Goodyear adds two consumer tires to Kelly brand
January 26, 2015

Goodyear reveals two new Kelly Edge tires
At its North American tire dealer meeting Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has introduced the Kelly Edge A/S and Kelly Edge AT – new products to cover performance touring, passenger, CUV, SUV and all-terrain tire segments. The company says the products will help usher in a new generation of consumer tires for the Kelly brand.

2014 included 'best month ever' for K&M Tire
K&M Tire Inc. doesn’t expect to continue its rapid growth of the past few years , but that’s just fine for the leaders of this family-owned tire wholesaler based in Delphos, Ohio.

NTSB weighs in on ‘Deflate-gate’
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has jumped into the “Deflate-gate” fray. In a recent blog post, the director of the agency’s Office of Highway Safety laments consumers’ limited knowledge of tire inflation and vehicle safety versus their hyperawareness of a football’s inflation pressure.

Record attendance at Goodyear Dealer Meeting
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. is hosting its largest dealer meeting ever Jan. 25-27, 2015, in Dallas, Texas. Here is a sneak peek at what to expect.

Michael Zuieback is Discount Tire's new CEO
Discount Tire has named Michael Zuieback as CEO. Zuieback previously served as president, and he will succeed outgoing CEO Tom Englert who will remain an advisor to the CEO.

Goodyear recalls 48,500 Fortera HL tires
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. is recalling about 48,500 Fortera HL tires, size P255/65R18 109S, that were made starting Nov. 30 (week 48), 2014 and ending Jan. 10 (week one), 2015.

Nitto to support Campbell Enterprises racing
Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc. reports Shannon, Wayland and Bailey Campbell of Campbell Enterprises will drive on Nitto Trail Grappler tires when competing in off-road races.

TIA trains more than 8,000 in 2014
The Tire Industry Association (TIA) trained more than 8,000 tire technicians and instructors in 2014.

Cooper’s CS5 tire wins global design award
Cooper Tire and Rubber Co. announced its CS5 touring tire has earned a 2014 Good Design Award from the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

Goal: attract young people to auto careers
The Auto Care Association has created a new auto care careers website to educate young people about, and attract them to, careers in the auto care industry.

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Michelin Challenge Bibendum
Groupe Michelin held its 12th annual Michelin Challenge Bibendum (MCB) in Chengdu, China, in November. The event brought together members of both the private and public sectors to examine sustainable mobility; this year’s conference focused on innovation in mobility, and how it can drive growth and urban well-being.

Kenda is relying on research and development
Kenda USA held its inaugural dealer and distributor meeting three days before the 2014 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas. Two of the highlights were the introduction of the Kenda Klever S/T and the rollout of the company’s new associate dealer program, Kenda Traction.

Farm tire market trends for 2015
Corn production in the Midwest was greater in August than was forecast. At the same time, cotton production in the South was down year-over-year.

The tariffs have been assessed, and there is one VERY BIG winner
The final tariffs, for all intents and purposes, have been levied on consumer tire imports from China. Since the tariffs were not implemented across the board, some companies are better off than others.

Psssst: A new Continental DWS? Yes!
I'm good at keeping secrets (says me), but this one I am going to share with you. Continental Tire North America LLC is replacing the ExtremeContact DWS.

Dominoes begin falling as the second tariff decision looms
Everyone in the tire industry is waiting for Jan. 20, 2015, when the U.S. Department of Commerce will decide if anti-dumping duties will be assessed against passenger and light truck tires manufactured in China and exported into the U.S.

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