NASHUA, N.H.—Computer software company ASA Tire Systems Group and Goodyear have entered into a product development partnership that could provide the tire maker's retreaders and commercial dealers with a ``ground-up'' blueprint for business operation. The goal of the project is to seamlessly integrate Goodyear's GTRACS Retread Tracking System with ASA's business management software.
The two companies announced the agreement April 14 prior to the International Tire and Rubber Association's exhibition in Louisville. Terms were not disclosed.
Wayne C. Croswell, president of Nashua-based ASA Tire Systems, told TIRE BUSINESS that beta testing of the new software is currently under way in a large Goodyear commercial dealership in the East and in a Mid-Atlantic region-based retread plant. The target date for a launch of the project is July 1.
A press release from the two companies said the interface is intended to give retreaders more options in choosing their computer software and more flexibility in how they run day-to-day business operations.
With the additional product offering, Mr. Croswell said, a Goodyear retreader will be able to take full advantage of the tire maker's retreading specifications while having the data flow automatically into ASA's business systems software, providing the power of both systems rolled into one.
More than 1,000 companies are currently using ASA's business management software, he told TIRE BUSINESS during the ITRA show. The agreement with Goodyear ``opens up a great opportunity for us. If a Goodyear retreader believes he's running the best retreading system in the world, he now has the opportunity to run what we think is the best business development system.''
He said Goodyear is using a fairly high-tech, automated retreading system that includes bar coding, hand-held and laptop computers in the field and analysis of data with the the ability to provide reports for its customers.
``That's important for dealers. It's what they need and want.''
The software, an additional offering from ASA, also opens up the possibility of connectivity for Goodyear customers who do not currently use ASA's system, Mr. Croswell said.
ASA, a division of ASA International Ltd. in Framingham, Mass., held a private retreading symposium in Louisville before the ITRA show to unveil the new software interface to some of its customers. ``They were very open to the possibilities this creates,'' he said.