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.


Rovince Tire says its revenues grew 32% in 2014, and that the company is adding tires to its
February 26, 2015

Rovince experiences growth in first 5 years

Rovince Tire in Los Angeles is completing its fifth successful year in recording growth in both revenues and market share.

Tags: Commercial tires, Devaka Cooray

Titan reports drop in sales and profits
February 26, 2015

Titan reports drop in sales and profits

Titan International Inc. reported sales for its fourth quarter 2014 were $383.3 million compared to $494.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. The company experienced a $65.9 million net loss in income from operations, compared to a gain of $0.6 million last year.

Tags: Financials, Titan financials, Titan International Inc.

February 26, 2015

Tire aging: Manufacturers are greedy, says writer

Here we go again, another yahoo talking about tire aging. But this "yahoo" is Ray Magliozzi, who writes the answers to the syndicated column "Dear Car Talk."

Tags: B.O.B., 'Car Talk', Tire aging

February 26, 2015

BKT names new U.S. president

Balkrishna Industires Ltd. (BKT) is naming a new president for BKT Tires USA Inc. following the resignation of Carl Casalbore.

Tags: Carl Casalbore, Minoo Mehta

February 26, 2015

SEMA hall-of-famer Raymond Bleiweis dies at 90

Raymond Bleiweis, an early member of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and 2008 inductee to its hall of fame, died Feb. 23, 2015, in Los Angeles. He was 90.

Tags: Obituary, Raymond Bleiweis, SEMA Hall of Fame

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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

Titan’s LSW tire (right) is designed to help eliminate road lope and power hop.
February 13, 2015

Titan in 2015  

Following the first three quarters of 2014, Titan International Inc. Chairman and CEO Morry Taylor explained to the investment community how his company would rebound from a net loss of $27.4 million on net sales of $1.5 billion.

Tags: Bob Ulrich, Farm tires, Titan Tire Corp.

Skid steer tire designs can optimize performance at certain types of job sites. For example, massive
February 12, 2015

Skid steer operators are on a tire-buying spree  

An improving economy and products that address specific application and performance needs are fueling sales of skid steer tires, according to dealers and manufacturers. Customers are relying on commercial dealers to help determine the product best suited for their needs.

Tags: Alliance Tire U.S.A., Camoplast Solideal Inc., East Bay Tire Co., Greenball Corp., Michelin North America Inc., Skid-steer tires, Solideal USA

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