Modern Tire Dealer

DEC 2018

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M T D D e c e m b e r 2 0 1 8 16 N e w s / V i e w s Jan. 16, 2019 California Tire Dealers Association New Year Luncheon, Geezers, Santa Fe Springs, Calif. (650) 357-0600 Jan. 18-19 Mid-America Tire Dealers Association Trade Show Expo, Sporting KC Brewhouse, Kansas City, Kan. (785) 286-1110 Jan. 19-26 Ontario Tire Dealers Association Winter Conference, Unico Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico (888) 207-9059 Jan. 28-31 Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week, The Mirage Hotel & Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nev. (708) 226-1300 Feb. 14-17 Automechanika New Delhi, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India Feb. 20-23 Tire Industry Association Off-the-Road Tire Conference, Saddlebrook Resort, Tampa, Fla. (800) 876-8372 Feb. 21-22 North Central Tire Dealers & Suppliers Association Mid-Winter Conference & Trade Show, Treasure Island Resort & Casino, Red Wing, Minn. (952) 544-6805 Feb. 21-23 Mobile Air Conditioning Society Training Event & Trade Show, Anaheim Marriott, Anaheim, Calif. (215) 631-7017 Feb. 28 – March 2 Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center, Vietnam +852 2802 7728 Dates Tire companies hike prices A pollo Tyres Ltd., Pirelli Tire North America Inc., Continental Tire the Americas LLC and Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. will raise prices on passenger and light truck tires in January 2019. Apollo will increase prices on its Vredestein consumer tires in North America in the range of 6%. Apollo says the increases, effective Jan. 1, are "in line with the rising raw material and logistic costs." Also on Jan. 1, Pirelli will increase the price of its passenger and light truck tires in the United States on average 6%, with variances by tire line and size. Pirelli says the increases are "due to the higher price of raw materials and growing investment in the development of new technologically advanced products." Toyo will raise dealer base prices on select passenger, light truck and commercial truck tires on Jan. 1, 2019. In-line adjustments will be made on the following products: Extensa A/S, Extensa HP II, Proxes 4 Plus, and Versado Noir for passenger cars; and the Open Country Q/T, Open Country A/T II, Open Country R/T, and Open Country M/T for light trucks and SUVs. Commercial truck tire prices will increase by 2%, except for the Toyo M320Z on/off-road tire. "Market dynamics and government actions have made it necessary to adjust our prices," says Randy Gaetz, senior vice president, sales, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. Prices increases of Continental- and General-brand passenger and light truck tires will vary depending on tire line and sizes. e price increases will be effective Jan. 7, 2019, in the U.S. Continental says the adjustment is in response to "the continued escalation of raw materials, energy, and logistics costs associated with the production and distribution of these products." Sentury Tire USA Inc. and Michelin North America Inc. raised consumer tire prices in December. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. increased the prices of its commercial tires and retreads, and some commercial services, on Dec. 1, 2018. Continental opens training center in Mississippi C ontinental Tire the Americas LLC has completed the first leg of its journey in opening a $1.45 billion facility in Mississippi. e company has opened an employee training center on the site of its future tire plant. e training center is equipped with classrooms, computer labs and technical equipment that will be used for job interviews, new employee orientation, and training. e center will be an important part of Continental's recruitment and employee retention efforts at the company's commercial tire plant, which is to begin production in 2020. Additionally, the center will be used by Continental's sales team and for special events for Continental customers. Paul Williams, executive vice president of truck tires in the Americas, said, "Con- tinental's commercial vehicle tire business throughout the Americas region has been growing significantly over the past years as we have continued to introduce leading products, technology, services, and solutions designed specifically for our trucking and transportation fleet customers." Continental held a grand opening event at its new training center in Mississippi on Nov. 8, 2018. PHOTO: CONTINENTAL

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