Michelin passenger and LT tire sales up 10% in 1Q
April 23, 2015

Michelin 1Q sales up 5.5%
Groupe Michelin recorded net sales of 5 billion euros in the first quarter of 2015, up 5.5% from net sales of almost 4.8 billion euros a year ago.

Costco vs. Walmart: And the winner is...
Costco has received a lot of lovin' of late. The second largest tire-selling warehouse club comes out on top when compared to Sam's Club, which sells tires at 178 more stores than Costco does.

Goodyear prepares to announce plant location
When Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. announced almost a year ago that it was going to build a consumer tire plant, it did not specify where. Chairman and CEO Rich Kramer would only say it would be built in "the Americas."

Kenda partners with Max Finkelstein
Kenda USA has appointed Max Finkelstein Inc. (MFi) its sole distributor for Kenda’s full line of passenger car and light truck tires throughout the northeastern United States, extending from Maryland to Maine.

Countrywide's president buys the company
Chad Isaacs has purchased Countrywide Tire and Rubber Inc., an international wholesale distributor of tires, inner tubes and wheels.

Flynn's sends 50 dealers to Panama
Flynn’s Tire Wholesale hosted its fifth gold standard incentive program trip from April 13 through April 17, 2015, at the Westin Playa Bonita in Panama City, Panama. Fifty dealer couples, several key suppliers, and Flynn’s wholesale team members enjoyed this trip.

Freightliner adds Yokohama as OE option
Yokohama Tire Corp.'s complete line of commercial truck tires is now an OE option for fleets purchasing new Freightliner trucks.

CMA names two regional sales managers
Double Coin Holdings LLC and its American subsidiary, China Manufacturers Alliance LLC (CMA) are naming two new regional sales managers: Rico Austin for the Southwest region and Bill Telefonow for Canada.

Continental's Sumter plant achieves zero waste
The topic of sustainability is a high priority for Continental Tire the Americas LLC, and the company's newest tire production facility in Sumter, S.C. is an example of that. The Sumter facility recently attained status as a “zero landfill” plant in its first year of production.

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Plentiful low-cost truck tire imports cloud retreaders’ outlook
Production of retreaded truck tires grew nearly 5% in 2014, according to Modern Tire Dealer market data. Yet David Stevens, managing director of the Tire Retread and Repair Information Bureau (TRIB) says retreaders expect a flat year in 2015. “I don’t think anyone is forecasting much in the way of growth,” he says

Jack Williams Tire: Taking care of its customers
What do Bachman-Turner Overdrive and Jack Williams Tire Co. Inc. have in common? They both are known for taking care of business.

Continental’s ExtremeContact DWS06
"Don’t screw it up.” That was the mantra among the Continental dealers who loved the ExtremeContact DWS. And engineers at Continental listened.

Costco is a clear winner when compared to Walmart and others
Which of these tire merchandisers has superior customer service: Costco Wholesale Corp. or Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (Walmart)? The clear answer, according to a book on, believe it or not, healthcare, is Costco.

Truck tire pricing is a hot topic in New Orleans
Neither rain nor more rain nor.. more rain could dampen the opening of the 2015 North American Tire & Retread Expo in New Orleans on Wednesday, April 15.

What were they thinking? Tires get no respect from lawmakers
When it comes to Congressmen and Congresswomen (Congresspeople?), there appears to be no happy medium. They either don't think at all or think too much.

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