Michelin Drives Tire Safety Action with AAMVA Best Practices Update

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GREENVILLE, S.C., March 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Michelin and the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), the global governing body for motorsports, have secured the commitments of 40 U.S. states and the District of Columbia to include standard tire-safety information in driver’s manuals as part of Michelin’s award-winning Beyond the Driving Test program.  The 40-state achievement comes as the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA), which represents officials in states, provinces and territories engaged in the administration and enforcement of driver and motor vehicle laws in the United States and Canada, releases its updated Best Practices for its members to include consistent language for proper tire pressure and tread depth. 

 

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One vote altered final ITC antidumping decision

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WASHINGTON — The shift of one vote caused the International Trade Commission (ITC) to make a final determination that the U.S. truck and bus tire manufacturing industry is not being materially injured because of imports from China.

The ITC made a negative determination on material injury against the U.S. truck and bus tire industry Feb. 22 on a 3-2 vote. A year earlier, the commission made an affirmative preliminary determination by a 3-2 vote.

The ITC made its final report available to the public on March 22.

ITC Vice Chairman David S. Johanson voted with Chairman Rhonda K. Schmidtlein and Commissioner Irving A. Williamson in the preliminary determination in favor of a finding of material injury. At that time, however, Mr. Johanson filed his separate views.

In his preliminary views, Mr. Johanson agreed with most of the findings of Ms. Schmidtlein and Mr. Williamson. He found that Chinese imports increased in both absolute terms and relative to U.S. consumption and production during the 2013-2015 period of investigation.

During the period, he said, Chinese imports captured 5.1 percentage points of market share from the domestic industry.

Mr. Johanson also found that imports from other countries, though gaining in U.S. market share, gained less than Chinese imports.

“In 31 of 37 quarterly comparisons between the prices of imports from China and Canada, the prices of imports from Canada were higher than those from China,” he wrote. “The prices of imports from Canada were even higher than U.S.-produced tires in nearly half of the quarterly comparisons.”

Considering data on capital investments in the domestic industry, Mr. Johanson said he found it unlikely that the domestic industry would perform as well in the near term as it did during the period of investigation.

“Nevertheless, given the domestic industry’s performance throughout the period, I do not find that the domestic industry is currently in a vulnerable state,” he said.

In the final determination, Mr. Johanson voted with Commissioners Meredith M. Broadbent and F. Scott Kieff, who repeated their negative findings on material injury.

“The domestic industry was able to increase output, employment and profitability levels during the period of investigation,” said the majority opinion in the final ITC report.

“While the domestic industry lost market share during a time of rising demand, we have found that the decline of market share was due to capacity limitations and very high capacity utilization, rather than to the subject imports,” the document said.

“We further found that the increased volume of low-priced subject imports had no significant price effects and coincided with significant improvement in the domestic industry’s condition,” it said.

In their dissenting views, Ms. Schmidtlein and Mr. Williamson wrote, “We find that a significant volume of subject imports from China has undersold the domestic like product, significantly depressed U.S. prices and caused material injury to the domestic industry.”

Ms. Schmidtlein and Mr. Williamson discounted evidence that the domestic industry’s performance improved during the period of investigation.

“The U.S. industry was profitable, and profits grew over the period, but the overall increase was modest considering the significant increase in demand over the investigation period and the opportunity to benefit from lower costs,” they wrote.

The United Steelworkers union petitioned the ITC for antidumping and countervailing duty relief against Chinese truck and bus tire imports in January 2016. Commissioner Dean A. Pinkert did not participate in the investigation. Shortly after the final vote was taken, Mr. Pinkert announced his return to private law practice.

 

According to the ITC, there are seven truck and bus tire plants in the U.S., employing 6,629.

The apparent dollar value of truck and bus tire consumption in 2015 was $6.1 billion, the ITC said.

Chinese imports accounted for $1.2 billion of that total, with $1.3 billion coming from other countries including Canada, Japan and Thailand.

China continued last year as the No. 1 source of imported truck/bus tires, despite shipments falling 14.4 percent, to 7.63 million units. Overall imports were off as well, by 3.8 percent to 13.9 million units. 

