Tire Business - RSS News Feed http://www.tirebusiness.com/section/news http://www.tirebusiness.com en-us Sun, 19 Nov 2017 19:05:07 EST 10 Triangle eyes North Carolina for plants http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171117/NEWS/171119951/-triangle-eyes-north-carolina-for-plants 20171117/NEWS/171119951 WEIHAI, China — Triangle Group Co. Ltd. has identified North Carolina as the preferred site for a pair of tire plants — one for consumer and one for commercial tires — that it would like to build in the coming three to four years. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:29:34 EST Conti consolidating U.S. textile reinforcements units http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171117/NEWS/171119952/conti-consolidating-u-s-textile-reinforcements-units 20171117/NEWS/171119952 BARNESEVILLE, Ga. — ContiTech North America Inc. is consolidating its textile reinforcements business in the U.S. to one plant, in Barnesville, and has budgeted $9 million to cover the move and modernize the 129-year-old Barnesville plant. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:20:59 EST House passes tax bill; Senate version still in committee http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171117/NEWS/171119953/house-passes-tax-bill-senate-version-still-in-committee 20171117/NEWS/171119953 WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives passed a tax reform bill Nov. 17 by a 227-205 vote that would deliver $1.5 trillion in tax cuts while making major changes in federal tax provisions. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:40:22 EST ACA webinar focuses on customer experience improvement http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171117/NEWS/171119954/aca-webinar-focuses-on-customer-experience-improvement 20171117/NEWS/171119954 BETHESDA, Md. — The Auto Care Association will host a webinar Dec. 1 focusing on the topic of mystery shopping and the benefits it can bring across the auto care supply chain. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:39:11 EST ACA organizing 2018 trade mission to Costa Rica http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171117/NEWS/171119955/aca-organizing-2018-trade-mission-to-costa-rica 20171117/NEWS/171119955 BETHESDA, Md. — The Auto Care Association will host a trade mission to Costa Rica next year as part of a Department of Commerce-driven export development program. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:38:30 EST ACA formalizes relationship with Mexican group http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171116/NEWS/171119959/aca-formalizes-relationship-with-mexican-group 20171116/NEWS/171119959 BETHESDA, Md. — The Auto Care Association and its Mexican counterpart ARIDRA have agreed to formalize their relationship. Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:20:12 EST Sumitomo reports lower earnings, despite sales gains http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171116/NEWS/171119963/sumitomo-reports-lower-earnings-despite-sales-gains 20171116/NEWS/171119963 KOBE, Japan — Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. suffered double-digit drops in operating and net income for the quarter and nine months ended Sept. 30, despite double-digit gains in sales revenue. Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:35:51 EST Michelin's Selleck to retire at year-end http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171116/NEWS/171119964/michelins-selleck-to-retire-at-year-end 20171116/NEWS/171119964 GREENVILLE, S.C. — Michelin North America Inc. Chairman and President Pete Selleck will retire at year-end, concluding a 35-year career at Michelin, including the last six in his current positions. Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:23:04 EST Pirelli continues rebranding at Aeolus plant http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171116/NEWS/171119960/pirelli-continues-rebranding-at-aeolus-plant 20171116/NEWS/171119960 MILAN, Italy — Pirelli & C. S.p.A. is converting production at Aeolus Tire Co. Ltd.'s passenger tire plant in Jiaozuo, China, to the Pirelli brand from the Aeolus brand following an investment program there. Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:22:22 EST Dynamic to handle Pirelli, Formula truck tires in Canada http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171116/NEWS/171119961/dynamic-to-handle-pirelli-formula-truck-tires-in-canada 20171116/NEWS/171119961 SAN DIEGO — TP Commercial Solutions L.L.C. is partnering with Dynamic Tire Corp. of Woodbridge, Ontario, to distribute Pirelli- and Formula-brand truck tires in Canada. Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:51:53 EST NASTF taps Seyfer as executive officer http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171116/NEWS/171119962/nastf-taps-seyfer-as-executive-officer 20171116/NEWS/171119962 WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. — The National Automotive Service Task Force has named auto repair industry veteran Donny Seyfer to replace the retiring Skip Potter as its executive officer. Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:37:34 EST Private sector plays for overtime on NAFTA http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171115/NEWS/171119968/private-sector-plays-for-overtime-on-nafta 20171115/NEWS/171119968 DETROIT — Supporters of the North American Free Trade Agreement see time as their best friend. Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:42:41 EST ACA supports review of online sales tax prohibition http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171115/NEWS/171119967/aca-supports-review-of-online-sales-tax-prohibition 20171115/NEWS/171119967 WASHINGTON — The Auto Care Association has joined nine other trade associations in signing an amicus brief supporting a petition before the U.S. Supreme Court to address the issue of states collecting sales tax on internet purchases. Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:01:15 EST TSW acquires Fla. wheel distributor GoodRoads Auto http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171115/NEWS/171119969/tsw-acquires-fla-wheel-distributor-goodroads-auto 20171115/NEWS/171119969 BREA, Calif. — TSW Alloy Wheels has acquired GoodRoads Auto Systems, a Florida-based wheel and tire distributor that features as many as 20 proprietary wheel brands. Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:43:31 EST India's CEAT Ltd. earns Deming Prize for TQM initiatives http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171115/NEWS/171119970/indias-ceat-ltd-earns-deming-prize-for-tqm-initiatives 20171115/NEWS/171119970 TOKYO — India's CEAT Ltd. has earned the Deming Prize, an award that recognizes companies which achieve business transformation by implementing Total Quality Management (TQM). Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:57:46 EST Future Tire seeking papers for 2018 conference http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171115/NEWS/171119971/future-tire-seeking-papers-for-2018-conference 20171115/NEWS/171119971 LONDON — European Rubber Journal, the organizer of the Future Tire Conference planned for May 30-31, 2018, in Cologne, Germany, is seeking papers to be presented during the conference's technical program. Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:51:17 EST Copyright Office proposes renewal of DMCA vehicle repair exemptions http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171115/NEWS/171119972/copyright-office-proposes-renewal-of-dmca-vehicle-repair-exemptions 20171115/NEWS/171119972 WASHINGTON — The U.S. Copyright Office has issued a proposed rule to extend temporary exemptions from rules under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act prohibiting circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works. Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:50:36 EST TBC adds Trail Guide HLT tire line http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171114/NEWS/171119975/tbc-adds-trail-guide-hlt-tire-line 20171114/NEWS/171119975 PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — TBC Brands L.L.C. has added a highway version of its Trail Guide tire line, the Trail Guide HLT, for the light truck segment. Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:29:38 EST Yokohama reports double-digit sales, earnings gains http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171114/NEWS/171119974/yokohama-reports-double-digit-sales-earnings-gains 20171114/NEWS/171119974 TOKYO — Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. reported double-digit gains in sales and earnings for the nine months ended Sept. 30, reflecting "robust" results in the firm's tire business, led by strong sales in Russia, China and Southeast Asia. Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:32:59 EST Michelin buys tire pressure control system companies http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171114/NEWS/171119984/michelin-buys-tire-pressure-control-system-companies 20171114/NEWS/171119984 CLERMONT-FERRAND, France — Group Michelin has acquired a pair of European suppliers of tire pressure control systems as part of its bid to become a "total solutions provider" in the agriculture segment and improve its central tire inflation systems... Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:17:34 EST Canadians' winter tire use is increasing steadily http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171114/NEWS/171119978/canadians-winter-tire-use-is-increasing-steadily 20171114/NEWS/171119978 CAMBRIDGE, Ontario — Winter tire shipments across Canada have grown at an annualized rate of 4 percent over the past five years, making winter tires the fastest-growing tire category in the country. Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:16:14 EST Conti breaks ground on dandelion rubber lab http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171114/NEWS/171119980/conti-breaks-ground-on-dandelion-rubber-lab 20171114/NEWS/171119980 ANKLAM, Germany — Continental A.G. has broken ground on the $39 million research and test laboratory in Anklam dedicated to developing the Russian dandelion as an alternative source of latex that could be processed into rubber. Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:07:06 EST Pirelli adopts sustainable NR supply policy http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171114/NEWS/171119983/pirelli-adopts-sustainable-nr-supply-policy 20171114/NEWS/171119983 MILAN — Pirelli & C. S.p.A. has adopted a 12-step sustainable natural rubber supply-chain policy that it considers essential to preserve forests and biodiversity and to allow long-lasting development for local communities and economies. Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:22:58 EST AutoInc. names Top 10 automotive websites http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171114/NEWS/171119982/autoinc-names-top-10-automotive-websites 20171114/NEWS/171119982 NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas — AutoInc., the Automotive Service Association's monthly publication, has named the winners of its annual Top 10 Website Contest Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:31:34 EST K&M buys MotoStar, expands into New England http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171113/NEWS/171119992/kamp-m-buys-motostar-expands-into-new-england 20171113/NEWS/171119992 MERRIMACK, N.H. — K&M Tire Inc. has acquired MotoStar Tire & Auto Products Inc. of Merrimack, providing the Ohio wholesaler a distribution base for New England. Mon, 13 Nov 2017 10:15:57 EST Businesses assist in revamp of Troy High auto lab http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171113/NEWS/171119985/businesses-assist-in-revamp-of-troy-high-auto-lab 20171113/NEWS/171119985 TROY, Mich. — Troy High School has revamped its Auto Technology Lab with a $200,000 investment aimed at enhancing hands-on education. Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:10:53 EST Bridgestone lowers fiscal sales, earnings forecast http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171113/NEWS/171119986/bridgestone-lowers-fiscal-sales-earnings-forecast 20171113/NEWS/171119986 TOKYO — Higher-than-expected raw-materials costs and a U.S. market slowdown have prompted Bridgestone Corp. to cut its forecast for full-year operating income and sales by 7 and 1 percent, respectively. Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:07:35 EST Fitment Group, Size It Up merging fitment data platforms http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171113/NEWS/171119987/fitment-group-size-it-up-merging-fitment-data-platforms 20171113/NEWS/171119987 DULUTH, Minn. — Fitment Group and Size It Up, independent providers of tire and wheel fitment data, are planning to merge under the Fitment Group brand. Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:42:39 EST Overing named sales director at Hankook Tire Canada http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171113/NEWS/171119988/overing-named-sales-director-at-hankook-tire-canada 20171113/NEWS/171119988 BRAMPTON, Ontario — Hankook Tire Canada Corp. has hired tire industry veteran John Overing to be its director of sales and marketing, tasked with identifying opportunities for growth in Canada and overseeing the firm's sales team. Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:27:16 EST Johnson's Tire closes; Anchorage bank offering assistance http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171113/NEWS/171119991/johnsons-tire-closes-anchorage-bank-offering-assistance 20171113/NEWS/171119991 ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Johnson's Tire Service, one of Alaska's largest retail tire dealerships for past few decades, ceased operations Nov. 3, leaving scores of customers with winter tires in storage in limbo. Mon, 13 Nov 2017 14:19:27 EST 'Alice' inspires Pirelli's 2018 calendar http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171110/NEWS/171119993/alice-inspires-pirellis-2018-calendar 20171110/NEWS/171119993 NEW YORK — The classic children's book, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," served as photographer Tim Walker's inspiration for the Pirelli 2018 Calendar, which was unveiled Nov. 10 at the Manhattan Center in New York. Fri, 10 Nov 2017 15:55:14 EST ZC Rubber launches smart tire system for fleets http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171110/NEWS/171119995/zc-rubber-launches-smart-tire-system-for-fleets 20171110/NEWS/171119995 LAS VEGAS — China's Hangzhou Zhongce Rubber Co. Ltd. has developed a cloud-based "smart tire system" for truck owners and trucking fleets to help them manage their tire maintenance remotely. Fri, 10 Nov 2017 15:38:08 EST Tim Chaney joins Toyo as VP of marketing http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171110/NEWS/171119996/tim-chaney-joins-toyo-as-vp-of-marketing 20171110/NEWS/171119996 CYPRESS, Calif. — Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. has hired auto industry veteran Tim Chaney to be its vice president of marketing, responsible for Toyo's U.S. marketing efforts including go-to market strategy, brand management and brand development. Fri, 10 Nov 2017 13:45:37 EST Michelin awarded nearly $2.5M in fraud case http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171110/NEWS/171119998/michelin-awarded-nearly-2-5m-in-fraud-case 20171110/NEWS/171119998 COLUMBIA, S.C.