Our plant uses the precure method for retreading. We recap heavy truck and bus tires. What is the industry standard for the amount of in-house failures and customer adjustments with our kind of recapping?
Pride of Florida
Avon Park, Fla.
Editor's note: American Retreaders Association Executive Director Marvin Bozarth cautions that shop adjustment averages vary depending on circumstances. However, he estimates in-house failures average from 1-3 percent and customer adjustments about 3 percent industrywide. Customer adjustments include those ``real world'' situations in which a customer cannot be convinced that failure was due to owner abuse or improper inflation and maintenance.
NTDRA's 1995 convention
In comparison to the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association conventions of previous years, I was totally disappointed in the association's New Orleans show.
I remember the shows of the 1970s and '80s as being more productive and educational.
G.S. ``Sterling'' Howell
Ohio's 50-cent tire tax
Ohio has collected a 50-cent tax on new tires since Dec. 1, 1993. What has happened to all the money that has been collected? How much has been collected?
I hope some good has come of it!
Clarence E. Wayte
Roy's Tire Service Inc.
Editor's note: According to Bob Large, superintendent of the scrap tire management unit for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, about $7.5 million was collected by December 1995.
Of this total, $3.7 million is earmarked for loans to help launch new scrap tire recycling businesses, $3.3 million will go to scrap tire abatement (scheduled to get under way this summer), and a $150,000 grant will be given to the University of Akron's Polymer Research Center to fund research on better uses for tire-generated crumb rubber.
The remainder, up to a maximum of $750,000, is available to the state's EPA to administer Ohio's scrap tire management program.
ISO 9000 certification
In your Oct. 30, 1995 issue, you neglected to include Rema Tip Top International among the list of companies that recently have met the ISO 9000 quality standards as established by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
Regional Sales Manager
Rema Tip Top/North America
Market share estimates
Regarding the tire market share figures published in your Dec. 11 ``Market Data Book'' issue: How are these figures determined? How accurate are they?
What period of time do they cover?
Jensen Tire Co.
Editor's note: The market share figures carried annually in our ``Market Data Book Issue'' are, as stated in the various charts, TIRE BUSINESS' estimates based on unit sales during the previous calendar year.
Every effort is made to keep these figures as accurate and up to date as possible. However, it should be remembered that they are estimates, reflecting the consensus among dozens of industry sources contacted during their preparation.
It also is important to note that these figures represent the estimated share held by each brand shown-not the manufacturer's total unit sales, which can include other house brands as well as private-brand tires.