Tire Business - RSS News Feed http://www.tirebusiness.com/section/news http://www.tirebusiness.com en-us Fri, 20 Jul 2018 09:34:20 EST 10 Auto industry to inform Commerce about tariffs' negative effects http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180719/NEWS/180719941/auto-industry-to-inform-commerce-about-tariffs-negative-effects 20180719/NEWS/180719941 WASHINGTON — A broad spectrum of auto interests, armed with their latest impact studies, prepared to testify at a Commerce Department hearing that raising auto tariffs would harm the U.S. industry and consumers severely. Thu, 19 Jul 2018 13:42:06 EST ZC Rubber celebrates 60th anniversary http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180719/NEWS/180719937/zc-rubber-celebrates-60th-anniversary 20180719/NEWS/180719937 HANGZHOU, China — China's Zhongce Rubber Co. Ltd. (ZC Rubber) celebrated its 60th anniversary on July 17 at its headquarters in Hangzhou in front of more than 1,000 global partners from across the world. Thu, 19 Jul 2018 17:38:08 EST AMRA fall technical meeting to include 'technology summit' http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180719/NEWS/180719938/amra-fall-technical-meeting-to-include-technology-summit 20180719/NEWS/180719938 ROSEMONT, Ill. — The Automotive Maintenance & Repair Association will hold a "technology summit" as part of its Fall Technical Meeting, scheduled for Aug. 29-30 in Rosemont. Thu, 19 Jul 2018 15:49:23 EST AV expert Michael Dunne to deliver keynote at Latin Auto Parts Expo http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180719/NEWS/180719940/av-expert-michael-dunne-to-deliver-keynote-at-latin-auto-parts-expo 20180719/NEWS/180719940 PANAMA CITY — Michael Dunne, an expert on electric and autonomous vehicles, will deliver the keynote address at the Latin Auto Parts Expo, to be held July 25-27 at the Atlapa Convention Center in Panama City. Thu, 19 Jul 2018 14:07:39 EST Conti opens 2 BestDrive centers in Texas http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180719/NEWS/180719939/conti-opens-2-bestdrive-centers-in-texas 20180719/NEWS/180719939 FORT MILL, S.C. — Continental Tire the Americas' BestDrive L.L.C. commercial tires subsidiary has opened two locations in Texas and disclosed plans to open shops in seven more states before year-end 2019, as well as more in Texas. Thu, 19 Jul 2018 14:12:05 EST Sri Lanka rubber group hails U.S. tire duties decision http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180718/NEWS/180719944/sri-lanka-rubber-group-hails-u-s-tire-duties-decision 20180718/NEWS/180719944 WASHINGTON — The U.S. Court of International Trade has ruled that a 0.95-percent countervailing duty imposed by the U.S. government on OTR tire imports from Sri Lanka should be removed. Wed, 18 Jul 2018 11:59:57 EST Humanitarian Award nominations due July 31 http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180718/NEWS/180719947/humanitarian-award-nominations-due-july-31 20180718/NEWS/180719947 AKRON — Nominations are due July 31 for the 2018 Tire Dealer Humanitarian Award, which recognizes an independent tire dealer or retreader who, during the past year, has made significant contributions to the betterment of his or her community through... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 10:13:09 EST Toyo adds to its U.S. sales teams http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180718/NEWS/180719942/toyo-adds-to-its-u-s-sales-teams 20180718/NEWS/180719942 CYPRESS, Calif. — Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. has made a number of executive appointments in its sales department to support the company's growing business and dealer network. Wed, 18 Jul 2018 17:06:18 EST USTMA declares scrap tire management 'environmental success story' http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180718/NEWS/180719943/ustma-declares-scrap-tire-management-environmental-success-story 20180718/NEWS/180719943 WASHINGTON — Scrap tire management in the U.S. is one of the great environmental success stories, the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association declared in releasing the 2017 U.S. Scrap Tire Report. Wed, 18 Jul 2018 12:49:03 EST Goodyear declares dividend on common stock http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180718/NEWS/180719945/goodyear-declares-dividend-on-common-stock 20180718/NEWS/180719945 AKRON — Goodyear's directors have declared a quarterly dividend of 14 cents per share of common stock. Wed, 18 Jul 2018 11:39:13 EST Conti to revamp as holding company; sets IPO for powertrain business http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180718/NEWS/180719946/conti-to-revamp-as-holding-company-sets-ipo-for-powertrain-business 20180718/NEWS/180719946 HANNOVER, Germany — Continental A.G. Wed, 18 Jul 2018 10:46:59 EST Andrea Schmitz Davis named Bridgestone Aircraft Tire CEO http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180717/NEWS/180719952/andrea-schmitz-davis-named-bridgestone-aircraft-tire-ceo 20180717/NEWS/180719952 MAYODAN, N.C. — Bridgestone Corp. has hired Andrea Schmitz Davis to become CEO of Bridgestone Aircraft Tire (USA) Inc., replacing Joe Rayna, who is retiring in July after 39 years of service. Tue, 17 Jul 2018 16:46:27 EST Hankook earns sustainability, quality award from Groupe Renault http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180717/NEWS/180719951/hankook-earns-sustainability-quality-award-from-groupe-renault 20180717/NEWS/180719951 SEOUL, South Korea — French auto maker Groupe Renault has awarded Hankook Tire Co. Ltd. as an outstanding company in the purchasing sustainability sector, at Renault's Supplier Awards ceremony. Tue, 17 Jul 2018 17:25:00 EST Bridgestone to invest $12M to upgrade OTR tire production in Illinois http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180717/NEWS/180719950/bridgestone-to-invest-12m-to-upgrade-otr-tire-production-in-illinois 20180717/NEWS/180719950 BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Bridgestone Americas Inc. is investing $12 million to expand off-the-road tire production at its plant in Bloomington, adding multiple sizes and patterns for 29-, 33- and 35-inch OTR tires. Tue, 17 Jul 2018 17:46:17 EST Nexen to maintain 13 off-road trails in Big Bear http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180717/NEWS/180719949/nexen-to-maintain-13-off-road-trails-in-big-bear 20180717/NEWS/180719949 BIG BEAR, Calif. — N'Fera Club, Nexen Tire America Inc.' Tue, 17 Jul 2018 17:47:31 EST Michelin introduces ag tires, sponsors skid-steer demo on Tweel http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180717/NEWS/180719948/michelin-introduces-ag-tires-sponsors-skid-steer-demo-on-tweel 20180717/NEWS/180719948 SASKATOON, Saskatchewan — Michelin North America Inc. exhibited two new agricultural tires, the Michelin CrossGrip and the Michelin AxioBib2, at the Ag in Motion outdoor farm expo in Saskatoon. Tue, 17 Jul 2018 17:48:12 EST Self-driving bill critics oppose maneuver to clear Senate http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180717/NEWS/180719953/self-driving-bill-critics-oppose-maneuver-to-clear-senate 20180717/NEWS/180719953 WASHINGTON — Safety and consumer advocates are urging senators to reject a parliamentary maneuver to secure passage for stalled legislation governing self-driving cars by attaching it to a must-pass reauthorization for the Federal Aviation Administration. Tue, 17 Jul 2018 14:58:03 EST Hankook donates $175,000 to help disabled veterans http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180717/NEWS/180719954/hankook-donates-175000-to-help-disabled-veterans 20180717/NEWS/180719954 NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Hankook Tire America Corp. is donating $175,000 to Disabled American Veterans (DAV), expanding its commitment to helping the military veteran community, the tire maker said. Tue, 17 Jul 2018 12:58:14 EST Lehigh commissions rubber powder plant in Spain http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180717/NEWS/180719960/lehigh-commissions-rubber-powder-plant-in-spain 20180717/NEWS/180719960 MURILLO EL