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Tire Business 08/18/2020 14:52
FINDLAY, Ohio — Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. held a ceremonial groundbreaking Aug. 18 on a 1-million-square-foot regional distribution center that will be opened by Cooper in Whiteland, Ind. The facility, which will replace Cooper's Franklin, Ind., distribution center near the new site, is expected to open in early 2021. "Today's groundbreaking served as an excellent opportunity to celebrate the construction of this new distribution center that will allow Cooper to continue to provide high-quality service to our customers, and as an opportunity to thank those involved with the project," Mike Calabro, executive director — North America supply chain, said.
Tire Business 08/18/2020 12:51
MIAMI — National Auto Parts Warehouse (NPW) has acquired "substantially all" Auto Plus assets in Washington and Oregon, according to Auto Plus parent company Icahn Automotive Group, L.L.C. , a family-owned aftermarket parts distributor with 17 warehouses throughout North America, and Icahn, which owns and operates parts distributor Auto Plus and Pep Boys automotive retail and service locations, announced the deal Aug. 18. The transaction includes two Pep Boys Parts retail store locations in Seattle, but excludes Pep Boys automotive service centers.
Tire Business 08/18/2020 12:46
PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. — Despite a drop in driving during the pandemic, automotive aftermarket industry sales increased during the first half of the year, according to the NPD Group. Vehicle miles driven declined 17% year-to-date through May and significantly steeper in April and May when many states enacted stay-at-home orders. But do-it-yourself (DIY) and discretionary categories tied to at-home car projects were the primary contributors to the automotive aftermarket's 4% dollar sales growth in the first six months of 2020, according to NPD research. Second-quarter sales increased 14% versus the year-ago period, NPD said.
Tire Business 08/18/2020 11:00
ATLANTA. It appears as if Vredestein won't be the only brand that Apollo Tyres Ltd. will be rolling out in North America. According to Neeraj Kanwar, vice chairman and managing director of Apollo, the Indian tire maker also plans to market Apollo-branded passenger and truck tires in North America. According to Mr. Kanwar, once Apollo firmly establishes Vredestein as its premium, Tier 1 passenger tire product, it will look to bring along the Apollo brand in both segments. The company, he said, plans to establish Apollo-branded truck tires as the tire maker's premium commercial segment brand in North America. "That's how we have really segmented the market with the brands in our mind," he said. Meanwhile, the Apollo brand will be marketed as a.
Tire Business 08/18/2020 10:48
DAYTON, Tenn. — Nokian Tyres Inc. plans to hire around 50 people in September during the second stage of hiring at its factory in Rhea County, where it is preparing to launch a second shift of production. Potential applicants can apply at . Previous applicants need to re-apply to indicate their willingness to work a night shift. The global tire company seeks candidates to work in its mixing, tire production, quality, maintenance and logistics areas, and those interested in performing tasks related to general factory overhead. Most production positions require a high school diploma or GED and experience with lean/process improvement tools and/or interest in advancing knowledge in this area. An associate's degree from an accredited community,
Tire Business 08/17/2020 15:53
DETROIT — Nearly two-thirds of vehicle owners in the U.S. are unable to pay for a $500 auto repair bill out of pocket, according to new research by Cox Automotive's customer retention platform. In addition, the research shows that 29% of primary service recommendations and 71% of additional work go unsold because of customers' lack of funds. There have long been means for these customers to borrow to cover a repair: credit cards, family resources or the last resort — payday or auto title loans with punishing interest rates. More recently, products devoted to repair lending have emerged.
Tire Business 08/17/2020 15:53
Self-service kiosks came to airports in 2000, to fast food in 2014 and to dealership service lanes around 2017. And just as many flyers eventually moved to using mobile phones to check in, customers in the service lane may soon follow. Software providers Xtime and Dealer-FX both added mobile-friendly, self-check-in capabilities to existing products — Xtime Engage and Dealer-FX ONE, respectively — in April. That same month, startup Carmen released a service communications suite designed to maximize self-service use. David Foutz, vice president of sales for Xtime, part of Cox Automotive, said the positive interactions and efficiencies seen with kiosks will be furthered by offering self-service capabilities to customers on a device they're eve.
Tire Business 08/17/2020 15:52
While the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed business at auto dealerships nationwide, it also has given their service departments time to thoughtfully and intentionally lay groundwork for better long-term productivity, customer retention and financial results. Some fixed ops departments used the downtime in late winter and early spring to improve service-lane processes or develop new "touchless" protocols.
Tire Business 08/17/2020 15:45
FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Taskmaster Components, a supplier of tire and wheel assemblies for North American original equipment trailer manufacturers, will be the exclusive distributor of Triangle Tire Inc.'s Diamondback specialty trailer tires as part of their assemblies, Triangle said. "Passing the stringent OEM requirements is certainly validation of Triangle Tire's longtime commitment to developing and manufacturing high-quality specialty trailer tires," Manny Cicero, Triangle Tire USA Inc. CEO, said.
