Toyo launches an e-store on Web site
CYPRESS, Calif.-Toyo Tires (USA) Corp. has launched an e-store on its interactive Web sites, www.toyo.com and www.teamtoyo.com.
The e-store provides secure online shopping with what the company calls an easy-to-navigate selection of merchandise.
``The Toyo e-store will provide an opportunity for enthusiasts to purchase specialty items such as clothing and a variety of collectible items,'' said Dana Zamalloa, Toyo marketing communications manager.
``Besides the traditional line of golf shirts, t-shirts and jackets, Toyo also will offer clothing for women and trendy youth market items.''
Michelin supports use of monitors
GREENVILLE, S.C.-The new CEO of Group Michelin recently told a group of foreign journalists in Greenville that tire pressure monitoring devices are an excellent idea.
``There has been a big wake-up about tire safety in the United States,'' said Edouard Michelin, 35, about the federal requirement for monitors on cars and light trucks beginning in November 2003. ``And therefore I think it's time to move to a precise device to take care of tire pressure.''
Mr. Michelin said he doesn't anticipate any additional cuts over the 2,000 announced in September and that the company will continue its $100 million-plus annual investment in its North American operations.
Mr. Michelin was in Greenville to meet with the company's North American management, while the journalists came to the U.S. to tour a copper mine and visit Michelin's Lexington, S.C., OTR tire facility.
Turanza EL 42 OE on new BMW
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-BMW A.G. has selected the Bridgestone Turanza EL 42 as the exclusive all-season original equipment tire for the redesigned 2002 BMW 7-Series.
BFS said it is supplying the V-rated tire in size P245/50R18, adding that it was tuned for this OE application and represents the culmination of development and engineering work between it and BMW.
Goodyear may shut mold plant
AKRON-Goodyear is likely to close its Stow, Ohio, tire mold-making facility, citing a dwindling market, overcapacity and high operating costs.
The company said June 12 it is ``evaluating the facility's future'' and that discussions with the United Steelworkers of America union designed to find cost savings at the plant have been unsuccessful, leaving closure as the most viable option.
``Both sides looked at this situation from almost every angle,'' Goodyear said. ``The costs appear to be too high to continue.''
BFS receives industry awards
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-Bridgestone/Firestone has garnered several supplier honors including its seventh consecutive Supplier of the Year award from General Motors Corp. for exceptional performance in quality, service, technology and price.
The tire maker also received its first ``Manufacturer of the Year'' award from Peter Kiewit, a large North American construction and mining firm, which selected BFS for contributions to its overall business improvement.
Honda of America Manufacturing Inc. also presented BFS with its second consecutive Environmental Recognition Award, citing the tire maker's environmental efforts, and New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. (NUMMI), a joint venture between GM and Toyota Motor Corp., honored the company's LaVergne, Tenn., tire plant for outstanding quality and delivery.