Bridgestone announces new president for Latin America Tire Operations

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Bridgestone Americas announced Joseph Saoud, former president for Bridgestone Americas Tire operations for truck bus radial and retread tires, has been named president, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Latin America (BATO LA). In this role, Saoud will oversee the Bridgestone tire business in Latin America, which includes subsidiaries in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica and Mexico. He will report directly to Gordon Knapp, president and CEO, Bridgestone Americas.

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Event: Bridgestone bringing RFID and ‘ologic’ to IAA

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Brussels – As of 2019, Bridgestone will start to supply truck and bus tires with RFID electronic tagging, the company said in an IAA 2018 show* preview statement.

RFID, it said, will be used across all Bridgestone’s interfaces and will “enhance the traceability of tire casings and provide a time-efficient and accurate system for data-sharing and entry.”

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Giti Tire introduces two wide base commercial truck tires

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Giti Tire USA introduces Giti GDL633 FS, an ultra-wide base tire for the drive axle position and the GTL933 FS, an ultra-wide base tire for trailers in long haul applications in North America.

The announcement on these “next generation” wide base tires, available in the 445/50R22.5 size, follows the announcement earlier this month introducing the Giti brand of commercial truck tires in North America with a comprehensive line-up for long haul, regional, urban/light duty and mixed service applications.

The GDL633 FS for the drive axle is SmartWay verified and features:

  • Special tread compound for reduced rolling resistance …

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Magna launches agricultural tire for trucks, trailers

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WAALWIJK, Netherlands—Off-the-road tire specialist Magna Tyre Group has launched the Magna AG23, for use on agricultural trucks and trailers.

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BFGoodrich Tires Extends Popular Lines For The Demands Of Police Vehicles

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BFGoodrich Tires has introduced two of its most popular car and light-truck tire lines in new fitments for the most widely used police-pursuit vehicles. The tires are designed and made in the United States and have been accepted on the U.S. Government’s Cooperative Approved Tire List (CATL), which lists tires capable of handling police duties.

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Haulier Smith of Denny trials new ContiConnect and Yard Reader Station

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Scottish haulier Smith of Denny had the opportunity to trial the new Continental Tyres ContiConnect portal and Yard Reader Station ahead of its introduction to the UK market.

The system, which has now been launched, automatically reads and logs tire pressures and temperature from all trucks and trailers leaving and entering an operator’s yard. Smith’s director, Andrew Smith, said the system provided the utmost accuracy on the company’s 26 trucks and 50 trailers, and helped reduce truck downtime.

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Firestone Adds New Drive Tire to Commercial Truck Tire Portfolio

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Bridgestone Americas, Inc. has expanded its Firestone commercial truck tire portfolio with the launch of the Firestone FD711 drive tire.

Engineered for durable, long-lasting performance in high-scrub and high-traction applications, the Firestone FD711 tire offers grip, long wear and enhanced retread capability, Firestone said in a press release.

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Progress continues on Nokian’s plant in Tennessee

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DAYTON, Tenn.—Nokian Tyres North America reports construction of its plant in Dayton is progressing and is on schedule to meet the company’s goal of starting commercial-scale production by 2020.

According to the company, there are 250 construction workers on site at the Dayton location and, to date, around 70,000 labor hours have been worked.

Construction of the production building, the largest and most complex area in the facility, has begun, with more than 6,000 cubic yards of concrete having been poured for foundation and piles drilled down to the bedrock.

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Sumitomo chief says Trump tariffs could have ‘devastating’ ripple effects

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WASHINGTON – It’s not just Sumitomo Rubber North America’s Town of Tonawanda plant that could suffer under President Trump’s tariffs. It’s the entire company – and the entire American economy. That’s what Richard Smallwood, Sumitomo Rubber North America’s president and CEO, had to say in an interview with The Buffalo News on Friday, a day after he criticized the proposed tariffs at a Commerce Department hearing. Trump is pondering tariffs of up to 25 percent on imported autos and auto parts.

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ATD to restructure, reduce workforce, appoint new positions

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HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — American Tire Distributors Inc. (ATD) is restructuring its Field Support Center (FSC) in Huntersville, reducing its workforce there while adding new positions to bolster business for its Tire Pros marketing group subsidiary.

All of the employees affected by the layoffs work out of the FSC, which includes supporting roles for the Tire Pros franchises, as well as other ATD departments. It is unclear how many positions were eliminated, or how soon the layoffs would take effect.

“This decision was not taken lightly but necessary not only to align our capabilities with our strategy, but also to ensure the company will continue to serve its customers well into the future,” a spokesman for ATD said. “…ATD will continue to deliver results for manufacturer partners, customers and Tire Pros franchisees.”

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