Tire Business - RSS News Feed http://www.tirebusiness.com/section/news http://www.tirebusiness.com en-us Fri, 25 May 2018 22:13:54 EST 10 Nokian breaks ground for tech center in Spain http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180525/NEWS/180529960/nokian-breaks-ground-for-tech-center-in-spain 20180525/NEWS/180529960 SANTA CRUZ DE LA ZARZA, Spain — Nokian Tyres P.L.C. has begun construction of a new technology center in Santa Cruz de la Zarza, with the first test tracks set to be completed in 2019 and the technology center fully operational in 2020. Fri, 25 May 2018 12:16:24 EST 'Blockchain' system could benefit Latin American auto industry http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180525/NEWS/180529966/blockchain-system-could-benefit-latin-american-auto-industry 20180525/NEWS/180529966 Latin America presents a series of specific challenges for the automotive original equipment manufacturers willing to operate in the region, among which is a deeply rooted and institutionalized unofficial aftermarket, where cheaper generic, counterfeited... Fri, 25 May 2018 12:15:00 EST Prius finds traction in Latin America http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180525/NEWS/180529969/prius-finds-traction-in-latin-america 20180525/NEWS/180529969 With Americans turning their backs on hybrids, Toyota Motor Co. Ltd. is marketing its Prius hybrid as a tech-forward alternative in Latin American countries where gas-electric vehicles have been rare. Fri, 25 May 2018 10:15:00 EST OTHER VIEWS: Have auto makers gone crazy on EVs? http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180525/NEWS/180529967/other-views-have-auto-makers-gone-crazy-on-evs 20180525/NEWS/180529967 Except in China, where government rules and objectives are easier to implement and enforce, electric vehicles seem to be headed for a disastrous conclusion. Fri, 25 May 2018 09:30:00 EST Tires made difference in first Indy 500 http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180525/NEWS/180529968/tires-made-difference-in-first-indy-500 20180525/NEWS/180529968 Tires always have been a big part of the Indianapolis 500, but perhaps no more so than they were in the inaugural running in 1911. Fri, 25 May 2018 08:00:00 EST Subaru of Indiana gives Goodyear Excellent Performance Award http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180524/NEWS/180529971/subaru-of-indiana-gives-goodyear-excellent-performance-award 20180524/NEWS/180529971 AKRON — Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. presented Goodyear with the Excellent Performance Award as an exceptional parts and delivery supplier on May 3. Thu, 24 May 2018 11:17:26 EST ANRPC says China, India will drive up natural rubber consumption http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180524/NEWS/180529973/anrpc-says-china-india-will-drive-up-natural-rubber-consumption 20180524/NEWS/180529973 KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Growth in demand throughout India and China is set to rekindle global consumption of natural rubber, according to the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries. Thu, 24 May 2018 11:10:48 EST Triangle clears government hurdles for funding of new U.S. tire plants http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180524/NEWS/180529961/triangle-clears-government-hurdles-for-funding-of-new-u-s-tire 20180524/NEWS/180529961 FRANKLIN, Tenn. — China's Triangle Group Co. Ltd. is getting close to breaking ground on its previously announced passenger and light truck tire factory in Edgecombe County, east of Rocky Mount, N.C. Thu, 24 May 2018 16:37:32 EST Trump orders tariff investigation of imported autos, auto parts http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180524/NEWS/180529970/trump-orders-tariff-investigation-of-imported-autos-auto-parts 20180524/NEWS/180529970 WASHINGTON — Following closely on the issuance of tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, President Trump has ordered the U.S. Department of Commerce to investigate whether imported vehicles and vehicle parts constitute a threat to national security. Thu, 24 May 2018 13:05:28 EST Saudi NTC to work with Samsung on $1.6 billion tire project http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180524/NEWS/180529972/saudi-ntc-to-work-with-samsung-on-1-6-billion-tire-project 20180524/NEWS/180529972 DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabian National Tire Co. (NTC) has struck a deal with South Korea's Samsung Engineering for the engineering, procurement and construction of its planned $1.6 billion tire plant in Saudi Arabia. Thu, 24 May 2018 11:11:28 EST TIA releases new tire inflation video for National Tire Safety Week http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180524/NEWS/180529974/tia-releases-new-tire-inflation-video-for-national-tire-safety-week 20180524/NEWS/180529974 BOWIE, Md.—"Tire Safety Starts with Inflation" is the title of the new video the Tire Industry Association (TIA) has released to celebrate National Tire Safety Week. Thu, 24 May 2018 10:54:54 EST CEAT offering 7-year warranty on ag radials http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180523/NEWS/180529979/ceat-offering-7-year-warranty-on-ag-radials 20180523/NEWS/180529979 CHARLOTTE, N.C. — India's CEAT Ltd. is offering a "best in class" seven-year warranty on all of its radial agricultual tires sold in North America. Wed, 23 May 2018 11:04:01 EST SEMA representatives talk autos, tires on Capitol Hill http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180523/NEWS/180529975/sema-representatives-talk-autos-tires-on-capitol-hill 20180523/NEWS/180529975 WASHINGTON — More than 110 representatives from the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) came to Washington May 16 to participate in SEMA's 2018 Washington Rally, according to the association. Wed, 23 May 2018 17:37:31 EST USTMA honors 6 tire makers for advancing worker safety http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180523/NEWS/180529976/ustma-honors-6-tire-makers-for-advancing-worker-safety 20180523/NEWS/180529976 WASHINGTON — The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association recognized U.S.