BFS's Aiken plant receives award
GRANITEVILLE, S.C.- Bridgestone/-Firestone's Aiken County, S.C., plant has received the Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing.
The prize promotes world-class manufacturing and recognizes companies that achieve superior customer satisfaction and business results. The philosophy of the prize is that world-class business performance may be achieved through focused improvements in core manufacturing and business processes.
``Our goal at Bridgestone/Firestone...is excellence in all areas of manufacturing,'' said Mike Rose, general manager of operations at the South Carolina plant.
Goodyear's Gibara re-elected director
AKRON-Goodyear shareholders re-elected Chairman and CEO Sam G. Gibara to a three-year term as director during the tire maker's annual meeting in Akron April 15.
Also re-elected were directors William J. Hudson Jr., retired president and CEO of AMP Inc., a maker of electrical and electronic components and assemblies, and Martin D. Walker, retired chairman and CEO of polymer company M.A. Hanna Co.
Shareholders also approved a proposal requesting the board take steps to establish annual elections of all directors.
Wrangler MT/R wins PACE award
DEARBORN, Mich.-Goodyear's Wrangler MT/R off-road tire, which is standard equipment on the 2003 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, has won the Automotive News PACE product innovation award.
PACE (Premier Automotive Contributions to Excellence) Awards honor automotive industry suppliers and original equipment manufacturers ``who have embraced innovation and adapted and reinvented themselves to keep abreast of the constantly rising performance bar of the OEM customer,'' award officials said.
PACE judges said Goodyear's compound and materials give the Wrangler MT/R better ability to brush off sidewall cuts and punctures.
SEMA helps nix proposed standard
WASHINGTON-The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), working with the U.S. government and a group of companies that imports goods to Mexico, has successfully scrapped a proposed Mexican domestic wheel standard.
That standard, called ``Auto,'' would have increased costs of importing wheels for the Mexican market, a SEMA spokeswoman said.
The standard could have significantly hiked the price of imported wheels in Mexico by requiring all aftermarket wheels be tested in Mexican labs and be certified and imprinted with Mexico-specific information, she said.
SEMA will be involved in the next steps in determining the governmental standard for how aftermarket wheels or rims will go to market in Mexico, the spokeswoman said.
Truck owners praise Michelins
AGOURA Hills, Calif.-J.D. Power and Associates' 2001 Heavy-Duty Truck Original Equipment Tire Report said truck owners gave high marks to Michelin tires for overall satisfaction and that Bridgestone tire owners reported a low incidence of problems.
Michelin got strong ratings from Class 8 customers in the three areas that comprise overall satisfaction: tire safety, wear and tread life, and tire value. Bridgestone also fared well, but below Michelin, on the same attributes. Bridgestone customers reported the fewest number of things gone wrong, in numbers of problems per 100 tires, the study found.
Goodyear also was included in the study, Power said.