The automatic Hunter Revolution tire changer is mostly operated by pressing on a foot pedal, which safely distances the operator (Miles Dierker) from the assembly. Photo provided by Hunter Engineering.

The Present and Future of Mounting and Balancing

Five years ago, we asked executives from tire mounting and balancing equipment manufacturers and marketers a forward-looking question: What will the next generation of tire mounting and balancing machines look like?


CEMB Expands U.S. Headquarters

CEMB-USA/BL Systems Inc. is expanding its Americas headquarters in Gainesville, Ga., with more warehouse, production and assembly space, a larger central call center, plus a new training center.

Hee Se Ahn, president of Hankook Tire America Corp., says the new Laufenn brand surpassed expectations for growth in its first year.

2015 SEMA Show -- Tires, Tools and Technology

With upwards of 2,300 exhibit booths showcasing thousands of products, the annual four-day Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show is an extravaganza of choice for attendees involved in the automotive industry. Yet some trends that speak to the over-arching preoccupations of tire dealers emerged from the abundance of products on display at this year’s edition, which ran Nov. 3-6 in Las Vegas.

‘We made drastic upgrades to our bead loosening system to ensure that we maintain the lifespan of our equipment even with these tougher assemblies,’ says Kevin Keefe, Hennessy Industries Inc.

UHP tires and your service bays:

Up to 2009, drivers who wanted to dress up their rides often chose expensive tire fitments greater than 22 inches in size. When the economy slowed, the trend became more UHP fitments on smaller vehicles. “UHP fitments have continued to grow, but we’ve seen the predominant size range shift from 22-plus to the 16- to 20-inch range,” says Kevin Keefe, vice president of marketing for Hennessy Industries Inc.

Forry Hargitt of Tire Discounters says the company does not offer a special compensation plan for alignment sales. Instead, the company’s sales associates focus on educating customers on the benefits of alignments, especially for reducing tread wear, to help boost sales.

Want to sell more alignments? Two dealers share how they do it

In most waiting rooms, late-breaking news or a favorite sports team draws people to the wide-screen TV. In Tire Discounters Inc. stores, customers are more likely to be watching a play-by-play of their vehicle’s wheel alignment with detailed commentary from a sales associate.

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