Tire Business - RSS News Feed http://www.tirebusiness.com/section/news http://www.tirebusiness.com en-us Tue, 16 Jan 2018 07:26:44 EST 10 Michelin to supply electric car, M/C racing series http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180112/NEWS/180119979/michelin-to-supply-electric-car-m-c-racing-series 20180112/NEWS/180119979 BIRMINGHAM, England — Michelin Motorsport is extending its involvement in the burgeoning electric vehicle racing movement, agreeing to be the tire supplier for a pair of new series for battery-powered cars and motorcycles. Fri, 12 Jan 2018 16:26:11 EST Don Blythe, ex-OK Tire, WCTD exec, dies http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180112/NEWS/180119980/don-blythe-ex-ok-tire-wctd-exec-dies 20180112/NEWS/180119980 SURREY, British Columbia Don Blythe, former president and executive director of the Western Canadian Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association died Jan. 5 at age 79. Fri, 12 Jan 2018 15:28:29 EST Kumho exiting distribution partnership in U.K. http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180112/NEWS/180119982/kumho-exiting-distribution-partnership-in-u-k 20180112/NEWS/180119982 LONDON — United Kingdom tire distributor Micheldever Tyre Services and Kumho Tyre U.K. Ltd. are ending a 15-year distribution partnership, in what has been described as a "mutual agreement." Fri, 12 Jan 2018 12:38:31 EST U.K.'s Radical Sportscars tabs Hankook as OE supplier http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180112/NEWS/180119983/u-k-s-radical-sportscars-tabs-hankook-as-oe-supplier 20180112/NEWS/180119983 BIRMINGHAM, England British sports car producer Radical Sportscars Ltd. has designated Hankook Tire Co. Ltd. its exclusive OE supplier for both its racing and the road-going models. Fri, 12 Jan 2018 12:29:33 EST Saudi prince backing $1 billion tire plant in Saudi Arabia http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180112/NEWS/180119981/saudi-prince-backing-1-billion-tire-plant-in-saudi-arabia 20180112/NEWS/180119981 DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A company owned by a member of the Saudi royal family is planning to build a $1 billion tire plant in Saudi Arabia to supply what the investors see as growing demand for premium tires there. Fri, 12 Jan 2018 12:40:45 EST Michelin restructures, names Europe North CEO http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180111/NEWS/180119986/michelin-restructures-names-europe-north-ceo 20180111/NEWS/180119986 CLERMONT-FERRAND, France — Group Michelin launched a previously announced restructuring that will reform the business into 10 newly created regions worldwide. Thu, 11 Jan 2018 17:47:17 EST Fisher: A good year ahead for trucking industry http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180111/NEWS/180119990/fisher-a-good-year-ahead-for-trucking-industry 20180111/NEWS/180119990 You're probably wondering, "What's in the offing for the commercial tire and trucking industries this year?" The good thing is that the trucking and tire industries are leaving a relatively strong year behind and are starting out 2018 in pretty good... Thu, 11 Jan 2018 12:58:52 EST London driverless shuttles using Michelin 'flex' wheels http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180111/NEWS/180119987/london-driverless-shuttles-using-michelin-flex-wheels 20180111/NEWS/180119987 PARIS A fleet of driverless electric city shuttle buses to be deployed later this year in London will use Group Michelin's Acorus flexible-wheel technology to deal with rough roads. Thu, 11 Jan 2018 17:36:41 EST USTMA's Luke elected to CMA board of directors http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180111/NEWS/180119989/ustmas-luke-elected-to-cma-board-of-directors 20180111/NEWS/180119989 WASHINGTON — The Council of Manufacturing Associations has elected Anne Forristall Luke, president and CEO of the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association, to its board of directors. Thu, 11 Jan 2018 16:58:38 EST Avon Tyres backs supersonic vehicle project http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180111/NEWS/180119988/avon-tyres-backs-supersonic-vehicle-project 20180111/NEWS/180119988 MELKSHAM, England — Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.'s Avon Tyres business has joined the Bloodhound Project as a sponsor of the project to develop a supersonic car that can go faster than the speed of sound. Thu, 11 Jan 2018 17:29:46 EST Tenneco taps Ronning as aftermarket VP http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180111/NEWS/180119991/tenneco-taps-ronning-as-aftermarket-vp 20180111/NEWS/180119991 MONROE, Mich. — Tenneco Inc. has appointed Bruce Ronning as vice president and general manager, North America aftermarket. Thu, 11 Jan 2018 12:35:53 EST Toyo to back 'Spec Miata' race at 2018 NASA nationals http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180111/NEWS/180119992/toyo-to-back-spec-miata-race-at-2018-nasa-nationals 20180111/NEWS/180119992 INDIANAPOLIS — Toyo Tire U.S.A. Inc. is stepping up its partnership with the National Auto Sport Association by sponsoring a Spec Miata championship race during NASA's 2018 national championships. Thu, 11 Jan 2018 11:09:02 EST YTC promotes 5 execs in commercial, consumer posts http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180110/NEWS/180119993/ytc-promotes-5-execs-in-commercial-consumer-posts 20180110/NEWS/180119993 SANTA ANA, Calif. — Yokohama Tire Corp. has promoted five executives in its consumer