Conti stresses importance of dealers on Gold cruise


ABOARD THE NAVIGATOR OF THE SEAS — The importance of supporting and partnering with its independent tire dealers was among the topics covered during Continental Tire the Americas L.L.C’s 2017 Gold Cruise.

The event was held March 28 — the third day of the six-day cruise, awarded to dealers who sold more than 2,000 units from the Continental/General Tire portfolio in 2016.

“We want to be more than a transactional supplier to customers,” Bill Caldwell, vice president of sales and marketing, told the group at the business meeting, held March 28. “… Partnership with our customers is really important for us, because in the end, tire business is people business.”

This year, 334 elite Gold dealers qualified for the 12th annual trip, including 67 first-time dealers. The cruise, which had stops in Nassau, Bahamas, and Cozumel, Mexico, included 640 dealers and guests, as well as Conti staff.

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TBC Brands Rolling Out New Sumitomo Truck Tire at MATS


TBC Brands will unveil its newest Sumitomo branded tire – the ST719SE Regional Steer – during the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) from March 23-25 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky.

“We’re excited to unveil another great product development at MATS this year,” said Aaron C. Murphy, vice president of commercial truck tire sales.

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Nexen Tire Holds ‘2017 Purple Summit, Manchester’ for Worldwide Business Partners

SEOUL, South Korea, March 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Nexen Tire, a leading global tire manufacturer, held the ‘2017 Purple Summit, Manchester,’ to demonstrate its commitment to its worldwide partners.

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Tyrexpo Asia 2017 opens its doors


This is World Rubber Week, and one of three key events taking place as part of the week is Tyrexpo Asia. The Singapore-based tyre trade exhibition opened this morning, and welcoming exhibitors and visitors to the 11th edition of Tyrexpo Asia, project director Andrew Tan expressed the expectation that the show would be attended by “close to 5,000 tyre industry professionals from around the region.” More than 250 firms from over 20 countries are also exhibiting at Tyrexpo 2017, he added.

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Tech (and mergers) is top talk at Geneva auto show

The auto industry is facing seismic changes with the rise of electric vehicles, automated driving and car sharing. As David Pollard reports, execs at the Geneva auto show say adapting to these will eclipse even big mergers such as PSA’s purchase of Opel.

If here in Geneva, the 2.2 billion euros deal to create Europe’s second largest car maker is stealing some of the limelight. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AUDI BOARD MEMBER FOR MARKETING AND SALES, DIETMAR VOGGENREITER, SAYING: “PSA and Opel are not direct competitors for us in the premium segment for us. But as you said, it’s a clear signal for the ongoing way of concentration and consolidation in our industry.” 


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Pirelli debuts cloud-based tire-monitoring system

Geneva, Switzerland –  Pirelli Tyre SpA has developed a digital platform that integrates tire operating data available through its cyber technology with telecommunications technology to deliver real-time tire performance feedback to the driver through a mobile phone app.

The platform, dubbed “Conesso,” is available initially to owners of cars fitted with P Zero and Winter Sottozero tires, which are equipped with Pirelli’s sensor-driven cyber tire technology.

Pirelli unveiled the technology — along with the market availability of its custom colour-sidewall option — at the 2017 Geneva International…

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Goodyear unveils intelligent, connected tire in Geneva


Geneva, Switzerland – The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has unveiled “new and emerging technologies” in two new concept tires on display during the Geneva Motor Show, currently underway in the Swiss city.

The tire company  is showcasing the spherical-shaped Eagle 360 Urban and the IntelliGrip Urban smart tire, which use technologies such as artificial intelligence and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) connectivity to help autonomous driving.

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Bridgestone to Showcase VersaBuilt Tires


New Firestone OTR radial tire line promises dependable performance at an affordable price.

Bridgestone has announced it will showcase its new Firestone VersaBuilt tire line for the first time during the 2017 CONEXPO-CON/AGG Conference in Las Vegas, Nev., March 7-11, 2017.

The first full line of off-the-road radial tires from Firestone, VersaBuilt tires are designed to perform across a wide variety of environments, applications and equipment to keep jobsites operating efficiently.

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Dana introduces fleet tire management system


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 27, 2017) — Dana Inc. has developed a cloud-based tire life-cycle management platform it’s calling “Rhombus TireAnalytics” that it claims enables commercial-truck owners and fleet maintenance managers to identify best practices for tire maintenance.

The Rhombus TireAnalytics system integrates portable communications and computing platforms, advanced data collection and analysis, information sharing and dashboard technologies through a cloud-based solution, Dana said.

Truck owners can use the system with their existing mobile, tablet, and desktop assets, eliminating the need for any additional hardware purchases.

Dana unveiled the system at the 2017 Technology & Maintenance Council meeting under way this week in Nashville. It’s available in the U.S. and Canada.

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TBC Brands Displaying New Sumitomo Commercial Tires at TMC


TBC Brands will display the new Sumitomo ST788 SE Steer Position and ST948 SE Drive tires at the Technology and Maintenance Council (TMC) Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition in Nashville, Feb. 27 – March 1.

“Both the ST788 SE and the ST948 SE are the latest generation of developments for the Sumitomo brand of truck tires,” said Aaron C. Murphy, vice president of commercial truck tire sales.  “These tires have been developed with the latest Sumitomo Rubber Industries proprietary 4D Nano technology and offer the market product performance not seen from Sumitomo truck tires before now.”

Sumitomo’s ST788 SE Steer Position is a Smartway-verified, long mileage tire designed for line-haul and long distance operations. The tire’s micro-sipes throughout the tread area and teardrop shaped decoupling grooves help improve wear, retreadability and durability, TBC said. TBC adds that the tire is ideal for operations that require superior mileage and a lower cost per mile in their tire programs.

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