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Cover Story - April 2019

Reduced Levels of Cash Flow From Tax Refunds Inhibit Big Ticket Purchases

By: John Healy

Recent conversations with dealers leave us with a view that retail sell-out continues to trend positively as retail conditions remain healthy and volumes improved over the prior year’s period (8th straight month).  From a volume standpoint, surveyed dealers relayed they saw unit sales volumes improve modestly (~1.1%) compared to the same period last year.

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The Pirelli booth featured new tires in the company’s P Zero World retail format.
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Flying Cars, High-Speed Winter Patterns and ‘Hobby’ Tires

Once again Europe’s annual and prestigious Geneva International Motor Show took place at the beginning of March in Geneva, Switzerland. The show has traditionally been an important promotional platform for leading “A” brand tire manufacturers to showcase their latest innovative products and progressive developments for the future.

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A Look at Online Tire Prices

As tire dealers all over the country work to adapt to the pressures of online tire sales, the looming question about Amazon.com Inc. in the market is price.

Shawn Rasey, director of global business development, earthmover, Continental Tire the Americas LLC, told attendees of TIA’s Off-the-Road Tire Conference that you need to control your own destiny and adapt and overcome. Courtesy of Peter Kuhn Photography
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Understanding OTR Megatrends and Anticipating Change

Each year during the Tire Industry Association’s (TIA) annual OTR Tire Conference, an industry executive is asked to deliver a keynote address. This year, Shawn Rasey, director of global business development, earthmover, Continental Tire the Americas LLC, looked at a variety of issues that stretched beyond the focus of just the OTR side of our industry.

To highlight its OTR technician training program, TIA shot a live training demonstration that was being done on an articulating dump truck with a 29.5R25 tire being replaced on a five-piece rim.
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OTR Market Continues in Growth Mode

The consensus coming from speakers at the 64th annual Tire Industry Association (TIA) Off-the-Road Tire Conference is that the economy is strong and prospects for growth in 2019 are expected. All of this spells moderate-to-strong demand for the OTR tire industry.

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The Influence of Amazon: Tire Tiers, Tire Brands and Tire Prices

It’s been a year since Amazon.com Inc. added tire installation to the check-out process for tire-buying consumers. Since then, it’s partnered with three retailers to build a nationwide network of installation options: Monro Inc., Pep Boys — Manny, Moe & Jack, and Sears Auto Centers.

Figure 1: An exploded view of a valve-mounted sensor. Courtesy of Ford Motor Co.
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TPMS: Ford Econoline (E150-E450): 2010-18

The tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) of the 2010-2018 Ford Econoline (E150-E450) monitors the air pressure in the 4 road tires with wheel-mounted tire pressure sensors. The sensors transmit radio frequency signals to the smart junction box (SJB) approximately every 60 seconds when the vehicle speed exceeds 20 mph (32 km/h). If the vehicle is stationary for more than 30 minutes, the sensor will enter into a “sleep mode” and stop transmitting.

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