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OTR market conditions

OTR market conditions

The Tire Industry Association (TIA) Off-the-Road Tire Conference has long served as a valuable venue for learning not only about what’s happening in the OTR marketplace, but also about the overall economic health of many different industries.
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A conversation with Gustavo Lima

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.
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Falken reveals plans to expand

Falken reveals plans to expand

Modern Tire Dealer had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Richard Smallwood, president of Falken Tire Corp.; Andrew Hoit, new vice president of sales; and Rick Brennan, executive director of marketing; during Falken’s recent dealer trip to Iceland.
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Hankook pushes for OE

Hankook pushes for OE

Hankook Tire Co. Ltd. has been very aggressive in securing original equipment fitments in recent years, and held a major press conference Sept. 2, 2013, in Seoul, South Korea, to announce its latest fitments.
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American Tire Distributors: National impact

American Tire Distributors: National impact

This year, American Tire Distributors Inc. (ATD) chose to hold 21 different regional meetings for its Tire Pros dealers instead of hosting one main event, as it did in 2012. If the idea behind doing this type of meeting was to create a highly personalized discussion with its dealers, then it worked.
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Nitto NT90W: Ready for next winter

Nitto NT90W: Ready for next winter

Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc. is known for thinking and doing things “outside the box.” So when the company wanted to introduce a new tire to its line-up, it chose to use the beautiful Miller Motorsports Park just outside Salt Lake City, Utah, to showcase it.
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Hankook: More market share!

Hankook: More market share!

"In the long-term, we want to have 12% to 15% market share in North America.” That was the key point Hyun Bum Cho, chief marketing officer of Hankook Tire Co. Ltd., delivered to Hankook Tire America Corp. dealers who gathered in Cancun, Mexico, last month for the company’s annual dealer meeting.
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How to better connect with consumers

How to better connect with consumers

The changing nature of connecting with the consumer was a major theme during the Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations LLC (BATO) 2012 Consumer Dealer Meeting Oct. 17-18. The company brought 450 representatives from 200 tire dealerships to its hometown of Nashville, Tenn., to discuss how Bridgestone is promoting its tire brands to the consumer.
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Falken wants to ‘brand up’

Falken wants to ‘brand up’

Falken Tire Corp. has experienced a 16.5% annual growth rate in North America during the last decade, according to its CEO and president, Richard Smallwood. He made these favorable remarks at Falken’s dealer trip in Kona, Hawaii, in June.
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Good as GOLD

Good as GOLD

Incentive trips are generally the setting for companies to thank their top dealers for the business and spell out plans for the upcoming year. Continental Tire the Americas LLC (CTA) did just that in Nassau, Bahamas, last month with 260 of its GOLD dealers
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