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Cover Story - October 2017

Truck Stops Join Low-Cost Imports as a Challenge to Commercial Dealers

By: Ann Neal

Although demand for retreads is increasing, low-cost imported tires continue to squeeze profitability. Aggressive truck stop chains, manufacturer price increases and supply issues are the latest headwinds.

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TPMS: Volkswagen Passat 2012-2017

The tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) in the 2012-2017 Volkswagen Passat is the indirect type, and is included in the software of the anti-lock braking system (ABS) control module.


Demand Trends Continue to Gradually Improve After Challenging Start

According to the results of our survey, demand for passenger and light truck replacement tires improved in August. The latest performance marks the fourth consecutive month of healthier, albeit far from strong, trends after a very challenging start to the year. Anecdotal commentary from dealers indicates that demand was fairly steady throughout the month.

“Sumitomo has always been known as a very good performing, consistent program,” says Bill Dashiell, senior vice president of TBC’s Commercial Tire Division.

Commercial Tire Strategy: TBC Relies on its Numerous ‘Controlled’ Brands

The TBC Purchasing Group is responsible for the acquisition of all goods for resale by the sales channel of TBC Corp. As a result, Bill Dashiell, senior vice president of the group’s Commercial Tire Division, not only serves as a commercial tire marketing manager, but also acts as a liaison to the TBC Wholesale Group.

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