Two international firms join TRIB
PACIFIC GROVE, Calif.-Two international companies have joined the Tire Retread Information Bureau (TRIB).
Favorsea International Group Ltd. of Jiangsu, China, and House of Tyres L.L.C. of Oman joined the group of about 460 members in 37 countries, the association said. Favorsea is the second company from China to join TRIB this year.
``TRIB continues to grow internationally as more and more companies in the retread industry throughout the world realize that TRIB is the only international retread industry association,'' said Harvey Brodsky, TRIB managing director.
Yokohama tires get OE fitments
TOKYO-Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd.'s Advan Sport tire will outfit a German company's customized Mercedes-Benz coupe.
The tires, size 255/35ZR19 (96Y) in the front and 285/30ZR19 (98Y) in the rear, will appear on Brabus GmbH's Brabus Rocket, according to Tokyo-based Yokohama. The vehicle is a customized version of the Mercedes CLS.
Yokohama tires also have been approved for the company's Brabus MV12, a sport-utility vehicle.
Meanwhile, Mitsubishi Motors Corp. has selected Yokohama Geolandar tires as original equipment (OE) for its next-generation Mitsubishi Outlander compact sport-utility vehicle.
The SUV will ride on P215/70R16 99H Geolandar tires, according to Jeff Carpenter, manager of OE sales and marketing for Fullerton, Calif.-based Yokohama Tire Corp., a unit of Yokohama Rubber.
The fitment program covers U.S. and Canadian vehicles. Mitsubishi builds the Outlander in Japan; the tires are made in Japan as well, Yokohama said.
With the addition of the Outlander fitment, Yokohama said it is now OE on a wide range of 2007 vehicles, including the Bentley Continental GT and Continental Flying Spur, Audi S8, the Lotus Elise and Exige, Porsche 911 Carrera 4, Lexus GS300 and GS430, Mazda MX-5, Suzuki Grand Vitara, Toyota RAV4, Suzuki SX4 and Subaru Legacy and Forester.
New Arnco plant ahead of forecasts
BEREA, Ohio-One year after opening its new plant in Berea, Arnco Inc. said the facility is more than 25 percent ahead of projections due to increased demand for polyurethane flatproofing products.
``Equipment operators are doing everything they can to get more wear from their tires because of today's severe tire shortage, and we would not be able to meet this increased demand for flatproofing if we had not opened the Berea facility last July,'' said Larry Carapellotti, Arnco president.
The company said the 112,000-sq.-ft. Berea plant-which is 18 times the size of the factory it replaced in Cleveland-has produced more than 50 million pounds of polyurethane products in the last year and is not even close to full capacity.
Joe Negrey, vice president of operations, said the new plant is operating at such a high level of efficiency that Arnco has been able to move a considerable amount of production there from its plant in South Gate, Calif., where the company is based, because shipping costs are lower from Berea.
STL's Dietz gets SEMA wheel post
MASSILLON, Ohio-Standards Testing Laboratories (STL) Inc.'s Tim Dietz, account manager and technical sales, has been elected to the Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) Select Committee of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA).
The council-comprising manufacturers, distributors, retailers, installers, service providers and publications from both the wheel and tire industries-is dedicated to addressing the challenges facing this market segment, according to STL. In recent years, the WTC has been an instrumental part of creating wheel installation guidelines, educating the public on tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) regulations and passage of wheel testing standards.
The Select Committee is an elected group of leaders that meets three times a year to conduct business on behalf of the council and initiates policy.
Mr. Dietz has worked for STL for 17 years and is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM). He has helped develop several tire and wheel test procedures for a number of industries.
AAIA's eFactbook now available
WASHINGTON-The Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) has issued the 2006/2007 edition of its Aftermarket eFactbook.
Identical in content to the association's print Aftermarket Factbook, the eFactbook can be accessed via CD-ROM either in the office or on the road, according to the AAIA. The eFactbook contains a comprehensive overview of the aftermarket industry, the AAIA said, including the overall size of the automotive and heavy duty aftermarkets; key aftermarket segments; do-it-yourself consumer demographics; and vehicle registrations and sales.
The eFactbook is available for $199 to AAIA members or $449 to non-members. To order it, call (301) 654-6664. For more information, log onto www.aftermarket.org.
New Aston Martin on Bridgestones
BRUSSELS, Belgium-Ford Motor Co.'s Aston Martin division has chosen the Z-rated Bridgestone Potenza RE050A to outfit its new V8 Vantage, according to Bridgestone Corp.'s European subsidiary.
The tires will be available in 18- and 19-inch fitments for the vehicle: 235/45ZR18 for the front and 275/40ZR18 for the rear on 18-inch aluminum wheels and 235/40ZR19 for the front and 275/35ZR19 for the rear on 19-inch wheels.
``It is very encouraging that Aston Martin has chosen our Potenza tires for this stunning new sports car,'' said Didier Schneider, vice president of operations at Bridgestone Europe N.V./S.A.
The V8 Vantage is a two-door coupe powered by a 385-hp, 32-valve, 4.3-liter V8, capable of pushing the car from 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds.