Toyo Tire Adds Sizes to It’s M-Line Medium Truck Tires

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Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. has expanded the size offerings of two commercial tires, the Toyo M920 drive tire, and the Toyo M149 Super Single.

Both tires are part of the M-Line of commercial tire products from Toyo.
The M920 drive traction tire is ideal for trucks that require all-season capabilities to deliver loads in any weather condition in regional or long-haul applications. It has wide, staggered tread blocks for improved traction and performance while additional features assist in excellent wet performance, longer tire life and reduced irregular wear. Its two wide circumferential grooves are designed to shed water during wet conditions. Sizes added to the M920 lineup include a 315/80R22.5 with a Load Index of L, also an 11R24.5 and a 285/75R24.5. The total M920 size range now includes:

Size Load/Speed Ply Rating Load Range
225/70R19.5 128/126N 14 G
245/70R19.5 133/131N 14 G
11R22.5 144/142L 14 G
11R22.5 146/143L 16 H
295/75R22.5 144/141L 14 G
315/80R22.5 157/154L 20 L
11R24.5 149/146L 16 H
285/75R24.5 144/141L 14 G
Toyo M149
The company also added a size to its Toyo M149, an all-position super single tire designed to deliver superior wear performance in tough operations, ranging from urban front axles to long-haul trailers. Optimized construction and tread design deliver uniformity, even wear, and wet traction.
In addition to a 385/65R22.5 size, the M149 is now available in 425/65R22.5. Both sizes feature 20-ply load ratings.

“The M920 and M149 have delivered great performance and a lower cost per mile for our commercial customers,” says Mike Graber, senior product manager of commercial truck tires for Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. “These added sizes will expand the applications that will benefit from longer tread life and better retreadability.”

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Omni United Extends Golf Sponsorship

M-RadarShadoff-584179728-LR-1.jpgOmni United (S) Pte. Ltd. has signed Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) golfer Jodi Ewart Shadoff as ambassador for its flagship Radar tires brand for the second straight year.

The 2017 LPGA Tour begins this week in Australia. The ISPS Honda Women’s Australian Open kicks off at the Royal Adelaide Golf Club in South Australia February 16-19.

After a career-best second place finish at the 2016 Citi Banamex Lorena Ochoa Invitational at Mexico City, Shadoff looks to continue the momentum into 2017.

“I am really excited and looking forward to start my 2017 season in Australia this week. 2016 was an exciting year for me and I hope to be able to up my game in the 2017 season. I am thankful to my sponsors Radar tires and Omni United for their continued support,” says Shadoff.

Omni United signed Jodi as a brand ambassador for Radar tires, Omni United’s flagship brand in 2016. As a part of the agreement, Jodi represents Radar tires in the LPGA tournaments and carries the brand logo on her apparel and golf bag.

In October 2016 Jodi joined with the Radar tires brand in support of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), a nonprofit breast cancer organization in the US committed to achieving prevention and a cure for breast cancer.

Radar tires has been supporting this organization for more than 5 years now and to date donated over $1 million USD.

All through the month of October, Jodi wore pink and carried a pink golf bag to spread awareness and show support for the cause. Throughout the year Jodi was also part of a number of Radar dealer meets and programs where customers got a chance to play golf with the pro.

Omni United says 2017 will see an increased number of activities and programs involving Jodi and the dealers for greater promotion of the Radar brand.

From 2015 to 2016 Jodi managed to significantly improve her game, moving up from 206th to 59th in the official world rankings and working her way to the 32nd rank in the official money list from 98th in 2015. She improved on various parameters like number of birdies from 85th to 8th and overall finishing ten tournaments in the top 20.

Her best finish was in November 2016, where she tied for second place at the Citi Banamex Lorena Ochoa Invitational at Mexico City.

“I have always believed in Jodi’s capabilities and see her as one of the fast-rising stars in the world of professional golf. I wish her all the best for the 2017 season. Radar tires and Omni United is always there to support her,” says GS Sareen, founder and CEO, Omni United.

The company has other sports marketing programs for its Radar tires brand. For the past five years, Radar tires has sponsored motorsports teams in several offroad racing series. In 2014 Radar tires’ sponsored teams swept the SCORE International Baja races – winning the Baja 250, 500 and 1000 in class 10. In 2015 and 2016, Radar tires teams placed top 3 in several off road points’ championships.

