Shipping delays, price increases and the impact of new tariffs are all having a big effect on the U.S. tire market, but all three hitting the industry at once is creating an especially chaotic situation in the lower tiers. Executives from Sumitomo Rubber North America Inc. broke down the chaos during their latest dealer forum.
Pre-Q Galgo Corp. exhibited at the Tennessee Association of Pupil Transportation's recent conference. "The trade show turn-out was greater than expected," says Ron Elliott, the tread rubber supplier's marketing manager.
Bridgestone Americas Inc. has made a minority investment in Kodiak Robotics, an autonomous trucking company. The partnership will allow Bridgestone to integrate its smart-sensing tire technologies into Kodiak's level-four autonomous trucks.
Giti Tire (USA) Ltd. is increasing freight surcharges up to $10,000 per container "for some destinations, due to the challenges that all companies who use ocean freight for the transportation of goods are facing."
When it comes to servicing trucking operations - from the biggest fleets to the smallest owner-operators - independent commercial tire dealers rule the roost. But truck stop chains are making big investments in their tire programs, writes MTD Editor Mike Manges.
GB Auto Service Inc., a portfolio company of Greenbriar Equity Group, has rebranded as Sun Auto Tire & Service Inc., a new identity that "builds on a well-established brand and more strategically aligns it with long-term expansion plans."