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    1. Continental Renames Port Tires: TerminalMaster V.ply

      Continental Renames Port Tires: TerminalMaster V.ply

      Continental is changing the name of the StraddleMaster+ port tire to TerminalMaster V.ply.

       

      The decision is accompanied by an expansion of the tire’s application recommendations: Until now, the tire was primarily designed for the use on straddle carriers in the port. In tests in the laboratory and in real-life use at customer premises, the tire has also been recommended for use at airports and for heavy-duty transport in the industrial sector. With the TerminalMaster V.ply, all areas of application are now united under the new name.

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    2. Alliance Tire Americas Launches Ag Tire Rebate

      Alliance Tire Americas Launches Ag Tire Rebate

      The program offers $100 per tire for many of its Agriflex IF and VF tires, and $75 per tire for Agri Star II farm radials 30 in. and larger. The rebate is available for certain farm tires purchased between Sept. 1, 2020 and Jan. 31, 2021.

      Alliance Agriflex/Agriflex+ increased flexion (IF) and very high flexion (VF) tires included in the rebate program are:

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    3. Tire Review Podcast: Hankook’s New All-Weather Tire & COVID-19 Effects

      Tire Review Podcast: Hankook’s New All-Weather Tire & COVID-19 Effects

      As the fall and winter seasons approach, your customers will be coming into your shop to gear up for the weather ahead – and some may need new tires. Luckily, you have options. Maybe you fit them with an all-season depending on where you live, or perhaps their best bet is a designated winter tire. For situations sandwiched between those two, a tire in the all-weather segment could be a better bet.

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    4. Bridgestone TBR Tire Plant Celebrates 30 Years

      Bridgestone TBR Tire Plant Celebrates 30 Years

      Bridgestone‘s truck and bus radial (TBR) tire manufacturing plant in Warren County, Tennessee, recently celebrated 30 years of operations. The Warren County tire plant began manufacturing TBR tires in 1990 and today employs more than 1,000 people. The plant is located in Morrison, Tennessee. In 2018, Bridgestone announced a $40 million investment in the plant to meet market demand and address emerging customer needs.

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    5. TireHub Names Auto Industry Vet as New VP of Sales

      TireHub has named Ted Becker as the company’s new vice president of sales. In this role, Becker will oversee all aspects of TireHub’s selling and transfer business.

      “We are proud to add Ted to our leadership team. With more than 20 years of experience, he brings a wealth of tire industry knowledge and understanding to TireHub,” said Peter Gibbons, CEO of TireHub. “His passion for people and desire to go the extra mile exemplify the Hubber commitment to saying ‘yes’ to the needs of our customers. Ted is a strong leader, and we look forward to working with him to grow our company.”

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    6. Magna Tyres Opens Czech Republic Office

      Magna Tyres Group has opened a sales office in the Czech Republic to be closer to the Czech and the Slovakian market.

      With its regional office in Poland and with its partners in the Eastern European region, Magna Tyres said brand awareness and market share have grown for the company, resulting in the construction of an additional sales office in Eastern Europe.

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    7. USTMA Tire Shipment Forecast Ticks Up for 2020

      As the U.S. economic downturn continues during the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) projects 2020 U.S. tire shipments will decrease to 279.4 million units in 2020 compared to 332.7 million units in 2019. USTMA said its new forecast represents a small improvement of 5.8 million units from USTMA’s April 2020 forecast adjustment, which was the first preliminary estimate after the declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    8. Michelin Debuts CrossClimate2 All-Season Tire in Virtual Event

      Michelin North America held a virtual product event on July 22 to introduce the Michelin CrossClimate2 to its dealer network, ahead of the all-season tire’s official launch on Aug. 3.

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      The culmination of science and innovation, and more than 630,000 miles of testing, the CrossClimate2 is “redefining the all-season tire,” said Alexis Garcin, chairman and president of Michelin North America, Inc. in his opening remarks.

