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Michelin Exec Discusses MRT Network Expansion, TCi Sell-Offs

Michelin North America Inc. – which has 77 franchised Michelin Retread Technology (MRT) plants and 80 licensed Oliver retread plants throughout the United States and Canada – continues to expand its product portfolio and add to its network.

Retreading ‘Key’ to Continental Life Cycle Approach

“A manufacturer cannot provide for the needs of fleets without a solid distribution network and cannot develop a solid distribution network without fleet business to support it,” says John Barnes, head of Continental’s ContiLifeCycle retreading for the Americas region.

Bridgestone's Higgs Talks Autonomous Trucks, Severe Service Retreads, GCR and More

While maintaining 44% share of the United States retreaded truck tire market, Bridgestone-Bandag has had a busy couple of years. In addition to introducing new tread products for severe service applications, last year Bridgestone staged a 29-city roadshow, titled “Fleets We Depend On,” to educate fleets about the advantages of using retreads.

Fountain Tire Names Hildebrandt MVP

Fountain Tire Ltd. honored Henry Hildebrandt, local owner of the Virden, Manitoba, Fountain Tire store, as the company’s most valuable player during its recent Fountain Tire owners convention in Kelowna, British Columbia.

Dealers Report Continued Unit Sales Improvement

Our recent conversations with dealers leave us with the view that retail sell-out trends showed stability in November, with a slight drop in momentum from October. From a volume standpoint, surveyed dealers saw unit sales improve by roughly 1% to 2% compared to the prior year’s period, which was still the fourth highest observed growth rate in our tire demand index for the year.

OTR Conference Speaker Will Offer Motivational Tips

The Tire Industry Association's 2020 Off-the-Road Tire Conference will feature author Steve Gilliland as a motivational speaker talking about how to positively influence people, regardless of position or status.