Michelin invests to expand its online range
April 20, 2015

Michelin buys into online tire retailer
Groupe Michelin has acquired a 40% stake in Allopneus SAS, a French internet tire retailer, for 60 million Euros.

Yokohama expands inventory in California
A few months ago, Yokohama Tire Corp. relocated its corporate headquarters (HQ) from Fullerton to Santa Ana, Calif., after 28 years. It also moved its Fullerton distribution center (DC) to a new 658,000-square-foot facility in Chino, Calif.

Omni begins online sales of Timberland tires
Omni United Pte. Ltd. has launched a Timberland tires e-commerce site and installer network. Timberland tires are the first tires purposely designed to be recycled into footwear outsoles.

Vogue unveils SUV, crossover and LT line
Vogue Tyre & Rubber Co. has introduced a line of tires for SUVs, crossovers and light trucks.

Network's Lambert announces retirement
After 20 years as president of the Automotive Distribution Network (Network), Mike Lambert has announced his retirement. David Prater has been named interim president, effective May 1.

John Gamauf is back! And he wants to help you
The retail venture is new, at least in the U.S. The people involved, however, have more than enough experience to make it successful.

AAPEXedu programs to highlight technology
During the 2015 Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) in November, the 2015 AAPEXedu program will spotlight telematics, vehicle systems technology and the technology used to operate a business to help service professionals, warehouse distributors, retailers and manufacturers stay ahead of the curve.

ASA adds vendor tracking to TireMaster
ASA Automotive Systems has added vendor 1099 tracking and reporting to its TireMaster software.

ETD Discount Tire Centers promotes Calaff
ETD Discount Tire Centers Inc. has promoted Dennis Calaff to vice president of operations from his previous position as general manager of the ETD Discount Tire store in Lyndhurst, N.J.

ACDelco has new impact wrench
ACDelco has added a Li-ion 18V impact wrench (ARI2064B) to its power tool line. It will be available in mid-July.

Worldpac expands in California
Worldpac Inc. has opened a new regional distribution center in Santa Cruz, California. The facility offers expanded delivery and service options to local independent automotive repair professionals in the area.

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BFG tour challenges dealers to test the new g-Force tire
The new BFGoodrich brand g-Force Comp-2 A/S comes in more sizes, is more durable and has more all-weather capabilities than its predecessor. Michelin North America Inc. says 50% of the volume of the new ultra-high performance Z-rated tire will come from new sizes.

100 years old and open to change
Since 1911, Daniels Tire Service has been serving the greater Los Angeles and surrounding areas with dependable, quality products and service. Daniels Tire Service is a premier provider of commercial tires and operates a collection of retail tire and automotive repair locations.

Get ready for R-1234yf
As more automotive manufacturers transition to using R-1234yf refrigerant, the need to update technicians’ training and the equipment in your shop is imminent.

Talking business with Williams, Williams, Williams and Williams
Bill Williams, chairman and CEO of Jack Williams Tire Co. Inc. in Moosic, Pa., has a very simple philosophy about selling tires at the retail level.

Truck tire pricing is a hot topic in New Orleans
Neither rain nor more rain nor.. more rain could dampen the opening of the 2015 North American Tire & Retread Expo in New Orleans on Wednesday, April 15.

What were they thinking? Tires get no respect from lawmakers
When it comes to Congressmen and Congresswomen (Congresspeople?), there appears to be no happy medium. They either don't think at all or think too much.

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