BOWIE, Md. (March 15) — The Tire Industry Association and Michelin North America Inc. recently discussed the possibility of tire manufacturers getting more involved in spreading information to their dealers about pending legislation that could impact the industry.
Roy Littlefield, TIA executive vice president, said the topic was one of many broached during the association´s meeting March 7 with representatives from Michelin — the first this year of TIA´s annual round of meetings with major tire makers. The trade group plans to meet next week with Toyo Tire (U.S.A.) Corp. and Yokohama Tire Corp. officials.
Littlefield said the association currently asks dealers to contact their legislators to provide input on proposed laws. But he said Michelin suggested the industry create a national "footprint" to spread this information faster to dealers.
During the meeting, TIA and Michelin also discussed international trade, TREAD Act enforcement, training and counterfeiting issues. Littlefield described the get-together as "very, very positive."