AKRON (March 7, 2003) — Goodyear has signed a five-year agreement with TRW Automotive to jointly study tires, braking, suspension and steering systems in order to boost product development for auto makers.
Steve Roth, director of vehicle systems for Akron-based Goodyear, said the focus of the pact is to optimize the interaction between those components.
“The goal will be to enhance vehicle ride, handling and other safety, performance and comfort characteristics,” he said in a statement.
Under the agreement, Goodyear will share its design integration and manufacturing knowledge in conventional and extended mobility tires, plus its engineered rubber products such as airsprings, bushings and mountings. The tire maker also will share information about functional areas related to ride, handling, traction, wear, noise and vibration.
In turn, Livonia, Mich.-based TRW will share design and engineering knowledge of advanced braking, steering and suspension systems, including how the company uses the technology to improve braking and performance.