Tire Business - RSS News Feed http://www.tirebusiness.com/section/news http://www.tirebusiness.com en-us Mon, 29 May 2017 21:12:10 EST 10 Linglong mulls tire plant locations in Europe http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170526/NEWS/170529962/linglong-mulls-tire-plant-locations-in-europe 20170526/NEWS/170529962 YANTAI, China — Shandong Linglong Tire Co. Ltd. is scouting potential locations in Europe for a tire plant and has attracted interest from Czech Republic, Belgium, and most recently, Slovak Republic. Fri, 26 May 2017 12:10:42 EST Cooper intros Tread Wisely mobile app http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170526/NEWS/170529958/cooper-intros-tread-wisely-mobile-app 20170526/NEWS/170529958 FINDLAY, Ohio Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. launched a new Tread Wisely mobile app, designed to promote tire and vehicle safety among teens and young adults. Fri, 26 May 2017 14:43:21 EST Texas legislature passes used tire bill http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170526/NEWS/170529960/texas-legislature-passes-used-tire-bill 20170526/NEWS/170529960 AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas state legislature has passed a bill that prohibits the installation of "unsafe" used tires on vehicles. Fri, 26 May 2017 13:44:11 EST Finkelstein opens D/C in northern Va. http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170526/NEWS/170529959/finkelstein-opens-d-c-in-northern-va 20170526/NEWS/170529959 WINCHESTER, Va. Max Finkelstein Inc. has opened a distribution center in Winchester to service the company's growing customer base in northern Virginia, western Maryland, southern Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Fri, 26 May 2017 13:46:33 EST Michelin boss stresses focus on digitalization http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170526/NEWS/170529961/michelin-boss-stresses-focus-on-digitalization 20170526/NEWS/170529961 CLERMONT-FERRAND, France — Group Michelin will focus heavily on the "digital revolution" to create closer relationships with customers and increase information-sharing in the management of tires. Fri, 26 May 2017 12:18:39 EST ZC Rubber adds industrial, M/C tires to Thai plant http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170526/NEWS/170529963/zc-rubber-adds-industrial-m-c-tires-to-thai-plant 20170526/NEWS/170529963 RAYONG, Thailand Zhongce Rubber (Thailand) Co. Ltd. has brought on stream production capacity for bias industrial and motorcycle tires at its two-year-old factory in Rayong to support demand for these products in Southeast Asia. Fri, 26 May 2017 12:09:47 EST NHTSA declares Michelin petition moot http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170525/NEWS/170529965/nhtsa-declares-michelin-petition-moot 20170525/NEWS/170529965 WASHINGTON The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has declared moot a petition from Michelin North America Inc. for a decision of inconsequential noncompliance. Thu, 25 May 2017 17:45:20 EST SMP named Federated's 'outstanding vendor' http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170525/NEWS/170529967/smp-named-federateds-outstanding-vendor 20170525/NEWS/170529967 KAUAI, Hawaii — Federated Auto Parts Inc. named Standard Motor Products Inc. its outstanding vendor of the year during its recent annual meeting on Kauai. Thu, 25 May 2017 16:02:39 EST SHIFTMobility to partner with eBay Motors http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170525/NEWS/170529972/shiftmobility-to-partner-with-ebay-motors 20170525/NEWS/170529972 REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — SHIFTMobility Inc. is partnering with eBay Motors to combine its mobile automotive aftermarket service center solutions with eBay's inventory of auto parts. Thu, 25 May 2017 10:56:49 EST Texas Bandag plant marks 45th anniversary http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170525/NEWS/170529966/texas-bandag-plant-marks-45th-anniversary 20170525/NEWS/170529966 ABILENE, Texas — Management and staff at Bridgestone Americas Inc.'s Bandag tread rubber plant in Abilene celebrated the plant's 45th anniversary recently. Thu, 25 May 2017 16:22:12 EST USTMA asks Commerce to exempt tire cord from investigation http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170525/NEWS/170529969/ustma-asks-commerce-to-exempt-tire-cord-from-investigation 20170525/NEWS/170529969 WASHINGTON — Specific types of tire cord-quality steel wire rod, tire cord and bead wire should be excluded from a national security investigation of steel imports, the USTMA has told the U.S. Department of Commerce. Thu, 25 May 2017 12:17:19 EST Trelleborg moving forward with Serbia expansion http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170525/NEWS/170529968/trelleborg-moving-forward-with-serbia-expansion 20170525/NEWS/170529968 TRELLEBORG, Sweden — Trelleborg A.B. has submitted plans for a major investment at its Ruma, Serbia, agricultural/industrial tire plant to the local government, the company confirmed recently to European Rubber Journal. Thu, 25 May 2017 12:17:28 EST SimpleTire.com donating funds for military families http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170525/NEWS/170529970/simpletire-com-donating-funds-for-military-families 20170525/NEWS/170529970 PHILADELPHIA This Memorial Day weekend, online retailer SimpleTire.com is donating 5 percent of its sales generated May 27-29 to Wounded Warriors Family Support. Thu, 25 May 2017 11:11:07 EST Windom leaves Auto Plus/Pep Boys for Uni-Select http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170525/NEWS/170529971/windom-leaves-auto-plus-pep-boys-for-uni-select 20170525/NEWS/170529971 BOUCHERVILLE, Quebec Auto parts distributor Uni-Select Inc. has hired Brent Windom president and CEO of Auto Plus/Pep Boys for the past year to be president and chief operating officer, succeeding the retiring Gary O'Connor. Thu, 25 May 2017 11:09:32 EST 8th Chinese OTR tire maker appeals import duties http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170524/NEWS/170529978/8th-chinese-otr-tire-maker-appeals-import-duties 20170524/NEWS/170529978 NEW YORK — Chinese OTR tire manufacturer Weihai Zhongwei Rubber Co. Ltd. has appealed the recent antidumping duty order by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Wed, 24 May 2017 12:34:10 EST ACA hires communications director http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170524/NEWS/170529976/aca-hires-communications-director 20170524/NEWS/170529976 BETHESDA, Md. — The Auto Care Association has hired Stacey Miller as its new director of communications. Wed, 24 May 2017 12:46:58 EST ACA seeks applications for ACE Award http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170524/NEWS/170529973/aca-seeks-applications-for-ace-award 20170524/NEWS/170529973 BETHESDA, Md. — The Auto Care Association is accepting applications through June 23 for its