BFS promotes car-care classes
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-With April's National Car Care Month nearing, Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire is encouraging dealers to join the effort with BFS's Car Care Academy for consumers.
The tire maker said it recently expanded its consumer academy to teach motorists the basics in automotive maintenance, namely tire inflation, fluids and belts. BFS supplies a workshop kit to dealers that includes instructor and participant guides, presentation materials, giveaways and other support materials.
``This workshop helps position the retailer as the automotive expert in his or her market,'' said Paul Chizeck, manager of BFS family dealer retail marketing.
Dealers interested in the program can contact their local representative.
Toyo official tire of drag series
CYPRESS, Calif.-Toyo has been named the official tire of the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series in a multi-year agreement beginning this year.
The series comprises 10 races from March through October.
For sport compact vehicles, Toyo Tire (U.S.A.) Corp. offers the Proxes line of ultra-high performance tires, which includes the T1-S for wet and dry traction and the Proxes RA-1 competition radial.
Goodyear, Siemens build tire monitor
AKRON-Goodyear and Siemens VDO Automotive have unveiled a new tire-based pressure monitoring system designed to make monitoring air pressure as easy for drivers as watching fuel levels, Goodyear said.
The Tire IQ system delivers messages to drivers based on current tire inflation levels, the rate of a pressure leak and the time and distance traveled below the recommended level.
The messages can include a prompt to add air at the next refueling or a warning message that pressure is critically low. The device also can give a calculated number of miles to correct the situation.
The system uses a computer chip and monitor the size of a watch battery that is built into the tire.
Goodyear said the device could be available on some vehicles as early as the 2006 model year.
Hercules teams with Solideal
FINDLAY, Ohio-In its first arrangement with United Solideal Co. Inc., Hercules Tire & Rubber Co. is offering three programs for its dealers to buy both Hercules and Solideal brand industrial tires.
In one option, dealers can buy Hercules and Ironman brands through Solideal, which will fill the order from about 30 service stations in the country, a Hercules spokeswoman said.
Hercules dealers also can order through Hercules and receive the tires in a direct container shipment from Solideal. Finally, Hercules added Solideal to its branded programs, which already includes brands such as Sumitomo, Toyo, Dunlop, Titan and others.
The spokeswoman said placing orders for Solideal tires through Hercules is expected to save dealers money and receiving some orders through Solideal can increase convenience.
Michelin scales back S.C. textile plant
GREENVILLE, S.C.-Michelin North America Inc. is scaling back operations at its textile plant in Winnsboro, S.C., eliminating 130 jobs.
The company said the unit is no longer competitive, and costs to improve efficiency are prohibitive.
The cutbacks affect an older section of the plant, which produces fabric used in tire making. Operations will be scaled back no later than May 3, Michelin said.