To say 2021 was a good year for truck and bus tires in the replacement channel is a bit of an understatement. In market data compiled by Michelin Group, the year-to-date demand was always double-digits ahead of the mark in North America and Central America.
It’s been five years since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration adopted a second round of fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. Those standards are still in place. And they continue to create challenges when it comes to truck tire design.
Longtime tread rubber supplier Vipal Rubber Corp. is now supplying retread plant equipment to the North American market. Vipal executive Gabriel Fuma discusses the company's strategy in this MTD interview.
When Indy Tire Centers Inc. dba Best-One of Indy acquired two R&T Tire stores this spring, it was the latest evidence of the company’s growth. But just as important, it was another entry point into Indiana’s farming economy. “We’ve always provided ag and OTR and truck tire services, but as we expand out of the major metropolitan area of Indianapolis, it’s definitely an emphasis on ag,” says Scott McKenzie, vice president of commercial for Best-One of Indy.