Tire Business - RSS News Feed http://www.tirebusiness.com/section/news http://www.tirebusiness.com en-us Thu, 22 Mar 2018 17:04:57 EST 10 Federal Reserve raises key interest rate http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180322/NEWS/180329977/federal-reserve-raises-key-interest-rate 20180322/NEWS/180329977 WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve has raised a key interest rate to its highest point in years, citing a stronger economy and substantial job gains. Thu, 22 Mar 2018 13:24:35 EST First international women in auto care industry conference set for June http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180322/NEWS/180329980/first-international-women-in-auto-care-industry-conference-set-for 20180322/NEWS/180329980 BETHESDA, Md. — Women in Auto Care and the Automotive Industries Association of Canada are organizing the inaugural international women's conference for auto care industry professionals in June in Toronto. Thu, 22 Mar 2018 10:29:21 EST Conti starts machine installation at Thai tire plant http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180322/NEWS/180329979/conti-starts-machine-installation-at-thai-tire-plant 20180322/NEWS/180329979 BANGKOK, Thailand — Continental A.G. has started installing machinery at its greenfield tire plant in Rayong, Thailand, putting the project on track for its 2019 scheduled start-up. Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:30:58 EST BFG all-terrain truck tire line debuts for off-road work sites http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180322/NEWS/180329978/bfg-all-terrain-truck-tire-line-debuts-for-off-road-work-sites 20180322/NEWS/180329978 LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Michelin North America Inc. has launched a pair of BFGoodrich-brand all-terrain tires for trucks used for construction, logging and energy industries. Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:31:19 EST Customer satisfaction with run-flat tires improving — J.D. Power http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180322/NEWS/180329981/customer-satisfaction-with-run-flat-tires-improving-j-d-power 20180322/NEWS/180329981 COSTA MESA, Calif. — Overall customer satisfaction with original equipment tires has improved significantly since 2015, according to the 2018 J.D. Power U.S. Original Equipment Tire Customer Satisfaction Study. Thu, 22 Mar 2018 09:00:00 EST Toyo 'nano' process could cut truck/bus tire rolling resistance http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180321/NEWS/180329982/toyo-nano-process-could-cut-truck-bus-tire-rolling-resistance 20180321/NEWS/180329982 HYOGO, Japan — Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. is heralding an advancement in rubber compounding technology that it claims will yield measurable reductions in rolling resistance in truck tires. Wed, 21 Mar 2018 18:51:57 EST OTHER VIEWS: Think of winter tires as year-long business http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180321/NEWS/180329983/other-views-think-of-winter-tires-as-year-long-business 20180321/NEWS/180329983 For those in Snow Belt areas, the winter tire season represents a time where the advent of November begins the silly season as winter preparation and new tire sales keep technicians and cash registers happy. Wed, 21 Mar 2018 18:19:13 EST Texas appeals court rejects lawsuit against tire worker, dealer http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180321/NEWS/180329984/texas-appeals-court-rejects-lawsuit-against-tire-worker-dealer 20180321/NEWS/180329984 HOUSTON — A Texas state appeals court has upheld a lower court's judgment that a personal injury suit against a tire worker and his place of employment cannot go forward because it violated the statute of limitations. Wed, 21 Mar 2018 18:14:50 EST ACA, business groups allied against tariffs on China-made goods http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180321/NEWS/180329987/aca-business-groups-allied-against-tariffs-on-china-made-goods 20180321/NEWS/180329987 WASHINGTON — The Auto Care Association is among 45 trade associations that are asking President Trump to not levy tariffs against goods imported from China. Wed, 21 Mar 2018 11:57:21 EST OUR VIEW: Explaining the merits of winter tires http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180321/NEWS/180329988/our-view-explaining-the-merits-of-winter-tires 20180321/NEWS/180329988 With the time around the corner for dealers to order winter tires for next season, perhaps this is a good time to begin thinking about how to begin to change a consumer's mind about the value of the products. Wed, 21 Mar 2018 11:56:39 EST Rep. Dingell: Auto makers, suppliers must unite to protect fuel economy standards http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180321/NEWS/180329992/rep-dingell-auto-makers-suppliers-must-unite-to-protect-fuel-economy 20180321/NEWS/180329992 WASHINGTON — All stakeholders in the auto industry must unite to ensure the U.S. remains a leader in fuel economy innovation, Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich. Wed, 21 Mar 2018 10:56:09 EST Falken gains OE fitment on Mitsubishi CUV http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180320/NEWS/180329994/falken-gains-oe-fitment-on-mitsubishi-cuv 20180320/NEWS/180329994 RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. — Mitsubishi Motors Corp. has selected the Falken Sincera SN250A All-Season as an OE fitment on its 2018 Eclipse Cross crossover vehicle. Tue, 20 Mar 2018 18:17:04 EST Pennsylvania tire shop operator George Fritz dies at 72 http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180320/NEWS/180329998/pennsylvania-tire-shop-operator-george-fritz-dies-at-72 20180320/NEWS/180329998 DOYLESTOWN, Pa. — George Fritz, owner and operator of Kershaw and Fritz Tire Service Inc. of Doylestown, died on March 14. He was 72. Tue, 20 Mar 2018 12:47:34 EST TIA seeks nominations for board of directors http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180320/NEWS/180329996/tia-seeks-nominations-for-board-of-directors 20180320/NEWS/180329996 BOWIE, Md. — May 7 is the deadline for members in good standing of the Tire Industry Association to submit nominations for its 2018-19 board of directors. Tue, 20 Mar 2018 15:13:06 EST OTHER VIEWS: Trump bump provides economic boost http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180320/NEWS/180329995/other-views-trump-bump-provides-economic-boost 20180320/NEWS/180329995 Much has been written, both positive and negative, about the Trump Effect and whether it is real or imagined. But in terms of economic growth, connections can be made with his administration's policies. Tue, 20 Mar 2018 17:18:35 EST Kuraray's liquid rubber enhances ice grip http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180320/NEWS/180329997/kurarays-liquid-rubber-enhances-ice-grip 20180320/NEWS/180329997 TOKYO — Specialty chemicals producer Kuraray Co. Ltd. has developed a reactive liquid rubber that it claims can be used in tread compounds to enhance the ice-grip performance of winter tires. Tue, 20 Mar 2018 13:20:14 EST Michelin to acquire Fenner in $1.7 billion deal, bolstering mining sector http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180320/NEWS/180329999/michelin-to-acquire-fenner-in-1-7-billion-deal-bolstering-mining 20180320/NEWS/180329999 LONDON — Group Michelin will acquire conveyor belt and polymer goods maker Fenner P.L.C. in a cash deal worth about $1.7 billion. Tue, 20 Mar 2018 12:20:40 EST TBC rebranding 39 Merchant's stores in Va. to NTB http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180319/NEWS/180319954/tbc-rebranding-39-merchants-stores-in-va-to-ntb 20180319/NEWS/180319954 PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — TBC Corp. is in the process of rebranding 39 Merchant's Tire & Auto Service Center locations in Virginia to its NTB Tire & Service Center brand, expanding the NTB brand to nearly 500 locations throughout 23 states Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:20:06 EST Pirelli World Challenge grows with addition of TCR class http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180319/NEWS/180319950/pirelli-world-challenge-grows-with-addition-of-tcr-class 20180319/NEWS/180319950 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Pirelli Tire North America's engagement as the tire supplier for the Pirelli World Challenge road-racing series has grown since last season with the addition of a new class, the TCR production-based touring car category. Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:15:07 EST Tire industry jobs site rebranded to Tire Talent http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180319/NEWS/180319951/tire-industry-jobs-site-rebranded-to-tire-talent 20180319/NEWS/180319951 NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. — TireRecruiter.com, which specializes in connecting job seekers with employers in the tire industry, has rebranded itself "Tire Talent." Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:32:33 EST Camso raising aftermarket prices globally up to 6% http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180319/NEWS/180319952/camso-raising-aftermarket-prices-globally-up-to-6 20180319/NEWS/180319952 MAGOG, Quebec — Camso Ltd. is planning to raise aftermarket prices globally in the coming months on its range of solid and pneumatic tires, tracks and track systems by 1 to 6 percent. Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:32:58 EST NASCAR Euro series switches tire supply to BFG http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180319/NEWS/180319953/nascar-euro-series-switches-tire-supply-to-bfg 20180319/NEWS/180319953 PARIS — The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series is switching tire suppliers — sort of. Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:23:56 EST Requirements for steel, aluminum tariff exemptions issued http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180319/NEWS/180319955/requirements-for-steel-aluminum-tariff-exemptions-issued 20180319/NEWS/180319955 WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Commerce has issued requirements for U.S. manufacturers to apply for exemptions from the Trump administration's tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:59:30 EST Discount Tire edges closer to 1,000th store opening http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180316/NEWS/180319960/discount-tire-edges-closer-to-1000th-store-opening 20180316/NEWS/180319960 SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Discount Tire/America's Tire is on track to surpass the 1,000 store mark by this summer at the latest, following the opening of 31 stores across the U.S. in the past five months. Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:03:17 EST Hercules refreshes Dynatrac medium truck tire lineup http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180316/NEWS/180319956/hercules-refreshes-dynatrac-medium-truck-tire-lineup 20180316/NEWS/180319956 FINDLAY, Ohio — American Tire Distributors' Hercules Tire subsidiary has refreshed its Dynatrac medium truck tire portfolio, covering long-haul, regional and mixed service applications with nine fitments. Fri, 16 Mar 2018 17:36:11 EST Conti unveils next-gen Grabber A/TX tire http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180316/NEWS/180319958/-conti-unveils-next-gen-grabber-a-tx-tire 20180316/NEWS/180319958 NEW ORLEANS — Continental Tire the Americas has introduced the next generation General Grabber all-terrain tire, the A/TX, which will replace the A/T2 in the Grabber lineup. Fri, 16 Mar 2018 17:20:07 EST Conti adds UHP tire to General portfolio http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180316/NEWS/180319957/conti-adds-uhp-tire-to-general-portfolio 20180316/NEWS/180319957 NEW ORLEANS — Continental Tire the Americas' General Tire brand has added a summer ultra-high performance (UHP) tire to its portfolio, the G-Max RS. Fri, 16 Mar 2018 17:25:34 EST Point S rides wave of success in 2017, looks for continued growth http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180316/NEWS/180319959/point-s-rides-wave-of-success-in-2017-looks-for-continued-growth 20180316/NEWS/180319959 Point S, the marketing group with locations mainly in the Pacific Northwest, celebrated wave after wave of success over the last 12 months during its annual owners meetings, held Feb. Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:33:19 EST Bipaver adds 2 speakers to Global Retreading Conference http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180316/NEWS/180319961/bipaver-adds-2-speakers-to-global-retreading-conference 20180316/NEWS/180319961 BRUSSELS — Bipaver, the European retreading trade organization, has added two speakers to the Global Retreading Conference it's staging on May 29 in Cologne, Germany, in conjunction with the inaugural Tire Cologne trade show. Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:02:12 EST Hennessy's Mark Earl to head up Nokian Americas http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180316/NEWS/180319962/hennessys-mark-earl-to-head-up-nokian-americas 20180316/NEWS/180319962 NOKIA, Finland — Nokian Tyres P.L.C. has hired Mark Earl, president of Hennessy Industries, to become vice president, Americas Business Area, tasked with implementing the company's North American business strategy. Fri, 16 Mar 2018 10:19:42 EST Conti working on rubber-coated tire stud http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180315/NEWS/180319970/-conti-working-on-rubber-coated-tire-stud 20180315/NEWS/180319970 OSTERSUND, Sweden — Continental A.G. is developing a rubber-coated tire stud that it claims can deliver greater ice grip while reducing the negative impact on dry road surfaces. Thu, 15 Mar 2018 09:53:08 EST Snow Belt drivers still not sold on winter tires http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180315/NEWS/180319963/snow-belt-drivers-still-not-sold-on-winter-tires 20180315/NEWS/180319963 GREENVILLE, S.C. — Three out of five U.S. drivers who live in Snow Belt states have lost control of their vehicles while driving in winter weather, according to a recent survey, but only two out of five use winter tires. Thu, 15 Mar 2018 18:06:15 EST Nokian hires Clayco as design partner for U.S. plant http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180315/NEWS/180319964/nokian-hires-clayco-as-design-partner-for-u-s-plant 20180315/NEWS/180319964 COLCHESTER, Vt.— Nokian Tyres P.L.C. is partnering with turnkey retail development firm Clayco Inc. to design and construct its $360 million tire manufacturing plant in Dayton, Tenn. Thu, 15 Mar 2018 17:58:14 EST Michelin earns 'most valuable brand' rating http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180315/NEWS/180319965/michelin-earns-most-valuable-brand-rating 20180315/NEWS/180319965 LONDON — Michelin is the world's most valuable tire brand, according to a ranking by Brand Finance Group, a London-based business valuation and strategy consultancy Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:48:02 EST Commerce lowers import duties on some Chinese tires http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180315/NEWS/180319966/commerce-lowers-import-duties-on-some-chinese-tires 20180315/NEWS/180319966 WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Commerce has revised antidumping and countervailing duties on some passenger and light truck tires imported from China. Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:28:23 EST Trelleborg adds agricultural, forestry tire sales development manager http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180315/NEWS/180319967/trelleborg-adds-agricultural-forestry-tire-sales-development-manager 20180315/NEWS/180319967 SPARTANBURG, N.C. — Trelleborg Wheel Systems Americas has hired Brad Jones to be sales development manager for agricultural and forestry tires in the U.S. Thu, 15 Mar 2018 14:22:41 EST New Agriflex exemplifies Alliance Tire's low-pressure efforts http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180315/NEWS/180319969/new-agriflex-exemplifies-alliance-tires-low-pressure-efforts 20180315/NEWS/180319969 WAKEFIELD, Mass. — Alliance Tire Americas Inc.'s latest addition to its Agriflex line — the 7-foot tall Agriflex 372 IF — is a testament to the firm's commitment to offering low-pressure solutions for a range of farm applications. Thu, 15 Mar 2018 11:15:18 EST Algerian tire plant set for Q3 start-up http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180315/NEWS/180319968/algerian-tire-plant-set-for-q3-start-up 20180315/NEWS/180319968 LONDON — A tire plant under construction in Algeria is expected to start production in the third quarter, according to project support firm Black Donuts Engineering Inc. Thu, 15 Mar 2018 11:20:10 EST Why your Shop should be texting in 2018 http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180314/NEWS/180309982/why-your-shop-should-be-texting-in-2018 20180314/NEWS/180309982 The way that consumers communicate is different. No longer will phone and email be a sufficient way to maintain contact and interact with your customers. Today's customer is much more comfortable communicating via text or other messaging apps. Wed, 14 Mar 2018 06:00:00 EST Autotext.me changes name to autoflow http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180314/NEWS/180319971/autotext-me-changes-name-to-autoflow 20180314/NEWS/180319971 DALLAS — Digital shop management provider autotext.me