Mitchell: 'The deal was good for Goodyear'

Was the dissolution of the partnership between Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. good for Goodyear? Industry analyst Nick Mitchell thinks so.


Goodyear prepares to announce plant location

When Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. announced almost a year ago that it was going to build a consumer tire plant, it did not specify where. Chairman and CEO Rich Kramer would only say it would be built in "the Americas."


Bridgestone opens OTR tire plant in S.C.

Bridgestone Americas Inc.'s first giant radial OTR tire plant is officially up and running. Based in Aiken County, S.C., the 1.5 million-square-foot manufacturing facility produces various off-road radial tire products used to equip heavy haul trucks in mining and aggregates applications.

Hankook Tire America Ltd. broke ground on its tire plant in Clarksville, Tenn.

Hankook breaks ground on new plant in Tennessee

Tire dealers will be able to sell American-made Hankook passenger and light truck tires beginning in 2016. That is when the first phase of Hankook Tire America Corp.’s tire plant in Clarksville, Tenn., will be completed.

Peter Szijjarto, left, Hungary's Parliamentary State Secretary to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Neeraj Kanwar, Apollo's vice chairman and managing director jointly announce the location of the new plant.

Apollo chooses Hungary for plant site

And the winner is: Hungary. In June, Apollo Tyres Ltd. had narrowed the location for its consumer and commercial tire plant to Hungary or Slovakia.


Where will Goodyear’s next plant be built?

Using clues from Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. Chairman, CEO and President Rich Kramer, quotes from a Latin American news agency, logistics, maps, tire industry knowledge and intuition, Modern Tire Dealer Editor Bob Ulrich attempts to pinpoint where Goodyear's next tire plant will be built.

“We are still shipping far too many tires from overseas to the U.S. and the Americas,” said Jochen Etzel, CEO of Continental Tire the Americas.

Continental is ahead of schedule

When Continental announced it was going to build a consumer tire plant in Sumter, S.C., Continental and General tire dealers couldn’t wait for the facility to be up and running. That was in 2011, when the company’s fill rates were, by all accounts, too low.


Kumho's plans for 2014: new products, a new VP of sales and more

At the 2013 Kumho Dealer Meeting in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, on Dec. 8, CEO and President Harry Choi told me that following a less-than-satisfactory year, Kumho Tire U.S.A. Inc. is going “back to the basics.” Here is a quick synopsis of what his tire dealers can look forward to in 2014.


Kumho introduces Ecsta PA31

Kumho Tire Co. Ltd. has been busy lately. It introduced a tire in North America; it jump-started construction on its long anticipated manufacturing plant in the United States; and it opened a fifth research and development center.

Rafael Navarro (left), vice president of communications, media relations and motorsports; and Paolo Ferrari, chairman and CEO, NAFTA region, unveil the first tire produced at Pirelli Tire’s North American headquarters in Rome, Ga. The tire is on permanent display at Pirelli’s exhibit in the Rome Area History Museum. Photo by Doug Walker, Rome News-Tribune.

Pirelli celebrates 10-years in Rome, Ga.

Ten years ago today (August 14), Pirelli Tire North America began producing tires at 400,000-square-foot facility on a 127-acre tract of land in the Floyd County Industrial Park in Rome, Ga.

Phase one has yet to be completed, but Pirelli is already producing tires at its new, environmentally friendly plant in Mexico. As equipment is added, the material preparation, curing (in photo) and final inspection areas will be expanded. The plant covers more than 1.4 million square feet.

Pirelli opens its first plant in Mexico

How important to company and country is the new Pirelli tire plant in Silao, Guanajuato, Mexico? Pirelli & Cie SpA Chairman and CEO Marco Tronchetti Provera was on hand for the recent inauguration. So was Mexican President Felipe de Jesús Calderón Hinojosa.

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