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Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (right) and Nexen Tire Chairman Kang Byung-Joong met at a Nexen
March 3, 2015

Nexen to build tire plant in Czech Republic

The Prime Minister of the Czech Republic visited Nexen Tire Corp.’s manufacturing facility in Changnyeong, South Gyeongsang Province in South Korea during an official state visit. The stop was a commemoration of an agreement between Nexen and the Czech government to build a new plant in Zatec, Czech Republic.

Tags: Bohuslav Sobotka, Czech Republic, Kang Byung-Joong, New plants

March 3, 2015

Wisconsin tire dealer closes after 89 years

After 89 years in business, Holmes Tire & Automotive Inc. has changed its last tire. The third-generation independent tire dealer closed its store Feb. 27, 2015, in Madison, Wis.

Tags: Dealership closings, Holmes Tire & Automotive Inc., Linda Holmes, Tom Holmes

The BHO3 (pictured) is one of two concept tires Goodyear revealed during the Geneva
March 3, 2015

A Goodyear tire that recharges electric cars?

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. is showing off two groundbreaking concept tires at this week’s 85th Geneva International Motor Show, ideas the company says could radically change the role of car tires in the future.

Tags: Concept tires, Electric vehicles, Geneva International Motor Show, Joe Zekoski

Nexen is sponsoring its first bracket contest for March Madness. The company says it wants to
March 3, 2015

Nexen to award $10,000 in college hoops contest

Nexen Tire America Inc. is holding its first College Hoops Challenge where contestants will compete for a top prize of $10,000 by selecting winners in the College Basketball Championship Tournament taking place later in March.

Tags: College basketball, Kyle Roberts, NCAA

TIA President Freda Pratt-Boyer is pictured with 2014 Hall of Fame inductees Harold Coker, Cheryl
March 3, 2015

TIA seeks nominations for Hall of Fame

The Tire Industry Association (TIA) is accepting nominations for the 2015 Tire Industry Hall of Fame.

Tags: Awards, Roy Littlefield, TIA Hall of Fame

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Figure 1: An exploded view of the tire pressure sensor.
February 13, 2015

TPMS: Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ and Mercury Milan  

The tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) on the Ford Fusion 2010-13, Lincoln MKZ 2010-13, and Mercury Milan 2010-11 monitors the air pressure in the four road tires with wheel-mounted tire pressure sensors.

Tags: Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ, Mercury Milan, Mitchell 1, TPMS

Tire Pros President Dan Brown outlined plans for the franchise at the national dealer meeting.
February 13, 2015

Tire Pros aims for 700 stores in 2015  

Twenty-three people were dedicated to the Tire Pros franchise program of American Tire Dealers Inc. (ATD) in 2009. Today, 60 professionals provide marketing, retail, business analysis, administrative and training support to dealers.

Tags: Bartec, Bartec USA LLC, Dan Brown, Dealer meeting, Shepherd Tire Service, Synchrony Financial, Tire Pros

Traction grooves increase the number of biting edges on the WinterContactSI compared to its
February 13, 2015

Continental covers two winter segments  

The 2015-2016 winter selling season will begin soon, probably before the record 34-inch snowfall in Boston completely melts. In preparation, Continental Tire the Americas LLC recently introduced two winter tires.

Tags: Continental Tire the Americas LLC, Snow tires, Winter tires

These tires are made for walking!
February 13, 2015

These tires are made for walking!  

In my January column, I wrote that Singapore-based tire producer Omni United (S) Pte. Ltd. had “broken new ground” in the tire industry by launching its Timberland tire range in a unique association with a designer label — Timberland Footwear. I have been surprised by the speed in which this new innovative development has caught the attention and imagination of many people in the industry, especially here in Europe.

Tags: European Notebook, John Stone, Omni United, Part-worn tires, Timberland

A different perspective on the sales counter
February 13, 2015

A different perspective on the sales counter  

Last month we identified the sales counter as a very important piece of real estate in your store — important because so many critical activities happen at the sales counter, and every customer who visits a store visits the sales counter.

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

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