In future, prospective tyre buyers will be able to gain information about Michelin consumer products via a global platform. The tyre maker has begun the platform’s rollout and gone live with it in the first market, the USA, at http://www.michelinman.com.
Former HiQ retail director, Farrell Dolan has been appointed Bridgestone’s new north Europe consumer sales and marketing director. Having spent a month with Bridgestone already, Dolan is optimistic about the coming year, expressing his excitement about the company’s potential. He said that he had been impressed by the sales team’s knowledge and professionalism, as well as the Firestone brand’s mid-range proposition. Dolan joins new managing director Robin Shaw at the helm of Bridgestone’s activities in the north Europe region during a period of reorganisation following a number of retirements and departures, including former MD John McNaught.
Former UK and Ireland director of consumer tyres for Goodyear Dunlop, Jürgen Titz, has been appointed head of consumer replacement for the tyre maker’s Germany, Austria and Switzerland, or DACH, region cluster. In his new role, he will coordinate all consumer tyre-related sales and marketing activities in the three German-speaking countries. Titz will also join the management of Goodyear Dunlop Tires Germany, which is led by George Rietbergen. Jürgen Titz succeeds his brother Frank Titz, who as general manager will lead Goodyear’s business in Russia.
According to local body the Clarksville-Montgomery County Industrial Development Board, the site of Hankook Tire America’s future 140,000 square metre (1.5 million square foot) factory in the US state of Tennessee will be ready by 31 August. Board executive director Mike Evans said “we’re going to do everything we can to get the site ready to turn over to them by that time.” Evans told the full board that a contractor to handle the site work is expected to be selected shortly after a meeting on 17 March.
In February, Bridgestone Corporation will introduce four new motorcycle radials into the global market, the company announced on 18 December. This new line-up includes three lines in the Battlax series and one Battlecross range.
In March, Bridgestone Europe launched its new consumer segment website, auto.bridgestone.eu. The site, produced together with UK-based digital communications agency Amaze, and Belgian ICT group Cegeka, was initially only available in English. The tyre maker has announced that the website is now available in four further languages – French, German, Italian and Spanish. These lingual additions mean the auto.bridgestone.eu now caters to consumers in the five major European tyre markets. Bridgestone Europe says additional country sites will be rolled out in the coming months.
The now-expired US tariff on consumer tyres imported from China failed to save or add new tyre industry jobs in the US, the Tire Industry Association said on 27 September. Reporting the end of the tariffs, the association reiterated its opinion that “free and open markets with level playing fields are best for the consuming public and the local tyre dealership in providing the best price for the best product possible.”
Prices for Yokohama consumer tyres will rise by up to eight per cent in the US as of 1 March 2012. Yokohama Tire Corporation says the increases apply to all passenger car, performance and light truck lines, and some in-line adjustments will also be announced at a later date.
China has appealed the World Trade Organization’s December 2010 ruling that upheld the three-year tiered added tariff placed on consumer tyres exported from China to the US. China insists the US violated international trade rules when it imposed the tariffs, a WTO spokesman said.
Prices for Pirelli consumer tyres in European markets will increase on October 1. The Italian manufacturer says prices for its entire car, 4×4 and light truck range in all markets will rise by four per cent. Industrial tyre prices have also increased by up to six per cent; these changes came into effect in early September.
Taiwan’s Federal Tyres will be exhibiting at the upcoming Reifen Essen Show, June 1-4 in Essen, Germany. Federal said its Essen booth will emphasize “environmental performance,” with its range of consumer tyres. Two new products – the Formosa AZ01 and the Terra eco tyre – will be introduced during the show, Federal said. Also on display will be Federal’s 595 RPM ultra-high performance tyre, Couragia FX SUV line, the Himalaya SUV studdable winter tyre, and a prototype of the 595 EVO run-flat. (Tire Review)
An article published by Tire Review in the US indicates that Chinese officials may be guilty of ‘fowl play’ – anti-dumping duties have been added to chicken products imported from the United States, allegedly a direct response to the Obama Administration’s decision to add high tariffs – 35 per cent in the first year – over a three-year period on consumer tyres imported from China.
The World Trade Organisation will make a ruling on the complaint lodged by China last September over the US tariffs implemented on Chinese manufactured consumer tyres. A WTO spokesperson has confirmed a panel of experts who will decide upon the validity of China’s claim has already been established.
(Tire Review) Goodyear has promoted John Peer to vice president and general manager of its North American retail operations. Peer had served as director of dealer sales and retail operations for Goodyear’s North American Tire unit. He replaces Scott Vogel who has left the company, according to Goodyear. Paul Wanstreet has been moved from vice president of Goodyear’s Wingfoot commercial centres to director of retail operations. He will report to Peer, who, in turn, will report to Steve McClellan, president of consumer tyres.
China’s Commerce Ministry has labelled US measures against Chinese imports, such as the tariffs on consumer tyres, as “groundless”. On October 15 ministry spokesman Yao Jian told journalists "the US launched a large number of trade remedy measures this year. Quite a few such measures were groundless and wrong."