Dealers' views on tire associations vary
October 8, 2015

Are Tire Associations Still Relevant?
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The struggle of the New Jersey State Tire Dealers Association to recruit members hit a nerve with readers, and it turns out the Garden State isn’t the only tire dealers group facing difficulties.

Newspaper Does Tire Company a Disservice
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In the entertainment industry, bad publicity is often cited as being better than no publicity. In the tire industry, the opposite is true.

A New Timberland Tire, and More Sizes of the Timberland Cross
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Omni United (S) Pte. Ltd. is unveiling the Timberland A/T in 30 sizes for utility vehicles and light truck drivers who want a more aggressive on-road tread pattern. Omni United also is adding sizes to the Timberland Cross line.

Two Events Will Raise Money for LITDA Scholarships
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The Louisiana Independent Tire Dealers Association (LITDA) is hosting two events in October to benefit its scholarship program.

Network Names a New President
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During its recent fall membership meeting in Phoenix, the Automotive Distribution Network (Network) elected David Prater president of the group, succeeding Mike Lambert, who retired earlier this year.

BKT Shares Tips to Prevent Premature Tire and Drive Train Wear
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BKT Tires Inc. has released a technical paper explaining the effects of mismatched tires on heavy equipment productivity. The paper explains what contributes to tire mismatching and why it is detrimental to the bottom line.

Goodyear Increases Quarterly Dividend
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Directors of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. have approved an increase in the company’s quarterly common stock dividend to 7 cents per share from 6 cents per share. The increase is effective with the dividend payable Dec. 1, 2015, to shareholders of record on Nov. 2, 2015.

Cooper Will Report Third Quarter Results Nov. 2
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Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. will announce third quarter 2015 financial results before the U.S. stock markets open on Monday, Nov. 2.

Yokohama Offers Autumn Escape Rebate
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Yokohama Tire Corp. has launched its Autumn Escape promotion. The national rebate promotion rewards consumers with a $60 Yokohama Visa prepaid card for buying a set of four eligible Yokohama tires through October 31.

Rotary Lift Guide Helps Customers Pick the Best Lift
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Rotary Lift has created a free lift application guide to help customers choose the right lifts for their service facilities. The guide is designed to give customers a glance of the lift styles available to service each class of vehicle.

Sales of Mac Tools Toolbox Benefit Breast Cancer Research
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Mac Tools is offering its MB1000A-BCA Tech series toolbox featuring Wrenching for a Cure branding as part of its support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Autopilot tire program
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"We are tire DEALERS, not INSTALLERS.” Those were the words written on our website by a tire dealer when Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. announced it was selling tires online. And yes, as the capital letters signify, he was yelling. He was angry.

Clad wheels: Handle with extreme care
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Clad wheels require extreme care during mounting and balancing. Without it, a dealer will pay the ultimate price: replacing the wheel. Some dealers are acutely aware of the latest market trend affecting mounting and balancing.

Virtual reality is used to train techs to service GDI engines
Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) technology is not new, but technicians are beginning to see more of it as car manufacturers add more GDI-equipped vehicles to their product lines. Robert Bosch LLC says in 2015 37% of new vehicles will feature GDI technology. By 2020, 49% of all new vehicles will have GDI engines. Bosch projects it will have 56% OE market share in GDI technology in 2017.

Cooper Gets a Raw Deal from the Wall Street Journal
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The front page of the Money & Investing section of today's Wall Street Journal indirectly ties Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. to a venture capitalist who allegedly stole $65 million over an 11-year period. And who has since fled the country.

Nokian Crashes the Party in the Consumer Reports Winter Tire Test
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In its November 2015 issue, Consumer Reports (CR) did more than reveal the results of its all-season tire testing, which I reported on in my Oct. 1 blog. It also rated 21 winter tires.

Consumer Reports: Michelin, Continental and Pirelli Dominate Recent All-Season Tire Testing
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Every year in its November issue, Consumer Reports (CR) reveals the results of its "Road Report" tire testing. This year, the magazine rated tread wear, specifically all-season tires.

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