Auto Care Career & Education Award. Wed, 24 May 2017 15:20:48 EST Yokohama resumes work at Philippines plant http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170524/NEWS/170529974/yokohama-resumes-work-at-philippines-plant 20170524/NEWS/170529974 CLARK FREEPORT, Philippines — Yokohama Tire Philippines Inc. has resumed production on a limited basis at its factory in Clark Freeport, a week after a fire destroyed a warehouse on the factory grounds. Wed, 24 May 2017 15:07:42 EST Pirelli earnings up slightly; sales up 13% http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170524/NEWS/170529975/pirelli-earnings-up-slightly-sales-up-13 20170524/NEWS/170529975 MILAN, Italy Pirelli & C. S.p.A. reported a slight gain in operating income for the quarter ended March 31 on 13.4-percent higher sales, reflecting continued growth of the firm's premium segment. Wed, 24 May 2017 15:02:32 EST AMRA hires Jeff Cox as vice president http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170524/NEWS/170529977/amra-hires-jeff-cox-as-vice-president 20170524/NEWS/170529977 ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. — The Automotive Maintenance & Repair Association has hired former Bridgestone Retail manager Jeff Cox to fill the newly created position of vice president. Wed, 24 May 2017 12:43:41 EST NHTSA hosting tire-safety Twitter chat http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170524/NEWS/170529979/nhtsa-hosting-tire-safety-twitter-chat 20170524/NEWS/170529979 WASHINGTON NHTSA is hosting a Twitter chat this afternoon from 3 to 4 p.m. as a prelude to National Tire Safety Week, which runs May 28-June 3. Wed, 24 May 2017 09:36:34 EST RMA rebrands itself as U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170523/NEWS/170529992/rma-rebrands-itself-as-u-s-tire-manufacturers-association 20170523/NEWS/170529992 WASHINGTON — After 102 years as a rubber industry association, the Rubber Manufacturers Association has rebranded itself as the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA). Tue, 23 May 2017 10:00:00 EST Movin'On speakers roster filling out http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170523/NEWS/170529980/movinon-speakers-roster-filling-out 20170523/NEWS/170529980 MONTREAL — The speakers' roster for Movin'On 2017 has grown to 45 and includes top executives from half a dozen vehicle companies, the head of the FIA and Group Michelin's CEO, among others. Tue, 23 May 2017 17:48:06 EST General partners with Tread Lightly http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170523/NEWS/170529981/general-partners-with-tread-lightly 20170523/NEWS/170529981 FORT MILL, S.C. — Continental Tire the Americas L.L.C.'s General Tire brand is partnering with outdoor recreation advocacy group Tread Lightly! to help promote safe and responsible use of motorized and mechanized vehicles in the outdoors. Tue, 23 May 2017 17:03:39 EST SRI intros tire/road-sensing technology http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170523/NEWS/170529983/sri-intros-tire-road-sensing-technology 20170523/NEWS/170529983 KOBE, Japan — Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. has developed a tire-sensing technology that it claims is able to detect road conditions, tire load and other information by analyzing wheel-speed signals generated by the rotation of the tires. Tue, 23 May 2017 12:36:59 EST Point S hires N.Am. operations mgr. http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170523/NEWS/170529984/point-s-hires-n-am-operations-mgr 20170523/NEWS/170529984 BOSTON Point S North America has hired industry veteran Gary Sass as network operations manager, responsible for overseeing cooperation between Point S operations in the U.S. and Canada. Tue, 23 May 2017 12:26:21 EST Goodyear moves German plant closing to July http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170523/NEWS/170529985/goodyear-moves-german-plant-closing-to-july 20170523/NEWS/170529985 PHILIPPSBURG, Germany Goodyear is planning to cease tire production at its 50-year-old plant in Philippsburg by July 31, five months earlier than had been announced previously. Tue, 23 May 2017 12:13:24 EST ATD opens mixing center in Texas http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170522/NEWS/170529996/atd-opens-mixing-center-in-texas 20170522/NEWS/170529996 ROANOKE, Texas — American Tire Distributors Inc. (ATD) has opened a 756,000-sq.-ft. mixing center, the tire supplier's fourth such facility in the nation. Mon, 22 May 2017 13:15:45 EST GCR website launches route planner tool http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170522/NEWS/170529999/gcr-website-launches-route-planner-tool 20170522/NEWS/170529999 NASHVILLE, Tenn. — GCR Tires & Service has added a route planner tool, which allows its customers to locate GCR stores along their routes, to its website. Mon, 22 May 2017 10:54:28 EST Tire Discounters opens Nashville-area store http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170522/NEWS/170529998/tire-discounters-opens-nashville-area-store 20170522/NEWS/170529998 SPRING HILL, Tenn. — Tire Discounters has expanded in the greater Nashville market with the opening of a store in Spring Hill. Mon, 22 May 2017 11:35:46 EST Bridgestone awards minority scholarships http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170522/NEWS/170529993/bridgestone-awards-minority-scholarships 20170522/NEWS/170529993 NASHVILLE, Tenn. Bridgestone Americas Inc. awarded two scholarships during the recent TriState Minority Supplier Development Council Impact Awards Event. Mon, 22 May 2017 15:50:16 EST Plaza Tire moves west with Springfield store http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170522/NEWS/170529995/plaza-tire-moves-west-with-springfield-store 20170522/NEWS/170529995 SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Plaza Tire Service has opened a retail store in Springfield, its first in the southwest Missouri city and 61st in the dealership's four-state marketing footprint. Mon, 22 May 2017 14:28:29 EST VMI moves to new facility in Brazil http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170522/NEWS/170529994/vmi-moves-to-new-facility-in-brazil 20170522/NEWS/170529994 ITATIAIA, Brazil Dutch tire machinery producer VMI Group has relocated its South American sales and service subsidiary to new quarters in Itatiaia, half way between Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Mon, 22 May 2017 14:32:21 EST Carlstar launches ITP tire rebate http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170522/NEWS/170529997/carlstar-launches-itp-tire-rebate 20170522/NEWS/170529997 FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Carlstar Group L.L.C. has launched a summer consumer rebate campaign for its ITP-branded recreational vehicle tires. Mon, 22 May 2017 12:48:02 EST USW locals ratify Titan contract http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170519/NEWS/170519939/usw-locals-ratify-titan-contract 