Truck and bus maker Navistar International Corp. has approved Chinese-made Double Coin radial truck tires for fitment on certain International Truck vehicles and IC Corp. school buses.
``The global tire shortage has affected many truck companies and, ultimately, truck customers,'' said Tom Akers, vice president, purchasing and logistics for Navistar's International Truck & Engine Corp. business unit.
``Because Double Coin is able to meet International's production needs and strict quality standards at an affordable cost, we're pleased to add them as a tire supplier,'' he added.
International is using Double Coin tires made in China by Shanghai Tyre & Rubber Co. Ltd. and supplied by China Manufacturers Alliance (CMA) L.L.C. of Monrovia on several Class 4-8 truck platforms. The tires already are being fitted to some trucks and are part of the truck maker's specification package for customers.
Double Coin truck tires have long been a standard fitment at many of China's truck and bus makers and hold a strong market share in the growing Asian replacement market, said Larry Williams, CEO of CMA, which has represented the brand in North America since 1997.
``The position at International Truck and IC Corp. will enhance the presence of Double Coin tires throughout North America,'' Mr. Williams said, noting that International cited Double Coin's warranty coverage and retreadability as factors in its decision.
CMA said it has 950 service points throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico.
CMA has been working on the contract for more than 10 years, according to Aaron Murphy, CMA first vice president who worked with Navistar to get the approval. Mr. Murphy noted CMA more than likely will have to establish some sort of stocking point near to Navistar's vehicle assembly points in Springfield, Ohio, and Dallas in order to satisfy the truck and bus maker's just-in-time delivery demands.
This is the second time in less than a year that Navistar has gone offshore to source tires for its vehicles. Last year the company approved six different Hankook radial truck tires as OE for its International 4000 series tractors, CF medium-duty trucks and IC buses.
International Truck is considered the U.S. market share leader in Class 6 and 7 commercial vehicles, while IC Corp. is the school bus market share leader in North America with a share of more than 60 percent.