-based six tire manufacturers recently for advancing worker health and safety in 2017. Wed, 23 May 2018 17:30:29 EST GRI serves as silver sponsor of World Rubber Summit http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180523/NEWS/180529977/gri-serves-as-silver-sponsor-of-world-rubber-summit 20180523/NEWS/180529977 COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Global Rubber Industries Pvt. Ltd. was the silver sponsor of the World Rubber Summit 2018, an annual event hosted by the International Rubber Study Group, held earlier in May in Colombo. Wed, 23 May 2018 16:35:26 EST Firestone's grandson among speakers at Bridgestone Inventors Awards Dinner http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180523/NEWS/180529978/firestones-grandson-among-speakers-at-bridgestone-inventors-awards 20180523/NEWS/180529978 AKRON — Kimball Curtis Firestone, grandson of Harvey Firestone and owner of Firestone's Culinary Tavern in Fredrick, Md. Wed, 23 May 2018 15:49:22 EST Yokohama's Tire Tips video series returns http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180523/NEWS/180529980/yokohamas-tire-tips-video-series-returns 20180523/NEWS/180529980 SANTA ANA, Calif. — In conjunction with National Tire Safety Week this week, Yokohama Tire Corp. has added 10 new segments to its Tire Tips video series on its Facebook page. Wed, 23 May 2018 11:03:22 EST Maxam opens distribution, training center in California http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180522/NEWS/180529981/maxam-opens-distribution-training-center-in-california 20180522/NEWS/180529981 RANCHO DOMINQUEZ, Calif. — Maxam Tire North America Inc. has opened a West Coast Distribution and Product Training Center in Rancho Dominquez. Tue, 22 May 2018 14:51:31 EST USTMA backs Ohio used tire bill http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180522/NEWS/180529983/ustma-backs-ohio-used-tire-bill 20180522/NEWS/180529983 COLUMBUS, Ohio — Anne Forristall Luke, president and CEO of the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association, joined other officials in Columbus May 22 to urge passage of an Ohio state bill that would ban unsafe used tires from Ohio roads. Tue, 22 May 2018 12:48:43 EST Yokohama Ride and Drive Dealer program returns http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180522/NEWS/180529988/yokohama-ride-and-drive-dealer-program-returns 20180522/NEWS/180529988 SANTA ANA, Calif. — Yokohama Tire Corp. is bringing the test drive to its dealers backyards with the return of its experimental Ride and Drive Dealer Training Program. Tue, 22 May 2018 10:53:34 EST Cooper program teams with non-profit to promote social change http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180522/NEWS/180529987/cooper-program-teams-with-non-profit-to-promote-social-change 20180522/NEWS/180529987 FINDLAY, Ohio — Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.'s Tread Wisely tire safety program is taking its message to a broader audience now that the tire maker has teamed up with DoSomething. Tue, 22 May 2018 10:57:57 EST Mavis Tire acquires 11 stores in Georgia, S. Carolina http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180521/NEWS/180529993/mavis-tire-acquires-11-stores-in-georgia-s-carolina 20180521/NEWS/180529993 MILLWOOD, N.Y. — Mavis Tire Supply has expanded its network of retail stores in the past several weeks by 11, acquiring Dekalb Tire of Atlanta and Hill Tire Centers of Moncks Corner, S.C. Mon, 21 May 2018 17:25:28 EST USTMA focuses on tire maintenance with National Tire Safety Week http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180521/NEWS/180529994/ustma-focuses-on-tire-maintenance-with-national-tire-safety-week 20180521/NEWS/180529994 WASHINGTON — The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) is using the summer travel season to start a conversation about tire safety. Mon, 21 May 2018 16:59:31 EST Bridgestone relaunches TireSafety.com for summer safety campaign http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180521/NEWS/180529995/bridgestone-relaunches-tiresafety-com-for-summer-safety-campaign 20180521/NEWS/180529995 NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Bridgestone Americas Inc. has relaunched TireSafety.com, a consumer website dedicated to provide drivers with tire and driving safety information, in conjunction with National Tire Safety Week this week. Mon, 21 May 2018 12:57:46 EST TBC opens 8 NTB, Tire Kingdom stores in 4 states http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180521/NEWS/180529992/tbc-opens-8-ntb-tire-kingdom-stores-in-4-states 20180521/NEWS/180529992 PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — TBC Corp. has opened eight Tire Kingdom and NTB Tire & Service Center stores in four states in recent weeks and has 20 more locations targeted for new stores over the coming 11 months. Mon, 21 May 2018 17:32:28 EST Tiremetrix offering free Web-based tire recall data this week http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180521/NEWS/180529997/tiremetrix-offering-free-web-based-tire-recall-data-this-week 20180521/NEWS/180529997 BRIGHTON, Mich. — Tiremetrix L.L.C. Mon, 21 May 2018 12:41:09 EST Monro sees record sales for 2018 fiscal year http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180521/NEWS/180529996/monro-sees-record-sales-for-2018-fiscal-year 20180521/NEWS/180529996 ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Monro Inc. increased sales 10.4 percent to a record $1.13 billion for its fiscal year ended March 31, contributing to a 3.9-percent jump in net income to $63.9 million. Mon, 21 May 2018 12:43:25 EST Monro acquires Tenn.-based Free Service Tire http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180521/NEWS/180529999/monro-acquires-tenn-based-free-service-tire 20180521/NEWS/180529999 ROCHESTER, N.Y.— Monro Inc. has acquired its second group of stores in less than three months, purchasing 12 retail and commercial stores, four wholesale distribution centers and one retread facility from Johnson City, Tenn.-based Free Service Tire. Mon, 21 May 2018 09:49:29 EST MAM Software hosts inaugural customer conference http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180518/NEWS/180519952/mam-software-hosts-inaugural-customer-conference 20180518/NEWS/180519952 BLUE BELL, Pa. — MAM Software Inc.'s inaugural MAM Software Customer Conference for Autopart and VAST customers attracted more than 100 attendees from 52 companies. Fri, 18 May 2018 17:17:45 EST BKT, Huayi Tire newest members of TRAC http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180518/NEWS/180519953/bkt-huayi-tire-newest-members-of-trac 20180518/NEWS/180519953 CAMBRIDGE, Ontario — Balkrishna Industries Ltd. and Huayi Tire Canada Inc. are the newest members of the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada, expanding the group's membership to 26 firms. Fri, 18 May 2018 16:49:47 EST GRI to showcase ag, construction tires at Tire Cologne http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180518/NEWS/180519954/gri-to-showcase-ag-construction-tires-at-tire-cologne 20180518/NEWS/180519954 COLOGNE, Germany — Global Rubber Industries Pvt. Ltd. will showcase agriculture and construction tires, including two new ag tires, at Tire Cologne May 29-June 1 in Cologne. Fri, 18 May 2018 16:32:47 EST Smithers adds veteran tire engineer Wurst to staff http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180518/NEWS/180519957/smithers-adds-veteran-tire-engineer-wurst-to-staff 20180518/NEWS/180519957 AKRON — Tire, rubber and plastics consultancy firm Smithers Rapra has hired tire industry veteran Brad Wurst as a tire engineering consultant in its technical consulting group. Fri, 18 May 2018 11:00:56 EST Myers reports double-digit Q1 sales, earnings gains http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180518/NEWS/180519955/myers-reports-double-digit-q1-sales-earnings-gains 20180518/NEWS/180519955 AKRON — Myers Industries Inc. reported double-digit gains in earnings and sales