FRUTO, Spain — Recycled rubber powder producer Lehigh Technologies Inc. has commissioned production of "micronized" rubber powder at its first plant outside of the U.S., in Murillo el Fruto. Tue, 17 Jul 2018 09:00:00 EST European tire shipments rebound in Q2, offsetting Q1 declines http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180717/NEWS/180719957/european-tire-shipments-rebound-in-q2-offsetting-q1-declines 20180717/NEWS/180719957 BRUSSELS — Replacement tire shipments of both consumer and commercial tires in Europe recovered strongly in the second quarter, figures from the European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers' Association show. Tue, 17 Jul 2018 11:26:08 EST Sumitomo opens European tire, TPMS R&D center http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180716/NEWS/180719961/sumitomo-opens-european-tire-tpms-ramp-d-center 20180716/NEWS/180719961 HANAU, Germany — Sumitomo Rubber Europe G.m.b.H. and Dunlop Tech G.m.b.H. Mon, 16 Jul 2018 16:51:53 EST GM phasing out Chevy City Express small work van http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180716/NEWS/180719962/gm-phasing-out-chevy-city-express-small-work-van 20180716/NEWS/180719962 DETROIT — General Motors Co. is discontinuing the Chevrolet City Express small work van, which GM had been sourcing from Nissan Motor Co. since 2014 through a purchasing agreement. Mon, 16 Jul 2018 15:26:51 EST ASA seeks new executive director http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180716/NEWS/180719963/asa-seeks-new-executive-director 20180716/NEWS/180719963 NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas — The Automotive Service Association is seeking a new executive director who, in the ASA's words, has the demonstrated leadership ability and professionalism to lead the association. Mon, 16 Jul 2018 13:19:11 EST Caterpillar selects Brawler solid tire as OE for wheel loaders http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180716/NEWS/180719964/caterpillar-selects-brawler-solid-tire-as-oe-for-wheel-loaders 20180716/NEWS/180719964 WAKEFIELD, Mass. — Caterpillar Inc. has selected Trelleborg Wheel System S.p.A.'s Brawler Solidflex HPS solid tire line as an OE fitment option for its line of Cat medium- and small-wheel loaders. Mon, 16 Jul 2018 13:10:25 EST Trelleborg Wheel opens European logistics hub in Belgium http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180716/NEWS/180719966/trelleborg-wheel-opens-european-logistics-hub-in-belgium 20180716/NEWS/180719966 EVERGEM, Belgium — Trelleborg A.B. has inaugurated a European logistics hub in Evergem for materials-handling and construction tires, along with a commercial office for the Trelleborg Wheels Systems' Benelux business unit. Mon, 16 Jul 2018 09:41:15 EST Hankook to play role in MLB All-Star Game festivities http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180713/NEWS/180719973/hankook-to-play-role-in-mlb-all-star-game-festivities 20180713/NEWS/180719973 WASHINGTON — Hankook Tire America Corp. will play a big part in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, to be played July 17 in Washington. Fri, 13 Jul 2018 13:20:28 EST Pirelli touts OE fitment milestone http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180713/NEWS/180719968/pirelli-touts-oe-fitment-milestone 20180713/NEWS/180719968 MILAN — Pirelli & C. S.p.A. has achieved an original equipment milestone with 500-plus fitments of run-flat tires with U.S. and European car makers. Fri, 13 Jul 2018 15:03:33 EST Goodyear blimp charts course to Akron http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180713/NEWS/180719967/goodyear-blimp-charts-course-to-akron 20180713/NEWS/180719967 LOS ANGELES — Wingfoot Two, one of Goodyear's three new-generation blimps, has begun a 2,600-mile journey from Los Angeles to Goodyear's Wingfoot Lake Airship Base near Akron, marking the airship's second cross-country tour of the year. Fri, 13 Jul 2018 15:17:51 EST SUVs, CUVs may be curtailing growth of OE V-, Z-rated tires http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180713/NEWS/180719971/suvs-cuvs-may-be-curtailing-growth-of-oe-v-z-rated-tires 20180713/NEWS/180719971 AKRON — The share of the U.S. original equipment and replacement tire markets held by high-performance tires — defined as H-rated and higher — has risen for eight straight years, according to U.S. Fri, 13 Jul 2018 14:46:30 EST CEAT adds low-compaction tire to Farmax ag tire lineup http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180713/NEWS/180719969/ceat-adds-low-compaction-tire-to-farmax-ag-tire-lineup 20180713/NEWS/180719969 CHARLOTTE, N.C. — CEAT Specialty Tyres Ltd. has added a low-compaction, high-traction product to its North American agricultural line, the Farmax R65 Fri, 13 Jul 2018 14:56:30 EST Cooper upgrades Starfire brand range with Solarus AS http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180713/NEWS/180719970/cooper-upgrades-starfire-brand-range-with-solarus-as 20180713/NEWS/180719970 FINDLAY, Ohio — Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. is replacing two all-season tires in its Starfire brand portfolio with the Starfire Solarus AS, a "value price-point" line with an expanded size range for passenger cars and crossover vehicles. Fri, 13 Jul 2018 14:50:29 EST Congress celebrates auto restoration, collection http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180713/NEWS/180719974/congress-celebrates-auto-restoration-collection 20180713/NEWS/180719974 WASHINGTON — Congress has declared July 13 "Collector Car Appreciation Day" in celebration of the role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society. Fri, 13 Jul 2018 13:19:48 EST Tires, polymers on list of proposed 10% China duties http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180713/NEWS/180719975/tires-polymers-on-list-of-proposed-10-china-duties 20180713/NEWS/180719975 WASHINGTON — The list of Chinese products targeted by the Trump administration's potential next round of import duties includes nearly all tires, along with polymers and other raw materials important to the rubber industry. Fri, 13 Jul 2018 12:58:32 EST Increase word of mouth for your shop with online reviews http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180712/NEWS/180719958/increase-word-of-mouth-for-your-shop-with-online-reviews 20180712/NEWS/180719958 Most people will recognize that word of mouth is your best form of marketing. Thu, 12 Jul 2018 06:00:00 EST Michelin buying off-road tire/track maker Camso in $1.45B deal http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180712/NEWS/180719983/michelin-buying-off-road-tire-track-maker-camso-in-1-45b-deal 20180712/NEWS/180719983 CLERMONT-FERRAND, France — Group Michelin has struck a deal to buy Camso Group, the Magog, Quebec-based off-road tire and rubber track producer, and plans to combine the business with its own OTR tire activities into a new division to be based in... Thu, 12 Jul 2018 09:52:21 EST JohnDow Industries rolls out new branding campaign http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180712/NEWS/180719977/johndow-industries-rolls-out-new-branding-campaign 20180712/NEWS/180719977 BARBERTON, Ohio — Automotive aftermarket equipment and products distributor JohnDow Industries Inc. has unveiled a branding campaign designed to communicate the strength of the multiple product lines marketed and sold under the JohnDow brand. Thu, 12 Jul 2018 17:39:14 EST Tenneco expands line of Monroe Quick-Strut assemblies http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180712/NEWS/180719978/tenneco-expands-line-of-monroe-quick-strut-assemblies 20180712/NEWS/180719978 MONROE, Mich. — Tenneco Inc. has expanded its line of Monroe Quick-Strut premium replacement strut assemblies to cover more than 2.6 million additional foreign and domestic vehicles. Thu, 12 Jul 2018 17:27:09 EST OTHER VIEWS: Distribution mergers impact independent dealers http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180712/NEWS/180719979/other-views-distribution-mergers-impact-independent-dealers 20180712/NEWS/180719979 Power is nothing without