2008 Market Influencers - Tire Review Magazine

2008 Market Influencers

Sometimes we’re right, sometimes we’re dead wrong, and sometimes we’rereally out there, but over the past eight years Market Influencers hasbecome the best read, most referenced and most discussed part of ourannual Sourcebook.

 

Tire Review’s annual review of Market Influencers – now in itsninth year – looks at the 10 people, products, issues and things thatwe think will have a major impact on this business over the comingyear. It’s all about the movers and shakers that will shape ourindustry over the coming 12 months.

 

Click here to see the 2008 Market Influencers

Tire Review’s Market Influencers was the first to point out theimpact of China and its growing tire industry, the first to recognizethe upward pressure raw material costs would place on dealers, thefirst to reveal the real impact of this nation’s economic mess, thefirst to discuss hybrid vehicles, globalization, trade unions,super-wide tires, capacity issues, and much more.

Some of those making the 2008 list are past “winners” – some manytimes over – and others are entirely new. Plus, we’ll take a look backat last year’s list to see how well our predictions fared. Hint: We hada pretty good year!
This a purely subjective list, determined by the editors from a list ofsuggestions gathered over the past year. Tire Review’s editor makes thefinal selection.

Agree? Disagree? Whichever side you are on, we’d love to hear yourtake on Market Influencers. Letters, e-mails or phone calls are alwayswelcome. And if you have some candidates for next year’s list, pleasepass them along.

 

So here they are, the 10  people, products, issues & thingsthat we think will have a major impact on this industry during thecoming year.

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