Tire Business 08/17/2020 13:11
WASHINGTON D.C. — Linglong Americas Inc. is voluntarily recalling 2,830 Venezia Crusade HT light-truck tires because of the possibility of a lower sidewall separation. The tires being recalled were manufactured between June 1 and Dec. 31, 2015, by Linglong Tire Group at its factory in Chonburi, Thailand, according to data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The recall affects one size only: LT265/75R16. Linglong said it is not aware of any tire failures of this model and size and is taking this action "out of an abundance of caution.".
Tire Business 08/17/2020 11:04
JINGMEN, China — Shandong Linglong Tire Co. Ltd. recorded $129 million in net profit during the first half of 2020, up 23.6% from a year ago, despite a slight drop in sales to $1.19 billion. Yantai, China-based Linglong said its earnings improvement makes it the "most profitable Chinese tire maker" over the period. In the second quarter, prices for the main raw materials such as natural rubber, carbon black and steel cord fell by 19.2% from a year ago.
Tire Business 08/17/2020 09:41
CYPRESS, Calif. — Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. has developed a commercial van/light truck version of its Celsius all-weather tire line, the Celsius Cargo, for applications such as local deliveries, services and transportation. Available in three sizes initially, the Celsius Cargo carries the tire industry's Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake symbol, signifying the tire is designed for use in severe snow conditions. The all-weather tire features a directional tread design, with the outside half of the tread optimized for all-season performance and the inside half optimized for winter traction, Toyo said. The all-season portion features a circumferential rib and lower void ratio for maximized wet and dry performance.
Tire Business 08/15/2020 11:00
Successful leak diagnosis may demand more patience and attention to detail than harried service personnel realize. Here are some practical tips borne of experience. Troubleshooting automotive leaks such as oil, coolant, transmission fluid and refrigerant sometimes frustrate well-meaning service personnel — including sales professionals as well as technicians. Feeling pressured to hustle a repair job through the bays in record time is not — and never has been — a solid foundation for successful diagnosis and repair. And this certainly applies to leak detection on a variety of automotive systems. What's more, leak detection is unpopular with some techs simply because it's been a stressful, frustrating exercise on previous jobs. Some techs tel.
Tire Business 08/14/2020 16:01
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. — Akebono Brake Industry Co. Ltd. has appointed Mike Eldard as national sales manager of the aftermarket, one of several personnel moves the company has made. Mr. Eldard has 18 years of sales experience. He formerly worked in the Pacific Northwest district and as western region sales manager and account manager for Genuine Parts Com./NAPA. Prior to joining Akebono, Mr. Eldard was director of sales for Cooper Industries Moog Automotive Division and western regional sales & service manager at SystemOne Technologies. He began his career as a counterman at a local auto parts store in Ogden, Utah. In his new role, Mr. Eldard will lead all regional and district sales managers and sales agencies in the U.S., Canada, Mexico
Tire Business 08/14/2020 15:01
CHICAGO — Les Schwab Tire Centers, the nation's sixth largest tire retailer, has allied itself with CarAdvise L.L.C., an online comparison-shopping platform for vehicle maintenance and repair. Word of Les Schwab's move comes just a week after the nation's No. 1 independent tire retailer, /America's Tire, agreed to be part of the CarAdvise service network. Les Schwab's move expands the CarAdvise network by over 480 points of sale, predominantly in the Northwest, Rocky Mountain states and California. Bend, Ore.-based Les Schwab did not comment on its decision. CarAdvise CEO Greg Tapas called the late Les Schwab, founder of Les Schwab Tire, an "innovator" for the business principles he employed when founding his company nearly 70 years ago. "
Tire Business 08/14/2020 12:47
TYSONS CORNER, Va. — The National Automobile Dealers Association said the industry expects around 39,000 newly trained service technicians in an average year. But 2020 isn't an average year. Many high schools, community colleges and technical training schools have switched to online classroom work because of coronavirus concerns, experts say. Therefore, in many cities and states it's difficult to offer hands-on training for would-be rookie technicians while observing rules for social distancing, according to interviews. Jonathan Collegio, NADA vice president of public affairs and lead for the NADA Foundation's Workforce Initiative, said the coming school year is hard to predict. The Workforce Initiative was launched in 2018 to promote deale.
Tire Business 08/14/2020 12:46
TOKYO — Bridgestone Corp. has developed a line of OTR tires under the "MasterCore" umbrella that the company said can be customized to various mine sites and operations by the use of varying tread designs on a common casing platform. The line launches globally in 63-inch rim diameter sizes initially, with additional patterns and sizes available to customers in 2021. "After many years of global product development that produced advances in engineering, chemistry and material science, we are excited to introduce the MasterCore brand to mining customers all over the world," Tomohiro Kusano, vice president and senior officer, global mining, aircraft, agriculture solutions business, said. "Each mine site is unique and requires a custom tire solu.

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