20170519/NEWS/170519939 QUINCY, Ill. Unionized employees at Titan International Inc. facilities in Iowa, Illinois and Ohio have new contracts, according to the tire maker. Fri, 19 May 2017 17:47:48 EST U.S. signals intent to renegotiate NAFTA http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170519/NEWS/170519940/u-s-signals-intent-to-renegotiate-nafta 20170519/NEWS/170519940 WASHINGTON, D.C. Fri, 19 May 2017 13:13:17 EST Bridgestone names Mathis CFO http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170519/NEWS/170519942/bridgestone-names-mathis-cfo 20170519/NEWS/170519942 NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Bridgestone Americas Inc. has promoted Amanda Mathis to chief financial officer, effective May 18. Fri, 19 May 2017 12:29:55 EST Pneus Unimax looks to expand westward http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170519/NEWS/170519941/pneus-unimax-looks-to-expand-westward 20170519/NEWS/170519941 BOUCHERVILLE, Quebec — Pneus Unimax Ltd. has hired industry veteran Jeff Bullock to be business development manager for Canada's English-speaking portions and tasked him with expanding Unimax's interests throughout Ontario and western Canada. Fri, 19 May 2017 12:40:26 EST Take 5 Oil Change buys QuikStop Oilube http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170519/NEWS/170519943/take-5-oil-change-buys-quikstop-oilube 20170519/NEWS/170519943 CHARLOTTE, N.C. Take 5 Oil Change has acquired QuikStop Oilube of Burlington, Ky., which operates 10 locations in the greater Cincinnati market, marking Take 5's entry into Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio tri-state area. Fri, 19 May 2017 10:20:59 EST Bridgestone Russian plant opening May 25 http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170519/NEWS/170519944/bridgestone-russian-plant-opening-may-25 20170519/NEWS/170519944 ULYANOVOSK, Russia Bridgestone Corp. is planning a ceremonial opening May 25 for its first plant in Russia, in Ulyanovosk, that originally was due on stream about a year ago. Fri, 19 May 2017 10:15:06 EST What's red, white and blue? Tires http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170518/NEWS/170519946/whats-red-white-and-blue-tires 20170518/NEWS/170519946 Who says manufacturing is dead in the U.S.? Certainly not the tire industry. Thu, 18 May 2017 17:04:14 EST Rosen confirmed as deputy DOT secretary http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170518/NEWS/170519947/rosen-confirmed-as-deputy-dot-secretary 20170518/NEWS/170519947 WASHINGTON The U.S. Senate has confirmed Jeffrey A. Rosen as the 18th deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, tasked with supervising the agency's day-to-day operation. Thu, 18 May 2017 16:56:20 EST China's Qihang, TUTRIC seek relief from import duties http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170518/NEWS/170519948/chinas-qihang-tutric-seek-relief-from-import-duties 20170518/NEWS/170519948 NEW YORK — Two more Chinese OTR tire makers have filed documents with the U.S. Court of International Trade pertaining to the U.S. Department of Commerce's revamped antidumping and countervailing duties. Thu, 18 May 2017 16:01:59 EST Monro launches 'Drive Card' credit card http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170518/NEWS/170519949/monro-launches-drive-card-credit-card 20170518/NEWS/170519949 ROCHESTER, N.Y. Monro Muffler Brake Inc. has launched a private-label credit card, called "Drive Card," that management expects will be a "big driver of customer loyalty." Thu, 18 May 2017 15:36:22 EST Goodyear scholarships, grants support STEM http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170518/NEWS/170519950/goodyear-scholarships-grants-support-stem 20170518/NEWS/170519950 AKRON — In continuation of its commitment to support science, technology, engineering and math education, Goodyear has provided scholarships to 20 Northeast Ohio high school students and grants to local schools. Thu, 18 May 2017 12:40:52 EST Monro optimistic despite earnings drop http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170518/NEWS/170519951/monro-optimistic-despite-earnings-drop 20170518/NEWS/170519951 ROCHESTER, N.Y. Monro Muffler Brake Inc. management is forecasting double-digit growth in sales and earnings for fiscal 2018 despite a dip in operating income and lower same-store sales for the year ended March 25. Thu, 18 May 2017 10:32:07 EST GM endorses Hunter balancer for U.S. dealers http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170517/NEWS/170519953/gm-endorses-hunter-balancer-for-u-s-dealers 20170517/NEWS/170519953 ST. LOUIS — General Motors Co. has classified Hunter Engineering Co.'s Road Force Elite wheel balancer as an "essential tool" for its U.S. dealers, Hunter said recently. Wed, 17 May 2017 14:38:02 EST OTHER VOICES: Time to pull the plug on EV subsidies http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170517/NEWS/170519952/other-voices-time-to-pull-the-plug-on-ev-subsidies 20170517/NEWS/170519952 With the federal deficit looming high and just about everyone joining the EV marketing blitz, it is time to remove the monetary incentive for buying an electric car. Wed, 17 May 2017 14:47:36 EST General rebate offer runs through June 15 http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170517/NEWS/170519954/general-rebate-offer-runs-through-june-15 20170517/NEWS/170519954 FORT MILL, S.C. Continental Tire the Americas is running a consumer promotion through June 15, offering U.S. consumers up to $70 back on the purchase of four qualifying General-brand tires Wed, 17 May 2017 13:52:30 EST Small biz groups back 'Working Families Flexibility Act' http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170517/NEWS/170519955/small-biz-groups-back-working-families-flexibility-act 20170517/NEWS/170519955 WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. House has passed a bill that would give employees who work more than 40 hours per week a choice between taking time off or being paid time-and-a-half for the overtime hours. Wed, 17 May 2017 13:03:54 EST NACE Automechanika adds biz conference http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170517/NEWS/170519956/nace-automechanika-adds-biz-conference 20170517/NEWS/170519956 CHICAGO The organizers of NACE Automechanika 2017 are hosting a two-day business outlook conference during the July 26-29 event at Chicago's McCormick Place West. Wed, 17 May 2017 12:59:02 EST Trelleborg unit appealing OTR tire import duties http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170517/NEWS/170519957/trelleborg-unit-appealing-otr-tire-import-duties 20170517/NEWS/170519957 NEW YORK — Trelleborg Wheel Systems (Xingtai) Co. Ltd. has followed four other Chinese off-the-road tire manufacturers in appealing elevated antidumping duties from the U.S. Department of Commerce. Wed, 17 May 2017 11:37:37 EST ZC Rubber opens 'green' R&D