Sears offers free tire checks
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill.-Sears, Roebuck and Co. has begun offering consumers free tire safety checks at its more than 800 Sears Auto Centers in the U.S.
Sears said its technicians will check and adjust tire air pressure if necessary while showing consumers how to determine the manufacturer's recommended pressure for their vehicles.
If signs of dangerous tire wear are present the technicans also will point that out and explain how adjustments in vehicle alignment can prolong tire life.
China Tire changes name
HONG KONG-China Tire e-commerce.com Ltd., formerly China Tire Holdings Ltd., has changed its name to China Enterprises Ltd. No explanation was given for the move, announced Aug.3.
The latest name change, the second undertaken by the Hong Kong-based tire company within months, was approved by the Registrar of Companies of Bermuda on July 4, the company said.
Originally China Tire Holdings Ltd., it became China Tire-e commerce.com Ltd. earlier this year. In connection with the latest name change, the company said it anticipates also changing its CUSIP number and NYSE ticker symbol (TIR), adding that a further press release will be made at that time.
Alabama cancels BFS contract
MONTGOMERY, Ala.-Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman has canceled the state's contract with Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. after state troopers complained of safety concerns.
``In my opinion, there are too many unanswered questions regarding the safety of these tires, and as such, I am directing you to immediately cancel the State's contract with Firestone,'' Mr. Siegelman wrote to Alabama Finance Director Henry Mabry.
A BFS spokeswoman told Tire Business the company has not yet seen any formal letter of cancellation, but BFS believes Alabama has a rule requiring pursuit vehicles to replace tires with those that are original equipment-approved.
Most of the state's vehicles are made by Ford Motor Co., she said, which BFS no longer supplies.
Alliance names Midwest rep
HADERA, Israel-Israel's Alliance Tire Co. has inked an agreement naming Park City, Kan.-based Nebraskaland/Kansasland Tire its Midwest sales agent for radial agricultural tires in the U.S.
Nick Phillippi, general manager of Nebraskaland/Kansasland Tire, said his company is enthusiastic about the quality and engineering of Alliance radial ag tires, both in the R-1 tractor and in high flotation designs.
``Alliance has put a tremendous amount of investment, talent and innovation into its radial tires, and has become a world leader in radial ag tire technology over the past several years.'' Mr. Phillippi said.
Conti to be Ford's main supplier
HANOVER, Germany-Continental A.G. said on Aug. 24 that it will become Ford Motor Co.'s largest tire supplier in 2002.
Automotive News, a sister publication of Tire Business, reported that Conti CEO Stephan Kessel told Reuters the company expects a major tire order for new vehicles from Ford next year, vaulting the company into Ford's top tire spot. Volume and revenue figures were not available.
The German tire maker, parent of Charlotte, N.C.-based Continental Tire North America Inc., sells the General and Continental tire brands in the U.S., and the Barum, Semperit, Uniroyal and Viking brands in other countries.
Continental is stepping in to fill the void created when, on May 21, Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. severed its 95-year supplier relationship with Ford.
Pirelli recalls 9,993 LT tires
WASHINGTON-Pirelli Tire Corp. has recalled 9,993 Desert Dog LT247/75R16 radial tires manufactured between December 1998 and March 2000.
Variability in component adhesion during production could cause partial tread separation and loss of air in use, the tire maker told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.