for the quarter ended March 31. Fri, 18 May 2018 12:04:01 EST USTMA to testify on Ohio used tire bill http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180517/NEWS/180519959/ustma-to-testify-on-ohio-used-tire-bill 20180517/NEWS/180519959 COLUMBUS, Ohio — Anne Forristall Luke, president and CEO of the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association, will be among the presenters at a May 22 event to promote passage of a bill to ban unsafe used tires from Ohio roads. Thu, 17 May 2018 19:51:41 EST Bridgestone donating land in Tenn. to Nature Conservancy http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180517/NEWS/180519960/bridgestone-donating-land-in-tenn-to-nature-conservancy 20180517/NEWS/180519960 NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Bridgestone Americas Inc. is donating 5,763 acres it owns on the Cumberland Plateau in central Tennessee to The Nature Conservancy. Thu, 17 May 2018 19:21:32 EST Pirelli Q1 earnings up, revenue down slightly http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180517/NEWS/180519961/pirelli-q1-earnings-up-revenue-down-slightly 20180517/NEWS/180519961 MILAN, Italy — Pirelli & C. S.p.A. reported solid increases in earnings for the quarter ended March 31 despite slightly lower sales revenue. Thu, 17 May 2018 16:55:54 EST ACA, CAWA to host webinar on Calif. Proposition 65 revisions http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180517/NEWS/180519962/aca-cawa-to-host-webinar-on-calif-proposition-65-revisions 20180517/NEWS/180519962 BETHESDA, Md.—The Auto Care Association and the California Automotive Wholesalers' Association will co-host a webinar May 22 on the updated regulations of California's Proposition 65. Thu, 17 May 2018 13:08:12 EST Gary Champlin elected ISRI's chair-elect http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180517/NEWS/180519963/gary-champlin-elected-isris-chair-elect 20180517/NEWS/180519963 WASHINGTON — Gary Champlin, general manager of Champlin Tire Recycling in Concordia, Kan., is the new chair-elect of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, putting him in line to become the group's chairman in 2020. Thu, 17 May 2018 12:42:53 EST Belle Tire targeting Indiana for 20 more stores http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180517/NEWS/180519964/belle-tire-targeting-indiana-for-20-more-stores 20180517/NEWS/180519964 ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Belle Tire Distributors Inc. is targeting Indiana for exponential growth over the coming 18 months with plans to open up to 20 stores there, predominantly in and around Indianapolis. Thu, 17 May 2018 11:39:18 EST ACA cautions USTR on impact of China auto parts tariffs http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180516/NEWS/180519968/aca-cautions-ustr-on-impact-of-china-auto-parts-tariffs 20180516/NEWS/180519968 WASHINGTON — The Auto Care Association testified that the Trump administration's Section 301 import tariffs on automotive parts and components from China could result in higher prices for U.S. consumers and cause U.S. Wed, 16 May 2018 15:31:42 EST Hankook diversifying with purchase of digital prototyping firm http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180516/NEWS/180519965/hankook-diversifying-with-purchase-of-digital-prototyping-firm 20180516/NEWS/180519965 SEOUL, South Korea — Hankook Tire Co. Ltd. is acquiring a 75-percent equity stake in Model Solution Ltd., a Seoul-based digital prototype company active in the electronic and medical devices sector. Wed, 16 May 2018 17:54:37 EST Burt Brothers supports Utah outstanding teacher rewards program http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180516/NEWS/180519966/burt-brothers-supports-utah-outstanding-teacher-rewards-program 20180516/NEWS/180519966 NORTH SALT LAKE, Utah — Burt Brothers Tire & Services recently teamed up with other local businesses to help reward one of Utah's outstanding teachers. Wed, 16 May 2018 17:09:47 EST OUR VIEW: Keeping the focus on the customer http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180516/NEWS/180519967/our-view-keeping-the-focus-on-the-customer 20180516/NEWS/180519967 It's still too early in the game to know how the recent blockbuster merger announcements involving four of the largest tire makers are going to play out and what impact they will have on the industry as a whole, but the speculative buzz is deafening. Wed, 16 May 2018 17:03:50 EST Belle Tire agrees to pay $343,000 in back wages http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180516/NEWS/180519969/belle-tire-agrees-to-pay-343000-in-back-wages 20180516/NEWS/180519969 ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Belle Tire Distributors Inc. has agreed to pay $342,926 in back wages to more than 1,200 employees at its 100 stores in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio to settle a Fair Labor Standards Act claim. Wed, 16 May 2018 12:06:31 EST Nokian broadening scope of 'SnapSkan' digital tire-check service http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180515/NEWS/180519973/nokian-broadening-scope-of-snapskan-digital-tire-check-service 20180515/NEWS/180519973 NOKIA, Finland — Nokian Tyres P.L.C. is broadening the scope of its "SnapSkan" digital tire-check service program beyond Helsinki to four additional sites in Finland and one in Oslo, Norway. Tue, 15 May 2018 13:57:54 EST GRI holds tree-planting ceremony at site of new plant http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180515/NEWS/180519970/gri-holds-tree-planting-ceremony-at-site-of-new-plant 20180515/NEWS/180519970 COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Global Rubber Industries Pvt. Ltd. recently held a tree-planting ceremony at its specialty tire plant in Sri Lanka. Tue, 15 May 2018 18:03:11 EST KYB promotion rewards counter professionals http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180515/NEWS/180519975/kyb-promotion-rewards-counter-professionals 20180515/NEWS/180519975 GREENWOOD, Ind. — KYB Americas Corp. has introduced its Mount Up! promotion, which gives counter professionals the opportunity to earn as much as $450 on a Visa Prepaid card for the sale of qualifying items. Tue, 15 May 2018 10:44:50 EST Technology's effect on retail among topics at Future Tire Conference http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180515/NEWS/180519971/technologys-effect-on-retail-among-topics-at-future-tire-conference 20180515/NEWS/180519971 LONDON — As the technology driving the tire and automotive industries continues to change, its effects on retail tire businesses continue to multiply. Tue, 15 May 2018 16:47:56 EST E-commerce auto aftermarket still small, but growing — NPD Group http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180515/NEWS/180519976/e-commerce-auto-aftermarket-still-small-but-growing-npd-group 20180515/NEWS/180519976 PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. Tue, 15 May 2018 10:44:09 EST Atlas unveils data-entry wheel balancer http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180515/NEWS/180519972/atlas-unveils-data-entry-wheel-balancer 