Proposed 105% tariff punishes Double Coin
October 23, 2014

What does the U.S. have against Double Coin?
Wow. The United States Department of Commerce (DOC) wants to come down hard on Double Coin Holdings Ltd. and its domestic marketing arm, China Manufacturers Association LLC.

Monro has record results; enters Georgia market
Monro Muffler Brake Inc. posted net income of $16.3 million on net sales of $221.3 million for its second quarter ended Sept. 27, 2014. That compares to income of $13.6 million on sales of $205.3 million for the same period last year. The company also announced the acquisition of nine stores in the Atlanta, Ga., area.

Michelin says sales are down, volume is up
Groupe Michelin posted net sales of 14.5 billion euros for the first nine months ended Sept. 30, 2014. That was a 4.7% decrease compared to the first nine months of 2013.

Cooper introduces the Discoverer SRX
The new Cooper Discoverer SRX is designed to provide dependable all-season highway traction, superior handling, and a quiet, comfortable ride for a wide range of CUVs and SUVs.

Griffin Brothers opens 10th location
Griffin Brothers Companies has opened its 10th Griffin Brothers Tires, Wheels and Auto Repair store. The new outlet is located in Matthews, N.C.

MAM to preview software at AAPEX and SEMA
MAM Software Inc. will preview new business management software features and applications at the 2014 Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) Nov. 4-6 and the 2014 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show (SEMA) Nov. 4-7 in Las Vegas.

Federal breaks ground for plant in Taiwan
Federal Corp. has broken ground for a $300 million tire plant in Taoyuan Industrial Park in Taiwan.

Goodyear to test self-inflating tires on fleets
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. will begin testing its self-inflating tire system called Air Maintenance Technology (AMT) on U.S. trucking fleets in the next few months.

Tire Leadership 21 training: 2015 schedule
Dates for the 2015 Tire Leadership 21 education program have been announced by Northwood University and the Center for Tire & Service Education (CTSE). The next two-week seminar will be held -- drumroll, please -- March 22-27 and Sept 13-18.

Centric Parts opens friction materials lab
Centric Parts has opened a state-of-the-art friction materials lab at the company’s Compton, Calif., facility.

TRIB’s membership meeting is Nov. 3
The Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau (TRIB) will hold its annual membership meeting on Nov. 3 during the Global Tire Expo-Powered by TIA as part of the 2014 Specialty equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas.

Cooper is testing tires made with guayule
Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. has completed tire builds using rubber derived from guayule plants and new guayule-related materials. Tests suggest the product’s performance is at least equal to tires made of components derived from the Hevea rubber plant.

Forward Lift upgrades CR14 four-post lift
Vehicle Service Group LLC has made several upgrades to the Forward Lift brand’s 14,000-pound capacity CR14 four-post lift to improve operator ergonomics and lift durability.

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

What’s with the pound signs everywhere? You know that symbol “#” over the number 3 on the keyboard that looks like a Tic-tac-toe game board. We used to call it the “pound sign,” now it’s hashtag this and hashtag that.

Green tire technology
When tire labeling legislation came into force around two years ago in Europe, it was viewed by many people in the industry as a signal to move forward and make future tires as “green” and fuel efficient as possible.

It seems the U.S. government wants to unfairly punish Double Coin
Double Coin Holdings Ltd. and, by association, China Manufacturers Association LLC, are being punished for a crime they didn't commit.

Hankook makes sure America's efforts during the Korean War are not forgotten
The moment was brief yet poignant. Seung Hwa Suh, vice chairman and CEO of Hankook Tire Co. Ltd., was finishing up his speech at the groundbreaking ceremony for Hankook's tire plant in Clarksville, Tenn.

Why you should ask yourself if being open on Sunday is an option
The battery on my wife's 2001 Firebird died over the weekend. She discovered it after work, and was lucky to get a jump so she could get it home.

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