has changed its name to autoflow. Wed, 14 Mar 2018 20:15:47 EST Michelin upgrades Uniroyal Tiger Paw, Laredo lines http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180314/NEWS/180319976/michelin-upgrades-uniroyal-tiger-paw-laredo-lines 20180314/NEWS/180319976 GREENVILLE, S.C. — Michelin North America Inc. is launching upgraded versions of two of its more popular Uniroyal-brand tire lines, the ultra-high-performance Tiger Paw and all-terrain Laredo. Wed, 14 Mar 2018 12:32:47 EST Mavis buys Sun Tire of Jacksonville, adding 11 stores in Florida http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180314/NEWS/180319972/mavis-buys-sun-tire-of-jacksonville-adding-11-stores-in-florida 20180314/NEWS/180319972 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Mavis Discount Tire has acquired Sun Tire & Automotive Service of Jacksonville, expanding its growing network of retail outlets in Florida to 25. Wed, 14 Mar 2018 20:14:35 EST Carlstar launches ITP Coyote desert tire for UTVs http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180314/NEWS/180319973/carlstar-launches-itp-coyote-desert-tire-for-utvs 20180314/NEWS/180319973 FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Carlstar Group L.L.C.'s ITP brand has developed an off-road tire for high-horsepower UTV vehicles and side-by-sides it's calling the Coyote. Wed, 14 Mar 2018 16:08:42 EST Valvoline adds formulation to motor oil to combat LSPI http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180314/NEWS/180319974/valvoline-adds-formulation-to-motor-oil-to-combat-lspi 20180314/NEWS/180319974 LEXINGTON, Ky. — Valvoline Inc. is introducing a formulation to protect against low-speed pre-ignition across its line of North American motor oils for gasoline-powered vehicles, excluding Euro formulations. Wed, 14 Mar 2018 12:45:08 EST Kumho gains OE fitment on BMW X3 'SAV' http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180314/NEWS/180319975/kumho-gains-oe-fitment-on-bmw-x3-sav 20180314/NEWS/180319975 SPARTANBURG, S.C. — BMW A.G. has added the Kumho Crugen HP91 ultra-high-performance tire as an OE fitment on its latest-generation X3 four-door hatchback sport activity vehicle. Wed, 14 Mar 2018 12:40:47 EST IMT launches redesigned website http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180314/NEWS/180319978/imt-launches-redesigned-website 20180314/NEWS/180319978 GARNER, Iowa — Iowa Mold Tooling Co. Inc., a manufacturer and supplier of service vehicles, cranes, loaders and air compressors for the tire, mining, construction and material handling markets, has revamped its website. Wed, 14 Mar 2018 10:55:19 EST Akebono expands ultra-premium brake pad line http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180314/NEWS/180319977/akebono-expands-ultra-premium-brake-pad-line 20180314/NEWS/180319977 FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. — Akebono Brake Corp. has expanded vehicle coverage of its Pro-ACT, Performance and EURO Ultra-Premium Ceramic Disc Brake Pad lines by nearly 9 million vehicles. Wed, 14 Mar 2018 11:01:45 EST Nexen's first mud-terrain tire available http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180313/NEWS/180319979/nexens-first-mud-terrain-tire-available 20180313/NEWS/180319979 DIAMOND BAR, Calif. — Nexen Tire America Inc.'s first mud-terrain tire, the Roadian MTX, now is available throughout its network of dealers. Tue, 13 Mar 2018 17:32:45 EST ETI hires Julianne Sweet as marketing/events manager http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180313/NEWS/180319982/eti-hires-julianne-sweet-as-marketing-events-manager 20180313/NEWS/180319982 FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. — The Equipment & Tool Institute has hired Julianne Sweet as marketing and events manager, responsible for directing the institute's marketing programs, activities and events. Tue, 13 Mar 2018 16:42:25 EST Former URW President Mike Stone dies at age 90 http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180313/NEWS/180319980/former-urw-president-mike-stone-dies-at-age-90 20180313/NEWS/180319980 AKRON — Milan "Mike" Stone, the fifth president of the former United Rubber Workers union, died March 3 at Summa Akron City Hospital. He was 90. Tue, 13 Mar 2018 17:23:41 EST Advance unveils comprehensive product platform http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180313/NEWS/180319981/advance-unveils-comprehensive-product-platform 20180313/NEWS/180319981 ROANOKE, Va. — Advance Auto Parts Inc. has rolled out a nationwide program that allows shop owners, technicians and Advance Auto employees to view the firm's entire product lineup on one platform, powered by a new catalog. Tue, 13 Mar 2018 17:07:48 EST Virginia jury issues $37.8 million verdict against Hankook http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180313/NEWS/180319984/virginia-jury-issues-37-8-million-verdict-against-hankook 20180313/NEWS/180319984 RICHMOND, Va. — A federal jury in Virginia has levied a verdict of $37.8 million against Hankook Tire Co. Ltd. and Hankook Tire America Corp., finding the tire maker liable for an accident that rendered the plaintiff paraplegic. Tue, 13 Mar 2018 13:00:31 EST ACA writes Trump, urging him to reconsider steel, aluminum tariffs http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180313/NEWS/180319985/aca-writes-trump-urging-him-to-reconsider-steel-aluminum-tariffs 20180313/NEWS/180319985 BETHESDA, Md. — President Trump's decision to levy steep tariffs on imported steel and aluminum could well prove disastrous to the auto aftermarket, according to the Auto Care Association. Tue, 13 Mar 2018 12:50:56 EST Dealers see need for winter tires http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180313/NEWS/180319983/-dealers-see-need-for-winter-tires 20180313/NEWS/180319983 With the number of vehicles equipped with performance tires on the rise, dealers are seeing more drivers in need of compounds designed for winter. Tue, 13 Mar 2018 13:24:15 EST Trelleborg raising tire prices up to 10% in North America http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180313/NEWS/180319986/trelleborg-raising-tire-prices-up-to-10-in-north-america 20180313/NEWS/180319986 ROME — Trelleborg Wheel Systems S.p.A. plans to raise prices April 1 on its range of agricultural and industrial tires by up to 10 percent in North America and 4 to 5 percent elsewhere. Tue, 13 Mar 2018 12:44:28 EST Falken supports drivers in Lucas Oil Off Road series http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180312/NEWS/180319994/falken-supports-drivers-in-lucas-oil-off-road-series 20180312/NEWS/180319994 RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif.—Sumitomo Rubber North America Inc.'s Falken brand is supporting two drivers in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series this year. Mon, 12 Mar 2018 15:25:00 EST Cold weather, hot market: Demand for winter tires depends on weather http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180312/NEWS/180319997/cold-weather-hot-market-demand-for-winter-tires-depends-on-weather 20180312/NEWS/180319997 By its very nature, the winter tire market is largely dependent on weather patterns for demand. Mon, 12 Mar 2018 12:57:42 EST PEGGY FISHER: Inflating tires is not rocket science — or is it? http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180312/NEWS/180319996/peggy-fisher-inflating-tires-is-not-rocket-science-or-is-it 20180312/NEWS/180319996 AKRON — One undisputed fact in the commercial tire world is that maintaining tire inflation pressure is the single most important thing anyone can do to improve tire performance and reduce tire cost per mile. Mon, 12 Mar 2018 13:11:00 EST TIA schedules Global Tire Expo pre-show events http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180312/NEWS/180319999/tia-schedules-global-tire-expo-pre-show-events 20180312/NEWS/180319999 BOWIE, Md. — The Tire Industry Association has published the schedule of pre-show events for the Global Tire Expo/Specialty Equipment Market Association Show — Powered by TIA. Mon, 12 Mar 2018 12:41:38 EST ITRS acquires repair/retread equipment maker Vulcan http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180312/NEWS/180319993/itrs-acquires-repair-retread-equipment-maker-vulcan 20180312/NEWS/180319993 MONTREAL — Tire repair distributor International Tire Repair Solutions Inc. has acquired Vulcan-Vulcap Industries Inc., a Toronto-based tire repair and retread equipment manufacturer. Mon, 12 Mar 2018 15:32:31 EST GRI expands Globestar skid-steer line http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180312/NEWS/180319998/gri-expands-globestar-skid-steer-line 20180312/NEWS/180319998 COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Global Rubber Industries Pvt. Ltd. has