Brief Excerpt from Industry Overview Chapter:
Companies in this industry distribute new and used tires and tubes for passenger and commercial vehicles. Major companies include American Tire Distributors and TBC Corporation (both based in the US), as well as Bond International (UK), Dynamic Tire (Canada), and PPC Asia (Philippines).
Radical changes in the replacement-tire market threaten to disrupt what traditionally has been relatively stable industry. Manufacturers increasingly are taking control of their own distribution, cutting out wholesalers: Goodyear in 2018 announced that it will no longer use tire wholesale industry leader ATD as a distributor. And while only 7% of replacement consumer tires were sold online in 2017, online tire sales pose a small but growing competitive threat to tire dealers and wholesalers that supply them. Other potential disruptors for tire wholesalers include ride-sharing services, car-sharing services, and autonomous vehicles, which in combination may someday reduce the number of cars on the road and the number of miles driven.
PRODUCTS, OPERATIONS & TECHNOLOGY
Tire wholesalers sell new replacement automobile tires (about 70% of US revenue); new replacement truck, bus, and industrial tires (20%); and used or retreaded tires (less than 5%). (Original tires for new cars are sold directly to car companies, called OEMs, by tire manufacturers.) Some wholesalers also sell wheels, accessories, and related tire supplies and tools.
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