Hankook Tire Renews DAV Partnership

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Hankook Tire, in its third year partnering with Disabled American Veterans (DAV), has donated $150,000 to help support DAV’s Mobile Service Office program, and launched the Hankook Heroes recognition program to help honor America’s veterans.

“Hankook Tire is proud to continue its partnership with DAV for a third consecutive year,” said Hee Se Ahn, president, Hankook Tire America Corp. “We are honored to help provide American veterans with access to the benefits and services they deserve.”

The 2017 Hankook Heroes recognition program includes a give one, get one tire promotion and invites Americans to share a story about why veterans are heroes to them.

Submissions can be made at HankookHeroes.com between now and August 25. All submissions will be entered for a chance to receive a set of Hankook tires. A second set of Hankook tires will be donated to the DAV for use on one of its MSO vehicles to further help service veterans across the country.

Hankook has worked with its tire dealer network to bring DAV’s MSO vehicles to service local veterans at tire dealerships across the country at the following locations:

Additionally, to recognize the men and women who have served, Hankook and DAV will co-sponsor all five Cincinnati Reds Military Appreciation Days throughout the 2017 baseball season.

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BKT Offers a Range of Spreader Tires

The latest tires for spreaders from Balkrishna Industries Ltd. (BKT) are designed to provide stability, load and flotation capacity, even on the most fragile soil.

The company says high load capacity, excellent stability and outstanding traction are basic characteristics for spreader applications. Tire flotation is just as important, which turns into extreme gentleness on the soil, so as to avoid the soil compaction.

Here are the detail’s on BKT’s tire lineup for spreaders.

BKT says the Agrimax RT 600 is ideal for soil tillage operations that require special attention
BKT says the Agrimax RT 600 is ideal for soil tillage operations that require special attention

Agrimax range

The Agrimax range consists of radial tires specifically developed for tractors. This range includes products that respect and protect the most delicate soils, but at the same time feature properties such as strength and high load capacity. Among the Agrimax tire models, one stands out specifically for spreaders.

BKT says the Agrimax RT 600 is a perfect mix of load capacity, excellent stability, high traction and gentleness, to ensure the lowest possible impact on the soil. It is ideal for soil tillage operations that require special attention.

The distinct tread pattern, its lower depth, the presence and arrangement of numerous lugs in addition to the particular rounded shape of the shoulder, make the tire a perfect solution, according to BKT. Five sizes are currently available: 620/75 R 26, 540/65 R 28, 800/65 R 32, 1050/50 R 32 and not least 650/65 R 38. For technical data and other details, visit the RT 600 product page on the company’s website.

BKT says the design of the FL 630 Ultra has been modified for more lugs, a reinforced bead area and a special tread pattern to grip on all kinds of soil.
BKT says the design of the FL 630 Ultra has been modified for more lugs, a reinforced bead area and a special tread pattern to grip on all kinds of soil.

Flotation models

BKT offers many Flotation models, specifically designed for trailers, tankers, and spreaders. The company says these tires are perfect for combined use on the road and in the fields, featuring excellent flotation properties for an extremely low impact on the soil.

The first of the various flotation models suited for spreaders is FL 630 Ultra. Its modified design featuring more lugs, the reinforced bead area and the special tread pattern ensure perfect grip on all kinds of soils, both on the road and in the field, with excellent self-cleaning properties.

Eight sizes are available: 500/60 R 22.5, 560/45 R 22.5, 560/60 R 22.5, 600/50 R 22.5, 710/40 R 22.5, 600/55 R 26.5, 650/55 R 26.5 and 710/50 R 26.5. For technical data and other details, visit the FL 630 product page on the company’s website.

The FL 639 has a a wide footprint to protects the soil from compaction.
The FL 639 has a a wide footprint to protects the soil from compaction.

FL 639 is also a flotation tire suited for spreaders. Its main characteristic is the wide footprint, which protects the soil from the compaction phenomenon. FL 639 also features a reinforced tread that contributes to a longer life cycle.

The available sizes are: 560/45 R 22.5, 600/50 R 22.5 and 710/40 R 22.5. For technical data and other details, visit the FL 639 product page on the company’s website.

Another tire for spreader applications is FL 630 Super, suited for multi-purpose use on any terrain, including road travel. Its large footprint allows perfect weight distribution on the ground, thus limiting soil compaction and allowing higher load capacity.

