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.


Fan Xue Feng inspects an OTR tire during production at the Double Coin factory in Rugao, China. The
September 2, 2015

Double Coin to increase TBR production by 2018

Double Coin Holdings Ltd. plans to expand its truck tire manufacturing facility in Rugao, China, by adding a low rolling resistance truck line that will produce an additional 1.5 million TBR tires a year.

Tags: China, China Manufacturers Alliance LLC, Fan Xue Feng, Shanghai, TBR Tires

Bryant Davis will lead sales strategy for truck, bus and retread tire business for the Bridgestone
September 1, 2015

Bridgestone has new sales VP for commercial

Bridgestone Commercial Group, a division of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations LLC (BATO), has hired Bryant Davis as vice president of sales for truck, bus and retread tire business.

Tags: BATO, Bridgestone Commercial Group, Bryant Davis, Personnel changes

September 1, 2015

SEMA scholarships total $150,000 in 2015

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Memorial Scholarship Fund awarded $150,000 to 58 individuals in 2015. This includes 45 SEMA scholarships presented to current students and 13 loan-forgiveness awards presented to employees of SEMA-member companies.

Tags: 2015 SEMA Show, SEMA Loan Forgiveness Program, SEMA Memorial Scholarship

Michelin says its CerexBib tire minimizes the soil compaction caused by large harvesting equipment.
September 1, 2015

Michelin unveils four farm tires

Michelin North America Inc. is introducing four tires for tractors, sprayers, harvesting equipment and large implements in North America at the 2015 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill., Sept. 1-3.

Tags: Agricultural Tires, Michelin North America Inc.

September 1, 2015

Nominate the industry's women of the year

The Car Care Council Women's Board is looking for women who have made significant contributions to the auto care community. Nominations for the 2015 Women of the Year Awards are open through Sept. 25, 2015.

Tags: 2015 AAPEX, Awards, Car Care Council Women’s Board, Women of the Year

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A Bridgestone DriveGuard fact sheet shows the key components of run-flat tires.
August 24, 2015

A flat performance for run-flat tires  Cover Story

The standard complaints about run-flat tires that wear too quickly and offer an uncomfortable ride aren’t going away. In the last five years as the replacement rate of non-run-flat tires on two-year-old cars has improved by 4%, the run-flat replacement rate hasn’t budged an inch.

Tags: Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Hankook Tire America Corp., Michelin North America Inc., Pirelli Tire North America, Run-flats

Tariffs: The rest of the story
July 13, 2015

Tariffs: The rest of the story  

When the tariffs on consumer tires from China are implemented, who will suffer the consequences? Will your business suffer any repercussions?

Tags: Bob Ulrich, Bob Ulrich editorial, Chinese tariffs, Tariffs, Tire tariffs

Rolling down the highway
July 7, 2015

Rolling down the highway  

Truck tire shipments are off to a great start in 2015. Compared to last year, replacement shipments are up between 4% and 5%, while original equipment shipments are up 20%.

Tags: Brand shares, Commercial tires, Medium/heavy truck tires, Truck Tires

Cooper’s Discoverer SRX is available in 36 sizes, and four more V-rated sizes are coming at
July 7, 2015

Discoverer line expands  

There’s a giant party happening in the world of CUV and SUV tires, and Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. doesn’t want to miss it.

Tags: Cooper Discoverer SRX, Cooper Discoverer STT PRO, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., tire introduction

The Grabber HTS60 has a stylish symmetric pattern with a strong center rib and has been optimized
July 7, 2015

Continental adds more value to its value-focused Grabber HTS line  

Continental Tire the Americas LLC has added more value to its value-focused Grabber HTS line with tread patterns specific to metric and LT sizes, longer tread wear and quieter performance.

Tags: Ann Neal, Barry Terzaken, Continental Tire the Americas LLC, General Grabber

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