January, 2012 Archives - Tire Review Magazine
Product Spotlight: Nitrogen Inflation

according to the manufacturer. The system also features retractable hose reels, making clean-up quick and easy. This machine has an auto shutoff valve, nitrogen purity port, filter maintenance indicator, inflator bypass port, a tank purge valve, and an auxiliary nit­ro­gen outlet port, Branick added. The machine comes with five years of free filters, and the

January 2012 Sales Intelligence

Covering Bismarck, N.D.; Cleveland, Ohio; Concord, N.H.; Little Rock, Ark; Los Angeles, Calif.; and Winston-Salem, N.C. retail tire markets during the period of Dec. 2-7.Tire Review and InteliChek present up-to-date tire and service price information from U.S. metropolitan areas. For this monthly feature, InteliChek directly contacts a selection of independent tire dealers, mass merchants and

TIA’s Expanded Training Effort a ‘Gift’ That Does Keep on Giving

The big news out of November’s SEMA Show/Global Tire Expo wasn’t really new "news." Equally, it wasn’t just more of the same. It was, though, perhaps the single biggest opportunity that you, your staff and your business have for a strong, growing future. “Training, training and more training.” That was the mantra recited by incoming

Diverse Staff, Modern Methods Equal Success for Miller Tirecraft

Recognizing diversity in the community and making those differences a positive for customer and company alike have been keys to the growth of maritime Canada’s Miller Tirecraft. Founded as Miller Tire Services Ltd. in 1978 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, by Roy Miller and his son Brian, Miller Tirecraft now is run by third-generation family members.

Double Coin Sees Growth Opportunity in New JV, Passenger Tire Line

Since being installed as the chairman and head of Double Coin Holdings just a couple of years ago, Liu Xun Feng has been busy both stabilizing his fast-growing international tire company and creating new ways for it to continue growing.Long a respected and well-known name in its domestic market, Double Coin was starting to make

Kumho Tire Looks to Carry 2011’s Successes the Into New Year

Rather than wait until the start of the new year, Kumho Tire USA held its 2012 dealer meeting at the close of 2011. The timing of the mid-December gathering, along with the event’s "Let’s Go" theme, each reflected the tiremaker’s eagerness to continue the momentum it gained in 2011 well into 2012 – and beyond.And

Hit These Five Targets for Extremely Satisfied Customers

There’s a lot of discussion these days about providing superior customer service – in fact, this subject is the cornerstone of my Pinnacle Performance sales and customer service training for the tire/auto service industry. For many, “superior” customer service may sound like the latest buzzword or something reserved for the elite who tend to pass

What Today’s Trucking Fleets Require from Tire Suppliers

Trucking companies are in the business of hauling freight from point A to point B. They have a schedule to meet and they certainly don’t want to miss their deadlines be­cause of tire-related vehicle downtime.Just-in-time delivery schedules make it critical that fleets have a first-class tire program. Fleets are not experts in tires. They want

Complete Brake Job Protects Driver, Other Vehicle Components

The problem with routines is that we tend to – you guessed it – fall into them. Because the braking systems on many modern vehicles are integrated into other systems like vehicle stability control (VSC) and traction control, modern braking systems must meet minimum levels of performance. Last, but not least, a service writer must

The Science Behind, Inside the Versatile ATV Tire

The ATV was born out of necessity when Japanese farmers needed a better way of getting to town from farms that were located in isolated, mountainous areas. Rainy seasons made the mountainous roads impassable with conventional vehicles and thus the three-wheeled ATV was developed to provide transportation to and from these areas. Honda brought the

NHTSA Clarifies ‘Make Inoperative’ Provisions of TPMS Regs

In early 2011, TIA reached out to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regarding scenarios that tire retailers commonly face when servicing vehicles equipped with TPMS. TIA was specifically addressing the so-called "make inoperative" provisions of NHTSA’s TPMS regs.Title 49, U.S. Code 30122(b) of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act (MVSA) “prohibits a manufacturer, distributor,

Utility Applications Hold Demand Steady in ATV/UTV Tire Segment

While sales of recreational all-terrain vehicles took a steep drop during the recent tough economic times, steady sales of utility terrain vehicles help­ed to stabilize the overall ATV/UTV market. The lag in equipment sales – and subsequent upswing as the economy began to rebound – was mirrored by ATV/UTV tire sales. The good news for