There are 10 available sizes: 560/60 R 22.5, 580/65 R 22.5, 600/55 R 26.5, 650/55 R 26.5, 650/65 R 26.5, 710/50 R 26.5, 750/45 R 26.5, 750/60 R 26.5, 650/65 R 30.5 and 750/60 R 30.5. For technical data and other details, visit the FL 630 Super product page on the company’s website.

The FL 630 Super is designed for multi-purpose use on any terrain, including road travel.
The FL 630 Super is designed for multi-purpose use on any terrain, including road travel.

The FL 630 Plus is designed primarily for agricultural use. The tread pattern provides excellent self-cleaning properties under any condition of use.

The FL 630 Plus also reduces soil compaction. Available on the market in five sizes: 560/45 R 22.5, 560/60 R 22.5, 600/50 R 22.5, 710/40 R 22.5 and not least 800/45 R 26.5. For technical data and other details, visit the FL 630 Plus product page on the company’s website.

Cost Pressures Will Likely Continue to Build

cheesy-growth-iconAccording to the results of our survey, demand for passenger and light truck replacement tires declined in March. Indeed, from a volume standpoint, the dealers reported they sold 0.8% fewer tires in March relative to the previous year’s period. The decline marks the third straight month of poor results versus the prior year’s period. However, on more a positive note, trends improved sequentially.

Needless to say, it appears that the lingering effects of warmer-than-normal winter weather seen in the first two months of the year continued to weigh on demand for passenger and light truck tires in March, especially in the Northeast, Midwest and Upper Mid-Atlantic regions of the country. In fact, nearly every tire dealer and distributor we spoke with in these markets cited the balmy weather as a notable headwind to sell-out trends of replacement tires versus the prior year’s period. The slow start to the tax season was also a sizeable hurdle for the industry given the fact that many households earmark these funds for big ticket purchases, such as new tires.

The Internal Revenue Service’s data indicates cumulative tax refunds were still down 1% year-over-year through the end of March; however, disbursements were up 17% in March versus the prior year’s period. The latter stat helps explain why many of the respondents noted traffic and sales improved from the prior month albeit at a less than expected degree. In regards to the whole quarter, it is worth mentioning that some respondents speculated the late tax season resulted in consumers allocating more of their tax refunds to other items rather than car repairs and tires, which could have weighed on demand trends throughout the first quarter.

Despite the slow start to the year, we continue to believe that a favorable backdrop, including low fuel prices, solid job growth, an expanding car parc and healthy miles driven trends, combined with more normalized weather patterns going forward, should lead to decent volume growth in 2017. It is worth noting that most dealers shared this sentiment, as a large percentage of the respondents indicated they too anticipate sell-out trends will accelerate throughout the next six months.

The sharp move in raw material prices since 3Q16 combined with nearly every notable tire manufacturer already announcing or enacting sharp price hikes almost guarantees that tire costs are going to be meaningfully higher in 2017. At this point, we think the initial price hikes will stick; however, we are monitoring inventory levels closely as sell-out trends lagged sell-in trends in 1Q17.

At this point, we have not heard anything too alarming on this front; however, we will start to worry more about this risk if retail demand remains weak through the end of spring. If channel inventories become a bigger issue, the recent price hikes could be partially negated by increased promo activity or manufacturers may need to delay further price hikes, especially in the Tier Two and Tier Three segments of the market.

Regardless what the future holds, we believe the dealer community will be able to offset any net cost pressures through their own price adjustments. In our opinion, operators who lead with a model that includes high quality of service at fair prices will be able to maintain their margin structure in this category, while those who sell on price alone will only opt to pass along the higher costs and neutralize the impact on gross profit.

Monthly survey

A number of independent tire dealers were surveyed concerning current business trends. Except for tire prices and costs, the results of the March 2017 survey are compared with those of March 2016.

Dealers still expect gains in 2Q17

According to the survey results, 33% of passenger and light truck tire dealers believe business will improve over the next six months, and none are worried trends will worsen. The rest of the respondents, 67%, felt business trends will stay about level. While the outlook of the dealers has fluctuated slightly over the past six months, we remain encouraged by the fact that none of the respondents expect trends to decline. The outlook for commercial truck tire demand was also positive, as 67% of the dealers we spoke with see business improving in the coming months and 33% see business trends staying about the same. None of the participants believed commercial truck tire demand trends will worsen.