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New Load Haul Tire

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Camso, formerly Camoplast Solideal, has unveiled its most advanced underground mining tire for load haul dump (LHD) equipment, the MST 776.
The company says the Camso MST 776 provides extreme hard surface durability for LHD machines
working in the toughest underground mining applications.
“Knowing how uptime is crucial in underground mining, the new Camso MST 776 was engineered to maximize tread life while protecting it from puncture,” says Mike Dembe, Camso’s product management director for North America and Latin America.

With its smooth, deep L5 tread pattern, the MST 776 provides wearable tread volume, durability and puncture resistance for underground equipment. The amplified contact surface also improves traction and minimizes tire slippage, Camso says.

The MST 776 is equipped with a premium rubber compound which provides resistance against tread and sidewall wear and cuts, and reduces carcass heat build-up. An impact guard sidewall design deflects debris for better sidewall protection while reducing stress cracking; and the tire’s rim guard protector shields the wheel for extended life and constant inflation.

“The MST 776 is all about superior performance,” says Dembe, “and customers will see as it outperforms the competition in terms of tire life and heat resistance.”

Camso says tests performed in controlled conditions show the MST 776 has 15% better life and 2% better heat resistance than the industry benchmark. For customers that performance means greater productivity, and ultimately, lower operating costs.

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Rising Cost of Raw Materials to Blame for Surge in Tire Prices

cheesy-growth-iconTire makers worldwide are citing rising raw material costs as the driver of their price increases. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. painted a picture of just how extreme the increases have been so far — using words like “volatile” and “unpredictable.”

Richard Kramer, chairman and CEO, pointed to “significant volatility in our key commodity costs, including natural rubber prices” during a call with investors Feb. 8.

“Since our last earnings call there’s been a swing of a low of 67 cents-per-pound to a peak of $1.04 per pound as recently as last week, an increase of an astounding 55%,” said Kramer.

“The raw material cost story is about more than just natural rubber, with challenges coming in a broad cross section of commodities. Prices of key commodities such as butadiene and carbon black have risen to 52-week highs in recent weeks.

“We expect raw material costs to remain at heightened levels in 2017.”

Goodyear was the first tire company to announce a price increase in 2017. The tire maker initiated an increase of up to 8% on its consumer and commercial brands effective Feb. 1.

Laura Thompson, executive vice president and chief financial officer, said, “Even since the Detroit Auto Show, we’ve gone up over $300 million in raw material cost increases just in the last three weeks. So it’s quite volatile.”
Another complexity is that there’s a lag of when raw material prices hit a tire maker’s profit and loss statement. Kramer said there can easily be a six-month lag from when the raw rubber is purchased in Southeast Asia to when a tire is produced and sold. It spends time on a ship and on a dock before it ever enters Goodyear’s inventory, and then production time is another extension. Tires in Europe and North America experience the longest delays, while a price hike hits Asia much faster.

Kramer said Goodyear anticipates a $1 billion increase in raw material prices in 2017. That compares to $800 million in 2006, $700 million in 2008 and $2 billion in 2011.

Asked if the company might need to implement another price increase down the line, Kramer didn’t speculate. “We can only speak to the situation that we see at hand. We have a demonstrated track record to deal with what’s thrown in front of us.

“Clearly the raw material inputs that we’ve got have been very volatile and I would even say unpredictable.”

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Michelin X Works Recalls XYZ Tires

 

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Michelin North America Inc. is recalling certain Michelin X Works XZY tires that lack the required DOT symbol and load range letter designation.

The recall affects tire size 315/80R22.5 156/150K, manufactured from Jan. 1, 2011, to July 31, 2015, and includes a potential 247 tires.

Without the proper markings the tires fail to conform to the requirements of U.S Code 30112 and Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 119, “New Pneumatic Tires for Motor Vehicles with a GVWR of more than 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds) and Motorcycles.”

Michelin will notify owners and will either correct the tires by permanently applying the required markings or replace the tires with a similar product, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on Feb. 13, 2017. Owners may contact Michelin at 1-888-847-8475.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number is 15T020000.

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Kenda Teams with NBA

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Two NBA teams, the Brooklyn Nets and Houston Rockets, celebrated Taiwanese Heritage Night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Jan. 15, 2017. And Kenda USA was the presenting sponsor.

Throughout the evening, the Kenda brand name was prominently featured as the Nets celebrated Taiwanese heritage through music and performances. The first 10,000 fans at Barclays Center received a Jeremy Lin bobblehead that had Kenda Tires branding on the packaging and base. (Lin, a seven-year NBA veteran, plays for the Nets. His parents were born in Taiwan.)