— A U.S. District Court has ruled that Federal Insurance Co. must pay Michelin North America Inc. nearly $2. Fri, 10 Nov 2017 13:35:19 EST Meineke franchisees to support Wounded Warrior Project http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171110/NEWS/171119997/meineke-franchisees-to-support-wounded-warrior-project 20171110/NEWS/171119997 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Meineke Car Care Centers is conducting a "round it up" campaign to help the Wounded Warrior Project as part of the franchisor's 45th anniversary celebration. Fri, 10 Nov 2017 13:41:15 EST Cabot CEO sees 'solid' tire sector growth in N. America http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171110/NEWS/171119999/cabot-ceo-sees-solid-tire-sector-growth-in-n-america 20171110/NEWS/171119999 BOSTON— The CEO of carbon black supplier Cabot Corp. said recently he expects to see "solid growth" in the North American tire sector due to "long-term fundamentals" of the market. Fri, 10 Nov 2017 13:33:34 EST Nokian reports double-digit Q3 earnings, sales growth http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171109/NEWS/171109933/nokian-reports-double-digit-q3-earnings-sales-growth 20171109/NEWS/171109933 NOKIA, Finland — Nokian Tyres P.L.C.'s strong fiscal 2017 performance continued in the third quarter with a 21.3-percent jump in operating profit and 14.5-percent increase in sales. Thu, 9 Nov 2017 17:04:38 EST Import Vehicle Community names 'People Award' winners http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171109/NEWS/171109934/import-vehicle-community-names-people-award-winners 20171109/NEWS/171109934 LAS VEGAS — The Import Vehicle Community, an Auto Care Association entity, named five People Award winners during the recent Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo in Las Vegas. Thu, 9 Nov 2017 16:15:04 EST AAM: Trump 'fails' U.S. workers in China visit http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171109/NEWS/171109935/aam-trump-fails-u-s-workers-in-china-visit 20171109/NEWS/171109935 WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump did nothing to help U.S. manufacturing workers during his trip to China, according to the Alliance for American Manufacturing. Thu, 9 Nov 2017 15:11:04 EST USW asks for Labor Department's help in Kumho case http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171109/NEWS/171109936/usw-asks-for-labor-departments-help-in-kumho-case 20171109/NEWS/171109936 WASHINGTON — The United Steelworkers union has asked the U.S. Department of Labor to intervene in a dispute between the USW and Kumho Tire U.S.A. at Kumho's tire plant in Macon, Ga. Thu, 9 Nov 2017 15:09:51 EST Michelin awards scholarships to TIA-affiliated students http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171109/NEWS/171109937/michelin-awards-scholarships-to-tia-affiliated-students 20171109/NEWS/171109937 LAS VEGAS — Michelin North America Inc. has awarded scholarships totaling $6,250 to a trio of high school students who have parents working at Tire Industry Association member companies. Thu, 9 Nov 2017 13:56:08 EST Future pick-ups will feature versatility, creature comforts http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171109/NEWS/171109939/future-pick-ups-will-feature-versatility-creature-comforts 20171109/NEWS/171109939 GREENVILLE, S.C. — Versatility and creature comforts were among the common features in the winning future pick-up truck designs in the 2018 Michelin Challenge Design. Thu, 9 Nov 2017 12:21:19 EST Utah woman wins truck in Yokohama contest http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171109/NEWS/171109940/utah-woman-wins-truck-in-yokohama-contest 20171109/NEWS/171109940 SANTA ANA, Calif. — Becca Panelley of Orem, Utah, has won a 2017 Ram 2500 Power Wagon Crew Cab 4x4 as the grand prize winner of the Yokohama Tire Corp./Nitro Circus "Get Trucked Up Giveway." Thu, 9 Nov 2017 12:02:15 EST SimpleTire to donate 5% of sales to veterans fund http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171109/NEWS/171109941/simpletire-to-donate-5-of-sales-to-veterans-fund 20171109/NEWS/171109941 PHILADELPHIA — In honor of Veterans Day, SimpleTire said it is donating 5 percent of all its online tire sales made on Nov. 10 to Wounded Warriors Family Support. Thu, 9 Nov 2017 11:46:20 EST 100th RNR Tire Express set to open in Sarasota http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171108/NEWS/171109942/100th-rnr-tire-express-set-to-open-in-sarasota 20171108/NEWS/171109942 SARASOTA, Fla. — Matt King, an RNR Tire Express franchisee for the past 15 years, has opened the franchise program's 100th store, a converted NAPA Auto Parts location, in Sarasota. Wed, 8 Nov 2017 17:13:33 EST Business groups offer mixed reactions to tax reform bill http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171108/NEWS/171109943/business-groups-offer-mixed-reactions-to-tax-reform-bill 20171108/NEWS/171109943 WASHINGTON — The tax reform proposal from the House Republican leadership is getting mixed reviews from the business community, incluidng the tire industry's main trade groups. Wed, 8 Nov 2017 16:31:26 EST SEMA 'Battle of the Builders' winners have Coker connection http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171108/NEWS/171109944/sema-battle-of-the-builders-winners-have-coker-connection 20171108/NEWS/171109944 LAS VEGAS — The three finalists in this year's SEMA "Battle of the Builders" competition — which crowns the best custom builds shown at the annual SEMA Show — used period-correct tires distributed by Coker Tire Co. Wed, 8 Nov 2017 16:30:29 EST TBC adds 18-inch sizes to Grand Prix Tour RS line http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171108/NEWS/171109945/tbc-adds-18-inch-sizes-to-grand-prix-tour-rs-line 20171108/NEWS/171109945 PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — TBC Brands has expanded the range of its Grand Prix Tour RS line, adding seven sizes to passenger touring line sold under its various proprietary brands. Wed, 8 Nov 2017 15:10:34 EST Apollo gets patent for specialty NR grade for HP tires http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171108/NEWS/171109946/apollo-gets-patent-for-specialty-nr-grade-for-hp-tires 20171108/NEWS/171109946 GURGAON, India — The Indian government has granted Apollo Tyres Ltd. and the Rubber Research Institute of India a patent on a grade of epoxide natural rubber designed for use in tires that they co-developed. Wed, 8 Nov 2017 12:38:20 EST Bridgestone rolling out TireConnect nationwide http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171108/NEWS/171109947/bridgestone-rolling-out-tireconnect-nationwide 20171108/NEWS/171109947 NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Bridgestone Americas Inc. Wed, 8 Nov 2017 12:27:50 EST Allstate: 1/3 of U.S. drivers 'stressed' about winter driving http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171108/NEWS/171109948/allstate-1-3-of-u-s-drivers-stressed-about-winter-driving 20171108/NEWS/171109948 NORTHBROOK, Ill. — More than a third of U.S. drivers surveyed recently by Allstate Insurance Co. admit wet winter driving conditions stress them out, with nearly half saying they are concerned by the prospect. Wed, 8 Nov 2017 12:25:29 EST Detroit's Goodwill launches used oil-filter recycling service http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171108/NEWS/171109949/detroits-goodwill-launches-used-oil-filter-recycling-service 20171108/NEWS/171109949 DETROIT — Green Works, a subsidiary business under Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit, has expanded its used oil-filter recycling program to include a collection service in partnership with Green Arbor Environmental. Wed, 8 Nov 2017 12:16:48 EST GRI to open Sri Lanka radial plant in January http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171107/NEWS/171109952/gri-to-open-sri-lanka-radial-plant-in-january 