control. Those of you who sell Pirelli tires may remember that phrase in their ads a few years ago. Apparently, it applies not only to the tires themselves, but to the tire business as a whole. Thu, 12 Jul 2018 17:22:10 EST Federal judge denies Hankook motion in product liability case http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180712/NEWS/180719981/federal-judge-denies-hankook-motion-in-product-liability-case 20180712/NEWS/180719981 RICHMOND, Va. — A federal judge in Richmond found "unpersuasive" the arguments of Hankook Tire Co. Ltd. and Hankook Tire America Corp. Thu, 12 Jul 2018 16:46:26 EST Continental buys Czech tire machine tool maker http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180712/NEWS/180719982/continental-buys-czech-tire-machine-tool-maker 20180712/NEWS/180719982 OTROKOVICE, Czech Republic — Continental A.G. has acquired its long-term supplier of components for tire-assembly machines, VΪK spol. s.r.o, based in Otrokovice, in a move designed to strengthen Conti's expertise in tire manufacturing equipment. Thu, 12 Jul 2018 10:24:33 EST Capital Tire opens South Bend warehouse, expands Ohio facility http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180711/NEWS/180719984/capital-tire-opens-south-bend-warehouse-expands-ohio-facility 20180711/NEWS/180719984 SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Capital Tire Group, a Toledo, Ohio-based tire distributor with 10 distribution centers in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan, has opened a 30,000-sq.-ft. warehouse in South Bend. Wed, 11 Jul 2018 17:52:31 EST OUR VIEW: The rest of the story is yet to be written http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180711/NEWS/180719985/our-view-the-rest-of-the-story-is-yet-to-be-written 20180711/NEWS/180719985 The new world order likely means that ATD will need to rely on distributing more products from Tier 2 and Tier 3 manufacturers — as well as other parts of its business — to fill the void created by the loss of Goodyear's and Bridgestone's... Wed, 11 Jul 2018 17:28:35 EST UHP winter tires aim to provide premium handling http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180711/NEWS/180719986/uhp-winter-tires-aim-to-provide-premium-handling 20180711/NEWS/180719986 AKRON—In the midst of the hot summer, it may be hard to realize that in a few months (in the northern regions) customers will be pulling into the dealership with their high-performance vehicles and deciding whether to purchase... Wed, 11 Jul 2018 17:09:57 EST Double Coin launches mobile app for truckers http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180711/NEWS/180719987/double-coin-launches-mobile-app-for-truckers 20180711/NEWS/180719987 MONROVIA, Calif. — Double Coin Holdings Ltd. and its CMA L.L.C. subsidiary are launching a Double Coin mobile application available for both Apple iPhone and Android smartphones. Wed, 11 Jul 2018 15:16:11 EST ZC Rubber to celebrate 60th anniversary at Hangzhou HQ http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180711/NEWS/180719988/zc-rubber-to-celebrate-60th-anniversary-at-hangzhou-hq 20180711/NEWS/180719988 HANGZHOU, China — China's Zhongce Rubber Co. Ltd. will celebrate its 60th anniversary on July 17 at its headquarters in Hangzhou with more than 1,000 global partners. Wed, 11 Jul 2018 11:44:35 EST TDAC convention/expo to run Sept. 13-15 in Mississauga http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180711/NEWS/180719989/tdac-convention-expo-to-run-sept-13-15-in-mississauga 20180711/NEWS/180719989 DRAYTON, Ontario — The Tire Dealers Association Canada will hold its 2018 National Convention and Trade Show in Mississauga, Ontario, Sept. 13-15 at the Delta Marriott Airport Hotel and Conference Centre. Wed, 11 Jul 2018 11:42:15 EST Aug. 31 is 'early-bird' deadline for TRAC recycling symposium http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180711/NEWS/180719991/aug-31-is-early-bird-deadline-for-trac-recycling-symposium 20180711/NEWS/180719991 NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario — Individuals considering attending the 2018 Rubber Recycling Symposium in Niagara Falls Nov. 7-8 have until Aug. 31 to receive the "early-bird" registration rate. Wed, 11 Jul 2018 11:33:53 EST Aircraft producer Cirrus picks Michelin as OE tire provider http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180711/NEWS/180719990/aircraft-producer-cirrus-picks-michelin-as-oe-tire-provider 20180711/NEWS/180719990 DULUTH, Minn. — Private aircraft producer Cirrus Design Corp. has selected Michelin Aircraft Tire as the OE tire provider for its Cirrus propeller-driven and jet-powered airplanes. Wed, 11 Jul 2018 11:38:52 EST Auto industry trade groups urge renewed NAFTA discussions http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180710/NEWS/180719994/auto-industry-trade-groups-urge-renewed-nafta-discussions 20180710/NEWS/180719994 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nine industry trade associations representing vehicle and parts manufacturers in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. are urging the governments of the three countries to revive negotiations on efforts to modernize NAFTA. Tue, 10 Jul 2018 13:31:24 EST Moody's says ATD must cut costs, add revenue to meet projected payments http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180710/NEWS/180719992/moodys-says-atd-must-cut-costs-add-revenue-to-meet-projected-payments 20180710/NEWS/180719992 NEW YORK — Moody's Investors Service Inc. has issued a report on American Tire Distributors Inc. questioning whether ATD has sufficent cash reserves to cover certain projected interest payments and maintenance costs in the near future. Tue, 10 Jul 2018 16:11:10 EST Alliance Tire names 2 aftermarket sales VPs http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180710/NEWS/180719993/alliance-tire-names-2-aftermarket-sales-vps 20180710/NEWS/180719993 WAKEFIELD, Mass. — Alliance Tire Americas Inc. has hired Allen Lyons as vice president of aftermarket sales, West and Canada, and promoted Seth Walters to vice president of aftermarket sales, East. Tue, 10 Jul 2018 14:18:34 EST Tires with high speed ratings gaining ground in U.S. sales — GfK http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180710/NEWS/180719995/tires-with-high-speed-ratings-gaining-ground-in-u-s-sales-gfk 20180710/NEWS/180719995 NEW YORK — U.S. consumers are turning increasingly to higher speed-rated tires, according to the latest findings from market research firm GfK Group, reflecting the belief that higher-quality products drive the U.S. tire marketplace. Tue, 10 Jul 2018 12:43:41 EST TireHub CEO: New distribution venture to focus on customer service http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180710/NEWS/180719996/tirehub-ceo-new-distribution-venture-to-focus-on-customer-service 20180710/NEWS/180719996 ATLANTA — As TireHub L.L.C. Tue, 10 Jul 2018 12:26:46 EST Garage Gurus to talk classic cars, performance rides http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180710/NEWS/180719997/garage-gurus-to-talk-classic-cars-performance-rides 20180710/NEWS/180719997 ST. LOUIS — Federal-Mogul Motorparts is planning to hold a "Garage Gurus" Facebook Live event on July 12, focused on educating consumers about the proper care and maintenance during the summer of aftermarket-modified performance vehicles. Tue, 10 Jul 2018 11:20:07 EST Linglong partners with Cimcorp for factory automation upgrades http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180710/NEWS/180719999/linglong-partners-with-cimcorp-for-factory-automation-upgrades 20180710/NEWS/180719999 ULVILA, Finland — Shandong Linglong Tyre Co. Ltd. has selected Cimcorp Group as its "strategic partner" for automated intralogistics systems at tire plant projects in Zhaoyuan, China, and Chonburi, Thailand. Tue, 10 Jul 2018 11:12:18 EST ACA establishes memorial fund for ex-CEO Al Gaspar http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180710/NEWS/180719998/aca-establishes-memorial-fund-for-ex-ceo-al-gaspar 20180710/NEWS/180719998 BETHESDA, Md. — The Auto Care Association