MEMA promotes Long to lead supplier group


WASHINGTON — The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association on Monday tapped William Long as its new president. He replaces Steve Handschuh, who retired in December. The umbrella organization represents automotive suppliers, aftermarket suppliers, heavy duty truck manufacturers and remanufacturers that collectively employ 4.6 million people.

Read the source article at Front Page

Goodyear unveils Vector 4Seasons Cargo tire for light trucks


Goodyear unveils its newest addition to its light truck portfolio, the Vector 4Seasons Cargo tire. The new tire is a fuel-efficient, all-season tire, offering excellent performance and extended mileage compared to the previous model.

Drivers will feel safer on both dry and wet roads, thanks to shorter stopping distances and the improved stability and handling of the new Vector 4Seasons Cargo.

Read the source article at Traction News

Hankook Tire America Appoints Rob Williams As Senior Director Of TBR Sales


Hankook Tire America Corp. has announced that tire industry veteran Rob Williams has joined the company as senior director of TBR sales. In his new role, Williams assumes oversight of all Truck and Bus Radial tire sales at Hankook. Representing Hankook Tire’s commitment to dealers and fleet customers, Williams will play in an integral part in growing product lines and securing new partnerships.

Read the source article at Aftermarket News

US now finds against China truck & bus tires


Washington –  The US International Trade Commission (ITC) has reversed its original opinion on truck and bus tires from China, voting 3-2 on 30 Jan that these imports had caused ‘material injury’ to its tire industry.

The findings, filed with the US Court of International Trade (CIT), reverse the ITC’s original ‘negative’ determination on Chinese truck and bus tires in February 2017.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

Trelleborg acquires tire service provider and distributor in Canada


Trelleborg Wheel Systems announced it has signed an agreement and finalized the acquisition of Pneus ICM Inc – a specialized industrial tire service provider and distributor in Montreal, Canada.

Pneu ICM is the second largest industrial tire dealer in the Montreal area, and a main service provider for eastern Canada. With annual sales of approximately C$3.39 Million, this bolt-on acquisition is part of Trelleborg’s strategy to strengthen its positions in attractive market segments.

Read the source article at Traction News

New Bridgestone Blizzak designed for longer life, enhanced performance

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo.—More than a decade and a half after introducing the Blizzak winter tire line, Bridgestone Americas has rolled out the latest iteration of the Blizzak that it claims will last longer than previous versions.

Read the source article at Rubber and Plastics News

Don’t be Snow Dumb: How to Beat Winter on the Road

Winter is in full swing in the northern hemisphere. This is something residents in the path of winter storm Harper are acutely aware of right now. Spanning from the Midwest through the Northeast, it’s dumping snow, sleet, and rain across half the country. Due to this, we want to keep you safe as the weather turns sour. As a result, why we’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks to help get you through Harper, along with the next few months of wintery weather.

Read the source article at

People: Hankook Europe names new TBR boss

Neu-Isenburg, Germany – Hankook Tire Europe has appointed a former Michelin executive as marketing and strategy director for its European truck & bus tire business, the Korean tiremaker announced 15 Jan.

Guy Heywood previously worked for Michelin UK and Republic of Ireland, and most recently served as commercial director, all products and service lines. Heywood left Michelin in July last year.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

The next American car recession has already started


DETROIT — These should be boom times for Detroit. Unemployment is at a half-century low, gasoline is cheap and auto sales in the U.S. were near record levels last year. Yet American automakers are closing factories, cutting shifts and laying off thousands of workers. The industry is behaving like a recession has arrived. In one segment of the market, it has.

Read the source article at Front Page

TIA Releases the Dates for the 2019 Certified ATS Training Tour Schedule


(Bowie, MD – 1/7/2019) – The Tire Industry Association (TIA), a leader in tire safety, has released the dates for the 2019 Automotive Tire Service (ATS) Advanced Instructor Training Tour. The 4-day, hands-on training classes will be hosted across the United States with the goal of educating tire technicians on the proper safety procedures and guidelines for servicing passenger and light truck tire and wheel assemblies. Most of the classes will be held at local community and technical colleges.

Read the source article at TIRE INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION