WCTD Announces Passing of Don Blythe


Western Canada Tire Dealers (WCTD) has announced the passing of former executive director Don Blythe. Blythe, a 2010 TIA Hall of Fame inductee, had over 60 years of experience in the tire industry. He passed on January 5.

Blythe began his career with Goodyear in 1957, and spent much of his career as an employee and franchisee of OK Tire, where he was ultimately named president in 1983.

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Editorial: Year ending with much uncertainty heading into 2018


The end of any year is not only a time to look back at what happened and why, but also an opportunity to cement plans heading into the new year. Though as the rubber industry heads into 2018, there are many things that currently are uncertain.

A lot of that centers around activities in Washington, where many agenda items remain unsettled that will impact greatly companies in our industry going forward.

Of course, the item at the top of all of the newscasts are the House and Senate tax bills that will have an effect on all companies, big and small.

But that’s hardly the only topic that will be watched closely.

At or near the top of that list for the manufacturing community is the ongoing re-negotiation talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement. The U.S. currently…

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Michelin Group Appoints New Leadership Team For North America


Michelin Group has named Scott Clark as the next chairman and president of Michelin North America, effective Jan. 1, 2018. Joanie Martin also has been named chief administrative officer, a newly created role in the company.

“Scott has represented the voice of Michelin customers with dependable passion in our organization for more than 20 years,” said Jean-Dominique Senard, CEO of Michelin Group, based in Clermont-Ferrand, France. “Scott is well-equipped to lead Michelin North America, especially as we transition next year to a new organizational structure.”

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China’s GAC Bids for Status By Entering U.S. Market

GAC says it will enter the U.S. market with its midsize GS8 SUV. That model will need to be high quality, loaded with technology and interior content, and be competitively priced to stand a chance of gaining a foothold here, industry analyst Jessica Caldwell says.

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Winter tires rule: 5 reasons to ditch your all-season tires | Car News


Every year when winter comes, it’s the same thing all over again. Millions of Canadians rush to prepare their vehicle for the snow, the ice, the slush and the cold weather. Some consider winter tires to be essential to their survival. And although it has been proven that the use of tires especially designed for winter reduces the number of collision injuries, others think they’re a waste of money.

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November pickup sales remain strong, but car sales drop 10% from 2016

The number of new cars and light trucks sold in Canada last month dipped lower compared with a year ago, according to sales figures compiled by DesRosiers Automotive Consultants.

Total light vehicle sales fell 1.2 per cent to 158,653 in November, compared with 160,573 in the same month of 2016.

The move lower came as car sales fell 10 per cent to 44,061 for the month compared with 48,945 in November 2016.

Light truck sales increased to 114,592 from 111,628.

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Quebec revising winter tire rules; incentive based approach suggested for elsewhere

MONTREAL – Quebec will reportedly bring forward the mandatory date by which winter tires must be put on all vehicles in the province and also increase fines for those who don’t follow the rules.

It remains the only Canadian jurisdiction that requires drivers to have winter tires by law – between Dec. 15 and March 15. The nine-year-old legislation comes with the threat of a fine from $200 to $30

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Elastomer Valley encourages training, knowledge


SHERBROOKE, Quebec—Elastomer Valley is continuing to support the industry by building up its training program and laying the foundation for a new research and development facility.

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Emmie Leung Named One of Canada’s Most Powerful


Over the past 40 years, Emmie Leung, Founder and CEO of Emterra Group, has led her company from a fledging, one-woman start-up, to a widely recognized and regarded leader in waste recycling and resource management. During the Women’s Executive Network’s (WXN) Awards in Toronto, Emmie was named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Winners in the category of Entrepreneurs.  

In the Women’s Executive Network’s announcement, Sherri Stevens, President & CEO of PhaseNyne (parent company of Women’s Executive Network – WXN) stated, “The Top 100 Awards showcases the leaders that are helping to drive positive change and progress and to remind us of the importance of empowering women in our workforce.”

“This award program recognizes women who have pushed the boundaries and are in a constant pursuit of leadership excellence,” said Emmie. “It is a complete honor to be included with this group of exemplary people and to be recognized as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women.”  

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U.S. vice president to meet with U.S. automakers on trade


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and the administration’s top trade official will meet with senior executives from General Motors (GM.N), Ford (F.N) and Fiat Chrysler (FCHA.MI) later on Monday to discuss issues such as trade, the White House said in a statement.

The meeting will cover “trade, commerce and manufacturing policy and how it impacts their business” and will also include National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, the vice president’s office confirmed.


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