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DOC lowers anti-dumping duties for all but 1 manufacturer
Tire Review
The U.S. Department of Commerce has amended its countervailing duty rates for passenger vehicle and light truck tires from China to correct significant ministerial errors, according to reports. The result is a lower anti-dumping tariff for all but one of the 68 manufacturers, importers and distributors named in the original assignment. The DOC’s International Trade Administration indicated in a March 19 document that it amended the preliminary determination of its anti-dumping duty investigation following concerns presented by Sailun Group Co. Ltd.
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Ozone: The secret enemy of tires
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Ever seen old tires, the rubber in them dried and deeply cracked? They were ripped apart not by the road, but by a greenhouse gas. Rubber gets a lot of credit for stretching, but that's not really its talent. A lot of materials stretch — plastic, clay, human skin — but the remarkable thing about rubber is that it goes back to its original shape after it has been stretched. It does this because it is a huge web of connecting polymers. A tire is made up of chains of carbon and hydrogen, cross-linked by sulfur atoms. These connections are so extensive that some people consider a tire to be one big molecule.
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Don't let negative reviews break you
By Jessica Taylor
Whether you're a small or large company, you live or die by your reputation. Most of reputation management is focused on pushing down negative search results — in particular, negative reviews. Responding to your negative reviews may attempt to bridge the gap between how a company perceives itself and how others view it. But does your company successfully follow through with this? If you haven't began this process, you could be put in a negative spotlight.
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Georgia trial renews demand by safety advocates for recall of older Jeeps
Bloomberg via Automotive News
Fiat Chrysler moved the fuel tank for its 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee away from a so-called crush zone behind the rear bumper to a more secure spot near the middle of the vehicle. A decade later, the company hasn't supplied documents explaining why the change was made, even though it took years of engineering work and decision-making, according to the lawyer for a family suing over their 4-year-old son's death. The answer may become crucial in a trial under way in Bainbridge, Georgia, where the boy's parents blame the old design for his being burned alive in his booster seat in a 1999 Grand Cherokee after it was rear-ended.
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Goodyear to invest $135 million to expand Chinese plant
Rubber & Plastics News
Goodyear is expanding its four-year-old plant in Pulandian, Liaoning Province. The Akron, Ohio-based tire-maker said in China that it is investing $135 million through 2017 to add capacity for 2.08 million car tires a year. The project will include capacity for 48,000 run-flat tires a year, the company said, and occupy 1.25 million square feet.
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New Mexico county passes tire cutting ordinance
Tire Review
Every tire business in the unincorporated portion of Bernalillo County, New Mexico, will have to purchase a special machine to cut up tires, according to a new ordinance that will go into effect next year. The new ordinance states that no person who is a scrap tire generator shall be allowed to operate a business within the unincorporated portion of Bernalillo County unless that person possesses an operational scrap tire cutter on the premises where scrap tires are generated.
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Ford announces recall of 220,000 units in 3 different actions
Autoblog
Ford has announced three separate recalls affecting 220,000 vehicles built between model years 2011 and 2015. By far the biggest affects just under 213,000 Ford Explorer and Police Interceptor Utility SUVs from 2011 through 2013. In these vehicles, a spring in the doorway handle could become unseated, Ford reports, causing the doors to open in a side-impact accident. The affected vehicles were built over a wide range of dates, starting with February 1, 2011, and November 30, 2012.
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Talking business with Bill Williams
Modern Tire Dealer
Bill Williams, chairman and CEO of Jack Williams Tire Co. Inc. in Moosic, Pennsylvania, has a very simple philosophy about selling tires at the retail level. "The service work definitely follows tires," he says. That is an interesting statement, given the increase in automotive service work by independent tire dealers over the years. But here is his reasoning. Oil change intervals used to be every 3,000 miles. Now vehicle manufacturers are suggesting as high as 10,000 miles.
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