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Market Demand Leads Goodyear to Triple Radial Aircraft Tire Production

21 June 2001

Due to the increased worldwide customer demand for radial aircraft tires, Goodyear has tripled its production of these tires at its Danville, Va., USA plant.

""We are making this announcement on the eve of the Paris Air Show because many of our customers attend this premier aviation event and we want all of them to know how we are responding to their needs,"" said Alex Dumm, Goodyear's general manager for global aviation products. The company, based in Akron, Ohio, USA, invested more than $10 million in the Danville expansion, which included adding manufacturing space and installing a new tire-building system. Production began this month. Radial tires produced on the new equipment will fit commercial aircraft such as the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 and military and private aircraft, according to Dumm. ""This new capacity is a direct response to the growth of the radial segment of the aviation marketplace. Radialization is beginning to happen because of the advantages of radial tires."" For example, Goodyear's Flight Radials for commercial aircraft are tough, durable tires that weigh 10 to 20 percent less than comparable bias-ply aircraft tires, and have reduced rolling resistance; both lead to increased fuel efficiency. It also has extra load-carrying capacity and can deliver more landings per tread. All add up to reduced overall operational costs. In addition to Danville, Goodyear makes aviation tires in Bangkok, Thailand, and Sao Paulo, Brazil. Additional information on Goodyear's aviation tire product line is on the company's website

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