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Cover Story - May 2018

Servicing the Next Generation of Cars and Customers

By: Kevin Rohlwing

The future of the automotive aftermarket is definitely unpredictable, but there are ways that independent tire dealers can start preparing today for the evolution that is coming tomorrow.

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What's More Important Than Consolidation and Wage Wars? Cash Flow

Tire dealers are feeling the heat. The big guys are growing bigger. Finding and keeping reliable technicians is getting more expensive. And technology is requiring more expensive shop upgrades. Doom and gloom? Dennis McCarron says no. "It’s not doom and gloom because this is awesome."

Hankook says its iFlex airless concept tire is an example of the importance of materials in the development of eco-friendly tires. The urethane UNI-material consumes less energy during production and makes recycling easy. Tests have shown the tire can match conventional tires in terms of performance.
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Finding the Potential in Green Tires

Dandelions. Orange oil. Soybean oil. Guayule. With each new experiment in the building process, it’s clear tire makers are in the hunt for sustainable substitutes for rubber compounding materials in the tire manufacturing process.

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