Michelin Airless Tire Available for UTV Market

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The X TWEEL UTV is appropriate for use on construction, farm, landscape, recreation, quarry, mine, emergency service response, logging, parks, hunting, military operations, universities, beach patrol, camping, hurricane/tornado and other debris-laden areas where flat tires cause serious and extreme interruptions.

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Goodyear ‘honoured’ by GM supplier award

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The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has commented on its selection as a GM Supplier of the Year by General Motors during its 26th annual Supplier of the Year awards ceremony on 20 April.

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Michelin North America tops Forbes’ best employer list

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JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Forbes magazine has named Michelin North America its top large employer in America.

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Fasten your seatbelt for next 8 months

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The year is barely 110 days old, and changes continue to happen within the tire industry at a breakneck pace.

First, Michelin North America Inc. and Sumitomo Corp. of America (SCOA) announced their intentions to combine Michelin’s wholesale distribution assets with TBC Corp., creating a 50/50 joint venture, National Tire Wholesale (NTW). The business, with 144 locations across North America, will distribute nearly 15 million tires.

Days later, Continental A.G. revealed it is considering restructuring to position itself for the upcoming disruption in the automotive industry.

In early March, Mavis Discount Tire and…

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Shifting trends impact truck tire, retread industries

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Despite all of the marketplace challenges, commercial tire dealers and retreaders are very optimistic about the future, as am I.

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Bridgestone on TireHub: Expect Broader Distribution, Faster Access and More Opportunity

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In the wake of the announcement of the deal between Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and Bridgestone Americas Inc. to combine both tiremakers’ company-owned distribution networks into a new entity called TireHub, Tire Review sat down with TJ Higgins, president of Bridgestone’s North America Integrated Consumer Tire Group, to find out more about the joint venture, its impact on the replacement tire landscape and what tire dealers can expect.

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USTMA honors 6 tire makers for safety achievements

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Assocations has honored six of its member companies with 20 Safety and Health Improvement Program awards.

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Michelin Ballymena site to be turned into business park following factory closure

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Michelin has announced plans to convert part of the site of its closing Northern Ireland manufacturing plant to a business park following its sale to Silverwood Property Developments. The tyre manufacturer will complete the closure of its Ballymena plant in June , after the last tyre rolls off its production line in April, ending 50 years of manufacturing.

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Bibendum Builds Momentum As Michelin Becomes World’s Most Valuable Tire Brand

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Michelin has become the world’s most valuable tire brand following 30 percent brand value growth to $7.9 billion over the past year according to the latest Brand Finance report. It overtook Bridgestone (down 6 percent to $7 billion), which slipped from first to second place in the annual Brand Finance Tyres 10 ranking.

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Tyre e-tailing gaining appeal

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With one estimate claiming that internet sales of tyres across Europe will reach 5.5 million euros annually by 2021, this is a bandwagon to watch. With many tyre brands scratching ever harder to find new routes to market, the appeal of the internet is obvious and even perhaps a last resort.

As this column has commented on before, the efforts of the major manufacturers to strengthen their hold on retail distribution and increasingly to buy up wholesalers too will inevitably reduce the scope of smaller brands to reach the consumer. Against the backdrop, brand-specific web shops are a clear attraction.

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