MTD Magazine Fact Book - January 2012

COVER STORY:

Saul Ludwig interview 2012: Extra sensory perception


By: Bob Ulrich

Saul Ludwig has a sixth sense of sorts, which comes in handy when you are the pre-eminent analyst in the tire industry. He can see not only what is happening inside and outside the marketplace, but also how that affects the future.

FEATURES:

Extra sensory perception

Analyst Saul Ludwig not only looks back at the roller coaster year that was 2011, but also looks ahead to a (seemingly) bright future

40TH ANNUAL FACTS SECTION

Shipments

It was one heck of a roller coaster ride! - In 2011, shipments ebbed and flowed, while prices only went one way: up

Market share

Major brands continue to gain market share: They account for nearly 180 million in passenger and light truck tire shipments

Sales and pricing

$82 billion in tires for just the top 3 tire makers!

Tire dealer profile

Independent tire dealers dominate: They own 61% of the retail market and even more when they wholesale

Plant capacity

Capacity falls 3.2%, but help is on the way

Commercial

Everyone scrambles for usable truck tires: More than 32 million new and retreaded truck tires weren't enough

Index

46th annual MTD Facts Section Index

DEPARTMENTS

Editorial

Online

News/views

Ludwig Report

Business insight - Selling your business: Advance planning is needed to get your best deal

Counter intelligence

Business insight - Online appointment scheduling: Catering to customers who prefer to use the Internet

Focus on industry - 'Lets Go' brand-building: Kumho promises dealers better fill rates, more targeted ads

Focus on industry - AAPEX 2011: Target buyers hit the mark - Attendance was up 17% from 2010, say officials

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