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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.

LATEST NEWS

April 22, 2014

Bridgestone sponsors contest for teen drivers

A nationwide survey commissioned by Bridgestone Americas Inc. found that while teens say texting and driving is dangerous, distracted driving persists as young drivers continue to text behind the wheel. The company is sponsoring a scholarship contest to encourage teens to drive responsibly.

Tags: Bridgestone Americas Inc., driving and texting, Teens Drive Smart program

Alpio Barbara services a lot of UHP tire and wheel assemblies at his  California dealership. He
April 22, 2014

Proper tire service equipment: 2 perspectives

Tire service equipment seems to last forever. How many of you have a 20-year-old tire changer? How about 30 years old?

Tags: Performance Handbook, Tire service equipment, UHP tires

April 21, 2014

Why is Goodyear successful? Read on

When you get a chance to talk with top tire company executives from one of the largest tire manufacturers in the world, you jump at the chance.

Tags: B.O.B., Steve McClellan

Gaither Tool says the patented tilting action of the Winntec Smart Tire Cart relieves stress for the
April 21, 2014

Winntec Smart Tire Cart relieves user stress

Gaither Tool Co. Inc. says the Winntec Smart Tire Cart (P/N G471147HD) holds 15-inch and higher rim diameter passenger tires up to truck size 245/70R19.5 and can move mounted tires and wheel sets and stacks of tires eight to 10 high.

Tags: Gaither Tool Co. Inc., Smart Tire Cart

April 21, 2014

More days to register for GAAS 2014

The hotel registration deadline for the 2014 Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS) in Rosemont, Ill., has been extended until Friday, April 25. GAAS will take place on May 20- 21.

Tags: 2014 Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium, Denny Welvaert

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USEFUL ARTICLES

The WS80 is available in 48 sizes in 15-inch to 18-inch rim diameters, 35 to 70 series, and speed
March 28, 2014

Winter control: Bridgestone advances ‘Blizzak advantage’  

Bridgestone Americas Inc. says the water dispersal ability of its new Blizzak WS80 winter tire for passenger cars and minivans is superior to its predecessor. It helps the tire create more grip on ice and snow. Dealers can begin placing orders this month for the WS80, which will officially launch in July 2014.

Tags: Ann Neal, Bridgestone Americas Inc., Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, Bridgestone Blizzak, Snow tires, Winter Tires

Goodyear Chairman and CEO Richard Kramer says evidence of a rebounding economy includes an increase
March 28, 2014

Goodyear says: Get ready for the millennials!  

Richard Kramer, chairman and CEO of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., told attendees at the 2014 Goodyear Dealer Conference in Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 29 to Feb. 1 that new car sales grew in 2013. That is a very positive sign for the replacement business to come.

Tags: Bob Bissler, Dealer meetings, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Millennials, Richard Kramer

“We are still shipping far too many tires from overseas to the U.S. and the Americas,”
March 28, 2014

Continental is ahead of schedule  

When Continental announced it was going to build a consumer tire plant in Sumter, S.C., Continental and General tire dealers couldn’t wait for the facility to be up and running. That was in 2011, when the company’s fill rates were, by all accounts, too low.

Tags: Bob Ulrich, Continental Tire the Americas LLC, Jochen Etzel, Tire plant

Jim Degenhardt, owner of Degenhardt Tire in West Salem, Wis., won a 2014 Ford Focus from Cooper
March 28, 2014

K&M Tire wants to fill in its southern territories in 2014  

K&M Tire Inc. added warehouses, expanded commercial and farm tire offerings, grew the Mr. Tire and Big 3 Tire marketing programs, and improved its Web-based tire ordering system in 2013.

Tags: Ann Neal, Hankook Tire America Corp., Jennifer Benham, Jim Degenhardt, K&M Tire Inc., Nate Benham

Byeong Jin Lee said the company wants to start tire production at its plant in Tennessee within 18
March 28, 2014

New factories, tire introductions, a TV ad campaign and MLB support  

Hankook dealers who assembled at the company’s annual Partner’s Day, held in Jamaica this year, were told that the company is on schedule for the ground-breaking of its new Clarksville, Tenn., tire factory during the second half of this year.

Tags: Brandon Hur, Byeong Jin Lee, Greg Smith, Hankook Tire America Corp., Jeong Ho Park, Shawn Denlein

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