In a move to reflect more accurately its growing manufacturing base in China, the Pacific Rim and beyond, China Manufacturers Alliance Inc. has changed its name to American Pacific Industries Inc. (API).
The name change coincides with the company adding a supply source in India and plans to add another one in Indonesia next year, according to Jeff Kreitzman, CEO of API.
The name change ``follows a year of phenomenal growth in which the company doubled its sales volume,'' Mr. Kreitzman said. ``We look forward to another highly successful year as we continue our global expansion.''
API is having its Vortex agricultural tire line made in India. Plans with an Indonesian maker are still being finalized.
API's product range includes nearly all tire types from solid industrial to off-the-road, as well as rubber tracks, marketed under a variety of brand names: Advance (agricultural, commercial, industrial, light truck and OTR); Armour (industrial and OTR); Gladiator (commercial radial); Nortech (industrial); Vortex (agricultural, commercial, industrial, light truck and OTR); and Wynstar (passenger and light truck). A seventh brand, Pegasus, is in the works, the firm said.
API continues to use its trademarked slogan, ``Quality tires driven the world over.'' API operated as CMA Inc. for nine months after splitting away from China Manufacturers Alliance L.L.C., the majority owned subsidiary of China's Shanghai Tyre & Rubber Co. Ltd. CMA L.L.C. operates from separate quarters in Monrovia, Calif.
API is owned by Mr. Kreitzman and Wayne Hung, president, who together set up CMA in 1998. API's new Web site is www.americanpacificindustries.com.