer program, Kenda Traction.

Tags: Dealer meeting, Jimmy Yang, Kenda USA

Bridgestone officials gather in front of the new OTR tire plant for a ribbon cutting. From left to
December 16, 2014

Bridgestone opens first radial OTR tire plant outside Japan  

Building Bridgestone’s biggest tires requires 40 tons of rubber a day, equipment that stands three stories tall and a plant that spans 1.5 million square feet. And that’s just the beginning.

Tags: Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Aiken County , New Plants, OTR tires

The market is transitioning to Increased Flexion and Very High Flexion tractor tires, says
December 16, 2014

Farm tire market trends for 2015  

Corn production in the Midwest was greater in August than was forecast. At the same time, cotton production in the South was down year-over-year.

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