Replacement tire sales volume trends decline

According to dealer reports, consumer demand for passenger and light truck replacement tires declined in March compared to the prior year’s period. From a volume standpoint, the dealers reported they sold 0.8% fewer tires last month relative to the previous year’s period. The decline marks the third straight month of weaker results versus the prior year’s period; however, on a more positive note, trends did improve sequentially. Not surprisingly, many installers blamed the transitory headwinds for the poor results, including the lingering effects of unseasonably warm winter weather and delayed disbursement of tax returns to upwards of 40 million Americans. Partially offsetting these headwinds were the benefits of lower unemployment, low fuel prices, and an expanding car parc. Despite the lackluster results, we were encouraged that dealers still speculated volumes would increase going forward, as nearly all of them believe that there is some pent-up demand on the sidelines after a mixed 2016 and slow start to 2017.

Dealers reported mixed demand trends across the other tire categories in the period, with trends turning flat in the commercial truck category, and weaker results persisting in the retread channel. In fact, the dealers who responded to the survey reported medium truck replacement tire volumes were about the same as the prior year in March after being up 0.9% in February, while retread units were down 3.1%, marking a stretch of declines, including three of the past four months.

Dealer costs were slightly higher versus the prior year’s period

The tire dealers noted manufacturer pricing on value and branded products, on a net basis, slightly increased in comparison with March 2016. It is important to remember that the first price increase in the channel (Goodyear’s) became effective in February 2017, with the majority of manufacturers following suit in March and April. As such, cost pressures will likely continue to build.

Inventory levels are just about right despite weak sell-out trends, but dealers see risk

Of the dealers who responded to the survey, 83% of them noted inventories at the end of the month were at an appropriate amount to satisfy demand (vs. 50% in February), while 17% noted inventories were too high (vs. 50% in February), while none noted inventories were too low (vs. none in February). Some dealers indicated the weak sell-out trends year to date are partially responsible for inventories being too high at the end of the period, but manufacturers are doing a diligent job on managing the supply. However, dealers clearly recognize the risk is to the downside should sell-out trends continue to lag sell-in trends.

The responses regarding inventory levels among commercial truck tire dealers indicated more mixed results than we’ve seen over the previous few months, as 67% of those surveyed noted they had the appropriate amount of inventory, 16% of respondents indicated inventory was too high, and 16% thought inventory was too low during the period. The net neutral results show inventories are balanced overall, but we believe the varying responses can be directly tied to the mid-February ITC ruling, which determined that no anti-dumping/countervailing duties will be levied against Chinese TBR manufacturers. Keep in mind this ruling is being appealed by the USW and Pirelli. To this point, some dealers noted they are going to take advantage of the changing supply/demand dynamics and build up a safety stock in the event that the appeal is successful.
Repair sales increase year-over-year in March

The dealers who responded to the MTD survey indicated automotive repair sales trends improved in March after flat trends in February interrupted four consecutive months of increasing service revenues. Specifically, these dealers indicated service sales, which accounted for a net 18% of total revenues, were up 1.8% on a year-over-year basis in March, which compared to increases of 5% or more from October through January and flat trends in February.Nick Mitchell is senior vice president, research, for Northcoast Research Holdings LLC based in Cleveland, Ohio. Mitchell covers a variety of subsectors of the automotive industry.

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USW and Titan International Agree To Five-Year Contract

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United Steelworkers (USW) members working at Titan International Inc. plants in Des Moines, Iowa, Freeport, Ill. and Bryan, Ohio have ratified a new five-year contract.

Local union members voted to approve the contracts May 17, 2017. The previous contract expired in November 2016.

Paul Reitz, Titan’s CEO and president, said “These are good contracts for our bargaining unit employees and our shareholders. We are thankful to the USW and our employees for their commitment to continue to work and build quality products as both parties worked through the bargaining process. With these new five-year contracts we are excited to be able to continue to work together with the all of our employees as we maintain our position as a global leader in the markets we serve for many years to come.

