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Hercules Has a New Line of Premium Truck Tires

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Hercules Tires & Rubber Co. has introduced two premium truck tire offerings – the Hercules Strong Guard HRA and the Hercules Strong Guard HRD all-position tires.

The Strong Guard name, new to Hercules’ commercial products, will be used to denote the brand’s premium medium truck tire products, which feature sophisticated materials and technologies, as well as some of the most impressive coverage in the industry.

Strong Guard truck tires carry a seven-year limited protection policy including free tire replacement during the first 50% of usable tread life, if the tire is found unserviceable due to manufacturing defects. Additionally, Hercules Strong Guard tires carry a casing allowance for three retreads.

“Hercules Strong Guard tires are next-generation truck tires. The enhancements that our customers and end users will see are significant,” says Jedd Emans, vice president of marketing for Hercules. “The Strong Guard line is an excellent example of our brand promise to deliver unmatched value.”

Hercules Strong Guard HRD is a deep, all-position design optimized for higher-scrub applications. It is available in seven standard- and low-profile 22.5-inch and 24.5-inch sizes, including 315/80R22.5.

Strong Guard HRD features include:

A wide solid shoulder design promoting even wear and lateral stability
Stone ejector ribs, which prevent stone drilling and help preserve casings for retreading
Micro sipes on circumferential groove edges that heighten wet traction and improve even wear
Zig-zag lateral siping providing excellent wet grip and enhancing even wear

Available in 10 sizes from 215/75R17.5 up to 11R22.5, Hercules Strong Guard HRA is a wide, five-rib all-position design. The tire’s features include:

A wide solid shoulder design promoting even wear and enhancing lateral stability
Zig-zag groove design that provides outstanding handling for all-position application
Multi-point edged grooves, which deliver better dry and wet traction
Wavy lateral sipes that provide excellent wet grip and promote even wear
Both Hercules Strong Guard HRD and StrongGuard HRA products feature a silica-infused tread compound and promote excellent heat dispersion to deliver longer life with lower rolling resistance. A modern profile shape also promotes long, even tread wear.

“This introduction is one more step in our commitment to providing our customers with a compelling commercial offering that delivers breadth, depth and outstanding quality,” says Emans.

Hercules Strong Guard products are now available in the U.S. exclusively through American Tire Distributors (ATD).

Hercules is a wholly owned subsidiary of ATD, which operates more than 140 distribution centers, including 27 distribution centers in Canada, serving approximately 70,000 customers across the U.S. and Canada.

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Firestone Introduces New Truck Tire for On and Off Highway Use

Bridgestone Americas Inc. is adding an all-position, wide-base radial truck tire to its Firestone lineup. The Firestone FS818 is designed for on-and-off-highway applications and severe service environments.

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The tire’s wide-base design is designed for higher payloads and improved flotation. It features special tread compounds to help resist cuts, chips, tearing and irregular wear.
The Firestone FS818 is designed with a deep, self-cleaning tread pattern for aggressive traction and long original mileage. Stone rejector platforms in every groove offer durability.

“We recognized a need for a durable, hardworking tire that is versatile enough to perform in on-and-off-highway environments,” says Sanjay Nayakwadi, director of product strategy for Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations LLC. “The Firestone FS818 tire does just that, enabling fleets to haul higher payloads and tackle challenging service environments.”

Key features of the Firestone FS818 tire include:

block sipes to slice through water and provide solid grip on wet roads;
four steel belts to extend casing life while providing protection from cuts and punctures;
sidewall protector ribs to fight against cuts, snags and abrasions; and
block design and edges to perform in on/off highway environments.
The Firestone FS818 tire is available in these sizes:

385/65R22.5 425/65R22.5 445/65R22.5

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Pirelli’s New Truck Tire Designed for North American Market

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Pirelli’s TP Commercial Solutions LLC division has launched the first tire in the Pentathlon product family. The new Pentathlon D is a premium drive tire for the long haul market in North America.

The company says the new tire features the most advanced Pirelli technology and is tailored to the North American market. The Pentathlon D is a premium offering that gives fleets extremely high mileage, fuel savings, and low emission benefits as a SmartWay-verified tire.

