BATO executive John Baratta, left, plays host to new Bridgestone Americas Inc. CEO and President Gordon Knapp. Pricing is an issue, says Knapp.

Bridgestone Targets OE, Larger Sizes, and the ‘Boss’

New tire lines, increased marketing efforts and sales support for dealers, plus a “doubling down” on its consumer focus were the major highlights from the Bridgestone Consumer Tire Business Meeting held last month in Los Angeles. Roughly 200 dealers were in attendance.

Greg Smith, publisher of Modern Tire Dealer magazine, will be the moderator at TIA's legislative issues presentation.

TIA to Present Legislative Review

The Tire Industry Association (TIA) is presenting its 2016 Legislative Review "The Issues that Affect You and How to Protect your Bottom Line" on Wednesday, Nov. 2, from noon to 1 p.m. in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, Rooms S106-107.

Rajiv Poddar (left), and Arvind Poddar take a moment to pose at their BKT corporate offices. Numerous quality award trophies are on display in the background.

BKT Offers Bhuj Plant Update

Last December, Balkrishna Industries Ltd. (BKT) held grand opening ceremonies for its new off-highway tire plant in Bhuj, India. Modern Tire Dealer’s Editor Bob Ulrich was there and reported on the event in our January issue, along with several online reports.

Pierre Cohade, CEO of Triangle Tire Co. Ltd., spoke about the company's brand globalization strategy at the 40th anniversary celebration.

Photos: Triangle Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Triangle Group, China’s largest privately owned tire manufacturer, celebrated its 40th year in business on April 8, 2016, in Shanghai. More than 600 customers, government officials, business partners, suppliers and scholars from universities and research institutes from over 100 countries attended. MTD was there, too. Click through our gallery for pictures.

(From left): Greg Smith, MTD publisher, hosted the tire manufacturers’ panel consisting of: Aaron Murphy, vice president of CMA LLC; John Boysen, industrial products manager for Yokohama OTR; Taylor Cole, president of Commercial OTR for Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations LLC; and Shawn Rasey, president of BKT Tires Inc. The panel drew the biggest laugh of the event when they all responded with the same one word answer to the question, “Do you expect to see any shortages in a particular size or type of tire in the next 12 months?” The answer was, “No.”

OTR market conditions

The Tire Industry Association (TIA) Off-the-Road Tire Conference has long served as a valuable venue for learning not only about what’s happening in the OTR marketplace, but also about the overall economic health of many different industries.

The Maxxis Escapade CUV was designed for vehicles like the 2014 Acura MDX.

Global Tire Expo/SEMA Show

It just keeps on growing. The number of exhibitors for the tire industry’s biggest event, the 2013 Global Tire Expo (GTE) — Powered by the Tire Industry Association (TIA), had already exceeded the 2012 total months before the event took place Nov. 5-8 in Las Vegas.

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