“The new contracts introduce a new innovative, incentive profit-sharing plan, which takes effect in the second year of the agreements that rewards USW members based on their respective plant’s profitability. A separate wage scale was also introduced for bargaining unit employees who are hired after the ratification date. In addition to the salary and benefit provisions, the new agreements provide additional management rights and economic flexibility that the prior agreement did not allow.”

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Yokohama Introduces Geolandar MT G003

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Yokohama Tire Corp.’s new mud-terrain tire, the Geolandar M/T G003, will be available in July. It is only the company’s first M/T tire since the Geolandar M/T was introduced in 1998, and will replace the Geolandar M/T+.

Yokohama says the tire is designed “for hardcore off-roaders, outdoor enthusiasts and pick-up truck/SUV owners.” It initially will be available in 37 15- to 20-inch Q-rated sizes, broken out as follows:
July 1: 20 sizes (18 LRE, 1 LRC, 1 LRD), including LT255/75R17 LRC, LT275/65R20 LRE and LT305/55R20 LRE.

September 1: 12 sizes (8 LRE, 4 LRC).

Fourth quarter: five sizes (3 LRE, 2 LRE).

“The M/T has it all: intimidating good looks… strength, proven performance and excellent traction in all on- and off-road terrains, from everyday highway driving to attacking steep, jagged rocks, muddy trails and desert sand,” says Andrew Briggs, Yokohama Tire senior director of tire business and product planning.

Yokohama says the Geolandar M/T G003 features the following:

* Yokohama’s new Geo-Shield construction, which incorporates multiple sidewall plies, steel belts, a full nylon cap and a high turn-up carcass into the design.

* A long lasting tread, the result of a new, high-density compound and a wide, flat profile “that creates exceptional wear performance.”

* “Outstanding” dry, wet and mud traction, the result of a triple-polymer tread compound combined with optimized sipes and an ideal block to void ratio.

* A quieter (for an M/T tire) ride on the road, due to the advanced variable pitch tread on the M/T that assures a quiet, on-highway ride while maintaining off-road performance.

* An aggressive Sidewall Armor design that not only delivers off-road traction and protection from damage, but also “creates a bold, new look.”

Yokohama backs the tire with a 30-day money-back trial pledge.

Geolandar M/T G003 applications include a wide variety of popular pick-ups and SUVs, including the Dodge Ram 1500, Jeep Wrangler, Chevy Silverado 2500, Ford F-150 Raptor, Nissan Titan, Toyota FJ Cruiser, Land Rover Discovery and GMC Yukon XL 3500.

Along with the introduction, Yokohama has launched two new sponsorships to fit with the audience for the M/T and the entire Geolandar line.

1. Reinforcing the toughness and strength of the M/T, Yokohama has become the Official Tire of the U.S Spartan Race series, the original and largest obstacle race series.

2. Yokohama is also the Official Tire of the Nitro Circus Live US Tour and Nitro World Games. Nitro Circus is the premier adrenaline-fueled action sports tour.

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Beware of Ransomware Attacks

M-Locked-computer-1.jpgAll the tire dealer wanted to do was upgrade his point-of-sale software. He chose an in-house server-based system, and made sure his employees received the proper training.

After a “crazy busy” first few days, the training became second nature, some of the bugs worked themselves out, and the new system, he said, “normed down.”

Less than two weeks later, his system was hacked and held for ransom. He was asked to pay up or he would lose all his POS information.

“It’s nothing you want to re-live,” said the dealer when contacted by Modern Tire Dealer. “It’s nothing you want to explain. You think you’re smart enough to run your business.”

The cost of ransomware to U.S. businesses is hard to quantify. In 2016, businesses paid out an estimated $1 billion, compared to $24 million the previous year, based on FBI data. However, those numbers only take into account known victims.

Losses due to downtime also are not included. As of May 2016, the FBI estimated ransomware had cost U.S. small businesses more than $75 million in downtime alone in less than a year and a half.

In its 2016 report, “Hackerpocalypse: A Cybercrime Revelation,” cybersecurity company the Herjavec Group estimated the annual cost of global cybercrime will reach $6 trillion a year by 2021. Ransomware is expected to make up an increasingly larger percentage of that total over the next five years.

What is ransomware?

According to the FBI, ransomware “is a form of malware that targets your critical data and systems for the purpose of extortion.” It is frequently delivered through “spearphishing” emails.

