The hassles of mounting tire chains during Oregon winters inspired Q Tires founder Michael O'Brien to develop the deployable-studs tire concept more than a decade ago. He built the original prototype about 6 years ago. Q Tires Inc. was founded in 2005 with the goal of becoming a global manufacturer and marketer of all-season all-weather tires that used the firm's patented Studs-on-Q technology. In May, 2006, Q Tires announced that Roy Bromfield had joined the firm as CEO after a 21-year career with Michelin. A number of the other executives at the company also have significant tire industry experience.
During 2007, Q Tires, Inc. corporate headquarters were moved from Akron, Ohio to new offices in Greenville, S.C. The firm's research and development facility in Akron is also headed to new quarters in Greenville.
A joint venture company will produce the Q tire at a new plant in Qingdao, China. A Q Tires representative notes that "although Q tires incorporate several kinds of unique, patented technologies, the essential elements of each Q tire are manufactured using basic processes that have been used to manufacture hundreds of millions of tires over decades."
Let's roll along to the final page, where we'll discuss safety and environmental aspects -- and help you determine if Q tires might be a good choice for your vehicle.