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September 17, 2014

Astronaut to speak at OTR Conference

The Tire Industry Association (TIA) has announced that Captain Mark Kelly, commander of the space shuttle Endeavor’s final mission, will be the motivational speaker at the 2015 OTR Conference. Captain Kelly’s motivational address will take place on Friday, Feb. 20 and is sponsored by BKT Tires.



CMA addresses incorrect sidewall markings

Double Coin Holdings LLC and and its American subsidiary, China Manufacturers Alliance LLC (CMA), have notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of non-compliant sidewall markings on certain Double Coin branded radial truck and bus tires.


Tech International celebrates 75 years

Seventy-five years ago in a barn behind his central Ohio home, Charles Cornell developed a rubber vulcanizing process for developing repairs for tires and inner tubes in hot or cold applications. The invention launched Tech International, which today makes and distributes more than 10,000 tire repair, wheel service and industrial rubber products to customers in 95 countries.



President gives credit to Tech's extended family

Tech International celebrated its 75th anniversary last week with much fanfare. One of the highlights was a speech by company President Dan Layne.


Ken-Tool debuts truck tire service set

Ken-Tool has released its Deluxe Blue Cobra Truck Tire Service Set that includes everything you need to stock your service truck or to start offering truck tire service in your shop.



Vipal launches VL140 tread

Vipal Rubber is launching the VL140 tread designed for the cargo transportation sector.


Ziegler Tire holds ribbon cutting ceremony

Ziegler Tire & Supply Co. based in Massillon, Ohio, held a grand opening for its newest outlet with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by local politicians, business leaders, supplier representatives and new and long-time customers. The store was built in North Canton, Ohio, and replaces an older Ziegler Tire outlet that was in the same vicinity.



Mitas ERL-50 earthmover tire at Steinexpo

Mitas a.s. is introducing the newest addition to its family of ERL-50 earthmover tires, the 23.5R25 ERL-50. at Steinexpo in Homberg, Germany. It will become available for worldwide sale in October.


Titan OKs a half-cent dividend for 3Q

The board of directors of Titan International Inc. has approved a quarterly cash dividend of $.005 (one-half cent) per common share for the third quarter of 2014. The cash dividend is payable Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, to stockholders of record on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014.






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Wheel weights: Clip-ons or bags?

Balancing all wheel positions, including trailer tires, has been documented to increase fuel economy by 1% to 2%, according to Derek Forney, marketing coordinator, International Marketing Inc. (IMI). “In fact, nearly half of a truck’s fuel efficiency related to tires comes from the trailer,” says Forney.


Kenda plans to manufacture truck tires within three years

Kenda Rubber Ind. Co. Ltd. produces 10 million radial consumer tires a day worldwide. A relative newcomer to the market, Kenda’s annual production pales in comparison to, say, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.’s output, which annually exceeds 10 million units at its Fayetteville, N.C., plant alone.


Skid steer tread patterns go from all-purpose to purpose-built

Dealers have more choices than ever when matching skid steer tire tread patterns to specific applications for their customers. “The skid steer product line looks a lot more like a small OTR or medium truck type of offering now,” says Nick Phillippi, general manager of Nebraskaland Tire Co. Inc., which also does business as Kansasland Tire and Coloradoland Tire.