released two skid-steer tires for the U.S. market, part of its flagship Globestar line: the Globestar Wide Tread and the Globestar XPT SS. Mon, 12 Mar 2018 12:48:04 EST Consumers must know origins of parts they choose http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180312/NEWS/180319995/consumers-must-know-origins-of-parts-they-choose 20180312/NEWS/180319995 The parts and other products we design, manufacture, specify and install are central to our industry's value proposition. They can also affect the consumer's safety. Mon, 12 Mar 2018 13:16:54 EST U.S. gains 313,000 jobs; unemployment rate holds steady http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180309/NEWS/180309935/u-s-gains-313000-jobs-unemployment-rate-holds-steady 20180309/NEWS/180309935 WASHINGTON — U.S. nonfarm payroll employment rose in February by 313,000 jobs, the largest monthly gain in more than 18 months, according to the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Fri, 9 Mar 2018 17:31:30 EST Maxxis opens 2-wheeler tire plant in India http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180309/NEWS/180309936/maxxis-opens-2-wheeler-tire-plant-in-india 20180309/NEWS/180309936 AHMEDABAD, India — Cheng Shin Rubber Industrial Co. Ltd./Maxxis International has commissioned production at its plant in India in a ceremony attended by the chief minister of Gujarat State, where the plant is located. Fri, 9 Mar 2018 17:05:40 EST Conti CEO: Restructuring driven by 'automotive transformation' http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180309/NEWS/180309939/conti-ceo-restructuring-driven-by-automotive-transformation 20180309/NEWS/180309939 HANNOVER, Germany — Continental A.G. management's decision to explore options for a major restructuring is being driven by transformation within the automotive industry, according to CEO Elmar Degenhart. Fri, 9 Mar 2018 13:26:29 EST University of Akron receives large airship materials collection http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180309/NEWS/180309941/university-of-akron-receives-large-airship-materials-collection 20180309/NEWS/180309941 AKRON — Akron soon will be home to a large collection documenting an industry the city has played a critical part in developing: airships, like the famous Goodyear blimps Fri, 9 Mar 2018 12:05:39 EST Steel tariffs will result in higher auto repair prices — ACA http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180309/NEWS/180309937/steel-tariffs-will-result-in-higher-auto-repair-prices-aca 20180309/NEWS/180309937 BETHESDA, Md. — The Auto Care Association opposes the elevated import tariffs on steel and aluminum announced March 8 by President Donald Trump, saying they ultimately will result in higher repair prices to be paid for by the American car owner. Fri, 9 Mar 2018 16:00:39 EST Conti management sees continued profitable growth in 2018 http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180309/NEWS/180309938/conti-management-sees-continued-profitable-growth-in-2018 20180309/NEWS/180309938 HANNOVER, Germany — Continental A.G. management is projecting profitable sales growth in 2018 of nearly 7 percent after the company reported improved sales and earnings for fiscal 2017. Fri, 9 Mar 2018 15:02:56 EST FCA specs 2 Bridgestone Dueler models OE on Ram 1500 http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180309/NEWS/180309940/fca-specs-2-bridgestone-dueler-models-oe-on-ram-1500 20180309/NEWS/180309940 DETROIT — FCA U.S. L.L.C. has selected the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza and Dueler H/T 685 as OE fitments on several trim levels of its 2019 Ram 1500 full-size pickup. Fri, 9 Mar 2018 12:59:38 EST Latin American & Caribbean Tyre Expo set for June 6-8 http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180309/NEWS/180309942/latin-american-amp-caribbean-tyre-expo-set-for-june-6-8 20180309/NEWS/180309942 PANAMA CITY — More than 200 international tire and retread manufacturers and exhibitors are expected to attend the 2018 Latin American & Caribbean Tyre Expo, to be held June 6-8 at the Atlapa Convention Center in Panama City. Fri, 9 Mar 2018 12:03:56 EST Sumitomo USA recalling 138 Kelly-brand truck tires http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180309/NEWS/180309943/sumitomo-usa-recalling-138-kelly-brand-truck-tires 20180309/NEWS/180309943 WASHINGTON — Sumitomo Rubber U.S.A. L.L.C. is recalling 138 Kelly Armorsteel KDA truck tires, size 11R22.5 Load Range G, because of missing information on the sidewalls. Fri, 9 Mar 2018 11:39:12 EST Vehicle drive system maker Dana to merge with U.K.'s GKN http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180309/NEWS/180309944/vehicle-drive-system-maker-dana-to-merge-with-u-k-s-gkn 20180309/NEWS/180309944 MAUMEE, Ohio — Dana Inc. has agreed to combine with the Driveline Division of GKN P.L.C., allowing it to re-incorporate in the United Kingdom as Dana P.L.C. Fri, 9 Mar 2018 11:36:57 EST ACA to sponsor trade mission to Chile http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180309/NEWS/180309945/aca-to-sponsor-trade-mission-to-chile 20180309/NEWS/180309945 BETHESDA, Md.—The Auto Care Association is sponsoring a trade mission to Chile Aug. 21-22 as part of its Market Development Cooperator Program award from the U.S. Department of Commerce. Fri, 9 Mar 2018 10:17:17 EST Monro buys 7 Appalachian Tire retail stores in 4 states http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180308/NEWS/180309949/monro-buys-7-appalachian-tire-retail-stores-in-4-states 20180308/NEWS/180309949 ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Monro Inc. has acquired seven Appalachian Tire retail stores in Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia and plans to rebrand them as Mr. Tire Auto Service Centers. Thu, 8 Mar 2018 15:41:05 EST Stakeholders respond to steel tariffs http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180308/NEWS/180309948/stakeholders-respond-to-steel-tariffs 20180308/NEWS/180309948 WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump's order levying steep tariffs against most imported steel and aluminum has elicited starkly different responses from various sectors. Thu, 8 Mar 2018 17:51:09 EST USTMA sends letter to Trump protesting steel tariffs http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180308/NEWS/180309952/ustma-sends-letter-to-trump-protesting-steel-tariffs 20180308/NEWS/180309952 WASHINGTON — The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association and 10 of its member companies appealed directly to President Donald Trump to persuade him to amend his order on steel tariffs in light of the tire industry's need for high-quality imported steel. Thu, 8 Mar 2018 12:09:18 EST TIA schedules Certified ATS Training class in California http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180308/NEWS/180309950/tia-schedules-certified-ats-training-class-in-california 20180308/NEWS/180309950 BOWIE, Md. — The Tire Industry Association has scheduled its California dates for its 2018 Automotive Tire Service Advanced Instructor Training Tour. Thu, 8 Mar 2018 14:27:57 EST Doublestar to relocate, upgrade Dongfeng plant http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180308/NEWS/180309951/doublestar-to-relocate-upgrade-dongfeng-plant 20180308/NEWS/180309951 SHIYAN, China — Qingdao Doublestar Tire Co. Ltd. is planning to relocate its Doublestar Dongfeng Tire subsidiary in Shiyan and upgrade it to a "smart" factory in a $220 million, 18-month project. Thu, 8 Mar 2018 14:26:15 EST Pirelli expects 'cyber car' technology to debut in 2018 http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180308/NEWS/180309953/pirelli-expects-cyber-car-technology-to-debut-in-2018 20180308/NEWS/180309953 GENEVA — Pirelli & C. S.p.A. Thu, 8 Mar 2018 11:32:41 EST Goodyear spotlights new technologies at Geneva show http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180308/NEWS/180309954/goodyear-spotlights-new-technologies-at-geneva-show 20180308/NEWS/180309954 GENEVA — The range of Goodyear's research and development efforts on display at the Geneva International Motor Show run from the practical to the curious. Thu, 8 Mar 2018 10:28:18 EST Goodyear launches fleet management tool at TMC Show http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180307/NEWS/180309955/goodyear-launches-fleet-management-tool-at-tmc-show 20180307/NEWS/180309955 ATLANTA — Goodyear has launched its Tire Optix program, a tire management tool and program designed to help commercial fleets monitor tire usage and wear. Wed, 7 Mar 2018 16:38:14 EST Trump's tariff proposal divides tire industry, government leaders http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180307/NEWS/180309962/trumps-tariff-proposal-divides-tire-industry-government-leaders 