Consumer Reports questions quality of Chinese tires
September 25, 2014

Chinese tires lack quality -- true or false?
Consumer Reports recently included Chinese tires in a 20-tire comparison test. The Chinese tires finished 18th, 19th and 20th, respectively.

Giti locates tech center near Akron, Ohio
Giti Tire Group announced its new Giti Tire R&D Center for North America is in Uniontown, Ohio, which also is the home of Modern Tire Dealer.

Sign up for free archive of Hennessy webinar
If you missed the free webinar, “The Evolution of OE Wheel Balancing Standards and Their Impact on the Aftermarket,” sign up to access a free archive of the complete event.

Yokohama tire unveiled in March now available
Yokohama Tire Corp. launched the iceGuard iG52c tire in March 2014. The tire is now available in the U.S. in 39 sizes.

Cooper to webcast financial presentation
Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. will webcast its presentation at the Deutsche Bank 2014 Leveraged Finance Conference on Oct. 1 at 12:25 p.m. EDT.

Martins introduces adjustable tire cart
Martins Industries, a tire equipment manufacturer based has Montreal, Quebec, has added the Premium Tire Cart to its line of tire handling equipment.

Bolt On Technology registers tires in one click
Bolt On Technology LLC has added a consumer tire registration feature to its Report Pro shop management add-on software.

Wegmann earns General Motors' quality award
Wegmann automotive USA Inc., a wheel balance weight OEM supplier in North America, has received the General Motors 2014 Supplier Quality Excellence Award.

Autopromotec enhances 'international flair'
Organizers of Autopromotec 2015, an international exhibition of automotive equipment and aftermarket products, have signed new collaboration agreements that will enhance the international flair of the show. Autopromotec 2015 will be held May 20-24 at the Bologna Trade Fair Center in Bologna, Italy.

Date set for Traction 2015 tire conference
Smithers Rapra Inc. will host the Traction 2015: Driving the Tire Industry Forward conference and exhibition May 20-22, 2015, at the Omni Nashville Hotel in Nashville, Tenn.

Delphi adds to ignition coil line
Delphi Product & Service Solutions is introducing 12 new ignition coils that cover over 2.9 million vehicles including BMW, Jeep, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen and Subaru applications from 1991 to 2012. Inventory will be available in the Q3 2014.

Lori’s Listening

TIA’s Global Tire Expo aims to offer a road map for growth
The Global Tire Expo (GTE) set a record in 2013 with the number of exhibitors and buyers and we are confident that this year’s show will be no different,” says Dr. Roy Littlefield, Tire Industry Association (TIA) executive vice president. “Whether you are a buyer or an exhibitor, GTE is the one must-attend show of the year to keep your business moving forward.

4 hidden ways to get more profits from mounting and balancing
Selling more mounting and balancing services is a proven way to add to a dealership’s bottom line, but it’s not the only one. Strategies for increasing the profit potential of the services at the heart of a tire dealership fall into four areas, according to several dealers, business coaches and manufacturers. Their suggestions range from rethinking the value of free services to offering dealer-specific tire warranties, tracking tire labor and getting more out of balancing and mounting equipment.

All for one and one for all
The authors of the Bible knew how to lead by example. In the New Testament, a disciple of Matthew wrote, “Whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant.”

CR implies too many Chinese tires lack quality
Consumer Reports recently included Chinese tire brands in one of its tire testing projects. This was a first for the magazine.

Think you can avoid a tariff? Timing is against you
If you want an additional tariff imposed on consumer tires imported from China -- and there are a lot of you in the tire industry who do -- then time is probably of the essence.

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.

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