center http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170517/NEWS/170519958/zc-rubber-opens-green-ramp-d-center 20170517/NEWS/170519958 HANGZHOU, China Zhongce Rubber Group Co. Ltd. (ZC Rubber) has initiated work at a research and development center it built in partnership with the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology & Engineering. Wed, 17 May 2017 09:32:53 EST RNR, Honest-1 get Entrepreneur top franchise nods http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170516/NEWS/170519961/rnr-honest-1-get-entrepreneur-top-franchise-nods 20170516/NEWS/170519961 IRVINE, Calif. — Entrepreneur magazine has named RNR Tire Express & Custom Wheels and Honest-1 Auto Care its best franchises in the wheels/tires and miscellaneous auto repair/maintenance services categories. Tue, 16 May 2017 16:55:57 EST ANRPC predicts NR shortage in 2017 http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170516/NEWS/170519962/anrpc-predicts-nr-shortage-in-2017 20170516/NEWS/170519962 KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia The global supply of natural rubber likely will fall short of demand in 2017, according to the latest information from the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries. Tue, 16 May 2017 14:40:58 EST Pep Boys buys Memphis-based Mathis Tire http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170516/NEWS/170519963/pep-boys-buys-memphis-based-mathis-tire 20170516/NEWS/170519963 MEMPHIS Pep Boys Manny, Moe & Jack has acquired Mathis Tire & Auto Service and Direct Tire Distributors in Memphis, establishing a retail position in that market for the first time with a dozen locations and a 6,000-unit warehouse. Tue, 16 May 2017 13:12:35 EST Registration open for GTE pre-show events http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170516/NEWS/170519964/registration-open-for-gte-pre-show-events 20170516/NEWS/170519964 LAS VEGAS The Tire Industry Association has opened registration for its pre-show events on Oct. 30 at the Global Tire Expo/Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas. Tue, 16 May 2017 12:36:08 EST Warehouse fire shuts Yokohama Philippines plant http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170516/NEWS/170519967/warehouse-fire-shuts-yokohama-philippines-plant 20170516/NEWS/170519967 CLARK FREEPORT, Philippines — A warehouse fire May 14 at Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd.'s plant in Clark Freeport has forced the tire maker to suspend production temporarily at the plant that exports a large percentage of its output to North America. Tue, 16 May 2017 10:03:06 EST Yokohama adds M/T to Geolandar line http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170516/NEWS/170519968/yokohama-adds-m-t-to-geolandar-line 20170516/NEWS/170519968 GATEWAY, Colo. – Yokohama Tire Corp. used an appropriate setting — the rugged mountains of southwestern Colorado — to introduce the latest addition to its Geolandar light truck/SUV tire line, a mud-terrain version. Tue, 16 May 2017 09:49:41 EST Toyo goes tongue-in-cheek in new ads http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170515/NEWS/170519969/toyo-goes-tongue-in-cheek-in-new-ads 20170515/NEWS/170519969 SAN DIEGO — Hoping to challenge consumers' conventional views of tires, Toyo Tire USA Inc. is test-marketing a consumer advertising campaign that uses tongue-in-cheek humor to underscore the proper vehicle/tire relationship Mon, 15 May 2017 17:13:54 EST Cavs to sport Wingfoot logo on jerseys http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170515/NEWS/170519972/cavs-to-sport-wingfoot-logo-on-jerseys 20170515/NEWS/170519972 CLEVELAND — Goodyear's iconic Wingfoot logo will take flight next year in a new venue and format — on the front of the jerseys worn by the 2016 National Basketball Association champion Cleveland Cavaliers. Mon, 15 May 2017 14:49:55 EST GM to drive industry toward sustainable NR in tires http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170515/NEWS/170519970/gm-to-drive-industry-toward-sustainable-nr-in-tires 20170515/NEWS/170519970 DETROIT General Motors Co. is collaborating with rubber and tire suppliers to establish a plan to source more natural rubber through environmentally sound and sustainable production. Mon, 15 May 2017 17:10:12 EST Treasury asked to drop estate tax changes http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170515/NEWS/170519971/treasury-asked-to-drop-estate-tax-changes 20170515/NEWS/170519971 WASHINGTON The Family Business Coalition has asked the U.S. Department of the Treasury to withdraw proposed revisions to the estate and gift tax provisions in Section 2704 of the Tax Code. Mon, 15 May 2017 17:01:59 EST Michelin raising prices in Europe — again http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170515/NEWS/170519973/michelin-raising-prices-in-europe-again 20170515/NEWS/170519973 AMSTERDAM — Group Michelin is raising prices in Europe in its various segments for the second time in 2017, the French tire maker disclosed recently in a presentation with financial analysts. Mon, 15 May 2017 11:31:52 EST Maxam adds flexible online ordering option http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170515/NEWS/170519974/maxam-adds-flexible-online-ordering-option 20170515/NEWS/170519974 DANVERS, Mass. Maxam Tire North America Inc. is launching an online e-commerce platform that will allow customers the flexibility to create and place warehouse orders, thus complementing the existing online container-ordering programs. Mon, 15 May 2017 11:26:02 EST Next-generation Firestone off-road tire debuts (Updated) http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170512/NEWS/170519975/next-generation-firestone-off-road-tire-debuts-updated 20170512/NEWS/170519975 ORANGE, Va. — Bridgestone Americas Inc. has set its sights on grabbing a larger share of the mud and off-road tire market with the introduction of the Firestone Destination M/T2. Fri, 12 May 2017 17:47:39 EST N.J., Ohio, Texas considering used-tire bills http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170512/NEWS/170519977/n-j-ohio-texas-considering-used-tire-bills 20170512/NEWS/170519977 WASHINGTON State legislatures in New Jersey, Ohio and Texas are considering bills to ban unsafe used tires, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association, which is backing the efforts. Fri, 12 May 2017 17:14:44 EST TIA sets ATS training dates for Wash., Fla. http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170512/NEWS/170519978/tia-sets-ats-training-dates-for-wash-fla 20170512/NEWS/170519978 BOWIE, Md. The Tire Industry Association has scheduled tour dates for its certified Automotive Tire Service training seminars in the Seattle and Sarasota, Fla., areas. Fri, 12 May 2017 17:03:09 EST Toyo's Q1 sales, earnings up slightly http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170512/NEWS/170519979/toyos-q1-sales-earnings-up-slightly 