and commercial tire business departments. Wed, 10 Jan 2018 17:32:51 EST ACPN announces 2018 scholarship winners http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180110/NEWS/180119994/acpn-announces-2018-scholarship-winners 20180110/NEWS/180119994 BETHESDA, Md. — The Automotive Content Professionals Network, a community of the Auto Care Association, has announced the three winners of the 2018 ACPN scholarship. Wed, 10 Jan 2018 16:55:35 EST ATA restructures; Nanavati named president http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180110/NEWS/180119995/ata-restructures-nanavati-named-president 20180110/NEWS/180119995 WAKEFIELD, Mass. Alliance Tire Americas Inc. has restructured its operations, promoting Dhaval Nanavati to president to succeed James Clark, who left the company. Wed, 10 Jan 2018 15:08:09 EST ZC Rubber names McFerrin vice president of sales http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180110/NEWS/180119996/zc-rubber-names-mcferrin-vice-president-of-sales 20180110/NEWS/180119996 WALNUT, Calif. Zhongce Rubber Group Co. Ltd. has promoted Craige McFerrin to vice president of sales for the Arisun truck tire brand at its ZC Rubber Americas Inc. subsidiary. Wed, 10 Jan 2018 14:59:07 EST Continental considers organizational restructuring http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180110/NEWS/180119998/continental-considers-organizational-restructuring 20180110/NEWS/180119998 HANNOVER, Germany — Continental A.G. has confirmed multiple media reports that the firm is considering a change to its organizational structure to better position itself for macro changes within the automotive industry. Wed, 10 Jan 2018 13:02:05 EST ASA urges members to support vehicle data access bill http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180110/NEWS/180119997/asa-urges-members-to-support-vehicle-data-access-bill 20180110/NEWS/180119997 WASHINGTON The Automotive Service Association is urging its members and other interested parties to send a message to Congress supporting a vehicle data access bill sponsored by Rep. Earl "Buddy" Carter, R-Ga. Wed, 10 Jan 2018 13:03:50 EST Love's to add 40+ sites, expand Speedco services http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180110/NEWS/180119999/loves-to-add-40-sites-expand-speedco-services 20180110/NEWS/180119999 OKLAHOMA CITY Love's Travel Stops plans to open 40-plus locations across the U.S. this year and expand the range of mechanical services available at the 52 Speedco locations acquired last year. Wed, 10 Jan 2018 09:31:28 EST Indiana to consider used tire bill http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180109/NEWS/180109953/indiana-to-consider-used-tire-bill 20180109/NEWS/180109953 INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana legislature will consider a bill sponsored by the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association that would ban the installation of unsafe used tires for road use. Tue, 9 Jan 2018 16:45:00 EST Coker inks sponsorship deal with Mecum Auctions http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180109/NEWS/180109952/coker-inks-sponsorship-deal-with-mecum-auctions 20180109/NEWS/180109952 WALWORTH, Wis. — Mecum Auction Inc., the world's largest collector-car auction company, has struck a tire and wheel sponsorship deal with Coker Tire Co. covering Mecum's complete 2018 schedule of auctions across the U.S. Tue, 9 Jan 2018 16:51:26 EST Bosch to give away Robinair A/C machine http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180109/NEWS/180109950/bosch-to-give-away-robinair-a-c-machine 20180109/NEWS/180109950 WARREN, Mich. — Bosch Automotive Service Solutions is giving away a Robinair 34288NI A/C machine during a sweepstakes for auto technicians and repair shop owners. Tue, 9 Jan 2018 16:54:23 EST Maxxis to partner with N.Y. Yankees again http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180109/NEWS/180109951/maxxis-to-partner-with-n-y-yankees-again 20180109/NEWS/180109951 NEW YORK Maxxis International Inc. will partner with Major League Baseball's New York Yankees this season as the team's tire sponsor for a 15th straight year. Tue, 9 Jan 2018 16:52:06 EST Apollo lays cornerstone for 5th Indian plant http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180109/NEWS/180109954/apollo-lays-cornerstone-for-5th-indian-plant 20180109/NEWS/180109954 CHINNAPANDURU VILLAGE, India — Apollo Tyres Ltd. executives and local officials laid the ceremonial foundation stone Jan. 8 in this village in Andhra Pradesh state for a $280 million passenger tire plant. Tue, 9 Jan 2018 10:51:33 EST Mavis acquires Kauffman Tire's retail business http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180109/NEWS/180109955/mavis-acquires-kauffman-tires-retail-business 20180109/NEWS/180109955 SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. — Kauffman Tire Inc. is selling its retail business — 69 stores in Florida and Georgia — to Mavis Discount Tire in order to concentrate on its wholesale business, estimated to be among the 10 largest in the U.S. Tue, 9 Jan 2018 08:39:52 EST ACA promotes Joe Register to emerging technologies post http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180108/NEWS/180109957/aca-promotes-joe-register-to-emerging-technologies-post 20180108/NEWS/180109957 BETHESDA, Md. Mon, 8 Jan 2018 14:35:26 EST Tire Discounters takes over, converts 2 stores in Georgia http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180108/NEWS/180109956/tire-discounters-takes-over-converts-2-stores-in-georgia 