New Group Touchette Distribution Centre Opens in Cambridge

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Groupe Touchette, a Canadian owned tire distributor, has announced the opening of its brand-new distribution centre in Cambridge, Ontario.

According to the company, the new facility is equipped to serve customers in over 15 cities in its surrounding area, such as London, Kitchener, Waterloo and Guelph, among other places.

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Michelin expands Tweel range for skid-steers

LANGHAM, Saskatchewan—Michelin North America Inc. has expanded the range of its Tweel non-pneumatic tire/wheel hybrid with a pair of products designed for skid-steers with maximum loads of up to 4,400 pounds.

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VIP reshuffles top management, promotes Winkeler, Pickard

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AUBURN, Maine — VIP Tires & Service is reshuffling its top management, promoting John Quirk to executive chairman and adding added the title of CEO to President Tim Winkeler’s duties.

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Eastman marks 75 years for Crystex

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AKRON—Eastman is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its Crystex insoluble sulfur, a longstanding additive in the tire and rubber industry.

Crystex was patented in 1944 with Stauffer Chemical Co., naming the product “No Crystals” and “Crystals-X” as an explanation of the product’s function, Eastman said. The brand grew over time and high thermal stability grades were added.

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Tireweb, OpenBay launch AI-powered service adviser on website

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Software developer Tireweb Marketing Pty. Ltd. is partnering with Openbay Inc. to incorporate Openbay’s recently launched AI-powered virtual service adviser into its website solutions to provide a more personalized online experience.

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Podcast: The Genesis of TireHub and its Future

In this episode of What’s Treading with Tire Review, we take a look at TireHub, the joint distribution venture between Goodyear and Bridgestone. The company shipped its first tire July 3 of last year and is now celebrating one year in business. We look back at the company’s startup beginnings with some of its key executives and discover what the future holds for one of the nation’s largest tire distributors.

Listen above or find this episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play and Spreaker.

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TIA has scheduled eight educational sessions for the 2019 Global Tire Expo (GTE)

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BOWIE, Md. – The Tire Industry Association (TIA) has scheduled eight educational sessions for the 2019 Global Tire Expo (GTE) – Powered by TIA at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show Nov. 5-8 in Las Vegas, including one that will look at the hybrid and electric vehicle market and opportunities for independent tire dealers and repair shops.

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McCarthy Tire, Snider Fleet host ‘Safety Leadership Summit’

NEWTON, N.C. — When it comes to safety, there is no competition.

That bit of wisdom was the spark for the creation of a “Safety Leadership Summit” initiated by leading commercial tire dealerships McCarthy Tire Service and Snider Fleet Solutions.

The two dealerships — earnest competitors in the marketplace — came together recently to host representatives of 14 of the nation’s 25 largest commercial dealerships at Snider’s training facility in Newton for the two-day summit.

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Michelin: Wet grip testing at 1.6mm will provide greater transparency

The debate over how much tread depth is sufficient and recommendable has been going on for years. While some tyre makers and motoring groups support changing the legal minimum tread depth to 3mm as a move towards greater peace of mind, Michelin has been a vocal advocate of not only keeping 1.6mm the legal minimum but of actually using tyres right down to this tread depth. It is also one of a growing number of parties calling for legislation that informs consumers how tyres perform when worn.

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TBC expects robust aftermarket business to continue

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Erik R. Olsen, president and CEO, TBC Corp., which operates 730-plus retail stores under the NTB Tires & Service and Tire Kingdom brands, and franchises retail operations under the Big O Tires and Midas brands, talked to Tire Business about aftermarket trends.

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