New KO2 LT tire will be offered in 61 sizes
September 8, 2014

Same terrain, new KO2 tire
The terrain is the same but the new BFGoodrich brand All-Terrain T/A KO2 tire is different from its predecessor with tougher sidewalls, longer tread life and improved traction for off-road and highway driving.

Tire Rack compares four UHP summer tires
Tire Rack Inc. has released results of tests comparing the new Dunlop Direzza DZ102 ultra high performance summer tire to three tires in the same category.

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.

Toyo releases Versado Noir
Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp.’s new Toyo Versado Noir is a premium, all-season touring tire for sedans and coupes. Designed to stand out in the sea of “round and black” tires, the Versado Noir offers long tread life plus fuel efficiency and a quiet, comfortable ride throughout the life of the tire.

Blumenthal forms scrap tire consulting firm
Scrap tire management expert Michael Blumenthal has formed a consulting company, Marshay Inc. He retired as a vice president of the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) in July 2014.

Walker debuts ‘Converter Rewards’ promotion
Tenneco Inc. reports that this fall, motorists can save on qualifying Walker catalytic converters through Walker’s “Converter Rewards” promotion.

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

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.

Omni United CEO featured in Singapore book
G.S. Sareen, founder, president and CEO of Singapore-based Omni United, is featured in the Singapore lifestyle and professional publication, The Peak, 30th anniversary edition as one of 30 of the leading business men and women in Singapore.

Louisiana association hosts Fall Event
The Louisiana Independent Tire Dealers Association (LITDA) is hosting its second annual Fall Event benefitting the LITDA scholarship program Oct. 9-10, 2014, at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center and Copper Mill Golf Club.

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Apollo Vredestein screens Snowtrac 5
The hottest tire in the Vredestein lineup is the Snowtrac 5. It’s new, it’s superior to its predecessors, and it meets European and North American winter tire standards for performance.

Quoting prices is a delicate balancing act
The primary reason I’m writing these articles is to give sales staff more confidence at the sales counter. This month, I’ll continue my series on pricing.

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.

Are tire subsidies from the Chinese government the root of all evil?
By now, everyone who reads my blog, or my editorial in Modern Tire Dealer, knows that I am against additional tariffs on consumer tire imports from China.

How to increase profits -- or efficiency -- when business is slow
Let’s say for some reason business is slow. Maybe all your bays are empty because it is raining hard, or the stars are aligned against you that day or week. Or there is no snow in January.

Tire manufacturers will like the new tariff in town
Will there or won't there be an additional tariff placed on consumer tire imports from China in 2015? Realistically, we won't know the answer to that until December.

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