The company says that as the Pentathlon name indicates, the new tire is distinguished by five distinct areas.

1. High mileage: A dual layer tread compound is incorporated into the design for long lasting performance.
2. Energy efficiency: A specialized undertread compound to provide lower rolling resistance, and therefore lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
3. Even wear: The tire’s optimized pattern geometry and 3SB belt evolution ensure durable, even wear.
4. High traction: A directional tread pattern provides excellent grip on wet and dry surfaces.
5. High retreadability: Pirelli’s patented Spiral Advanced Technology for Truck (SATT) technology improves retreadability.

“Pentathlon D provided excellent results in testing against the industry’s most important performance benchmarks of mileage and traction in all conditions. This is a true embodiment of everything the Pirelli brand stands for – high performance, premium quality, innovative technology and industry leadership,” says Clif Armstrong, president of TP Commercial Solutions LLC.

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Cooper Expands Load Range for Roadmaster Tire

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Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. has added a new load range to the Roadmaster RM180+(EM) steer tire line to accommodate heavier steer axles.

The RM180+(EM), which is SmartWay verified, is ideal for long haul applications. The tire features a highway tread pattern and optimized footprint to promote even wear. Combined with high tensile strength four-belt construction, the tire is designed to deliver long tread mileage, durability and retreadability, plus low rolling resistance for improved fuel economy.

“Heavier steer axles are becoming increasingly more common in the market, and the addition of load range H to the Roadmaster RM180+(EM) aligns this product’s offerings with the needs of our customers,” says Gary Schroeder, director of Cooper’s truck and bus tire business. “The Roadmaster RM180+(EM) is a premium product that’s been verified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay Transport Partnership as a low rolling resistance tire, meaning it can help fleets continue to be more cost efficient. It’s also backed by a strong warranty and the quality that’s behind the Roadmaster name, making it a popular choice for long haul applications.”
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Cooper Expands Roadmaster Line

cooper-logo1Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. has added a SmartWay-verified long-haul drive tire to its Roadmaster commercial truck tire line, the RM852(EM).

The company says the new RM852(EM) has a unique tread compound and 30/32nds of tread to provide long lasting mileage. A solid shoulder design offers improved traction in challenging weather. The tire also features 3D Micro-Gauge siping, with full depth and variable sipe density to help maintain wet traction and stability.

“Our engineers designed this tire with a compound that offers not only lower rolling resistance for fuel economy, but also a deep tread that can stand up to the demands of the road,” says Gary Schroeder, director of truck and bus tire business for Cooper.

“For fleets, choosing SmartWay verified tires is often a good choice to help manage operational costs as they frequently provide fuel savings. At Roadmaster, we are committed to continually developing tires that meet the needs of our customers and help them be more cost efficient by offering durable tires with long miles to removal, like the new RM852(EM).”
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Cooper Adds 2 Sizes to Roadmaster Lineup

M-Cooper-Roadmaster-RM272-Feb15-1-2.jpgCooper Tire & Rubber Co.has added two sizes to its Roadmaster RM272 commercial tire line. The RM272 is now available in sizes 11R22.5 and 295/75R22.5.

The RM272 is engineered to withstand the demands of drop-deck trailers. Cooper says the tire is designed to ward off irregular wear and damage due to curbing, and the RM272 features a four-belt steel casing with a slightly rounded tread footprint, along with a reinforced shoulder to help withstand extreme side forces.
“Tires in this application are arguably the most abused of any in the trucking industry, and we designed the RM272 to withstand this harsh punishment,” says Gary Schroeder, director of truck and bus tire business for Cooper. “We looked at a variety of tread profiles that could minimize the load on the shoulder rib, and worked toward a design that distributed the load more evenly across the entire footprint so that the shoulder takes on less of the lateral forces.

“Our engineers designed a great tire, backed by a strong warranty and the quality Roadmaster is known for. We know that fleets are continually looking for opportunities to be more cost-efficient, and our RM272 tire can help them to attain this goal.”
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DOC: 40% Tariffs Due on Chinese Truck Tires

 

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The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) says truck and bus tire manufacturers in China are dumping tires in the U.S. at less than fair market value, and those tires should be subject to tariffs of at least 20%. The tariffs are retroactive.