has established a memorial fund in his honor of the group's former president and CEO, Al Gaspar, who died last November at age 79. Tue, 10 Jul 2018 11:16:14 EST GRI hires Sri Lankan rubber industry veteran as CEO http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180709/NEWS/180709954/gri-hires-sri-lankan-rubber-industry-veteran-as-ceo 20180709/NEWS/180709954 COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Specialty tire manufacturer Global Rubber Industries Pvt. Ltd. has hired rubber industry veteran Mahesha Ranasoma to be its CEO, a new position. Mon, 9 Jul 2018 12:03:15 EST Trade groups warn tariffs would harm U.S. auto industry http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180709/NEWS/180709947/trade-groups-warn-tariffs-would-harm-u-s-auto-industry 20180709/NEWS/180709947 WASHINGTON — Both domestic and international vehicle industry trade associations are among dozens of trade groups that are warning the Trump administration that tariffs on autos and auto parts would only harm the U.S. automotive industry. Mon, 9 Jul 2018 17:27:18 EST TIA, retreaders take message to Capitol Hill http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180709/NEWS/180709948/tia-retreaders-take-message-to-capitol-hill 20180709/NEWS/180709948 WASHINGTON — The estate tax, infrastructure funding, taxation of online sales, health care, scrap tires, right-to-repair and import tariffs were among the issues discussed June 20 on Capitol Hill as more than 100 Tire Industry Association members from... Mon, 9 Jul 2018 16:12:46 EST Bridgestone enhances TireConnect with pricing tools for tires, TPMS, wheels http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180709/NEWS/180709949/bridgestone-enhances-tireconnect-with-pricing-tools-for-tires-tpms 20180709/NEWS/180709949 NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Bridgestone Americas Inc. Mon, 9 Jul 2018 14:01:38 EST TIA announces nominees for 2018 board of directors election http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180709/NEWS/180709951/tia-announces-nominees-for-2018-board-of-directors-election 20180709/NEWS/180709951 BOWIE, Md. — The Tire Industry Association has announced 17 nominees for the four available positions on the 2018 TIA board of directors. Mon, 9 Jul 2018 13:38:07 EST Michelin unveils aggressive underground mining tires http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180709/NEWS/180709953/michelin-unveils-aggressive-underground-mining-tires 20180709/NEWS/180709953 GREENVILLE, S.C. — Michelin North America Inc. is launching a line of underground mining tires specifically made for loaders and transport machines operating in extreme conditions. Mon, 9 Jul 2018 12:15:18 EST Toyo delves into aerodynamics, noise with new technologies http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180709/NEWS/180709950/toyo-delves-into-aerodynamics-noise-with-new-technologies 20180709/NEWS/180709950 HYOGO, Japan — Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. has disclosed the development of technologies designed to reduce a tire's aerodynamic drag and to cut tire cavity noise significantly. Mon, 9 Jul 2018 13:47:58 EST Fisher Auto Parts expands parts installer promotion http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180709/NEWS/180709952/fisher-auto-parts-expands-parts-installer-promotion 20180709/NEWS/180709952 STAUNTON, Va. — Fisher Auto Parts has expanded its "WOW! Earn and Win!" promotion for professional installer customers, giving participating customers a chance to win one of 100 Samsung 50-inch 4K televisions until Sept. 30. Mon, 9 Jul 2018 12:23:04 EST Linglong lays foundation for 4th plant in China http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180709/NEWS/180709955/linglong-lays-foundation-for-4th-plant-in-china 20180709/NEWS/180709955 JINGMEN/HUBEI, China — Shandong Linglong Tire Co. Ltd. has laid a ceremonial foundation stone at a site in Jingmen, Hubei Province, where Linglong is building its fourth factory in China. Mon, 9 Jul 2018 10:43:56 EST Doublestar deal for Kumho shares concluded http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180709/NEWS/180709956/doublestar-deal-for-kumho-shares-concluded 20180709/NEWS/180709956 BEIJING — Qingdao Doublestar Group has concluded its acquisition of a 45-percent ownership stake in South Korea's Kumho Tire Co. Inc., closing an 18-month chapter of uncertainty in Kumho's 58-year history. Mon, 9 Jul 2018 09:26:43 EST Catholic University sets up scholarship in Littlefield's name http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180706/NEWS/180709967/catholic-university-sets-up-scholarship-in-littlefields-name 20180706/NEWS/180709967 WASHINGTON — Roy E. Littlefield III is well-known in the tire industry as the longtime executive vice president of the Tire Industry Association. Fri, 6 Jul 2018 10:58:23 EST Hercules adding road-hazard coverage to selected Ironman lines http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180706/NEWS/180709957/hercules-adding-road-hazard-coverage-to-selected-ironman-lines 20180706/NEWS/180709957 HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — Hercules Tires & Rubber Co. has begun offering road-hazard coverage on select Ironman-brand passenger and light truck tires in the U.S and Canada. Fri, 6 Jul 2018 13:55:23 EST Tire makers adapting to evolving UHP market http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180706/NEWS/180709960/tire-makers-adapting-to-evolving-uhp-market 20180706/NEWS/180709960 AKRON — Tire manufacturers are dealing with the future of the ultra-high-performance market after Ford Motor Co. Fri, 6 Jul 2018 13:40:17 EST Camso earns top Deere & Co. supplier rating http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180706/NEWS/180709958/camso-earns-top-deere-amp-co-supplier-rating 20180706/NEWS/180709958 BETTENDORF, Iowa — Deere & Co. has recognized Camso Ltd. as a partner-level supplier for 2017, the tractor and construction equipment maker's highest supplier rating. Fri, 6 Jul 2018 13:50:57 EST British Columbia adopts load parity for wide-base single truck tires http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180706/NEWS/180709959/british-columbia-adopts-load-parity-for-wide-base-single-truck-tires 20180706/NEWS/180709959 LAVAL, Quebec — The British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has increased load limits on roads throughout the province for certain wide-base single truck tires, clearing the way for truckers to operate coast to coast across Canada... Fri, 6 Jul 2018 13:44:21 EST U.S. gains 213,000 jobs in June http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180706/NEWS/180709966/u-s-gains-213000-jobs-in-june 20180706/NEWS/180709966 WASHINGTON — Nonfarm payroll employment increased by 213,000 jobs in June 2018, according to the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Fri, 6 Jul 2018 10:59:36 EST Texas appeals court rules it has jurisdiction over Michelin in used tire case http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180705/NEWS/180709970/texas-appeals-court-rules-it-has-jurisdiction-over-michelin-in-used 20180705/NEWS/180709970 EL PASO, Texas—An El Paso state appeals court has ruled it has jurisdiction over Michelin North America Inc. in a product liability case involving a used Uniroyal tire originally sold as a new tire in Texas, an El Paso state appeals court has ruled. Thu, 5 Jul 2018 15:04:49 EST Hankook acquiring German distributor Reifen-Mueller http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180705/NEWS/180709973/hankook-acquiring-german-distributor-reifen-mueller 20180705/NEWS/180709973 NEU ISENBURG, Germany — Hankook Tire Co. Ltd. is buying Reifen-Mueller, a Hammelburg-Westheim, Germany-based wholesale and retail tire distributor with 44 locations throughout Germany. Thu, 5 Jul 2018 12:25:10 EST Branick designs tire inflation cage for small utility tires http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180705/NEWS/180709971/branick-designs-tire-inflation-cage-for-small-utility-tires 20180705/NEWS/180709971 FARGO, N.D. — Branick Industries Inc. has designed a tire inflation