20171107/NEWS/171109952 BADALGAMA, Sri Lanka — Specialty tire producer Global Rubber Industries Pvt. Ltd. is planning to bring on stream in January the radial agricultural and construction tire plant it's building in Badalgama. Tue, 7 Nov 2017 16:07:05 EST Hunter 'WalkAway' tire changer earns SEMA Media Award http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171107/NEWS/171109951/hunter-walkaway-tire-changer-earns-sema-media-award 20171107/NEWS/171109951 LAS VEGAS — Hunter Engineering Co.'s Revolution tire changer with "WalkAway" operation has garnered a SEMA Global Media Award in voting by a panel of international journalists at the recent SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Tue, 7 Nov 2017 16:57:25 EST Acquisitions, expansions highlight wholesalers' business year http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171107/NEWS/171109950/acquisitions-expansions-highlight-wholesalers-business-year 20171107/NEWS/171109950 AKRON — Growth among North America's major tire wholesalers over the past year was a mix of organic expansion and acquisitions, primarily to support larger geographic footprints and/or to enhance distribution efficiencies. Tue, 7 Nov 2017 17:05:06 EST Titan losses continue; sales up double-digits http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171107/NEWS/171109953/titan-losses-continue-sales-up-double-digits 20171107/NEWS/171109953 QUINCY, Ill. — Titan International Inc. reported losses from operations for the quarter and nine months ended Sept. 30, albeit smaller losses than in the year-ago periods. Tue, 7 Nov 2017 16:05:55 EST Cooper hires Jim Pritchett to manage Tupelo plant http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171107/NEWS/171109957/cooper-hires-jim-pritchett-to-manage-tupelo-plant 20171107/NEWS/171109957 TUPELO, Miss. — Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. has hired Jim Pritchett, a one-time Goodyear engineer, to manage its tire plant in Tupelo. Tue, 7 Nov 2017 11:56:19 EST Hankook income drops in Q3, nine months http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171106/NEWS/171109960/hankook-income-drops-in-q3-nine-months 20171106/NEWS/171109960 SEOUL, South Korea — Hankook Tire Co. Ltd. suffered double-digit drops in operating income for the quarter and nine months ended Sept. 30, despite increased sales for both periods. Mon, 6 Nov 2017 14:45:32 EST Discount Tire, Penske expanding NASCAR sponsorship http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171106/NEWS/171109961/discount-tire-penske-expanding-nascar-sponsorship 20171106/NEWS/171109961 MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Discount Tire/America's Tire is stepping up the scale of its sponsorship of Team Penske's NASCAR team, securing the primary sponsor position in 2018 for 10 races on Brad Keselowski's No. Mon, 6 Nov 2017 14:42:50 EST 'Typical' top dealership has $2.7M revenue per store http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171106/NEWS/171109962/typical-top-dealership-has-2-7m-revenue-per-store 20171106/NEWS/171109962 AKRON — The "typical" larger-scale, multi-store independent retail tire dealership in North America operates 21 stores, generates about $2.7 million in revenue per store and carries a dozen tire brands. Mon, 6 Nov 2017 12:33:55 EST Aeolus Tyre posts net loss on higher materials costs http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171106/NEWS/171109964/aeolus-tyre-posts-net-loss-on-higher-materials-costs 20171106/NEWS/171109964 JIAOZUO, China — Aeolus Tyre Co. Ltd. suffered a $30.4 million net loss for the first nine months of 2017 despite 4-percent higher sales. Mon, 6 Nov 2017 11:21:41 EST Apollo earnings off in Q2, 1st half http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171106/NEWS/171109963/apollo-earnings-off-in-q2-1st-half 20171106/NEWS/171109963 GURGAON, India — Apollo Tyres Ltd. reported a 20-percent drop in operating income for the quarter ended Sept. 30 despite an 18-percent increase in sales. Mon, 6 Nov 2017 11:24:38 EST GRI hires sales, marketing director for the Americas http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171106/NEWS/171109966/gri-hires-sales-marketing-director-for-the-americas 20171106/NEWS/171109966 COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Global Rubber Industries Pvt. Ltd., the Colombo-based industrial tire manufacturer, has hired Maury Shnier as its sales and marketing director for the Americas. Mon, 6 Nov 2017 10:11:50 EST Trelleborg Serbian expansion project moving forward http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171106/NEWS/171109965/trelleborg-serbian-expansion-project-moving-forward 20171106/NEWS/171109965 TRELLEBORG, Sweden — Trelleborg A. B. expects to start phasing in new capacity at its Ruma, Serbia, agricultural and industrial tire plant in the third quarter of 2018, the company said recently. Mon, 6 Nov 2017 10:16:01 EST Trump nominates Jerome Powell to chair Federal Reserve http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171104/NEWS/171109969/trump-nominates-jerome-powell-to-chair-federal-reserve 20171104/NEWS/171109969 WASHINGTON — President Trump has nominated Jerome H. Powell, a member of the board of governors of the Federal Reserve since May 2012, to be the next chair of the Federal Reserve. Sat, 4 Nov 2017 19:21:03 EST Rancho offers right-hand-drive Jeep Wrangler JK performance suspension kit http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171104/NEWS/171109970/rancho-offers-right-hand-drive-jeep-wrangler-jk-performance 20171104/NEWS/171109970 LAS VEGAS — Tenneco Inc.'s Rancho off-road suspension components brand is offering a new performance suspension kit for right-hand-drive Jeep Wrangler JK vehicles. Sat, 4 Nov 2017 19:12:02 EST USTMA meets with EPA officials, touts commitment to sustainability http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171104/NEWS/171109972/ustma-meets-with-epa-officials-touts-commitment-to-sustainability 20171104/NEWS/171109972 WASHINGTON — Members and staff of the USTMA met with officials of the U.S. EPA recently to assist with the agency's residual risk and technology review of air emissions from tire plants. Sat, 4 Nov 2017 19:02:30 EST U.S. gains 261,000 jobs in October; unemployment rate inches down http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171104/NEWS/171109971/u-s-gains-261000-jobs-in-october-unemployment-rate-inches-down 20171104/NEWS/171109971 WASHINGTON — Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 261,000 jobs in October 2017, according to the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Sat, 4 Nov 2017 19:05:19 EST BKT rolls out ATV tire at SEMA http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171104/NEWS/171109968/bkt-rolls-out-atv-tire-at-sema 20171104/NEWS/171109968 LAS VEGAS — India's Balkrishna Industries Ltd. has released a tire designed specifically for the ATV market, the AT 171. Sat, 4 Nov 2017 19:32:42 EST Bridgestone launches 'Clutch Performance' campaign http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171104/NEWS/171109967/bridgestone-launches-clutch-performance-campaign 20171104/NEWS/171109967 NASHVILLE, Tenn. — One hundred days before the opening of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, Bridgestone Americas Inc. is unveiling its "Clutch Performance" advertising campaign featuring athletes from Team Bridgestone. Sat, 4 Nov 2017 19:37:56 EST Bosch unveils truck diagnostic tool http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171103/NEWS/171109976/bosch-unveils-truck-diagnostic-tool 20171103/NEWS/171109976 LAS VEGAS — Bosch Automotive Service Solutions introduced the 3823 ESI[truck]Pro heavy-duty diagnostic tool during AAPEX. Fri, 3 Nov 2017 06:00:00 EST Future auto