Tire Business - RSS News Feed https://www.tirebusiness.com/section/news https://www.tirebusiness.com en-us Wed, 20 Feb 2019 00:11:27 EST 10 Discount Tire launches tire service program for AAA members https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190219/NEWS/190219956/discount-tire-launches-tire-service-program-for-aaa-members 20190219/NEWS/190219956 SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Tue, 19 Feb 2019 14:12:06 EST DOT issues 13 new tire plant codes in 2018-19 https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190219/NEWS/190219952/-dot-issues-13-new-tire-plant-codes-in-2018-19 20190219/NEWS/190219952 WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Transportation issued 13 new DOT plant identification codes in the past year for tire factories worldwide, including six for plants in China and four in India. Tue, 19 Feb 2019 15:14:32 EST Continental's Shawn Rasey to keynote OTR Tire Conference https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190219/NEWS/190219953/continentals-shawn-rasey-to-keynote-otr-tire-conference 20190219/NEWS/190219953 TAMPA, Fla. — Shawn Rasey, Continental A.G.'s director of global business development for earthmover tires, will be the keynote speaker at the 2019 Off-the-Road Tire Conference that runs Feb. 20-23 at Saddlebrook Resort & Conference Center near Tampa. Tue, 19 Feb 2019 15:13:47 EST Icahn backing program to increase interest in auto technical careers https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190219/NEWS/190219954/icahn-backing-program-to-increase-interest-in-auto-technical-careers 20190219/NEWS/190219954 MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Icahn Automotive Group L.L.C. Tue, 19 Feb 2019 15:07:12 EST Veteran New Hampshire tire distributor Roland Lesieur dies https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190219/NEWS/190219957/veteran-new-hampshire-tire-distributor-roland-lesieur-dies 20190219/NEWS/190219957 NASHUA, N.H. — Roland Lesieur, co-owner of Maynard & Lesieur Inc., died Feb. 13 at age 89. Tue, 19 Feb 2019 14:08:23 EST Cooper, USW reach 4-year labor deal at Mississippi mixing plant https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190219/NEWS/190219955/cooper-usw-reach-4-year-labor-deal-at-mississippi-mixing-plant 20190219/NEWS/190219955 CLARKSDALE, Miss. — United Steelworkers Local 556 in at Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.'s rubber mixing and bladder plant in Clarksdale has ratified a new four-year labor agreement. Tue, 19 Feb 2019 14:21:04 EST Cooper reports double-digit drops in Q4, fiscal 2018 operating income https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190219/NEWS/190219958/cooper-reports-double-digit-drops-in-q4-fiscal-2018-operating-income 20190219/NEWS/190219958 FINDLAY, Ohio — Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. suffered a 46.6-percent drop in fiscal 2018 operating income on 1.6-percent lower sales. Tue, 19 Feb 2019 14:07:07 EST Tire Discounters store to vie for world record in donut stacking https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190219/NEWS/190219959/tire-discounters-store-to-vie-for-world-record-in-donut-stacking 20190219/NEWS/190219959 KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — To raise awareness for tire "donut" safety, Tire Discounters Inc.'s new store in Cedar Bluff, Tenn., is teaming up with a local donut shop to try and beat a donut-stacking world record on Feb. 20. Tue, 19 Feb 2019 11:54:51 EST Dan Marinucci to deliver seminar at NETSA Trade Show/Convention https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190219/NEWS/190219960/dan-marinucci-to-deliver-seminar-at-netsa-trade-show-convention 20190219/NEWS/190219960 MASHANTUCKET, Conn. — Tire Business automotive service columnist Dan Marinucci will be one of the featured speakers at the 30th annual New England Tire & Service Association Trade Show and Convention, to be held March 29-30. Tue, 19 Feb 2019 10:21:38 EST MAM Software exhibiting at Tuffy, Car-X, U.S. AutoForce dealer meetings https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190219/NEWS/190219961/mam-software-exhibiting-at-tuffy-car-x-u-s-autoforce-dealer-meetings 20190219/NEWS/190219961 BLUE BELL, Pa. — MAM Software Inc. is exhibiting its VAST point-of-sale/management system software this month at the dealer meetings of the Tuffy Tire & Auto Service and Car-X Tire & Auto franchise groups and U.S. Tue, 19 Feb 2019 10:18:24 EST Latin American & Caribbean Tyre Expo: new dates, old venue https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190219/NEWS/190219962/latin-american-amp-caribbean-tyre-expo-new-dates-old-venue 20190219/NEWS/190219962 PANAMA CITY, Panama — The organizers of the Latin American & Caribbean Tyre Expo have been forced to reschedule this year's event and move it back to the Atlapa Convention Center — site of previous shows — because of construction... Tue, 19 Feb 2019 09:58:30 EST Girls Auto Clinic inspires proposed TV series https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190215/NEWS/190219971/girls-auto-clinic-inspires-proposed-tv-series 20190215/NEWS/190219971 UPPER DARBY, Pa. — Girls Auto Clinic Repair Center, an auto repair shop near Philadelphia with female mechanics and a "while-u-wait" nail salon, apparently is going Hollywood. Fri, 15 Feb 2019 13:02:31 EST Commerce levies import duties against Chinese steel trailer wheels https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190215/NEWS/190219967/commerce-levies-import-duties-against-chinese-steel-trailer-wheels 20190215/NEWS/190219967 WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Commerce has levied preliminary countervailing duties of 58.3 to 293.27 percent against imported steel trailer wheels from China. Fri, 15 Feb 2019 16:39:37 EST Gatto's Tires founder Mike Gatto, 93, dies https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190215/NEWS/190219970/gattos-tires-founder-mike-gatto-93-dies 20190215/NEWS/190219970 MELBOURNE, Fla. — Michael V. Gatto, founder of Gatto's Tires & Auto Service in Melbourne, died Feb. 11 at age 93. Fri, 15 Feb 2019 16:07:38 EST Bridgestone fiscal earnings off slightly on marginal sales increase https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190215/NEWS/190219969/bridgestone-fiscal-earnings-off-slightly-on-marginal-sales-increase 20190215/NEWS/190219969 TOKYO — Bridgestone Corp.'s operating income fell 3.9 percent in fiscal 2018 on 0.2-percent higher sales, but the company is forecasting slightly higher earnings and sales for fiscal 2019, based on a strong second half performance. Fri, 15 Feb 2019 16:10:01 EST Ag tire sales growing despite falling farm income https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190215/NEWS/190219968/ag-tire-sales-growing-despite-falling-farm-income 20190215/NEWS/190219968 AKRON — Farm tire sales are expected to experience moderate growth this year, despite a struggling agricultural market where farm income shrunk last year. Fri, 15 Feb 2019 16:18:12 EST Tenneco to form aftermarket ride-performance company, DRiV Inc. https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190215/NEWS/190219975/tenneco-to-form-aftermarket-ride-performance-company-driv-inc 20190215/NEWS/190219975 LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Tenneco Inc. has settled on DRiV Inc. as the name for the aftermarket ride-performance components company it will launch