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Tire Business Founded in 1983, Tire Business is an award-winning newsmagazine written for independent tire dealers and others in the tire and automotive service industries and automotive aftermarket. Tire Business is published every other Monday.
Tire Business is published every other Monday with news updated daily online. Its in-depth news stories, engaging features and relevant special reports reach more than 30,000 print subscribers and thousands more online. Besides reporting on breaking news, Tire Business also compiles numerous rankings and industry statistics relating to the North American tire and automotive service markets, independent tire dealers, tire manufacturers, tire retreaders and the global tire market. Tire Business is owned by Crain Communications Inc., which publishes 29 U.S. and international business and consumer publications, including Rubber & Plastics News, European Rubber Journal, AutoWeek, Automotive News and Advertising Age. Crain's editorial tenet-that published material must be of real importance to the reader and facts given accurately and fairly-distinguishes the company from its competitors. Subscribers to Tire Business enjoy 26 print issues a year plus access to all areas of tirebusiness.com. Online-only subscriptions also are available. Tire Business Editorial and Business Offices 1725 Merriman Road, Suite 300 Akron, Ohio 44313-5283 Phone: (330) 836-9180 Fax: Editorial, (330) 836-2831; Sales and Administration, (330) 836-1005 Tire Business Circulation Department/Customer Service 1155 Gratiot Ave. Detroit, Mich. 48207-2912 For subscription questions and or problems, please call toll free (U.S. and Canada only) - Phone: (877) 320-1716 or (313) 446-0450 Fax: (313) 446-6777 For more information on Tire Business list rental, please contact: Donna Buckner Statlistics 69 Kenosia Ave Danbury CT 06810 Email: [email protected]
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"The impact on all of this is probably not going to hit the market in the next couple of months. It's not going to be im...
03/10/2020
Tire industry keeps eye on spread of COVID-19

"The impact on all of this is probably not going to hit the market in the next couple of months. It's not going to be immediate," said Aaron Lowe, vice president of regulatory and government affairs for the Auto Care Association (ACA). #tirebusiness #coronavirus #covid19

While there are still more questions than answers when it comes to the corona virus, there is no doubt that business will be disrupted as the fallout from the illness becomes more clear over time.

At full capacity, the $830 million factory will be capable of turning out 4 million passenger and light truck tires annu...
03/10/2020
Nokian starts commercial-scale production at U.S. plant

At full capacity, the $830 million factory will be capable of turning out 4 million passenger and light truck tires annually," Nokian Tyres said.
#Tennessee #tires #nokian

DAYTON, Tenn. — Nokian Tyres North America has begun commercial-sale production at its plant in Dayton, 30 months after breaking ground on the factory and eight months after the start of trial production.

You're not alone if you feel like every time you get a new hire trained, he or she leaves the business. It is a problem ...
03/10/2020
High turnover may be new norm in industry

You're not alone if you feel like every time you get a new hire trained, he or she leaves the business. It is a problem echoing across the U.S. retail tire industry. #tirebusiness #tires #hiring #economy

You're not alone if you feel like every time you get a new hire trained, he or she leaves the business. It may be the "new norm," according to one expert who studies hiring trends in the industry.

The tornadoes and severe storms left a swath of destruction and killed at least 24 people in a four-county area in and a...
03/09/2020
Tire company HQs survive Nashville tornadoes

The tornadoes and severe storms left a swath of destruction and killed at least 24 people in a four-county area in and around Nashville, a city that is home to #Bridgestone #Hankook and #Nokian
#tornado #nashville #tirebusiness

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tire makers report no damage to headquarters facilities in Nashville in the wake of the March 3 tornadoes that ripped through the city. Bridgestone Americas, though, has pledged to help residents impacted by the storms.

Bridgestone Americas Inc. has made a series of upper-level executive changes as part of its strategy to strengthen its c...
03/09/2020
Bridgestone overhauling North American tire leadership team

Bridgestone Americas Inc. has made a series of upper-level executive changes as part of its strategy to strengthen its core tire business and accelerate its initiative to become a global leader in mobility solutions.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Bridgestone Americas Inc. has made a series of upper-level executive changes as part of its strategy to strengthen its core tire business and accelerate its initiative to become a global leader in mobility solutions.