20180515/NEWS/180519972 LAKELAND, Fla. — Atlas Automotive Equipment has introduced a new 2D data-entry wheel balancer, PWB50, which features a durable keypad and simple interface. Tue, 15 May 2018 15:10:02 EST Michelin adding UTV version of Tweel non-pneumatic http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180515/NEWS/180519974/michelin-adding-utv-version-of-tweel-non-pneumatic 20180515/NEWS/180519974 GREENVILLE, S.C. — Michelin North America Inc. has developed a 26-inch version of its non-pneumatic Tweel tire/wheel hybrid for use on ultra-terrain vehicles. Tue, 15 May 2018 13:50:54 EST Bridgestone Retail rolls out tech-driven ad campaign http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180514/NEWS/180519978/bridgestone-retail-rolls-out-tech-driven-ad-campaign 20180514/NEWS/180519978 NASHVILLE — Bridgestone Retail Operations is launching a marketing campaign featuring employees at its Firestone Complete Auto Care retail tire and automotive service locations sharing their expertise and passion for providing trusted tire and... Mon, 14 May 2018 15:17:57 EST Kumho gains OE fitments on 2018 VW Atlas SUV http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180514/NEWS/180519977/kumho-gains-oe-fitments-on-2018-vw-atlas-suv 20180514/NEWS/180519977 ATLANTA — Volkswagen of America Inc. has selected 18- and 20-inch versions of the Kumho Crugen Premium KL33 and HP91 as OE fitments on the 2018 Atlas, a seven-passenger SUV built in VW's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. Mon, 14 May 2018 16:30:38 EST Workers stage 1-day strike at Goodyear Mexico plant http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180514/NEWS/180519979/workers-stage-1-day-strike-at-goodyear-mexico-plant 20180514/NEWS/180519979 SAN LUIS POTOSI, Mexico — Workers at Goodyear's new tire plant in San Luis Potosi staged a one-day strike April 24 to protest what they claim are poor working conditions under a contract negotiated without input from the workers. Mon, 14 May 2018 13:06:31 EST MRL Tyres opens second warehouse in India http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180514/NEWS/180519980/mrl-tyres-opens-second-warehouse-in-india 20180514/NEWS/180519980 GREATER NOIDA CITY, India — MRL Tyres Ltd. has opened a second warehouse in India, a 170,000-sq.-ft. facility in Greater Noida City about 16 miles from New Delhi. Mon, 14 May 2018 12:59:33 EST TWI to open 8th warehouse, in Fresno, Calif. http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180514/NEWS/180519981/twi-to-open-8th-warehouse-in-fresno-calif 20180514/NEWS/180519981 CORONA, Calif. — Tire's Warehouse Inc. is expanding again, announcing plans for a 122,000-sq.-ft. warehouse distribution center in Fresno, scheduled to open in early July. Mon, 14 May 2018 11:51:39 EST Sumitomo Rubber Q1 sales, earnings up double digits http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180514/NEWS/180519982/sumitomo-rubber-q1-sales-earnings-up-double-digits 20180514/NEWS/180519982 KOBE, Japan — Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. reported double-digit gains in operating profits and sales for the quarter ended March 31, as higher selling prices, increased volume and favorable currency exchanges offset increased raw materials costs. Mon, 14 May 2018 10:49:03 EST Yokohama reports Q1 double-digit earnings gains http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180514/NEWS/180519983/yokohama-reports-q1-double-digit-earnings-gains 20180514/NEWS/180519983 TOKYO — Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd., paced by OE sales in China and other Asian markets, reported double-digit growth in operating and net profit for the quarter ended March 31 on 2.3-percent higher sales. Mon, 14 May 2018 10:13:16 EST ATD challenges Moody's decision to downgrade its bond ratings http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180511/NEWS/180519984/atd-challenges-moodys-decision-to-downgrade-its-bond-ratings 20180511/NEWS/180519984 NEW YORK — Moody's Investors Service has downgraded its ratings for American Tire Distributors Inc., but the Huntersville, N.C. Fri, 11 May 2018 17:13:18 EST Cooper 'well positioned' to benefit from market disruptions — CEO Brad Hughes http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180511/NEWS/180519985/cooper-well-positioned-to-benefit-from-market-disruptions-ceo-brad 20180511/NEWS/180519985 NEW YORK — Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. Fri, 11 May 2018 16:04:36 EST Amerityre returns to black; sales down 18% http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180511/NEWS/180519986/amerityre-returns-to-black-sales-down-18 20180511/NEWS/180519986 BOULDER CITY, Nev. — Polyurethane tire developer Amerityre Corp. returned to the black in the quarter ended March 31 after two straight quarters in the red, but the firm's net through nine months remained in the red. Fri, 11 May 2018 15:44:50 EST Toyo reports lower Q1 sales, earnings http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180511/NEWS/180519987/toyo-reports-lower-q1-sales-earnings 20180511/NEWS/180519987 HYOGO, Japan — Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. reported lower operating income and sales for the quarter ended March 31 and anticipates more of the same for the second quarter. Fri, 11 May 2018 12:57:11 EST Cimcorp to expand operations at HQ site http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180511/NEWS/180519988/cimcorp-to-expand-operations-at-hq-site 20180511/NEWS/180519988 ULVILA, Finland — Tire industry automation specialist Cimcorp Oy is planning to expand its production and office facilities in Ulvila, enabling it to accommodate business growth and expand research and development. Fri, 11 May 2018 12:25:21 EST Carlstar hires Jacob Thomas as CEO to succeed John Salvatore http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180510/NEWS/180519994/carlstar-hires-jacob-thomas-as-ceo-to-succeed-john-salvatore 20180510/NEWS/180519994 FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Carlstar Group L.L.C. has hired Jacob Thomas to be its CEO, succeeding John Salvatore, who will retire at the end of May after serving as CEO since 2015. Thu, 10 May 2018 17:31:48 EST OK Tire franchisees gain access to Mitchell 1 lines http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180510/NEWS/180519995/ok-tire-franchisees-gain-access-to-mitchell-1-lines 20180510/NEWS/180519995 POWAY, Calif. — Under terms of a new agreement with Mitchell Repair Information Co. L.L.C. Thu, 10 May 2018 17:19:03 EST ITC proceeding with steel truck wheel import investigations http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180510/NEWS/180519993/itc-proceeding-with-steel-truck-wheel-import-investigations 20180510/NEWS/180519993 WASHINGTON — The U.S. International Trade Commission will proceed with antidumping and countervailing duty investigations concerning imports of steel truck wheels from China after determining there is a "reasonable indication" that U.S. Thu, 10 May 2018 17:33:33 EST Bridgestone Q1 earnings off 3.1% on slightly higher sales