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Consumers demand more robust ST tires
Modern Tire Dealer
Vehicles towing trailers aren't chugging along slowly on the highway anymore, and as truck power and speed have increased so has the need for special trailer tires that can keep up. "With the power of today’s vehicles, it's normal to see them towing a triple-axle trailer in the fast lane passing other cars," says Randy Tsai, director of marketing and GBC Motorsports for Greenball Corp. "The strain of higher speeds for prolonged amounts of time while under constant load is much higher than what many ST tires were originally designed for. So now there is a demand for a more robust ST tire that meets today's towing demands while still being economical in price."
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Industry exec returns as Triangle's CEO
Tire Review
Pierre Cohade, former head of Goodyear's Asia Pacific business, has returned to the tire industry as Triangle Tyre Co.'s new CEO, according to Tyres and Accessories. "Pierre is a most recognized global executive, having worked in three multinationals and four continents over 30 years. He will focus on the globalization strategy of the company, and will keep driving and enhancing the capability of the company in manufacturing, marketing and sales, R&D, talent development and leadership in order to build the Triangle brand around the world," said Ding Yuhua, Triangle's chairman of the board.
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Yes, there really is a market for green tires
Modern Tire Dealer
When a consumer walks in the door of your dealership prepared to buy a set of tires, he or she might come armed with a checklist of qualities those new tires need to satisfy. Is green technology anywhere on that list? Plenty of Modern Tire Dealer readers say no. John Jindra Jr., store manager of Quality Tire Service in Johnsburg, Illinois is among the dealers still looking for green tire customers.
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Industry support requested for upcoming fundraisers benefiting collision school programs
BodyShop Business
Several I-CAR volunteer committees and industry groups will be conducting golf fundraiser events that will raise needed money and awareness for their local high school and college collision school programs through the Collision Repair Education Foundation. Industry members are encouraged to participate as an attendee or sponsor by joining fellow industry members during these events. With the industry in high demand of graduating collision students that are properly trained, helping to provide collision school programs with additional funding will assist collision school instructors with needed tools, equipment and supplies.
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Maps and tires: More pieces of the self-driving car puzzle
AutoFocus
The autonomous cars are coming. It may sound like a fairly simple matter to get a car to steer and brake itself, but there's a lot more to it than that. Virtually every aspect of the car will eventually need to be involved, including some you may not have considered: its navigation system, and its tires. Navigation systems are already commonplace, of course, but they're going to have to become even more sophisticated, and be updated more frequently, if they're going to correctly send vehicles on the right path without a driver at the wheel.
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Physical versus virtual testing
Engineering Materials
While simulation has become a vital development tool, it still can't do everything. But with the high cost of physical acting as a barrier, it seems neither is ideal. Despite a clear shift to virtual testing and simulation, testing in the field is still vital, and offers the chance to see if all those design assumptions in office translate to the real world. This is especially true for the automotive industry. while physical testing has been reduced overall, it continues to be a vital development tool. It gives an opportunity to test real cars with drivers, venues, fuel and transportation and all the appropriate real world variables.
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3 keys to optimizing use of dedicated resources in auto repair
Digital Dealer
A dedicated bay and/or equipment in an auto repair shop can present significant challenges. The objective is to realize the maximum return on investment but if care is not taken the resource can be overbooked or double booked and conflicts can result. In the example of an alignment rack a significant investment was required and thus a fair amount of work will be required to realize a return. This objective can result in resource conflicts which will negatively impact overall work flow. There are many keys to optimizing use of dedicated resources, as this article explains.
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Titan restarts production of Goodyear ATV, UTV tires
Tire Review
Titan Tire Corp. is restarting production of Goodyear ATV and UTV tire designs for the first time since 2009. Titan entered into an agreement with Goodyear in August 2014 to produce nearly 70 sizes and styles of Goodyear ATV tires out of its Freeport, Illinois facility. "There's a growing customer demand for high-quality, American-made tires that can cater to a wide range of two- and four-wheel drive ATV and UTV applications," said Holly O’Neill, consumer sales specialist at Titan International.
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