20180108/NEWS/180109956 DALTON, Ga. — Tire Discounters has taken over a pair of family-run retail tire stores in Dalton and reopened them under the Tire Discounters banner, expanding the brand's network to 107 Stores, including three in Georgia. Mon, 8 Jan 2018 15:27:34 EST ACA accepting Next Step applications from young professionals http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180108/NEWS/180109958/aca-accepting-next-step-applications-from-young-professionals 20180108/NEWS/180109958 BETHESDA, Md. Mon, 8 Jan 2018 13:56:21 EST 'Falkenspotting' offers cash prizes for hot rides http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180108/NEWS/180109961/falkenspotting-offers-cash-prizes-for-hot-rides 20180108/NEWS/180109961 RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. — Sumitomo Rubber North America Inc.'s Falken brand is offering auto enthusiasts a chance at cash prizes for sharing photos of their favorite rides. Mon, 8 Jan 2018 12:03:45 EST Falken exclusive OE on Subaru Ascent SUV http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180108/NEWS/180109959/falken-exclusive-oe-on-subaru-ascent-suv 20180108/NEWS/180109959 RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. Subaru Corp. has selected the Falken Ziex ZE001 all-season tire as the exclusive OE fitment on its 2019 Ascent, the car maker's re-entry into the large SUV category. Mon, 8 Jan 2018 12:13:55 EST NPD names Shipley aftermarket analyst http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180108/NEWS/180109960/npd-names-shipley-aftermarket-analyst 20180108/NEWS/180109960 PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. Global information company NPD Group Inc. has appointed Nathan Shipley executive director/industry analyst for the firm's automotive aftermarket business. Mon, 8 Jan 2018 12:08:34 EST NHTSA investigating Goodyear motor home tire failures http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180105/NEWS/180109962/nhtsa-investigating-goodyear-motor-home-tire-failures 20180105/NEWS/180109962 WASHINGTON — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into alleged failures of Goodyear G159 tires on Class A motor homes. Fri, 5 Jan 2018 17:47:33 EST Sears to close 24 auto centers http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180105/NEWS/180109964/sears-to-close-24-auto-centers 20180105/NEWS/180109964 HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Sears Holdings Corp. will close two dozen Sears Auto Centers, including three each in California and Texas, as part of a plan to close 103 stores in the company's latest round of closures announced on Jan. 4. Fri, 5 Jan 2018 16:32:27 EST AV sales could exceed 33 million annually by 2040 http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180105/NEWS/180109963/av-sales-could-exceed-33-million-annually-by-2040 20180105/NEWS/180109963 SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — Global demand for autonomous vehicles could grow to as much as 33 million units annually by 2040, according to market researchers IHS Markit, up several hundred-fold from the 51,000 units forecast for 2021. Fri, 5 Jan 2018 16:38:19 EST ATMC adopting new name to leverage ASE link http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180105/NEWS/180109967/atmc-adopting-new-name-to-leverage-ase-link 20180105/NEWS/180109967 LEESBURG, Va. — The Automotive Training Managers Council (ATMC) has changed its name to the ASE Training Managers Council to solidify the entity's affiliation with the ASE and leverage consumer awareness with the ASE. Fri, 5 Jan 2018 15:08:49 EST Employment rises; unemployment rate steady http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180105/NEWS/180109968/employment-rises-unemployment-rate-steady 20180105/NEWS/180109968 WASHINGTON — Nonfarm payroll employment increased by 148,000 jobs in December 2017, according to the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Fri, 5 Jan 2018 13:36:18 EST Take 5 Oil Change to add 'dozens' of stores in 2018 http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180105/NEWS/180109966/take-5-oil-change-to-add-dozens-of-stores-in-2018 20180105/NEWS/180109966 CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Driven Brand Inc. plans to open "dozens" of Take 5 Oil Change locations in 2018, expanding its network of nearly 300 fast-lube stores in 16 states. Fri, 5 Jan 2018 15:13:09 EST U.S. vehicle sales slip in 2017, ending 7-year streak http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180105/NEWS/180109965/u-s-vehicle-sales-slip-in-2017-ending-7-year-streak 20180105/NEWS/180109965 DETROIT U.S. new light-vehicle sales slipped 5 percent in December and dipped 1.8 percent to 17.3 million for all of 2017 ending a string of seven annual gains that had propelled the industry to new highs following the 2008-09 market collapse. Fri, 5 Jan 2018 15:18:30 EST NR producing nations start three-month export cuts http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180105/NEWS/180109969/nr-producing-nations-start-three-month-export-cuts 20180105/NEWS/180109969 BANGKOK — The governments of Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, members of the International Tripartite Council (ITRC), have started cutting exports of natural rubber in line with a previously agreed-to plan to bolster prices. Fri, 5 Jan 2018 13:33:01 EST Discount Tire Founder Bruce Halle dies at age 87 http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180104/NEWS/180109975/discount-tire-founder-bruce-halle-dies-at-age-87 