Kenda also received tags on promotional media supporting this game, including Brooklyn Nets social media accounts and TV exposure via courtside LED signage during the game. The Rockets defeated the Nets 137-112.

“This is an important partnership for us and a great opportunity to be able to participate in a celebration that pays homage to Kenda’s Taiwanese heritage as well as our roots in the U.S.,” says Kellie Rhodebeck, Kenda’s automotive marketing manager. “We are thankful to the Brooklyn Nets organization for involving us in such a great night for the community.”

Kenda also leveraged the event globally through social media mentions leading up to the event via the Brooklyn Nets Weibo account. The posts featured the Kenda Tires co-branded Jeremy Lin bobblehead, and some included Jeremy Lin promoting the bobblehead.

Kenda’s strategic alliance with the Brooklyn Nets is meant to increase brand awareness not only globally but also regionally, the latter with the help of Kenda Authorized Distributor Max Finkelstein Inc.

American Kenda Rubber Industrial Co. Ltd., which does business as Kenda USA, is headquartered in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. For more information about Kenda and its products, visit kendatire.com.

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Michelin Ad Aired During the Super Bowl Pivots Marketing Strategy

The Michelin ad that aired during the Super Bowl signals a shift in strategy for the tire maker. And the change involves the iconic Michelin Man.

“This TV ad marks an important change in our marketing strategy,” says Andrew Meurer, vice president of marketing for passenger vehicle tires for Michelin North America Inc. “Michelin is making a transition from the animated world of the Michelin Man to real-world scenarios in which the Michelin Man makes cameo appearances.

“This strategy aims to balance Michelin’s long-standing message of superior tire performance with better consumer awareness about the importance of their tires as they navigate the urgent, sometimes emotional needs of daily life. Michelin makes it possible for drivers to be there for others when it matters most.”

The “I need you” spot follows the lives of people in different cultures — a young father, a mother, and a friend — interrupting their schedules to be there for the ones they love. In their cars they rely on Michelin tires to arrive safely.

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Goodyear Debuts a New Trailer Tire Size

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Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. says its new Endurance trailer tire is the product boaters, water skiers and workers who haul equipment from one job to the next have requested.
“Goodyear is proud and excited to introduce the Endurance, the only radial special trailer tire built in the United States,” says Ryan Patterson, president of Goodyear’s North American consumer tire business.

The tire is capable of transporting heavy cargo, and its Durawall technology helps resist sidewall cuts and punctures.

It’s available in load ranges D and E to accommodate larger trailer load capacities, and the entire Endurance trailer line carries the N speed rating, which allows consumers to travel at highway speeds. Other features include:

an optimized tread depth and decoupling groove, which help it remain cool while towing heavy loads;
rugged fabric-steel construction, which offers durability and improved carrying capacity while remaining compatible with tire pressure monitoring systems and typical tire inflation stations;
a specialized inner liner, which minimizes air loss in trailer applications; and
a scuff guard, which helps protect sidewalls.
The Endurance also comes in a new, special trailer tire size: ST 255/85R16. Goodyear says it’s the only tire on the market in that size.
“The launch of the Goodyear Endurance is an exciting development for consumers who want a durable, domestically manufactured tire that they can trust to carry their important cargo,” says Patterson. “Goodyear is proud to meet this need with the new Endurance.”

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Nokian Introduces New Winter Tires for 2017

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Nokian Tyres plc is bringing a new Hakkapeliitta tire to the winter tire market in 2017. Actually, it’s offering two: the Hakkapeliitta 9 for passenger cars, and the Hakkapeliitta 9 SUV.
Nokian says the tire features new stud technology, a new tread pattern, new tire structure, and a new rubber compound. The tire wil be available in fall 2017.
Tthe Hakkapeliitta 9 showcases the new adaptive Nokian functional stud concept, which features two designs of studs on the tire for use during specific driving conditions, such as braking or accelerating and cornering, which Nokian says ensures optimal traction in all winter conditions.

The tire provides longitudinal and lateral grip on icy and snowy driving surfaces, and behaves in a controlled and logical manner, the company says. The new tread pattern offers stable bare-road handling, a comfortably silent ride and rolls lighter than previous Hakkapeliitta generations resulting in improved fuel economy.

“As we’ve seen during the past few months, the snow and ice of winter results in dangerous driving conditions on the roads,” says Tommi Heinonen, president of Nokian Tyres North America. “Leveraging 80 years and millions of miles driven on Hakkapeliittas, our team developed the safest, most comfortable winter tire that we can’t wait to bring to drivers throughout North America.”