20170512/NEWS/170519979 OSAKA, Japan Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. reported slightly improved earnings and sales for the quarter ended March 31, leaving the firm's projections for fiscal 2017 unchanged. Fri, 12 May 2017 17:02:18 EST YRC Q1 sales, earnings up markedly http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170512/NEWS/170519982/yrc-q1-sales-earnings-up-markedly 20170512/NEWS/170519982 TOKYO — Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. generated markedly higher earnings and sales in the quarter ended March 31, buoyed by strong overseas tire sales and the first-time inclusion of results from Alliance Tire Group. Fri, 12 May 2017 13:09:02 EST Brake parts demand to grow through 2021 http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170512/NEWS/170519981/brake-parts-demand-to-grow-through-2021 20170512/NEWS/170519981 CLEVELAND — Aftermarket demand for brake shoes, pads and linings in North America is projected to grow 2.6 percent annually through 2021 to $1.8 billion, according to a new report. Fri, 12 May 2017 13:09:50 EST Lighthizer confirmed as U.S. Trade Rep http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170512/NEWS/170519980/lighthizer-confirmed-as-u-s-trade-rep 20170512/NEWS/170519980 WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate has confirmed Robert Lighthizer, a partner in Washington law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, as the new U.S. Trade Representative. Fri, 12 May 2017 13:14:02 EST Trelleborg CEO defends CGS acquisition http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170511/NEWS/170519984/trelleborg-ceo-defends-cgs-acquisition 20170511/NEWS/170519984 TRELLEBORG, Sweden — Trelleborg A.B.'s top executive has defended his company's $1.25 billion purchase of CGS Holding A.S., saying the agricultural tire sector "will eventually turn." Thu, 11 May 2017 13:06:27 EST Bridgestone Q1 income down, sales up http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170511/NEWS/170519983/bridgestone-q1-income-down-sales-up 20170511/NEWS/170519983 TOKYO Bridgestone Corp.'s operating income fell 5 percent in the quarter ended March 31, due in large part to rising raw materials costs, while sales increased 3.2 percent. Thu, 11 May 2017 13:36:04 EST Maryland bans lead, mercury wheel weights http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170511/NEWS/170519985/maryland-bans-lead-mercury-wheel-weights 20170511/NEWS/170519985 ANNAPOLIS, Md. The Maryland legislature has passed a bill banning lead and mercury wheel weights, making it the eighth state to do so. Thu, 11 May 2017 12:32:23 EST GM seeks noncompliance ruling for 130,000 vehicles http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170511/NEWS/170519986/gm-seeks-noncompliance-ruling-for-130000-vehicles 20170511/NEWS/170519986 WASHINGTON — General Motors L.L.C. has petitioned NHTSA for a decision of inconsequential noncompliance in the matter of mismarked wheels on 130,088 SUVs and light trucks from model years 2014-2016. Thu, 11 May 2017 11:57:27 EST ACA releases Mexico Market Report http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170511/NEWS/170519989/aca-releases-mexico-market-report 20170511/NEWS/170519989 BETHESDA, Md. — The Auto Care Association has published a statitistical assessment of Mexico's aftermarket, covering a range of basic facts on Mexico's vehicle manufacturing, sales and service sectors. Thu, 11 May 2017 11:24:05 EST Aftermarket trade groups defend NAFTA benefits http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170511/NEWS/170519987/aftermarket-trade-groups-defend-nafta-benefits 20170511/NEWS/170519987 SAN ANTONIO — The heads of the automotive aftermarket trade groups in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. met recently and "reaffirmed a unified commitment" to NAFTA, according to the Auto Care Association. Thu, 11 May 2017 11:39:24 EST ISRI to absorb Recycled Rubber Council http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170511/NEWS/170519988/isri-to-absorb-recycled-rubber-council 20170511/NEWS/170519988 NEW ORLEANS The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries has agreed to absorb the Recycled Rubber Council, an association for recycled rubber manufacturers, processors and distributors, and take over the council's mission and activities. Thu, 11 May 2017 11:33:43 EST Nokian named sponsor of NFL in Canada http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170511/NEWS/170519990/nokian-named-sponsor-of-nfl-in-canada 20170511/NEWS/170519990 COLCHESTER, Vt. Nokian Tyres Inc. has been named an official sponsor of the National Football League in Canada, through Super Bowl LIV in 2020. Thu, 11 May 2017 11:22:35 EST Cooper plant leaders receive patriot award http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170510/NEWS/170519998/cooper-plant-leaders-receive-patriot-award 20170510/NEWS/170519998 TUPELO, Miss. — The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve has named three workers at Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.'s Tupelo plant as recipients of its Patriot Award. Wed, 10 May 2017 10:38:15 EST Ariz. gov. signs used-tire bill http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170510/NEWS/170519999/ariz-gov-signs-used-tire-bill 20170510/NEWS/170519999 PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has signed a bill that sharpens the definition of waste tires in an effort to prevent their being sold as used tires, but which does not propose penalties for used tire sellers that mount unsafe tires on vehicles. Wed, 10 May 2017 10:35:20 EST Higher costs drive down SRI's Q1 earnings http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170510/NEWS/170519991/higher-costs-drive-down-sris-q1-earnings 20170510/NEWS/170519991 KOBE, Japan — Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd.'s operating income dropped 12.6 percent for the quarter ended March 31. Wed, 10 May 2017 17:06:32 EST Federal UHP tire earns Red Dot nod http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170510/NEWS/170519992/federal-uhp-tire-earns-red-dot-nod 20170510/NEWS/170519992 ESSEN, Germany — Federal Tire Corp.'s 595RS-RR ultra-high-performance tire has received Red Dot Award recognition for its design, handling and endurance. Wed, 10 May 2017 16:42:57 EST N.Y. OKs low-cost power for Sumitomo http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170510/NEWS/170519993/n-y-oks-low-cost-power-for-sumitomo 20170510/NEWS/170519993 TONAWANDA, N.Y. — The state of New York has approved a low-cost allocation of 1.5 megawatts of hydropower to Sumitomo Rubber U.S.A. to support an expansion at the firm's tire plant in Tonawanda. Wed, 10 May 2017 16:23:33 EST ACA import group seeks award nominees http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170510/NEWS/170519994/aca-import-group-seeks-award-nominees 20170510/NEWS/170519994 BETHESDA, Md. The Import Vehicle