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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

January 27, 2015

Brake Parts acquires OE Quality Friction

Brake Parts Inc. LLC (BPI) is acquiring the assets of OE Quality Friction Inc. (OEQF), headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, says David Overbeeke, CEO and president of Brake Parts Inc.

Tags: Acquisitions, Brake Parts Inc., David Overbeeke

January 27, 2015

Cooper’s RS3-A earns ‘Best Buy’ rating

Cooper Tire and Rubber Co.’s Zeon RS3-A all-season ultra-high performance tire has received a “Best Buy” rating from Consumers Digest magazine. It is the tire’s second Best Buy distinction from the publication in as many evaluations.

Tags: Consumers Digest, Cooper RS3-A, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.

The Goodyear Fuel Max LHS (for long-haul steer) is the company s most fuel-efficient steer tire in
January 27, 2015

Goodyear adds the LHS to its Fuel Max lineup

At the 2015 Goodyear Dealer Meeting in Grapevine, Texas, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. introduced its most fuel-efficient long-haul steer tire in North America, the Fuel Max LHS.

Tags: Brian Buckham, Dealer meeting, Gary Medalis, SmartWay-verified, Truck tires

The Dunlop Signature HP will be available in March and carries a 45,000-mile tread life limited
January 26, 2015

Dunlop Signature HP all-season tire debuts

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has unveiled its latest Dunlop high-performance all-season tire -- the Signature HP.

Tags: All-season tires, Dunlop Tires, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.

Kelly Edge A/S lineup will include 51 sizes and cover T, H and V speed ratings.
January 26, 2015

Goodyear reveals two new Kelly Edge tires

At its North American tire dealer meeting Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has introduced the Kelly Edge A/S and Kelly Edge AT – new products to cover performance touring, passenger, CUV, SUV and all-terrain tire segments. The company says the products will help usher in a new generation of consumer tires for the Kelly brand.

Tags: 2015 Goodyear Dealer Conference, Kelly Edge, Sara Vacha

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USEFUL ARTICLES

Hyun Bum Cho, Hankook’s president, chief marketing officer and chief corporate management
December 16, 2014

Hankook introduces an entry-level global tire brand  

Hankook Tire Co. Ltd. launched a global brand with lines for the passenger, UHP, on- and off-road SUV/LT and winter markets in Las Vegas during the 2014 Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week. Laufenn brand tires will be available in the U.S. in March 2015 in sizes covering up to 75% of the U.S. market.

Tags: Hankook Tire America Corp., Laufenn, LT tires, SUV tires, UHP tires

CEO Jean-Dominique Senard delivered an impassioned speech regarding Groupe Michelin’s
December 16, 2014

Michelin Challenge Bibendum  

Groupe Michelin held its 12th annual Michelin Challenge Bibendum (MCB) in Chengdu, China, in November. The event brought together members of both the private and public sectors to examine sustainable mobility; this year’s conference focused on innovation in mobility, and how it can drive growth and urban well-being.

Tags: Groupe Michelin, Michelin Challenge Bibendum, Michelin North America Inc.

Jimmy Yang, president of American Kenda Rubber Industrial Co. Ltd., reports the company is
December 16, 2014

Kenda is relying on research and development  

Kenda USA held its inaugural dealer and distributor meeting three days before the 2014 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas. Two of the highlights were the introduction of the Kenda Klever S/T and the rollout of the company’s new associate dealer program, Kenda Traction.

Tags: Dealer meeting, Jimmy Yang, Kenda USA

Pirelli developed the P Zero All Season Plus for North American driving enthusiasts. It offers
December 16, 2014

As he departs, Ferrari lets Pirelli dealers know what to expect  

Paolo Ferrari is going to be a hard act to follow at Pirelli Tire North America Inc. After three years as chairman, CEO and president, Ferrari is taking over Pirelli Latin America.

Tags: Bill Bainbridge, Paolo Ferrari, Pirelli Tire North America, Woody Rogers

Bridgestone officials gather in front of the new OTR tire plant for a ribbon cutting. From left to
December 16, 2014

Bridgestone opens first radial OTR tire plant outside Japan  

Building Bridgestone’s biggest tires requires 40 tons of rubber a day, equipment that stands three stories tall and a plant that spans 1.5 million square feet. And that’s just the beginning.

Tags: Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Aiken County , New Plants, OTR tires

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