Articles by Bob Ulrich

The Evolution of Winter Tires

The Evolution of Winter Tires

True or false: A tire with the 3-Peak Mountain Snowflake symbol stamped on the sidewall is always a winter tire. The answer is false: A winter tire must be branded with the symbol, but that alone doesn’t make it a winter tire.
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Panelists Predict the OTR Tire Market Will Continue to Grow

Panelists Predict the OTR Tire Market Will Continue to Grow

Every year, the Tire Industry Association (TIA) hosts a tire manufacturers’ panel discussion at the TIA OTR Tire Conference. In preparation for this year’s upcoming event in Tampa, Fla., Modern Tire Dealer asked the participants on last year’s annual panel discussion one question:  How do you think the U.S. replacement OTR tire market will fare in 2019 and why?
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Truck Tire Market Analysis

Truck Tire Market Analysis

An unexpected surge in domestic truck tire demand in the second half led to a record number of replacement truck tire shipments in 2017. Unable to produce enough tires to meet the demand, Tier 1 and Tier 2 manufacturers lost market share versus 2016.
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Why Enthusiasts Matter to Your Business

Why Enthusiasts Matter to Your Business

I’m passionate about the vehicles I drive and so are millions of other vehicle owners. I’m not just passionate about my cars on the weekends, I’m passionate every day. I get a certain feeling when I walk toward my Camaro SS or Trailblazer SS. I’ve styled and tuned them to fit my likes and my driving style.
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Distribution: Michelin and SCOA Form NTW Tire Wholesale Venture

Distribution: Michelin and SCOA Form NTW Tire Wholesale Venture

What spurred Michelin North America Inc. to buy 50% of TBC Corp. from Sumitomo Corporation of Americas (SCOA)? Michelin Chairman and President Scott Clark says the resulting joint venture “is about increasing our service capabilities and increasing our scale so that we can be a better supplier to both independent dealers and to provide secondary supply to our direct customers.”
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Internet vs. Brick-and-Mortar

Internet vs. Brick-and-Mortar

Selling tires online is a growing trend, with more online-only players making names for themselves each year. The relative newcomers compete against not only brick-and-mortar retailers, but also each other, and cannibalize sales from leading online tire companies like the Tire Rack Inc. and Discount Tire Direct.
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