Modern Tire Dealer

APR 2019

Magazine for the professional tire industry

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51 w w w . M o d e r n T i r e D e a l e r . c o m e company views 65-series tires as a big opportunity moving forward. McDonnell said his company is seeing supply issues on 29-, 33- and 35-inch rim sizes in the market at the present time. Shawn Rasey, director, global business development, earthmover, Continental Tire of the Americas Inc., said his company has grown from four tire sizes in 2016, to over 100 line items currently. He said that the company's Lousado, Portugal, plant continues to bring new tires online. A big challenge for the industry continues to be the expansion of technology and having the ability to embrace it and move forward with it, Rasey said. e session ended with the panelists tak- ing a variety of questions from the attendees. A question regarding natural rubber prices allowed Besancon to issue a challenge, that had the audience in agreement (see sidebar). TIA released its OTR Tire and Rim Weight Charts during the conference. e tire charts feature both bias and radial tires. Both charts highlight the average weight, as well as the maximum weight. TIA collected data from multiple tire and wheel manufacturers and used thousands of data points to determine the average and maximum weights. e OTR Tire and Rim Weight Charts include the maximum assembly weight so technicians can determine the approximate weight for the tire with and without the wheel. On larger assemblies, the individual rim components can weigh 100 pounds or more, which creates additional risk for the technician when they don't know how much it weighs. All of the weights are listed in pounds and kilograms. TIA also announced that next year's OTR conference would be held at the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort near Palm Springs, Calif., from Feb. 19 to 22, 2020. is year's conference was attended by over 400 delegates from 40 states and 12 countries, according to information provided by TIA. ere were roughly 50 different OTR dealers represented at the conference. ■ Greg Smith, publisher of Modern Tire Dealer, moderated the OTR panel discussion. COURTESY OF PETER KUHN PHOTOGRAPHY

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