http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180510/NEWS/180519996/bridgestone-q1-earnings-off-3-1-on-slightly-higher-sales 20180510/NEWS/180519996 TOKYO — Bridgestone Corp. reported a 3.1-percent decline in operating income for the quarter ended March 31 on 0.9-percent higher sales. Thu, 10 May 2018 14:18:03 EST Doublestar firms seek court relief in Toyo trademark case http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180510/NEWS/180519997/doublestar-firms-seek-court-relief-in-toyo-trademark-case 20180510/NEWS/180519997 LOS ANGELES — Two Chinese tire companies have filed a motion for partial summary judgment against Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. and Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. in a long-running trade dress infringement/unfair competition case. Thu, 10 May 2018 14:07:55 EST Cooper plays key role in branding moves in 2017-18 http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180510/NEWS/180519998/cooper-plays-key-role-in-branding-moves-in-2017-18 20180510/NEWS/180519998 AKRON — Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. Thu, 10 May 2018 12:14:41 EST Pirelli to pursue high-value growth strategy in China http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180510/NEWS/180519999/pirelli-to-pursue-high-value-growth-strategy-in-china 20180510/NEWS/180519999 BEIJING — Pirelli & C. S.p.A. is hoping to build its presence in China by focusing on local demand for high-end products, parent company China National Chemical Co. said recently at a function in Beijing. Thu, 10 May 2018 12:13:26 EST Sailun Jinyu takes over Dynamic Tire; revamps U.S. distribution venture http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180509/NEWS/180509945/sailun-jinyu-takes-over-dynamic-tire-revamps-u-s-distribution 20180509/NEWS/180509945 MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — China's Sailun Jinyu Tyre Co. Ltd. has taken over Canadian wholesaler Dynamic Tire Inc. and converted Dynamic's Husky Tire Corp. affiliate to Sailun Jinyu International and moved it to separate quarters in Brampton, Ontario. Wed, 9 May 2018 12:29:17 EST CNN's John King to deliver AAPEX keynote address http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180509/NEWS/180509941/cnns-john-king-to-deliver-aapex-keynote-address 20180509/NEWS/180509941 LAS VEGAS — John King, CNN's chief national correspondent and anchor of "Inside Politics," is slated to deliver the keynote address during the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo on Oct. 30 in Las Vegas. Wed, 9 May 2018 14:59:43 EST Omni United expanding Radar truck/bus tire line http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180509/NEWS/180509942/omni-united-expanding-radar-truck-bus-tire-line 20180509/NEWS/180509942 TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.— Omni United (S) Pte. Ltd. has expanded its Radar-brand truck/bus tire line in North America to 65 SKUs and is pledging to add 24 more SKUs — including a number of winter-specific fitments — before year-end. Wed, 9 May 2018 14:43:50 EST Bridgestone, Goodyear, Hankook among Honda's top suppliers http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180509/NEWS/180509943/bridgestone-goodyear-hankook-among-hondas-top-suppliers 20180509/NEWS/180509943 TORONTO — Bridgestone Americas Inc., Goodyear and Hankook Tire America Corp. were among nearly 100 North American companies honored recently by Honda of America Mfg. Inc. for achievements in supplying parts and materials throughout 2017. Wed, 9 May 2018 13:29:05 EST BKT USA promotes Kershaw to vice president http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180509/NEWS/180509944/bkt-usa-promotes-kershaw-to-vice-president 20180509/NEWS/180509944 FAIRLAWN, Ohio — BKT USA Inc. has promoted Doug Kershaw to vice president, four months after he was hired as associate vice president. Wed, 9 May 2018 12:29:24 EST Sears to provide tire installation for Amazon.com customers http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180509/NEWS/180509946/sears-to-provide-tire-installation-for-amazon-com-customers 20180509/NEWS/180509946 HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Sears Auto Centers is working with Amazon.com to provide full-service tire installation and balancing for customers who purchase any brand of tires on Amazon.com. Wed, 9 May 2018 11:30:57 EST Dealer Tire investing in online retailer SimpleTire http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180509/NEWS/180509947/dealer-tire-investing-in-online-retailer-simpletire 20180509/NEWS/180509947 CLEVELAND — Dealer Tire L.L.C., an independent replacement tire distributor for car dealerships, is investing in SimpleTire L.L.C. Wed, 9 May 2018 10:36:14 EST Carbon black shortage is now a reality http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180508/NEWS/180509948/carbon-black-shortage-is-now-a-reality 20180508/NEWS/180509948 HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Demand for carbon black by U.S. tire makers is starting to outstrip supply, and that isn't likely to change any time soon. Tue, 8 May 2018 18:18:20 EST MOMO launching 6-spoke wheel evoking '70s design http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180508/NEWS/180509949/momo-launching-6-spoke-wheel-evoking-70s-design 20180508/NEWS/180509949 KANSAS CITY, Mo. — MOMO Automotive Group is launching a six-spoke alloy wheel, the Heritage 6, that draws heavily on the wheel maker's first alloy wheels from the 1970s, but re-engineered to accommodate modern brakes. Tue, 8 May 2018 17:07:50 EST Martins designs mobile torque wrench support stand http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180508/NEWS/180509950/martins-designs-mobile-torque-wrench-support-stand 20180508/NEWS/180509950 MONTREAL — Martins Industries Inc. has developed a mobile impact wrench support stand that it said is designed to reduce fatigue normally associated with repeatedly lifting and torquing an impact wrench. Tue, 8 May 2018 15:46:51 EST Kumho 2017 earnings plunge on 2% lower sales http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180508/NEWS/180509954/kumho-2017-earnings-plunge-on-2-lower-sales 20180508/NEWS/180509954 SEOUL, South Korea — Kumho Tire Co. Inc. suffered an 81.2-percent drop in pre-tax operating profit for fiscal 2017, on 2-percent lower sales. Tue, 8 May 2018 10:53:22 EST Conti's Q1 earnings drop, sales up just 0.1% http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180508/NEWS/180509952/contis-q1-earnings-drop-sales-up-just-0-1 20180508/NEWS/180509952 HANNOVER, Germany — Weighed down by exchange rate and inventory valuation effects, Continental A.G. reported a 10.2-percent drop in first quarter operating income, to $1.25 billion, on 0.1-percent higher sale Tue, 8 May 2018 11:27:12 EST Myers Tire Supply releases updated catalog http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180508/NEWS/180509951/myers-tire-supply-releases-updated-catalog 20180508/NEWS/180509951 AKRON — Myers Industries Inc. has updated its tire supply catalog, which features more than 9,500 items for automotive, heavy-duty fleet and retread/tire repair