later this year. Fri, 15 Feb 2019 11:53:06 EST KYB names customer support manager, representative https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190215/NEWS/190219973/kyb-names-customer-support-manager-representative 20190215/NEWS/190219973 GREENWOOD, Ind. — KYB Americas Corp. has promoted Jim Thomas and Jessica Young to customer support positions, moves that KYB Vice President Mike Fiorito said makes the company "smarter and stronger." Fri, 15 Feb 2019 12:12:10 EST Point S rolling out new technology platform, marketing campaign https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190215/NEWS/190219972/point-s-rolling-out-new-technology-platform-marketing-campaign 20190215/NEWS/190219972 SAN ANTONIO — It was a year ago that members of the Point S Tire & Auto Service network decided they would invest in a new technology platform and launch a new marketing campaign to drive customer growth and retention. Fri, 15 Feb 2019 12:38:11 EST Commerce issues import duties on truck/bus tires from China https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190215/NEWS/190219974/commerce-issues-import-duties-on-truck-bus-tires-from-china 20190215/NEWS/190219974 WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Commerce has handed down final countervailing and antidumping duty orders on truck and bus tires from China, two weeks after the International Trade Commission reversed its original determination on the issue. Fri, 15 Feb 2019 11:58:31 EST Giti Tire's U.S. plant passes VW audit for OE tire supply https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190214/NEWS/190219977/giti-tires-u-s-plant-passes-vw-audit-for-oe-tire-supply 20190214/NEWS/190219977 RICHBURG, S.C. — Giti Tire USA Ltd.'s plant in Richburg has passed a Volkswagen Group audit to become a manufacturing site of tires for the 2019 Passat VW is assembling at its Chattanooga, Tenn., factory. Thu, 14 Feb 2019 16:51:37 EST Goodyear exploring AV tire performance with new supply deals https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190214/NEWS/190219978/goodyear-exploring-av-tire-performance-with-new-supply-deals 20190214/NEWS/190219978 AKRON — Goodyear has struck tire supply deals with two autonomous vehicle developers that it expects will yield insight into tire development for this emerging transportation mode. Thu, 14 Feb 2019 16:46:25 EST TBC Brands launches dedicated commercial tire website https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190214/NEWS/190219980/tbc-brands-launches-dedicated-commercial-tire-website 20190214/NEWS/190219980 PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — TBC Brands L.L.C. has launched a website dedicated to TBC Corp.'s commercial tire product ranges, covering the firm's commercial, trailer, farm, industrial and specialty vehicle tire offerings. Thu, 14 Feb 2019 15:35:54 EST Hankook earnings sag on lower sales in key markets https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190214/NEWS/190219979/hankook-earnings-sag-on-lower-sales-in-key-markets 20190214/NEWS/190219979 SEOUL, South Korea — Hankook Tire Co. Ltd. suffered an 11.3-percent drop in operating income for fiscal 2018 on slightly lower sales. Thu, 14 Feb 2019 15:36:37 EST Yokohama 2018 earnings down on slightly higher sales https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190214/NEWS/190219981/yokohama-2018-earnings-down-on-slightly-higher-sales 20190214/NEWS/190219981 TOKYO — Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. reported slight drops in operating and net income for fiscal 2018 on record sales of $5.91 billion. Thu, 14 Feb 2019 14:09:33 EST Conti adds General-brand bias-ply farm tires to North American portfolio https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190213/NEWS/190219982/conti-adds-general-brand-bias-ply-farm-tires-to-north-american 20190213/NEWS/190219982 FORT MILL, S.C. — Continental Tire the Americas has begun selling bias-ply General Tire agricultural tires in the U.S. and Canada as a complement to the Continental-brand radial program launched in 2018. Wed, 13 Feb 2019 17:00:22 EST Conti extends radial agricultural tire warranty coverage to 10 years https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190213/NEWS/190219983/conti-extends-radial-agricultural-tire-warranty-coverage-to-10-years 20190213/NEWS/190219983 FORT MILL, S.C. — Continental Tire the Americas has extended the warranty coverage on its Continental-brand agricultural tires in the U.S. and Canada to 10 years from the date of purchase. Wed, 13 Feb 2019 16:03:17 EST Norman Affleck, Big O Tire co-founder, president, dies https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190213/NEWS/190219984/norman-affleck-big-o-tire-co-founder-president-dies 20190213/NEWS/190219984 DENVER — Norman L. "Norm" Affleck, a founding member and first president of Big O Tires, died Feb. 8 at age 95. Wed, 13 Feb 2019 15:40:04 EST Goodyear to cut jobs at Alabama tire plant in Q2 https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190213/NEWS/190219985/goodyear-to-cut-jobs-at-alabama-tire-plant-in-q2 20190213/NEWS/190219985 GADSDEN, Ala. — Goodyear is planning to lay off an undisclosed number of employees at its car and light truck tire plant in Gadsden during the second quarter. Wed, 13 Feb 2019 15:15:27 EST Sumitomo Rubber suffers double-digit fiscal 2018 earnings drops https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190213/NEWS/190219986/sumitomo-rubber-suffers-double-digit-fiscal-2018-earnings-drops 20190213/NEWS/190219986 KOBE, Japan — Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd.suffered double-digit drops in operating and net income for fiscal 2018, declines the company pinned on foreign-exchange losses and an impairment loss related to its South African subsidiary. Wed, 13 Feb 2019 10:04:51 EST Bill opposed by ASA stalls in Wyoming legislature https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190213/NEWS/190219987/bill-opposed-by-asa-stalls-in-wyoming-legislature 20190213/NEWS/190219987 CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A bill that would have would have dictated replacement parts policy in auto collision repairs has stalled in the Wyoming House of Representatives. Wed, 13 Feb 2019 09:43:48 EST Vogue offering consumers rebate on set of 4 tires https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190212/NEWS/190219988/vogue-offering-consumers-rebate-on-set-of-4-tires 20190212/NEWS/190219988 MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill. — Vogue Tyre & Rubber Co. is offering consumers a rebate of $75 with the purchase of four Vogue Signature V black tires as part of its winter signature sales event. Tue, 12 Feb 2019 17:31:01 EST Alliance adds winter traction tractor tire to N. American portfolio https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190212/NEWS/190219989/alliance-adds-winter-traction-tractor-tire-to-n-american-portfolio 20190212/NEWS/190219989 WAKEFIELD, Mass. — Alliance Tire Group is launching a steel-belted radial designed for modified front-wheel drive assist tractors operating in snow and ice. Tue, 12 Feb 2019 17:23:01 EST AAM urges Congress to oppose anti-tariff bill https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190212/NEWS/190219991/aam-urges-congress-to-oppose-anti-tariff-bill 20190212/NEWS/190219991 WASHINGTON — The Alliance for American Manufacturing is urging members of Congress to oppose