Despite all of the marketplace challenges, commercial tire dealers and retreaders are very optimistic about the future, as am I.
From Tire Review
By Patti Renner
On April 16, Bridgestone Americas Inc. and Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. announced the birth of TireHub, a new 50/50 joint venture intended to consolidate both tiremakers’ U.S. distribution channels into a single organization focused on providing replacement tires for passenger and light truck vehicles to tire dealers and retailers across the country.
NEW YORK, April 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Market Synopsis of Tubeless Tire Market: Globally, the market for Tubeless Tire is growing at a CAGR of 7.15% during the forecast period (2017-2023). The tubeless tire also known as inflated tires, does not require any inner tube inside the tire….
Hanover, Germany – Continental AG expects demand for passenger car tires and light commercial vehicles replacement tires to grow 3% in 2018, according to its annual report.
“The Asian market is expected to contribute around 60% of this increase, with growth of 5%,” said the German tire and technology supplier.
Market expansion, it added, will be primarily driven by China – as in previous years – with further growth in vehicle parc.
TRELLEBORG, Sweden—The integration of Czech rubber company CGS with Trelleborg A.B. is proving to be a “relatively complex” process, according to President and CEO Peter Nilsson.
“In general, we have worked with it in two stages. The first one, which has started, was to secure and develop continued customer relations and sales channels,” the Trelleborg boss said in an internal interview published in Trelleborg’s annual report.
Trelleborg is focusing more on now is continuing to improve the cost and revenue aspects, in part by creating synergies.
“For example, it’s a question of how we can reduce the complexity in our manufacturing and make more efficient use of our manufacturing facilities,” Nilsson said.
According to the Trelleborg official, the company created a new sales organization in 2017 to better leverage synergies, which he said will mostly occur in 2018 and beyond.
Shareholders of Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. approved the official change of company name to Toyo Tire Corporation at the company’s 102nd General Meeting of Shareholders on 29 March. The change of company name will take effect on 1 January 2019.
U.S. new-vehicle sales are on pace to reach the highest March volume since at least 2001, according to three forecasts issued Wednesday, marking a solid start to the closely watched spring selling season. The forecasts, from LMC Automotive/JD Power, Edmunds and Cox Automotive, project sales to rise about 3 percent this month from March 2017. That would be the industry’s largest year-over-year increase since September and the second gain so far in 2018.
American Kenda Rubber has added a new marketing manager and sales/customer service representative to its team. Hayley Milne will join the Kenda’s American office as its marketing manger and Jin Daniels will take on a more sales and customer service-based role.
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.
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.