professionals. Tue, 8 May 2018 11:28:25 EST Kumho recalling limited number of Solus tires, citing belt issue http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180508/NEWS/180509958/kumho-recalling-limited-number-of-solus-tires-citing-belt-issue 20180508/NEWS/180509958 WASHINGTON — Kumho Tire U.S.A. Inc. is recalling 1,773 Kumho Solus KH16 all-season grand touring tires, size P225/65R17, for possible belt separation under severe conditions. Tue, 8 May 2018 09:50:49 EST European Commission imposes antidumping duties on Chinese TBR tires http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180507/NEWS/180509964/european-commission-imposes-antidumping-duties-on-chinese-tbr-tires 20180507/NEWS/180509964 BRUSSELS — The European Commission has released details of the provisional antidumping duties to be imposed on imports of new and retreaded truck and bus tires sourced from China. Mon, 7 May 2018 09:47:56 EST Pirelli launches all-terrain replacement light truck tire http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180507/NEWS/180509960/pirelli-launches-all-terrain-replacement-light-truck-tire 20180507/NEWS/180509960 LAS VEGAS — Pirelli & C. S.p.A. Mon, 7 May 2018 15:34:11 EST Conti marks milestone with fleet digital inspection tool http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180507/NEWS/180509959/conti-marks-milestone-with-fleet-digital-inspection-tool 20180507/NEWS/180509959 FORT MILL, S.C. — Continental Tire the Americas is marking a milestone for its ContiTrack2 digital inspection tool, noting that it's been used to measure 1 million truck tires in the U.S. since its introduction in 2012. Mon, 7 May 2018 16:32:01 EST ACA accepting nominations for Impact Award http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180507/NEWS/180509963/aca-accepting-nominations-for-impact-award 20180507/NEWS/180509963 BETHESDA, Md. — The Auto Care Association has opened nominations for the 2018 Impact Award: Four for the Future. Mon, 7 May 2018 13:20:09 EST TIA, ACA, AOCA praise FTC compliance warning to Hyundai http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180507/NEWS/180509962/tia-aca-aoca-praise-ftc-compliance-warning-to-hyundai 20180507/NEWS/180509962 BETHESDA, Md. — The Tire Industry Association, Auto Care Association and Automotive Oil Change Association are praising the Federal Trade Commission for its "compliance warning" to Hyundai Motor Co. regarding violations of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. Mon, 7 May 2018 13:29:42 EST Point S Canada signs first dealers in Alberta http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180507/NEWS/180509961/point-s-canada-signs-first-dealers-in-alberta 20180507/NEWS/180509961 EDMONTON, Alberta — Point S Canada's drive to expand across the country has moved forward with the signing of two dealerships in Alberta, Action Tire in Bow Island and Whitecourt TechNTire in Whitecourt. Mon, 7 May 2018 14:12:16 EST Arizona tire dealer William Young Jr. dies at age 76 http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180504/NEWS/180509966/arizona-tire-dealer-william-young-jr-dies-at-age-76 20180504/NEWS/180509966 SHOW LOW, Ariz. — William "Bill" Ray Young Jr., former owner of Young's Future Tire Inc. in Show Low, died April 25 at age 76. Fri, 4 May 2018 16:26:18 EST Aaron Shaffer named KYB's director of product, operations http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180504/NEWS/180509970/aaron-shaffer-named-kybs-director-of-product-operations 20180504/NEWS/180509970 GREENWOOD, Ind. — KYB Americas Corp. has promoted Aaron Shaffer to director of product and operations. Fri, 4 May 2018 11:48:47 EST Big O: Dealers must accommodate customers http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180504/NEWS/180509967/big-o-dealers-must-accommodate-customers 20180504/NEWS/180509967 SAN ANTONIO — The jam-packed three days that was this year's Big O Annual Convention boiled down to one word: Yes. Fri, 4 May 2018 15:34:18 EST Giti Tire lands deal to supply Asian F3 Championship http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180504/NEWS/180509968/giti-tire-lands-deal-to-supply-asian-f3-championship 20180504/NEWS/180509968 SHANGHAI — The organizers of the new Formula 3 Asian Championship have selected Giti Tire Group as the designated race tire supplier for the single-seater championship's inaugural season. Fri, 4 May 2018 14:50:44 EST U.S. gains 164,000 jobs in April; unemployment falls to 3.9% http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180504/NEWS/180509969/u-s-gains-164000-jobs-in-april-unemployment-falls-to-3-9 20180504/NEWS/180509969 WASHINGTON — U.S. nonfarm payroll employment rose by 164,000 jobs in April, reducing the unemployment rate to 3.9 percent, the lowest rate since 2000. Fri, 4 May 2018 14:35:24 EST Titan back in the black, Q1 sales up 19% http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180504/NEWS/180509971/titan-back-in-the-black-q1-sales-up-19 20180504/NEWS/180509971 QUINCY, Ill. — Titan International Inc. climbed out of the red for the quarter ended March 31, reporting its first quarterly profit since mid-2015, as sales jumped 19 percent to $425.4 million. Fri, 4 May 2018 11:46:33 EST TGI to offer Cosmo brand in European markets http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180503/NEWS/180509982/tgi-to-offer-cosmo-brand-in-european-markets 20180503/NEWS/180509982 MIAMI — Tire Group International L.L.C. has upgraded its Cosmo-brand tire range as it prepares to offer the brand in Europe for the first time. Thu, 3 May 2018 13:54:32 EST Superior Tire adds 4 stores in Boise, plans more http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180503/NEWS/180509981/superior-tire-adds-4-stores-in-boise-plans-more 20180503/NEWS/180509981 SANTA ANA, Calif. — Nevada Tire Holdings, which operates as Superior Tire & Rubber Co. Thu, 3 May 2018 15:11:35 EST OTHER VIEWS: Vehicle subscription services idea has traction http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180503/NEWS/180509985/other-views-vehicle-subscription-services-idea-has-traction 20180503/NEWS/180509985 For many it has been a lifelong dream: Drive a four-wheel drive for the snow months, a convertible for the summer and a station wagon for family vacations — all available at your friendly, local auto dealer. Thu, 3 May 2018 11:25:21 EST Milex/Mr. Transmission franchise opens in Cary, N.C. http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180503/NEWS/180509983/milex-mr-transmission-franchise-opens-in-cary-n-c 20180503/NEWS/180509983 CARY, N.C. — The newest Mr. Transmission/Milex Complete Auto Care franchisee is a sales leadership and business development veteran who hopes to translate his success in those fields to the automotive maintenance and repair business. Thu, 3 May 2018 13:53:52 EST Thailand's Otani expanding, eyes U.S. for growth http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180503/NEWS/180509979/thailands-otani-expanding-eyes-u-s-for-growth 20180503/NEWS/180509979 LAS VEGAS — Thailand's Otani Tire Co. Ltd. is looking to expand its presence in North America as it ramps