“After the user has been locked out of the data or system, the cyber actor demands a ransom payment. After receiving payment, the cyber actor will purportedly provide an avenue to the victim to regain access to the system or data.”

Wayne Croswell, CEO and president of WECnology LLC, says ransomware attacks are typically carried out using a Trojan disguised as a legitimate file.

“They enter a system or network through, for example, a downloaded file or a vulnerability in a network service. The program then runs a payload, which locks the system in some fashion, or claims to lock the system but does not (e.g., a scareware program). Payloads may display a fake warning purportedly by an entity such as a law enforcement agency, falsely claiming that the system has been used for illegal activities, and contains content such as pornography and ‘pirated’ media.

“Payment is virtually always the goal,” he says, “The victim is coerced into paying for the ransomware to be removed — which may or may not actually occur — either by supplying a program that can decrypt the files, or by sending an unlock code that undoes the payload’s changes. Payment can be as little as $10 or even $1,000, and many victims quickly pay it to get their system back. The attacker can infect thousands of systems and collect millions of dollars in ransom.”

When ransomware first hit the scene, computers predominately became infected with it when users opened email attachments that contained the malware, says Croswell.

“But more recently, we’re seeing an increasing number of incidents involving so-called ‘drive-by’ ransomware, where users can infect their computers simply by clicking on a compromised website, often lured there by a deceptive email or pop-up window.

“Another new trend involves the ransom payment method. While some of the earlier ransomware scams involved having victims pay ‘ransom’ with pre-paid cards, victims are now increasingly asked to pay with Bitcoin, a decentralized virtual currency network that attracts criminals because of the anonymity the system offers.”

To pay or not to pay

It was a day he will never forget. “I came into the store and none of the computers were able to sign on to the server,” said the tire dealer. “So I went back to the server and logged in. There was a message on the screen that said my server had been encrypted, and to get it unlocked I needed to write to an obscure email address for more info.

“I immediately called anyone I knew in IT who would take my phone call, including my regular IT guy, who was on vacation. All of the feedback was not good. It was ‘pay what they ask for’ or ‘pull the server off-line and refresh it as new.’

“I decided on the latter. I wouldn’t pay.”

The dealer was lucky. He had only been using the new system for a short time, so he didn’t lose much information. “It was pretty mundane stuff anyway,” he said. “The data I collected wasn’t harmful. It was not like collecting social security numbers or blood types or financial information.”

What he did not do was contact law enforcement. The FBI, Central Intelligence Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, and the National Security Agency, among others, consider this a mistake.

“We strongly encourage you to contact a local field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or U.S. Secret Service immediately upon discovery to report a ransomware event and request assistance,” says the U.S. government in an interagency technical guidance document, “How to Protect Your Networks from Ransomware” (https://www.justice.gov/criminal-ccips/file/872771/download).

“Law enforcement may be able to use legal authorities and tools that are unavailable to most organizations. Law enforcement can enlist the assistance of international law enforcement partners to locate the stolen or encrypted data or identify the perpetrator. These tools and relationships can greatly increase the odds of successfully apprehending the criminal, thereby preventing future losses.”

There are serious risks to consider before paying the ransom, according to the document.

Paying the ransom does not guarantee access to your data once the ransom is paid.
Paying the ransom opens the door to future attacks because the attackers know you will pay.
After paying the ransom, some victims have been asked to pay even more to get the encryption keys. (Surprisingly, the dealer said he was told by a number of IT people there is some honor among cyber thieves.)
Paying ransom supports and encourages this illegal activity.
The U.S. government does not encourage paying the ransom, but doesn’t prohibit it, either. “Whether to pay a ransom is a serious decision requiring the evaluation of all options to protect shareholders, employees and customers.”

Prevent defense

“As with other forms of malware, security software might not detect a ransomware payload, or, especially in the case of encrypting payloads, only after encryption is under way or complete, particularly if a new version unknown to the protective software is distributed,” says Croswell. “New categories of security software, specifically deception technology, can detect ransomware. Deception technology can detect ransomware and notify cyber security teams, which can then shut down the attack and return the organization to normal operations.”

Using software or other security policies to block known payloads from launching will help to prevent infection, but will not protect against all attacks, he says. “There are several tools intended specifically to decrypt files locked by ransomware, although successful recovery may not be possible.

