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Firestone: Helping or Hurting Liberians?

(Editor’s Note: This opinion piece by author Dave Zirin, the response by Dan Adomitis, president of Bridgestone Americas Holding’s Firestone Natural Rubber Co., and Zirin’s response in return were all published in the Los Angles Times and on the L.A. Times’ Web site. Zirin’s original opinion piece appeared on Jan. 20, while Adomitis’ response and Zirin’s retort appeared on Jan. 29)

Lawsuit Families Given Access to Cooper Files

Legal proceedings against Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. in the U.S. have, in the manufacturer’s opinion, the potential to compromise the company’s trade secrets.

Titan Lauds Commerce Department Ruling

Titan International Inc. offered its comments in the aftermath of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s decision earlier this week to impose preliminary countervailing duties on new OTR tires imported into the U.S.

Titan CEO Taylor on Trial for Slander

(Des Moines Register) Morry Taylor, chief executive of Titan International Inc., which owns Des Moines-based Titan Tire, is a defendant in a slander trial that began Monday in U.S. District Court in Des Moines.

Dunlop India to Retain Factory Land – For Now

(Staffordshire, U.K./Tyres & Accessories) Dunlop India’s battle to retain a legitimate claim to a piece of land at its factory in Ambattur, Chennai has been given a boost by a decision made by a district court in Chennai.

Advertising ROI: Image is Everything, But Profit Power is in Numbers

In many independent businesses, advertising gets a bad rap. When times are tough, it’s the first to go. When times are tremendous, it’s the last priority. Any business expense without an immediate, noticeable return won’t make the top of a tire dealer’s to-do list, especially when that list is miles long, crammed with the hundreds

Tighter Squeeze: Low-Cost Options Add Pressure, But Private Branders Remain Strong

What do you do when all around you is chaos – a shrinking market, harsh price-based competition from overseas, lost domestic business and predictions of an early demise? U.S. private brands have seen this movie before, back when the first Japanese-produced tires hit these shores and again when South Korean tires made their way here.

SEMA Moves to Simplify Registration

(Akron/Tire Review) SEMA says it has smoothed the registration process for past SEMA Show attendees in an effort to make it easier for “prequalified professionals” to sign up and attend the 2007 SEMA Show, Oct. 30-Nov. 2, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas.

Unstoppable!: Despite Concerns, Wheel Companies See a Bright, Shiny Future For the Aftermarket

Stratospheric fuel costs. Steep living costs. Erratic job market. Add that all up, and you’ve got one strapped consumer. The average, middle-class buyer these days is spending every last dime on necessities. John Q. Public is foregoing the fun stuff in favor of the staples. Just getting there in one piece has become more important

2006 Market Influencers

Many play a huge role in this big old industry. But, which are the real movers and shakers – the real Market Influencers? Tire Review’s annual review of Market Influencers looks at the 10 people, products, issues and things that we think will have a major impact on this business over the coming year. Sometimes