Conti, Michelin retreads earn SmartWay status
WASHINGTON—The precure retread technologies of Continental Tire the Americas L.L.C. and Michelin North America Inc. are now verified as “low rolling-resistance” technologies under the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) SmartWay Transport Partnership program.
Specifically, the EPA listed Continental's HDL and HTL Eco Plus precure and Michelin's XT1-AT precure retreads as verified for trailer use on class 8, line-haul tractor trailers.
N.A. tire sales edge up in July—Michelin
PARIS—Tire sales around the world were poor in July, except for North America—which saw reasonable increases in both original equipment and replacement markets— according to the latest market update by Group Michelin.
The company's figures show North American passenger/light truck replacement tire sales increased 8 percent in July for just the second month this year. The gains brought the year-to-date performance to a 1-percent decline from 2011.
Demand for replacement truck tires rose 2 percent for the month but fell 4 percent for the year to date, Michelin's figures showed.
OE demand for both consumer and commercial tires was brisk in July. Passenger/light truck tire OE sales jumped 26 percent in July, boosting the six-month growth to 22 percent. Truck tire replacement sales were up 13 percent in July and 17 percent for the year.
Conti Canada names new managing director
FORT MILL, S.C.—Continental Tire the Americas L.L.C. (CTA) has appointed Meletis Xigakis managing director of Continental Tire Canada to succeed Oliver Winschiers, who has been named plant operations manager for Continental A.G.'s plant in Camaçari, Brazil.
The moves are effective Oct. 1.
Mr. Xigakis has worked since 2002 in Continental's passenger and light truck tire and OE business units in Hannover, Germany. Most recently, he was responsible for the BMW A.G. and Porsche A.G. global OE accounts as well as the OE passenger and light truck business in South Africa.
ATA files lawsuit over hours of service
ARLINGTON, Va.—New rules from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) restricting hours of service for long-haul truck drivers would add enormous costs to the economy while providing minimal safety benefits, the American Trucking Associations (ATA) said in a lawsuit filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
In issuing the new hours-of-service rules in 2011, FMCSA distorted available data to fit a predetermined outcome, the ATA alleged.