ZC Rubber America Inc. is opening a new distribution center in December 2020 so serve the eastern U.S. The warehouse, located in Statesville, N.C., will serve as the distribution hub for Arisun truck tire customers and dealers in the region.
The U.S. truck tire market looked much different at the end of last year than it does now. Through the end of 2019, 18.7 million medium truck tires had been shipped through the replacement downward trajectory, but numbers were still at respectable levels. And tonnage was increasing, albeit slightly. Then, not too long later, COVID-19 hit. And to say that things have not been the same since is an understatement.
Modern Tire Dealer broke down the CUV and SUV tire segments by asking three all-important questions covering the forecast for the next five years, product mix, and where there’s the greatest growth. Nineteen tire makers weighed in.
Imports of radial truck tires from China into the U.S. have dropped 25% in the first three months of 2019, from more than 1.8 million to just shy of 1.4 million, compared to the same period a year ago.
Dandelions. Orange oil. Soybean oil. Guayule. With each new experiment in the building process, it’s clear tire makers are in the hunt for sustainable substitutes for rubber compounding materials in the tire manufacturing process.
The Arisun Smart Tire System by Zhongce Rubber Group Co. Ltd. (ZC Rubber) helps users save money, manage their fleet more efficiently, and offers improved tire safety with real-time monitoring of low pressure or excessive tire temperatures.
Of the 19 tire manufacturers who responded to our questions, 11 have introduced new M/T tires since 2015. And at least three more new M/T tires are expected to be unveiled in the next 24 months. Nick Gutierrez, sales manager for Sentury Tire Americas, refers to it as a “flash flood.”