Chinese truck and bus tires are benefitting from government subsidies and dumping in the U.S., the DOC has found in its preliminary investigations. The DOC’s final ruling is expected Jan. 17, 2017.
The DOC announced its preliminary results Aug. 29, 2016.
In every tariff investigation, the DOC selects manufacturers to serve as mandatory respondents. Those companies then provide data and answer questions, and those figures and answers serve as the basis and gauge for the industry as a whole. Other manufacturers also may volunteer to provide their own data throughout the investigation as well.

In the truck and bus tire investigation, Prinx Chengshan (Shandong) Tire Co. Ltd. and Double Coin Holdings Ltd. were the mandatory respondents.

Here are the rates:

Tire manufacturer Rate
Prinx Chengshan 20.87%
Non-selected separate rate respondents 20.87%
Rate for all other manufacturers in China 22.57%
Commerce preliminarily found Double Coin “is not eligible for a separate rate and is part of the China-wide entity.”

The higher rate for the other manufacturers in China is “due to their failure to respond to Commerce’s requests for information.”

The DOC says there was evidence that truck and bus tires were dumped in the U.S. soon after the United Steelworkers sought the investigation in January, and as a result the U.S. Customs and Border Protection will be instructed to retroactively impose the tariffs on products. The effective date will be 90 days prior to the forthcoming publication of this preliminary determination in the Federal Register. (It usually takes about a week for the Federal Register notice to be published, so the tariff retroactive date likely will be around June 7.)

These anti-dumping tariffs are on top of the countervailing tariffs the DOC preliminarily approved in June. Adding the two tariffs together determines the full penalty. For Double Coin, for example, it’s 39.63%. Review the countervailing tariff details here.

For most manufacturers, the combined rate will be above 40%.
The DOC cites U.S. Census Bureau data and says 8.9 million truck and bus tires were imported into the U.S. from China in 2015. Those tires are valued at more than $1 billion.

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DOC Tariffs on OTR Tires from India

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The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) has preliminarily determined that off-the-road tires imported from India and Sri Lanka are benefitting from subsidies, and should be subject to countervailing tariffs.

In its India investigation, Commerce calculated a subsidy rate of 4.7 % for Balkrishna Industries Ltd., and a subsidy rate of 7.64% for ATC Tires Private Ltd., a part of Alliance Tire Group. All other producers and exporters of OTR tires in India have been assigned a preliminary subsidy rate of 6.17%.
As for the Sri Lanka investigation, a subsidy rate of 2.9% has been assigned to all exporters and producers, including Camso Loadstar.

And because the DOC has determined that “critical circumstances” exist with respect to certain exporters from both countries, the tariffs are retroactive, meaning the effective date of these tariffs is already in effect. The DOC first will publish these findings in the Federal Register — likely in the next week — and then it will count back 90 days. That date will signal the start date for U.S. Customs and Border Protection to begin collecting the tariffs.

What’s next?

The DOC will continue its investigation, and will announce its final determinations on Oct. 28. There’s always a chance that ruling will be delayed however, since there are opportunities for the petitioners (Titan Tire Corp. and the United Steelworkers) to request an extension.

If the DOC does affirm its preliminary ruling at the final stage, then the U.S. International Trade Commission will vote once again to confirm that OTR tires from India and/or Sri Lanka are materially injuring, or threatening injury, to the U.S. OTR tire industry.

If either agency changes its mind, the countervailing tariffs will be canceled.

The ITC is scheduled to issue its final ruling 45 days after the DOC makes its final determinations — on Dec. 12.

Read the DOC’s fact sheet here.

Keep in mind, however, that this represents only one part of the tariff question being investigated by the DOC. The agency conducts separate investigations of whether products are benefitting from subsidies, and whether products are being dumped in the domestic market at too-low prices. The DOC is scheduled to announce the preliminary results of its dumping investigation of OTR tires on Aug. 11.

It will get slightly easier to keep track of the OTR tire tariff after that. The DOC has agreed to align the two investigations, and release its final findings in both the countervailing and anti-dumping cases on the same date in October.

