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Cover Story - January 2015

E.T. Paul Co. closes after 119 years

By: Joy Kopcha

After 119 years in business, the second-oldest independent tire dealer in America closed its doors on the last day of 2014.

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There were 580 new exhibitors at AAPEX 2014.

AAPEX 2014: The center of the automotive universe

For three days last November, 2,364 exhibitors and 5,343 booths transformed Las Vegas’ Sands Expo Center into an international try-and-buy venue for automotive aftermarket products. But the 2014 AAPEX (Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo) did more than bring buyers and sellers together.

Leading tire industry analyst Nick Mitchell, senior vice president and research analyst for Northcoast Research Holdings, is expecting 2015 to be another exciting ride.

What you need to know for 2015

Yes, the United States Department of Commerce’s preliminary decision on Chinese tire tariffs drove the market in 2014, and the forthcoming final decision will affect the market again in 2015. But there’s more to tires than tariffs, and Modern Tire Dealer turned to industry analyst Nick Mitchell to review the last 12 months, and to talk about what’s ahead.

Figure 1: Identifying the tire pressure sensor components (one of two).

Jeep Grand Cherokee 2005-2013

The tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) in the 2005-2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee monitors air pressure in the four road tires and the spare tire (if the vehicle is equipped with a full-size spare).


Volume trends have remained positive for 10 consecutive months

With the year quickly coming to an end, we were pleased to hear that dealers reported selling more tires in November compared to the previous year’s period despite the fact that consumers were being pulled in different directions as the demand of the holiday shopping season intensified.


Optimism and designer innovation for 2015

As we start a new year in the European tire market, the main question is, “What is going to happen in the next 12 months in this unpredictable but never dull business of ours?” Well, before I look ahead, I want to look back at what has happened in the last 12 months which will give me a fair prospectus for the future.


Bitter battle?

In a nutshell, the RMA wants tire dealers to be responsible for registering tires purchased at their shops. TIA wants the consumer to be ultimately responsible.

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