Community is accepting nominations for its 2017 People Awards, which honor the excellence of individuals in the import auto care industry. Wed, 10 May 2017 14:25:36 EST Triangle to open Nashville-area warehouse http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170510/NEWS/170519995/triangle-to-open-nashville-area-warehouse 20170510/NEWS/170519995 MADISON, Tenn. Triangle Tire USA has selected a property in Madison as the site for its first U.S. warehouse and continues to evaluate other sites around the country for additional distribution capacity. Wed, 10 May 2017 12:34:24 EST CTDA opposes storm water bill http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170510/NEWS/170519996/ctda-opposes-storm-water-bill 20170510/NEWS/170519996 SACRAMENTO, Calif. The California Tire Dealers Association is opposing a proposed California Assembly bill that would add $1.50 to the state's $1.75-per-tire used tire fee to pay for municipal storm sewer systems. Wed, 10 May 2017 10:52:00 EST Goodyear grants fuel STEM education http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170510/NEWS/170519997/goodyear-grants-fuel-stem-education 20170510/NEWS/170519997 AKRON Goodyear is doing its best to help foster the next generation of scientists and engineers by providing the inspirations and incentives that could push scientific curiosity into STEM careers. Wed, 10 May 2017 10:49:02 EST Expert urges immediate asbestos ban in Canada http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170509/NEWS/170509939/expert-urges-immediate-asbestos-ban-in-canada 20170509/NEWS/170509939 OTTAWA — Jim Brophy, a University of Windsor adjunct professor and former director of the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers, can't understand why Canada isn't immediately outlawing asbestos in automotive brake parts and other products. Tue, 9 May 2017 16:31:45 EST Cooper names Tread Wisely program ambassadors http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170509/NEWS/170509936/cooper-names-tread-wisely-program-ambassadors 20170509/NEWS/170509936 FINDLAY, Ohio — Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. has chosen 14 teens and young adults from across the country as ambassadors for its Tread Wisely vehicle safety program for teens and young adults. Tue, 9 May 2017 17:18:17 EST Senate kills small biz retirement plan rule http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170509/NEWS/170509937/senate-kills-small-biz-retirement-plan-rule 20170509/NEWS/170509937 WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate has overturned a 2016 Department of Labor guideline that aided small businesses in setting up retirement plans for their employees. The vote was 49 to 1. Tue, 9 May 2017 16:38:22 EST Industry analyst Shaw to keynote Latin Expo http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170509/NEWS/170509935/industry-analyst-shaw-to-keynote-latin-expo 20170509/NEWS/170509935 MIAMI David Shaw, CEO of Tire Industry Research, will be the keynote speaker at this year's Latin American & Caribbean Tyre Expo, scheduled for June 14-16 in Panama City, Panama. Tue, 9 May 2017 17:20:31 EST Hankook hires Conti's Sicking as sales director http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170509/NEWS/170509938/hankook-hires-contis-sicking-as-sales-director 20170509/NEWS/170509938 NASHVILLE, Tenn. Hankook Tire America Corp. has hired James Sicking, a sales executive with Continental Tire the Americas for the past nine years, as its director of corporate sales. Tue, 9 May 2017 16:35:00 EST Mickey Thompson hires sales VP http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170509/NEWS/170509940/mickey-thompson-hires-sales-vp 20170509/NEWS/170509940 STOW, Ohio Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels is looking to drive global market growth with the appointment of Perry Lease to vice president, sales. Tue, 9 May 2017 14:31:04 EST Nokian eyes 10% sales growth in 2017 http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170509/NEWS/170509941/nokian-eyes-10-sales-growth-in-2017 20170509/NEWS/170509941 NOKIA, Finland Nokian Tyres P.L.C. is projecting solid sales and earnings growth after reporting double-digit gains in earnings and sales in the quarter ended March 31. Tue, 9 May 2017 13:25:28 EST Goodyear donating $100,000 to Akron fund http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170509/NEWS/170509943/goodyear-donating-100000-to-akron-fund 20170509/NEWS/170509943 AKRON Goodyear is donating $100,000 to the Akron Community Revitalization Loan Fund, which will provide financing for business development projects in distressed and urban areas of Akron. Tue, 9 May 2017 12:19:01 EST Conti raises sales forecast on strong Q1 http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170509/NEWS/170509944/conti-raises-sales-forecast-on-strong-q1 20170509/NEWS/170509944 HANNOVER, Germany Continental A.G. has raised its sales projections slightly for fiscal 2017 following a strong performance in the quarter ended March 31. Tue, 9 May 2017 12:12:47 EST Chinese OTR tire makers appeal import duties http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170508/NEWS/170509954/chinese-otr-tire-makers-appeal-import-duties 20170508/NEWS/170509954 NEW YORK — Four Chinese OTR tire manufacturers have followed through on their promise to appeal the U.S. Department of Commerce's revamped antidumping and countervailing duties against them for the 2014-15 review period. Mon, 8 May 2017 11:42:45 EST Relaunch of Atlas brand heads 2016-17 brand developments http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170508/NEWS/170509955/relaunch-of-atlas-brand-heads-2016-17-brand-developments 20170508/NEWS/170509955 AKRON — Tire brands come and go regularly in North America, but the relaunch of the Atlas tire brand this year would have to rank as the top brand-related story of the past year. Mon, 8 May 2017 10:40:23 EST Doublestar's growth slows after 2016 sales jump http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170508/NEWS/170509956/doublestars-growth-slows-after-2016-sales-jump 20170508/NEWS/170509956 QINGDAO, China — Qingdao Doublestar Tyre Co. Ltd.'s sales growth slowed in the first quarter after the company generated double-digit growth in fiscal 2016. Mon, 8 May 2017 10:14:21 EST Marangoni sells solid tire assets to Onyx http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170508/NEWS/170509957/marangoni-sells-solid-tire-assets-to-onyx 20170508/NEWS/170509957 ROVERETO, Italy — Marangoni S.p.A. has sold its solid tire manufacturing and distribution assets to Onyx Group, a Dubai, United Arab Emirates-based diversified entity with holdings in transportation, engineering and trading. Mon, 8 May 2017 09:51:59 EST Nokian's sales in North America to double by 2021 http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170505/NEWS/170509959/nokians-sales-in-north-america-to-double-by-2021 20170505/NEWS/170509959 