There’s never a dull moment in the world of tire manufacturing and distribution. This section will help you keep tabs on what the world’s tire manufacturers and marketers are doing, as well as their plans for the future.


Hankook says the Ventus Prime2 provides high wet grip properties, low rolling resistance and low
December 22, 2014

Hankook will supply Mercedes-Benz V-Class

The Ventus Prime2 and Vantra LT manufactured by Hankook Tire Co. Ltd. have been selected as the original fitment for the Mercedes-Benz V-Class minivan.

Tags: Hankook Tire Co. Ltd., Hankook Ventus Prime2, OE fitments, Vantra LT

Bartec has included SMP’s Qwik-Sensor line in its newest software release.
December 19, 2014

Bartec adds SMP’s TPMS sensor line

Bartec USA LLC has released a software upgrade for its TPMS tools that includes the ability to program the newly released multi-coverage programmable sensor from Standard Motor Products Inc. (SMP).

Tags: Bartec USA LLC, SMP, TPMS sensors

December 19, 2014

Bridgestone will host vets at hockey game

Bridgestone Americas Inc. is hosting 15 veterans as special guests at the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. Bridgestone is the title sponsor of the New Year’s Day game. The veterans are members of Hockey Saves Inc., a national nonprofit organization that provides military with a healthy outlet through hockey.

Tags: Bridgestone Americas Inc., Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, National Hockey League

The new Alliance factory in India is producing OTR tires. Alliance Tire Americas President James
December 19, 2014

Alliance: North America will benefit from new plant

Alliance Tire Group (ATG) is ramping up production at its new factory in India, and the company expects off-the-road tires from the new plant to arrive in North America within a few months.

Tags: Alliance Tire Americas Inc., Alliance Tire Group, New Plants

Nokian says its Hakkapeliitta R2 can reduce the rolling resistance of electric vehicles 30%.
December 19, 2014

Nokian introduces winter tire for electric BMW

In January 2015 Nokian Tyres will introduce the Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2, a winter tire designed for BMW's i3 electric car. It combines low rolling resistance, first-class grip and exceptional driving comfort and achieves the A class in the European tire label, the company says.

Tags: Electric vehicles, Jarno Ahvenlammi, Nokian Hakkapeliitta, Petri Niemi, Winter tires

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Hyun Bum Cho, Hankook’s president, chief marketing officer and chief corporate management
December 16, 2014

Hankook introduces an entry-level global tire brand  

Hankook Tire Co. Ltd. launched a global brand with lines for the passenger, UHP, on- and off-road SUV/LT and winter markets in Las Vegas during the 2014 Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week. Laufenn brand tires will be available in the U.S. in March 2015 in sizes covering up to 75% of the U.S. market.

Tags: Hankook Tire America Corp., Laufenn, LT tires, SUV tires, UHP tires

CEO Jean-Dominique Senard delivered an impassioned speech regarding Groupe Michelin’s
December 16, 2014

Michelin Challenge Bibendum  

Groupe Michelin held its 12th annual Michelin Challenge Bibendum (MCB) in Chengdu, China, in November. The event brought together members of both the private and public sectors to examine sustainable mobility; this year’s conference focused on innovation in mobility, and how it can drive growth and urban well-being.

Tags: Groupe Michelin, Michelin Challenge Bibendum, Michelin North America Inc.

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

Pirelli developed the P Zero All Season Plus for North American driving enthusiasts. It offers
December 16, 2014

As he departs, Ferrari lets Pirelli dealers know what to expect  

Paolo Ferrari is going to be a hard act to follow at Pirelli Tire North America Inc. After three years as chairman, CEO and president, Ferrari is taking over Pirelli Latin America.

Tags: Bill Bainbridge, Paolo Ferrari, Pirelli Tire North America, Woody Rogers

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

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