RMA publishes 1998 facts book WASHINGTON—The Rubber Manufacturers Association has published the 1998 edition of its comprehensive, statistical document, ``Tire Industry Facts.''
The booklet provides the latest tire production, rubber consumption and marketing trend information, compiled directly from data provided by the U.S. tire manufacturers and importers.
The book has up-to-date information on foreign trade and other trends within each tire market segment, as well as the most popular tire sizes, statistics on industry employment, producer price indices and other pertinent facts.
``Tire Industry Facts'' is available for $60, which includes shipping and handling as well as the ``Tire Industry Fact Book Pocket Summary & Reference Guide.''
For copies, call the RMA's Market Information Services at (202) 682-4860 and request an order form, or print the form from the organization's Web site at www.rma.org and fax it to (202) 682-4870.
Bridgestone gives funds to Turkey
TOKYO—Bridgestone Corp. is donating $200,000 to aid earthquake victims in Turkey.
The tire maker's Izmit plant, which it operates through a joint venture with the Sabanci Group, suffered heavy damage during the Aug. 17 quake and restarted partial operation Sept. 7. Eighteen of the company's 1,347 employees died.
Bridgestone/Firestone Inc., the tire maker's U.S. subsidiary, has set up a $50,000 account, which it will donate at the end of September.
NHTSA finds Ford spares OK
WASHINGTON—Spare tires on Ford F-150 pickup trucks don't appear to suffer permanent damage from the sidewalls rubbing against the truck beds during storage, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has determined.
Involved in the NHTSA investigation were 479,226 1998 Ford F-150s equipped with 16- and 17-inch tires. NHTSA and Ford Motor Co. received 14 complaints about grooves and indentations in the spare sidewalls caused by the spares' being cinched to the trucks' underpans.
But tests by Goodyear and Continental General Tire Inc. confirmed Ford's contention that the grooves were merely cosmetic and would rebound in use, the agency said. CGT did recommend that Ford redesign the spare tire holders to eliminate the indentations.
None of the complaints about the spares involved tire failure, accidents or injuries, NHTSA said.
Another NHTSA investigation involving spare tires on pickups is ongoing, according to NHTSA documents. That investigation involves the spares on 1.45 million Chevrolet S-10 trucks built between 1991 and 1996.
The cable/winch assemblies holding the spares to the trucks allegedly can break and cause the tires to fall, in some cases bouncing and damaging the trucks, the agency said.
Goodyear ro open logistics center
AKRON—Goodyear will open a 1-million-sq.-ft. logistics center in DeKalb, Ill., as part of its plan to integrate distribution of its Goodyear and Kelly tire lines.
Goodyear built the new center, one of its largest in North America, for an undisclosed sum, according to a spokesman. The DeKalb facility is part of Goodyear's plans, announced in 1998, to combine 32 warehouses into 18 megawarehouses carrying all Goodyear brands.
Customized Transportation Inc., a subsidiary of CSX Corp., will operate the center for Goodyear, the spokesman said.The facility is scheduled to open in September, but the firm isn't disclosing the opening date.
Gegax writes book on success
NEW YORK—Tom Gegax, CEO of Burnsville, Minn.-based Team Tires Plus Ltd., has written "Winning in the Game of Life: Self-Coaching Secrets for Success," a book that shares his strategies on how to succeed in business and personal life.
Mr. Gegax details how he overcame cancer, divorce and financial ruin to build a tire dealership with expected sales of more than $200 million in 1999.
The book, published by Harmony Books, costs $24.
AKRON—Tire Business will publish its millennium keepsake issue, a look into the past, present and future of the tire industry, on Sept. 27.
The publication will focus on events that changed tire retailing, interviews with leading tire industry players on the future and challenges faced by dealers today. The issue will cost $10.