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Cover Story - December 2015

Farm Tire Sales -- What to Expect in 2016

By: Joy Kopcha

Unpredictable crop prices, just like the unpredictable weather, aren’t going anywhere, and manufacturers and marketers of farm tires know they have to be strong enough to withstand both. It’s the added pressure of everything else – fluctuations in original equipment production and depreciation write-offs, and a strong dollar to name a few – that is really making life difficult.

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Devastating floods in October damaged roads in MTD’s NAC member Tripp Lee’s hometown of Sumter, S.C. Repair and cleanup will continue well into next year. Photo by Keith Gedamke/The Sumter Daily Item.

What’s Up With Consumer Tire Prices?

Each month we ask members of our National Advisory Council (NAC) a question or questions on a current hot topic. This month we asked, “How have the tariffs on Chinese consumer tire imports affected pricing in your area?” Here are some of their responses.

As one of the millennials leading the Ohio Tire and Automotive Association, President Colin Gallagher feels the group is “on a launchpad.”

Enticing Tire Dealers Into Action: Ohio Group Thrives on Young Leaders

The struggles of the New Jersey State Tire Dealers Association are not unique. In September the group announced it was suspending activity due in large part to lack of interest from independent tire dealers. In big bold letters New Jersey leaders told its membership that it “needs new blood to join the board of directors and lead our organization into the future.”

Continental’s entry level service tool for performing system resets and clearing diagnostic codes will be available at a fraction of a scan tool investment in the middle of 2016.

Technologies Transforming Automotive Service Were on Display at AAPEX

Automotive technology is moving at warp speed these days. Exhibitors at the 2015 Automotive Aftermarket Product Expo (AAPEX) did more than spotlight tools and products to help shops keep up with today’s technologies. They also gave visitors to their booths a heads-up on the innovations coming down the pipeline.

Hee Se Ahn, president of Hankook Tire America Corp., says the new Laufenn brand surpassed expectations for growth in its first year.

2015 SEMA Show -- Tires, Tools and Technology

With upwards of 2,300 exhibit booths showcasing thousands of products, the annual four-day Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show is an extravaganza of choice for attendees involved in the automotive industry. Yet some trends that speak to the over-arching preoccupations of tire dealers emerged from the abundance of products on display at this year’s edition, which ran Nov. 3-6 in Las Vegas.

“We have worked hard on creating a more green product,” says JK Tyre’s Dr. Raghupati Singhania, who was among the 2015 Tire Industry Hall of Fame inductees.

A look at India’s JK Tyre -- Chairman stresses technology and social responsibility

When Dr. Raghupati Singhania, chairman and managing director of JK Tyre & Industries Ltd., was inducted into the Tire Industry Hall of Fame in November, he was not alone. His elder brother, Hari Shankar Singhania, who died in 2013, was with him in spirit. So were late family members dating back to the early part of the 20th Century, including his grandfather and great-grandfather.

Figure 1: View of a clamp-in style tire pressure sensor.

TPMS -- GMC Sierra and Yukon Series, 2007-13

The tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) on the 2007-2013 GMC Sierra and Yukon alerts the driver when any one or all four of the vehicle’s tire pressures have become significantly under-inflated.

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