AKRON (May 25, 2013) — Turkish tire maker Petlas Tyre Industry & Trade Co. has appointed Rami Bitran, until recently general manager of BKT (USA) Inc., as manager of its North American team, tasked with developing Petlas' sales efforts throughout North, Central and South America.
Mr. Bitran, who was with BKT from March 2008 until just recently, will be based in Akron, where Petlas is setting up an office. Prior to working with BKT, he was with Trelleborg Wheel Systems Americas for six years.
Kirsehir, Turkey-based Petlas did not elaborate on its plans for the Americas, other than to say Mr. Bitran would be developing sales platforms for the firm's agricultural, OTR, passenger and truck tires. Up to now Petlas has concentrated on it agricultural lines.