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OTR Market Continues in Growth Mode

OTR Market Continues in Growth Mode

The consensus coming from speakers at the 64th annual Tire Industry Association (TIA) Off-the-Road Tire Conference is that the economy is strong and prospects for growth in 2019 are expected. All of this spells moderate-to-strong demand for the OTR tire industry.
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2018 TIA OTR Tire Conference Wrap-up

2018 TIA OTR Tire Conference Wrap-up

One of the highlights of the annual Tire Industry Association (TIA) OTR Tire Conference is the tire manufacturers’ panel discussion. This year, seven companies had executives participate. The 2018 panel discussion was held on Feb. 23, which was prior to the government’s announcement that it would be looking to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum. Each panelist was given the opportunity to discuss his company’s position in the market, views on the industry and plans for the future. What follows is a summation of each panelist’s prepared comments.
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TA Truck Service Offers One Stop, One Solution for Truck Fleets

TA Truck Service Offers One Stop, One Solution for Truck Fleets

At the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) SEMA Show held in Las Vegas last fall, TravelCenters of America LLC announced the formation of its TA Truck Service Commercial Tire Network (TA). With the company’s 244 existing truck stop locations, that propelled TA Truck Service to the top of the charts as the country’s largest commercial tire dealer.
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Hankook Gains Ground on its Goals

Hankook Gains Ground on its Goals

Continued growth in the U.S. and Canadian markets will be the key for Hankook Tire Co. Ltd. to reach its self-imposed goal of being the industry’s fifth largest tire company by 2020. This is the message about 80 key distributors and dealers of Hankook-branded tires were told at the company’s annual Partner’s Day Meeting in Los Cabos, Mexico, last month.
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BKT Offers Bhuj Plant Update

BKT Offers Bhuj Plant Update

Last December, Balkrishna Industries Ltd. (BKT) held grand opening ceremonies for its new off-highway tire plant in Bhuj, India. Modern Tire Dealer’s Editor Bob Ulrich was there and reported on the event in our January issue, along with several online reports.
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Falken is Delivering on Promises Made Last October

Falken is Delivering on Promises Made Last October

At their annual dealer meeting slightly less than one year ago, Falken Tire Corp. executives told the dealers about their aggressive plans for the North American market. The motivation for the new strategy was the dissolution of a long-standing global alliance between Falken’s parent company and Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
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Correa Tire Holds a Grand Opening in Puerto Rico

Correa Tire Holds a Grand Opening in Puerto Rico

You live on an island with a population of 3.5 million people that has been declining every year since 2002. Further, your island is in economic chaos, and politically there is an ongoing debate on whether to become an independent country, remain a U.S. territory, or become the 51st state. So, what do you do?
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