SAN FRANCISCO-Sumitomo Tire (U.S.) will increase prices 1 to 3 percent on all tires, June 1. The U.S. marketing unit of Japan's Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. said the rising cost of labor and materials, not the declining value of the yen against the U.S. dollar, necessitated the price hike.
Earlier this year, most other tire makers announced 3- to 4-percent price increases.
Tire-fueled enerht plant eyed in Illinois
HOUSTON-Houston Industries Energy Inc., a subsidiary of Houston Industries Inc., and Chewton Glen Energy plan to develop a 19.9-megawatt tires-to-energy plant in Ford Heights, Ill., that will consume 65,000 tons of scrap tires annually to generate electricity for Commonwealth Edison, the utility serving the Chicago area.
Construction of the plant is to begin immediately for completion in 1996. The combustion facility will be designed and constructed by Zurn/National Energy Protection Corp., a subsidiary of Zurn Industries.
Browning-Ferris Industries of Illinois will supply the tires.
Goodyear is pattern setter for URW pacts
CINCINNATI-The United Rubber Workers union has chosen Goodyear as the pattern-setting company for its 1994 master contract negotiations with the ``Big Three'' tire companies.
Nearly 22,000 of the union's 100,000 members are covered by the master contracts, which expire April 23 with Goodyear, Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. and Uniroyal Goodrich Tire Co., a unit of Michelin North America.
The URW will concentrate on negotiating a master agreement with Goodyear prior to the deadline. Then URW members will use this ``pattern'' in negotiations with the other firms.
Brake fluid maker seeks to avoid recall
WASHINGTON-First Brands Corp. of Danbury, Conn., has asked the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for an exemption from recalling 202,704 units of its Prestone AS-400 brake fluid-packaged at its Paulsboro Packaging Inc. subsidiary May 4, 1993.
The lot failed to meet federal standards in the maximum bubble flow test requirements, but FBC insisted this short-coming would not create a safety problem in vehicles.
NHTSA is accepting public comments until May 9.
Industry to debate fuel economy labels
WASHINGTON-The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will issue a request for comments later this month on President Clinton's proposal to label tires for fuel economy, the NHTSA said.
Mr. Clinton's recommendation, originally suggested by Michelin North America, was part of his Climate Change Action Plan, issued last October. An attorney representing Michelin at a White House conference said fuel savings and emissions reductions could be reached by increased use of fuel-efficient tires.
Tire dealers grabbing service market share
WYCKOFF, N.J.-Tire dealerships are gaining market share in passenger car and light truck automotive service work, according to a Lang Marketing Resources survey.
The Wyckoff-based firm said tire stores command 8.1 percent of the service market, up 0.8 percent since 1983, making them the fourth largest service provider. Garages and service stations do 38.4 percent of light vehicle work, followed by car and light truck dealers at 21.9 percent.
Specialty repair shops are third with 17.5 percent.
Firestone brand returns to Japan
TOKYO-Firestone brand tires have returned to Japan after an absence of six years.
Bridgestone Corp. recently began importing Firestone Firehawk 690 radial passenger tires and, will soon import Firehawk ATX light truck tires in Japan through its marketing arm, Bridgestone FVS Co. Ltd.
The company, which acquired Firestone in 1988, said the Firestone brand's racing reputation ``is attracting special interest among Japanese motorsports enthusiasts.'' Bridgestone also said it believes it has restored the quality of Firestone brand tires after investing more than $1 billion into its U.S. subsidiary, Bridgestone/Firestone Inc.
The ATXs will be produced at BFS's Decatur, Ill., plant, while the 690s are being exported from Europe, a BFS spokesman said.