cage geared to inflating non-highway-service tires such as lawn and garden, golf cart, scooter and other small tires. Thu, 5 Jul 2018 14:38:55 EST EPA's Pruitt resigns in face of ethics investigations http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180705/NEWS/180709968/epas-pruitt-resigns-in-face-of-ethics-investigations 20180705/NEWS/180709968 WASHINGTON — Scott Pruitt, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from the beginning of the Trump administration, has resigned. Thu, 5 Jul 2018 16:24:45 EST SUVs, CUVs, light trucks outselling cars by 2-to-1 margin http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180705/NEWS/180709969/suvs-cuvs-light-trucks-outselling-cars-by-2-to-1-margin 20180705/NEWS/180709969 DETROIT — Just five years ago, U.S. vehicle sales were split evenly between cars and light trucks. Thu, 5 Jul 2018 15:33:00 EST OTHER VIEWS: Mobile platforms can drive tire sales for dealers http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180705/NEWS/180709987/other-views-mobile-platforms-can-drive-tire-sales-for-dealers 20180705/NEWS/180709987 INDIANAPOLIS — As a business and leadership fanatic, I have been a longtime believer in spending less time worrying about what the direct competition is doing. Thu, 5 Jul 2018 11:00:00 EST Lawsuit challenges Trump's authority on steel, auto tariffs http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180705/NEWS/180709972/lawsuit-challenges-trumps-authority-on-steel-auto-tariffs 20180705/NEWS/180709972 WASHINGTON — The American Institute for International Steel filed a lawsuit last week in the U.S. Thu, 5 Jul 2018 12:39:15 EST OTHER VIEWS: RFID emerging as solution to industry problems http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180705/NEWS/180709989/other-views-rfid-emerging-as-solution-to-industry-problems 20180705/NEWS/180709989 Radio frequency identification (RFID) is being adopted rapidly in a growing number of tire industry processes and will deliver more transparency, fewer rejected tires and production failures and better control of materials. Thu, 5 Jul 2018 11:00:00 EST OTHER VIEWS: Preparing for the rise of autonomous vehicles http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180705/NEWS/180709986/other-views-preparing-for-the-rise-of-autonomous-vehicles 20180705/NEWS/180709986 MERRIMACK, N.H. — Autonomous cars are headed our way fast. According to Forbes magazine, 10 million driverless cars will be on the road by 2020, with one in four passenger cars being self-driving by 2030. Thu, 5 Jul 2018 06:00:00 EST Yokohama cracks down on counterfeit wheels in China http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180705/NEWS/180709976/yokohama-cracks-down-on-counterfeit-wheels-in-china 20180705/NEWS/180709976 TOKYO — Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. is claiming a second successful action against counterfeit versions of its Advan Racing-brand aluminum wheels in China. Thu, 5 Jul 2018 06:00:00 EST Koetz to head Conti's commercial vehicle tire business http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180705/NEWS/180709974/koetz-to-head-contis-commercial-vehicle-tire-business 20180705/NEWS/180709974 HANOVER, Germay — Continental A.G. has promoted Christian Koetz, currently head of Conti's replacement consumer tire business in Europe, to oversee the company's commercial vehicle tires business unit globally. Thu, 5 Jul 2018 06:00:00 EST Tire Business offices closed July 4 http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180703/NEWS/180709975/tire-business-offices-closed-july-4 20180703/NEWS/180709975 AKRON — The Tire Business offices will close Wednesday in observance of the July 4 holiday. Tue, 3 Jul 2018 17:58:56 EST Scandinavian Enviro, Treadcraft to open recycling plant in N.Y. http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180703/NEWS/180709980/scandinavian-enviro-treadcraft-to-open-recycling-plant-in-n-y 20180703/NEWS/180709980 BUFFALO, N.Y. — Canadian tire recycler Treadcraft Ltd. is teaming up with a Swedish engineering firm active in tire reprocessing to propose opening a tire recycling plant in Buffalo. Tue, 3 Jul 2018 12:55:03 EST TireHub opens doors to dealers, retailers; to sell Toyo tires http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180703/NEWS/180709977/tirehub-opens-doors-to-dealers-retailers-to-sell-toyo-tires 20180703/NEWS/180709977 ATLANTA — TireHub L.L.C., the new national tire distributor co-owned by Bridgestone Americas Inc. and Goodyear, has started accepting customer orders at its nationwide network of sales and logistics centers. Tue, 3 Jul 2018 15:31:59 EST Tariffs on auto parts could threaten 100,000+ U.S. jobs — ACA http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180703/NEWS/180709979/tariffs-on-auto-parts-could-threaten-100000-u-s-jobs-aca 20180703/NEWS/180709979 BETHESDA, Md. — The Trump administration's proposed 25-percent tariffs on imported auto parts could result in the loss of more than 100,000 jobs in U.S. Tue, 3 Jul 2018 13:11:51 EST ASA executive director Dan Risley to resign http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180703/NEWS/180709981/asa-executive-director-dan-risley-to-resign 20180703/NEWS/180709981 NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas — Automotive Service Association President and Executive Director Dan Risley will resign, effective July 13, to accept a job with CCC Information Services Inc. in his home state of Illinois. Tue, 3 Jul 2018 12:42:34 EST Cooper adds sizes to Roadmaster RM272 line http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180703/NEWS/180709978/cooper-adds-sizes-to-roadmaster-rm272-line 20180703/NEWS/180709978 FINDLAY, Ohio — Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. has added three sizes to its Roadmaster RM272 truck tire line, which is engineered to withstand the demands of drop deck and spread axle trailers. Tue, 3 Jul 2018 13:17:22 EST TechForce: Gap continues to widen between number of postsecondary grads, job openings http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180703/NEWS/180709984/techforce-gap-continues-to-widen-between-number-of-postsecondary 20180703/NEWS/180709984 SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The postsecondary school supply of new entrant vehicle technicians has not kept up with the spike in demand, according to a TechForce Foundation report. Tue, 3 Jul 2018 10:38:35 EST Industry faces significant hurdles to fully autonomous vehicles http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180703/NEWS/180709991/industry-faces-significant-hurdles-to-fully-autonomous-vehicles 20180703/NEWS/180709991 AKRON — The dream world of autonomous vehicles offers limitless possibilities, but as manufacturers know, reality has its limits. Tue, 3 Jul 2018 09:00:00 EST Trelleborg acquires tire distributor in New Zealand http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180703/NEWS/180709983/trelleborg-acquires-tire-distributor-in-new-zealand 20180703/NEWS/180709983 TRELLEBORG, Sweden — Trelleborg A.B. has acquired TRS Tyre & Wheel Ltd., a New Zealand tire distributor specializing in tires and complete wheels for tire and tractor dealers. Tue, 3 Jul 2018 10:43:32 EST VIPAR launches product advisory councils in U.S., Canada http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180703/NEWS/180709992/vipar-launches-product-advisory-councils-in-u-s-canada 20180703/NEWS/180709992 CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. — VIPAR Heavy Duty Inc. has launched product advisory councils for the U.S. and Canada to refine its supplier programs. Tue, 3 Jul 2018 09:00:00 EST Sentury puts all its brands in U.S. under one roof http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180702/NEWS/180709993/sentury-puts-all-its-brands-in-u-s-under-one-roof 20180702/NEWS/180709993 MIAMI — Qingdao Sentury Tire Co. Ltd. has consolidated sales and marketing responsibility for the five brands it markets in the U.S. and Canada under Sentury Tire USA, its Miami-based sales subsidiary. Mon, 2 Jul 2018 16:19:51 EST Conti recalling 5,356 Coach HA3 commercial vehicle tires