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Cover Story - April 2016

Acquisitions and Conversions Impact Top Retreader Rankings

By: Ann Neal

Acquisitions have claimed two independent dealers from this year’s Top Retreaders list: Brahler’s Truckers Supply Co. and Hill Tire Co.

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Leap Year’s Extra Selling Day Helps Boost Tire Demand Trends

According to the results of our survey, demand for replacement tires increased in February. From a volume standpoint, the dealers reported they sold 0.9% more tires last month on a year-over-year basis, following a 0.9% increase in January and a 0.8% increase in December.

Figure 1: Locating the TPMS reset switch (typical).

TPMS: 2006 - 2011 Mercedes-Benz M Class

The tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) monitors the tire inflation pressure (as selected by the driver) in the four road tires of the Mercedes-Benz M Class subject vehicles. To perform this function, the system uses an electronic tire pressure sensor in each wheel, and a low tire pressure warning light on the instrument cluster.

Matteo Battaini, head of marketing and supply chain for Pirelli & Cie SpA, kneels beside the new McLaren 570S GT. The new car comes with P Zero 225/35R19s on the front with P Zero Corsa 285/35R20s on the rear of the car. The tires are produced using Pirelli’s Mirs robotic tire production equipment.

Pirelli Targets Prestige, Premium Cars

Pirelli & Cie SpA used the 2016 Geneva Motor Show to showcase its presence in the “prestige” and “premium” segments of the European car market and announce that it is introducing new P Zero tires to the marketplace during 2016.

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