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Goodyear’s Fibreglass TripleTred Tyre Technology Named Finalist in 2005 PACE Competition

29 October 2004

The Goodyear TripleTred Technology, Goodyear’s popular new ""any-season"" tyre, has been recognized as a finalist in the prestigious Automotive News PACE Award competition.

The tyre is a finalist in the Product category, which honours innovations that have significant market impact and act as ""game changers"" in the automotive industry. TripleTred is the only tire among the finalists, which includes numerous electronic and mechanical innovations.

TripleTred Technology incorporates three unique tread zones for superior traction in any kind of weather. A unique Water Zone consisting of deeply carved Aquachutes propels water away from the tyre’s tread to assure more tyre contact with the road when the surface is rain-drenched. An interlocking tread pattern creates an Ice Zone which translates into more gripping power on icy or snow-covered roads. A Dry Zone rounds out the three tread element areas, enhanced by reinforced tyre shoulders for confident manoeuvering around curves, potholes and unexpected road debris on dry pavement.

The tyre incorporates scientific advances in rubber compounding, including the use of fibreglass fibres and volcanic sand in the tyre’s winter formulated compound, which allows the tire to maintain flexibility in cold weather.

Now in its 11th year, the PACE Award (Premier Automotive Suppliers' Contribution to Excellence) recognizes superior innovation, technological advancement and business performance among automotive suppliers. Goodyear won the award in 1999 for its run-flat tires, and again in 2002 for its Wrangler MT/R off-road tires. Goodyear was a finalist in 2004 for the Eagle F1 GS-D3 ultra-performance tire.

""Goodyear is honoured that this innovation has been recognized by the PACE committee,"" said Joseph M. Gingo, Goodyear’s executive vice president, Quality Systems and chief technical officer. ""TripleTred Technology is the current state of all-season tyre science, and it represents Goodyear’s continued commitment to technical leadership and innovation.

""The tyre was engineered with a unique ‘three-tyres-in-one’ feature to let drivers confidently take on rain-drenched highways, icy or snowy roads, or unanticipated situations on dry pavement,"" said Gingo.

The PACE Award Winner will be announced April 11, 2005 in Detroit.





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