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    1. TIA opens registration for Membership/Honors events

      TIA opens registration for Membership/Honors events

      Tire Industry Association’s (TIA) opens registration for the online Annual Membership Meeting and 2020 Tire Industry Honors program. Attendees can register at https://www.tireindustry.org/global-tire-expo-sema-show.

      Both events are being held virtually this year using the Zoom platform, since the live Global Tire Expo/SEMA Show in Las Vegas will not take place this November.

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    2. USTMA finds that recycling of end-of-life tires has stalled

      USTMA finds that recycling of end-of-life tires has stalled

      While tires remain one of the most recycled products in the U.S., end-of-life markets are not keeping pace with the annual generation of scrap tires, a new report released by the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) reveals.

      The 2019 Scrap Tire Management Report – USTMA’s 14th – reveals that almost 76% of scrap tires were recycled in products such as rubber modified asphalt, the manufacturing of automotive products and mulch for landscaping and other products, and tire-derived fuel in 2019. This is down from 96% in 2013, when scrap tire recycling peaked.

      “Three decades after we successfully eliminated 94 ...

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    3. Michelin introduces the new agricultural tire: the TRAILXBIB

      Michelin introduces the TRAILXBIB, its newest agriculture tire for slurry wagons, spreaders and trailers designed for outstanding endurance, prolonged tire life and low soil compaction.

      Co-developed with farmers from several continents, the Michelin TRAILXBIB is air-systems ready and designed with Michelin VF Ultraflex Technology to help reduce soil compaction and optimize yields. The tire has a low-pressure impact in fields and is puncture and aggression resistant.

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    4. TIA going online for Annual Meeting and SEMA Show events

      TIA going online for Annual Meeting and SEMA Show events

      The Tire Industry Association (TIA) is going online with its Annual Membership Meeting, Tire Industry Honors and educational sessions that originally were planned for this fall’s Global Tire Expo (GTE)/SEMA Show.

      Not only will these events now happen as Zoom events, but they will be held mostly on the same days they were scheduled had the in-person 2020 GTE/SEMA Show taken place.

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    5. Hankook launches all-weather Kinergy 4S2 tire for the US Market

      Hankook launches all-weather Kinergy 4S2 tire for the US Market

      Hankook Tire announced it has launched its all-weather Kinergy 4S2 in the North American market.

      The IF Design Award-winning Kinergy 4S2 features excellent dry, wet and snow performance complete with a Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake rating. The Kinergy 4S2 will be offered in rim diameters between 15-20 inches and will carry a 60K mile warranty, road hazard warranty and 30-day free trial.

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    6. Bridgestone reminds drivers about important role tires play in road safety

      Bridgestone Americas is urging drivers to perform tire safety and maintenance practices as part of National Tire Safety Week (August 31 – September 6).

      Led by the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA), the National Tire Safety Week “Know Your Roll,” initiative aims to educate consumers about proper tire care and maintenance as they take to the road for the upcoming Labor Day weekend and throughout the remainder of the year.

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    7. Michelin Energy Guard combined with X One tires reveal fuel savings

      According to an independent third-party certified fuel-economy testing by Melissa Valley Transportation Solutions, the Michelin Energy Guard system coupled with a Michelin X One tire package demonstrated a combined fuel savings of 17.01 gallons/1000 mile. The Michelin Energy Guard is a SmartWay-verified and CARB-compliant solution from Michelin Aerodynamic Solutions.

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    8. Alliance Tire appoints Brian Gibbs as new Chief Financial Officer

      Alliance Tire appoints Brian Gibbs as new Chief Financial Officer

      Alliance Tire Americas announced that Brian Gibbs has joined the company in the role of Chief Financial Officer at its U.S. headquarters in Wakefield, Massachusetts.

      With more than 20 years of financial experience and three previous CFO positions, Gibbs will be contributing his expertise in creating financial, operational and strategic plans to help the ATA team execute on its continuing achievement of double-digit annual growth.

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    9. Alliance Tire named North American Materials Supplier of the Year

      Alliance Tire named North American Materials Supplier of the Year

      Alliance Tire was named North American Direct Materials Supplier of the Year by AGCO, the world’s largest agricultural equipment manufacturer focused solely on the agriculture industry.

      Alliance was recognized by AGCO for performance in cost, collaboration, innovation, account management, coordination and flexibility. AGCO officials noted that Alliance—the only tire supplier recognized during the event—exhibited strong coordination and alignment with AGCO, and improved factory efficiency.