repair shops will survive on data and 'dirt' http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171103/NEWS/171109975/future-auto-repair-shops-will-survive-on-data-and-dirt 20171103/NEWS/171109975 LAS VEGAS — The auto repair shop of the future will run on "devices, data and dirt," according to Interstate Batteries President and General Manager Tyler Reeves during a keynote address at AAPEX. Fri, 3 Nov 2017 06:00:00 EST Hunter offering 'safety system' alignment education videos http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171103/NEWS/171109974/hunter-offering-safety-system-alignment-education-videos 20171103/NEWS/171109974 LAS VEGAS — Hunter Engineering Co. Fri, 3 Nov 2017 06:00:00 EST Auto aftermarket sales becoming an omni-channel experience http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171102/NEWS/171109985/auto-aftermarket-sales-becoming-an-omni-channel-experience 20171102/NEWS/171109985 LAS VEGAS — Auto parts are the third largest category in e-commerce sales, which is contributing to the development of the omni-channel of auto aftermarket sales, according to an AAPEX keynote speaker. Thu, 2 Nov 2017 06:00:00 EST Aftermarket demand for ADAS to grow 9% per year — SEMA http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171102/NEWS/171109978/aftermarket-demand-for-adas-to-grow-9-per-year-sema 20171102/NEWS/171109978 LAS VEGAS — The value of aftermarket demand for automated vehicle safety features, known collectively as ADAS, is expected to grow about 9 percent a year through 2021 to more than $1.5 billion, according to a new SEMA study. Thu, 2 Nov 2017 12:36:51 EST Yokohama, KaBOOM! to open Miss. playground http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171102/NEWS/171109979/yokohama-kaboom-to-open-miss-playground 20171102/NEWS/171109979 WEST POINT, Miss. — About 200 volunteers from Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi and non-profit organization KaBOOM! banded together recently to build an eco-friendly children's playground in West Point. Thu, 2 Nov 2017 12:34:42 EST Yokohama named title sponsor of 2018 Sonora Rally http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171102/NEWS/171109980/yokohama-named-title-sponsor-of-2018-sonora-rally 20171102/NEWS/171109980 SANTA ANA, Calif. — Yokohama Tire Corp. will be the title sponsor of the 2018 Yokohama Sonora Rally, an off-road rally raid scheduled for Mexico's Sonora desert March 19-24. Thu, 2 Nov 2017 12:29:28 EST Zafco adding passenger, LT lines to Armstrong brand http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171102/NEWS/171109977/zafco-adding-passenger-lt-lines-to-armstrong-brand 20171102/NEWS/171109977 LAS VEGAS — Internationally active tire distributor Zafco International is adding passenger and light truck tires to the Amstrong brand it resurrected two years ago with a range of radial truck and bus tires. Thu, 2 Nov 2017 12:42:29 EST Verbrugge named GRI sales director, Europe http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171102/NEWS/171109981/verbrugge-named-gri-sales-director-europe 20171102/NEWS/171109981 COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Global Rubber Industries Pvt. Ltd., a Sri Lankan manufacturer of specialty tires, has hired former Camso Ltd. executive Kurt Verbrugge as its sales director, Europe. Thu, 2 Nov 2017 12:26:31 EST Trucking, fuel associations urge Congress to keep biodiesel tax credit http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171102/NEWS/171109982/trucking-fuel-associations-urge-congress-to-keep-biodiesel-tax-credit 20171102/NEWS/171109982 WASHINGTON — Six trucking and fuel associations have sent a letter to the leaders of the Senate Finance Committee, urging them to phase out the current biodiesel and renewable diesel blenders' credit rather than changing it immediately into a... Thu, 2 Nov 2017 12:24:07 EST Love's acquires Speedco from Bridgestone Americas http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171102/NEWS/171109983/loves-acquires-speedco-from-bridgestone-americas 20171102/NEWS/171109983 OKLAHOMA CITY — Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores has completed its acquisition of Speedco Inc., a national network of quick lube and inspection service centers for the trucking industry, from Bridgestone Americas Inc. Thu, 2 Nov 2017 06:00:00 EST TIA training programs to address counter personnel issues http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171102/NEWS/171109984/tia-training-programs-to-address-counter-personnel-issues 20171102/NEWS/171109984 LAS VEGAS — The Tire Industry Association is revising and upgrading its Automotive Tire Service and Commercial Tire Service training programs to provide a bridge between technicians and management/sales personnel from an industry guideline and... Thu, 2 Nov 2017 06:00:00 EST VIDEO: Wheels to Work program changes lives in Wisconsin http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171101/NEWS/171109994/video-wheels-to-work-program-changes-lives-in-wisconsin 20171101/NEWS/171109994 Donna Brown and Dan Newman are two of the 200-plus success stories from the Wheels to Work program, an initiative that allows less fortunate people in Wisconsin's Marathon County to purchase a vehicle or repair an existing one, with a no-interest loan,... Wed, 1 Nov 2017 06:00:00 EST AAM urges members to demand tough trade regulations from Trump http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171101/NEWS/171109987/aam-urges-members-to-demand-tough-trade-regulations-from-trump 20171101/NEWS/171109987 WASHINGTON — The Alliance for American Manufacturing is urging its members to sign a letter demanding that President Trump get tough with Asian leaders on international trade. Wed, 1 Nov 2017 12:48:22 EST Sumitomo rolls out 'Smart Tyre' innovation roadmap http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171101/NEWS/171109993/sumitomo-rolls-out-smart-tyre-innovation-roadmap 20171101/NEWS/171109993 TOKYO — Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. has set out a series of targets for its development of innovative tire products to meet increasing requirements around safety, sustainability and connected mobility. Wed, 1 Nov 2017 12:16:02 EST R.O. Writer upgrades 'eCat' auto parts catalog system http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171101/NEWS/171109992/r-o-writer-upgrades-ecat-auto-parts-catalog-system 20171101/NEWS/171109992 PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — TBC Corp.'s R.O. Writer shop management software business is collaborating with Epicor Software Corp. to upgrade its Smart eCat system to streamline the catalog updating process. Wed, 1 Nov 2017 12:18:51 EST Pirelli upgrades Scorpion A/T on/off-road tire http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171101/NEWS/171109991/pirelli-upgrades-scorpion-a-t-on-off-road-tire 20171101/NEWS/171109991 LAS VEGAS — Pirelli Tire North America has added the Scorpion All Terrain Plus, a tire designed for "maximum" on/off-road performance, to its Scorpion line tires for pickup trucks and SUVs. Wed, 1 Nov 2017 12:21:40 EST Horizon adding car, LT lines to Supermax brand http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171101/NEWS/171109990/horizon-adding-car-lt-lines-to-supermax-brand 20171101/NEWS/171109990 LAS VEGAS — Importer/wholesaler Horizon Tire Inc. is expanding its Supermax brand to include passenger and light truck tires, starting with the Supermax Touring TM-1, an all-season touring tire. Wed, 1 Nov 2017 12:25:15 EST Cooper launches Discoverer True North winter tire http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171101/NEWS/171109989/cooper-launches-discoverer-true-north-winter-tire 20171101/NEWS/171109989 LAS VEGAS — Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. unveiled