20180104/NEWS/180109975 SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Bruce Halle, founder and chairman of Discount Tire/America's Tire, died Jan. 4 in Scottsdale at age 87. Thu, 4 Jan 2018 23:39:33 EST YEAR IN REVIEW: Recycling industry's strides http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180104/NEWS/180109982/year-in-review-recycling-industrys-strides 20180104/NEWS/180109982 WASHINGTON — Companies involved in rubber recycling continued to make major strides forward in 2017, just as rubber businesses in other areas advanced their programs in recycling and sustainability. Thu, 4 Jan 2018 11:20:44 EST Higher prices will boost aftermarket growth, analysts say http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180104/NEWS/180109976/higher-prices-will-boost-aftermarket-growth-analysts-say 20180104/NEWS/180109976 LAS VEGAS The North American automotive aftermarket will enjoy increased revenue growth over the next several years as higher parts pricing offsets lower miles driven, according to industry analysts. Thu, 4 Jan 2018 17:16:04 EST Tweel an OE option on Case skid-steer loaders http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180104/NEWS/180109977/tweel-an-oe-option-on-case-skid-steer-loaders 20180104/NEWS/180109977 GREENVILLE, S.C. — Michelin North America Inc.'s Tweel airless tire/wheel hybrid will be an OE option on all Case Construction Equipment skid-steer loader models in 2018. Thu, 4 Jan 2018 15:50:45 EST Yokohama shuffles top North American executives http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180104/NEWS/180109978/yokohama-shuffles-top-north-american-executives 20180104/NEWS/180109978 SANTA ANA, Calif. Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. has shuffled executive assignments at its Yokohama Tire Corp. subsidiary, including the promotion of Jeff Barna to president one year after he joined the company as COO. Thu, 4 Jan 2018 15:44:53 EST Cooper recalls 41,000 tires for possible belt separation http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180104/NEWS/180109979/cooper-recalls-41000-tires-for-possible-belt-separation 20180104/NEWS/180109979 WASHINGTON — Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. is recalling 41,014 tires for possible belt separation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced. Thu, 4 Jan 2018 13:30:21 EST YEAR IN REVIEW: Taxing year in Washington http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180104/NEWS/180109980/year-in-review-taxing-year-in-washington 20180104/NEWS/180109980 WASHINGTON — President Trump dominated the federal regulatory and legislative picture in 2017. Thu, 4 Jan 2018 13:24:58 EST Giti sponsors Rose Parade for 3rd straight year http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180104/NEWS/180109981/giti-sponsors-rose-parade-for-3rd-straight-year 20180104/NEWS/180109981 PASADENA, Calif. Giti Tire (USA) Ltd. served as the official tire sponsor of the Jan. 1 Rose Parade in Pasadena for the third straight year, gaining valuable exposure for the Giti brand. Thu, 4 Jan 2018 12:51:08 EST Nokian launches all-weather WR G4 tire http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180104/NEWS/180109983/nokian-launches-all-weather-wr-g4-tire 20180104/NEWS/180109983 COLCHESTER, Vt. — Nokian Tyres P.L.C. has launched a high-performance, all-season tire, the WR G4, the fourth generation of its all-weather product line. Thu, 4 Jan 2018 11:15:07 EST Retreading expert Marvin Bozarth to retire in Feb. http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180104/NEWS/180109984/retreading-expert-marvin-bozarth-to-retire-in-feb 20180104/NEWS/180109984 BOWIE, Md. — Longtime retreading expert Marvin Bozarth will retire as TIA's senior technical consultant at the upcoming 2018 TIA OTR Tire Conference, capping a 60-year industry career. Thu, 4 Jan 2018 09:41:06 EST YEAR IN REVIEW: Mergers, acquisitions http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180103/NEWS/180109985/-year-in-review-mergers-acquisitions 20180103/NEWS/180109985 AKRON — 2017 was one of the tire and automotive service industry's most active years ever in terms of mergers and acquisitions, according to Tire Business' analysis of transactions over the past dozen months. Wed, 3 Jan 2018 17:08:11 EST Michelin, TBC combining wholesale businesses http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180103/NEWS/180109988/michelin-tbc-combining-wholesale-businesses 20180103/NEWS/180109988 GREENVILLE, S.C. — Michelin North America Inc. (MNA) and Sumitomo Corp. of Americas (SCOA) have agreed to combine Michelin's wholesale distribution activities with TBC Corp.' Wed, 3 Jan 2018 13:00:00 EST Conti brings ATE brake parts back to North American market http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180103/NEWS/180109987/conti-brings-ate-brake-parts-back-to-north-american-market 20180103/NEWS/180109987 ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Continental A.G.'s Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket unit, a supplier of aftermarket parts, is once again offering the ATE brake parts line in the North American market. Wed, 3 Jan 2018 14:35:28 EST Emerging auto technologies top ACA's 2018 agenda http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180103/NEWS/180109990/-emerging-auto-technologies-top-acas-2018-agenda 20180103/NEWS/180109990 BETHESDA, Md. — 2017 was a big year for the Auto Care Association, and 2018 promises to be at least as big, according to President and CEO Bill Hanvey. Wed, 3 