a bill that would limit the president's ability to levy tariffs against foreign goods. Tue, 12 Feb 2019 15:36:25 EST Ontario changes statute to allow newer generations of studded winter tires https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190212/NEWS/190219992/ontario-changes-statute-to-allow-newer-generations-of-studded-winter 20190212/NEWS/190219992 NORTH BAY, Ontario — The province of Ontario is changing a regulation governing the use to studded tires to permit the use of tires with more and lighter studs in northern Ontario. Tue, 12 Feb 2019 12:06:22 EST Michelin earnings off slightly due to exchange rate, raw materials issues https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190212/NEWS/190219994/michelin-earnings-off-slightly-due-to-exchange-rate-raw-materials 20190212/NEWS/190219994 PARIS — Group Michelin's fiscal 2018 segment operating income fell 1.2 percent on a slight increase in sales as shifting currency exchange rates and rising raw materials costs ate into potential earnings gains. Tue, 12 Feb 2019 09:30:59 EST Arkansas legislature considers OTR tire recycling bill https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190212/NEWS/190219993/arkansas-legislature-considers-otr-tire-recycling-bill 20190212/NEWS/190219993 LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Arkansas legislature is considering a bill that would facilitate the recycling of off-the-road tires in the state. Tue, 12 Feb 2019 11:35:43 EST Falken's Wildpeak to be OE on off-road TRD version of Toyota RAV4 https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190211/NEWS/190219998/falkens-wildpeak-to-be-oe-on-off-road-trd-version-of-toyota-rav4 20190211/NEWS/190219998 RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. — Toyota Motor Corp. has selected an 18-inch all-terrain version of the Falken Wildpeak tire as the original equipment fitment on the 2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road specialty vehicle. Mon, 11 Feb 2019 16:14:53 EST Labor Secretary Acosta visits Conti training center in Mississippi https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190211/NEWS/190219995/labor-secretary-acosta-visits-conti-training-center-in-mississippi 20190211/NEWS/190219995 CLINTON, Miss. — U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta visited in early February the employee training center opened by Continental Tire the Americas in Clinton late last year. Mon, 11 Feb 2019 17:02:30 EST Keystone adds Black Horse Off Road accessories line to portfolio https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190211/NEWS/190219996/keystone-adds-black-horse-off-road-accessories-line-to-portfolio 20190211/NEWS/190219996 EXETER, PA — Aftermarket automotive products and services distributor Keystone Automotive Operations Inc. has added the Black Horse Off Road accessories line to its truck and off-road category. Mon, 11 Feb 2019 16:26:07 EST Tenneco's Rancho brand to partner with Jeep Jamboree again https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190211/NEWS/190219997/tennecos-rancho-brand-to-partner-with-jeep-jamboree-again 20190211/NEWS/190219997 LOS ANGELES — Tenneco Inc.'s Rancho performance suspension and shocks brand is partnering with Jeep Jamboree as the official event sponsor for its third consecutive year. Mon, 11 Feb 2019 16:20:46 EST Driven Brands buys Super-Lube, to rebrand stores Take 5 Oil Change https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190211/NEWS/190219999/driven-brands-buys-super-lube-to-rebrand-stores-take-5-oil-change 20190211/NEWS/190219999 CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Driven Brands Inc., franchisor of Meineke Car Care and parent of Take 5 Oil Change, has acquired Super-Lube, a chain of 48 quick lube and automotive service centers in Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. Mon, 11 Feb 2019 13:43:55 EST Goodyear suffers double-digit drops in operating income in Q4, year https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190208/NEWS/190209954/goodyear-suffers-double-digit-drops-in-operating-income-in-q4-year 20190208/NEWS/190209954 AKRON — Goodyear suffered double-digit declines in segment operating income for both fiscal 2018 and the fourth quarter, reflecting higher raw material costs and weaker results from other tire-related businesses, among other factors. Fri, 8 Feb 2019 11:32:05 EST Best-One of Indy acquires Frank Anderson Tire https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190208/NEWS/190209955/best-one-of-indy-acquires-frank-anderson-tire 20190208/NEWS/190209955 INDIANAPOLIS — Indy Tire Centers Inc. has acquired Frank Anderson Tire Co. in Columbus, Ind., and renamed the single-outlet dealership Best One of Columbus. Fri, 8 Feb 2019 11:31:19 EST Cooper urges tire safety as Lincoln's birthday approaches https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190208/NEWS/190209953/cooper-urges-tire-safety-as-lincolns-birthday-approaches 20190208/NEWS/190209953 FINDLAY, Ohio — Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. is using its Tread Wisely tire and vehicle safety campaign to remind consumers that a penny can be important for tire safety, as the 210th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth approaches. Fri, 8 Feb 2019 17:20:15 EST SimpleTire hires Mike Ferguson as sales VP https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190208/NEWS/190209956/simpletire-hires-mike-ferguson-as-sales-vp 20190208/NEWS/190209956 PHILADELPHIA — Online retailer SimpleTire L.L.C. has hired industry veteran Mike Ferguson, previously with Sears Auto Centers, as vice president of sales. Fri, 8 Feb 2019 10:07:21 EST Winter tire bill dies in Maine legislature https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190208/NEWS/190209957/winter-tire-bill-dies-in-maine-legislature 20190208/NEWS/190209957 AUGUSTA, Maine — A bill that would have required Maine drivers to use winter or all-season tires between Oct. 2 and April 30 of each year has failed in the state legislature. Fri, 8 Feb 2019 10:03:17 EST Mighty expands business with Jiffy Lube franchisees in Carolinas, Nevada/Utah https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190208/NEWS/190209958/mighty-expands-business-with-jiffy-lube-franchisees-in-carolinas 20190208/NEWS/190209958 NORCROSS, Ga. — Mighty Distributing System of America Inc. has expanded its business relationships with Jiffy Lube franchisees in the Carolinas and Nevada/Utah. Fri, 8 Feb 2019 08:19:18 EST TPMS developer Schrader Performance Sensors celebrating 175th anniversary https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190207/NEWS/190209961/tpms-developer-schrader-performance-sensors-celebrating-175th 20190207/NEWS/190209961 TROY, Mich.