http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180702/NEWS/180709996/conti-recalling-5356-coach-ha3-commercial-vehicle-tires 20180702/NEWS/180709996 WASHINGTON — Continental Tire the Americas L.L.C. is recalling 5,356 Conti Coach HA3 commercial vehicle tires, size 315/80R22.5, because of a manufacturing anomaly that could lead to a loss of internal pressure through the sidewall. Mon, 2 Jul 2018 11:37:30 EST PEGGY FISHER: Trucking industry braces for technology disruption http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180702/NEWS/180709990/peggy-fisher-trucking-industry-braces-for-technology-disruption 20180702/NEWS/180709990 When we look into the not-so-distant future and envision autonomous trucks, we're not looking at just innovation and game-changing technology, we are seeing the development of a disruptive technology. Mon, 2 Jul 2018 17:59:39 EST TBC launches 'TireAmerica' online consumer site http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180702/NEWS/180709994/tbc-launches-tireamerica-online-consumer-site 20180702/NEWS/180709994 PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — TBC Corp. has launched a platform, TireAmerica.com, to sell tires directly to consumers online using the company's extensive wholesale and retail assets. Mon, 2 Jul 2018 14:33:20 EST Thailand's IVL buying Czech tire cord maker Kordarna http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180702/NEWS/180709995/thailands-ivl-buying-czech-tire-cord-maker-kordarna 20180702/NEWS/180709995 BANGKOK — Indorama Ventures Public Co. Ltd. is acquiring Czech tire cord and technical fabrics producer Kordαrna Plus a.s. in a deal Indorama said will make it the biggest tire cord producer in Europe and second largest globally. Mon, 2 Jul 2018 12:26:28 EST Tire makers' group seeks better enviro labeling procedures http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180702/NEWS/180709997/tire-makers-group-seeks-better-enviro-labeling-procedures 20180702/NEWS/180709997 GENEVA — The world's leading tire makers, in a bid to improve their efforts at labeling the life-cycle environmental impact of their products, are embracing a new set of industry standards designed to bring greater transparency and standardization... Mon, 2 Jul 2018 11:31:26 EST Doublestar companies get partial summary judgment vs. Toyo http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180702/NEWS/180709999/doublestar-companies-get-partial-summary-judgment-vs-toyo 20180702/NEWS/180709999 LOS ANGELES — A U.S. District Court judge in California has granted partial summary judgment to two Chinese tire makers in ongoing litigation with Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Mon, 2 Jul 2018 10:19:27 EST Falken gains OE fitment on 2018 Mazda6 http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180629/NEWS/180629937/falken-gains-oe-fitment-on-2018-mazda6 20180629/NEWS/180629937 KOBE, Japan — Mazda Motor Corp. has selected the Falken Ziex ZE001 A/S high-performance tire as an OE fitment on the redesigned/re-engineered 2018 Mazda6, considered the car maker's flagship passenger model. Fri, 29 Jun 2018 14:39:06 EST Wanli puts U.S. plant plans on hold http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180629/NEWS/180629936/wanli-puts-u-s-plant-plans-on-hold 20180629/NEWS/180629936 GUANGZHOU, China — China's Guangzhou Vanlead Group Co. Ltd. has put on hold indefinitely plans it announced a year ago to invest $1 billion in a tire plant in South Carolina. Fri, 29 Jun 2018 15:38:15 EST Firestone offers calculator for proper ag tire pressure http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180629/NEWS/180629939/firestone-offers-calculator-for-proper-ag-tire-pressure 20180629/NEWS/180629939 NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Bridgestone Americas Inc.'s Firestone Ag division has created an online tool to help dealers calculate accurate inflation farm tire pressure. Fri, 29 Jun 2018 11:42:17 EST Titan adds 30-/32-ply tires to Goodyear Logger line http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180629/NEWS/180629938/titan-adds-30-32-ply-tires-to-goodyear-logger-line 20180629/NEWS/180629938 QUINCY, Ill — Titan International Inc. has added 30- and 32-ply versions to the Goodyear Logger Lug line to help address the higher torque and load capacity requirements on today's heavier machines. Fri, 29 Jun 2018 12:38:44 EST Swanson joins Carlstar as sales manager for wheel business http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180629/NEWS/180629940/swanson-joins-carlstar-as-sales-manager-for-wheel-business 20180629/NEWS/180629940 FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Carlstar Group L.L.C. has hired Steve Swanson as national sales manager for its styled wheels business with a concentration on its Cragar, Black Rock and Unique brands. Fri, 29 Jun 2018 11:24:57 EST Yokohama adding all-season Ascend GT to Avid line http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180629/NEWS/180629941/yokohama-adding-all-season-ascend-gt-to-avid-line 20180629/NEWS/180629941 SANTA ANA, Calif. — Yokohama Tire Corp. is revamping its Avid line of touring tires, adding the Ascend GT all-season premium touring tire targeted at owners of luxury sports sedans and coupes. Fri, 29 Jun 2018 10:46:09 EST Giti-brand commercial tires coming to North America http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180628/NEWS/180629948/giti-brand-commercial-tires-coming-to-north-america 20180628/NEWS/180629948 RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. — Giti Tire (USA) Ltd. is launching the Giti brand of commercial truck tires in North America with products available for long-haul, regional, urban/light-duty and mixed-service applications. Thu, 28 Jun 2018 11:59:00 EST DARPA unveils 'shape-shifting' wheel/track design http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180628/NEWS/180629944/darpa-unveils-shape-shifting-wheel-track-design 20180628/NEWS/180629944 ARLINGTON, Va. — DARPA — the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency — is reinventing the wheel…with help from a team of engineers from Carnegie Mellon University. Thu, 28 Jun 2018 17:23:56 EST Retread Instead brings message to D.C. lawmakers http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180628/NEWS/180629949/retread-instead-brings-message-to-d-c-lawmakers 20180628/NEWS/180629949 WASHINGTON — A delegation of eight retread industry supporters met June 20 with the staffs of eight U.S. Thu, 28 Jun 2018 09:52:00 EST Mighty of Central Indiana is named group's top franchise http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180628/NEWS/180629945/mighty-of-central-indiana-is-named-groups-top-franchise 20180628/NEWS/180629945 HOUSTON — Mighty Distributing System of America has named Mighty of Central Indiana — one of four Mighty franchises owned by JTM Group L.L.C. — its franchise of the year. Thu, 28 Jun 2018 16:59:45 EST Tokai Carbon to acquire Sid Richardson http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180628/NEWS/180629947/tokai-carbon-to-acquire-sid-richardson 20180628/NEWS/180629947 FORT WORTH, Texas — Japanese carbon black firm Tokai Carbon Co. Ltd. has agreed to acquire the assets of Fort Worth-based Sid Richardson Carbon Ltd. for approximately $310 million. Thu, 28 Jun 2018 16:18:50 EST Moody's flags ATD credit ratings for review — again http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180628/NEWS/180629946/moodys-flags-atd-credit-ratings-for-review-again 20180628/NEWS/180629946 NEW YORK — Moody's Investors Service has placed its ratings for American Tire Distributors Inc. under review for downgrade, in light of Bridgestone Americas Inc.'s decision to stop supplying ATD in the U.S. with passenger and light truck tires. Thu, 28 Jun 2018 16:50:31 EST OTHER VIEWS: Automation, data to revolutionize manufacturing process http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180628/NEWS/180629955/other-views-automation-data-to-revolutionize-manufacturing-process 20180628/NEWS/180629955 EPE, Netherlands — Do not underestimate the power and potential impact of disruption — it's going to