Thailand’s truck/bus tire exports to the U.S. jumped 98.7 percent to 1.82 million units, making that nation the No. 2 source of imported truck tires last year.

Canada, Japan and South Korea were third through fifth on the list, with South Korea’s exports to the U.S. growing 85.1 percent to 421,239 units.

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Jeep Compass Rides On GEOLANDARs

The GEOLANDAR G055 boasts all-season performance and extended treadlife, thanks to Yokohama’s orange oil technology.

Yokohama says the GEOLANDAR G055  has been selected as one of the tires for the all-new Jeep Compass. The fitment will cover the North American market, including Canada, in size 225/55R18 98H.

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TBC Brands Rolling Out New Sumitomo Truck Tire at MATS

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TBC Brands will unveil its newest Sumitomo branded tire – the ST719SE Regional Steer – during the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) from March 23-25 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky.

“We’re excited to unveil another great product development at MATS this year,” said Aaron C. Murphy, vice president of commercial truck tire sales.

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Conti adds to OTR portfolio

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Las Vegas, Nevada – Continental AG’s Commercial Specialty Tires (CST) business has added a line of solid tires to its growing portfolio of OTR tires.

Continental CST unveiled the solid “Telemaster” line, along with its growing range of ContiEarth earthmoving and mining tires, at the recent CONEXPO/CON-AGG trade show in Las Vegas.

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China slides to No. 2 U.S. tire trading partner

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 14, 2017) — Canada replaced China last year as the No. 1 trading partner of the U.S. in tires, as the value of China’s imports to the U.S. — impacted primarily by the cut in consumer tire shipments due to the elevated import tariffs on passenger and light truck tires — tumbled nearly 43 percent to $1.52 billion.

The value of Canada’s imports fell as well, but by only 1.9 percent, to $1.59 billion, a volume that was sufficient to allow Canada to claim top billing, according to Tire Business‘ analysis of the 2016 data from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Overall, the value of imports fell 10 percent vs. 2015, with reduced trade in passenger and truck tires influencing the change the most, Commerce Department data shows.

The value of South Korea’s imports inched up 0.7 percent to $1.43 billion to claim third, while the value of Thailand’s imports to the U.S. rose 21.2 percent to $1.37 billion, reflecting a 24.2-percent jump in passenger tire imports and a near doubling in truck/bus tire imports as Chinese manufacturers shifted production to plants in Thailand.

The value of Japan’s imports fell 18.6 percent to $1.18 billion, dropping that nation to fifth on the list of trading partners from third in 2015.

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New Airless Tires Improve Battlefield and Off-Road Performance

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Off-road vehicle manufacturer Polaris has announced that their new Sportsman wv850 are equipped with airless tires. They tested the tires on 1,000 miles, and a 3-inch railroad spike jammed into the tread and structural webbing. That is certainly good news, as from now on you can travel free of worry about not having a spare tire in the trunk.

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Continental extends North American football sponsorship

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Although Continental has already announced its exit from football engagements in Europe, its sponsorship of the sport in North America continues. Continental Tire the Americas has extended its agreement with Soccer United Marketing (SUM), Major League Soccer’s (MLS) commercial arm, to continue as an official partner and the official tyre of MLS in the United States and Canada.

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Certain Amorphous Silica Fabric from China Injures U.S. Industry, Says USITC

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that a U.S. industry is materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of imports of certain amorphous silica fabric from China that the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) has determined are subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Chairman Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, Vice Chairman David S. Johanson, and Commissioners Irving A. Williamson, Meredith M. Broadbent, and F. Scott Kieff voted in the affirmative.  Commissioner Dean A. Pinkert did not vote in these investigations.

As a result of the USITC’s affirmative determinations, Commerce will issue antidumping and countervailing duty orders on imports of this product from China.

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2017 Top 5 Winter Tire Manufacturers in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, Middle East and Africa

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This report studies Winter Tire in Global market, especially in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, Middle East and Africa, focuses on the top 5 Winter Tire Players in each region, with sales, price, revenue and market share.

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