NOKIA, Finland — Nokian Tyres P.L.C. management expects its sales in North America to double in the coming five years as the company works toward opening its first U.S. Fri, 5 May 2017 17:43:02 EST Online sales tax bills introduced in Congress http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170505/NEWS/170509958/online-sales-tax-bills-introduced-in-congress 20170505/NEWS/170509958 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Legislators in the U.S. House and Senate have introduced bills that address the the issue of online merchants avoiding charging state sales tax for internet purchases. Fri, 5 May 2017 18:03:37 EST Stakeholders react to Chinese OTR tire ruling http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170505/NEWS/170509962/stakeholders-react-to-chinese-otr-tire-ruling 20170505/NEWS/170509962 WASHINGTON D.C. — Representatives of Chinese OTR tire manufacturers and Titan Tire Corp. have diametrically opposing reactions to the elevated antidumping and countervailing duties levied recently by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Fri, 5 May 2017 12:56:56 EST Apollo fiscal operating income unchanged http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170505/NEWS/170509961/apollo-fiscal-operating-income-unchanged 20170505/NEWS/170509961 GURGAON, India Apollo Tyres Ltd.'s fiscal 2016-17 operating profit was unchanged from a year ago while net profit slipped 2.1 percent to $159.9 million. Fri, 5 May 2017 13:08:12 EST Car repair costs would rise $160 under BAT http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170505/NEWS/170509963/car-repair-costs-would-rise-160-under-bat 20170505/NEWS/170509963 BETHESDA, Md. Implementing a "border adjustment tax" on imported goods would result in a $160 increase in annual auto repair and maintenance costs for the average family, according to the Auto Care Association (ACA). Fri, 5 May 2017 12:54:02 EST Bridgestone Dueler OE on Alfa Stelvio SUV http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170505/NEWS/170509970/bridgestone-dueler-oe-on-alfa-stelvio-suv 20170505/NEWS/170509970 BRUSSELS — FCA Group S.p.A. has selected a version Bridgestone Corp.'s Dueler H/P Sport tire as an OE fitment for its Stelvio mid-size SUV to be sold in the North America and Asia/Pacific markets. Fri, 5 May 2017 10:24:22 EST U.S. gains jobs in April; unemployment rate inches down http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170505/NEWS/170509971/u-s-gains-jobs-in-april-unemployment-rate-inches-down 20170505/NEWS/170509971 WASHINGTON — Nonfarm payroll employment grew by 211,000 jobs in April, while the unemployment rate fell one tenth of a percent from March. Fri, 5 May 2017 10:20:57 EST Monro forecasts earnings gain of 14%-24% http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170505/NEWS/170509969/monro-forecasts-earnings-gain-of-14-24 20170505/NEWS/170509969 ROCHESTER, N.Y. Monro Muffler Brake Inc. is forecasting a double-digit gain in per-share earnings for fiscal 2018 based on a variety of factors, including expected tire price increases. Fri, 5 May 2017 10:28:27 EST OUR VIEW: Finding a silver lining in the cloud http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170505/NEWS/170509974/our-view-finding-a-silver-lining-in-the-cloud 20170505/NEWS/170509974 A decade ago, the only tablets that appeared in tire dealerships were bound sheets of paper. And the writing instrument was a pen or pencil. How things have changed. Fri, 5 May 2017 09:00:00 EST Toyo relocating HQ to site near tech center http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170504/NEWS/170509975/toyo-relocating-hq-to-site-near-tech-center 20170504/NEWS/170509975 OSAKA, Japan — Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. is following through on plans for function-based management restructuring, taking another step toward efficiency with the relocation of its corporate headquarters. Thu, 4 May 2017 15:05:38 EST McCarthy expanding operations in eastern Pa. http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170504/NEWS/170509973/mccarthy-expanding-operations-in-eastern-pa 20170504/NEWS/170509973 WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — McCarthy Tire Service is on the move in its home state, acquiring a competitor's commercial business and relocating a retail/commercial store. Thu, 4 May 2017 16:41:07 EST Boto in talks to build tire plant in Malaysia http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170504/NEWS/170509977/boto-in-talks-to-build-tire-plant-in-malaysia 20170504/NEWS/170509977 JASIN, Malaysia — China's Shandong Wanda Boto Tyre Co. Ltd., producer of the Winda and Boto brands, is considering building a tire plant in Malaysia. Thu, 4 May 2017 10:49:34 EST Apollo goes digital to meet truck tire goals in Europe http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170504/NEWS/170509976/apollo-goes-digital-to-meet-truck-tire-goals-in-europe 20170504/NEWS/170509976 BIRMINGHAM, England — Apollo Tyres Ltd. has developed a digital selling platform to support its launch of a truck and bus tire product range in Europe. Thu, 4 May 2017 12:12:51 EST OTHER VOICES: Cloud-based timecards can save time, improve efficiency http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170504/NEWS/170509978/-other-voices-cloud-based-timecards-can-save-time-improve-efficiency 20170504/NEWS/170509978 Let's face it. Keeping track of hours at any time during the year distracts you from running your business. But this time of year, it can impact you even more. Thu, 4 May 2017 10:28:56 EST Titan trims Q1 losses on higher sales http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170504/NEWS/170509979/titan-trims-q1-losses-on-higher-sales 20170504/NEWS/170509979 QUINCY, Ill. Titan International Inc. trimmed its first quarter operating and net losses vs. the year-ago period on 11.1-percent higher sales. Thu, 4 May 2017 10:22:05 EST Falken named OE for Volkswagen Touran http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170503/NEWS/170509982/falken-named-oe-for-volkswagen-touran 20170503/NEWS/170509982 OFFENBACH, Germany — Volkswagen A.G. has spec'd a 16-inch version of the Falken Ziex ZE914A Ecorun tire as an OE fitment on the 2017 Touran SUV, a European-only model. Wed, 3 May 2017 17:19:42 EST Four Seasons contest awards trip to SEMA Show http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170503/NEWS/170509981/four-seasons-contest-awards-trip-to-sema-show 20170503/NEWS/170509981 LEWISVILLE, Texas — Standard Motor Products Inc. has launched a contest for auto service counter personnel to win a trip to Las Vegas to attend the 2017 Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week. Wed, 3 May 2017 17:30:13 EST Nokian to build $360M tire plant in Tennessee http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170503/NEWS/170509986/nokian-to-build-360m-tire-plant-in-tennessee 20170503/NEWS/170509986 NOKIA, Finland — Nokian Tyres