Modern Tire Dealer

JUN 2019

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M T D J u n e 2 0 1 9 14 Bites N e w s / V i e w s Maxxis earns supplier honors Maxxis International – USA has been named an excellent performance supplier by Subaru of Indiana (SIA). Maxxis was one of only 22 of SIA's nearly 260 suppliers to be recognized. KYB offers training KYB Americas Corp. has introduced an interactive, self-paced training program called KYB Training Hub for parts and service professionals. Nexen will honor veteran Nexen Tire America Inc. is partnering with The Purple Heart Foundation to present a combat-wounded veteran and Purple Heart recipient a customized vehicle: a 2020 Jeep Gladiator Sport S. The Nexen Hero Campaign honoree will be announced on Aug. 7. Atturo has new web tools New tools at Atturo Tire Corp.'s redesigned website provide more tire data and images to help users personalize their vehicles. Consumers can share images of vehicles with Atturo tires in a photo gallery. Kubota chooses Titan Kubota Tractor Corp. has picked a tire manufacturer for its first-ever exclusive fitment on Kubota compact tractors: Titan International Inc. Goodyear R14 crossover tires will be exclusive on select models. BestDrive expands BestDrive LLC, a Continental tire dealer and ContiLifeCycle retreader, hosted employees and local community leaders for the grand opening of a 26,000-square-foot facility in North Little Rock, Ark. Camso adds languages Camso Inc. has added Italian, Spanish and Russian languages to its website, with Polish and Dutch versions to be released by the end of June 2019. Up to now, the website has been available in English, French and German. Alliance supports festival For the fourth straight year, Alliance Tire Americas Inc. was a partner in the "Rock the South" music festival in Cullman, Ala., May 31-June 1, 2019, featuring country and Southern rock stars. B y moving from Miami to Hialeah, Fla., Sentury Tire USA Inc. has doubled the size of its headquarters and warehouse space. e new, expanded corporate office and warehouse has "fantastic access to transportation links to expedite shipments to our Sentury Tire distributor customers," says Maxwell Wee, executive vice president. "e new office space accommodates the additional marketing, IT and support staff our company has added. "Our business is growing, and we have ambitious plans for expanding our Delinte, Landsail, Sentury, Pantera and GroundSpeed brands." Wee says the Hialeah warehouse complements the company's existing 140,000-square-foot warehouse in Rialto, Calif. "Both warehouses inventory all of Sentury's tire brands. The increased capacity will accommodate more SKUs and larger quantities to expedite fill-in orders, ensuring our distributors always have the tires they need." Sentury Tire USA moves to larger headquarters Truck tire market share at (roughly) the halfway point A ll the numbers for the first six months of the year are not in yet. However, import numbers through the first three months of the year and first-quarter company announcments give us a good idea of what mid-year replacement truck tire market share in the U.S. looks like. Here are Modern Tire Dealer's estimates for brand share at the halfway point. And before you ask, yes, we took tariffs into consideration. For more information on the state of the replacment and original equipment truck tire markets, see pages 48-49. — Bob Ulrich TBC will add 27 stores T BC Corp. expects to add 27 company-owned stores to its network in 2019 under the NTB Tire and Service Center and Tire Kingdom Service Center banners. e company has already opened nine new retail stores this year — five are NTB stores and the other four are Tire Kingdom locations. By the end of the year the company says it will have more than 735 company-owned stores. ere were 530+ NTB stores and 190+ Tire Kingdom stores as of May 2019. Erik Olsen, CEO and president of TBC, says, "Part of our commitment to our customers is to provide exceptional service at locations in areas that make the most sense for them." Brand 2019 Bridgestone 13.5% Michelin 13.5% Goodyear 10.0% Yokohama 8.5% Firestone 7.5% Continental 6.0% Double Coin 4.0% Roadmaster 3.5% Brand 2019 Hankook 3.0% Hercules 2.5% Sailun 2.5% BFGoodrich 2.0% Dynatrac 2.0% Falken 2.0% General 2.0% Toyo 2.0% Brand 2019 Westlake 2.0% Aeolus 1.5% Dayton 1.5% Dynacargo 1.5% Sumitomo 1.5% Others 5.0% Each of the following brands has a 1% share of the market: Duraturn, Gladia- tor, Kelly, RoadOne and Samson. 2019 U.S. REPLACEMENT MEDIUM/HEAVY TRUCK TIRE BRAND SHARE ESTIMATES (based on 19.9 million units)

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