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Independent Tire Dealers Are Kumho's Top Priority

Kumho Tire USA Inc. has new ownership, new plans for its product lineup, a new pricing strategy, plus a new streamlined dealer program for 2019. But one thing remains the same – the tire maker says its focus “is on the independent tire dealer channel.”

Colletti Takes On OE Assignment at Sumitomo

David Colletti is bringing nearly 20 years of original equipment experience with Tier 1 tire companies to Sumitomo Rubber North America Inc. Colletti will serve as vice president of OE.

Goodyear Continues to Rely Heavily on OE Fitments

In the latest Modern Tire Dealer Facts Issue, the Goodyear brand’s ties to original equipment in the U.S. and Canada are strong. It leads in overall brand share with 26.1% of the market, up from 25.6% last year. The Michelin brand is second at nearly 21%.

Expect Another 15+ Years of Steady SUV/CUV Tire Sales

Consumers love their sports utility and crossover vehicles, and tire manufacturers say they’re working on original equipment orders that will continue to propel that segment of the tire business. Look for SUV and CUV replacement tires to remain a big part of your business through at least 2030.