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.


March 27, 2015

Free webinar covers tire changing challenges

Tilt back? Swing arm? Find out which style is best for your shop and more in a free webinar: “Tackling today’s most common tire and wheel challenges – a review of Bosch’s new line of tire changers,” April 21, 2015, at 2 p.m. ET.

Tags: Bosch Automotive Service Solutions, free webinar, Scott Farr, tire changers

Bridgestone unveiled its newest UHP tire, the Potenza RE-71R, during an event in Phoenix.
March 26, 2015

Bridgestone unveils its most extreme UHP tire

Bridgestone Americas Inc. is calling its newest ultra-high performance tire, the Potenza RE-71R, the company’s most extreme UHP street tire to date. Tuned for maximum handling on the track and engineered to deliver faster lap times, the Potenza RE-71R tire is designed to fit sports cars, coupes and sedans popular with today’s enthusiast drivers.

Tags: Bridgestone Potenza, Potenza RE-71R, Robert Saul, UHP tires

March 26, 2015

Mitchell: Tier 1 tires are leading the way

According to the Northcoast Research Tire Demand Index, replacement tire demand was down in February compared to the same month in 2014.

Tags: Chinese tire imports, Nick Mitchell, Northcoast Research, Tire tiers

Goodyear is expanding its development work to China with a center inside its factory
March 26, 2015

Goodyear adds a development center in China

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has established its first development center in China.

Tags: China, Development center, Goodyear Asia Pacific, Richard Kramer

Longtime friends Norm Huniu (left) and Billy Eordekian attended the California Tire Dealers
March 26, 2015

1-800EveryRim buys OE wheel company

An acquisition agreement between longtime friends and competitors Norman Huniu of Capital Factory Original Wheels and Billy Eordekian of 1-800EveryRim–OEM Wheels has been finalized. 1-800EveryRim formally took over the 60-year-old company on March 23, 2015.

Tags: Acquisitions, Billy Eordekian, Custom wheels

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Vredestein Arctrac (Value category)
March 23, 2015

Get ready for (next) winter!  Cover Story

If only Punxsutawney Phil could predict how many winter tires you need to order for the 2015-2016 winter season. The famous Pennsylvania groundhog saw his shadow on Feb. 2, foreshadowing six more weeks of winter, according to the legend. And, just like last year, he was spot on.

Tags: Apollo Vredestein, Bob Ulrich, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, Continental Tire the Americas LLC, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Falken Tire Corp., Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Hankook Tire America Corp., Hercules Tire & Rubber Co., Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc., Nokian Tyres plc, Pirelli Tire North America, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp., Uniroyal, Winter Tires, Yokohama Tire Corp.

American Omni team members give a thumbs up in 2014 to the production of the first Thunderer TBR
March 23, 2015

American Omni celebrates 25 years  

Twenty-five years ago American Omni Trading Co. got its footing selling truck tires made in India to customers in Latin America. Since then the Texas-based importer has sold and shipped tires to 62 countries, altered its customer base and developed its own private brands, all while supplying everything from wheelbarrow to off-the-road tires.

Tags: American Omni Trading Co., Anniversary, Tom Brackin

Competing against your supplier
March 23, 2015

Competing against your supplier  

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. recently announced it was going to sell tires online from its website. There is no question in my mind other tire manufacturers will follow suit within the next 24 months.

Tags: Bob Ulrich, Bob Ulrich editorial, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Online selling

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 Distributors 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

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