its new Cooper Discoverer True North winter tire at the SEMA Show now running through Nov. 3 in Las Vegas. Wed, 1 Nov 2017 12:29:45 EST Coker adds 721 whitewall to Firestone vintage portfolio http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171101/NEWS/171109988/coker-adds-721-whitewall-to-firestone-vintage-portfolio 20171101/NEWS/171109988 LAS VEGAS — Coker Tire Co. has expanded its Firestone-brand vintage product line with the Firestone 721 whitewall radial, in sizes to fit 1970s' full-size classics such as the Lincoln Continental and Cadillac Eldorado. Wed, 1 Nov 2017 12:33:04 EST Smithers Rapra: Global truck tire market to reach $152.4 billion by 2027 http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171101/NEWS/171109999/smithers-rapra-global-truck-tire-market-to-reach-152-4-billion-by 20171101/NEWS/171109999 LEATHERHEAD, England — The international truck tire market will grow at an annual rate of 3.5 percent over the next 10 years, according to the latest research from Smithers Rapra.Sm Wed, 1 Nov 2017 06:00:00 EST Federal judge denies request to dismiss Bosch from 'Dieselgate' http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171101/NEWS/171109995/federal-judge-denies-request-to-dismiss-bosch-from-dieselgate 20171101/NEWS/171109995 SAN FRANCISCO — A judge in San Francisco federal district court has denied the motion of Robert Bosch G.m.b.H. and Robert Bosch L.L.C. to dismiss Bosch from the Volkswagen "Dieselgate" class action lawsuit. Wed, 1 Nov 2017 06:00:00 EST BestDrive's Denver-area location open for business http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171101/NEWS/171109998/bestdrives-denver-area-location-open-for-business 20171101/NEWS/171109998 COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — Continental Tire the Americas' BestDrive L.L.C. commercial service unit has celebrated the grand opening of its Commerce City location, its 22nd location across the U.S. Wed, 1 Nov 2017 06:00:00 EST TechForce launches campaign to develop future technicians http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171101/NEWS/171109996/techforce-launches-campaign-to-develop-future-technicians 20171101/NEWS/171109996 LAS VEGAS — TechForce Foundation, a non-profit organization, has launched a campaign to develop an ongoing stream of future qualified technicians for vehicle repair businesses. Wed, 1 Nov 2017 06:00:00 EST ACA: Auto aftermarket growing, but facing new challenges http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171101/NEWS/171109997/aca-auto-aftermarket-growing-but-facing-new-challenges 20171101/NEWS/171109997 LAS VEGAS – The U.S. automotive aftermarket continues to experience growth and is expected to generate $318 billion in revenue this year, according to industry officials. Wed, 1 Nov 2017 06:00:00 EST Cooper Evolution H/T judged 'best' new tire at SEMA http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171031/NEWS/171039986/cooper-evolution-h-t-judged-best-new-tire-at-sema 20171031/NEWS/171039986 LAS VEGAS — The Specialty Equipment Market Association has selected Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.'s Evolution H/T all-season highway light truck/SUV tire as the best new tire/related product at the 2017 SEMA Show. Tue, 31 Oct 2017 13:49:34 EST Kenda adding 'rough terrain' LT, grand touring passenger tires http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171031/NEWS/171039988/kenda-adding-rough-terrain-lt-grand-touring-passenger-tires 20171031/NEWS/171039988 BOULDER CITY, Nev. — American Kenda Rubber Ind. Co. Ltd. is renewing and expanding its product range with the launch of the Vezda Touring A/S KR205 grand touring passenger and Klever R/T KR601 "rough terrain" light truck/SUV tires. Tue, 31 Oct 2017 12:23:53 EST Accuride realigns wheel business, executive team http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171031/NEWS/171039985/accuride-realigns-wheel-business-executive-team 20171031/NEWS/171039985 EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Accuride Corp. has realigned its organizational structure and appointed executives to continue its expansion as a supplier of wheels and wheel end solutions. Tue, 31 Oct 2017 13:51:14 EST ADV.1 launches carbon-fiber hybrid wheel http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171031/NEWS/171039987/adv-1-launches-carbon-fiber-hybrid-wheel 20171031/NEWS/171039987 LAS VEGAS — Custom wheel maker Advance One Wheels Inc. (ADV.1) is launching its first carbon-fiber wheel, the ADV7.2 CF.2 Advanced Series, in partnership with British carbon-fiber specialists Dymag Group. Tue, 31 Oct 2017 13:12:39 EST Toyo to feature 30+ unique custom cars at SEMA http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171031/NEWS/171039992/toyo-to-feature-30-unique-custom-cars-at-sema 20171031/NEWS/171039992 LAS VEGAS — Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp.'s presence at this year's Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas will include 30-plus one-of-a-kind custom cars and trucks at two separate open-air exhibit spaces. Tue, 31 Oct 2017 10:00:00 EST Tenneco Expert Plus program turns 20 http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171031/NEWS/171039989/tenneco-expert-plus-program-turns-20 20171031/NEWS/171039989 MONROE, Mich. — Tenneco Inc. will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its Expert Plus dealer loyalty program with additional rewards, the company said. Tue, 31 Oct 2017 11:16:26 EST AWDA presents annual awards http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171031/NEWS/171039991/awda-presents-annual-awards 20171031/NEWS/171039991 LAS VEGAS — The Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association, a community of the Auto Care Association, has presented four annual awards honoring excellence in the auto aftermarket industry. Tue, 31 Oct 2017 06:00:00 EST David Martin becomes TIA president http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171031/NEWS/171039993/david-martin-becomes-tia-president 20171031/NEWS/171039993 LAS VEGAS — David Martin's term as president of the Tire Industry Association officially began on Oct. 30 during the organization's annual membership meeting, hosted at the Paris Hotel & Casino. Tue, 31 Oct 2017 06:00:00 EST Several issues, obstacles impact adoption of autonomous vehicles http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171031/NEWS/171039990/several-issues-obstacles-impact-adoption-of-autonomous-vehicles 20171031/NEWS/171039990 LAS VEGAS — The commercial market is more likely to adopt autonomous vehicles than the consumers for a variety of reasons, according to Richard Smallwood, president and CEO of Sumitomo Rubber North America Inc. Tue, 31 Oct 2017 06:00:00 EST Tire dealer Kent Olson giving community 'wheels to work,' education for life http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171030/NEWS/171039999/tire-dealer-kent-olson-giving-community-wheels-to-work-education-for 20171030/NEWS/171039999 WAUSAU, Wis. — If a project has anything to do with helping someone less fortunate in his state, Kent Olson might have had a hand in it. And that's why he was named our Tire Dealer Humanitarian of the Year. Mon, 30 Oct 2017 22:00:00 EST Tireco to feature Milestar brand at SEMA Show http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171030/NEWS/171039997/tireco-to-feature-milestar-brand-at-sema-show 20171030/NEWS/171039997 LAS VEGAS — Tireco Inc. will feature its Milestar brand at this year's Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas, where the firm will have a trio of Milestar-shod customized vehicles on display. Mon, 30 Oct 2017 19:06:42 EST Premium tires, mining lift sales at Michelin http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171030/NEWS/171039998/premium-tires-mining-lift-sales-at-michelin 