Manfred Wennemer, chair-man of Continental A.G., will keynote the 2003 Tire Society meeting in Akron Sept. 23-24.
Mr. Wennemer will be joined at the meeting by W. Riley Garrott, division chief, vehicle stability and control at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, who will speak on ``Vehicle Dynamics-Tires & Safety.''
The meeting will feature 30 technical papers on tire design, modeling of tire materials, tire wear, durability of tires and tire materials, tire noise and vehicle dynamics.
The meeting will be held at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Akron. Contact the Tire Society at (330) 929-5238, or by e-mail: [email protected]
equip school bus
GREENVILLE, S.C.-Michelin XZE tires will outfit Blue Bird Corp.'s new Vision school bus.
The XZE is an all-position radial with an extra-wide, extra-deep tread designed to deliver the durability and scrub resistance necessary for bus service, Michelin said. The tire also includes strong shoulders, full-depth sipes, groove walls to prevent stone retention and curb guards.
outfits movie SUV
STOW, Ohio-Mickey Thompson performance tires and wheels are featured in the movie sequel, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, the company said.
Mickey Thompson Baja Claw Radials, size 35x13.50R17, outfit the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon featured in the movie, which opened July 25. The Jeep also rides on 17x9 Classic II Wheels from Mickey Thompson. Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. of Findlay, Ohio, owns Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels.
Goodyear's Wrangler MT/R off-road tires, size LT245/75R16, outfit the limited edition 2003 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Tomb Raider, inspired by the movie.
DIAMOND BAR, Calif.-Sales of appearance/body accessories was the top product segment in the specialty automotive industry, according to Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) data, accounting for 27.4 percent of the market.
The next three product segments in terms of sales were audio products, accounting for 12.9 percent of the market, specialty/performance tires with 12.9 percent, and custom wheels, with 12.1 percent. SEMA said that, at $7.36 billion at the retail level, appearance/body accessories generated nearly twice the sales volume as the next product category.
Specialty/performance tires generated $1.2 billion in sales at the manufacturer level and $3.46 billion at the retail level. Custom wheels accounted for $1.12 billion at the manufacturer level and $3.24 billion at the retail level, SEMA said.
Jim Paris Tire
LAPEER, Mich.-Durakon Industries has signed Jim Paris Tire City in Denver as its distributor for truck accessories in Colorado.
``While bedliners are traditionally sold by truck accessory stores and auto dealers, we are finding that tire dealers are a good outlet for our products as well,'' said Dennis DeLeonard, vice president of aftermarket sales and marketing for Durakon.
Jim Paris Tire is Colorado's largest tire wholesaler, serving independent tire and automotive dealers in the Rocky Mountain area from warehouses in Denver and Grand Junction, Colo.
Durakon, based in Lapeer, is a supplier of vehicle protection and cargo management systems including bed liners, tonneau covers, roll-out bed trays and storage boxes for the original equipment and replacement markets.
Tires a priority
on NHTSA list
WASHINGTON-Tires are among the priority safety issues the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) plans to address in upcoming rulemakings.
Research on tire aging, a final rule upgrading safety requirements for new heavy truck tires and a decision on whether to promulgate safety standards for truck retreads are among NHTSA's list for safety rulemaking priorities and supporting research for 2003-2006, according to a document released on the agency's Web site.
These rulemakings are among those ``that offer the greatest potential for saving lives and preventing injury,'' the agency said in the introduction to the list, which also included improved roof crush, side impact and fuel system standards as well as an anti-rollover consumer information program.