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.


September 30, 2014

Bridgestone relocates China plant

Bridgestone Corp. announced that its subsidiary in China, Bridgestone (Shenyang) Tire Co. Ltd. (Shenyang Plant), has relocated its truck and bus radial tire plant to a new site in Shenyang City Liaoning Province, China.

Tags: Bridgestone (Shenyang) Tire Co. Ltd., Bridgestone Corp.

Nitto has 10 million Facebook fans
September 30, 2014

Nitto has 10 million Facebook fans

Nitto Tire U.S.A., Inc. has 10 million Facebook fans and has been adding an average of 25,000 new fans per day since June. The company reached the 10-million-fan milestone on Sept. 29, 2014.

Tags: Harry Kong, Nitto Facebook Page, Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc.

September 29, 2014

AAPEX webinar to offer checklists for success

The Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) will share tips for getting the most out of the trade show in a free webinar, “A Checklist for Attending AAPEX 2014.” The webinar is scheduled for Wed., Oct. 8, at 4 p.m. EST.

Tags: AAPEX 2014, free webinar, preparing for AAPEX

The Cardone reman electronic throttle body (67-8004) for 2008-14 Toyota trucks, Avalon and Camry
September 29, 2014

Cardone releases reman and new parts

Cardone Industries Inc. has released 39 A1 Cardone reman numbers and 32 Cardone Select new part numbers.

Tags: Cardone Industries Inc., new and reman parts

Paul Stewart will lead sales and marketing at Centric Parts in a new executive position.
September 29, 2014

Centric Parts names sales and marketing VP

Centric Parts, a North American manufacturer and supplier of aftermarket brake components and systems, has named Paul Stewart executive vice president of sales and marketing, a new position.

Tags: Centric Parts, Dan Lelchuk, Paul Stewart

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Chris Sallie and five assistants came from Michigan to establish Discount Tire’s culture in
September 16, 2014

‘What would Mr. Halle do?’  

"It starts with Mr. Halle,” says Chris Sallie in reference to the man whose influence is felt everywhere at the first Discount Tire store in the northeast Ohio market. “It” is attitude, not car count, bay turns, tire sales, or other measures of a tire shop’s business success. Says Ken Knake, assistant vice president for the region, “Mr. Halle expects everybody to be a Boy Scout and do the right thing every time, especially when nobody’s looking.”

Tags: Bruce Halle, Chris Sallie, Ken Knake, MTD Tire Dealer of the Year

The Halle family in 1944, top row: Betty, parents Mary (Molly) and Fred Sr., Mary Ellen and Bruce;
September 16, 2014

MTD Tire Dealer of the Year profile  

Bruce Halle can pinpoint when he received the best piece of advice in his lifetime. On his way into the Marine Corps in 1950, his older brother, Fred Jr., told him, “Bruce, keep your eyes and ears open and your mouth shut.”

Tags: Bruce Halle, Diane Halle, MTD Tire Dealer of the Year

Bruce Halle, chairman of Discount Tire, is MTD s 22nd Tire Dealer of the Year.
September 16, 2014

All for one and one for all  

The authors of the Bible knew how to lead by example. In the New Testament, a disciple of Matthew wrote, “Whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant.”

Tags: Bruce Halle, Diane Halle, MTD Tire Dealer of the Year

A new era for UK tire shows
August 21, 2014

A new era for UK tire shows  

With Europe’s “exhibition season” truly in full swing following the highly successful Reifen 2014 Show in Germany, Automechanika Frankfurt is on the horizon and it will be another very busy few months for all tire businesses in Europe.

Tags: Brityrex, European Notebook, John Stone, SEMA Show, trade shows

“In three years, Kenda will have truck and bus tires available,” says Yang. “The
August 21, 2014

Kenda plans to manufacture truck tires within three years  

Kenda Rubber Ind. Co. Ltd. produces 10 million radial consumer tires a day worldwide. A relative newcomer to the market, Kenda’s annual production pales in comparison to, say, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.’s output, which annually exceeds 10 million units at its Fayetteville, N.C., plant alone.

Tags: Jimmy Yang, Kenda Rubber Ind. Co. Ltd., Truck tires

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