To help prevent being hacked and held for ransom, Croswell suggests the following eight preventive measures:

Make sure you have updated antivirus software on your computer.
Enable automated patches for your operating system and web browser.
Have strong passwords, and don’t use the same passwords for everything.
Use a pop-up blocker.
Only download software — especially free software — from sites you know and trust (malware can also come in downloadable games, file-sharing programs, and customized toolbars).
Don’t open attachments in unsolicited emails, even if they come from people in your contact list, and never click on a URL contained in an unsolicited email, even if you think it looks safe. Instead, close out the email and go to the organization’s website directly.
Use the same precautions on your mobile phone as you would on your computer when using the internet.
Conduct regular system back-ups, and store the backed-up data offline.
The Department of Justice has one more step to limit a ransomware infection: “No users should be assigned administrative access unless absolutely needed, and those with a need for administrator accounts should only use them when necessary.”

Going forward

The attack was a wake-up call for the dealer, who requested anonymity in case the previous hacker decided to accept the “challenge” of his new system.

“I can tell you what I did wrong,” he says. “I did not go through a thorough process to put system controls in place that would have helped prevent this from happening. I needed an action plan in place to know what to do if it happened.”

“Also, by using and in-house server, it was easier to ‘open up the doors’ for hackers to come in. When we installed it, the ports got left open on the router.

“We don’t have a server in-house anymore. We’re using one in the cloud.” And he backs up the data regularly.

“It was a horrible experience,” he said. “Could it have been avoided? I think so. But hindsight is 20-20. If hackers really want to get in, they will, but I’m not going to help them.” ■

From Russia without love: Ransomware is a global phenomenon

“While initially popular in Russia, the use of ransomware scams has grown internationally,” says Wayne Croswell, CEO and president of WECnology LLC and a frequent contributor to Modern Tire Dealer. “In June 2013, security software vendor McAfee released data showing that it had collected over 250,000 unique samples of ransomware in the first quarter of 2013, more than double the number it had obtained in the first quarter of 2012.

“Wide-ranging attacks involving encryption-based ransomware began to increase through Trojans such as CryptoLocker, which had procured an estimated $3 million before it was taken down by authorities, and CryptoWall, which was estimated by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation to have accrued over $18 million by June 2015.”

Can the cloud protect you? Not completely, says WECnology CEO

Discount Tire, the largest independent tire dealer chain in North America, recently announced a multi-year, multi-million dollar cloud-based service agreement with OneView Commerce plc.

“We found that the overall savings in time and cost make cloud-based delivery of a digital store platform the most efficient and economical arrangement for achieving the operational return and improved customer experience that is at the heart of our strategy,” said Tom Williams, senior vice president for Reinalt-Thomas Corp., which does business under the trade name Discount Tire in most of the U.S., America’s Tire in parts of California, and as Discount Tire Direct online.

But does a cloud-based system protect the company against ransomware? Not completely, says Wayne Croswell, CEO and president of WECnology LLC.

“Having a cloud solution doesn’t eliminate ransomware from happening,” he says. “But when you host your application with a trusted secure company, they have the highest level of protection software which can help prevent hacks from getting in.

“But you still have computers at the desks of employees and counters, and if someone there gets a ransomware attack, it could infect the cloud instead of their in-house network.”

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Firestone M/T 2 Tire Designed for Maximum Traction

M-Firestone-0076-LR-1.jpgThe new Firestone Destination M/T2 tire from Bridgestone Americas Inc. is designed to provide maximum traction for 4×4 vehicles, pickup trucks and SUVs in off-road conditions.

The new tire replaces the Firestone Destination M/T, which came out in 2002. Bridgestone says the new M/T2 tire “does everything better” than its predecessor. Advances in tire technology, especially compounding, are responsible for improvements in off-road, snow and wet performance.

A new tread compound, three-ply sidewall construction and more aggressive upper sidewall design give the Destination M/T2 increased traction in mud and offer stronger resistance to chips and tears. Stone and mud rejectors help keep the tread clear of debris.

The Firestone Destination M/T2 tire has 20% more biting edges than the previous generation tire for better grip on slick, wet surfaces and in snow conditions. The company also added sipes for better snow traction capability compared to the prior tire. The Firestone Destination M/T2 tire is studdable.