20171030/NEWS/171039998 CLERMONT-FERRAND, France — Group Michelin registered a 5-percent rise in revenue for the quarter ended Sept. 30 to $5.88 billion on the combined effect of rising OE demand, a sustained rebound in demand for mining tires and a "highly favorable" price mix. Mon, 30 Oct 2017 19:02:30 EST GRI to introduce ag tires at German trade fair http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171030/NEWS/171039996/gri-to-introduce-ag-tires-at-german-trade-fair 20171030/NEWS/171039996 HANOVER, Germany — Industrial and OTR tire maker Global Rubber Industries Pvt. Ltd. will introduce its latest range of specialty argricultural tires at Agritechnica, a trade fair in Hanover for agricultural machinery to be held Nov. 12-18. Mon, 30 Oct 2017 19:25:25 EST Cooper's Q3 operating, net income up, sales fall http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171030/NEWS/171039995/coopers-q3-operating-net-income-up-sales-fall 20171030/NEWS/171039995 FINDLAY, Ohio — Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. reported double-digit improvements in operating and net income for the quarter ended Sept. 30 on 2.3-percent lower sales. Mon, 30 Oct 2017 19:29:20 EST VIDEO: Earnhardt predicts weather for Goodyear WeatherReady rollout http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171030/NEWS/171039994/video-earnhardt-predicts-weather-for-goodyear-weatherready-rollout 20171030/NEWS/171039994 CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Racing legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. did a surprise turn as a weatherman at a local Charlotte station as part of Goodyear's rollout of its new Assurance WeatherReady consumer tires. Mon, 30 Oct 2017 19:45:24 EST M&A plays key role in top dealership rankings http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171027/NEWS/171029948/mamp-a-plays-key-role-in-top-dealership-rankings 20171027/NEWS/171029948 AKRON — Just when it seemed safe to go back into the water, the mergers and acquisition sharks reappeared and sliced up the North American top retail dealerships ranking again. Fri, 27 Oct 2017 17:28:45 EST Goodyear Q3 earnings drop amid 'challenging' conditions http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171027/NEWS/171029947/goodyear-q3-earnings-drop-amid-challenging-conditions 20171027/NEWS/171029947 AKRON — Despite a slight increase in sales in the quarter ended Sept. 30, Goodyear suffered double-digit drops in operating and net income for quarter and nine-month period. Fri, 27 Oct 2017 17:56:20 EST Sentury adds mud-terrain LT tire to GroundSpeed brand http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171027/NEWS/171029951/sentury-adds-mud-terrain-lt-tire-to-groundspeed-brand 20171027/NEWS/171029951 LAGRANGE, Ga. — Sentury Tire North America L.L.C. is adding a mud-terrain light-truck tire, the Voyager MT, to its GroundSpeed tire brand, completing the year-old brand's range of passenger, SUV and light tuck tires. Fri, 27 Oct 2017 14:28:13 EST Woo promoted to president of Centric Parts, StopTech http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171027/NEWS/171029949/woo-promoted-to-president-of-centric-parts-stoptech 20171027/NEWS/171029949 CARSON, Calif. — APC Automotive Technolgies has promoted 28-year industry veteran Greg Woo to president of its Centric Parts, Qualis Automotive and StopTech businesses. Fri, 27 Oct 2017 16:53:07 EST ACA to host NAFTA webinar Nov. 8 http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171027/NEWS/171029952/aca-to-host-nafta-webinar-nov-8 20171027/NEWS/171029952 BETHESDA, Md. — The Auto Care Association will host a webinar Nov. 8 covering the latest developments in the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Fri, 27 Oct 2017 14:26:38 EST USTMA offering tire recall lookup tool http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171027/NEWS/171029953/ustma-offering-tire-recall-lookup-tool 20171027/NEWS/171029953 WASHINGTON — The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association has developed an online lookup tool to help consumers determine if a tire is subject to a recall conducted by a USTMA member company. Fri, 27 Oct 2017 10:42:25 EST MOMO adding branded tire line to U.S. portfolio http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171026/NEWS/171029955/momo-adding-branded-tire-line-to-u-s-portfolio 20171026/NEWS/171029955 KANSAS CITY, Mo. — MOMO Automotive Group, known to North American consumers principally for its wheel and/or steering wheel products, is bringing a line of performance-oriented Momo-brand tires to North America. Thu, 26 Oct 2017 16:17:52 EST Hunter to address OEM safety system issues at SEMA seminar http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171026/NEWS/171029954/hunter-to-address-oem-safety-system-issues-at-sema-seminar 20171026/NEWS/171029954 ST. LOUIS — Hunter Engineering Co.'s Kaleb Silver will be part of an educational panel at the upcoming SEMA Show, speaking on the impact of advanced safety systems on routine maintenance services. Thu, 26 Oct 2017 16:18:49 EST AAPEX keynoters to address aftermarket trends http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171026/NEWS/171029956/aapex-keynoters-to-address-aftermarket-trends 20171026/NEWS/171029956 LAS VEGAS — The backers of the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo have organized keynote speakers for each day of the 2017 show, focused on topics affecting the future of the aftermarket industry. Thu, 26 Oct 2017 14:29:25 EST Kumho workers reject unionizing, USW to appeal http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171026/NEWS/171029957/kumho-workers-reject-unionizing-usw-to-appeal 20171026/NEWS/171029957 MACON, Ga. — Workers at the Kumho Tire Georgia Inc. tire plant in Macon have rejected plans to unionize, but the United Steelworkers union has filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to challenge those results. Thu, 26 Oct 2017 10:47:34 EST WD-40's 'Boosted Bronco' to benefit SEMA charities http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171025/NEWS/171029959/wd-40s-boosted-bronco-to-benefit-sema-charities 20171025/NEWS/171029959 SAN DIEGO — WD-40 Co. once again has sponsored the restoration of a classic vehicle — this time a 1966 Ford Bronco — that will be auctioned off later this year to support a number of SEMA charitable endeavors. Wed, 25 Oct 2017 15:57:11 EST TBC nabs 2 top spots in Franchise Times Top 200+ list http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171025/NEWS/171029958/tbc-nabs-2-top-spots-in-franchise-times-top-200-list 20171025/NEWS/171029958 MINNEAPOLIS — TBC Corp. figures prominently in the latest Franchise Times Top 200+ ranking of franchise systems, holding down two of the top five spots in the automotive repair category with its Midas International and Big O Tires businesses. Wed, 25 Oct 2017 17:11:27 EST Subaru picks Falken Ziex A/S for 2018 Crosstrek http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171025/NEWS/171029961/subaru-picks-falken-ziex-a-s-for-2018-crosstrek 20171025/NEWS/171029961 KOBE, Japan — Subaru Corp. has selected the Falken Ziex ZE001 A/S all-season performance tire as an OE fitment on the redesigned 2018 Crosstrek, which debuted recently in North America. Wed, 25 Oct 2017 14:29:06 EST SimpleTire extends free shipping to entire catalog http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171025/NEWS/171029960/simpletire-extends-free-shipping-to-entire-catalog 20171025/NEWS/171029960 PHILADELPHIA — Online retailer SimpleTire L.L.C. is expanding its offer of free shipping on tires from its catalog with no minimum required and applies to orders delivered to a home, business or local installer. Wed, 25 Oct 2017 14:44:18 EST Auto groups coalition urges caution in NAFTA talks http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171025/NEWS/171029962/auto-groups-coalition-urges-caution-in-nafta-talks 20171025/NEWS/171029962 WASHINGTON — Trade groups representing U.S.