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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

May 22, 2015

Bridgestone TBR plant hits 25-year milestone

Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations is commemorating 25 years of operations at its commercial truck and bus radial (TBR) tire manufacturing facility in Warren County, Tenn. The plant, which produced its first tire in May 1990, now provides work for more than 1,000 people and manufactures approximately 9,000 TBR tires each day.

Tags: 25-year anniversary, Bridgestone Warren County Plant, Gary Garfield, TBR Tires, Tennessee

NASCAR drivers rolling on Goodyear tires are switching to specially branded  Support Our Troops
May 22, 2015

Goodyear supports troops with branded tires

For the sixth straight year, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., is rallying NASCAR fans to support members of the U.S. armed forces through its “Goodyear Gives Back” charitable program benefiting the Support Our Troops organization.

Tags: Goodyear Gives Back, Kris Kienzl, NASCAR, Support Our Troops

Arnott says its new aftermarket front air strut for Mercedes-Benz GL and ML is new, not
May 22, 2015

Arnott has new air strut for Mercedes-Benz

Arnott Inc. has introduced a new, not remanufactured, aftermarket front right or front left air strut for the 2007 to 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class (X164 Chassis) with Airmatic and ADS plus the 2005 to 2011 ML-Class (W164 Chassis) with Airmatic and ADS (excluding the ML63).

Tags: Air struts, Arnott Inc.

Vipal says its VL130 ECO tread is the first in South America to earn North America s SmartWay
May 22, 2015

Vipal shows exclusive treads in Mexico

Vipal Rubber Corp. is exhibiting treads with exclusive designs at the Expo Proveedores in Monterrey, Mexico. The tire manufacturer says its goal at the transportation industry trade fair is to consolidate its strength in the Mexican market, especially in the northern region of the country.

Tags: Expo Proveedores, Mexico, Vipal VL130 ECO

Every truck in the Meritor ChampTruck racing series will roll on Continental Tires  HSR2 tread
May 22, 2015

Continental jumps into ChampTruck racing

The commercial vehicle tire group of Continental Tire the Americas LLC is joining the inaugural season of ChampTruck series racing in the U.S., and has been named tire sponsor of the series, North America’s competitive big-rig truck racing. As the sponsor, Continental Tire will equip every truck in the series with its tires.

Tags: ChampTruck Racing, Official Tire, Sponsorships

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USEFUL ARTICLES

A special edition Koenigsegg Agera was on display at the 2015 New York International Auto Show.
May 5, 2015

Hyperactive imagination  

You may have noticed the sweet looking, perhaps unfamiliar monster of a vehicle on our front cover. That is a hypercar, specifically a 2015 GTA Spano from Spania GTA Tecnomotive S.L. It features a V10 twin-turbo engine capable of 925 horsepower. And a $650,000 price tag.

Tags: 2015 Performance Handbook, Bob Ulrich, Bob Ulrich editorial, Editorial, Hypercar, Performance Handbook, Pirelli P Zero

Construction highlights of the DWS06 include 1) a high strength, two-ply sidewall; 2) a Sport
April 15, 2015

Continental’s ExtremeContact DWS06  

"Don’t screw it up.” That was the mantra among the Continental dealers who loved the ExtremeContact DWS. And engineers at Continental listened.

Tags: All-Season Tires, Continental Tire the Americas LLC, Ultra-high performance tires

The consistent tread block rigidity of the new g-Force Comp-2 A/S tire resists irregular wear
April 15, 2015

BFG tour challenges dealers to test the new g-Force tire  

The new BFGoodrich brand g-Force Comp-2 A/S comes in more sizes, is more durable and has more all-weather capabilities than its predecessor. Michelin North America Inc. says 50% of the volume of the new ultra-high performance Z-rated tire will come from new sizes.

Tags: BFG, BFGoodrich Tires, High Performance Tires, Michelin North America Inc., Passenger tires, Ultra-high performance tires

The BH03 was one of two futuristic tire concepts from Goodyear on display at the Geneva Motor Show.
April 14, 2015

An insight into tomorrow’s tires  

It has certainly been a period of “show time” in Europe in the past couple of months with the internationally prestigious Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland, following February’s Tire Technology Expo in Germany (which I reported on in the March edition of MTD).

Tags: Apollo Vredestein, Bridgestone Corp., Continental AG, European Notebook, Future of Tire Technology, Geneva Motor Show, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., John Stone, Pirelli & Cie SpA, Trade show, Yokohama Tire Corp.

Alliance says it developed the Galaxy Giraffe XLW with extremely sturdy sidewalls, special tread
April 14, 2015

Sales of industrial tires pick up as ports and construction sites get busier  

When the mining industry slumped, OTR retreader Noah Hickman of H&H Industries Inc. looked elsewhere for business. “We’ve branched out into markets such as ports, construction, and other areas to combat the slowdown of the coal market,” says Hickman, whose Oak Hill, Ohio-based company holds the No. 25 spot on Modern Tire Dealer’s “2015 Top 100 retreaders” list.

Tags: Alliance Tire Group, BKT Tires (USA) Inc., Camoplast Solideal Inc., Continental Tire the Americas LLC, East Bay Tire Co., Industrial tires, Michelin North America Inc., Rovince International Corp., Trelleborg Wheel Systems Americas Inc.

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