Tire makers raise prices
AKRON-Kumho Tire USA Inc. and Continental Tire North America Inc. have announced tire price hikes, both effective Oct. 1.
Kumho will increase prices on its medium truck tires up to 4 percent. Kumho cited rising price s for raw materials and higher shipping costs as reasons for the increase. The Fontana, Calif.-based tire marketer last raised prices on June 1.
Conti plans to raise prices on its truck and off-the-road tires up to 7 percent, and it will apply to all brands and all channels.
Cooper promotes 3 in marketing
FINDLAY, Ohio-Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. has promoted three executives within its marketing group.
James P. Keller has been named vice president, marketing for North America. A 22-year Cooper veteran, he will take on the challenge of ensuring that Cooper's products, customer service and marketing programs are in step with the market and exceed customers' expectations, Cooper said. He was formerly vice president of competition and enthusiast products.
Cooper has appointed Philip F. Kortokrax general manager for Mickey Thompson Performance Tires and Wheels, responsible for directing, administering and coordinating the activities of Cooper's motorsport programs in North America as well as the daily operation of the Mickey Thompson division. He most recently was director of internal audit.
Christopher P. Pantani has been named director, UHP marketing and business development, responsible for helping identify new customers and potential relationships for the continued growth of Cooper's house brand products.
He will retain his responsibilities in the UHP and retail marketing areas as well as continue to work with the sales teams to develop better UHP sales opportunities, the company said.
USW, Rodos talks delayed
PITTSBURGH-Contract talks between the United Steelworkers (USW) and Rodos Giants L.L.C. have been delayed as union officials analyze pension data submitted by Rodos.
The USW and Rodos were scheduled to meet Aug. 24 but the union canceled because it had received the requested information from Rodos late, according to USW Local 890L Chairman John Bowling. No further meetings are scheduled.
The delay in talks means Continental Tire North America Inc.'s letter of intent to sell its Bryan, Ohio, off-the-road tire plant to RÃ¶sler Group, parent of Rodos, is on hold.
Conti had extended the deal's closing date to Aug. 31 after talks between Rodos and the union reached a stalemate in July.
Mr. Bowling said he and International Steelworker officials held discussions with Conti officials Aug. 29 in Pittsburgh on preliminary effects of severance should Conti sell the Bryan facility as planned.
TIA's TirePAC hits $10,000
BOWIE, Md.-TirePAC, the political action committee of the Tire Industry Association (TIA), exceeded the $10,000 mark in TIA member contributions this past spring and now seeks further opportunities to raise funds, according to the association.
The PAC has been in a holding pattern since the association held a raffle to benefit it at the World Tire Expo in April, said Becky MacDicken, TIA director of government affairs.
``With next year being another congressional election year, it'll be important to rev up our efforts,'' she said.
NHTSA revises tire safety ratings
WASHINGTON-Revised Uniform Tire Quality Grading (UTQG) listings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rank more than 2,400 passenger vehicle tires for treadwear, traction and temperature resistance, according to the agency.
NHTSA noted that four tire brands-Michelin, Bridgestone, Cordovan and Big O-had particularly impressive treadwear ratings, while nearly 90 tire lines received the highest (AA) ratings for traction and nearly 700 got the highest (A) ratings for temperature resistance.
Nearly 50 tires-2 percent of the total-had treadwear ratings higher than 600, and the Michelin Hydroedge radial achieved a rating of 800.
Once controversial, the UTQG ratings are now a standard, routinely updated feature at NHTSA that includes the outcome of testing performed by tire manufacturers as required under the Highway Safety Act of 1966.
For the newest listings, contact www.safercar.gov/tires/pages/tire-ratings.cfm.