Jan 2018 12:45:14 EST Kumho exec: Slow industry growth ahead http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180103/NEWS/180109992/kumho-exec-slow-industry-growth-ahead 20180103/NEWS/180109992 CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico — The long-term trend for U.S. tire shipments is for very slow growth, Kumho Tire USA Inc.'s manager of market intelligence and pricing told dealers attending the company's recent annual dealer meeting. Wed, 3 Jan 2018 12:15:01 EST Hunter video addresses wheel-alignment question http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180102/NEWS/180109996/hunter-video-addresses-wheel-alignment-question 20180102/NEWS/180109996 ST. LOUIS — Hunter Engineering Co. has released an educational video on YouTube to answer the common question: "Why do cars need a wheel alignment?" Tue, 2 Jan 2018 12:07:34 EST Dealers optimistic entering 2018, service on rise http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180102/NEWS/180109994/dealers-optimistic-entering-2018-service-on-rise 20180102/NEWS/180109994 AKRON — Independent tire dealers contacted recently by Tire Business said they saw tire sales move the needle a bit in 2017 but reported that their service numbers increased more significantly. Tue, 2 Jan 2018 14:55:49 EST AAMCO locations to open in 7 states http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180102/NEWS/180109999/aamco-locations-to-open-in-7-states 20180102/NEWS/180109999 HORSHAM, Pa. — AAMCO Transmissions Inc. expects new and existing franchisees to open eight locations in seven states over the next several months. Tue, 2 Jan 2018 10:32:20 EST University of Aftermarket foundation taps Egan as chair http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180102/NEWS/180109995/university-of-aftermarket-foundation-taps-egan-as-chair 20180102/NEWS/180109995 BETHESDA, MD. The University of the Aftermarket Foundation board of trustees has elected industry veteran Robert Egan as chairman. Tue, 2 Jan 2018 14:53:35 EST Patriots fullback visits Sullivan Tire location http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180102/NEWS/180109997/patriots-fullback-visits-sullivan-tire-location 20180102/NEWS/180109997 NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. James Develin, a fullback with the National Football League's New England Patriots, recently visited Sullivan Tire and Auto Service's Truck Center in North Attleborough. Tue, 2 Jan 2018 12:04:50 EST Han-Jun Kim named COO of Hankook Europe http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180102/NEWS/180109998/han-jun-kim-named-coo-of-hankook-europe 20180102/NEWS/180109998 NEU-ISENBURG, Germany — Hankook Tire Co. Ltd. has promoted Han-Jun Kim to chief operation officer for Europe and the markets of the Commonwealth of Independent States markets. Tue, 2 Jan 2018 10:32:26 EST OUR VIEW: Resolve to make 2018 a success http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171229/NEWS/171229956/our-view-resolve-to-make-2018-a-success 20171229/NEWS/171229956 The market could see a repeat of volatility with regards to raw material prices, which, in turn, could lead to tire manufacturers imposing additional price increases. Fri, 29 Dec 2017 13:58:30 EST Telle Tire growing to 7 stores with latest acquisition http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171229/NEWS/171229966/telle-tire-growing-to-7-stores-with-latest-acquisition 20171229/NEWS/171229966 RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Mo. — Telle Tire & Auto Service Inc. is acquiring Shamel Auto & Tire in Bridgeton, Mo., from its founder Richard Shamel. Fri, 29 Dec 2017 10:35:41 EST TIA to offer online industrial tire service training http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171229/NEWS/171229965/tia-to-offer-online-industrial-tire-service-training 20171229/NEWS/171229965 BOWIE, Md. — The Tire Industry Association is offering its Basic Industrial Tire Service training module through its online training portal — TIA Online University. Fri, 29 Dec 2017 10:46:39 EST Younger, cooler King Midas stars in new TV ads http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171229/NEWS/171229964/younger-cooler-king-midas-stars-in-new-tv-ads 20171229/NEWS/171229964 PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. TBC Corp.'s Midas International franchise unit has resurrected King Midas as the brand's spokesperson albeit a younger, cooler version of the legend. Fri, 29 Dec 2017 10:47:19 EST 2017 YEAR IN REVIEW: Litigation abounds for tire companies http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171229/NEWS/171229955/2017-year-in-review-litigation-abounds-for-tire-companies 20171229/NEWS/171229955 WASHINGTON — Litigation was either a major headache or a major benefit for tire companies in 2017, depending on the case. Fri, 29 Dec 2017 14:04:53 EST Prices going up on select Falken-brand tires http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171229/NEWS/171229954/prices-going-up-on-select-falken-brand-tires 20171229/NEWS/171229954 RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. — Sumitomo Rubber North America Inc. is raising prices on a limited number of Falken-brand consumer and commercial products in order to "properly position these tire lines in the marketplace." Fri, 29 Dec 2017 14:15:53 EST 2017: a 'volatile' year in review http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171229/NEWS/171229958/2017-a-volatile-year-in-review 20171229/NEWS/171229958 AKRON — 2017 proved to be a volatile year with