— Schrader Performance Sensors, an aftermarket tire pressure monitoring system brand is celebrating its 175th anniversary. Thu, 7 Feb 2019 21:11:55 EST ITC sets March 14 as new date for Chinese steel wheel hearing https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190207/NEWS/190209962/itc-sets-march-14-as-new-date-for-chinese-steel-wheel-hearing 20190207/NEWS/190209962 WASHINGTON — The U.S. International Trade Commission has set March 14 as the new date for the hearing on whether certain steel wheels, discs and rims imported from China are causing material injury to the U.S. steel wheel industry. Thu, 7 Feb 2019 16:34:20 EST Audit suggests improvements to Utah scrap-tire program https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190207/NEWS/190209963/audit-suggests-improvements-to-utah-scrap-tire-program 20190207/NEWS/190209963 SALT LAKE CITY — Utah's waste tire program needs improvement in fund utilization, tracking, outreach and oversight, according to an audit performed by Utah's Office of the Legislative Auditor General. Thu, 7 Feb 2019 15:02:33 EST Auto, tire industry reps react favorably to State of the Union https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190207/NEWS/190209964/auto-tire-industry-reps-react-favorably-to-state-of-the-union 20190207/NEWS/190209964 WASHINGTON — Representatives of the tire, auto parts and allied industries reacted mostly favorably to President Trump's State of the Union address, especially to his calls for passage of legislation to fund infrastructure improvements. Thu, 7 Feb 2019 12:45:01 EST Nokian fiscal 2018 sales, earnings up slightly https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190207/NEWS/190209965/nokian-fiscal-2018-sales-earnings-up-slightly 20190207/NEWS/190209965 NOKIA, Finland — Nokian Tyres P.L.C.'s fiscal 2018 operating income edged up 1.9 percent to $439.2 million on 1.5-percent higher sales of $1.88 billion. Thu, 7 Feb 2019 12:42:09 EST Kumho joins NBA's Atlanta Hawks to honor Big Brother volunteers https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190206/NEWS/190209966/kumho-joins-nbas-atlanta-hawks-to-honor-big-brother-volunteers 20190206/NEWS/190209966 ATLANTA — Kumho Tire USA Inc. and the National Basketball Association's Atlanta Hawks honored a pair of mentors from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta in January during National Mentor Month. Wed, 6 Feb 2019 15:51:29 EST VIP customers, employees raise $78,000-plus for Make-A-Wish https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190206/NEWS/190209967/vip-customers-employees-raise-78000-plus-for-make-a-wish 20190206/NEWS/190209967 AUBURN, Maine — VIP Tires & Service has donated $78,123 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, funds raised during the company's annual holiday Season of Wishes Campaign. Wed, 6 Feb 2019 15:41:41 EST USW Local ratifies four-year labor agreement at Cooper's Arkansas plant https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190206/NEWS/190209970/usw-local-ratifies-four-year-labor-agreement-at-coopers-arkansas 20190206/NEWS/190209970 TEXARKANA, Ark. — United Steelworkers Local 752 members in Texarkana have ratified a new four-year labor agreement with Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. Wed, 6 Feb 2019 12:44:38 EST Hankook hires industry veteran Rob Williams to oversee TBR sales https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190206/NEWS/190209968/hankook-hires-industry-veteran-rob-williams-to-oversee-tbr-sales 20190206/NEWS/190209968 NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Hankook Tire America Corp. has hired tire industry veteran Rob Williams as senior director of truck/bus radial sales. Wed, 6 Feb 2019 14:05:01 EST Bridgestone extends IndyCar contract; to build race tire plant in Akron https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190206/NEWS/190209969/bridgestone-extends-indycar-contract-to-build-race-tire-plant-in 20190206/NEWS/190209969 AKRON — Bridgestone Americas Inc. plans to build a dedicated race tire plant in Akron near its technical center to replace an existing race-tire unit in the original Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. Plant One building. Wed, 6 Feb 2019 13:14:21 EST Vision Wheel opens warehouse to serve Carolinas, Virginia https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190206/NEWS/190209971/vision-wheel-opens-warehouse-to-serve-carolinas-virginia 20190206/NEWS/190209971 CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Custom wheel distributor Vision Wheel Inc. has opened its sixth warehouse and distribution center, a 10,000-sq.-ft. facility in Charlotte that will service customers in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Wed, 6 Feb 2019 09:58:37 EST CEMB introduces wheel balancer to North American market https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190205/NEWS/190209974/cemb-introduces-wheel-balancer-to-north-american-market 20190205/NEWS/190209974 GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Italian car repair equipment maker CEMB S.p.A., has introduced to the North American market the CEMB ER75TD HubMatch RFV wheel balancer. Tue, 5 Feb 2019 14:52:38 EST GRI marks anniversary of specialty tire plant in Sri Lanka https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190205/NEWS/190209972/gri-marks-anniversary-of-specialty-tire-plant-in-sri-lanka 20190205/NEWS/190209972 COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Specialty tire manufacturer Global Rubber Industries Pvt. Ltd. Tue, 5 Feb 2019 16:52:31 EST General Tire secures NASCAR second-tier series tire supply contracts https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190205/NEWS/190209975/general-tire-secures-nascar-second-tier-series-tire-supply-contracts 20190205/NEWS/190209975 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Continental Tire the Americas' General Tire brand has secured exclusive tire supplier and official racing tire status with NASCAR's K&N Pro Series, Pinty's Series and PEAK Mexico Series for the next few years. Tue, 5 Feb 2019 14:38:35 EST Stakeholders agree on terms for sustainable natural rubber platform https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190205/NEWS/190209981/stakeholders-agree-on-terms-for-sustainable-natural-rubber-platform 20190205/NEWS/190209981 SINGAPORE — Stakeholders in the global natural rubber supply network have "aligned on a governance structure" for the Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber. Tue, 5 Feb 2019 10:02:58 EST JohnDow releases 25-gallon capacity tank https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190205/NEWS/190209976/johndow-releases-25-gallon-capacity-tank 20190205/NEWS/190209976 BARBERTON, Ohio — Automotive shop equipment and supplies manufacturer JohnDow Industries Inc. Tue, 5 Feb 2019 14:14:58 EST Tough nut to crack: Tips to remove a frozen nut https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190205/NEWS/190209977/tough-nut-to-crack-tips-to-remove-a-frozen-nut 20190205/NEWS/190209977 AKRON — Releasing a frozen nut from a bolt or stud may require carefully slicing through that nut with the proper cutting device. Here's how to do it. Tue, 5 Feb 2019 13:50:46 EST Conti adding VikingContact7 to North American winter tire portfolio https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190205/NEWS/190209979/conti-adding-vikingcontact7-to-north-american-winter-tire-portfolio 20190205/NEWS/190209979 MONTREAL — Continental Tire the Americas has developed a directional winter tire, the VikingContact7, that it claims offers a balance of flexibility for slippery road conditions and stiffness for longer life. Tue, 5 Feb 2019 12:37:56 EST Nine independent dealers join Tire Pros network https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190205/NEWS/190209980/nine-independent-dealers-join-tire-pros-network 20190205/NEWS/190209980 HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — Nine independent tire dealers in nine states have joined American Tire Distributors Inc.'s Tire Pros marketing group over the past couple