Industry News



New Yokohama Port Tire Targets Today's Straddle Carriers

Yokohama Off-Highway Tires America Inc. has released its popular Yokohama RR42 IND-4 steel-belted radial in the 480/95R25 size. Capable of loads of up to 37,500 pounds at 15 miles per hour and rated for speeds up to 21.7 miles per hour, the tire targets the new class of straddle carriers.

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GRI Steps Up Green Manufacturing Efforts

Global Rubber Industries Pvt. Ltd. has made a number of enhancements at its plants in Sri Lanka to optimize its "green manufacturing" processes, a major priority for the company, which sells specialty tires in the United States.

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Maxam Adds Two Key Sizes to MS708 OTR Tire

Maxam Tire North America has added two sizes, 30/75-29 and 18.00-25, to its Maxam MS708 line, which is "constantly evolving for wheel loaders operating in the most severe waste, recycling and underground mining applications," according to company officials.

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Sun Auto Tire Gets New Majority Investor and CEO

Los Angeles, Calif.-based private equity firm Leonard Green & Partners is now a majority investor in Sun Auto Tire & Service. Tony Puckett will join Sun Auto as the company's new CEO, replacing Frank Kneller, who has stepped down to "pursue other opportunities," according to a statement from Sun Auto.

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Bridgestone Invests in Mobile Vehicle Service Company

Bridgestone Americas Inc. has purchased 10% share in Wrench, a mobile vehicle services company. The partnership "paves the way" for the companies to "explore synergies in their service offerings, including pairing Bridgestone's 2,200-plus company-owned stores with Wrench's complementary mobile services marketplace."

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CEAT Builds Name, Broadens Distribution Network

The domestic ag tire market “is hot” right now, according to Ryan Loethen, president of CEAT Specialty Tires. And CEAT, he says, is capitalizing on that momentum by building its distribution base, ramping up its marketing efforts and rolling out new products in growing segments.

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New Nokian Forestry Tire is Available in North America

The new Nokian TR Forest 2 is designed for use on light and medium-weight tractors in forestry, landscaping and light mulching applications. It is designed "to work in challenging terrain, helping users to get the most out of their machinery," says Nokian Product Manager Teemu Vainionpaa.

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