up capacity at a radial tire plant it brought on stream last year. Thu, 3 May 2018 16:26:41 EST Rotary adds alignment systems to its portfolio http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180503/NEWS/180509984/rotary-adds-alignment-systems-to-its-portfolio 20180503/NEWS/180509984 MADISON, Ind. — Vehicle Service Group's strategy to expand its Rotary-brand vehicle lift business into a wider range of wheel service equipment has moved one more step forward with the addition of a line of wheel alignment systems. Thu, 3 May 2018 11:34:54 EST Hercules adds light CV fitment to Terra Trac line http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180503/NEWS/180509980/hercules-adds-light-cv-fitment-to-terra-trac-line 20180503/NEWS/180509980 FINDLAY, Ohio — Hercules Tire & Rubber Co. is rolling out an all-season commercial highway tire, the Terra Trac CH4, designed for light commercial vehicle applications like cargo vans and light trucks. Thu, 3 May 2018 15:26:53 EST Threat of tariffs already impacting European TBR market http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180502/NEWS/180509991/threat-of-tariffs-already-impacting-european-tbr-market 20180502/NEWS/180509991 BIRMINGHAM, England — While details of import tariffs to be imposed by the European Union on truck and bus tires from China have yet to emerge, the impending move already is having an impact on the market. Wed, 2 May 2018 11:18:14 EST Goodyear gets summary judgment in pension case http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180502/NEWS/180509986/goodyear-gets-summary-judgment-in-pension-case 20180502/NEWS/180509986 BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Goodyear was awarded summary judgment recently in a case before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, Middle Division, regarding a Goodyear retiree's pension claims. Wed, 2 May 2018 17:28:27 EST Michelin North America tops Forbes' best employer list http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180502/NEWS/180509987/michelin-north-america-tops-forbes-best-employer-list 20180502/NEWS/180509987 JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Forbes magazine has named Michelin North America its top large employer in America. Wed, 2 May 2018 17:27:47 EST ETRMA: European nations recycling 94% of used tires http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180502/NEWS/180509988/etrma-european-nations-recycling-94-of-used-tires 20180502/NEWS/180509988 BRUSSELS — European nations are collecting and treating 94 percent of the used tires they generate, according to the latest figures from the European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers' Association. Wed, 2 May 2018 17:08:44 EST Commerce cuts import duty rates on 3 Chinese tire companies http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180502/NEWS/180509989/commerce-cuts-import-duty-rates-on-3-chinese-tire-companies 20180502/NEWS/180509989 WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Commerce has made minor downward revisions in countervailing duties on three companies exporting Chinese passenger and light truck tires to the U.S. after finding errors in its earlier calculations. Wed, 2 May 2018 15:56:13 EST Matco Tools promotes 'Tools for the Cause' fundraiser http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180502/NEWS/180509990/matco-tools-promotes-tools-for-the-cause-fundraiser 20180502/NEWS/180509990 STOW, Ohio — Tool distributor Matco Tools Corp. is supporting military and veterans' families with its annual Tools for the Cause program. Wed, 2 May 2018 13:58:36 EST Trump exempts some countries from steel tariffs, delays others http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180502/NEWS/180509992/trump-exempts-some-countries-from-steel-tariffs-delays-others 20180502/NEWS/180509992 WASHINGTON — President Trump has granted Argentina, Australia, Brazil and South Korea permanent exemptions to his administration's proposed elevated steel and aluminum import tariffs. Wed, 2 May 2018 10:41:57 EST Triangle introduces all-position tire for regional fleets http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180502/NEWS/180509993/triangle-introduces-all-position-tire-for-regional-fleets 20180502/NEWS/180509993 FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Triangle Tire USA has launched a premium all-position fleet tire, the Triangle TRS02, which the company called a "practical solution" for regional and urban-haul operations. Wed, 2 May 2018 10:08:48 EST Hankook Q1 earnings, sales decline vs. 2017 http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180501/NEWS/180509998/hankook-q1-earnings-sales-decline-vs-2017 20180501/NEWS/180509998 SEOUL, South Korea — Hankook Tire Co. Ltd. reported a 9.8-percent drop in pre-tax operating profit for the quarter ended March 31 on 1.7-percent lower sales. Tue, 1 May 2018 10:33:12 EST Midas gets nod for policies toward military vets http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180501/NEWS/180509995/midas-gets-nod-for-policies-toward-military-vets 20180501/NEWS/180509995 VIENNA, Va. — Military Times, an independent media outlet focused on active U.S. military personnel and veterans, has selected Midas International as the sole automotive maintenance company on its Best Franchises list for 2018. Tue, 1 May 2018 17:08:31 EST Mopar Express Lane marks 10 years with store opening http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180501/NEWS/180509994/mopar-express-lane-marks-10-years-with-store-opening 20180501/NEWS/180509994 PULASKI, Va. — FCA U.S. L.L.C.'s Mopar Express Lane service concept, set up 10 years ago as business concept to drive sales of oil changes, tires, vehicle inspections, etc., has exceeded 1,850 locations worldwide, including 1,200 throughout the U.S. Tue, 1 May 2018 17:37:29 EST NASCAR unites stock-car racing with ARCA purchase http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180501/NEWS/180509996/nascar-unites-stock-car-racing-with-arca-purchase 20180501/NEWS/180509996 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR has acquired the Automobile Racing Club of America, putting the nation's two major stock-car racing sanctioning bodies under one roof. Tue, 1 May 2018 15:41:26 EST Production ceases at Michelin plant in Northern Ireland http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180501/NEWS/180509999/production-ceases-at-michelin-plant-in-northern-ireland 20180501/NEWS/180509999 BALLYMENA, Northern Ireland — Group Michelin has ceased production at its 49-year-old truck tire plant in Ballymena, two months ahead of the factory's scheduled closing. Tue, 1 May 2018 10:30:57 EST Yokohama gains OE fitment on BMW M5 http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180501/NEWS/180509997/yokohama-gains-oe-fitment-on-bmw-m5 20180501/NEWS/180509997 TOKYO — BMW A.G. has selected 19-inch versions of the Yokohama Advan Sport V105 performance tire as OE fitments on the M5 luxury/performance version of its 5-series mid-size sedan range. Tue, 1 May 2018 10:44:21 EST Auto Parts Services Group honors top suppliers http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180430/NEWS/180439998/auto-parts-services-group-honors-top-suppliers 20180430/NEWS/180439998 GREENWOOD, Ind.