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August 21, 2014

Chinese subsidies may be the root of all evil
If China is backing its tire exporters with large subsidies, should we fight fire with fire by implementing tariffs?


CMA adds Duraturn brand
Double Coin Holdings Ltd. and its American subsidiary, China Manufacturers Alliance LLC (CMA), have added the Duraturn brand of consumer and commercial tires.


Falken opens a 'model' distribution center in N.J.
Falken Tire Corp. has expanded its East Coast presence with a new regional distribution center in Robbinsville, N.J.. It is located close to the Port of New York.


Tire tariff determination: The end has begun
The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) had begun the final phase of its investigation into whether or not there is a reasonable indication that the domestic tire industry has been "materially injured or threatened with material injury" by reason of consumer tire imports from China.


Update on California TPMS legislation
Ejnar Fink-Jensen, executive director of the California Tire Dealers Association (CTDA), one of the sponsors of California tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) legislation Assembly Bill 1665, provides MTD with an update on the bill (see California TPMS legislation heads to governor's desk).


NHTSA launches recall database
The United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced it has unveiled a new, free, online search tool consumers can use to find out if a vehicle is directly impacted by a recall.


Bridgestone adds new truck tire and retread
Bridgestone Commercial Solutions (BCS) has introduced the Firestone FS561, all-position radial tire steer tire, and the Bandag B799, a retread product designed to complement the Bridgestone M799.


Desser Tire & Rubber has new owner
Private equity firm Graham Partners has acquired Desser Tire & Rubber Co. LLC and its affiliated companies, Aero Wheel & Brake Service Corp. and Cee Bailey’s Aircraft Plastics.


PressurePro, TST enter TPMS partnership
Advantage PressurePro LLC and Truck Systems Technologies Inc. (TST) have announced a partnership that will allow the flow of TST Sensor data through PressurePro’s advanced Intelligent Product offerings. In addition, TST customers will be able utilize PressurePro’s Gateway and Repeater solutions to unlock new monitoring capabilities.


Apollo opens Apollo Zone in Kuwait
Apollo Tyres Ltd. recently made further inroads into the Kuwait market with the opening up of it first branded retail outlet, Apollo Zone, in the country.


TIA ATS training heads to Cincinnati
The Tire Industry Association (TIA) announced that its award-winning Automotive Tire Service (ATS) Certification Course will be offered at the Cincinnati State Technical & Community College Sept. 16-19, 2014.


Maxxis Victra R19 Rally now available online
Maxxis International announced that as of Aug. 11, 2014, the Maxxis Victra R19 Rally tire is available for purchase in the Maxxis eStore. Designed for the demands of rally racing, the Victra R19 lets drivers take on even the roughest gravel stages, notes Maxxis.


Perfect Equipment celebrates 75 years
Wegmann automotive USA Inc. announced that Perfect Equipment, the oldest wheel balance weight brand in North America, is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2014. To mark the milestone, the company says it will support the Special Kids charity of Murfreesboro, Tenn.



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Run-flats: what a difference a decade makes
There seems to be love and hate relationships when it comes to run-flat tires (RFT). Auto manufacturers love offering the selling point of better fuel economy due to the lighter vehicle weight that run-flats offer by eliminating a spare tire. Consumers hate the high cost to replace original equipment run-flats and are struggling with their comfort level. Tire makers are caught in the middle.


Five must-follow technological trends
When Henry Ford decided to produce his famous V8 motor, he chose to build an engine with all eight cylinders cast in one block, and instructed his engineers to produce a design for the engine. The design was placed on paper, but the engineers agreed, to a man, that it was simply impossible to cast an eight-cylinder engine block in one piece. Ford replied, “Produce it anyway.”


When China and friends took over
The year is 2024. Consumer tire imports from China are way down compared to 10 years ago.


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.


Tariff update: Can you afford to raise tire prices by 88% just to break even?
The process of determining whether or not tariffs should be levied on consumer tire imports from China is well underway, and early reports out of Washington D.C. are not promising -- if you are against the tariffs.

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