Alliance Tire Americas Names Two New VPs

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Alliance Tire Americas, Inc. (ATA) announced today that Allen Lyons has been appointed to the position of Vice President of Aftermarket Sales, West and Canada, and that Seth Walters was promoted to Vice President of Aftermarket Sales, East.

Lyons joined Alliance after more than a decade at Cummins, Inc., where he rose through the ranks to Director of Sales and Marketing — Fuel Systems. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from Indiana University.

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Hercules Tires to offer road hazard coverage for select Ironman tires

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Hercules Tires announced that their Ironman brand will now offer road hazard coverage on select new passenger and light truck tires. Coverage is on eligible tires purchased on or after July 1st in the United States and Canada.

Ironman’s Road Hazard Protection Policy promises free replacement with a comparable Ironman brand tire within the first 12 months of purchase or 2/32nds of treadwear, whichever comes first, and covers tires damaged as the result of common road hazards like potholes or nails encountered during the course of normal on-road driving.

After the initial 12 months a prorated credit is …

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Forget Package Delivery Drones – Here Come Autonomous Containers

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Amazon, UPS and others are exploring using drones to deliver packages to people’s doorsteps, but some companies are thinking bigger — autonomous cargo drones the size of small airplanes.

They are designing unmanned cargo airplanes to compete with short-haul trucks and small freight aircraft. They are testing prototypes and pushing for their large fixed-wing drones to play a key role in the next wave of logistics.

“Companies that can respond and be faster and more flexible will be the winners as the logistics landscape continues to change,” said David Merrill, co-founder of Elroy Air, a San Francisco startup working on a cargo drone prototype.

 

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Hercules Introduces Commercial Highway Tire

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Hercules Tires has launched an all-season commercial highway tire equipped to endure the high torque and heavy loads for commercial applications.

The Hercules Terra Trac CH4 has a buttress design built for high-scrub applications and tread blocks that provide stability during cornering and promote even wear, the tiremaker says.

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Conti marks milestone with fleet digital inspection tool

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FORT MILL, S.C. — Continental Tire the Americas is marking a milestone for its ContiTrack2 digital inspection tool, noting that it’s been used to measure 1 million truck tires in the U.S. since its introduction in 2012.

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Shell Airflow Starship semi truck aims for fuel-economy record

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Trucks use an awful lot more fuel than cars. Consequently, the fuel you can save from making small improvements can be massive. That’s what Bob Sliwa aims to do when he sets out from San Diego, Calif., on May 17 in his Shell Airflow Starship record truck. Hauling his full-sized trailer fully loaded to the truck’s 80,000 pounds capacity, he…

 

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Kumho unveils two commercial tires for North American market

ATLANTA—Kumho Tire USA Inc. has introduced a pair of commercial trailer tires for the North American market, the KLT12e and KRT12.

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Hankook unveiling bus tyre, presenting commercial portfolio at CV Show

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Hankook Tyre UK will present its commercial vehicle tyre portfolio at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham. The show takes place from 24 to 26 April 2018 at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) and the Hankook stand (5C60) will be located in Hall 5. The stand will feature a wide range of tyres including the SmartFlex for regional haul, and the SmartWork for on and off road, both of which are selected as Original Equipment for MAN, Mercedes-Benz and Scania trucks.

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Continental Starts Production of Retread Rubber at Mt. Vernon Facility

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Continental Tire the Americas has added a Pre-Cured Tread (PCT) manufacturing facility to its facilities in Mount Vernon, Illinois.

The new plant, which began production in January, will produce tread rubber for the ContiTread premium retread line. The company expects the plant to reach full operation by the end of the first quarter of 2018.

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Nokian adding aramid technology to van, cargo tires

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COLCHESTER, Vt.—Nokian is adapting its aramid sidewall technology, using aramid fiber, to its lines of van and cargo tires, which typically are used on heavier vehicles navigating poor roads, gravel and over curbs.

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