Tyrata IntelliTread Drive-Over-System Includes Measuring Tire Tread Depth for Fleets

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Tyrata, Inc. has expanded its patented IntelliTread tire tread wear sensor platform to include a low-profile drive-over system.

The IntelliTread Drive-Over-System (DOS) provides data regarding tire tread wear when a vehicle drives over the low-profile, speed bump-like unit. The system was developed based on the need of fleet management, automotive service centers and truck depots for real-time monitoring of tread wear in both automotive and commercial vehicle tires, the company says.

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J.D. Power to recognize leading U.S. tire retailers, vehicle maintenance providers

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COSTA MESA, Calif.— J.D. Power Inc. plans to recognize top performers later this year in two key automotive aftermarket categories — tire repair/replacement and oil change/general maintenance — during the 2019 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show.

The awards — being presented for the first time — are part of J.D. Power’s new U.S. Aftermarket Service Index (ASI) study, which focuses on the service experience with aftermarket service providers in the Do It for Me (DIFM) market.

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Continental acquires CRP Industries’ automotive aftermarket belt business

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FAIRLAWN, Ohio—Continental A.G. has acquired the assets and business of CRP Industries’ Continental-related belt business and kits program.

The firm said in an Oct. 7 news release that as a result of the deal, Continental has brought all of its Continental-branded aftermarket belt products under its North American business. The deal consists of import and domestic Continental-branded multi-V belts, accessory drive kits, V-belts, timing belts, pro series kits, pro series plus kits and black series kits.

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Continental acquires CRP Industries’ automotive aftermarket belt business

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FAIRLAWN, Ohio—Continental A.G. has acquired the assets and business of CRP Industries’ Continental-related belt business and kits program.

The firm said in an Oct. 7 news release that as a result of the deal, Continental has brought all of its Continental-branded aftermarket belt products under its North American business. The deal consists of import and domestic Continental-branded multi-V belts, accessory drive kits, V-belts, timing belts, pro series kits, pro series plus kits and black series kits.

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Distribution Stox expands into Ontario with Provincial Tire Distributors acquisition

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BOUCHERVILLE, Quebec — Distribution Stox, a partnership of several large Quebec tire distributors, has acquired Provincial Tire Distributors Inc., a Barrie, Ontario-based company in business for more than 30 years.

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Winter tires mandatory on most B.C. highways starting Tuesday

British Columbians travelling most of the province’s highways will need to have winter tires equipped, starting Tuesday.

Motorists driving on those highways without the correct tires risk a possible fine of $109 and could be turned back from their destination.

Approved winter tires in B.C. either have the M+S (mud and snow) or three-peaked mountain and snowflake symbol. Winter tires must also have at least 3.5 millimetres of tread.

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Continental Plant in Mexico Celebrates 20-Year Anniversary

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Continental’s power transmission products plant in Chihuahua, Mexico is celebrating its 20-year anniversary.

Built in 1999, Planta Contitech Chihuahua manufactures power transmission belts for a wide range of applications including the agricultural, construction and white line (home appliances) industries, as well as the automotive aftermarket.

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Smithers Adds Tire & Wheel Business Development Manager

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Smithers has announced the addition of Mark Shackelford as business development manager of tire and wheel for North America as part of the Smithers Materials Science and Engineering division.

Shackelford is responsible for business development efforts for the tire and wheel industry, connecting clients to tire, wheel and snow traction testing, the Smithers Tire Analysis Report and technical consulting. He will work closely with Smithers laboratory operations managers and subject matter experts.

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Sales of 17-inch and larger tires grow to half of U.S. replacement market — Npd

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PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. — Demand for larger rim-diameter passenger/light truck tires has grown sufficiently the past three years to the point where 17-inch and larger tires now account for nearly half of all consumer tires sold in the U.S., according to NDP Group Inc. research.

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Rapidly changing tire industry reliant on diverse skill sets

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AKRON—While the tire industry is watching developing megatrends like electric and autonomous vehicles, it should focus on realistic usage and bringing in new skills, said Robert Asper, director of core system engineering, product development for Bridgestone Americas.

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