20180307/NEWS/180309962 WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's promise to levy elevated tariffs against all imported steel and aluminum has elicited starkly different responses from various sectors. Wed, 7 Mar 2018 11:16:13 EST 2019 TIA OTR conference set for Tampa resort http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180307/NEWS/180309956/2019-tia-otr-conference-set-for-tampa-resort 20180307/NEWS/180309956 PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — The Tire Industry Association's annual Off-the-Road Tire Conference will stay in Florida for a second straight year, at the Saddlebrook Resort & Conference Center near Tampa Feb. 20-23, 2019. Wed, 7 Mar 2018 15:51:27 EST YANG seeking speakers for 2018 Leadership Conference http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180307/NEWS/180309957/yang-seeking-speakers-for-2018-leadership-conference 20180307/NEWS/180309957 BETHESDA, Md. — The Young Auto Care Network Group is soliciting speaker applications for its "Five for Five" rapid-fire presentations at the YANG 2018 Leadership Conference May 11-12 in Atlanta. Wed, 7 Mar 2018 14:44:08 EST ASA announces instructors for annual meeting http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180307/NEWS/180309958/asa-announces-instructors-for-annual-meeting 20180307/NEWS/180309958 ORLANDO, Fla. — The Automotive Service Association has announced its lineup of industry experts who will lead the instructional sections of its annual business meeting in Orlando May 2-4 Wed, 7 Mar 2018 14:43:28 EST OUR VIEW: Repair shops may need shock therapy http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180307/NEWS/180309959/our-view-repair-shops-may-need-shock-therapy 20180307/NEWS/180309959 Ride control suppliers are encouraging repair shops to give consumers a full undercar inspection and report on their vehicles and alert them when any of those parts are worn and need replacement. Wed, 7 Mar 2018 14:40:10 EST TIA opens nominations for 2018 Hall of Fame http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180307/NEWS/180309960/tia-opens-nominations-for-2018-hall-of-fame 20180307/NEWS/180309960 BOWIE, Md. — The Tire Industry Association is accepting nominations for its 2018 Tire Industry Hall of Fame. Wed, 7 Mar 2018 14:02:18 EST Kumho unveils two commercial tires for North American market http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180307/NEWS/180309961/kumho-unveils-two-commercial-tires-for-north-american-market 20180307/NEWS/180309961 ATLANTA— Kumho Tire USA Inc. has introduced a pair of commercial trailer tires for the North American market, the KLT12e and KRT12. Wed, 7 Mar 2018 11:33:16 EST Consumer Reports releases list of highest-rated tire retailers http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180306/NEWS/180309965/consumer-reports-releases-list-of-highest-rated-tire-retailers 20180306/NEWS/180309965 YONKERS, N.Y. — Costco Wholesale Corp., Tirerack.com, Les Schwab Tire Centers and Discount Tire/America's Tire are the highest rated U.S. retailers of tires according to Consumer Reports magazine. Tue, 6 Mar 2018 15:19:47 EST Hankook Great Catch promotion offers rebate up to $100 http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180306/NEWS/180309964/hankook-great-catch-promotion-offers-rebate-up-to-100 20180306/NEWS/180309964 NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Hankook TIre America Corp. is offering consumers the chance to save up to $100 on the purchase of qualifying tires from seven of the tire maker's most popular passenger and light truck lines. Tue, 6 Mar 2018 15:22:01 EST Prometeon to add Pirelli H89 truck tire line in North America http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180306/NEWS/180309966/prometeon-to-add-pirelli-h89-truck-tire-line-in-north-america 20180306/NEWS/180309966 ATLANTA — Prometeon Tyre Group Commercial Solutions L.L.C. plans to add the Pirelli H89 radial truck tire line — comprising steer-, drive- and trailer-axle fitments — this year to the Pentathlon D and Pentathlon Coach and G Series lines it already offers. Tue, 6 Mar 2018 12:45:55 EST Nokian redesigns branding to align with growth strategy http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180306/NEWS/180309963/nokian-redesigns-branding-to-align-with-growth-strategy 20180306/NEWS/180309963 NOKIA, Finland — Nokian Tyres P.L.C. is redesigning its branding in an effort to market itself more effectively in the company's strategic growth areas of North America and Central Europe. Tue, 6 Mar 2018 15:22:08 EST Canadian waste-tire processing plant proposed http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180306/NEWS/180309971/canadian-waste-tire-processing-plant-proposed 20180306/NEWS/180309971 GOTEBORG, Sweden — Canadian energy-services provider ArticCan Energy Services Inc. is proposing setting up a scrap-tire processing plant in Canada designed to process 30,000 metric tons of waste tires a year. Tue, 6 Mar 2018 10:31:56 EST Hankook supports tornado recovery efforts in Tennessee http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180306/NEWS/180309968/hankook-supports-tornado-recovery-efforts-in-tennessee 20180306/NEWS/180309968 CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — As the Clarksville community begins its recovery in the wake of a tornado on Feb. 24, Hankook Tire America Corp. is helping out with a $10,000 donation to the United Way of the Greater Clarksville Region. Tue, 6 Mar 2018 11:37:46 EST Sullivan Tire begins ad campaign with MLB's Red Sox http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180306/NEWS/180309970/sullivan-tire-begins-ad-campaign-with-mlbs-red-sox 20180306/NEWS/180309970 NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. — Sullivan Tire & Auto Service has teamed with Boston Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster and Big League Brian on a new television advertising campaign that celebrates New England's love of baseball. Tue, 6 Mar 2018 10:34:11 EST Rice Tire hires Bob Eck for VP role http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180306/NEWS/180309969/rice-tire-hires-bob-eck-for-vp-role 20180306/NEWS/180309969 FREDERICK, Md. — Rice Tire Co. has hired long-time Goodyear executive Bob Eck as vice president of sales. Tue, 6 Mar 2018 10:38:30 EST Yokohama to hike OTR tire prices by up to 6% http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180305/NEWS/180309975/yokohama-to-hike-otr-tire-prices-by-up-to-6 20180305/NEWS/180309975 SANTA ANA, Calif. — Yokohama Tire Corp. plans to raise prices on its OTR tire lines April 1 by as much as 6 percent as part of realignment of its OTR tire pricing. Mon, 5 Mar 2018 11:04:51 EST Michelin branches into SmartWay aero devices http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180305/NEWS/180309972/michelin-branches-into-smartway-aero-devices 20180305/NEWS/180309972 ATLANTA — Michelin North America is taking its research into fuel economy in the trucking industry one step beyond tires with the launch of the Michelin Energy Guard, a SmartWay-verified aerodynamic trailer solution kit. Mon, 5 Mar 2018 15:29:45 EST Doublestar-led group to be Kumho Tire's largest shareholder http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180305/NEWS/180309974/doublestar-led-group-to-be-kumho-tires-largest-shareholder 20180305/NEWS/180309974 QINGDAO, China — Chinese investors, led by Qingdao Doublestar Tire Co. Ltd., have reached an agreement with Kumho Tire Co. Inc. Mon, 5 Mar 2018 11:10:44 EST Cooper relaunches Cooper-brand truck/bus tire line http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180305/NEWS/180309978/cooper-relaunches-cooper-brand-truck-bus-tire-line 20180305/NEWS/180309978 ATLANTA — Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. is reintroducing a Cooper-brand truck and bus tire line to its portfolio 11 years after phasing it out in favor of the Roadmaster brand as its sole truck/bus product line Mon, 5 Mar 2018 09:41:08 EST Procter & Gamble exec to head up marketing/merchandising at Monro http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180305/NEWS/180309973/procter-amp-gamble-exec-to-head-up-marketing-merchandising-at-monro 20180305/NEWS/180309973 ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Monro Inc. has hired Procter & Gamble Inc. executive Deborah Brundage to be its senior vice president of marketing and merchandising. Mon, 5 Mar 2018 11:15:35 EST Whirlpool exec to lead Cooper's North American operations http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180305/NEWS/180309976/whirlpool-exec-to-lead-coopers-north-american-operations 20180305/NEWS/180309976 FINDLAY, Ohio — Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. has promoted Phil Kortokrax