Product manager Justin Hayes told Modern Tire Dealer that there are two types of buyers of the new Firestone Destination M/T2 tire. “There’s one who really cares about the performance, he’s going to take his truck or Jeep off road and he wants the traction capability,” he says.

“For that type of customer we’ve significantly improved the off-road performance capabilities versus the current generation Destination M/T on dry rocks, wet rocks, creeks, mud and sand. In all of these types of off-road conditions, the traction capabilities of the Destination M/T2 have been improved versus the predecessor product.”

Hayes says the other type of driver who would purchase an M/T tire primarily cares about the looks of the product. “For this type of driver the Destination M/T2 has a much more aggressive look and feel than the previous generation product. The tread area has been totally redesigned, the off shoulder area has more rubber and a more aggressive protruding image for the driver who wants the tire to look aggressive.”

The Firestone Destination M/T2 tire is available in 29 sizes for 15- to 22-inch wheels. The tires will be delivered to stores in July 2017.

“The Firestone Destination M/T2 tire is the ultimate tire for adventure-seekers looking to get the most performance out of their truck or Jeep,” says Erik Seidel, president, consumer replacement tire sales, U.S. and Canada, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations.

“Overlanders and weekend warriors expect their tires to perform across a wide range of intense conditions, and the Destination M/T2 delivers an incredible off-road driving experience. We built a tough tire that attacks the terrain.”

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Nexen Sponsors Little League Sundays

NexenNexen Tire America Inc. is sponsoring Little League Sundays at Angel Stadium, home of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Major League baseball team, for the 2017 season.

Four Sundays are dedicated to Little Leaguers during the course of season, which began in April and ends in June.

Nexen says more than 20,000 young ball players will gather during these dates, taking part in pre-game festivities, throwing out the first pitch, running the bases and walking around the playing field.

The company will take pictures of the teams, give away t-shirts and lanyards, and dish out high-fives to all the kids. The stadium will also be branded with additional Nexen signage and advertising during the game.

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Titan Reaches Agreement With USW

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Titan International Inc. has reached tentative agreements with the United Steelworkers (USW) unions representing its plants in Des Moines, Iowa; Bryan, Ohio; and Freeport, Ill. Votes are expected in the coming weeks.

Paul Reitz, CEO and president of Titan, announced the tentative agreements during the company’s first-quarter earnings call on May 4, 2017. The current labor agreements expired in November 2016, and operations at the plants have continued while both sides worked on negotiations.

“Titan has a longstanding, good relationship with the USW, as evidenced over the past couple of years when we worked closely together to present cases to the International Trade Commission (ITC) regarding OTR tires from China, India and Sri Lanka.,” Reitz said. “Their support in these cases was greatly appreciated and instrumental in the successful determinations from the ITC. For more than 20 years, we’ve viewed the USW and its members as an integral part of the Titan team and we appreciate their hard work in building quality tires day-in and day-out at our North American tire plants.”

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Nokian Plans U.S. Tire Factory

M-Nokian-Dayton-TN-Rendering-1-1.jpgNokian Tyres Inc. is building a factory in the U.S. to produce passenger car, SUV and light truck tires. The plant, to be located in southeast Tennessee, will have an initial capacity to produce 4 million tires annually, and the site also will house a distribution center.

The company will break ground in Rhea County, Tennessee, in early 2018, and production lines should be running by 2020. The distribution facility will have the capacity to hold 600,000 tires, and there is room to expand production at the tire plant “to meet future demand.”
Nokian says it is investing $360 million to build what will be its first North American plant. It will serve customers in the U.S. and Canada.

“In addition to increased capacity, the Dayton, Tennessee, site’s proximity to North American customers will shorten lead and delivery times,” says Tommi Heinonen, head of Nokian Tyres North America. “It’s our goal that the new plant will help us better serve our growing customer base throughout the U.S. and Canada by improving customer service and efficiencies.”

Nokian says building a plant for North America continues the company’s “strong year-over-year growth in both Canada and the U.S.” The company recently increased its warehouse capacity with the opening of its Montreal-area distribution center.
The plant will create up to 400 new jobs in the local community. For more information about the plant, visit http://www.nokiantires.com/daytonfactory.

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