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Whether you’re directing your dealership’s business from the back office or you’re working the sales counter, this section has the information to enhance your company’s image with the consumer, help your operational efficiency and make you more profitable.


October 16, 2014

APPEX: Get a heads up on industry trends

The 2014 Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) is offering 12 free sessions on industry trends to help attendees increase sales, boost profitability and grow their businesses. The AAPEXedu sessions start Nov. 3, a day before the official start of AAPEX, which runs Nov. 4-6 in Las Vegas.

Tags: 2014 AAPEX, AAPEXedu sessions, industry trends

Michelin says advanced casing technology significantly reduces irregular tire wear in the new
October 15, 2014

Michelin adds Multi Energy T to X One line

Michelin North America Inc. has launched a wide-base single trailer tire for regional operations with a new casing design to reduce irregular wear. The new Michelin X One Multi Energy T is SmartWay-verified.

Tags: Michelin North America Inc., Michelin X One Multi Energy T, wide-base trailer tire

Centric Parts has doubled the size of its brake caliper remanufacturing operations in Carson, Calif.
October 15, 2014

Centric Parts doubles caliper reman capacity

Centric Parts, a North American manufacturer and supplier of aftermarket brake components and systems, has doubled its brake caliper remanufacturing operations in response to heavy customer demand.

Tags: Centric Parts, plant expansion, Remanufactured parts

Brake Parts Inc. received more than 400,000 entries for the Raybestos Camaro sweepstakes. The winner
October 15, 2014

Brake Parts will reveal Camaro winner at AAPEX

Brake Parts Inc. LLC (BPI) will announce the winner of its Raybestos brand’s Camaro sweepstakes at the 2014 Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) Nov. 4- 6 in Las Vegas.

Tags: 2014 AAPEX, Brake Parts Inc., Rabyestos Camaro Sweepstakes

Philips says it is first to market with street legal exterior LEDs.
October 14, 2014

Philips unveils lights with 12-year guarantee

Philips Automotive North America, a division of Royal Philips, has introduced a line of direct replacements for interior and exterior vehicle lighting that includes street legal LEDs. Philips Vision LEDs are guaranteed to deliver years of dynamic lighting and are backed by a 12-year limited warranty.

Tags: Philips Automotive North America, Replacement LED Lights

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More than 3,800 people from over 78 countries attended the fifth annual Latin American &
October 13, 2014

A conversation with Gustavo Lima  

MTD had the opportunity to ask a number of wide-ranging questions of Gustavo Lima. Lima has 38 years of international tire industry experience. He is currently the CEO of the Latin American & Caribbean Tyre Expo, the Latin Auto Parts Expo and the newly announced North American Tire & Retread Expo that will be held in New Orleans next April. He’s also the CEO of Oriente Triangle Tire Latin America, a distributor of tires for Latin America based in Miami, Fla.

Tags: Gustavo Lima, North American Tire and Retread Expo, Trade show

TIA’s Matt White says the association will be offering new training programs in 2015.
October 13, 2014

5 years and counting: Latin American & Caribbean Tyre Expo  

The fifth annual Latin American & Caribbean Tyre Expo in Panama City, Panama, attracted roughly 3,800 qualified participants and 233 exhibitors from over 78 countries, according to show organizers.

Tags: Caribbean Tyre Expo, Matt White, Pirelli Pneus Ltd., TIA, Tire Industry Association

Reifen Essen 2014: another record-breaking show
October 13, 2014

Reifen Essen 2014: another record-breaking show  

With Europe’s largest tire show well and truly over for another two years, event organizer Messe Essen has revealed that over the four days of the exhibition around 20,000 people came through the doors as visitors. This attendance figure is marginally higher than the previous figures in 2012, therefore setting a new record for the show.

Tags: John Stone, Reifen Essen, Trade show

Prices were roughly flat on both premium and value brand tires
October 13, 2014

Prices were roughly flat on both premium and value brand tires  

According to the results of our survey, demand for replacement tires remained healthy in July. Indeed, from a volume standpoint the dealers reported that they sold 0.4% more tires last month on a year-over-year basis, following a 0.7% increase in June and a 1.3% increase in May.

Tags: Nick Mitchell, Your Marketplace

Cultivate a culture of safety to protect your employees and keep the shop in compliance with OSHA.
October 6, 2014

The basics of workplace safety  

There are many good reasons to cultivate a culture of safety in a tire dealership. It will help keep employees injury-free and able to perform their duties. It will help keep the shop in compliance with the United States Department of Labor’s (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations. It is also important for liability and insurance purposes.

Tags: OSHA, Safety, Shop safety, TIA, Tire Industry Association

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