of months, ATD said recently. Tue, 5 Feb 2019 12:31:50 EST Titan offering training program to select dealers https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190204/NEWS/190209988/titan-offering-training-program-to-select-dealers 20190204/NEWS/190209988 DES MOINES, Iowa — Titan International Inc. has begun training Titan dealers through Titan University, giving them classroom instruction, hands-on training and sales components they can use in their tire shops. Mon, 4 Feb 2019 07:26:16 EST Tenneco adds 17 Monroe Quick-Strut assembly part numbers https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190204/NEWS/190209982/tenneco-adds-17-monroe-quick-strut-assembly-part-numbers 20190204/NEWS/190209982 MONROE, Mich. — Tenneco Inc. has added 17 Monroe Quick-Strut premium replacement strut assembly part numbers that provide coverage of more than 2.8 million late-model passenger vehicles. Mon, 4 Feb 2019 17:06:10 EST Icahn completes acquisition of Florida-based RPM Automotive https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190204/NEWS/190209987/icahn-completes-acquisition-of-florida-based-rpm-automotive 20190204/NEWS/190209987 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Icahn Automotive Group L.L.C. has completed its purchase of RPM Automotive Inc., a Jacksonville-based auto repair chain with 10 outlets operating more than 100 service bays throughout northeastern Florida. Mon, 4 Feb 2019 15:50:27 EST 4 Wheel Parts opens retail locations in Pennyslvania, Texas https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190204/NEWS/190209984/4-wheel-parts-opens-retail-locations-in-pennyslvania-texas 20190204/NEWS/190209984 COMPTON, Calif. — 4 Wheel Parts has opened retail locations in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Odessa, Texas, expanding its network to 94 stores throughout North America. Mon, 4 Feb 2019 16:15:04 EST Bridgestone unveils Bandag retread for on-/off-road applications https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190204/NEWS/190209983/bridgestone-unveils-bandag-retread-for-on-off-road-applications 20190204/NEWS/190209983 NASHVILLE — Bridgestone Americas Inc. has added an on-/off-road drive-axle tread design, the BLSS, to its line of Bandag-brand precured tread rubber products. Mon, 4 Feb 2019 16:57:20 EST Conti is founding partner of 'Extreme' EV off-road racing series https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190204/NEWS/190209985/conti-is-founding-partner-of-extreme-ev-off-road-racing-series 20190204/NEWS/190209985 LONDON — Continental A.G. has agreed to become a "founding partner" and tire supplier of a new racing series for off-road electric vehicles set to start competition in 2021. Mon, 4 Feb 2019 15:55:27 EST Commerce postpones final determination on Chinese steel wheels https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190204/NEWS/190209986/commerce-postpones-final-determination-on-chinese-steel-wheels 20190204/NEWS/190209986 WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Commerce has postponed its final antidumping determination on steel wheels imported from China until Feb. 11. Mon, 4 Feb 2019 15:52:57 EST Royals attend meeting to redevelop Michelin Dundee plant https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190204/NEWS/190209989/royals-attend-meeting-to-redevelop-michelin-dundee-plant 20190204/NEWS/190209989 DUNDEE, England —The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a recent meeting of the action group formed to redevelop Group Michelin's Dundee tire plant, which is earmarked for closing in 2020. Mon, 4 Feb 2019 07:23:23 EST TBC opens first Tire Kingdom in Florida Panhandle https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190201/NEWS/190209992/tbc-opens-first-tire-kingdom-in-florida-panhandle 20190201/NEWS/190209992 PANAMA CITY, Fla. — TBC Corp. has opened a Tire Kingdom Service Center in Panama City, its first in the Florida Panhandle. Fri, 1 Feb 2019 12:17:58 EST Alliance adds 2 specialty application tires to forestry portfolio https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190201/NEWS/190209990/alliance-adds-2-specialty-application-tires-to-forestry-portfolio 20190201/NEWS/190209990 WAKEFIELD, Mass. — Alliance Tire Group has launched a pair of steel-belted forestry-market tires under the Alliance Forestar line for the growing "cut-to-length" market. Fri, 1 Feb 2019 16:10:33 EST U.S. adds jobs in January; unemployment rate inches up https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190201/NEWS/190209993/u-s-adds-jobs-in-january-unemployment-rate-inches-up 20190201/NEWS/190209993 WASHINGTON — U.S. non-farm payroll employment grew by 304,000 jobs in January 2019, according to the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Fri, 1 Feb 2019 12:10:28 EST U.S. International Trade Commission reverses opinion on truck, bus tires from China https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190201/NEWS/190209991/u-s-international-trade-commission-reverses-opinion-on-truck-bus 20190201/NEWS/190209991 WASHINGTON — The U.S. International Trade Commission has reversed its original opinion on truck and bus tires from China, voting 3-2 to find material injury against the domestic tire industry because of Chinese imports to the U.S. Fri, 1 Feb 2019 12:37:33 EST Monro buying 12 stores in Louisiana; completes deals in Ohio, Florida https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190131/NEWS/190139992/monro-buying-12-stores-in-louisiana-completes-deals-in-ohio-florida 20190131/NEWS/190139992 ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Monro Inc. has struck a deal to buy 12 retail locations in Louisiana — which would be its first in that state — that collectively represent $15 million in annualized sales with a 35/65 service/tires sales mix. Thu, 31 Jan 2019 10:45:09 EST TBC expands Sumitomo lineup with 80-plus size offerings https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190131/NEWS/190139987/tbc-expands-sumitomo-lineup-with-80-plus-size-offerings 20190131/NEWS/190139987 PALM BEACH GARDEN, Fla. — TBC Corp. has expanded its premium performance tire offerings with the addition of Sumitomo HTR Enhance LX2, CX2 and WX2. Thu, 31 Jan 2019 19:10:11 EST OUR VIEW: Playing numbers game benefits tire dealers https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190131/NEWS/190139989/-our-view-playing-numbers-game-benefits-tire-dealers 20190131/NEWS/190139989 Sales data that foreshadow future trends are available in just about every industry. A big chunk of these data was presented earlier this month when our sister publication, Automotive News, released new vehicle sales for 2018. Thu, 31 Jan 2019 15:47:52 EST Alliance for American Manufacturing praises Trump's 'Buy American' executive order https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190131/NEWS/190139988/alliance-for-american-manufacturing-praises-trumps-buy-american 20190131/NEWS/190139988 WASHINGTON — The Alliance for American Manufacturing praised President Trump for signing his second executive order requiring federal agencies to prioritize the purchase of American-made goods. Thu, 31 Jan 2019 16:31:17 EST Lawmakers try to block Trump from unilaterally setting tariffs https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190131/NEWS/190139990/lawmakers-try-to-block-trump-from-unilaterally-setting-tariffs 20190131/NEWS/190139990 WASHINGTON — Bipartisan