#Continental, which called its 2019 results "respectable" but not satisfactory, plans to disclose details of cost-cuttin...
03/06/2020
Conti considering cost-cutting moves in wake of lower 2019 earnings

#Continental, which called its 2019 results "respectable" but not satisfactory, plans to disclose details of cost-cutting plans in May.

HANOVER, Germany — Continental A.G. is evaluating new cost-cutting measures after posting a 20% drop in fiscal 2019 adjusted pre-tax operating profit and a $1.37 billion net loss as worldwide vehicle demand slumped and production is expected to keep falling.

Hear about the MAXTOUR LX Passenger Grand Touring line launched in Spring 2019.
03/05/2020
TB SEMA Live: GT Radial "Get a Destination"

Hear about the MAXTOUR LX Passenger Grand Touring line launched in Spring 2019.

Tire Business is an award-winning publication dedicated to providing the latest news, data and insights into the tire and automotive service industries.

The plan, disclosed March 5 in a meeting with employees at the factory, calls for the phaseout of certain product lines,...
03/05/2020
Apollo to refocus Dutch plant, trim employment by 2022

The plan, disclosed March 5 in a meeting with employees at the factory, calls for the phaseout of certain product lines, which will result in the elimination of 750 jobs over the coming 24 months, Apollo Vredestein said.

ENSCHEDE, Netherlands — Seeking to ensure the future of its tire manufacturing operations in Enschede, Apollo Vredestein B.V. is planning to refocus the 73-year-old plant on high-performance passenger and agricultural tires.

Aftermarket shipments of truck/bus tires are projected to rise 2.1% this year over last to 19.3 million units, the #USTM...
03/04/2020
Truck tire demand to boost U.S. tire shipments in 2020

Aftermarket shipments of truck/bus tires are projected to rise 2.1% this year over last to 19.3 million units, the #USTMA said.
#tires #tirebusiness

WASHINGTON — Buoyed by strong aftermarket demand for truck/bus tires, U.S. tire shipments are expected to increase slightly this year over 2019 to 333.2 million units, according to the latest forecast from the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association.

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03/04/2020
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Members of Local 207L of the United Steelworkers union voted 427-253 against the proposed four-year contract.#cooper #US...
03/03/2020
Workers at Cooper's HQ plant reject proposed 4-year contract

Members of Local 207L of the United Steelworkers union voted 427-253 against the proposed four-year contract.
#cooper #USW #tires #tirebusiness

FINDLAY, Ohio — Union workers at Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.'s tire plant in Findlay have voted down a tentative labor agreement with the company.

Dunn Tire just wrapped its annual conference, held this year in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. @dunn_tire #dunntire #tirebusine...
03/03/2020

Dunn Tire just wrapped its annual conference, held this year in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. @dunn_tire #dunntire #tirebusiness @ Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

#Sailun is budgeting $285 million for the project, which will add 1.22 million square feet to the existing Liaoning faci...
03/03/2020
Sailun to double truck/bus tire capacity in China

#Sailun is budgeting $285 million for the project, which will add 1.22 million square feet to the existing Liaoning facilities.
#china #tires #tirebusiness

LIAONING, China — Sailun Group Co. Ltd. plans to double capacity for radial truck and bus tires at its plant in Liaoning to 6 million units a year by 2022, the company disclosed Feb. 28.

#Nokian Tyres noted extensive testing around the world, from its winter test track in Finland, to the back roads of Sout...
03/03/2020
Nokian One HT hits North American market

#Nokian Tyres noted extensive testing around the world, from its winter test track in Finland, to the back roads of South Africa, to the heat of Texas, mountains of Utah and urban downtowns of California.
#tires #tirebusiness #allseason

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The newest all-season product from Nokian Tyres P.L.C, the Nokian One HT for light-trucks and SUVs, has been released for sale at retailers throughout North America.

