Michelin Says Stop Buying Tires Early

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When do you change the tires on your car? Although the legal minimum is 1.6 mm of tread, many experts advise replacing rubber at around 3.0 mm. This is because tires are generally believed to perform at their best with lots of tread — but now Michelin has taken the unusual step of warning consumers that this is wrong and swapping tires early is pointless.

The tire manufacturer has hit out at the common belief that tires become less efficient as they wear, explaining that its premium rubber performs better with 1.6 mm of tread than some budget brands with full tread. It also says that tires become more fuel efficient as they wear and rolling resistance decreases, meaning drivers could be using more fuel by changing early.

If everyone in the EU changed their tires at 3.0 mm rather than 1.6 mm, they’d spend €6.9 billion (almost $7.7B) a year in unnecessary tire purchases and additional fuel consumption says Michelin. It adds that it would result in 128 million additional tires being used a year in Europe — which would cause nine million tons of additional CO2 emissions every year.

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General Motors to push for sustainability in tire industry

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Transforming the global rubber and tire supply chain to create lasting, environmentally sound sustainable rubber production requires a collaborative approach. Through an industry-first commitment to sourcing sustainable natural rubber in its tires, General Motors is helping drive the industry toward net-zero deforestation and uphold human and labor rights.

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TIA Pre-Show Events Registration is Now Open for 2017 Global Tire Expo

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(Bowie, MD – 5/16/2017) – The Tire Industry Association (TIA), a leader in tire safety, has announced that registration is now open for all TIA’s special pre-show events. Each event will be held on Monday, October 30 at Paris Las Vegas Hotel. The Global Tire Expo/SEMA Show – Powered by TIA will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV from October 31 – November 3, 2017.

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Bridgestone completes acquisition of French tire retailer

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Brussels – Bridgestone EMEA has completed the previously-announced acquisition of French tire retailer Groupe Ayme, the Japanese tire maker announced 17th of May.

The acquisition will add 104 points of sale for Bridgestone in France under the “Côté Route” brand. This will expand Bridgestone’s French retail network, consisting of First Stop, Speedy and Côté Route, to over 900 outlets.

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Tri-Ace Tires Announces New Custom Tires with New Sizes and New Designs

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Tri-Ace Wheel and Tire Corp. announced more new mud-terrain tire sizes and products.

“With over 100 sizes in UHP and new leading edge sizes and designs for light trucks and SUVs, we are gearing up to provide America with tires that are not an after-thought, but a highly technical mindset from the legendary polymer chemist and design guru, Mark Ma,” said Jack Bidding, Tri-Ace senior brand manager.

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Trelleborg unit appealing OTR tire import duties

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New York — Trelleborg Wheel Systems (Xingtai) Co. Ltd. has followed four other Chinese off-the-road (OTR) tire manufacturers in appealing stiff new antidumping duties from the U.S. department of commerce.

Trelleborg filed a complaint with the U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT) May 15, alleging that Commerce’s decisions in its antidumping review of Chinese OTR tires for the period between Sept. 1, 2014 and Aug. 31, 2015 were not based on substantial evidence.

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RNR Tire Express & Custom Wheels Named to Entrepreneur’s Best of the Best Franchises List

Continuing to prove that it is one of the premiere franchise brands in the country, RNR Tire Express & Custom Wheels (RNR), the fastest-growing tire and custom wheel franchise in the nation, was recently named to Entrepreneur magazine’s Best of the Best Franchises List. The list, which recognizes the elite companies that ranked at the top of their industry categories in Entrepreneur’s 2017 Franchise 500® ranking, further validates the strength of the brands that continue to stand out in the competitive and evolving franchise world.

Based on a comprehensive evaluation of more than 150 data points, Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500®recognized RNR earlier this year for its exceptional performance in areas of cost and fees, size and growth, franchise support, brand strength, and financial strength and stability. The list serves as a superior competitive measure for franchisors as well as a primary research tool for entrepreneurs seeking established franchise concepts with proven systems and results.

 

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National Road Safety Week in Canada

May 15 – 21, 2007

An important safety initiative by police enforcement agencies across the country will take place during National Road Safety Week. Canada Road Safety Week a police initiative supporting the national effort aims to make Canada’s roads the safest in the world.

This special week is a police initiative designed to remind people that an essential part of the enforcement job is to save lives and reduce injuries on our roadways. Educating the public in safe driving practices is a priority. The focus will be on behaviours that put drivers, passengers and other road users most at risk: sober and alert driving, seat belt use, and intersection related incidents involving drivers, riders and pedestrians. All enforcement agencies across the country have been invited to participate.

“The deaths, pain and personal trauma that result from carelessness behind the wheel can be prevented,” says Jack Smith, President of the Canada Safety Council. “Police agencies across the country are collaborating on this project because they have seen more than enough of that, and because they know that the involvement of the driving public is essential to achieve safer streets and highways.”

This week has been strategically chosen, as it is the first “summer” long weekend. More people are traveling and traffic collisions are more frequent.

In Canada, there have been 2,923 deaths and 17,529 serious injuries in 2005 related to vehicle collisions. These are just numbers but they represent moms, dads, sisters, brothers, loved ones, co-workers, neighbours. It is unacceptable to the Canada Safety Council.

Let’s all work to improve public safety on our roadways.

 

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Continental Invests In Its North American ContiTech PVC Hose Manufacturing Competence Center

Continental is investing approximately $12 million in its ContiTech PVC hose business in North America and is expanding its manufacturing capabilities and production capacities into a new state-of-the-art competence center at its upgraded plant in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, to modernize the industry hose production.

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Racing Legend Mario Andretti Competes Against Fans in Firestone Social Media Challenge

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.May 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Firestone, a leading tire brand offered by Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (Bridgestone) and the official tire of the Verizon INDYCAR Series®, is giving fans the opportunity to race Mario Andretti, the greatest race car driver of all time, as part of a five-week series of video posts on social media. As today’s IndyCar drivers prepare to compete in the 101st Running™ of the Indianapolis 500® on May 28, Andretti will challenge followers of Firestone for the second straight year to race him as they perform fun, everyday tasks.

 

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