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    9. Hankook Tire Data Finds Car Maintenance Being Neglected

      As many Americans find themselves driving less due to the COVID-19 pandemic, research from Hankook Tire reveals that they are also neglecting vehicle maintenance and systems checks.

      Nearly half (48%) of Americans have delayed or canceled a vehicle maintenance appointment during the pandemic, according to the latest Hankook Tire Gauge Index. And, even more did not perform routine maintenance such as topping off fluids (73%) or checking tire pressures regularly (70%).

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    10. Bridgestone Brings New Technology to Volkswagen Electric ID.3

      Bridgestone says it has collaborated with Volkswagen to bring lightweight tire technology to the car manufacturer’s new, all-electric ID.3 vehicle.

      Bridgestone says the environmentally friendly Enliten technology, which enables tires to have a super-low rolling resistance while requiring less materials to be created, is being applied for the first time on Turanza Eco tires engineered for the ID.3.

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    11. Triangle Tire Hires New Senior Development Engineer

      Triangle Tire Hires New Senior Development Engineer

      Longtime tire industry engineer Brad Wurst has accepted the position of senior development engineer of A3T, the technical center for Triangle Tire in Akron.

      Wurst joins Triangle Tire from a recent post at Smithers Materials Science and Engineering. His tire engineering experience includes 20 years with Bridgestone Americas and seven years with Cooper Tire, including a one-year stint as a TBR development engineer at Cooper Tire’s Shanghai facility.

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    12. BKT Launches Maglift Eco, Maglift Premium

      BKT Launches Maglift Eco, Maglift Premium

      Two new models, the Maglift Eco and the Maglift Premium, are coming for Maglift, the BKT tire specifically designed for forklifts.

      Maglift Eco is made with two layers of rubber compound and has a shape and wide lugs for stability and load distribution, BKT says. There is also a rim guard designed to protect against damage and denting. Low rolling resistance and high resistance to overheating are designed to offer maximum efficiency, and steel wires incorporated into the hitch offer secure grip and prevent slippage, BKT says. There are two versions available, standard and “LIP,” which has an asymmetric hitch to avoid having to add flanges.

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    13. Nokian Tyres Factory Earns ISO 9001 Certification

      Nokian Tyres Factory Earns ISO 9001 Certification

      Less than six months after opening, Nokian Tyres ’ factory in Dayton, Tennessee, earned ISO 9001 certification earlier this year.

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      The achievement affirms that the company has implemented rigorous quality management processes at the facility.

      The process includes audits by an independent, external certification body and by internal staff trained for the process. All three of Nokian Tyres’ global factories have now achieved ISO 9001 certification.

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    14. TireHub Surprises Essential Workers with Free Tires

      TireHub recently donated 70 sets of tires to essential workers through its Helping Hoops program.

      Helping Hoops recognized an essential worker through each of TireHub’s 70 distribution centers across the country. Each TireHub Logistics Center (TLC) partnered with a retail customer who then chose a customer in their community to surprise with a new set of free tires.

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    15. TIA Issues Statement on ‘Invest in America Act’

      On June 3, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee released draft text of a five-year, $494 billion surface transportation reauthorization bill entitled the “Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America Act” or the “INVEST in America Act.”

      The bill includes $411 billion in contract authority from the Highway Trust Fund for highway, transit, safety and research programs. $319 billion is the portion allocated for the Federal-aid highway program under the Federal Highway Administration.

       

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    16. Former Maxxis International President Returns as Chairman

      Former Maxxis International President Returns as Chairman

      Former Maxxis International President Dr. Wally Chen is leaving retirement to assume chairmanship of the company.

       

      Chen’s chairmanship was effective immediately after a vote by the company’s board of directors at a recent meeting.

      “I want Maxxis to be a positive force in the world by offering safe, sustainably manufactured, high-quality tires to consumers who know that they can count on us for 100% quality, 100% service, and 100% trust. Together, we will strive to make Maxxis an even better company and our world a better place,” Chen said.

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