There are roughly 250,000 ASE-certified technicians, but last year only 66 attained ASE certification in 22 specific are...
03/03/2020
ACA, ASE name 66 World Class Technicians for 2020

There are roughly 250,000 ASE-certified technicians, but last year only 66 attained ASE certification in 22 specific areas.
#ASA #ASE #autotech #tirebusiness #autoshop

BETHESDA, Md. — Sixty-six auto technicians in the U.S. and Canada achieved "World Class Technician" status last year, according to the Auto Care Association, which said the award recognizes mechanics who attain ASE certification in 22 specific areas in a single year.

Too often, when we put our heads down and work, we fail to see the forest for the trees.#tires #tirebusiness
03/03/2020
Our View: Tire industry remains strong

Too often, when we put our heads down and work, we fail to see the forest for the trees.
#tires #tirebusiness

Despite a myriad of concerns in the tire industry, we believe the tire industry is in a good place.

The tire's staggered shoulder lugs with biting edges enhance off-road traction, #Toyo said.#tires #offroad #opencountry ...
03/03/2020
Toyo Tire introduces Open Country A/T III

The tire's staggered shoulder lugs with biting edges enhance off-road traction, #Toyo said.
#tires #offroad #opencountry #tirebusiness

CYPRESS, Calif. — Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. has released another all-terrain product in its Open Country line, the Open Country A/T III, which comes with the industry's three-peak mountain snowflake certification for severe snow conditions.

Organizers said the show will not be rescheduled to a later date: "The show cannot be postponed. It's not possible. It's...
03/02/2020
Geneva Auto Show canceled amid coronavirus threat

Organizers said the show will not be rescheduled to a later date: "The show cannot be postponed. It's not possible. It's too big. It's not feasible," Show Director Olivier Rihs said.
#coronavirus #geneva #GenevaInternationalMotorShow

GENEVA, Switzerland — The organizers of the Geneva International Motor Show have canceled the event, due to be held March 5-15, after the Swiss government banned gatherings of more than 1,000 people as a measure to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

Cartoon from #tirebusiness cartoonist Leo Michael featured in our latest issue on tackling the tech shortage. #tires
03/02/2020

Cartoon from #tirebusiness cartoonist Leo Michael featured in our latest issue on tackling the tech shortage. #tires

03/02/2020

Trying out Michelin’s X-Ice Snow tire in Quebec. #tirebusiness #michelin

@michelinusa debut the X-Ice Snow in Quebec last week. Read all about it at TireBusiness.com. ..1-2. Michelin North Amer...
03/02/2020

@michelinusa debut the X-Ice Snow in Quebec last week. Read all about it at TireBusiness.com.
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1-2. Michelin North America Inc. unveiled the X-Ice Snow at a media event north of Montreal at Saint-Sauveur, Quebec, and a test drive at Circuit Mecaglisse, Feb. 26-28.
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3. The V-tread design and center sipes are angled, and the blocks are off-set to give an even footprint and reduce noise.
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4. The X-Ice Snow will eventually be available in 123 sizes in North America; 82 later this year and 41 in 2021.
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5. To give the X-Ice Snow its more aggressive look, Michelin got rid of the large center channel of the X-Ice Xi3, employing, instead a center V-shaped tread pattern and wider grooves throughout the tire. @ Circuit Mécaglisse

Be sure to check our new issue, out today! @tirebusiness #tirebusiness
03/02/2020

Be sure to check our new issue, out today! @tirebusiness #tirebusiness

Del. federal district court jury ordered Schrader International to pay $31.2M to two Swiss companies in a patent infring...
03/02/2020
Schrader ordered to pay $31.2 million in TPMS patent infringement case

Del. federal district court jury ordered Schrader International to pay $31.2M to two Swiss companies in a patent infringement case involving sensors for tire pressure monitoring systems.
#lawsuit #TPMS #tirebusiness

WILMINGTON, Del. — A jury before the Delaware federal district court has ordered Schrader International Inc. to pay $31.2 million to two Swiss companies in a patent infringement case involving sensors for tire pressure monitoring systems.

