Walter J. Weller
Senior Vice President
China Manufacturers Alliance (CMA), LLC
The decision by the ITC in favor of Chinese truck tires took the Tire Industry and industry observers by surprise even though the Department of Commerce had already assigned punitive anti-dumping and countervailing duties.
This presentation will provide some clarity to the process, examine the industry data that supported the final decision as well as the arguments against the Chinese industry, and debunk some myths. We will explore the facts that caused the complaint to be filed, discuss the TBR market situation in the US during the period of investigation, and explain the surprising outcome as well as what the future may hold for Chinese truck tires in the US market and the possibility of a future complaint. We will shed some light on the potential impact of future complaints on the existing industry profile in the US.
About Walter J. Weller
Walt is a 30+ year veteran of the tire industry having worked for all three major manufacturers in various capacities. After starting his career in the tire industry with Michelin in 1976 he moved to Bridgestone USA where he held positions as National Fleet & OE Manager & National Sales Manager. After the Firestone acquisition by Bridgestone Corporation he held positions as General Manager Business Planning in Tokyo and then returned to the U.S. as Executive Director of Retail Operations, Vice President Commercial Sales, & in 1997 President of Bridgestone Firestone Mexico.
After leaving Bridgestone in 2001 he took a position with Goodyear Tire & Rubber as Director of Marketing Commercial Tire Systems in 2002. He left Goodyear in 2003 to own and operate a small manufacturing company.
However, the tire industry came calling again and since 2006 Walt has been working with CMA, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Double Coin Holdings Ltd out of Shanghai, China as Senior Vice President. He is married with 5 children and lives with his wife, Marjorie, in Thompson’s Station, Tennessee.