numerous highs and lows but no single overriding "story of the year." Fri, 29 Dec 2017 12:57:05 EST PHOTO GALLERY: Goodyear Cotton Bowl tire sculptures, take 2 http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171228/NEWS/171229973/photo-gallery-goodyear-cotton-bowl-tire-sculptures-take-2 20171228/NEWS/171229973 DALLAS — Goodyear has commissioned tire artist Blake McFarland for the second year running to create larger-than-life tire sculptures for the teams participating in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic. Thu, 28 Dec 2017 09:17:00 EST State governments council supports rubber fill in playgrounds http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171228/NEWS/171229969/state-governments-council-supports-rubber-fill-in-playgrounds 20171228/NEWS/171229969 WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Council of State Governments has approved a resolution noting that scientific evidence should be paramount when assessing recycled rubber play surfaces. Thu, 28 Dec 2017 16:28:10 EST Hainan Rubber targets NR projects in Africa http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171228/NEWS/171229968/hainan-rubber-targets-nr-projects-in-africa 20171228/NEWS/171229968 HAIKOU, China Hainan Rubber Group is planning to set up an investment vehicle to develop projects in natural rubber and other related sectors in Africa. Thu, 28 Dec 2017 16:28:49 EST Fisher: Innovative wheel design could revolutionize tire industry http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171228/NEWS/171229971/fisher-innovative-wheel-design-could-revolutionize-tire-industry 20171228/NEWS/171229971 TROY, Mich. — If you had to design a tire and wheel assembly from scratch today, what would it look like? Thu, 28 Dec 2017 14:57:24 EST Atlanta Commercial Tire adds alloy wheel polishing http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171228/NEWS/171229972/atlanta-commercial-tire-adds-alloy-wheel-polishing 20171228/NEWS/171229972 ATLANTA — Atlanta Commercial Tire has upgraded its wheel-service business with the installation of a pair of automated wheel-polishing machines for aluminum wheels from Vehicle Inspection Systems Inc. Thu, 28 Dec 2017 11:45:57 EST Mesnac veteran David Jones retires http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171228/NEWS/171229974/mesnac-veteran-david-jones-retires 20171228/NEWS/171229974 AKRON P. David Jones has retired as president of tire production machinery supplier Mesnac Americas Co. Ltd., ending a 50-year career in the tire industry. Thu, 28 Dec 2017 06:00:00 EST Ramona Tire breaks ground on 17th store http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171227/NEWS/171229978/ramona-tire-breaks-ground-on-17th-store 20171227/NEWS/171229978 REDLANDS, Calif. — Ramona Tire & Automotive Service Centers has broken ground on a 5,000-sq.-ft. retail store in Redlands that the dealership expects to have open by June. Wed, 27 Dec 2017 13:24:00 EST OTHER VIEWS: Maybe it's best to let NAFTA be http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171227/NEWS/171229977/other-views-maybe-its-best-to-let-nafta-be 20171227/NEWS/171229977 DETROIT — I have always thought there were flaws in the way the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was put together. Wed, 27 Dec 2017 14:30:34 EST Carbon black producers settle federal Clean Air cases http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171227/NEWS/171229975/carbon-black-producers-settle-federal-clean-air-cases 20171227/NEWS/171229975 WASHINGTON The federal government has reached settlements of Clean Air Act claims with three U.S. producers of carbon black that effectively bring a conclusion to an investigation that dates back to 2007. Wed, 27 Dec 2017 16:30:21 EST Toyo promoting 3 at U.S. tire subsidiaries http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171227/NEWS/171229976/toyo-promoting-3-at-u-s-tire-subsidiaries 20171227/NEWS/171229976 HYOGO, Japan — Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. has made three executive appointments in its U.S. tire subsidiaries related to duties previously held by Jim Hawk, who recently added the titles of chairman and CEO of Toyo Automotive Parts (USA) Inc. Wed, 27 Dec 2017 14:56:09 EST Hankook: 84% of Americans will drive to holiday destination http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171222/NEWS/171229985/hankook-84-of-americans-will-drive-to-holiday-destination 20171222/NEWS/171229985 NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The weather outside may be frightful, but there is no staying home this holiday season. Fri, 22 Dec 2017 11:45:00 EST Magna Tyres to add manufacturing at Dutch plant http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171222/NEWS/171229979/magna-tyres-to-add-manufacturing-at-dutch-plant 20171222/NEWS/171229979 WAALWIJK, Netherlands — OTR tire specialist Magna Tyres Group is adding manufacturing capacity for new tires at a retread plant in The Netherlands it acquired in late 2016. Fri, 22 Dec 2017 15:15:00 EST Nokian to boost heavy tire production capacity 50% http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171222/NEWS/171229980/nokian-to-boost-heavy-tire-production-capacity-50 20171222/NEWS/171229980 NOKIA, Finland Nokian Tyres P.L.C. is planning to boost capacity for heavy commercial tires at its headquarters plant in Nokia by 50 percent with an $82 million investment over the coming three years. Fri, 22 Dec 2017 12:03:18 EST Retread Instead urges action on import duties issue