affect us all. At times of rapid and potentially high-impact change the only safe strategy is to move fast yourself. Thu, 28 Jun 2018 06:00:00 EST OTHER VIEWS: Brace yourself for 'scary, wicked' auto realities http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180628/NEWS/180629958/other-views-brace-yourself-for-scary-wicked-auto-realities 20180628/NEWS/180629958 FORT MYERS, Fla. — Have you seen the National Geographic documentary "Million?" You need to. Especially, if you are in the automotive industry. Thu, 28 Jun 2018 06:00:00 EST Bridgestone exec: 'This is pivotal moment in truck tire industry' http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180628/NEWS/180629956/bridgestone-exec-this-is-pivotal-moment-in-truck-tire-industry 20180628/NEWS/180629956 HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The commercial truck tire industry of the future will depend on a connected tire ecosystem of advanced tread design, retreading and advanced communications, according to Joseph Saoud, president, truck, bus and retread, U. Thu, 28 Jun 2018 06:00:00 EST Businesses press Congress to check Trump tariff powers http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180627/NEWS/180629950/businesses-press-congress-to-check-trump-tariff-powers 20180627/NEWS/180629950 WASHINGTON — A coalition of more than 270 business groups, including those representing auto makers and suppliers, sent a letter to U.S. Wed, 27 Jun 2018 16:11:16 EST Bridgestone to end passenger, light truck tire distribution with ATD http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180627/NEWS/180629951/bridgestone-to-end-passenger-light-truck-tire-distribution-with-atd 20180627/NEWS/180629951 NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Bridgestone Americas Inc. has notified American Tire Distributors Inc. it is discontinuing distribution of its passenger and light truck products through ATD, just days before TireHub L.L.C. Wed, 27 Jun 2018 15:09:28 EST Bridgestone VP: Automation needs commitment http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180627/NEWS/180629959/bridgestone-vp-automation-needs-commitment 20180627/NEWS/180629959 LONDON — Adolfo Llorens, vice present of manufacturing at Bridgestone Europe/Middle East/Africa, shared some thoughts recently about new technology trends in the tire manufacturing industry with Shahrzad Pourriahi of European Rubber Journal. Wed, 27 Jun 2018 13:00:00 EST USTMA sends tire industry 'ambassadors' to Capitol Hill http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180627/NEWS/180629953/ustma-sends-tire-industry-ambassadors-to-capitol-hill 20180627/NEWS/180629953 WASHINGTON — For the second year, the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association has selected "Tire Manufacturing Ambassadors" from its member companies to meet with federal lawmakers as advocates for issues important to the tire manufacturing industry. Wed, 27 Jun 2018 12:18:06 EST SEMA opens nominations for industry awards http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180627/NEWS/180629952/sema-opens-nominations-for-industry-awards 20180627/NEWS/180629952 DIAMOND BAR, Calif. — The deadline to submit nominations for the 2018 SEMA industry awards offered by the Specialty Equipment Market Association is July 13. Wed, 27 Jun 2018 12:36:58 EST Stakeholders continue to debate AV regulations http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180627/NEWS/180629957/stakeholders-continue-to-debate-av-regulations 20180627/NEWS/180629957 WASHINGTON — The tire and auto equipment industries have definite ideas on what they want in pending regulation of automated vehicles. Wed, 27 Jun 2018 06:00:00 EST Michelin cites Lehigh as critical retread business supplier http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180627/NEWS/180629960/michelin-cites-lehigh-as-critical-retread-business-supplier 20180627/NEWS/180629960 GREENVILLE, S.C. — Michelin North America Inc.' Wed, 27 Jun 2018 06:00:00 EST JohnDow releases heavy-duty Tire Taxi http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180627/NEWS/180629962/johndow-releases-heavy-duty-tire-taxi 20180627/NEWS/180629962 BARBERTON, Ohio — JohnDow Industries Inc. has released the latest in its line of Tire Taxis, a heavy-duty product called the Tire Taxi HD. Wed, 27 Jun 2018 06:00:00 EST Delticom reviewing options for North America e-commerce activities http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180626/NEWS/180629954/delticom-reviewing-options-for-north-america-e-commerce-activities 20180626/NEWS/180629954 HANOVER, Germany — Online tire and auto parts retailer Delticom A.G. is reviewing its strategic options in North America in light of strong growth in the sector. Tue, 26 Jun 2018 16:56:01 EST MWE acquires solid tire/track supplier Nighthawk Machinery http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180626/NEWS/180629961/mwe-acquires-solid-tire-track-supplier-nighthawk-machinery 20180626/NEWS/180629961 COLUMBUS, Ohio — Solid tire and rubber track supplier Midwest Equipment Sales L.L.C. has acquired Nighthawk Machinery L.L.C., the Rosenburg, Texas-based supplier of Dura-Flex solid tires and Dura-Core rubber tracks. Tue, 26 Jun 2018 15:40:42 EST Plugging into a future of driverless vehicles http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180626/NEWS/180629963/plugging-into-a-future-of-driverless-vehicles 20180626/NEWS/180629963 AKRON — Cars long have been considered a symbol of freedom, and soon that freedom will extend to the driver. Tue, 26 Jun 2018 15:08:20 EST Nokian CEO Hille Korhonen to race in Ironman event in Finland http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180626/NEWS/180629966/nokian-ceo-hille-korhonen-to-race-in-ironman-event-in-finland 20180626/NEWS/180629966 LAHTI, Finland — Nokian Tyres P.L.C. President and CEO Hille Korhonen will be among the tire maker's employees who will participate in the Nokian Tyres Ironman 70.3 race, to be held June 30 in Lahti. Tue, 26 Jun 2018 10:57:01 EST Tireco adding UHP line to Milestar brand http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180626/NEWS/180629965/tireco-adding-uhp-line-to-milestar-brand 20180626/NEWS/180629965 GARDENA, Calif. — Tireco Inc. is adding a W speed-rated, all-season ultra-high-performance tire, the MS932 XP+, to its Milestar brand. Tue, 26 Jun 2018 11:00:56 EST BMW adds Bridgestone, Hankook tires to X3 OE fitments http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180626/NEWS/180629964/bmw-adds-bridgestone-hankook-tires-to-x3-oe-fitments 20180626/NEWS/180629964 SPARTANBURG, S.C. — BMW A.G. has spec'd three Bridgestone-brand and three Hankook-brand tires as OE fitments on its four-door X3 hatchback "sport activity vehicle." Tue, 26 Jun 2018 11:10:43 EST Natural rubber supply deficit fails to rekindle market http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180626/NEWS/180629967/natural-rubber-supply-deficit-fails-to-rekindle-market 20180626/NEWS/180629967 KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — World demand for natural rubber exceeded supply in the first five months of 2018, but the situation had only a marginal effect on pricing, according to the latest monthly figures from the Association of Natural Rubber Producing... Tue, 26 Jun 2018 09:32:00 EST ATD unveils digital strategy at Innovation Summit http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180626/NEWS/180629968/atd-unveils-digital-strategy-at-innovation-summit 20180626/NEWS/180629968 DALLAS — It's been a busy week for American Tire Distributors (ATD) Inc., North America's largest tire distributor. Tue, 26 Jun 2018 09:21:42 EST Technology disrupting tire, auto industries http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180625/NEWS/180629970/technology-disrupting-tire-auto-industries 20180625/NEWS/180629970 HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — In a time of rapid technological and market change, tire makers have to be ready to implement a number of scenarios to ensure solid technology and business development, according to James A. Mon, 25 Jun 2018 17:26:22 EST Economic boom from self-driving