What #Michelin designed in the X-Ice Snow is a tire that looks the part, performs well and should give buyers an extra s...
03/02/2020
Michelin unveils X-Ice Snow, its next-gen winter tire

What #Michelin designed in the X-Ice Snow is a tire that looks the part, performs well and should give buyers an extra season of use, the company said.
#wintertire #snowtire #tire #tirebusiness #Canada

NOTRE-DAME-DE-LA-MERCI, Quebec — What Michelin designed in the X-Ice Snow — the successor to the X-Ice Xi3 — is a tire that looks the part, performs well and should give buyers an extra season of use.

Learn about the Bartec Rite-Sensor:  fewer steps, faster service and better accuracy in TPMS service.
02/28/2020
TB Live SEMA: Bartec USA – The One-Stop Shop for TPMS Service

Learn about the Bartec Rite-Sensor: fewer steps, faster service and better accuracy in TPMS service.

Tire Business is an award-winning publication dedicated to providing the latest news, data and insights into the tire and automotive service industries.

Putting the @michelin X-Ice Snow tire to the test in Quebec. Read all about it on Monday at tirebusiness.com. #tires #ti...
02/27/2020

Putting the @michelin X-Ice Snow tire to the test in Quebec. Read all about it on Monday at tirebusiness.com.
#tires #tirebusiness #michelin #snowtire

Join us March 19th at 3:00pm ET! Tire Business Managing Editor David Manley and Special Projects Reporter Bruce Davis of...
02/27/2020
BlueJeans Events | Attendee RegistrationApp

Join us March 19th at 3:00pm ET! Tire Business Managing Editor David Manley and Special Projects Reporter Bruce Davis offer insight and analysis about changes in the wholesale markets and what dealers can expect going forward.

#Bridgestone is targeting its air-free commercial truck tire concept initially for the trailer position, which accounts ...
02/25/2020
Bridgestone targeting trailer position with air-free truck tire concept

#Bridgestone is targeting its air-free commercial truck tire concept initially for the trailer position, which accounts for about 20% of truck tire purchases but up to 40% of all tire failures.
#tires #tirebusiness

ATLANTA — With an eye on helping fleets reduce downtime, Bridgestone Americas Inc. is developing a non-pneumatic truck tire for commercial trailers, where it says up to 40% of tire failures occur.

For the year ended Dec. 31, Cooper's operating income rose to $174.5 million on sales of $2.75 billion, raising the oper...
02/25/2020
Cooper management eyes earnings gains in 2020

For the year ended Dec. 31, Cooper's operating income rose to $174.5 million on sales of $2.75 billion, raising the operating ratio marginally to 6.3%.
#cooper #tires #tirebusiness

FINDLAY, Ohio — Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. reported a 5.5% improvement in operating income during fiscal 2019 on 2.1% lower sales, prompting management to forecast continued improvements in earnings and a "modest" gain in global unit sales throughout 2020

The collaboration also supports Hankook's development of its virtual compound design, which the company said can predict...
02/25/2020
Hankook looks to Amazon for tire, tech development support

The collaboration also supports Hankook's development of its virtual compound design, which the company said can predict the material properties of tires and uses AI to determine an optimal compound.
#hankook #tires #tirebusiness

SEOUL, South Korea — Hankook Tire & Technology Ltd. is partnering with cloud-computing provider Amazon Web Services as part of an effort to drive product development.

Learn the importance of Cause Marketing and community involvement from Nexen Tire.
02/25/2020
TB Live SEMA: Nexen Today & Tomorrow, We Got You

Learn the importance of Cause Marketing and community involvement from Nexen Tire.

Tire Business is an award-winning publication dedicated to providing the latest news, data and insights into the tire and automotive service industries.

The new service, which is launching with more than 100 installation vehicles in 35 states, is designed to allow customer...
02/25/2020
Tirescanner organizing network of independent mobile tire-installers

The new service, which is launching with more than 100 installation vehicles in 35 states, is designed to allow customers to receive next-day, at-home installation of any brand/size tire, #Tirescanner said.
#tirebusiness #tires

MIAMI — Online tire retailer Tirescanner.com Inc., seeking to reach "time-poor" motorists, is organizing a network of independent mobile tire-installers to complement its online business model.

