STMC to hold Colo. conference DENVER, Colo.—The Scrap Tire Management Council and Region VIII of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will jointly host the Rocky Mountain/Prairies Regional Scrap Tire Management Conference in Denver July 26-27.
The conference will concentrate on scrap tire issues in Colorado, Montana, Utah, Wyoming and the Dakotas, said Michael Blumenthal, executive director of the STMC and a vice president of the Rubber Manufacturers Association.
Among the topics of discussion at the meeting will be scrap tire regulatory and legislative programs in the region; major markets for scrap tires including rubberized asphalt, civil engineering and tire-derived fuel; preventing and fighting scrap tire fires; transportation issues; and financial assurance for tire recyclers.
For more information on the conference, contact the STMC at (202) 682-4880.
Toyo renews its NIRA sponsorship
CYPRESS, Calif.—Toyo Tire (U.S.A.) Corp. will be the title sponsor at the National Import Racing Association (NIRA) 2000 racing season for the third year.
The NIRA series includes eight racing events nationally and features drag-racing, a car show, an Autocross event and a lifestyle expo with skate and bike ramp demonstrations. A new addition for the 2000 season is a motorcycle competition.
The series draws between 10,000 and 20,000 import enthusiasts to each show, according to Earl Knoper, Toyo's senior vice president of marketing. Toyo's Proxes ultra-high-performance line equips many of the race cars.
NIRA sponsors include Ford Motor Co., Meguiar's Surface Care Products, H&R Springs and Spohn Ranch. ESPN2 plans to broadcast six of the eight events.
TANA starts e-newsletter
RESTON, Va.—The Tire Association of North America has launched a new Internet-based newsletter for members called Tire Retailing today E-News.
The new electronic bulletin, delivered weekly to TANA members via e-mail, was activated March 28, interim Executive Vice President Ross Kogel said.
TANA President Tom Wright said the new e-mail newsletter will put TANA in closer communication with its 4,400 members, many of whom are active users of the Internet.
Mr. Wright, president of Wright Tire Service in Anoka, Minn., called the electronic newsletter the latest product in a longstanding effort to improve TANA's communication services.
During the last three years, he said, TANA created Tire Retailing today, a bi-monthly magazine focusing on management issues in the tire industry, TANA's Unifax, a bi-weekly fax report of industry news, and the group's Web site, www.tana.net. The site also features TANA V-campus, a menu of 77 Internet-based training courses for dealers and employees.
Michelin promotes 'adventure' trips
GREENVILLE, S.C.—Michelin North America Inc. has kicked off a new spring promotion called "The Road to Adventure."
Customers who purchase four Michelin passenger or light truck tires from participating dealers between April 1 and May 31 will receive a mail-in coupon for a car cleaning kit valued at $75.
With no purchase required, consumers also can enter a sweepstakes for a chance to win an all-expense-paid vacation to one of several exotic destinations such as hiking in New Zealand, kayaking in Thailand, white water rafting in Costa Rica or surfing in Australia.
Secondary prizes will include tents, backpacks, kayaks, canoes and other adventure paraphernalia. The drawing will be held on July 19.
Information on the promotion and a dealer locator is available on the tire maker's Web site, www.michelin.com. industry report
MEMA publishes industry report
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.—The "Automotive Industry Status Report 1999" has found that American consumers spent an estimated $21.9 billion on routine maintenance of their vehicles in 1998, or about $112 per car or light truck.
Routine maintenance includes tune-ups, oil changes and replacement of headlamps, air filters and batteries. The figure varied from vehicle to vehicle, depending on age, according to the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association, which publishes the report.
Copies of the report are available to non MEMA members for $495. More information is available through MEMA's Web site, www.mema.org.