http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171222/NEWS/171229982/retread-instead-urges-action-on-import-duties-issue 20171222/NEWS/171229982 MADISON, Tenn. — Retread Instead, an adhoc initiative of the U.S. retreading industry, is launching a campaign to raise awareness among U.S. Fri, 22 Dec 2017 11:03:55 EST Accuride expanding distribution network http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171222/NEWS/171229984/accuride-expanding-distribution-network 20171222/NEWS/171229984 EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Vehicle component supplier Accuride Corp. is expanding its distribution network early in 2018 by phasing in five North American Distribution Centers that will augment its primary distribution facility in Batavia, Ill. Fri, 22 Dec 2017 10:45:00 EST Icahn buys 9 retail tire/auto stores in 8 states http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171222/NEWS/171229983/icahn-buys-9-retail-tire-auto-stores-in-8-states 20171222/NEWS/171229983 SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — Icahn Automotive Group L.L.C. has acquired nine more retail tire and/or automotive service locations in eight separate transactions, pushing the number of retail locations acquired in 2017 to more than 300. Fri, 22 Dec 2017 09:45:24 EST Linglong takes part in Chinese aircraft tire research http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171222/NEWS/171229986/linglong-takes-part-in-chinese-aircraft-tire-research 20171222/NEWS/171229986 BEIJING China has launched a project to study radial tires for large aircraft and develop home-grown technology for the products. Fri, 22 Dec 2017 09:34:19 EST Icahn/Pep Boys buys Seattle-based Elliott Tire http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171221/NEWS/171229989/icahn-pep-boys-buys-seattle-based-elliott-tire 20171221/NEWS/171229989 SEATTLE — Icahn Automotive Group L.L.C. has acquired Elliott Tire & Automotive Service Inc., a Seattle-based independent tire dealership with 10 stores throughout Washington, and has more acquisitions in the works. Thu, 21 Dec 2017 13:00:36 EST GRI to employ Marangoni extruder at new plant http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171221/NEWS/171229990/gri-to-employ-marangoni-extruder-at-new-plant 20171221/NEWS/171229990 BADALGAMA, Sri Lanka — Specialty tire producer Global Rubber Industries Pvt. Ltd. is installing an Alpha Agrifast Italy extruder, made by Marangoni Group's Marangoni Meccanica S.p.A., at its new tire plant in Sri Lanka. Thu, 21 Dec 2017 12:56:12 EST Aeolus saves costs through materials purchasing strategy http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171221/NEWS/171229987/aeolus-saves-costs-through-materials-purchasing-strategy 20171221/NEWS/171229987 BEIJING ChemChina-owned Aeolus Tyre Co. Ltd. saved more than $7.6 million in 2017 through a purchasing strategy established following its integration with Pirelli & C. S.p.A.'s industrial unit. Thu, 21 Dec 2017 15:21:15 EST Michelin celebrates transportation industry workers http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171221/NEWS/171229988/michelin-celebrates-transportation-industry-workers 20171221/NEWS/171229988 GREENVILLE, S.C. — Michelin North America Inc. is taking time to recognize transportation industry workers who work "like busy elves" to ensure the holidays are merry for so many others. Thu, 21 Dec 2017 13:06:04 EST Ride the wave of the AV future http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171221/NEWS/171229992/ride-the-wave-of-the-av-future 20171221/NEWS/171229992 AKRON If industry experts are right and there's plenty of evidence to support their beliefs it won't be long until autonomous vehicles (AVs) become as much a part of our everyday lives as death, taxes and inclement weather. Thu, 21 Dec 2017 11:47:51 EST Auto service gift cards growing in popularity http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171221/NEWS/171229991/auto-service-gift-cards-growing-in-popularity 20171221/NEWS/171229991 DETROIT — Auto service might not seem the obvious choice for a holiday gift card, certificate or coupon, but a growing number of dealerships are finding that such promotions build business and enhance customer satisfaction. Thu, 21 Dec 2017 11:48:32 EST SEMA to launch monthly Industry Indicators Report http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171220/NEWS/171229993/sema-to-launch-monthly-industry-indicators-report 20171220/NEWS/171229993 DIAMOND BAR, Calif. The Specialty Equipment Market Association is launching a monthly "Industry Indicators Report," which will provide a snapshot of the U.S. economy with an emphasis on economic data that affects the automotive aftermarket industry. Wed, 20 Dec 2017 17:22:42 EST 4 tire makers earn global 'Good Design' awards http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171220/NEWS/171229994/4-tire-makers-earn-global-good-design-awards 20171220/NEWS/171229994 ATHENS, Greece — The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design has honored tires from Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Federal Corp., Group Michelin and Nexen Tire Corp. with "Good Design" awards. Wed, 20 Dec 2017 16:41:43 EST Autel introduces TPMS software updates http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171220/NEWS/171229995/autel-introduces-tpms-software-updates 20171220/NEWS/171229995 FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — Autel Intelligent Technology Corp. has introduced two software updates for its Autel MaxiTPMS TS608 and