Mike Manges

Mike Manges

Editor

Mike Manges is Modern Tire Dealer’s editor. A 20-year-plus tire industry veteran, he is a three-time International Automotive Media Association award winner and holds a Gold Award from the Association of Automotive Publication Editors. Mike has traveled the world in pursuit of stories that will help independent tire dealers move their businesses forward. Before rejoining MTD in September 2019, he held corporate communications positions at two Fortune 500 companies, and served as MTD’s senior editor from 2000 to 2010.

ARTICLES

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Electric Trucks Pose Challenges for Tiremakers

Range, Torque and Weight Are Concerns

Electric vehicles for personal use are getting a lot of press, but electrification is coming to the domestic heavy-duty truck market, too. What impact will electric trucks have on tire design and construction? Truck tire suppliers share their thoughts in this MTD exclusive.


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Gacin

Michelin's in Motion: Garcin Discusses Why Tire Dealers Will Remain 'At the Center' of Michelin's Strategy

The Michelin Group's new Michelin in Motion strategy calls for 20% to 30% of the company’s total sales to come from “non-tire businesses” by the year 2030. Michelin also announced that it will “expand, invest and innovate” in five other areas. Where do independent tire dealers fit into the equation? In this MTD interview, Alexis Garcin, chairman and president of Michelin North America Inc., explains the role dealers will play.


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May EV story

How Electric Vehicles Impact Tire Design

Tiremakers Juggle Weight, Torque, Noise and Range as They Work to Minimize Performance Trade-Offs

While still making up a relatively small percentage of all personal vehicles sold in the U.S., the number of EVs on American roads is expected to multiply over the next several years as governments and vehicle manufacturers pursue electrification. MTD recently spoke with tire manufacturers who have an original equipment presence in the U.S. to learn how EVs are impacting tire design and construction. 


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Apollo

Apollo Launches North American Truck Tire Line

Company Wants 'Servicing Dealers' for Distribution Network

Apollo Tyres is taking aim at the North American commercial truck tire market with the introduction of Apollo brand medium truck tires next month. The roll-out represents the culmination of nearly five years of research and three years of real-world testing by trucking fleets across various vocations.


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ITDG

Program, Dealer Group Offerings Continue to Evolve

But the 'Basics' Are Still Valued by Members

“The industry looks considerably different than it did 15 years ago, both in the retail marketplace and the manufacturing and distribution arenas,” says Dave Marks, president and CEO of the Independent Tire Dealers Group LLC. “It’s impacting all sides of the market.” 


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Gallagher Tire

Gallagher Tire Uses Web Portal to Grow Specialty Tire Sales

It’s probably safe to say that as a product segment, specialty tires are not normally associated with e-commerce — at least in the minds of most consumers. But then again, specialty tire enthusiasts are not standard tire buyers, says J.P Gallagher, owner of Gallagher Tire, a specialty tire wholesale distributor based in Spring City, Pa.  And Gallagher Tire, he adds, is not your average tire dealership.


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Bandag

'We're Bullish on 2021,' Says Bandag's Roanhouse

Despite enjoying 44% of the U.S. retreaded truck tire market through its Bandag brand, Bridgestone Americas Inc. is not resting on its laurels. In this MTD exclusive, Jason Roanhouse, executive director, Bandag operations, Bridgestone Commercial Solutions, discusses how Bandag pulled through COVID-19, high-growth segments of the market, the evolving demands of retread customers and more.


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Kenda

Kenda’s Stotsenburg Talks Products, Investment and Tariffs

Company is 'Reassessing its Sourcing'

Coming off a strong 2020, American Kenda Rubber Co. Ltd. continues to expand its product portfolio in several rapidly growing segments. In this MTD exclusive, Brandon Stotsenburg, vice president of the company’s automotive division, discusses opportunities that Kenda sees in different areas. He also reveals steps that Kenda is taking to mitigate the impact of potential tariffs on its passenger and light truck tires.


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F Direct

Bridgestone Launches Mobile Tire and Vehicle Service

Firestone Direct Program is Currently Available in Four Markets

Bridgestone Americas Inc. is launching a mobile tire and vehicle service for consumers and fleets under the Firestone Direct name. The service - currently available through Bridgestone company-owned stores in four metro markets - will offer tire installation and repair, as well as oil changes, brake work and other services. 


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