AKRON (Aug. 7, 2003) — The Tire and Rim Association Inc. (TRA) will mark its 100th anniversary on Aug. 13 with a special anniversary edition of its Year Book.
The association originally was established as The Clincher Tire Manufacturers' Association in Cleveland. Now based in Akron, the group—which switched names first in 1917 with the advent of straight side rims and standards for tire loads and inflations—specializes in technical standards for the tire, rim, valve and allied parts industries. It became the Tire and Rim Association in 1933. The group's primary purpose is to establish and publish interchangeability standards and recommendations to be recognized and followed worldwide.
Currently 40 domestic and 48 foreign tire, rim and allied parts manufacturers belong to the association, the group said.
The Year Book includes the latest engineering specifications and recommendations compiled by technical and engineering personnel at member companies. The anniversary edition is available from the association, 175 Montrose West Ave., Copley, Ohio 44321. The group's phone number is (330) 666-8121; its Web site is at www.us-tra.org.