legislation aimed at rolling back presidential authority to impose tariffs for national security reasons was filed in both chambers of Congress Jan. 30. Thu, 31 Jan 2019 15:02:33 EST Monro acquires Rick Johnson Auto, rings up record Q3 sales https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190131/NEWS/190139991/monro-acquires-rick-johnson-auto-rings-up-record-q3-sales 20190131/NEWS/190139991 ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Monro Inc. completed the acquisition of Rick Johnson Auto & Tire, with 13 retail locations in Florida, in early January, shortly after closing its fiscal third quarter with record sales. Thu, 31 Jan 2019 11:32:39 EST Dana launches online aftermarket training academy https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190130/NEWS/190139998/dana-launches-online-aftermarket-training-academy 20190130/NEWS/190139998 MAUMEE, Ohio — Dana Inc. has launched Dana Aftermarket Training Academy, a training resource for the commercial vehicle aftermarket. Wed, 30 Jan 2019 12:59:19 EST Federal Reserve stands firm on key interest rate https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190130/NEWS/190139996/federal-reserve-stands-firm-on-key-interest-rate 20190130/NEWS/190139996 WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve has chosen to keep a key interest rate at its current level of 2.25 to 2.5 percent. Wed, 30 Jan 2019 16:15:41 EST Marangoni raises stake in South Africa's Leader Rubber to 51% https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190130/NEWS/190139993/marangoni-raises-stake-in-south-africas-leader-rubber-to-51 20190130/NEWS/190139993 JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Marangoni Group has increased its ownership stake in South African tread rubber producer Leader Rubber Company SA (Pty.) Ltd. to 51 percent, reinforcing a 10-plus-year relationship. Wed, 30 Jan 2019 16:28:49 EST Growth in Canadian economy to decelerate https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190130/NEWS/190139997/growth-in-canadian-economy-to-decelerate 20190130/NEWS/190139997 Similar to the outlook for the U.S. economy in 2019, the Canadian economy is expected to grow, but at a slower pace. Wed, 30 Jan 2019 16:09:22 EST Robbins develops sealing system for retread market https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190130/NEWS/190139994/robbins-develops-sealing-system-for-retread-market 20190130/NEWS/190139994 MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. — Robbins L.L.C. has developed a rubber sealing ring system for the retread market that company officials say will allow shops to save money and time. Wed, 30 Jan 2019 16:26:19 EST YANG sets schedule for winter regional meet-ups https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190130/NEWS/190139995/yang-sets-schedule-for-winter-regional-meet-ups 20190130/NEWS/190139995 BETHESDA, Md.—The Auto Care Association's Young Auto Care Network Group has set three regional meet-up events for the first quarter of 2019. Wed, 30 Jan 2019 16:17:00 EST Cooper Tire, USW reach tentative labor agreement at Arkansas plant https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190130/NEWS/190139999/cooper-tire-usw-reach-tentative-labor-agreement-at-arkansas-plant 20190130/NEWS/190139999 TEXARKANA, Ark. — Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. and members of the United Steelworkers Local 752 in Texarkana have reached a tentative agreement on a four-year labor contract. Wed, 30 Jan 2019 12:58:03 EST Senate bills would reward companies that pay higher wages, more benefits https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190129/NEWS/190129949/senate-bills-would-reward-companies-that-pay-higher-wages-more 20190129/NEWS/190129949 WASHINGTON — Two influential Senate Democrats, in the wake of General Motors Co.'s plans to potentially idle four U.S. plants, want to offer incentives to U.S. corporations that invest in American workers and resist moving factories overseas. Tue, 29 Jan 2019 11:32:26 EST Goodyear CEO Rich Kramer urges tire dealers to take balanced approach to industry disruptions https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190129/NEWS/190129946/goodyear-ceo-rich-kramer-urges-tire-dealers-to-take-balanced 20190129/NEWS/190129946 GRAPEVINE, Texas — Rich Kramer used his keynote address that highlighted the final day of the Goodyear Customer Conference to urge dealers to adapt to the severe disruptions in the industry, but proceed with "balance." Tue, 29 Jan 2019 17:18:55 EST Goodyear launches winter tire, Eagle F1 successor at dealer meeting https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190129/NEWS/190129952/goodyear-launches-winter-tire-eagle-f1-successor-at-dealer-meeting 20190129/NEWS/190129952 GRAPEVINE, Texas — Goodyear introduced two new products, expanded the size offering of another and touted the mileage performance of a fourth product during the company's annual dealer meetings, being held Jan. 27-29 at the Gaylord Texan Resort. Tue, 29 Jan 2019 10:35:11 EST Magna Tyres opening North American sales office in Canada https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190129/NEWS/190129948/magna-tyres-opening-north-american-sales-office-in-canada 20190129/NEWS/190129948 WAALWIJK, Netherlands — Off-road tire maker Magna Tyres Group is opening a sales office in Vaughan, Ontario, to expand its reach to customers in the U.S. and Canada. Tue, 29 Jan 2019 12:59:00 EST GOP senators reintroduce bill to repeal estate tax https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190129/NEWS/190129950/gop-senators-reintroduce-bill-to-repeal-estate-tax 20190129/NEWS/190129950 WASHINGTON — Three Republican Senate leaders have reintroduced a measure to permanently repeal the estate tax — an action long desired by tire dealers and other small business owners. Tue, 29 Jan 2019 11:31:41 EST Rick Phillips exits Triangle Tire to start consulting firm https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190129/NEWS/190129947/rick-phillips-exits-triangle-tire-to-start-consulting-firm 20190129/NEWS/190129947 FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Tire industry veteran Rick Phillips is leaving his position as vice president of sales for Triangle Tire USA to start his own consulting firm. Tue, 29 Jan 2019 14:47:24 EST Hofmann rolls out tire changers with 'intuitive' speed/torque technology https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190129/NEWS/190129951/hofmann-rolls-out-tire-changers-with-intuitive-speed-torque 20190129/NEWS/190129951 CONWAY, Ark. — Snap-On Inc.'s Hofmann shop equipment business has developed a range of tire changers with "intutitive" technology that selects the optimal speed and torque automatically. Tue, 29 Jan 2019 10:40:27 EST Car Care Council to extend education campaign to Canada, Mexico https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190128/NEWS/190129963/car-care-council-to-extend-education-campaign-to-canada-mexico 20190128/NEWS/190129963 BETHESDA, Md. — The Auto Care Association's Car Care Council has created the Car Care Council North America to expand its "Be Car Care Aware" consumer education campaign beyond the U.S. to Canada and Mexico. Mon, 28 Jan 2019 10:15:15 EST Nokian rolls out Hakkapeliitta winter tire line for light trucks https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190128/NEWS/190129954/nokian-rolls-out-hakkapeliitta-winter-tire-line-for-light-trucks 