May 8, 2000 |
When TireDex.com opened its business-to-business Web site late last year, executives at the company that bills itself as "the tire dealer's exchange" saw few road hazards ahead. The B2B wheel has continued to spin, however, and the Newport Beach-based company now faces significant competition from established automotive industry players and a cadre of online start-ups.
September 20, 2000 |
The Bridgestone/Firestone tire fiasco not only brings the lethal risks of badly made tires into clear focus, it also raises the troubling question of whether consumers generally have any defense against such defects. Tire industry experts say that American motorists are generally far too complacent about tire quality--that when buying tires, they seldom take into consideration easily obtainable information about important design characteristics.
November 7, 1986 |
Can there be method to this madness? Sir James Goldsmith, leading a group of international financiers, says he wants to take over Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and improve its management performance, when there is no evidence that Goldsmith has any ability to run an industrial company and when Goodyear, which has bested competition here and abroad to stay No. 1 in world tire making, would seem to have no need for lessons in management. Still, in response to Goldsmith and his associates buying 11.
July 28, 1998 |
Continental, the world's fourth-largest tire maker, said Monday it was expanding its business by buying the brake and chassis business of ITT Industries Inc. for $1.93 billion. Germany's Continental, whose brands include Uniroyal and General tires, said the purchase would enable it to participate in a trend toward producing entire car components, including so-called smart tire systems with electronic stability programs to stabilize a car during tight turns.
May 12, 2004 |
A good set of tires has always made a big difference in safety, fuel economy and handling, but one area that is getting new attention is the quality of tires to reduce or increase the amount of noise a vehicle makes. Tire manufacturers are racing to develop tires that reduce noise, aiming to meet tough new standards mandated by European and Asian nations that want to reduce noise pollution. Though U.S.
November 13, 1994 |
One does not speak well of the 1980s in polite company. In right-thinking circles, the decade merits at best a grim shake of the head; we recall it without fondness as a period of orgiastic consumption presided over by a Claymation President bent on crushing the poor, engorging the rich and impoverishing future generations; a time of crooked financiers shuffling and reshuffling assets, of debt and deception and the selling of our birthright to the Japanese.