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    10. Giti Tire announces new Adventuro HT Highway All Season Tire

      Giti Tire announces new Adventuro HT Highway All Season Tire

      Giti Tire launches the new Adventuro HT Highway All Season Tire to provide long mileage and a smooth, quiet ride for North American SUV and pickup truck owners.

      “The new Adventuro HT showcases American Engineering by our US R&D Center and high quality American manufacturing from our plant in South Carolina.

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    11. Australian tire recycler plans to expand into the European market

      Australian tire recycler Green Distillation Technologies, developer of the world-first technology that turns end of life tyres (ELTs) into high value, refinery-ready oil, carbon and steel, believes it can now expand into the European Market.

      GDT Chief Operating Officer Trevor Bayley said that the recent statement by Faziler Cinaraip at the webinar organized by the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) who said that only 42 percent of the 12 million tonnes of ELTs generated in Europe each year are recycled, had heightened their interest.

      “We are working hard to bring our first two Australian processing facilities in Warren in Western ...

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    12. Michelin expands Sportbike tire range for road and truck use

      Michelin expands Sportbike tire range for road and truck use

      Michelin has renewed its entire Sport offering by launching four new motorcycle tire ranges this year:

      1. Michelin Power 5
      2. Michelin Power GP
      3. Michelin Power Cup 2 and
      4. Michelin Power Slick 2

      “As the official tire supplier for MotoGP, Michelin is thrilled to provide an entire new range of sportbike tires for the track and street,” said Shane Messner, director of two wheel for Michelin North America.

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    13. BFGoodrich Tires celebrate 150 years of innovation and performance

      BFGoodrich Tires celebrate 150 years of innovation and performance

      BFGoodrich Tires started as a small rubber company in Akron, Ohio in 1870, and 150 years after, it became a powerhouse of innovation and performance enablement.

      During the past century and a half, BFGoodrich’s accomplishments include the first pneumatic car tire produced in the U.S., tires for the first car to drive coast to coast, tires on the historic flight of the Spirit of St. Louis, the first tubeless tires, the first radial tire in the U.S., and tires on the Columbia space shuttles.

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    14. TIA and GfK to hold webinar on COVID-19 and what’s next for tire retail

      TIA and GfK to hold webinar on COVID-19 and what’s next for tire retail

      The Tire Industry Association (TIA) and market research firm GfK US will hold a webinar about what comes next for the U.S. retail tire marketplace as the nation begins reopening from the coronavirus lockdowns.

      “Beyond the Crisis: A Roundtable on COVID-19 and What’s Next for Tire Retail,” will take place Monday, June 22, at 2 p.m. EDT. To register, go to https://insights.gfk.com/covid-19-gfk-tia-tires-webinar-2.

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    15. Yokohama Tire to reopen Salem, Virginia plant on June 1

      Yokohama Tire announced it has reopened its tire manufacturing plant in Salem, Virginia on June 1.

      Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Virginia was closed as a precautionary measure to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

      As the factory reopens, the company has implemented several new safety procedures and protocols to ensure the health and welfare of all personnel upon their return.

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    16. TIA opens registration for 2nd week of free training webinars

      TIA opens registration for 2nd week of free training webinars

      The Tire Industry Association has opened registrations for the second week of Automotive Tire Service (ATS) webinars focusing on the topic of Demounting, Mounting and Inflation.

      These sessions will take place three times daily from Tuesday, May 26 through Thursday, May 28, 2020. Registration for week two is now open at https://www.tireindustry.org/automotive-tire-service-webinars.

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    17. Cooper Tire set to reopen US and Serbia manufacturing plants

      Cooper Tire set to reopen US and Serbia manufacturing plants

      Cooper Tire announced that its manufacturing plants in the United States and Serbia will begin the process of reopening and ramping up production next week.

      The facilities have been temporarily closed for approximately five weeks due to coronavirus and its impacts. U.S. plant locations include Findlay, Ohio; Clarksdale and Tupelo, Mississippi and Texarkana, Arkansas. The company’s plant in Melksham, England remains temporarily closed.

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    18. Yokohama Tire announces 2020 spring rebate promotion

      Yokohama Tire announces 2020 spring rebate promotion

      Yokohama Tire’s annual spring rebate promotion is back. From now through April 30, consumers can earn up to $100 in the form of a Yokohama Visa Prepaid card or a Visa Virtual Account after purchasing a set of four select Yokohama tires.

      “The spring rebate is a great promotion for consumers because it includes a variety of products from our Advan, Geolandar and Avid lines,” said Alan Holtschneider, Yokohama’s director of marketing.

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