20190128/NEWS/190129954 NOKIA, Finland — Nokian Tyres P.L.C. has developed a premium winter tire for light trucks, the Hakkapeliitta LT3, which is offered with stainless studs for areas where studs are allowed. Mon, 28 Jan 2019 17:04:12 EST Mercedes-AMG picks Yokohama Advans for 2019 E 53 4MATIC+ series https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190128/NEWS/190129953/mercedes-amg-picks-yokohama-advans-for-2019-e-53-4matic-series 20190128/NEWS/190129953 TOKYO — Mercedes-AMG G.m.b.H. has selected 19- and 20-inch versions of the Yokohama Advan Sport V105 tire as an OE fitment for the car tuner's E 53 4MATIC+ series, which includes sedan, station wagon, coupe and cabriolet models. Mon, 28 Jan 2019 17:10:04 EST 2018 natural rubber demand, production up through 11 months, ANRPC data show https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190128/NEWS/190129962/2018-natural-rubber-demand-production-up-through-11-months-anrpc 20190128/NEWS/190129962 KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Global demand for natural rubber rose 5 percent to 12.9 million metric tons in the first 11 months of 2018, according to the latest Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries data. Mon, 28 Jan 2019 10:16:35 EST VSG/Rotary adds drive-over tread scanner to equipment portfolio https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190128/NEWS/190129955/vsg-rotary-adds-drive-over-tread-scanner-to-equipment-portfolio 20190128/NEWS/190129955 MADISON, Ind. — Vehicle Service Group's Rotary business is adding a drive-over tread-scanning device, the TreadScan 2700, to its growing portfolio of auto service equipment. Mon, 28 Jan 2019 17:02:22 EST USTMA publishes tire industry sustainability report https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190128/NEWS/190129958/ustma-publishes-tire-industry-sustainability-report 20190128/NEWS/190129958 WASHINGTON — The U.S Tire Manufacturers Association has published a sustainability report detailing U.S. Mon, 28 Jan 2019 13:09:53 EST Goodyear's hoping to ride out bumpy road https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190128/NEWS/190129960/goodyears-hoping-to-ride-out-bumpy-road 20190128/NEWS/190129960 AKRON — Goodyear lost 42 percent of its market value in 2018, as its stock plummeted from more than $34 a share in January 2018 to about $20 per share recently. Mon, 28 Jan 2019 12:57:25 EST Continental, Michelin listed among Fortune's 'most admired' companies https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190128/NEWS/190129959/continental-michelin-listed-among-fortunes-most-admired-companies 20190128/NEWS/190129959 AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Fortune magazine has named Continental A.G. and Group Michelin to its list of World's Most Admired Companies for 2018. Mon, 28 Jan 2019 13:01:04 EST Registration opens for 2019 Clemson Tire Industry Conference https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190128/NEWS/190129961/registration-opens-for-2019-clemson-tire-industry-conference 20190128/NEWS/190129961 HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Registration has opened for the 2019 Clemson University Global Tire Industry Conference, scheduled for April 10-12 in Hilton Head. Mon, 28 Jan 2019 10:17:50 EST Groupe Touchette trialing digital info units at Nissan/Infiniti dealerships https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190125/NEWS/190129966/groupe-touchette-trialing-digital-info-units-at-nissan-infiniti 20190125/NEWS/190129966 MONTREAL — Tire wholesaler Groupe Touchette Inc. is seeking to promote tire sales at nine Nissan/Infiniti dealerships across Canada through the use of digital signage stands designed by iGotcha Media, a digital interactive studio. Fri, 25 Jan 2019 14:59:57 EST Chabill'sTire founder Charley Gowland dies at age 76 https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190125/NEWS/190129969/chabillstire-founder-charley-gowland-dies-at-age-76 20190125/NEWS/190129969 MORGAN CITY, La. — Charley Gowland, a longtime Louisiana tire industry businessmen who founded Chabill's Tire & Auto Service in 1968, died on Jan. 24. He was 76. Fri, 25 Jan 2019 13:02:14 EST Hercules signs sponsorship deals with pro fishermen https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190125/NEWS/190129968/hercules-signs-sponsorship-deals-with-pro-fishermen 20190125/NEWS/190129968 FINDLAY, Ohio — American Tire Distributors Inc.'s Hercules Tires business has extended its sponsorship portfolio by aligning professional anglers Josh Bertrand and Josh Douglas with Team Hercules for the 2019 fishing season. Fri, 25 Jan 2019 13:06:21 EST Michelin, Goodyear put products to test in big early-season races https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190125/NEWS/190129967/michelin-goodyear-put-products-to-test-in-big-early-season-races 20190125/NEWS/190129967 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Long before NBC Sports clinched the deal to televise live coverage of the 57th Rolex 24 from Daytona International Speedway on Jan. Fri, 25 Jan 2019 13:24:29 EST Pirelli's noise-damping tires gaining favor with vehicle makers https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190124/NEWS/190129973/pirellis-noise-damping-tires-gaining-favor-with-vehicle-makers 20190124/NEWS/190129973 NEW YORK — The vehicle industry's quest for quieter cars is driving demand for noise-dampening components, a development Pirelli Tyre is meeting with tire technology it claims reduces road noise by up to 25 percent. Thu, 24 Jan 2019 16:34:48 EST YEAR IN REVIEW: Renegotiated, renamed trade agreement highlights year https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190124/NEWS/190129974/year-in-review-renegotiated-renamed-trade-agreement-highlights-year 20190124/NEWS/190129974 WASHINGTON — Tariffs and trade dominated the political news in 2018, especially for tires and the automotive aftermarket. Thu, 24 Jan 2019 15:52:31 EST THE YEAR AHEAD: Tire dealers cautiously optimistic entering new year https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190124/NEWS/190129975/the-year-ahead-tire-dealers-cautiously-optimistic-entering-new-year 20190124/NEWS/190129975 Dealers, both large and small, for the most part are waiting to see how industry changes will affect business in the new year. Thu, 24 Jan 2019 15:13:33 EST Conti developing 'digital mortar' for mining, construction sectors https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190124/NEWS/190129976/conti-developing-digital-mortar-for-mining-construction-sectors 20190124/NEWS/190129976 HANOVER, Germany — Continental A.G. — which began ramping up its OTR tire segment six years ago — is moving deeper into the construction and mining sectors with a suite of digital tools designed to help improve safety and productivity on job sites. Thu, 24 Jan 2019 14:53:01 EST Michelin CEO Jean-Dominique Senard named Renault chairman https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190124/NEWS/190129977/michelin-ceo-jean-dominique-senard-named-renault-chairman 20190124/NEWS/190129977 PARIS — French car maker Groupe Renault has confirmed the appointment of Michelin Group CEO Jean-Dominique Senard as its new chairman and interim CEO Thierry Bollore as the new CEO to replace Carlos Ghosn, who's in custody in Japan under suspicion... Thu, 24 Jan 2019 11:40:03 EST Strong