Hercules Tires Honors Veterans With Oscar Mike Foundation

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Award-winning Lifetime TV show “Designing Spaces” recently highlighted Hercules Tires, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Tire Distributors, and its commitment to veterans and to American men and women in uniform, by showcasing Hercules’ donation of tires to the Oscar Mike Foundation’s veterans rehabilitation compound in Rockford, Illinois.

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A Conversation with Brent Hesje

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Many of the same disruptions that continue to affect the U.S. tire industry are impacting the Canadian tire market. Tire Business Editor Don Detore sat down recently to discuss the market with Fountain Tire CEO Brent Hesje. Fountain Tire has been honored as one of Alberta’s Top Employers and one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies.

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Hankook Tire Expands OE Supply To Toyota With The All-New 2020 Toyota Corolla

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Hankook Tire announced it will start providing original equipment tires to the all-new 2020 Toyota Corolla, one of the best-selling cars in the United States. From April this year, the new Corolla will be fitted with Hankook Tire’s Kinergy GT [pattern H436], a premium grand touring all-season tire for all roads.

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Toyota partnering with basically everybody to popularize EVs

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Toyota early June laid out plans to collaborate with a host of other Japanese automakers as part of a new push to popularize battery-electric vehicles, and to soon reveal new tech it’s developed for next-gen EVs, like solid-state batteries.

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Kenda moving U.S. order production out of China

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CHANGHUA, Taiwan—Amid U.S. tariff angst, Kenda Rubber Industrial Co. Ltd. is transferring some of its tire production from China factories to other Asian areas.

“Kenda has many tire manufacturing facilities in Asia, we can offer productions from different factories to cover demands from customers in a different part of the world,” Chairman Jimmy Yang said.

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Goodyear to pilot predictive tire servicing solution with EV fleets

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Goodyear Tire is partnering with Borrow, a short-term, fully electric car subscription company in California to test its newest service innovation.

Goodyear is using its unique predictive tire servicing solution for Borrow’s connected fleets to forecast and automatically schedule needed tire maintenance and replacement. Leveraging Goodyear’s expertise in tires, the cloud-based platform predicts and automatically schedules tire servicing via vehicle data and proprietary algorithms.

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Michelin, GM to forge ahead with airless tire/wheel concept as OE option

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MONTREAL — Michelin Group, in partnership with General Motors Co., is taking its development of a maintenance-free, non-pneumatic tire to the next level with the “Uptis” prototype that the two companies said could be market ready as an OE fitment by 2024.

Michelin and GM presented the next-generation airless tire/wheel concept during the Movin’On Summit for sustainable mobility, under way in Montreal through June 6.

Uptis — Unique Punctureproof Tire System — is based on the fundamentals of Michelin’s Tweel tire/wheel product, introduced at the 2005 Detroit Auto Show, according to Eric Vinesse, Michelin executive vice president, research and development.

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TireHub Enters New Market Within First Year Of Operations

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TireHub, the national tire distributor cofounded by Bridgestone Americas Inc. and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., recently announced that the company has opened a new TireHub Logistics Center (TLC) in Ft. Myers, Florida.

“Being able to expand into a new market within our first year of business is a milestone that we are incredibly proud of,” said Peter Gibbons, CEO of TireHub. “Ft. Myers is a perfect fit.

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Future Tire: Simple things make a difference

London – The single most effective improvement that can make tires more sustainable today is enhancing air-retention, according to ExxonMobil Chemical.

“When we think of sustainability we shouldn’t just focus on things that make great headlines or very long term goals,” said a company spokesman in a Q&A ahead of the Future Tire Conference 2019, in June.

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Trump’s tariff on Mexican imports startles industry

President Trump’s announcement by Twitter last week that he was imposing a 5 percent tariff on all goods from Mexico starting June 10 set the auto industry back on its heels, pushed automotive stock market prices lower and triggered a new round of market worries.

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