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January 22, 2015

B.O.B. blog lists tariff winners and losers
When it comes to the additional tariffs on consumer tire imports from China, there are several winners, at least in their own minds.


Anti-dumping tariffs have been assigned!
The U.S. Department of Commerce announced its affirmative preliminary determination in the anti-dumping investigation of imports of certain passenger vehicle and light truck tires from China on Jan. 21, 2015.


TBC acquires Del-Nat assets
TBC Corp. will acquire the tire inventory from Del-Nat Tire Corp. plus certain other assets, including the ownership of all Del-Nat brands and trademarks.


Giti is unhappy with tariff determination
The U.S. Department of Commerce announced its affirmative preliminary determination in the anti-dumping investigation of imports of certain passenger vehicle and light truck tires from China on Jan. 21, 2015.


Who will be MTD's 2015 Tire Dealer of the Year?
Nominations are now open for Modern Tire Dealer's 2015 Tire Dealer of the Year award.


No sale: RMA says ban unsafe used tires
According to the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), several states are expected to consider legislation banning the sale of unsafe used tires. The RMA supports those efforts, as does the Tire Industry Association.


Toyo adds sizes for Open Country R/T
Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. is nearly doubling the size offerings for its Open Country R/T all-terrain tire.


Kumho's campaign features Carmelo Anthony
Kumho Tire U.S.A. Inc. has kicked off a digital campaign, fan promotions and activities featuring Olympic medalist and professional basketball player Carmelo Anthony for the 2015 National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Star Game in New York City.


Jack Williams Tire supports veterans' clinic
Jack Williams Tire Co. donated $500 to the Valor Clinic in honor of the grand opening of its 30th retail location in Brodheadsville, Pa. The Valor Clinic is a non-profit veteran’s assisted living outreach program.



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Dealers say recruitment and regulations are top challenges in 2015
What issues will preoccupy tire dealers in the next 12 months? Employee recruitment, government regulation, margin pressures and casing supply, according to dealers we contacted. Although the year is new, the top issues affecting dealers’ operations are not. Many dealers cited these same challenges in 2014.


Pent-up demand should lead to decent volumes throughout the selling season
According to the results of our survey, demand for replacement tires remained somewhat encouraging in October. Indeed, from a volume standpoint the dealers reported that they sold 0.8% more tires last month on a year-over-year basis, following a 1.2% increase in September and a 0.1% increase in August.


Kenda is relying on research and development
Kenda USA held its inaugural dealer and distributor meeting three days before the 2014 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas. Two of the highlights were the introduction of the Kenda Klever S/T and the rollout of the company’s new associate dealer program, Kenda Traction.


The tariffs have been assessed, and there is one VERY BIG winner
The final tariffs, for all intents and purposes, have been levied on consumer tire imports from China. Since the tariffs were not implemented across the board, some companies are better off than others.


Psssst: A new Continental DWS? Yes!
I'm good at keeping secrets (says me), but this one I am going to share with you. Continental Tire North America LLC is replacing the ExtremeContact DWS.


Dominoes begin falling as the second tariff decision looms
Everyone in the tire industry is waiting for Jan. 20, 2015, when the U.S. Department of Commerce will decide if anti-dumping duties will be assessed against passenger and light truck tires manufactured in China and exported into the U.S.

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