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Huge Truck Tire Tariffs Coming Soon

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Commercial truck and bus tires imported from China are benefitting from subsidies from the Chinese government, and as a result the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) says those tires should be subject to tariffs up to 23.38%.

The DOC issued its preliminary determination June 28. It studied data from two importers: Double Coin Holdings Ltd. and Guizhou Tyre Co Ltd. Data from those companies then is used to calculate one tariff rate for all the other companies that ship products from China to the U.S.
For Double Coin the DOC is levying a tariff of 17.06%. The rate is 23.38% for Guizhou. All other importers will be assessed a rate of 20.22%.

These figures represent only one half of the overall tariff equation. The DOC also is investigating whether the imported products are being dumped in the U.S. at prices below the cost of manufacturing. The dumping investigation continues, and ultimately an anti-dumping tariff will be added to these preliminary countervailing rates. A preliminary decision in the anti-dumping case is due Aug. 26.

Final rulings in both the countervailing and anti-dumping investigations are due Nov. 10, 2016.

The DOC also found that critical circumstances exist “with respect to one exporter of truck and bus tires from China.” As a result, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will collect the duties retroactively for Guizhou Tyre Co. Ltd. dating back to 90 days prior to the publication of this ruling in the Federal Register.

Two weeks ago the DOC issued preliminary rates for its other ongoing tire investigation — for off-the-road tires manufactured in Sri Lanka and India.

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Goodyear Marathon Truck Tires New Mid-Tier Line

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Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.’s Marathon tires are a mid-tier line designed to help long haul operations lower their costs by offering more miles to removal. The tire maker has revealed the first three tires of the new line.

The Marathon LHS, Marathon LHD, and Marathon LHT will help long haul fleets go the distance thanks to a variety of features that help promote long tire life, plus SmartWay-verified fuel efficiency and a high degree of traction, Goodyear says.

“Trusted products are a key element of the Goodyear Total Solution, which helps fleets lower their operating costs,” says Brian Buckham, general manager of product marketing for Goodyear, “and our new Marathon tires have been engineered to offer exactly that.”

The steel belt construction of the Marathon LHS balances fuel economy and mileage, Goodyear says.
The Marathon LHS has been designed for the steer position and features:
five-rib construction to help provide uniform wear and long tire life,
pressure distribution grooves to help promote even wear,
enhanced tread compounds for SmartWay-verified fuel efficiency and low cost-per-mile, and
lateral grooves and rib edge sipes to help enhance traction in all weather conditions.
Designed for the drive position, the Marathon LHD features:
Goodyear Tredlock Technology with interlocking micro-grooves to help stabilize the tread for more miles to removal,
semi-solid shoulder ribs to help provide long life, and
highly siped center rib and lateral grooves to offer excellent all-season traction.

The Marathon LHT, designed for the trailer position, contains:

strong casing construction to help enhance tire life, toughness, and retreadability,
a special, protective shoulder compound that helps guard the tire’s outer tread from curb damage, and
fuel-saving compounds to help reduce energy loss and achieve SmartWay-verified performance.
The Marathon LHS is available in size 295/75R22.5 (Load Ranges G and H) and will be available in size 11R22.5 (Load Ranges G and H) in June. In July, the tire will be available in size 285/75R24.5 (Load Range G) and 11R24.5 (Load Ranges G and H.)

The Marathon LHD is available in size 295/75R22.5 (Load Range G) and will be available in size 11R22.5 (Load Range G) in June. Sizes 285/75R24.5 (Load Range G) and 11R24.5 (Load Ranges G and H) will be available in December 2016.

The Marathon LHT is available in size 295/75R22.5 (Load Range G) and will be available in size 11R22.5 (Load Range G) in June. Sizes 285/75R24.5 (Load Range G) and 11R24.5 (Load Range G) will be added in July.

“Tires represent a significant investment, especially for budget-conscious fleets,” says Buckham. “Our new, mid-tier Marathon long haul tires offer more miles to removal and SmartWay-verified fuel efficiency, which will help long haul fleets optimize their tire assets.”

To learn more about Goodyear’s truck tires, visit http://www.goodyeartrucktires.com.

Related Topics: Brian Buckham, drive tires, Goodyear, Goodyear Marathon, steer tires, trailer tires, Truck tires

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