P.L.C. is greenlighting plans for a tire plant in the U.S., investing $360 million at a site in eastern Tennessee that will include a distribution center. Wed, 3 May 2017 09:06:21 EST Land dispute delays Sri Lanka tire plant http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170503/NEWS/170509980/land-dispute-delays-sri-lanka-tire-plant 20170503/NEWS/170509980 LONDON Plans to build a car tire plant in Sri Lanka have become bogged down in a fight over the sale of land for the $78 million project. Wed, 3 May 2017 17:40:25 EST ISRI releases 2017 legislative agenda http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170503/NEWS/170509983/isri-releases-2017-legislative-agenda 20170503/NEWS/170509983 WASHINGTON—The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries has released its 2017 legislative agenda, highlighting its priorities in issues involving recycling. Wed, 3 May 2017 17:05:24 EST ASA fights to preserve Texas auto inspection program http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170503/NEWS/170509984/asa-fights-to-preserve-texas-auto-inspection-program 20170503/NEWS/170509984 AUSTIN, Texas — The Automotive Service Association is asking its Texas members to urge their state legislators to oppose two bills that would dismantle the state's periodic vehicle safety inspection program. Wed, 3 May 2017 14:09:00 EST USW inches closer to Titan contract vote http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170503/NEWS/170509985/usw-inches-closer-to-titan-contract-vote 20170503/NEWS/170509985 FREEPORT, Ill.—The United Steelworkers union seems to be getting closer to voting on a five-year labor agreement with Titan International Inc. covering three locals. Wed, 3 May 2017 10:21:13 EST OTHER VOICES: Student loan debt hinders Millennial entrepreneurs http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170502/NEWS/170509991/other-voices-student-loan-debt-hinders-millennial-entrepreneurs 20170502/NEWS/170509991 America is facing a crisis so serious that it has the potential to cripple an entire generation of would-be entrepreneurs. Thanks to student loans, a whopping $1. Tue, 2 May 2017 11:51:20 EST Bridgestone reopens expanded data center http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170502/NEWS/170509989/bridgestone-reopens-expanded-data-center 20170502/NEWS/170509989 AKRON — Bridgestone Americas Inc. celebrated the grand re-opening of its Akron Data Center, which centralizes all of the company's five data systems into one location, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 18. Tue, 2 May 2017 15:30:00 EST Signs of recovery in European tire markets http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170502/NEWS/170509987/signs-of-recovery-in-european-tire-markets 20170502/NEWS/170509987 BRUSSELS European replacement tire shipments grew in nearly every market segment in the first three months of 2017, according to the latest ETRMA figures. Tue, 2 May 2017 15:12:18 EST CarCareONE card adding fuel option http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170502/NEWS/170509988/carcareone-card-adding-fuel-option 20170502/NEWS/170509988 STAMFORD, Conn. — Synchrony Financial is replacing the venerable CarCareONE credit card with a revamped card called Synchrony Car Care that offers motorists the option to pay for fuel. Tue, 2 May 2017 14:16:09 EST Brake Parts names police fleet manager http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170502/NEWS/170509990/brake-parts-names-police-fleet-manager 20170502/NEWS/170509990 McHENRY, Ill. Brake Parts Inc. has named Chip Hudson as its national police fleet manager. He will be responsible for expanding into the fire and ambulance markets. Tue, 2 May 2017 12:30:06 EST Wireless programs improve shop efficiency, but only with proper infrastructure support http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170502/NEWS/170509997/wireless-programs-improve-shop-efficiency-but-only-with-proper 20170502/NEWS/170509997 DETROIT — Connected cars, tablet computers and cloud-based software are putting heavier loads on the wireless networks of dealership service departments. Tue, 2 May 2017 06:00:00 EST Apollo to relocate U.S. headquarters to Atlanta http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170501/NEWS/170509992/apollo-to-relocate-u-s-headquarters-to-atlanta 20170501/NEWS/170509992 ATLANTA — Apollo Tyres Ltd. has taken one of the first major steps to increasing its presence in the U.S. — relocating its North American corporate headquarters to Atlanta from Metuchen, N.J. Mon, 1 May 2017 16:09:58 EST ATG hires Cummins exec as CEO http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170501/NEWS/170509993/atg-hires-cummins-exec-as-ceo 20170501/NEWS/170509993 MUMBAI, India — Alliance Tire Group has hired Nitin Mantri, an executive with experience in the heavy-equipment industry, to be its CEO, assuming those duties from ATG Director and CEO Yogesh Mahansaria. Mon, 1 May 2017 15:35:38 EST 6 U.S. tire firms to help fund Smithers expansion http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170501/NEWS/170509994/6-u-s-tire-firms-to-help-fund-smithers-expansion 20170501/NEWS/170509994 AKRON — Tire testing company Smithers Rapra has struck a deal with six U.S.-based tire makers to help fund the expansion of its tire and wheel testing center in Ravenna, Ohio. Mon, 1 May 2017 14:17:56 EST ACA extends scholarship application deadline http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170501/NEWS/170509996/aca-extends-scholarship-application-deadline 20170501/NEWS/170509996 BETHESDA, Md. — The Auto Care Association has extended the application deadline for its Auto Care Careers Internship Scholarships to June 30. Mon, 1 May 2017 12:41:02 EST Omni United hires ex-Cooper exec Caris http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170501/NEWS/170509999/omni-united-hires-ex-cooper-exec-caris 20170501/NEWS/170509999 SINGAPORE — International tire distributor Omni United (S) Pte. Ltd. has hired former Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. executive Phillip Caris to be executive director of its U.S. businesses, effective immediately. Mon, 1 May 2017 09:50:59 EST Shamrock CEO Douglas Conley dies http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170501/NEWS/170509995/shamrock-ceo-douglas-conley-dies 20170501/NEWS/170509995 PEEWEE VALLEY, Ky. Douglas J. Conley Sr., CEO of retreading supplier Shamrock Marketing Inc., died April 21 at age 69. Mon, 1 May 2017 12:57:18 EST Trelleborg Q1 results aided by CGS input http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20170501/NEWS/170509998/trelleborg-q1-results-aided-by-cgs-input 20170501/NEWS/170509998 TRELLEBORG, Sweden Trelleborg A.B. reported double-digit gains in operating income and sales for the quarter ended March 31, aided largely by the first-time inclusion of results of Czech tire and rubber products maker CGS A.S. Mon, 1 May 2017 09:54:57 EST