cars will dwarf job dislocation, report says http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180625/NEWS/180629969/economic-boom-from-self-driving-cars-will-dwarf-job-dislocation 20180625/NEWS/180629969 WASHINGTON — Concerns about self-driving cars displacing semi-skilled workers are overblown and should be balanced against overwhelming potential advantages , according to a team of economists and transportation scholars. Mon, 25 Jun 2018 17:30:47 EST Mastering technology, tools is crucial for tomorrow's repair shop http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180625/NEWS/180629971/mastering-technology-tools-is-crucial-for-tomorrows-repair-shop 20180625/NEWS/180629971 LAS VEGAS — Using technology effectively will be an important skill for auto technicians in the near future, but they still will need to handle basic tools and equipment to service a vehicle. Mon, 25 Jun 2018 17:24:37 EST GRI graduates first class from Progathi Academy http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180625/NEWS/180629972/gri-graduates-first-class-from-progathi-academy 20180625/NEWS/180629972 COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — The first group of 30 employees graduated earlier this month from the Progathi Academy, part of the Prograthi Program begun in 2015 by Global Rubber Industries Pvt. Ltd. to increase manufacturing efficiency. Mon, 25 Jun 2018 15:40:13 EST Sustainable materials key to vehicle, tire industry growth http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180625/NEWS/180629974/sustainable-materials-key-to-vehicle-tire-industry-growth 20180625/NEWS/180629974 MONTREAL — Finding new, sustainable materials for automobiles and auto parts is a crucial part of developing breakthrough solutions for future mobility, Group Michelin and Ford Motor Co. executives said at the recent Movin'On conference in Montreal. Mon, 25 Jun 2018 09:41:38 EST Bridgestone targets 'sustainability' in business models http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180625/NEWS/180629973/bridgestone-targets-sustainability-in-business-models 20180625/NEWS/180629973 TOKYO — Bridgestone Corp. is planning to identify and implement new business models, such as "becoming a solutions provider," as part of its drive toward sustainability. Mon, 25 Jun 2018 09:45:32 EST U.S. import tariffs causing 'unnecessary harm' — SEMA http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180622/NEWS/180629982/u-s-import-tariffs-causing-unnecessary-harm-sema 20180622/NEWS/180629982 WASHINGTON — The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) is adding its voice to those opposing the Trump administration's expanding penchant for tariffs on imported goods, saying they are harming American companies, workers, and consumers. Fri, 22 Jun 2018 09:35:44 EST Judge denies request to seal documents in Hankook case http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180622/NEWS/180629976/judge-denies-request-to-seal-documents-in-hankook-case 20180622/NEWS/180629976 RICHMOND, Va. — A federal judge has denied the request of Hankook Tire Co. Ltd. and Hankook Tire America Corp. to seal certain documents that are part of the evidence in a $37.8 million product liability case against the tire makers. Fri, 22 Jun 2018 15:33:53 EST Bridgestone claims hybrid-polymer breakthrough http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180622/NEWS/180629975/bridgestone-claims-hybrid-polymer-breakthrough 20180622/NEWS/180629975 TOKYO — Bridgestone Corp. is claiming it has discovered a way to bond rubber and resins at the molecular level into a hybrid polymer, a development that could lead to reducing the amount of polymeric materials needed in tires. Fri, 22 Jun 2018 15:52:43 EST Goodyear's Paul Christou elected chair of TRAC board http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180622/NEWS/180629980/goodyears-paul-christou-elected-chair-of-trac-board 20180622/NEWS/180629980 CAMBRIDGE, Ontario — Paul Christou, controller at Goodyear Canada Inc., has succeeded Maureen Kline of Pirelli Tire Inc. as chair of the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada. Fri, 22 Jun 2018 10:05:58 EST OTHER VIEWS: Is road to AI a roundabout? http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180622/NEWS/180629977/-other-views-is-road-to-ai-a-roundabout 20180622/NEWS/180629977 Andrew Moore, dean of computer science at Carnegie-Mellon University, said recently that researchers are giving up on the prospect of human-like artificial intelligence (AI). Fri, 22 Jun 2018 13:48:53 EST Kicking the tires of the future (part 3) http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180622/NEWS/180629978/kicking-the-tires-of-the-future-part-3 20180622/NEWS/180629978 To gain insight into how the tire industry perceives the tire of tomorrow, Tire Business surveyed a handful of major tire makers, asking about a number of game-changing aspects of tire design. Fri, 22 Jun 2018 13:43:22 EST Chevy resurrects Blazer as tech-savvy, sporty crossover http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180622/NEWS/180629981/chevy-resurrects-blazer-as-tech-savvy-sporty-crossover 20180622/NEWS/180629981 ATLANTA —General Motors Co., aiming for more gains in the booming American market for utility vehicles, is resurrecting the venerable Chevrolet Blazer nameplate as a tech-savvy, yet sporty, crossover. Fri, 22 Jun 2018 09:42:18 EST Supreme Court rules states can collect Internet sales taxes http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180622/NEWS/180629979/supreme-court-rules-states-can-collect-internet-sales-taxes 20180622/NEWS/180629979 WASHINGTON — States have the right to require Internet businesses to collect sales taxes on all sales within the state, even if the businesses have no physical presence there, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled. Fri, 22 Jun 2018 10:32:20 EST Double Coin offering Americas dealers, customers incentives http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180621/NEWS/180629984/double-coin-offering-americas-dealers-customers-incentives 20180621/NEWS/180629984 MONROVIA, Calif. — Double Coin Holdings Ltd. and its CMA L.L.C. subsidiary are launching incentive programs for dealers and customers in North and Latin America handling Double Coin truck/bus, industrial and OTR tires. Thu, 21 Jun 2018 15:53:13 EST CEAT looks to further U.S. growth in ag market http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180621/NEWS/180629986/ceat-looks-to-further-u-s-growth-in-ag-market 20180621/NEWS/180629986 Tarang Srivastava, general manager of CEAT Specialty Tires Inc., tells Tire Business about CEAT's plans in expanding its market share and brand recognition in the U.S. Thu, 21 Jun 2018 15:47:33 EST Intelligent tires: Coming to a bay near you http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180621/NEWS/180629983/intelligent-tires-coming-to-a-bay-near-you 20180621/NEWS/180629983 HILTON HEAD, S.C. Thu, 21 Jun 2018 17:05:13 EST U.S. auto aftermarket growth pegged at 3.4% through 2021 http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180621/NEWS/180629985/u-s-auto-aftermarket-growth-pegged-at-3-4-through-2021 20180621/NEWS/180629985 BETHESDA, Md. — The U.S. automotive aftermarket is expected to grow 3.4 percent a year, on average, through 2021, according to the "2018 Joint Channel Forecast Model" produced by the AASA and ACA. Thu, 21 Jun 2018 15:48:48 EST Dealer Tire named 2018 Northeast Ohio top workplace http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180621/NEWS/180629987/dealer-tire-named-2018-northeast-ohio-top-workplace 20180621/NEWS/180629987 CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper has named Dealer Tire L.L.C. a "top workplace" in Northeast Ohio, based on the results of a feedback survey of employees administered by an independent research firm. Thu, 21 Jun 2018 13:45:53 EST WD-40 backing 'FutureTech Success' initiative http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180621/NEWS/180629988/wd-40-backing-futuretech-success-initiative 20180621/NEWS/180629988 SAN DIEGO — WD-40 Co. Thu, 21 Jun 2018 10:31:13 EST