J.D. Power to recognize leading U.S. tire retailers, vehicle maintenance providers


COSTA MESA, Calif.— J.D. Power Inc. plans to recognize top performers later this year in two key automotive aftermarket categories — tire repair/replacement and oil change/general maintenance — during the 2019 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show.

The awards — being presented for the first time — are part of J.D. Power’s new U.S. Aftermarket Service Index (ASI) study, which focuses on the service experience with aftermarket service providers in the Do It for Me (DIFM) market.

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Distribution Stox expands into Ontario with Provincial Tire Distributors acquisition


BOUCHERVILLE, Quebec — Distribution Stox, a partnership of several large Quebec tire distributors, has acquired Provincial Tire Distributors Inc., a Barrie, Ontario-based company in business for more than 30 years.

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New Issue of the Automotive Innovation Magazine: August-September

Topics covered in this issue of AIM: Sumitomo generating electricity with tires, what is blockchain and its opportunities in the automotive and tire manufacturing industries, autonomous fleet vehicles, turning internal combustion engines into fuel savers, Toyota’s multi-faceted approach to electrification, and more.


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Unimax celebrates 40th anniversary with Point S Canada dealers


LISBON, Portugal — More than 300 tire retailers and suppliers attended the Point S Canada/Unimax Tire Ltd. annual convention, Sept. 12-15, in Lisbon to celebrate Unimax’s 40th anniversary.

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GRI acquires Estonian tire, wheel distributor Nortire Group

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Global Rubber Industries Pvt. Ltd. has acquired Nortire Group A.S., an Estonia-based tire and wheel distributor, to help expand its distribution in Europe.

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Tire Discounters Adds Industry Veteran To Leadership Team


Cincinnati, Ohio-based Tire Discounters, the nation’s seventh-largest tire and automotive services retailer, is expanding its leadership team with the addition of industry veteran Jeff Campbell as vice president, purchasing.

“As our business continues to expand rapidly, we continue to adapt to ensure the building blocks of our success remain a strong foundation for continued expansion.

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Wegmann Automotive acquires Alligator tire valve operations


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Wheel balance weight producer Wegmann Automotive G.m.b.H. has acquired parts of the business operations of Alligator Ventilfabrik G.m.b.H. and subsidiaries, a provider of tire valves and tire pressure monitoring systems.

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GfK: Summer tire sales rise 14% in 2019


NEW YORK — Summer tire sales from independent tire dealers increased 14% in the first half of 2019, compared to the same period in 2018, according to point-of-sale data from research and analytics firm GfK.

“With 1.8 million units sold, summer tires have accounted for $291 million in revenue so far this year,” GfK said in an Aug. 27 release.


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What is a smart tire likely to tell the chassis management system?

The transducers mounted in the smart tire must be low cost if the tire is to remain affordable. The challenge with low cost is that it is often the partner of low reliability, low resolution and low accuracy, and if those attributes are fed to a CMS computer, it will amount to rubbish being fed in and the result will be, rubbish out.

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Apollo creates commercial truck tire center in Thailand


SONGKHLA, Thailand — Apollo Tyres Ltd. has enhanced its commercial truck tire business, inaugurating its first Apollo Truck Tyre Zone (ATTZ) in Thailand with retreader Ten Ten Auto Tyres.

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