Giti planning to reinvigorate GT Radial brand in North America

RICHBURG, S.C. — As the new kid in the North American manufacturing neighborhood, Giti Tire Manufacturing (USA) Ltd. has ambitious plans to make its mark in the regional tire market.

Since the groundbreaking four years ago for its 1.7-million-sq.-ft. facility in Richburg, the subsidiary of Singapore-headquartered Giti Tire Group began producing tires in late 2017, hired more than 700 employees and has been ramping up production for new lines of tires.

“This facility is half of what we want,” said Hank Eisenga, vice president of manufacturing. “So our intent is to take and double this facility as quickly as we can.”

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Continental Appoints John Cox to Enhance Support for ContiLifeCycle Retread Partners Worldwide

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FORT MILL, S.C. – April 12, 2019. Continental, one of the largest automotive suppliers and tire manufacturers in the world, has hired retread industry veteran John Cox to enhance process technologies for its ContiLifeCycle retread partners worldwide. The newly created position, Global Technical Services, emphasizes the company’s commitment to supporting partner shops producing ContiTread™ retreads.

“We are partnering with our retread shops around the world to maximize productivity and quality and to drive process innovation,” said Catherine Loss, Continental’s global head of retread. “Optimizing each shops’ processes and systems allows us to deliver the superior quality and service levels that our global fleet customers expect, so they can achieve the lowest overall driving cost.”

Cox has more than 20 years of experience in the North American retreading industry, working for the industry-leading corporate supplier as well as directly in retread manufacturing. This experience as both a supplier and customer gives Cox a unique perspective on how to implement practical improvements throughout the process. He also supported the development of IT software solutions for retread manufacturing, ensuring that Continental’s systems will continue to support the needs of ContiLifeCycle partners. His broad experience and expertise will deliver actionable recommendations to improve both Continental and dealer processes.

With close to 60 ContiTread™ retread shops worldwide, 30 located in the U.S. and Canada, Continental delivers the support network that independent retreaders need to thrive. Two U.S. partners, Piedmont Truck Tires and Conlan Tire, opened additional locations in 2018, a testament to the growth that ContiLifeCycle partners can experience.

One of the largest automotive suppliers and tire manufacturers in the world, Continental develops pioneering technologies to make fleets safer, more efficient, and more connected. With innovative tire technology and digital fleet solutions, Continental optimizes tire lifecycle management to deliver the Lowest Overall Driving Cost.

Hankook Tire Canada Appoints New President And CEO

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Hankook Tire Canada Corp. has announced the appointment of In Hyuk Rhee as president and CEO.

During a career with Hankook Tire spanning back to 1993, Rhee has served as both manager of the Motorsports team at Hankook Global, as well as manager of marketing strategy at Hankook’s European headquarters.

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Donald Chen named CEO of Arlanxeo

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As of 1 May, Donald Chen will succeed Jorge Nogueira as chief executive officer of Arlanxeo. Nogueira is retiring from the rubber manufacturer after a career spanning nearly 40 years in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry.

“With Donald Chen we have an experienced leader and industry expert joining the company,” states Abdulaziz M. Al-Judaimi, chairman of the Arlanxeo Shareholders’ Committee and senior vice-president of Downstream at parent company Saudi Aramco. “He has spent many years of his working life in the Asia-Pacific region, a key growth region for Arlanxeo. Donald joins Arlanxeo in a critical market environment and we are confident he will lead the company through the current transition and drive growth.”

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Rick Wheeler Joins TGI as VP of National Sales

Tire Group International (TGI), a worldwide wholesale distributor of tires, named Rick Wheeler to its newly created position of vice president of national sales.

In his role, Wheeler will be responsible for sales, marketing, and customer service teams for the North American market.

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CEO Jim Hackett: Trust that Ford is ‘turning the corner’

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DETROIT — Ford Motor CEO Jim Hackett on Tuesday asserted that the automaker is “turning the corner” and will have positive news in the coming months. Speaking at the Detroit Economic Club, Hackett reiterated that 2019 will be a “year of execution,” a phrase he has used since describing 2018 as disappointing in a year-end letter to employees. The automaker made $7 billion last year with a profit margin of 4.4 percent, down from 6.1 percent in 2017. “No one in the company was proud,” Hackett said.

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USTMA elects four new members to its Board of Directors

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The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) Board of Directors met in Washington, D.C. last April 4th and unanimously elected four new members to the Board.

Samuel Choi, CEO and President, Kumho Tires USA, Marco Crola, Chairman and CEO, Pirelli Tire North America, Don Bunn, President and CEO, Toyo Tire North America Manufacturing Inc. and Tom Lehner, Vice President, Government Affairs, Bridgestone Americas, Inc. will serve three-year terms effective immediately.

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Yokohama’s Tire Specs App Wins iF Design Award

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Yokohama Tire’s new tire specs app for dealers is the recipient of a prestigious 2019 iF Design award.

The app received this recognition in the iF Design service design category. Yokohama has designed the app to help empower its consumer, commercial and OTR dealers to demo and showcase its products to customers as per their specific needs.

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Hankook strike in Hungary ends

The strike at Hankook Tire’s plant in Hungary is over. The tyre maker reports reaching an agreement with trade union VDSZ last week. Hankook will provide workers financial incentives to perform shift work as well as offer bonuses for long service and achieving set goals.

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Edward Koczan Joins Kenda Tire USA

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Kenda Tire USA welcomes industry veteran Edward Koczan as sales manager, the latest addition to its automotive sales team. Koczan will be responsible for several roles in the automotive sales channel including the management of strategic accounts, growing Kenda’s automotive tire sales and identifying new partnership opportunities.

Read the source article at Tire Review