Bridgestone Introduces Four New Tire Lines


Bridgestone invited automotive journalists to Dallas, Texas, on May 16th for the official launch of its four new tire lines.

With this new tire Turanza QuietTrack, Bridgestone replaces the previous version of the Serenity. It’s engineered for passenger cars and minivans, with a much-improved version, including a new tread design. Available in 37 fitments for 15 to 20-inch wheels, it covers 86% of the vehicles in this category.

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ATD promotes 3 execs to help speed transformation process


HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — American Tire Distributors Inc. has promoted three key executives in its senior leadership team in a move that will help accelerate the company’s transformation to becoming a more connected automotive solutions provider.

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Qingdao Doublestar acquires Hengyu Technology for US$130m

Qingdao Doublestar is to acquire Hengyu Technology for 899 million yuan (US$130m). As part of the purchase, the company plans to upgrade Hengyu Technology’s production equipment and streamline processes.

Guangrao County, where Hengyu Technology is based, is famously the tire capital of China.

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ANRPC reports fall in world natural rubber consumption in Q1 of 2019


According to the ANRPC, in the first quarter of 2019, world natural rubber production fell 5.2%, year-on-year, accounting to 2.989 million metric tons in the winter season, and prevailing low rubber prices for some farmers in certain countries. The new leaf fall disease outbreak in South Sumatra might also have contributed to the drop in […]

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Conti pursuing another avenue of opportunity

Nearly a decade ago, the leadership at Continental Tire The Americas L.L.C. came to a difficult conclusion: The company didn’t have the product to compete for government and other national account fleet business.

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Falken Tires Announces New Director of Sales


Falken Tires has announced the promotion of veteran sales executive Bob Klimm to the position of Director of Sales, Commercial Division, effective immediately.

Klimm has moved up from the position of Truck and Bus Radial (TBR) Division Manager into his new Director role for the North American market. In this position, he will be responsible for leading the company’s commercial tire growth.

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Kenda hires regional sales managers


REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio — Kenda Tire USA Inc. has experienced salesmen David Alari and Rob Schussler as a sales manager covering the western and easter region, respectively, overseeing business in both consumer (passenger, light truck and SUV) and specialty tire categories for sales to the dealer and distributor channels.

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Continental wins inaugural Tyre Industry Environmental & Sustainable Solution Award

The Worshipful Company of Wheelwrights has named Continental Tyre Group Ltd the inaugural winners of the Tyre Industry Environmental & Sustainable Solution Award. The accolade was presented at the Worshipful Company of Wheelwrights White Tie Banquet.

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Toyoda’s trade stand too polite for its own good

Akio Toyoda paused a 60-year-plus history of genteel, go-along-to-get-along relations with the U.S. last week to strongly criticize unprecedented trade actions by the Trump administration that threaten the economic future of his company and other Japanese automakers. But, how do I put this, Toyoda-san? The tone of your strongly worded messages still might have been a bit too subtle to register with their intended target.

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CEAT hires Carlos Acosta as business development manager


CHARLOTTE, NC — Carlos Acosta has joined CEAT Specialty Tires Inc. as business development manager for Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

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