-based vehicle makers, parts suppliers and dealers have formed a coalition to lobby for the preservation of NAFTA, which they said has "played a key role in the growth and vitality of the U.S. Wed, 25 Oct 2017 13:37:28 EST Bridgestone to pay $9.36 million settlement http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171024/NEWS/171029963/bridgestone-to-pay-9-36-million-settlement 20171024/NEWS/171029963 DETROIT — Bridgestone Corp. will pay $9.36 million to settle a multidistrict litigation in support of auto dealers who claim the tire and rubber product maker conspired to rig bids, fix prices and allocate markets for rubber anti-vibration parts. Tue, 24 Oct 2017 17:19:26 EST Monro boosts Q2, half-year sales, earnings http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171024/NEWS/171029968/monro-boosts-q2-half-year-sales-earnings 20171024/NEWS/171029968 ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Monro Inc. reported improved operating income for the quarter and six months ended Sept. 23 on double-digit sales increase, as first-time revenue from new stores offset declines in comparable store tire sales. Tue, 24 Oct 2017 11:32:13 EST MAHLE provides tech platform for Christian Brothers chain http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171024/NEWS/171029967/mahle-provides-tech-platform-for-christian-brothers-chain 20171024/NEWS/171029967 FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. — MAHLE Aftermarket Inc. is providing Christian Brothers Automotive, a chain of about 160 franchised vehicle repair shops, with an enhanced enterprise technician collaboration platform. Tue, 24 Oct 2017 13:15:01 EST Mitchell 1 upgrades SocialCRM for greater visibility http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171024/NEWS/171029965/mitchell-1-upgrades-socialcrm-for-greater-visibility 20171024/NEWS/171029965 POWAY, Calif. — Mitchell Repair Information Co. L.L.C. has added a feature to its Mitchell 1 SocialCRM auto repair marketing services to help make auto repair businesses more visible online when customers search for auto repair. Tue, 24 Oct 2017 14:26:11 EST Michelin buys into fleet telematics, mobility firm http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171024/NEWS/171029964/michelin-buys-into-fleet-telematics-mobility-firm 20171024/NEWS/171029964 ORLANDO, Fla. — Michelin North America Inc. has taken an undisclosed equity stake in SmartDrive Systems Inc., a developer of video safety and transportation intelligence systems, expanding its drive into fleet telematics and mobility services. Tue, 24 Oct 2017 14:27:02 EST Nexen adding Roadian MTX mud-terrain tire http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171024/NEWS/171029966/nexen-adding-roadian-mtx-mud-terrain-tire 20171024/NEWS/171029966 DIAMOND BAR, Calif. — Nexen Tire America Inc. is adding a mud-terrain tire, the Roadian MTX, to its portfolio in an effort to break into what it deems the "largest-growing" segment of the North American aftermarket. Tue, 24 Oct 2017 13:42:19 EST U.S., Canadian, Mexican trucking groups urge NAFTA renewal http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171024/NEWS/171029969/u-s-canadian-mexican-trucking-groups-urge-nafta-renewal 20171024/NEWS/171029969 WASHINGTON — The trucking industry associations of Canada, Mexico and the U.S. have issued a joint statement urging their governments to modernize and renew the North American Free Trade Agreement. Tue, 24 Oct 2017 11:07:30 EST Creditors hire ex-Kumho Tire CEO as new chairman http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171023/NEWS/171029981/creditors-hire-ex-kumho-tire-ceo-as-new-chairman 20171023/NEWS/171029981 SEOUL, South Korea — Korea Development Bank, the lead of a Kumho Tire Co. Inc. creditors group, has appointed former Kumho Tire CEO Kim Jong-Ho as the new chairman of the company, effective Dec. 1. Mon, 23 Oct 2017 16:38:14 EST UA gets $15M grant to study guayule, do biofuels research http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171023/NEWS/171029978/ua-gets-15m-grant-to-study-guayule-do-biofuels-research 20171023/NEWS/171029978 TUCSON, Ariz. — The U.S. Mon, 23 Oct 2017 17:05:47 EST Max-Trac recalling Viper Stryke scooter tires http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171023/NEWS/171029976/max-trac-recalling-viper-stryke-scooter-tires 20171023/NEWS/171029976 WASHINGTON — Max-Trac Tire Co. Inc. is recalling 245 Avon Viper Stryke scooter tires because of possible tread bulges or separations. Mon, 23 Oct 2017 17:36:54 EST AMT launching repair-focused mobile invoicing app http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171023/NEWS/171029977/amt-launching-repair-focused-mobile-invoicing-app 20171023/NEWS/171029977 NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — AutoMobile Technologies Inc. has launched Repair360, a free mobile invoice app designed to help solo and smaller auto repair and reconditioning businesses manage customers and workflows digitally. Mon, 23 Oct 2017 17:10:09 EST Trelleborg launching smart wheel for ag equipment http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171023/NEWS/171029979/trelleborg-launching-smart-wheel-for-ag-equipment 20171023/NEWS/171029979 TRELLEBORG, Sweden — Trelleborg Wheel Systems has developed a sensor-based smart wheel called ConnecTire that it said enables data-sharing at multiple levels, reducing the risk of tire slippage on the rim. Mon, 23 Oct 2017 17:03:06 EST Vehicle technology will be hot topic at SEMA, AAPEX http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171023/NEWS/171029980/vehicle-technology-will-be-hot-topic-at-sema-aapex 20171023/NEWS/171029980 LAS VEGAS — Dealing with changing vehicle technology will be a recurring theme this year at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show and Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX), which run concurrently the week of Oct. Mon, 23 Oct 2017 16:48:49 EST ACA names Zaremba to new marketing post http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171023/NEWS/171029983/aca-names-zaremba-to-new-marketing-post 20171023/NEWS/171029983 BETHESDA, Md. — The Auto Care Association has hired Kirsten Zaremba to fill the new position of senior director, marketing. Mon, 23 Oct 2017 16:10:00 EST Harbor Freight Tools recalling 173,000+ trailer tires http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171023/NEWS/171029982/harbor-freight-tools-recalling-173000-trailer-tires 20171023/NEWS/171029982 WASHINGTON — Discount tool retailer Harbor Freight Tools is recalling 173,557 Innova Ultra Runner and Far East brand replacement trailer utility tires, which were sold mounted on replacement trailer rims. Mon, 23 Oct 2017 16:15:59 EST Trelleborg to launch 'PneuTrac' ag tire/track design http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171023/NEWS/171029990/trelleborg-to-launch-pneutrac-ag-tire-track-design 20171023/NEWS/171029990 TRELLEBORG, Sweden — Trelleborg Wheel Systems intends to bring the PneuTrac hybrid agricultural tire/track design to market, targeted initially at agricultural sectors that struggle with root protection and steep terrain. Mon, 23 Oct 2017 12:55:24 EST Ex-Firestone exec Edward Carter dies http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20171023/NEWS/171029992/ex-firestone-exec-edward-carter-dies 20171023/NEWS/171029992 AKRON — Edward Francis Carter Jr., a retired executive vice president of North American sales for the former Firestone Tire & Rubber Co., died Oct. 13. He was 90. Mon, 23 Oct 2017 12:50:23 EST