TTDA Today
Apr. 30, 2014

2014 Texas Tire & Automotive EXPO successful!

The Texas Tire Dealers Association and the Texas Independent Automotive Association just completed a very successful convention and EXPO at the Town Square Marriott in Sugar Land this past week. A recap of the activities and pictures will be on the TTDA website later this week.

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Proper tire service equipment: 2 perspectives
Modern Tire Dealer
Tire service equipment seems to last forever. How many of you have a 20-year-old tire changer? How about 30 years old? That's because the equipment is built to last. No planned obsolescence in our aftermarket. Ultra-high performance tires helped change that. Combine those tires with larger-than-life Escalade tires, and you have created the need for new tire changing equipment.More

National Car Care Month vehicle check-up events double this year
Aftermarket News
The number of vehicle check-up events held during National Car Care Month in April has doubled in 2014, according to the Car Care Council. The council attributes a portion of the overall increase in National Car Care Month interest to the recent harsh winter weather and the need to address postponed service and repairs. More

More TPMS education needed
Tire Business
Car makers and suppliers worldwide have spent billions and billions of dollars since the late 1990s to develop and implement effective tire pressure monitoring systems. Despite all those efforts and bucks, four out of 10 drivers in the U.S. don't have a clue what that little yellow warning symbol on the dashboard means. It points out another opportunity for tire dealerships and automotive service shops to engage more closely with their customers. More

New applied automotive weight-saving process technologies
By Don Rosato
Weight-saving measures are expected to be applied to every model that launches over the coming years. Innovative materials combined with new process technology methods and reinforcing structures will play an important role in reducing vehicle weight. More

Old tires become material for new and improved roads
National Science Foundation
Americans generate nearly 300 million scrap tires every year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Historically, these worn tires often end up in landfills or, when illegally dumped, become breeding grounds for disease-carrying mosquitoes and rodents. More

Top retreaders invest to add capacity
Modern Tire Dealer
Retreaders made about the same amount of retreads and sold them at higher prices in 2013. According to Modern Tire Dealer market data, production rose slightly to 14.9 million units, just 100,000 more than in 2012, while retread pricing rose 9.6 percent year-over-year. More

DOE offers $10 million to advance biomass-to-biofuel efforts
Autoblog
The Energy Department recently announced up to $10 million in funding to advance the production of advanced biofuels, substitutes for petroleum-based feedstocks, and bioproducts made from renewable, non-food-based biomass, such as agricultural residues and woody biomass. This supports the Department's efforts to make drop-in biofuels more accessible and affordable.More

World's largest tire recycling plant ramps up in Houston
Houston Business Journal
Texans probably don't spend much time considering what happens to the millions of worn-out or busted car and truck tires that are discarded throughout the state each year. But Genan Inc. does. The Danish company has made a lucrative business out of recycling used tires and converting them into raw rubber and steel. Throughout the course of the last 20 years, Genan has grown its recycling business throughout Europe, where it has four plants that each recycle about 7 million tires a year. About three years ago, the company started setting up U.S. operations that would grow to four sales and distribution locations throughout the country. Now, Genan wants to recycle millions of used tires that Texans are throwing in the trash.More

Automotive technology is moving fast and the car is changing
Richmond Times-Dispatch
Imagine driving a typical 1964 model vehicle on a time-travel trip at the speed of a decade per minute. As you go forward, the car is changing all around you. When you finish, this will no longer be your grandfather's ride. The changes of the past five decades have made the ride safer, more fuel efficient, more convenient, comfortable and entertaining for most of us in 2014. Once you're parked, take a deep breath and get ready for the next leg of your trip. There is a new generation of innovations on the way, the experts tell us.More

Make your business unforgettable
Fox Small Business
There are many different theories as to what creates more revenue for a business. Some methods are successful, and some are just a waste of time. There are, however, a few general guidelines that have proven to be effective over time. Keeping a positive image of your business in the minds of your customers will always help you create more revenue. This will not only make your customers want to come back to your business, but they will also provide great word-of-mouth advertising for your business.More

Study: Independent shops pose threat to car dealerships
Tire Business
In a study that may come as no surprise to independent tire dealerships, Cars.com predicts that in a growing vehicle service market, auto dealerships are at risk of losing a substantial portion of their fixed operations revenue to national auto service chains and local repair shops. According to the 2014 Service and Repair Report commissioned by Cars.com, consumer perceptions about cost of repairs, lack of price transparency and underutilization of effective digital marketing strategies are the main challenges to car dealership profitability in the service area.More