Business, Equipment, TCA

Robert Mercer, Former Goodyear CEO, Dies at 96

Goodyear CEO and Chairman Robert Mercer sits behind his desk at Goodyear Headquarters in November 1987. Goodyear CEO and Chairman Robert Mercer sits behind his desk at Goodyear Headquarters in November 1987. (Akron Beacon Journal)

Robert E. Mercer, a former chairman and CEO of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., died Aug. 28 at the age of 96.

Robin Goist | The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)
September 1, 2020
Business, Equipment

BFGoodrich Unveils Tires Designed for LTL, Last-Mile Use

BFGoodrich Route Control S and D BFGoodrich Route Control S (left) and Route Control D tires. (BFGoodrich)

BFGoodrich introduced two tires designed for less-than-truckload and last-mile delivery applications in the package and delivery, food and beverage, and other same-day and next-day segments.

June 11, 2020
Business, Equipment

Yokohama, Continental Resume Tire Production

Yokohama tires Yokohama Tire Corp.

Two tire manufacturers that had suspended production due to the COVID-19 crisis have restarted their factories.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
April 28, 2020
Business, Equipment, Safety

Yokohama, Continental Suspend Production of New Tires

A Yokohama tire warehouse A Yokohama tire warehouse. The shutdown is scheduled to last two weeks. (Yokohama Tire Corp.)

Two more manufacturers have idled production of new tires amid the nationwide economic slowdown brought on by the coronavirus.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
March 27, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment

How Smart Tire Technology Is Changing Fleet Management

SMAR-te Tire Pilot SAF-Holland has introduced SMAR-te Tire Pilot, which automatically adjusts tire pressure based on the trailer axle load. (SAF-Holland)

Bob Herr can’t do it alone. Neither can the 85 drivers and the 90-vehicle fleet he manages at food service distributor Feesers Inc. For Herr and other fleet managers, intelligent tires are helping to prevent those costly and time-consuming tire failures.

Jim Romeo | Special to Transport Topics
March 6, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Snider Offers Drive-Over Tire Diagnostic System

The WheelRight system The WheelRight system measures tire pressure, tread depth, sidewall damage, vehicle weight and tire temperature. (Nancy Donahue/Red Letter Marketing)

Snider Fleet Solutions announced it made a “significant ownership investment” in WheelRight Ltd., a U.K.-based technology company focused on tire diagnostics and maintenance.

February 7, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Hankook Tire Looks to AI to Improve Production

Hankook tires on truck Generally, it takes six months to three years to develop a new tire compound, but this period is expected to be reduced by 50% if artificial intelligence is used, according to Hankook. (Hanook Tire)

Hankook Tire, whose commercial products are on U.S. fleets, announced the predictive model it is developing using artificial intelligence could slash in half the time it takes to develop tire compounds.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
December 4, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

P.S.I. Extends Warranty in Combination With SKF

Pressure Systems International announced it extended the parts coverage warranty on its automatic tire inflation system by two years when the system is used in combination with SKF’s Trouble-Free Operation system.

December 2, 2019
Business, Equipment

With Eye on Future, Continental Opens Mississippi Tire Plant

Continental tire plant Continental's new tire plant in Clinton, Miss. (Continental)

German tire manufacturer Continental AG celebrated the grand opening of its first plant dedicated to truck tires, the company said in an Oct. 16 news release.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
October 22, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Fleets Must Choose Tire Inflation, Monitoring Systems That Work Best for Their Operations, Industry Representatives Say

Hendrickson tire inflator A view of the Hendrickson tire inflator at the 2017 North American Vehicle Show in Atlanta on Sept. 26, 2017. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Blown-out, flat or damaged tires are considered by fleets to be at least a leading cause of roadside maintenance calls for commercial trucks, while underinflated tires are the single-biggest source of tire issues in general.

June 24, 2019