The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) is rebranding itself, and its new name is more focused on what its members do — manufacture tires in the United States.
This is the third in a series of reports about the Reifen 2014 International Trade Fair from esteemed international journalist John Stone. The event is being held in Essen, Germany, May 27-30.
Stone, who writes European Notebook for Modern Tire Dealer, wrote previews in his inimitable British style until the show began. Now, look for his timely reports on the drama that is the Reifen Trade Fair!
Europe's largest and most significant tyre and equipment exhibition -- Reifen 2014 in Essen, Germany -- has opened. Over the weekend, people began flying into Europe from all over the world to exhibit, and joining them was just as many Europeans driving in the direction of Essen as the mad, frantic rush to erect booths began to take place.
There has been a final raft of news drifting in from companies explaining their products and objectives for the event, including the leading European specialist in European independent tire dealer networks -- point S, which has announced that at this show, they will be concentrating on further increasing the company's retail image following a steady series of developments this year.
In February, point S launched its new version of its eios Business–to-Business Ordering website, which is currently being used by around 1,600 members. Visitors to the booth can learn about point S's progress in the ongoing development of a wide range of new private label products.
Apollo Vredestein will also be introducing their new Alnac 4G winter and Alnac 4G all-season tire patterns at a press conference on the first day of the show (Tuesday), which will be headed by Mr. Marco Paracciani, chief marketing officer, and Mr. Abhishek Bisht, global brand head.
Triangle Tires will be displaying an extensive range of their latest PCR, LT, TBR and OTR pattern ranges, whilst leading Buffing Blade manufacturer B&J Rocket intends to launch its all-new Rocket Evo Blades, which the company considers will kickstart a new evolution in this specialist market sector.
Finally, on an IT note, software and data specialists DriveRight will be releasing a variety of new products, including an updated version of TyreFit version 4, a new integrated search facility for tire product data which incorporates images and tire label information.
I will be at the show for the full four days and filing daily "live" reports, including coverage of meetings and press conferences at Hunter Engineering, Apollo Vredestein, Triangle and B&J Rocket.
For more on Stone's reports leading up to Reifen 2014, check out these links:
Plaza Tire Service Inc. has opened its first store in Springfield, Mo., which brings the company to 61 stores in four states.
The Automotive Parts Services Group (The Group) has honored three suppliers for sales and service excellence.
Zhongce Rubber Group Co Ltd. (ZC Rubber) has opened a research and development center in China in cooperation with a state-owned research and development institute.
Since 1994 Bauer Built Inc. has recognized the children and grandchildren of its employees through the G. F. “Sam” and Ethel V. Bauer/Bauer Built Inc. Scholarship program. Four high school seniors have earned the prize in 2017.
Amanda Mathis will continue to lead Bridgestone America Inc.'s financial team in a new role: chief financial officer (CFO).
Pneus Unimax Ltd., the company that's working to spread the Point S banner in Canada, has hired Jeff Bullock as its business development manager for the English-speaking portions of the country.
As I am sure all MTD readers can appreciate, Europe is currently in the grip of a number of significant business trading changes including a fluctuating economy and the very real prospect of the UK market eventually leaving the European Union.
According to the results of our survey, demand for passenger and light truck replacement tires declined in March. Indeed, from a volume standpoint, the dealers reported they sold 0.8% fewer tires in March relative to the previous year’s period. The decline marks the third straight month of poor results versus the prior year’s period. However, on more a positive note, trends improved sequentially.
Which tire company is associated with Major League Baseball? Is it Falken Tire Corp.? Hankook Tire America Corp.? Yokohama Tire Corp.? Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp.? Kenda USA? Nexen Tire America Inc.?
American Tire Distributors Inc. (ATD) has opened its fourth regional mixing center in the U.S. Large enough to hold nearly 1 million tires, the mixing center in the Dallas/Fort Worth area will replenish the inventories of 32 ATD distribution centers in the Southwest.
The Tread Rubber and Tire Repair Materials Manufacturers Group (TRMG) has released additional Recommended Practices (RPs) for retreading and repairing through the Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau (TRIB) website. The RPs are free to view on TRIB’s website, www.retread.org.
Tire sales at Monro Muffler Brake Inc.'s comparable stores fell 11% in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017, capping off a year of lower tire sales in those same stores.
As a kid growing up in Wilmington, Del., I played Little League Baseball. My neighbor, Nat Shockley, the barber, sponsored my team, the Delpark Colts.
CUVs are on the verge of running passenger cars off the road in America. Tire makers insist it’s not a matter of if it will happen. It’s when. And it signals good news for tire dealers, says Drew Howlett, product manager for light truck and SUV tires at Falken Tire Corp.