Former MTD Editor Chuck Slaybaugh Has Died

Charles Slaybaugh Jr., a former editor of Modern Tire Dealer who spent 17 years at the magazine and more than 30 years in the tire industry, has died. He was 80.

Slaybaugh joined Modern Tire Dealer in 1964, and in August 1971 was named editor. He remained the magazine’s editor through November 1975, and was named editorial director in December 1975, a post he retained for six more years.


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TIA and GfK to hold webinar on COVID-19 and what’s next for tire retail


The Tire Industry Association (TIA) and market research firm GfK US will hold a webinar about what comes next for the U.S. retail tire marketplace as the nation begins reopening from the coronavirus lockdowns.

“Beyond the Crisis: A Roundtable on COVID-19 and What’s Next for Tire Retail,” will take place Monday, June 22, at 2 p.m. EDT. To register, go to

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TRAC Postpones 2020 Events: Rubber Recycling Symposium and 100th Members Meeting

In the wake of the current COVID-19 outbreak, the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC) leadership decided to postpone their 100th Members Meeting & Gala as well as the Rubber Recycling Symposium to 2021.

The tire industry offers a beacon of light for other industrial sectors as they strive for a circular economy, rooted in making the most efficient use of resources—over and over again. The Symposium will embark on finding new and better ways to develop and nurture a circular economy.

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TIA/GfK webinar: How COVID-19 is impacting the US tire retail industry?

As COVID-19 is transforming the tire marketplace, GfK’s POS retail panel provides a near-real-time window onto the effects of the crisis at the cash registers of tire dealers across the country.

On May 6th, the Tire Industry Association will talk with GfK US about its latest findings, including:

  • How has tire sell-out been impacted
  • The effect on tire pricing
  • How different tire segments are faring
  • Trends for Tier 1 brands

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New Issue of Tyre Trends Out Now (April-May)

Editor’s Note

When we planned Tyre Testing as a special focus subject for this edition, we never expected that the “Testing” part would attain a new dimension. It did and it came out of the blue. The “Testing” has now gone beyond tyres and even the tyre industry. It has brought to include the entire global economy. That is what the COVID 19 pandemic has done to the world and humanity at large.

The corona virus havoc has changed the way everything has been rolling so far in the world, let alone tyres. Its human toll has crossed over 170,000 and is still counting. Global economy, which is used to periodic slowdowns and crashes and depressions, has not seen anything like this in recent history. Even in the past, when epidemics and pestilences spread across societies, the havoc was regional. It hardly crossed borders. This time, a virus has shown how meaningless borders and tariffs and regulations are.

Globally the tyre industry ground to a standstill. Factories shut down. Inventories posed huge question marks. The business just stopped. The only possible thing to do is to stay home, wait and watch. More than three months into the crisis, there are distant signs of action. Companies are planning resumption of production in one way or the other, because business matters as also lives.

This is the ideal opportunity to take a pause and see what all scenarios can unfold when the scary curves flatten out. The big thinking brains would wonder how, in future, similar crises could be tackled, how new business models could create situations where nothing stops the wheels from turning. This is the time to wonder how much valuable human lives are when corporate conceptualisers plan their next products.

However much one talk about Artificial Intelligence, Industry 4 or Automation, there is life beyond factory walls. Natural human life has nothing AI about it! The importance of health care, medical research and medical equipment cannot henceforth be overlooked. Mind you, many closed automobile manufacturers were called in to make ventilators for hospitals while their assembly lines rested.

The COVID kind of crisis may be the first of its kind to global economy. But then, that’s no excuse. There is always a first time! The answer to the “Now What” question will define the future course of action.

Read the April-May issue of Tyre Trends here.

USTMA seeks federal help as the tire industry deals with COVID-19 fallout


WASHINGTON — The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) again is calling for economic relief from the federal government for its members in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Tire manufacturers continue to face unprecedented challenges as a result of COVID-19,” USTMA CEO Anne Forristall Luke said in a letter to leaders of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

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TIA Board of Directors 2020 -2021 Nomination Form

The Tire Industry Association (TIA) is now accepting nominations for board service. Any member of TIA or official representative of an industry association may recommend candidates to the Nominating Committee. Nominations must be received at the TIA office no later than 5:00 p.m. EDT on Monday May 4, 2020 , for consideration.

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TIA creates coronavirus resources page on website


BOWIE, Md. — The Tire Industry Association has added a coronavirus (COVID-19) resources page to its

The COVID-19 page is for use by TIA members and others as they navigate the impact of the pandemic, TIA said.

“TIA created this resources page in response to the high volume of questions we have been getting from members concerned about how new federal and state regulations impact them,” TIA CEO Roy Littlefield said.

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Industry veteran Steve Hutchinson founds marketing, sales agency

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — Tire industry veteran Steve Hutchinson has founded Tire Brands America (TBA), a sales and marketing agency for foreign-sourced brands that don’t have a U.S.-based sales team and/or who may be underserved in terms of sales and marketing.

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Suspension of operational activities “will undoubtedly have severe, long-lasting reverberations for our industry”

Brussels – The European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers Association has called for support measures to mitigate the increasingly severe impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Europe’s tire industry.

Health concerns, supply shortages, low demand and government restrictions have led many ETRMA member companies to announce temporary closures of their European manufacturing facilities.

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