fourth quarter demand helps lift 2018 European tire sales https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190124/NEWS/190129978/strong-fourth-quarter-demand-helps-lift-2018-european-tire-sales 20190124/NEWS/190129978 BRUSSELS — Strong fourth quarter demand for replacement tires throughout Europe helped boost overall 2018 car and truck tire shipments over the corresponding shipment levels of 2017, according to the latest European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers'... Thu, 24 Jan 2019 10:07:05 EST TIA sets 2019 CTS Instructor training dates, locations https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190123/NEWS/190129979/tia-sets-2019-cts-instructor-training-dates-locations 20190123/NEWS/190129979 BOWIE, Md. — The Tire Industry Association has announced locations and dates for its 2019 Commercial Tire Service Instructor 400 training tour. Wed, 23 Jan 2019 18:01:07 EST ASA designates website developer Kukui as sponsored benefit provider https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190123/NEWS/190129980/asa-designates-website-developer-kukui-as-sponsored-benefit-provider 20190123/NEWS/190129980 NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas — The Automotive Service Association has added Kukui Corp., creator of custom marketing website platforms, to its list of sponsored benefit providers. Wed, 23 Jan 2019 17:55:26 EST THE YEAR AHEAD: Economy, employment to remain positive in 2019 https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190123/NEWS/190129981/the-year-ahead-economy-employment-to-remain-positive-in-2019 20190123/NEWS/190129981 Positive economic growth and low unemployment in the U.S., along with increased consumer and corporate spending, are expected to continue through 2019, according to economic analysts and surveys. Wed, 23 Jan 2019 15:07:34 EST Goodyear converting Dallas company stores to Just Tires format https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190123/NEWS/190129982/goodyear-converting-dallas-company-stores-to-just-tires-format 20190123/NEWS/190129982 DALLAS — Goodyear is converting its 14 Dallas-area Goodyear Auto Service stores to its Just Tires brand in an effort to reach out to consumers looking for predictability and quick service. Wed, 23 Jan 2019 14:58:19 EST Chinese, UAE officials break ground on tire plant in Abu Dhabi https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190123/NEWS/190129983/chinese-uae-officials-break-ground-on-tire-plant-in-abu-dhabi 20190123/NEWS/190129983 ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Chinese and UAE investors have broken ground at an industrial park near Abu Dhabi on a car and truck tire plant that's slated to start production by the fourth quarter of 2020. Wed, 23 Jan 2019 12:49:10 EST Michelin buying control of Indonesia's P.T. Multistrada https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190123/NEWS/190129987/michelin-buying-control-of-indonesias-p-t-multistrada 20190123/NEWS/190129987 CLERMONT-FERRAND, France — Group Michelin is buying 80-percent control of Indonesia's P.T. Multistrada Ara Sarana Tbk., producer and marketer of the Achilles and Corsa brands as well as a number of private brands. Wed, 23 Jan 2019 12:00:44 EST Mickey Thompson extends drag racing ties for the 2019 season https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190123/NEWS/190129985/mickey-thompson-extends-drag-racing-ties-for-the-2019-season 20190123/NEWS/190129985 STOW, Ohio — Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels has renewed its sponsorship agreements with three key drag racing series for 2019, covering both four- and two-wheel competition. Wed, 23 Jan 2019 12:36:44 EST Lehigh wins Circular Economy Award from World Economic Forum https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190123/NEWS/190129984/lehigh-wins-circular-economy-award-from-world-economic-forum 20190123/NEWS/190129984 DAVOS, Switzerland — Granulated rubber powder producer Lehigh Technologies has been recognized by the World Economic Forum for its "continued work upcycling end-of-life tire materials." Wed, 23 Jan 2019 12:42:49 EST Michelin CEO Senard reportedly in running to become Renault boss https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190123/NEWS/190129986/michelin-ceo-senard-reportedly-in-running-to-become-renault-boss 20190123/NEWS/190129986 PARIS — Outgoing Group Michelin CEO Jean-Dominique Senard is reportedly a favorite to become the next head of Groupe Renault, according to recent Bloomberg News and Reuters news reports. Wed, 23 Jan 2019 12:02:34 EST St. Louis Wholesale to distribute Starmaxx-brand tires https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190122/NEWS/190129990/st-louis-wholesale-to-distribute-starmaxx-brand-tires 20190122/NEWS/190129990 ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Wholesale Tire Inc. has struck a deal with Turkey's Petlas Tire Corp. to become the exclusive U.S. distributor for Petlas' Starmaxx-brand tires. Tue, 22 Jan 2019 13:22:52 EST Conti, Double Coin truck tires score well in fuel-economy test https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190122/NEWS/190129994/conti-double-coin-truck-tires-score-well-in-fuel-economy-test 20190122/NEWS/190129994 POINTE-CLAIRE, Quebec — Truck tires manufactured by Continental A.G. and Double Coin Holdings Ltd. Tue, 22 Jan 2019 11:09:43 EST Trelleborg Wheel buys Montreal-based distributor Pneus ICM https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190122/NEWS/190129988/trelleborg-wheel-buys-montreal-based-distributor-pneus-icm 20190122/NEWS/190129988 MONTREAL — Trelleborg Wheel Systems has acquired Pneus ICM Inc., a Montreal-based industrial tire distributor and service provider. Tue, 22 Jan 2019 14:15:42 EST NASCAR/ARCA integration raises tire supply issue https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190122/NEWS/190129991/nascar-arca-integration-raises-tire-supply-issue 20190122/NEWS/190129991 DOVER, Del. — NASCAR plans to integrate its second-tier late-model stock-car series — the existing K&N Pro Series and the ARCA Racing Series it purchased in 2018 — starting in 2020. Tue, 22 Jan 2019 13:19:29 EST Updated Raybestos website showcases new product lines https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190122/NEWS/190129992/updated-raybestos-website-showcases-new-product-lines 20190122/NEWS/190129992 MCHENRY, Ill. — Brake Parts Inc. has updated its Raybestos brand website to feature the recently announced "Big Brake Thru" product line realignment. Tue, 22 Jan 2019 13:10:26 EST Giti to relocate Hefei tire plant by 2021 https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190122/NEWS/190129993/giti-to-relocate-hefei-tire-plant-by-2021 20190122/NEWS/190129993 HEFEI, China — Giti Tire Group is planning to relocate its passenger and truck tire plant in Hefei, Anhui Province, in alignment with a "greener Yangtze River economic belt" initiative. Tue, 22 Jan 2019 12:52:32 EST Bridgestone Europe to acquire TomTom Telematics business https://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20190122/NEWS/190129996/bridgestone-europe-to-acquire-tomtom-telematics-business 20190122/NEWS/190129996 BRUSSELS — Bridgestone Europe N.V./S.A. is acquiring Amsterdam-based TomTom Telematics B.V. in a move designed to accelerate Bridgestone's strategy of becoming a "mobility solutions" leader in Europe. Tue, 22 Jan 2019 10:50:08 EST