— The Automotive Parts Services Group honored its top supplier partners during its first combined members meeting April 9-12 in Grapevine, Texas. Mon, 30 Apr 2018 12:46:01 EST Mexico honors Pirelli CEO Marco Tronchetti Provera http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180430/NEWS/180439995/mexico-honors-pirelli-ceo-marco-tronchetti-provera 20180430/NEWS/180439995 ROME — The Mexican government has bestowed its highest honor for non-Mexican citizens on Marco Tronchetti Provera, executive vice president and CEO of Pirelli & C. S.p.A. Mon, 30 Apr 2018 15:46:35 EST USTMA hires Kimberly Kleine as vice president of public affairs http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180430/NEWS/180439996/ustma-hires-kimberly-kleine-as-vice-president-of-public-affairs 20180430/NEWS/180439996 WASHINGTON — The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) has hired Kimberly Kleine, a private and public affairs specialist with experience in both the public and private sectors, as vice president of public affairs. Mon, 30 Apr 2018 15:10:15 EST Ford phasing out sedans in North America http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180430/NEWS/180439997/ford-phasing-out-sedans-in-north-america 20180430/NEWS/180439997 DETROIT — Ford Motor Co.'s decision to phase out every non-luxury sedan from its North American lineup boils down to the simple fact that those vehicles are losing money. Mon, 30 Apr 2018 15:04:53 EST Cooper suffers double-digit Q1 earnings declines http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180430/NEWS/180439999/cooper-suffers-double-digit-q1-earnings-declines 20180430/NEWS/180439999 FINDLAY, Ohio — Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. suffered double-digit drops in operating and net income for the quarter ended March 31, reflecting lower unit volume and costs associated with reduced manufacturing, the company said. Mon, 30 Apr 2018 09:59:30 EST Goodyear enhances EMTrack OTR tire-monitoring system http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180427/NEWS/180429943/goodyear-enhances-emtrack-otr-tire-monitoring-system 20180427/NEWS/180429943 AKRON — Goodyear has enhanced its EMTrack OTR tire-monitoring system to enable faster, more accurate collection of critical tire data such as tread depth, inflation levels and other indicators. Fri, 27 Apr 2018 17:05:00 EST TreadWright's Anthony Showen to headline tire sustainability webinar http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180427/NEWS/180429948/treadwrights-anthony-showen-to-headline-tire-sustainability-webinar 20180427/NEWS/180429948 BOSTON — A national nonprofit committed to minimizing the negative impacts of consumer products and packaging is holding a webinar on tire sustainability on June 12, with Anthony Showen, CEO of retreader TreadWright Inc., as the featured speaker. Fri, 27 Apr 2018 12:27:03 EST OUR VIEW: Fasten your seatbelt for next 8 months http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180427/NEWS/180429944/our-view-fasten-your-seatbelt-for-next-8-months 20180427/NEWS/180429944 The year is barely 110 days old, and changes continue to happen within the tire industry at a breakneck pace. Fri, 27 Apr 2018 16:41:52 EST Superior Tire raising prices 6-12% in mid-May http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180427/NEWS/180429945/superior-tire-raising-prices-6-12-in-mid-may 20180427/NEWS/180429945 WARREN, Pa. — Citing rising raw materials costs, Superior Tire & Rubber Corp. plans to raise prices across all business segments by 6 to 12 percent, effective May 14. Fri, 27 Apr 2018 13:49:58 EST ITDG adding Zeetex brand to members' product options http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180427/NEWS/180429947/itdg-adding-zeetex-brand-to-members-product-options 20180427/NEWS/180429947 MIAMI — Independent Tire Dealers Group has struck a deal with Zafco International to secure the supply of Zafco's Zeetex consumer tire brand for its member companies. Fri, 27 Apr 2018 12:33:58 EST ASA testifies in favor of Rhode Island repair bill http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180427/NEWS/180429946/asa-testifies-in-favor-of-rhode-island-repair-bill 20180427/NEWS/180429946 PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Automotive Service Association supports a Rhode Island state bill that would curb insurers' power to specify auto repair materials and procedures. Fri, 27 Apr 2018 12:36:12 EST Triangle hires Metcalfe as finance VP http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180426/NEWS/180429954/triangle-hires-metcalfe-as-finance-vp 20180426/NEWS/180429954 FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Triangle Tire USA has hired Campbell Metcalfe as vice president of finance and operations. Thu, 26 Apr 2018 11:33:37 EST Hunter touts systems approach to servicing http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180426/NEWS/180429950/hunter-touts-systems-approach-to-servicing 20180426/NEWS/180429950 ST. LOUIS — Hunter Engineering Co.'s reputation as a designer and supplier of vehicle maintenance and repair equipment is well established, but the St. Thu, 26 Apr 2018 17:10:58 EST Goodyear's natural rubber procurement plan inadequate, environmental group claims http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180426/NEWS/180429953/goodyears-natural-rubber-procurement-plan-inadequate-environmental 20180426/NEWS/180429953 WASHINGTON—Goodyear's new Natural Rubber (NR) Procurement Policy lacks the policy safeguards that would make it a truly effective vehicle for fighting deforestation, land grabbing and human rights abuses, an environmental organization claims. Thu, 26 Apr 2018 11:34:17 EST FISHER: Changes abound for commercial tools, equipment http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180426/NEWS/180429951/fisher-changes-abound-for-commercial-tools-equipment 20180426/NEWS/180429951 When we look at transportation equipment and their truck tires and wheels over the last 20 to 30 years, there certainly has been a lot of change in addition to the equipment and tools we use to maintain them. Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:53:47 EST Yokohama sweepstakes offers VIP soccer experience http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180426/NEWS/180429952/yokohama-sweepstakes-offers-vip-soccer-experience 20180426/NEWS/180429952 SANTA ANA, Calif. — For the second straight year, Yokohama Tire Corp. Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:46:21 EST Wix filters parent, Mann+Hummel, boosts sales, earnings in 2017 http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180426/NEWS/180429955/wix-filters-parent-mann-hummel-boosts-sales-earnings-in-2017 20180426/NEWS/180429955 LUDWIGSBURG, Germany — Mann+Hummel, the maker of Wix automotive oil, air and fuel filters, increased its 2017 sales by 11.8 percent to $3.6 billion (based on annual exchange rate), compared with 2016. Thu, 26 Apr 2018 11:15:16 EST