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.

Low commodity prices and sluggish export markets are just two factors influencing farmers’ tire-buying habits.

Farm Tire Sales -- What to Expect in 2016

Unpredictable crop prices, just like the unpredictable weather, aren’t going anywhere, and manufacturers and marketers of farm tires know they have to be strong enough to withstand both. It’s the added pressure of everything else – fluctuations in original equipment production and depreciation write-offs, and a strong dollar to name a few – that is really making life difficult.

Alliance says it developed the Galaxy Giraffe XLW with extremely sturdy sidewalls, special tread design and a very large, flat footprint to handle dynamic loads and provide stability for the operator.

Sales of industrial tires pick up as ports and construction sites get busier

When the mining industry slumped, OTR retreader Noah Hickman of H&H Industries Inc. looked elsewhere for business. “We’ve branched out into markets such as ports, construction, and other areas to combat the slowdown of the coal market,” says Hickman, whose Oak Hill, Ohio-based company holds the No. 25 spot on Modern Tire Dealer’s “2015 Top 100 retreaders” list.

BKT’s Earthmax SR 22 provides traction for graders and loaders in snow, ice and mud.

BKT debuts mud and snow OTR tire

BKT Tires (USA) Inc. has launched the Earthmax SR 22 mud and snow OTR tire for graders and loader applications. The tire provides traction and stability in snow and wintery conditions, but can be utilized for year-round operations, the company notes.

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