BFS participating in Toys for Tots program
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-Bridgestone/Firestone will partner again with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation to collect toys and other gifts for needy children.
This is the second year of BFS' three-year sponsorship of the program.
``We saw from the success of our efforts last year that Toys for Tots really makes a difference in the lives of so many children,'' said John Gamauf, president of consumer replacement tire for BFS.
Last year the program distributed 19 million new toys to 7.5 million children in the U.S.
Designated BFS retail outlets, including independent and company-owned shops, will serve as drop-off sites for their communities. Toy collection campaigns run from October through Dec. 16.
Michelin: More drivers checking air pressure
GREENVILLE, S.C.-More drivers are properly maintaining their tires' air pressure in light of the recent spike in gas prices, according to a survey by Michelin North America Inc.
Commissioned by Michelin's Uniroyal brand in mid-August, the survey found nearly 50 percent of Americans said they are checking their air pressure once a month. Another 37 percent check the pressure quarterly.
In 2003, a survey by the Rubber Manufacturers Association found that only one in seven drivers correctly checked their air pressure.
``Despite the best efforts of organizations such as the RMA and (the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) to educate drivers about the connection between proper tire air pressure and improved fuel economy, the message perhaps did not always resonate with most of the driving population. But a noticeable shift is appearing now with gas prices hovering around $3 per gallon,'' the tire maker said in its statement.
Amerityre develops non-pneumatic spare
BOULDER CITY, Nev.-Amerityre Corp. said it has completed the developmental phase of its non-pneumatic temporary passenger car tire and hopes to begin testing prototypes.
Amerityre is delivering production-quality prototypes to the automotive industry for testing and evaluation, the Boulder City-based company said, adding that the tires have completed some testing and can carry loads of up to 2,000 pounds per tire.
``The automotive industry evaluation phase is the next important step towards commercializing this technology,'' said Richard Steinke, president and CEO. ``We now have a product that can cover the entire range of small to full-size automobiles.''
Amerityre claims the tires will provide motorists with a more reliable spare tire because it doesn't require air and won't go flat.
Michelin supports military goodwill effort
GREENVILLE, S.C.-Michelin North America Inc. is supporting ``Operation Wheels of Freedom,'' a goodwill and entertainment program for the U.S. military, in cooperation with car makers, media and automotive performance sponsors.
Operation Wheels of Freedom will take a fleet of nine American-made performance vehicles to six U.S. military bases this year for autocross and high-speed driving demonstrations.
The program will visit bases where troops are either readying for deployment or returning from tours of duty. These are: New River Marine Corps Air Station and Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base, Jacksonville, N.C.; Guantanamo Bay Naval Air Station, Cuba; Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Base, Twentynine Palms, Calif.; Fort Bragg, Fort Bragg, N.C.; and Fort Hood, Fort Hood, Texas.
The idea behind Operation Wheels of Freedom was to develop an ``edutainment'' program-one that was fun, entertaining and offered a respite from the tension of everyday military life-but that at the same time delivered messages and applicable skills that would help keep soldiers safe on the streets around the base and back home.
Michelin is providing Michelin- and BFGoodrich-brand tires along with technical and logistical advice to the program.
Chemical company buys sealant division
ATLANTA-Kor-Chem Inc., a specialty chemical manufacturer, has bought PneumaSeal, a tire sealant business, from Pneumateck Industries Inc. for an undisclosed amount.
PneumaSeal is distributed nationally and is designed to prevent flats for the life of the tire, the company claims. It can be used in tires for on automobiles, ATVs, go karts, golf carts, pickup trucks, lawn mowers, tractors, boat trailers, construction vehicles, motorcycles and wheelbarrows.
Kor-Chem specializes in chemicals for the automotive aftermarket, sanitation, water treatment, screen printing, industrial maintenance and heating and air conditioning markets.
SCCA picks Proxes RA1for Spec Miata class
CYPRESS, Calif.-The Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) has selected the Toyo Proxes RA1 as the exclusive tire for its Club Racing Spec Miata class in national competition from 2006-2008.
The SCCA selected the RA1 after testing various tires at Heartland Park Topeka on an assortment of Mazda Miata race cars equipped with 1.6- and 1.8-liter engines. Tire choice previously was unlimited.
``The Proxes RA1 was first developed for SCCA Club Racing,'' said Travis Roffler, senior director of marketing, Toyo Tire (U.S.A.) Corp. ``We are excited to be involved with this competitive series, enjoying a relationship since it was first conceived.''
The RA1 already is the official tire of SPEED World Challenge and National Automotive Speed Association's Spec Miata series.
The overall contingency program by Toyo for 2006 will total $85,000 in cash with payouts for each national event, year-end divisional standings and the SCCA National Championship Runoffs.
Separately, Hankook Tire of America Corp. supplies its Ventus Z211 as the spec tire for the SCCA's Mazda Miata North American Cup Series professional competition.