to senior vice president, global operations and procurement, and hired Whirlpool Corp. Mon, 5 Mar 2018 11:01:03 EST Atturo adds ST trailer line to portfolio http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180305/NEWS/180309977/atturo-adds-st-trailer-line-to-portfolio 20180305/NEWS/180309977 WAUKEGAN, Ill. — Atturo Tire Corp. has added an ST trailer tire line to its portfolio in an attempt to tap into what it perceives as a growing market for trailer tires. Mon, 5 Mar 2018 09:44:59 EST Reports say KDB, Doublestar reopen talks on Kumho http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180302/NEWS/180309979/reports-say-kdb-doublestar-reopen-talks-on-kumho 20180302/NEWS/180309979 SEOUL — Korea Development Bank, the South Korean state-owned policy bank, reportedly is reviving talks with Chinese tire maker Qingdao Doublestar Tire Co. Ltd. over a possible sale of its stake in Kumho Tire Co. Ltd. Fri, 2 Mar 2018 15:10:06 EST Omni United debuts sport touring tire for classic cars http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180302/NEWS/180309980/omni-united-debuts-sport-touring-tire-for-classic-cars 20180302/NEWS/180309980 TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Omni United (S) Pte. Ltd. has launched a sport touring tire, called the Dimax Classic, developed for classic and vintage cars. Fri, 2 Mar 2018 14:59:32 EST Michelin, Pirelli, Conti among CR's most recommended brands http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180302/NEWS/180309981/michelin-pirelli-conti-among-crs-most-recommended-brands 20180302/NEWS/180309981 WASHINGTON — Michelin, Pirelli and Continental were the most prominent brands among recommended tires in Consumer Reports' 2018 tire ratings. Fri, 2 Mar 2018 13:55:49 EST Conti re-enters ag market with introduction of 2 tires http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180302/NEWS/180309984/conti-re-enters-ag-market-with-introduction-of-2-tires 20180302/NEWS/180309984 HANNOVER, Germany — A little more than two years after it confirmed plans to re-enter the farm tire market, Continental A.G. Fri, 2 Mar 2018 12:25:33 EST Linglong to build 4th China plant, mulls 2 more overseas http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180302/NEWS/180309985/linglong-to-build-4th-china-plant-mulls-2-more-overseas 20180302/NEWS/180309985 YANTAI, China — Shandong Linglong Tire Co. Ltd. plans to build a fourth factory in China, an $875 million project in Hubei Province, and continues to research locations in Europe and North America for possible expansion. Fri, 2 Mar 2018 12:24:52 EST Marangoni upgrades technology at Rovereto compounds plant http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180302/NEWS/180309988/marangoni-upgrades-technology-at-rovereto-compounds-plant 20180302/NEWS/180309988 ROVERETO, Italy — Marangoni Group has upgraded the compounding system for truck and earthmoving tire tread rubber production at its plant in Rovereto. Fri, 2 Mar 2018 10:17:22 EST Nexen's fiscal 2017 operating income drops 25% http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180301/NEWS/180309993/nexens-fiscal-2017-operating-income-drops-25 20180301/NEWS/180309993 SEOUL, South Korea — Nexen Tire Corp. suffered a 25.2-percent drop in operating income last year, while sales grew 3.7 percent to $1.74 billion. Thu, 1 Mar 2018 17:41:34 EST Goodyear's Richard Kramer to give keynote at 2018 ITEC http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180301/NEWS/180309992/goodyears-richard-kramer-to-give-keynote-at-2018-itec 20180301/NEWS/180309992 AKRON — Goodyear Chairman, CEO and President Richard Kramer will be the keynote speaker for the 2018 International Tire Exhibition & Conference, to be held Sept. 11-13 in Akron. Thu, 1 Mar 2018 17:43:47 EST Trump plans to impose elevated steel, aluminum tariffs http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180301/NEWS/180309994/trump-plans-to-impose-elevated-steel-aluminum-tariffs 20180301/NEWS/180309994 WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said he plans to impose elevated tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, which would be one of his toughest actions yet to implement a hawkish trade agenda that risks antagonizing friends and foes alike. Thu, 1 Mar 2018 17:31:00 EST High-value tires lead Pirelli growth plan for 2018 http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180301/NEWS/180309996/high-value-tires-lead-pirelli-growth-plan-for-2018 20180301/NEWS/180309996 MILAN — Pirelli & C. S.p.A. aims to further increase sales of high-value tires, under a growth plan detailed during the release of the company's fiscal 2017 results. Thu, 1 Mar 2018 17:05:11 EST Sailun expects Q1 upturn after profit drop in 2017 http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180301/NEWS/180309997/sailun-expects-q1-upturn-after-profit-drop-in-2017 20180301/NEWS/180309997 QINGDAO, China — Sailun Group is forecasting an eanrings rebound in the first quarter of fiscal 2018 after suffering double-digit earnings drops in fiscal 2017. Thu, 1 Mar 2018 16:57:46 EST Cooper, Goodyear managers earn STEP awards http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180301/NEWS/180309995/cooper-goodyear-managers-earn-step-awards 20180301/NEWS/180309995 WASHINGTON — Representatives of Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. and Goodyear will be among the 130 women honored April 10 at the annual Manufacturing Institute Science, Technology, Engineering and Production awards dinner. Thu, 1 Mar 2018 17:24:03 EST Pirelli reports higher fiscal 2017 sales, earnings http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180301/NEWS/180309999/pirelli-reports-higher-fiscal-2017-sales-earnings 20180301/NEWS/180309999 MILAN — Pirelli & C. S.p.A. reported higher sales and earnings for fiscal 2017 as "internal levers" such as price/mix, volumes and efficiencies "more than offset" increased raw-materials costs and cost inflatio Thu, 1 Mar 2018 13:45:52 EST Lehigh set to begin construction of plant in Spain http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180301/NEWS/180309998/lehigh-set-to-begin-construction-of-plant-in-spain 20180301/NEWS/180309998 TUCKER, Ga. — Lehigh Technologies Inc., a scrap tire processor acquired last year by Michelin North America Inc., is set to commission its first European plant this summer after a series of delays. Thu, 1 Mar 2018 13:48:06 EST China's Linglong to assist Iran tire plant project http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180228/NEWS/180229940/chinas-linglong-to-assist-iran-tire-plant-project 20180228/NEWS/180229940 TEHRAN, Iran — China's Shandong Linglong Tire Co. Ltd. has agreed to become a contractor for the construction of a greenfield tire plant in Iran, according to a senior Iranian official. Wed, 28 Feb 2018 17:27:02 EST Titan debuts Goodyear-brand 'crossover' R1/R4 ag tire http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180228/NEWS/180229941/titan-debuts-goodyear-brand-crossover-r1-r4-ag-tire 20180228/NEWS/180229941 QUINCY, Ill. — Titan International Inc. has developed a Goodyear-brand "crossover" farm tire for compact tractors that combines the best attributes of an R-1 agricultural tire with those of an R-4 industrial tire. Wed, 28 Feb 2018 16:59:08 EST Michelin upgrading Kleber ag tire line for North America http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180228/NEWS/180229942/michelin-upgrading-kleber-ag-tire-line-for-north-america 20180228/NEWS/180229942 GREENVILLE, S.C. — Michelin North America Inc. is launching a 95-series crop-row tire under its Kleber brand, the "Cropker," designed for use in fields, orchards, vineyards, etc. with narrow crop rows. Wed, 28 Feb 2018 13:52:25 EST 2019 Cherokee fitted OE with Bridgestone, Firestone http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180228/NEWS/180229943/2019-cherokee-fitted-oe-with-bridgestone-firestone 20180228/NEWS/180229943 NASHVILLE, Tenn. — FCA L.L.C. has selected Bridgestone Dueler and Firestone Destination fitments as OE on four versions of its 2019 Jeep Cherokee, which is debuting in U.S. and Canadian dealers' showrooms in the first quarter. Wed, 28 Feb 2018 12:14:19 EST Councils roll out tools, initiatives during Tire Pros National Conference http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180228/NEWS/180229944/councils-roll-out-tools-initiatives-during-tire-pros-national 20180228/NEWS/180229944 SAN ANTONIO — It was a little more than a year ago when four groups of American Tire Distributors' (ATD) Tire Pros dealers began to meet regularly, each assigned a similar but distinctive task: Figure out opportunities within their group's topic to... Wed, 28 Feb 2018 12:09:21 EST Indy Tire changes name to Best-One of Indy