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New Michelin Interface from ASA Tire Systems Reaps Huge Rewards

NASHUA, NH (December 13, 2005) - ASA Tire Systems announced today the completion and successful deployment of a new interface to Michelin’s BibTread system. The development allows independent tire dealers to move retread information from the Michelin BibTread software to ASA’s TireMax accounting and point of sale software electronically and seamlessly.

ASA Tire Systems worked closely with Piedmont Truck Tires of North Carolina to deploy the new interface to Michelin’s BibTread system. Piedmont has been using ASA’s TireMax software for more than 15 years and Michelin’s BibTread system since 2004, and was eager to interface the two. Before this development, Piedmont spent countless hours manually logging information between the two systems.

According to Dan Rice, president of Piedmont Truck Tires, with ASA’s new interface to BibTread, “We are definitely saving both time and money.  We have eliminated at least 4 hours of clerical time everyday, equating to at least $25,000 a year savings in salary and benefits. Additionally, we are now able to use bar code numbers to serialize and account for all carcasses that are processed in the system.  With this new functionality we can capture previously missed repair revenue equaling over $10,000 per month.” In short, with ASA Tire Systems’ new interface to BibTread, Rice will realize a near $150,000 annual benefit.

Today, when they are produced in the retread shop, Piedmont is able to stock transfer tires to their eight stores electronically. All consumed retread materials and carcasses are taken out of inventory automatically and tracking tires has become very easy with the TireMax to BibTread Interface.  “The reports that can be generated with the information gathered by these two systems are a big selling tool for our sales people and a great benefit to our customers,” says Rice.

"We are extremely pleased with the latest advancement of our TireMax software,” stated Wayne Croswell, President of ASA Tire Systems. “It was a real team effort for our development team working closely with Piedmont Truck Tires and Michelin. In the end, Piedmont will benefit greatly from this cost saving enhancement.”

Michelin BibTread software provides complete management of every step of the retreading and repair process, tracking each tire through its receiving, inspection, repair, and final invoicing. Detailed fleet specifications for allowable age, number of retreads, number of repairs and tread type are maintained for each tire.

About ASA Tire Systems

ASA Tire Systems is a wholly owned subsidiary of the private holding company, ASA International Ltd. Headquartered in Nashua, New Hampshire; ASA Tire Systems develops and builds enterprise-wide software solutions, delivers support and services, and enables leading Independent Tire Dealers to achieve a maximum return on their information technology investment. For more information on all of ASA Tire Systems products, contact ASA at 866.210.6717, email info@asatire.com or visit www.asatire.com.


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