Current Issue
×

Top Stories

Title Issue Date Category Formats Records Price
Kumho promoting image of consistency, stability
View Description View Full Details
GRAND CAYMAN—After several years of uncertainty and inconsistency, Kumho Tire USA Inc.'s message to its dealers moving into 2017 is one of consistency, stability and dependability. The...
View Full Details »
GRAND CAYMAN—After several years of uncertainty and inconsistency, Kumho's message moving into 2017 is one of consistency, stability and dependability. GRAND CAYMAN—After several years of uncertainty and inconsistency, Kumho's message moving into 2017 is one of consistency, stability and dependability. $GRAND CAYMAN—After several years of uncertainty and inconsistency, Kumho's message moving into 2017 is one of consistency, stability and dependability.
Trelleborg expands Texas offshore engineering team
View Description View Full Details
HOUSTON—Trelleborg's offshore operation, based in Houston, has set up a global riser analysis team to incorporate in-house mathematical simulation capabilities into its current engineering...
View Full Details »
HOUSTON—Trelleborg's offshore operation has set up a global riser analysis team to incorporate in-house mathematical simulation capabilities into its current engineering group. HOUSTON—Trelleborg's offshore operation has set up a global riser analysis team to incorporate in-house mathematical simulation capabilities into its current engineering group. $HOUSTON—Trelleborg's offshore operation has set up a global riser analysis team to incorporate in-house mathematical simulation capabilities into its current engineering group.
Mexico prepares its defense of NAFTA
View Description View Full Details
MEXICO CITY—Mexican auto industry officials are lining up their arguments to defend the North American Free Trade Agreement against President-elect Donald Trump's campaign promise to...
View Full Details »
MEXICO CITY—Mexican auto industry officials are lining up their arguments to defend the North American Free Trade Agreement against President-elect Donald Trump's campaign promise to renegotiate the pact or throw it out altogether. MEXICO CITY—Mexican auto industry officials are lining up their arguments to defend the North American Free Trade Agreement against President-elect Donald Trump's campaign promise to renegotiate the pact or throw it out altogether. $MEXICO CITY—Mexican auto industry officials are lining up their arguments to defend the North American Free Trade Agreement against President-elect Donald Trump's campaign promise to renegotiate the pact or throw it out altogether.
Yokohama completes plant expansion in Philippines
View Description View Full Details
  CLARK FREEPORT ZONE, Philippines—Yokohama Tire Philippines Inc. has commissioned an expansion of capacity at its car and light truck tire factory in Clark Freeport Zone, which...
View Full Details »
CLARK FREEPORT ZONE, Philippines—Yokohama has commissioned an expansion of capacity at its car and light truck tire factory in Clark Freeport Zone, which exports the majority of its output to North America, Europe and other ASEAN countries. CLARK FREEPORT ZONE, Philippines—Yokohama has commissioned an expansion of capacity at its car and light truck tire factory in Clark Freeport Zone, which exports the majority of its output to North America, Europe and other ASEAN countries. $CLARK FREEPORT ZONE, Philippines—Yokohama has commissioned an expansion of capacity at its car and light truck tire factory in Clark Freeport Zone, which exports the majority of its output to North America, Europe and other ASEAN countries.
Fry: Market remains stagnant
View Description View Full Details
INDIANAPOLIS—Robert Fry isn't as pessimistic as most when it comes to the economy, but that doesn't mean he is optimistic. Manufacturing production has been flat for the last few years, and...
View Full Details »
INDIANAPOLIS—Robert Fry isn't as pessimistic as most when it comes to the economy, but that doesn't mean he is optimistic. INDIANAPOLIS—Robert Fry isn't as pessimistic as most when it comes to the economy, but that doesn't mean he is optimistic. $INDIANAPOLIS—Robert Fry isn't as pessimistic as most when it comes to the economy, but that doesn't mean he is optimistic.
New president excited to lead ASC
View Description View Full Details
INDIANAPOLIS—It has been a time of transition for the Adhesive and Sealant Council. William Allmond was named the association's new president in August, taking over for Matthew Croson, who...
View Full Details »
INDIANAPOLIS—It has been a time of transition for the Adhesive and Sealant Council as William Allmond took over as the association's new president in August. INDIANAPOLIS—It has been a time of transition for the Adhesive and Sealant Council as William Allmond took over as the association's new president in August. $INDIANAPOLIS—It has been a time of transition for the Adhesive and Sealant Council as William Allmond took over as the association's new president in August.
Firms use Career Fair to search for top talent
View Description View Full Details
PITTSBURGH—What is the current hiring situation in the rubber industry? It depends very much on which part of the industry and what kind of job, according to rubber industry executives...
View Full Details »
PITTSBURGH—Rubber industry recruiters say the current hiring situation in the rubber industry depends on which part of the industry and what kind of job. PITTSBURGH—Rubber industry recruiters say the current hiring situation in the rubber industry depends on which part of the industry and what kind of job. $PITTSBURGH—Rubber industry recruiters say the current hiring situation in the rubber industry depends on which part of the industry and what kind of job.
ARDL purchases land, property for expansion
View Description View Full Details
AKRON—For the first time in more than a decade and a half, Akron Rubber Development Laboratory Inc. is expanding. The family run business recently completed the acquisition of an 11-acre...
View Full Details »
AKRON—For the first time in more than a decade and a half, Akron Rubber Development Laboratory is expanding. AKRON—For the first time in more than a decade and a half, Akron Rubber Development Laboratory is expanding. $AKRON—For the first time in more than a decade and a half, Akron Rubber Development Laboratory is expanding.
Barwell gear pump takes center stage
View Description View Full Details
PITTSBURGH—Barwell Global Ltd. and its U.S. subsidiary, Barwell Machinery USA Inc., exhibited the company's continuous performing gear pump and other high-precision rubber processing...
View Full Details »
PITTSBURGH—Barwell Global and its U.S. subsidiary, Barwell Machinery USA, exhibited the company's continuous performing gear pump and other high-precision rubber processing equipment at the International Elastomer Conference. PITTSBURGH—Barwell Global and its U.S. subsidiary, Barwell Machinery USA, exhibited the company's continuous performing gear pump and other high-precision rubber processing equipment at the International Elastomer Conference. $PITTSBURGH—Barwell Global and its U.S. subsidiary, Barwell Machinery USA, exhibited the company's continuous performing gear pump and other high-precision rubber processing equipment at the International Elastomer Conference.
Bridgestone drives forward; Tire maker's plan includes recharging Firestone
View Description View Full Details
LOS ANGELES—Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations L.L.C. is recharging its Firestone brand for 2017 with four new tires, in addition to a new Bridgestone product and additional sizes for its...
View Full Details »
LOS ANGELES—Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations is recharging its Firestone brand for 2017 with four new tires, in addition to a new Bridgestone product and additional sizes for its Fuzion line. LOS ANGELES—Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations is recharging its Firestone brand for 2017 with four new tires, in addition to a new Bridgestone product and additional sizes for its Fuzion line. $LOS ANGELES—Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations is recharging its Firestone brand for 2017 with four new tires, in addition to a new Bridgestone product and additional sizes for its Fuzion line.
Digital Edition
Digital Edition
Published on September 3, 2007

'Made in USA' not the norm for trailer tires

Have a question? Need some help?
Click here to view the FAQ

Tags

Date Published September 3, 2007
Category

Imports will continue to rule in the niche market of trailer tires for camping and boating customers, according to participants in the field.

No one knows for sure how many trailer tires are imported versus manufactured in the U.S. But like other high-volume tires, trailer tires tend to bring low margins, according to Jeff Kreitzman, CEO of American Pacific Industries Inc.

Kreitzman estimates the U.S. replacement ST, or Special Tires, trailer tire market consists of 6 million to 10 million units.

API has trailer tires made for it by an undisclosed tire manufacturer at its Qingdao, China, plant, but Kreitzman declined to comment on how many units are imported or sold in the U.S.

API plans to launch its own ST trailer tire line in the Gladiator brand next spring, Kreitzman said. Currently, API sells Gladiator-brand medium truck and earthmover tires.

``We have a pretty good customer base in (Gladiator),'' he said. ``We figure it's a natural fit.''

Loosely defined, ST trailer tires are used in a variety of towing applications, including boat, utility and travel trailers, said Tim Landis, vice president of aftermarket and replacement tire sales for Long Beach, Calif.-based Greenball Corp.

Competition in the U.S. trailer tire market has driven prices for the products down and lowered profitability, Kreitzman and Landis both said. However, Landis said Greenball is seeing its radial ST trailer tire business growing as more original equipment manufacturers are preferring radials to bias-ply because of radials' greater load carrying capacity and smoother ride. He declined to disclose sales.

Greenball imports its Towmaster and Transmaster trailer tire brands from Indonesia, Taiwan and China, Landis said.

Other companies that supply ST trailer tires are Goodyear, Titan International Inc., Maxxis International Inc., Carlisle Tire & Wheel Co. and American Kenda Rubber Industries Co. Ltd. Of those firms, Goodyear and Maxxis both said they manufacture their trailer tires in Asia, but neither would say at which plants.

Maurice Taylor Jr., Titan chairman and CEO, recently said that except for a few contracts with trailer manufacturers, Titan is out of the trailer tire business.

The travel trailer and camper manufacturing industry reported revenues of $9.28 billion in 2006 with a 15.9 percent gross profit. These numbers reflect sales in all trailer segments, including those that would not use ST-type tires.

In the boating trailer sector, research firm Statistical Surveys Inc. tracks boat trailer registrations in all states and noted that new registrations fell 34 percent to 64,898 units through May 31 compared with the year-ago period. New boat trailer registrations at year-end 2006 totaled 204,405 units, down from 223,978 in 2005, according to Randy Lemasters, sales and marketing manager for Statistical Surveys.