Department of Commerce cuts tariff rate on Chinese tires
March 26, 2015

DOC lowers anti-dumping tariffs
For the second time, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) is admitting to significant ministerial errors in calculating the tariffs on imports of certain passenger vehicle and light truck tires from China. The error is resulting in a lower anti-dumping tariff for nearly every tire manufacturer.

Mitchell: Tier 1 tires are leading the way
According to the Northcoast Research Tire Demand Index, replacement tire demand was down in February compared to the same month in 2014.

Continental reveals plans, products on dealer trip
Now in its 10th year, the Continental Tire Gold associate dealer program continues to have features added to it. A Continental automotive credit card for Gold dealers and a “Total Confidence Plan” were announced during the annual Continental Tire the Americas LLC Gold dealer trip for dealers who achieved elite status.

Why Jack Williams Tire is soooo successful
The headline of Modern Tire Dealer Editor Bob Ulrich's latest blog sounds like he visited a law firm: "Talking business with Williams, Williams, Williams and Williams."

Goodyear adds a development center in China
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has established its first development center in China.

1-800EveryRim buys OE wheel company
An acquisition agreement between longtime friends and competitors Norman Huniu of Capital Factory Original Wheels and Billy Eordekian of 1-800EveryRim–OEM Wheels has been finalized. 1-800EveryRim formally took over the 60-year-old company on March 23, 2015.

Toyo is named the official tire of Tough Mudder
Known for toughness and durability on the road, on the track and in the dirt, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. is now the Official Tire of Tough Mudder.

Alliance tires claim world record atop volcano
Riding on Alliance 390 radial flotation tires from the Alliance Tire Group (ATG), a German team scaled the world’s highest volcano, which is also South America’s second-highest peak. The trek set a world record for a climb by a truck - 21,899 feet above sea level to the summit of Ojos del Salados in the Chilean Andes.

Yokohama makes senior management changes
At Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd.'s upcoming general shareholders meeting on March 27, 2015, the board of directors is expected to make formal the following changes in senior management:

Lori’s Listening

Get ready for (next) winter!
If only Punxsutawney Phil could predict how many winter tires you need to order for the 2015-2016 winter season. The famous Pennsylvania groundhog saw his shadow on Feb. 2, foreshadowing six more weeks of winter, according to the legend. And, just like last year, he was spot on.

Reacting to tariffs, manufacturers increase pricing on value tires
According to the results of our survey, demand for replacement tires was flat in January. Indeed, from a volume standpoint the dealers reported they only sold 0.1% more tires in January on a year-over-year basis, following a 0.7% increase in December and a 0.9% increase in November.

American Omni celebrates 25 years
Twenty-five years ago American Omni Trading Co. got its footing selling truck tires made in India to customers in Latin America. Since then the Texas-based importer has sold and shipped tires to 62 countries, altered its customer base and developed its own private brands, all while supplying everything from wheelbarrow to off-the-road tires.

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.

An abridged look at ATD by the numbers
Although American Tire Distributors Holdings Inc. lost money (at least on paper) in 2014, it increased its sales by more than 30%, to $5 billion.

The best UHP all-season tire EVER is…?
I am often asked this loaded question: "What is the best tire?" My answer is always the same: There are a lot of great tires out there, and I don't use the term "great" loosely.

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