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Cover Story - October 2019

Acquisitions, Expansions Mark Year of Rapid Change for Top Commercial Tire Dealers

By: Ann Neal

It’s been a year of rapid change for commercial tire dealers as they continue to invest in acquisitions and expansions in the face of intensified competition.

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Clif Armstrong, president and CEO of Marangoni Tread North America Inc.
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Expert Opinions: Retread Suppliers Forecast Continued Growth

Few sectors of our industry have changed as dramatically as retreading. I recently asked several Tread Rubber and Tire Repair Material Manufacturers’ Group (TRMG) member companies to provide their outlook on the current and future state of retreading.

Here I am in the old ITRA Training Center teaching a commercial tire service class. Based on my waist and hairline, I’m guessing it’s around 1998.
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Retreads (And Retreaders) Are Better Than Ever

Kevin Rohlwing is celebrating 37 years in the tire industry this year. That's given him plenty of time to see a massive shift in retread technology. Gone are the days of technicians eye-balling the tread on the casing. But he says the retread revolution is far from over.

“To be at the forefront of this field, you have to know the individual sensitivities and specifications of a wide-range of ADAS systems and invest in the corresponding diagnostic and calibration systems associated with them,” said Advanced ADAS Calibration’s Jason Bigelow.
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The Evolution of ADAS Training

AAPEX 2019 is hosting a three-hour ADAS Forum to help repair outlets prepare for servicing advanced driver-assistance systems. Here's a rundown on the topics along with perspective from Jason and Janet Bigelow, who dropped tire sales at their New Jersey business to focus on ADAS service.

Figure 5: Installation of a snap-in sensor/valve assembly.
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TPMS: Chevrolet HHR and Malibu, 2007-16

The tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) on certain models of the Chevrolet HHR and Malibu (2007-2016) alerts the driver of a large tire pressure change in any of the four tires while the vehicle is being driven. The system also will display individual tire pressures and their locations on the driver information center (DIC).

In the past, European drivers wouldn’t go on summer vacation on all-season tires.
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Demand for All-Season Tires Grows in Europe

All over the world, people are talking about “climate change.” In Europe, this is hardly surprising, as over the last couple of years there has been some pretty erratic weather here.

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Four Factors That Enhance the Customer Experience

Your attention to detail, or lack of it, shows. A business that pays attention to detail gives customers peace of mind and connects with them emotionally. It makes them feel good and creates a good customer experience. There are four little things that make a big difference.

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Impending New Tariff Puts Domestic Manufacturers in a Net Positive Position

Our recent conversations with dealers leave us with a view that retail sell-out trends showed strength in August with a notable pickup in momentum from July. From a volume standpoint, surveyed dealers reported they saw unit sales improve roughly 3% to 4% compared to the prior year’s period and came in notably above recent growth rates observed in our tire demand index.

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