All about the studs

Nokian spent four years and countless miles of testing developing its newest flagship product, and it was fine-tuned to master extreme conditions at the tire maker’s White Hell testing center located north of the Arctic Circle in Ivalo, Finland.

“One of our starting points was to develop a completely new studded tire that combines balanced longitudinal and lateral grip with eco-friendliness,” says Juha Pirhonen, vice president of research and development for Nokian. “Unique to the Hakkapeliitta 9, the new stud technology features a dedicated, tailored stud for the center of the tread and a separate stud for the shoulder areas.”
The studs in the center area maximize longitudinal grip during acceleration and braking; and the tire is supported by the shape of the studs’ body, lower flange and hard metal center. The longitudinally wide hard metal pin on the center studs offers a maximum grip surface for the best possible longitudinal grip.
“The upper part of the stud body is bevelled, which allows the stud to penetrate even deeper into the ice than before; this further improves braking grip and lateral grip,” says Pirhonen.

The shoulder studs have been designed to provide lateral grip, which is especially important when cornering on slippery surfaces. The stud body and flange are different from the center studs, and the triaxial hard metal pin has been designed to withstand lateral forces. When cornering, the studs will encounter maximal surface-area, which improves lateral grip. This technical innovation offers improved, precise handling under slippery conditions, the company says.

In an effort to produce safer, more eco-friendly tires, Nokian developed the Eco Stud 9 concept for use in the Hakkapeliitta 9. The Eco Stud 9 concept is incorporated into both the center rib and shoulder studs to reduce road wear and ensure a quiet ride. The technology consists of an Eco Stud cushion to dampen road contact, an air space in the middle of the lower flange for reduced stud impact and bevelled hard metal tips to distribute the stud’s impact force across a wider area.

Designed for all road conditions

In addition to its ice grip, the Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9 performs on snowy and dry roads. The tread pattern is heavily grooved with self-locking 3D sipes allowing the tire to respond quickly and sensitively to steering for improved handling. The self-locking sipes lock the tread blocks firmly together on road contact, which results in fluent driving during cornering and evasions.

Dense siping combined with snow grip boosters on both sides of the middle blocks in the center of the tread provides more sharp edges for improved snow grip in both the longitudinal and lateral directions. The aggressive deep snow boosters on the shoulder areas provide additional grip when driving in deep snow.
The Hakkapeliitta 9 features a new type of eco-friendly winter tread compound, which contains silica and canola oil for improved tear resistance, natural rubber and the new Green Elasto Proof biomaterial that keeps the compound elastic at low temperatures. Nokian says the compound’s chemical bonds provide a sturdy grip year after year, even as the miles add up.
Because a large amount of winter driving takes place on bare roads, Nokian fitted the Hakkapeliitta 9 with its stability support network tread pattern, where the tread support network is rigid and unified at the bottom of the pattern getting more grooves and sipes where the rubber meets the road.

The strong ultra high tensile steel belt structure makes the structure light but hard, providing precise handling even at higher speeds. The sturdy structure also helps prevent punctures and the new special clinch rubber compound in the bead area improves driving comfort and durability.

The Hakkapeliitta 9 also features Nokian’s driving safety indicator to indicate remaining tread, and the snowflake symbol or winter safety indicator to indicate when it is recommended to replace tires.

Sizing and specifications

The Hakkapeliitta 9 is designed for passenger vehicles, and covers 52 sizes from 14 to 20 inches. Most are marked XL for the highest possible load capacity in that particular size.

The Hakkapeliitta 9 SUV comes in 51 sizes from 16 to 21 inches and features the aramid sidewall technology, which uses aramid fibre, to optimize durability. The selection also offers several products that employ Flat Run technology or that are marked XL for the highest possible load capacity.

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Expect to See Increase in Tire Prices Next Month

cheesy-growth-iconNow there are five. Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations LLC is the latest tire company to announce price increases in 2017.

Effective March 1, Bridgestone says it will adjust prices up to 8% across a range of passenger, light truck, off-the-road and agricultural tire products and tubes in North America.

The reason for the increases? Rising raw material costs “and other market dynamics.”

The new pricing will vary by business unit and by product line.

“Our sales and account teams will soon provide further details to our customers,” adds Bridgestone.

Other companies have made similar announcements:

“Nexen to Its Dealers: Expect Tire Price Increases on March 1.”

“Carlstar To Raise Prices on All Brands By March 1”

“Cooper Anticipates Raising Tire Prices Close to Feb. 1.”

“Goodyear Will Increase Tire Prices Effective Feb. 1.”

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