TS508. Wed, 20 Dec 2017 15:51:36 EST Openbay, eBay to partner on auto parts, accessories http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171220/NEWS/171229998/openbay-ebay-to-partner-on-auto-parts-accessories 20171220/NEWS/171229998 CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Online automotive repair marketplace Openbay Corp. will serve as the automotive parts and accessories searchable dashboard for business customers of eBay Motors. Wed, 20 Dec 2017 12:21:04 EST Velocity to air SEMA Battle of Builders special http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171220/NEWS/171229997/velocity-to-air-sema-battle-of-builders-special 20171220/NEWS/171229997 DIAMOND BAR, Calif. Cable TV Channel Velocity will air a one-hour special on the 2017 SEMA Battle of the Builders competition that recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of vehicle builders at the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Wed, 20 Dec 2017 12:28:37 EST Linglong to fund research into dandelion rubber http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171220/NEWS/171229999/linglong-to-fund-research-into-dandelion-rubber 20171220/NEWS/171229999 BEIJING — Linglong Group Co. Ltd. has pledged to invest $450 million to help set up a company in China dedicated to developing a commercially viable rubber derived from dandelion latex. Wed, 20 Dec 2017 11:28:07 EST Meineke to accelerate store refurbishment program http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171219/NEWS/171219951/meineke-to-accelerate-store-refurbishment-program 20171219/NEWS/171219951 CHARLOTTE, N.C. Meineke Car Care Centers' franchisor Driven Brands Inc. Tue, 19 Dec 2017 16:27:15 EST TIA releases certified exam analytics report http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171219/NEWS/171219954/tia-releases-certified-exam-analytics-report 20171219/NEWS/171219954 BOWIE, Md. — The Tire Industry Association has released a certified exam analytics report on the TIA instructor portal, which allows TIA certified Instructors to report on overall class performance within each module and view the pass/fail results. Tue, 19 Dec 2017 13:14:10 EST Clark to succeed Selleck as Michelin's top North America exec http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171219/NEWS/171219952/clark-to-succeed-selleck-as-michelins-top-north-america-exec 20171219/NEWS/171219952 GREENVILLE, S.C. — Group Michelin has promoted 21-year company veteran Scott Clark to chairman and president of Michelin North America Inc., succeeding the retiring Pete Selleck. Tue, 19 Dec 2017 15:40:23 EST Triangle to build plants in North Carolina http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171219/NEWS/171219953/triangle-to-build-plants-in-north-carolina 20171219/NEWS/171219953 TARBORO, N.C. — Triangle Group Co. Ltd. will become the latest foreign tire maker to build a factory on U.S. soil, announcing plans on Dec. 19 to build its first two North American tire plants on a 1,449-acre tract of land near Rocky Mount, N.C. Tue, 19 Dec 2017 14:30:00 EST Love's caps busy year with 8 new travel stops http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171219/NEWS/171219956/loves-caps-busy-year-with-8-new-travel-stops 20171219/NEWS/171219956 OKLAHOMA CITY Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores opened eight travel stops in recent weeks across the nation, expanding the company's network to more than 440 locations in 41 states, including 320 with tire services on site. Tue, 19 Dec 2017 10:16:37 EST Booth space selling quickly for ITEC 2018 http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171218/NEWS/171219962/booth-space-selling-quickly-for-itec-2018 20171218/NEWS/171219962 AKRON — Booth sales for the International Tire Exhibition & Conference 2018 opened in late September, and the exhibit hall already is 65 percent sold out. Mon, 18 Dec 2017 17:19:35 EST DieHard-brand products coming to Amazon http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171218/NEWS/171219963/diehard-brand-products-coming-to-amazon 20171218/NEWS/171219963 HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Sears Holdings Corp. is taking its DieHard-branded products — including passenger tires — to Amazon.com. Mon, 18 Dec 2017 17:18:19 EST AAA expects record number of travelers this holiday season http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171218/NEWS/171219964/aaa-expects-record-number-of-travelers-this-holiday-season 20171218/NEWS/171219964 ORLANDO, Fla. — A record number of travelers will be hitting the roads, booking flights and catching trains this holiday season, according to AAA Inc., which expects 107.3 million Americans to do some traveling between Dec. 23 and Jan. 1. Mon, 18 Dec 2017 17:13:55 EST Federated Auto Parts seeks shop nominations http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171218/NEWS/171219965/federated-auto-parts-seeks-shop-nominations 20171218/NEWS/171219965 STAUNTON, Va. — Federated Auto Parts Inc. is accepting nominations for its Federated Shop of the Year award. Mon, 18 Dec 2017 14:25:23 EST Hankook,Salvation Army team up to spread holiday cheer http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171218/NEWS/171219966/hankooksalvation-army-team-up-to-spread-holiday-cheer 20171218/NEWS/171219966 NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Hankook Tire America Corp. is working to make the holidays a little bit brighter for children and families throughout the Middle Tennessee community. Mon, 18 Dec 2017 11:52:40 EST