http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180228/NEWS/180229947/indy-tire-changes-name-to-best-one-of-indy 20180228/NEWS/180229947 INDIANAPOLIS — Indy Tire & Auto Service is changing its name to Best-One of Indy, effective March 1. Wed, 28 Feb 2018 10:49:37 EST Marco Crola succeeding Pierluigi Dinelli as CEO of Pirelli Tire NAFTA http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180228/NEWS/180229945/marco-crola-succeeding-pierluigi-dinelli-as-ceo-of-pirelli-tire-nafta 20180228/NEWS/180229945 NEW YORK — Pirelli & C. S.p.A. has named Marco Crola CEO for the company's NAFTA region, succeeding Pierluigi Dinelli, who left the company recently to pursue personal interests. Wed, 28 Feb 2018 11:26:10 EST Jeff Barna, David Zielasko to speak at Clemson conference http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180228/NEWS/180229946/jeff-barna-david-zielasko-to-speak-at-clemson-conference 20180228/NEWS/180229946 HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Yokohama Tire Corp. President Jeff Barna will be the keynote speaker at the Clemson University Global Tire Industry Conference, scheduled for April 18-20 at the Sonesta Resort in Hilton Head. Wed, 28 Feb 2018 11:14:55 EST Icahn Automotive buys 4 Detroit-area auto service centers http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180228/NEWS/180229948/icahn-automotive-buys-4-detroit-area-auto-service-centers 20180228/NEWS/180229948 SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — Icahn Automotive Group L.L.C. has purchased four independent auto service center locations in the metro Detroit area and plans to convert them to its Pep Boys Service & Tire Centers brand. Wed, 28 Feb 2018 09:31:28 EST ASE, S/P2 to offer workplace mentoring program http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180227/NEWS/180229950/ase-s-p2-to-offer-workplace-mentoring-program 20180227/NEWS/180229950 OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The ASE Education Foundation is launching a workplace mentoring program for the automotive repair and service sector, designed to help businesses identify and train their service personnel to become mentors. Tue, 27 Feb 2018 16:49:20 EST TrophyLite specs Geolandar for off-road racing series http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180227/NEWS/180229953/trophylite-specs-geolandar-for-off-road-racing-series 20180227/NEWS/180229953 SANTA ANA, Calif. — The organizers of the TrophyLite R4 Series have designated the Yokohama Geolandar M/T G003 as the spec tire for the "affordable" spec off-road racing series for the next three seasons. Tue, 27 Feb 2018 15:23:12 EST VIP Tires continues Make-A-Wish donation for 10th year http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180227/NEWS/180229951/vip-tires-continues-make-a-wish-donation-for-10th-year 20180227/NEWS/180229951 AUBURN, Maine — VIP Tires & Service has donated $55,658.12 to Make-A-Wish Foundation, funds raised during the company's 10th annual Season of Wishes Campaign last December at the dealership's 56 stores. Tue, 27 Feb 2018 15:56:24 EST Forgeline joins Pirelli World Challenge sponsors roster http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180227/NEWS/180229952/forgeline-joins-pirelli-world-challenge-sponsors-roster 20180227/NEWS/180229952 DAYTON, Ohio — Forgeline Motorsports L.L.C. has signed a sponsorship deal with the Pirelli World Challenge racing series that provides the Dayton-based custom wheel maker with brand exposure through the PWC's promotional efforts. Tue, 27 Feb 2018 15:29:35 EST Falken launching dealer-training 'academy' at California HQ http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180227/NEWS/180229954/falken-launching-dealer-training-academy-at-california-hq 20180227/NEWS/180229954 RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. — Sumitomo Rubber North America Inc.'s Falken brand is launching "Falken Academy," a dealer training seminar and ride-and-drive program designed to help it build relations with its dealer network. Tue, 27 Feb 2018 11:07:15 EST OTHER VIEWS: Elimination of NVH is critical to comfortable, safe ride http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180227/NEWS/180229964/other-views-elimination-of-nvh-is-critical-to-comfortable-safe-ride 20180227/NEWS/180229964 LONG GROVE, Ill. — Brake technology is one of the greatest contributors to the presence of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) in vehicles; however, top-quality brake technology successfully can control NVH to give a safer, more comfortable ride. Tue, 27 Feb 2018 06:00:00 EST Sumitomo Rubber to make Sumitomo-brand TBR at N.Y. plant http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180227/NEWS/180229956/sumitomo-rubber-to-make-sumitomo-brand-tbr-at-n-y-plant 20180227/NEWS/180229956 TONAWANDA, N.Y. — Sumitomo Rubber North America Inc. is preparing to start production of Sumitomo-brand medium truck tires at its plant in Tonawanda, N.Y., a move that should help TBC Corp. improve distribution of the brand it controls in the U.S. Tue, 27 Feb 2018 10:02:07 EST China regains No. 1 trading partner status http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180226/NEWS/180229961/-china-regains-no-1-trading-partner-status 20180226/NEWS/180229961 WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. tire sector trade deficit shrank slightly last year as the value of exports shot up nearly 62 percent while the value of imports rose close to 10 percent in 2017 to a record $13.8 billion. Mon, 26 Feb 2018 16:41:54 EST Yokohama to introduce fuel-efficient BluEarth trailer tires http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180226/NEWS/180229967/yokohama-to-introduce-fuel-efficient-bluearth-trailer-tires 20180226/NEWS/180229967 SANTA ANA, Calif. — Yokohama Tire Corp. will introduce two fuel-efficient trailer tires, the BluEarth 109L and BluEarth 109L ultra wide base, in the U.S. and Canada, March 1. Mon, 26 Feb 2018 10:33:09 EST TravelCenters sponsors NASCAR transport drivers' competition http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180226/NEWS/180229962/travelcenters-sponsors-nascar-transport-drivers-competition 20180226/NEWS/180229962 WESTLAKE, Ohio — TravelCenters of America L.L.C. has agreed to sponsor the 2018 TA Truck Service Challenge, a competition for the professional transport drivers for teams competing in NASCAR's Xfinity and Monster Energy Cup Series. Mon, 26 Feb 2018 15:56:21 EST NHTSA introduces Compliance Assistance Program http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180226/NEWS/180229963/nhtsa-introduces-compliance-assistance-program 20180226/NEWS/180229963 WASHINGTON — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has unveiled a Compliance Assistance Program to help "regulated entities" comply with federal safety regulations. Mon, 26 Feb 2018 15:50:26 EST NAPA parent suffers drop in earnings, despite sales boost in 2017 http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180226/NEWS/180229965/napa-parent-suffers-drop-in-earnings-despite-sales-boost-in-2017 20180226/NEWS/180229965 ATLANTA — Genuine Parts Co., parent of NAPA Auto Parts, suffered a 10-percent drop in net income to $616.8 million despite a 6.3-percent increase in sales to $16.3 billion for 2017, compared with 2016. Mon, 26 Feb 2018 14:01:13 EST Stevens to oversee materials-handling tires for GRI in the U.S. http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180226/NEWS/180229968/stevens-to-oversee-materials-handling-tires-for-gri-in-the-u-s 20180226/NEWS/180229968 COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Global Rubber Industries Pvt. Ltd. has promoted Gary Stevens to president of sales for materials-handling tires in the U.S. Mon, 26 Feb 2018 10:01:48 EST ANRPC expects 2.8% growth in natural rubber demand this year http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180226/NEWS/180229969/anrpc-expects-2-8-growth-in-natural-rubber-demand-this-year 20180226/NEWS/180229969 KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Global demand for natural rubber is set to grow 2.8 percent in 2018, more than double the 1.2-percent rate recorded during 2017, according to the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries. Mon, 26 Feb 2018 10:00:06 EST Point S celebrates success at Owners Meeting in Hollywood http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180225/NEWS/180229970/point-s-celebrates-success-at-owners-meeting-in-hollywood 20180225/NEWS/180229970 HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Against the backdrop of the movie-making industry, the Point S USA dealer cooperative replayed its 2017 award-winning performance while previewing the script for what it hopes will be more successes over the next 12 months. Sun, 25 Feb 2018 14:56:31 EST Texas appeals court excuses Bridgestone, Ford from lawsuit http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180223/NEWS/180229974/texas-appeals-court-excuses-bridgestone-ford-from-lawsuit 20180223/NEWS/180229974 BEAUMONT, Texas — The Ninth Texas Court of Appeals has reversed a lower court's decision and dismissed a product-liability lawsuit against Bridgestone Americas Inc. and Ford Motor Co., ruling that Texas courts have no jurisdiction in the case. Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:46:21 EST Goodyear, Pirelli, Smithers among Tire Technology award winners http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180223/NEWS/180229972/goodyear-pirelli-smithers-among-tire-technology-award-winners 20180223/NEWS/180229972 HANNOVER, Germany — Goodyear, Pirelli & C. S.p.A., Smithers Rapra, Versalis S.p.A. and MegaRide S.r.l. received accolades this week during the 2018 Tire Technology Expo in Hannover for their achievements in tire technology. Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:49:24 EST 'Shift into High Gear' with Mitchell 1 Facebook contest http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180223/NEWS/180229971/shift-into-high-gear-with-mitchell-1-facebook-contest 20180223/NEWS/180229971 POWAY, Calif. — Mitchell Repair Information Co. L.L.C. has launched a Facebook sweepstakes that will provide one winner with an all-expense paid trip to the firm's Mitchell 1 shop management training workshop in San Diego, April 26-28. Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:35:19 EST Michelin expanding Pilot Sport 4S size range http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180223/NEWS/180229973/michelin-expanding-pilot-sport-4s-size-range 20180223/NEWS/180229973 GREENVILLE, S.C. — Michelin North America Inc. has expanded the size range of its Pilot Sport 4S ultra-high-performance tire line with 34 new SKUs and 11 more coming in March and May. Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:36:14 EST Mavis, Express Oil merging; to control 830 retail outlets http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180223/NEWS/180229977/mavis-express-oil-merging-to-control-830-retail-outlets 20180223/NEWS/180229977 MILLWOOD, N.Y. — Mavis Discount Tire and Express Oil Change & Tire Engineers, two of the largest retail tire dealerships in the U.S. Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:21:14 EST Humberto Gomez to succeed Gary Nash at Yokohama Tire Mexico http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180223/NEWS/180229975/humberto-gomez-to-succeed-gary-nash-at-yokohama-tire-mexico 20180223/NEWS/180229975 SANTA ANA, Calif. — Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. has promoted Humberto Gomez to president of Yokohama Tire Mexico, succeeding Gary Nash, who is retiring March 31 after 52 years in the tire industry. Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:31:37 EST OUR VIEW: An exciting, scary tire industry future http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180222/NEWS/180229978/our-view-an-exciting-scary-tire-industry-future 20180222/NEWS/180229978 AKRON — Rich Kramer, Goodyear's top executive, painted an exciting future for the tire industry, his company and for independent tire dealers during the tire maker's recent Customer Conference in Nashville. Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:23:29 EST Auto Care Association to host NAFTA webinar http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180222/NEWS/180229979/auto-care-association-to-host-nafta-webinar 20180222/NEWS/180229979 BETHESDA, Md. — The Auto Care Association (ACA) is hosting a March 13 webinar focusing on the latest developments in negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement and how the renegotiation process might affect the auto care industry. Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:52:05 EST Bridgestone upgrading Blizzak light-truck winter tire http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180222/NEWS/180229983/bridgestone-upgrading-blizzak-light-truck-winter-tire 20180222/NEWS/180229983 NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Bridgestone Americas Inc. is upgrading its Blizzak winter product line with the Blizzak LT for the heavy-duty light truck tire segment. Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:47:57 EST Tire Discounters targets Knoxville for expansion in 2018 http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180222/NEWS/180229982/tire-discounters-targets-knoxville-for-expansion-in-2018 20180222/NEWS/180229982 CINCINNATI — Tire Discounters Inc. has identified Knoxville, Tenn., as the next branch of its growing retail store network, with plans to open retail stores there later this year. Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:49:39 EST Goodyear's sponsorship of Cavs' jersey may be paying off http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180222/NEWS/180229984/goodyears-sponsorship-of-cavs-jersey-may-be-paying-off 20180222/NEWS/180229984 CLEVELAND — According to one source, Goodyear is getting quite a return on its decision last year to become the Cleveland Cavaliers' jersey sponsor. Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:14:31 EST Conti taking steps toward sustainable NR sourcing http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180222/NEWS/180229985/conti-taking-steps-toward-sustainable-nr-sourcing 20180222/NEWS/180229985 HANNOVER, Germany — Continental A.G. and an international aid agency are forming a partnership designed to improve the sustainability of the natural rubber supply chain in Indonesia. Thu, 22 Feb 2018 07:45:29 EST Goodyear names 'Highway Hero' finalists http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180221/NEWS/180229990/goodyear-names-highway-hero-finalists 20180221/NEWS/180229990 AKRON — Goodyear will celebrate acts of heroism March 22 when it honors the three finalists for its 2018 Highway Hero Award, which will be given during a ceremony in Louisville, Ky., held in conjunction the 2018 Mid-America Trucking Show. Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:59:49 EST ACA, Commerce Department to host March 8 webinar on Costa Rica http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180221/NEWS/180229988/aca-commerce-department-to-host-march-8-webinar-on-costa-rica 20180221/NEWS/180229988 BETHESDA, Md.—The Auto Care Association and the U.S. Department of Commerce will co-host a free March 8 webinar on business opportunities in the automotive industry in Costa Rica. Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:21:34 EST Countrywide opens warehouse, expands trailer tire line http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180221/NEWS/180229986/countrywide-opens-warehouse-expands-trailer-tire-line 20180221/NEWS/180229986 MINNEAPOLIS — Countrywide Tire & Rubber Co., a wholesale distributor of tires, inner tubes and wheels, has opened a warehouse in Maple Grove, Minn., and expanded its Rubbermaster trailer tire line with seven new sizes. Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:10:15 EST OTHER VIEWS: What happens if the EV push short-circuits? http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180221/NEWS/180229991/other-views-what-happens-if-the-ev-push-short-circuits 20180221/NEWS/180229991 DETROIT — They all must know a lot more than I do. Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:45:04 EST Dealer Tire among investors in tire-sensor startup http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180221/NEWS/180229987/dealer-tire-among-investors-in-tire-sensor-startup 20180221/NEWS/180229987 DURHAM, N.C. — Dealer Tire L.L.C. is one of the several investors in tire sensor and data management company Tyrata Inc., which has closed a $4.5 million in series A financing. Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:00:12 EST KYB promotes Chris Gillund to marketing manager http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180221/NEWS/180229989/kyb-promotes-chris-gillund-to-marketing-manager 20180221/NEWS/180229989 GREENWOOD, Ind. — KYB Americas Corp. has promoted Chris Gillund to marketing manager, responsible for KYB's national promotions, social media and digital and print advertising. Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:13:01 EST Synthetic rubber producer Arlanxeo proposes tire sealant material http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180221/NEWS/180229992/synthetic-rubber-producer-arlanxeo-proposes-tire-sealant-material 20180221/NEWS/180229992 HANNOVER, Germany — Synthetic rubber producer Arlanxeo Performance Elastomers has developed an elastomer compound that it claims seals punctures, making it ideal for use in self-sealing tires. Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:21:55 EST