After locking up the store one night, Sam Mejia of @embassytire helped stop a suspected carjacking and save the life of ...
02/25/2020

After locking up the store one night, Sam Mejia of @embassytire helped stop a suspected carjacking and save the life of a man who had been stabbed several times. Visit tirebusiness.com to read the story.
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#tirebusiness #tires #hero #tireshop (Photo provided)

At #pointS sales growth topped 10% last year, and the network grew by 19 locations and into four new new states, expandi...
02/25/2020
Record-setting year fuels Point S into 2020

At #pointS sales growth topped 10% last year, and the network grew by 19 locations and into four new new states, expanding to 225 outlets in 22 states.
#Tires #wholesaletires #tirebusiness #sandiego

SAN DIEGO — The record-setting year that was 2019 will be difficult to top, but Walter Lybeck and his team at Point S Tire & Automotive Service USA have every intention of doing just that.

The incident happened so fast, Sam Mejia said he really just reacted. He leaned on his Marine Corps training.#tirebusine...
02/25/2020
Arizona tire shop manager helps save man's life

The incident happened so fast, Sam Mejia said he really just reacted. He leaned on his Marine Corps training.

#tirebusiness #Tucson #EmbassyTire #hero

TUCSON, Ariz. — A tire store manager's quick action stopped a vicious attack and helped save a man's life.

Coming to you from the annual Point S Owners Conference. @pointstire  @ San Diego, California
02/21/2020

Coming to you from the annual Point S Owners Conference. @pointstire @ San Diego, California

Some of the sights from the 65th annual OTR conference sponsored by @tireindustryassociation ..Pictured speakers are: TI...
02/21/2020

Some of the sights from the 65th annual OTR conference sponsored by @tireindustryassociation
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Pictured speakers are: TIA President Brian Rigney, CEO Roy Littlefield, Senor VP of Training Kevin Rohlwing and VP of marketing and communications Dave Zielasko. @ Indian Wells, California

#Continental Tire the Americas L.L.C. used the 65th annual OTR Conference to unveil its first General Tire-brand V.ply e...
02/20/2020
Conti debuts General Tire-brand V.ply earthmover tires

#Continental Tire the Americas L.L.C. used the 65th annual OTR Conference to unveil its first General Tire-brand V.ply earthmover tires.
#conti #tires #otr #TIA #tirebusiness #generaltire

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Continental Tire the Americas L.L.C. used the 65th annual OTR Conference to unveil its first General Tire-brand V.ply earthmover tires.

In the lawsuit #Michelin claims the ex-employee used an external hard drive to share Michelin documents during meetings ...
02/20/2020
Michelin suing ex-employee over use of trade secrets

In the lawsuit #Michelin claims the ex-employee used an external hard drive to share Michelin documents during meetings at #Carlstar that included spreadsheets, mixing information and other data.
#tirebusiness

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Michelin North America Inc. is suing a former employee in federal court, accusing him of divulging trade secrets after he left the company in 2018.

02/20/2020
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Ford selected Hankook's SmartFlex AH35 and DH35 truck tires in size 225/70R19.5.
#ford #hankook #tires #OE #tirebusiness

Latest cartoon from @tirebusiness cartoonist Leo Michael. #tirebusiness #SKUs
02/19/2020

Latest cartoon from @tirebusiness cartoonist Leo Michael. #tirebusiness #SKUs

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02/19/2020

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Dear partners of the pneumatic sector I recommend being very careful with a Japanese company that sells michelin and bridgestone brands. This company may be committing crime. They will be informed if it is true shortly. everything is in the hands of lawyers and jatma association. We will not give a name in case it is a mistake. but soon we will inform.
Why is it that tire shops or tire distributors do not and don’t acknowledge that they are selling the customer a tire that is 3 years or 10 years old... does this non acknowledgement fall on falsification/ misleading customers to believe that the tire is new the year of purchase.. ??? Why is this aloud to go on
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