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All Goodyear/Dunlop Tyres Stuff
All Goodyear/Dunlop Tyres Stuff
Naturally, the compound on the Goodyear/Dunlop tyres, is generated from computers. Of course, to provide the tyres with tread pattern. Including, high-void all-terrain pattern with interlocking tread blocks.
Subsequently, this is also backed by placing the sipes. So, in a way that rejects and throws out pieces of grit and gravel. At one time tyres with many sipes would also be noisy when driving on normal tarmac roads. The Goodyear/Dunlop tyres, with all their siping can now run much quieter, on normal tarmac roads, due to the computer design
Former worker Gurdev Rai with son Balwinder at the site Men who finished the last ever shift yesterday at the Goodyear plant in Bushbury Lane, Wolverhampton, spoke of their sadness. Many workers were too upset to talk after their farewell shifts, as cars streamed out in their masses from […]
Goodyear Say Goodbye
This is about the closure of the last tyre plant out of Wolverhampton. Goodyear were in their heydays in the sixties and up to the eighties.
I became a member of their retail tyre organisation in the seventies. For this reason, I have always had a soft touch for the giant tyre makers from the USA.
Unfortunately, Goodyear tyres have slowly pulled out of the UK, to other locations across the world. Naturally, looking for lower costs and cheaper labour rates.
More job cuts were to follow, with 550 axed in 1997 and staff numbers whittled down to 2,500 by 2000.
Last Friday a total of 283 workers bid goodbye to Goodyear. Hence, these workers were offered new posts in their replacement factory, in Mexico. Ironically, not one of the Birmingham staff took up the offer, (surprise-surprise?).
Thousands gathered to witness the end of an era as the iconic blue and yellow Goodyear chimney was pulled down the following year.
Used two VW Golfs for the testing purposes. The new Goodyear tyres were tested by competing them with a competotors tyre. Hence the tests were carried out for performance and wet driving conditions.
AS a result, these kinds of testing are very important. Hence, the data is used to mdernise compounds and tread deigns. Accordingly, Goodyear have a few testing tracks including one in Luxemburgh. I have been lucky enough to visit this track. Indeed, I took part in the test for the Goodyear Grand Prix tyres.
Of course, the tyres were teted using bog standard Vauxhall Cavalier 1600 models.So, the tyres were 18570R13 in size. My tester was a Swdedish rally driver. I just forget his name. However, he tore a set of tyres off the car in one circuit of the Luxenburgh track? A terrifying experience?
Goodyear invited us to its test track at Mireval, near Montpellier, to test the EfficientGrip Performance and compare it with some of its competitors on the wet.
Signatories from as far afield as the US, Nigeria and Mexico have added their names to a protest against proposals which would see 330 jobs axed
Goodyear-Dunlop Closure petition
This is what we should be doing more of?
We should be protesting about these closures and not just laying down. it probably will close in the end but at least the workers will have had a go at trying to change the companies mind.
What about people?
This is thing that i really resent. As the owner of a tyre shop in Halifax Yorkshire,UK, my main concern has always been my staffs well being. The large corporate companies just tread all over their staff, without any concern about their welfare, they just move for profits.
I appreciate that not all big companies are the same, but the tyre industry has its fair share of bad ones.
The Goodyear-Dunlop closure will be no different. In my lifetime in the tyre industry, both these huge tyre giants have slowly pulled out of their manufacturing base in the Birmingham area of the UK. In my opinion what they do not seem to realise is that it knocks the stuffing out of people and communities, and would have ruined many a life in the past closures.
We never learn how much money these companies actually save in the end, but in my opinion the Goodyear-Dunlop closure will only accelerate the slow demise of these one time great tyre companies. I believe that in the not too distant future companies from outside the UK will move here, when they realise that we are a centuries old economy with great skills and man power to be used. It only needs incentives from our government to help this to happen and goodbye to Goodyear and Dunlop.
Just a few weeks ago weather experts were forecasting the coldest winter in six years, this week the bookies are slashing the odds on what could be Britain’s hottest Christmas! Who knows what the UK weather has in store for us over the coming weeks, but this uncertainty plays […]
Goodyear All-Season Tyres
Just a month ago weather experts from some of the British tabloids, were telling us all that we could expect the coldest winter in six years.
To be fair, none of us really know what theBritish weather could throw at us over the coming weeks. Therefore it could rain and give us flooding, similar to last December. When many parts of my beloved Yorkshire were flooded. So, on the other hand, we could have a cold spell and blizzards.
This is one of the things that makes living in the UK so exciting. But this uncertainty plays into the hands of Goodyear and the other large tyre companies. Hence, as it gears up to celebrate its introduction of the first all-season tyre 30 years ago.
Whilst other tyre manufacturers have introduced their own all season variants. Goodyear’s current Vector range continues to win plaudits in independent tests and from OEM manufacturers, as shown in the latest all-season test carried out by leading English magazine ‘Auto Express’, where Goodyear has taken the crown once again with the Vector 4Seasons Gen-2 tyre.
There are many jobs within a BTCC garage, be it general mechanic, technical director or driver, but one is often overlooked – the…
Dunlop Tyres racing team
This is a great article to read if you are a fan of motorsport, in particular the work that goes into the preparation of racing tyres, by the Dunlop Tyres racing team ,before and during the race.
As the article states, the tyre guys are generally overlooked, but do a great and important task preparing cars as part of the Dunlop tyres racing team.
The Dunlop tyres racing team turn up in their huge truck. The truck is equipped with a full stock of tyres that will be required for the specific race meeting. it also contains everything to set up a tyre fitting bay which when erected gives the Dunlop tyres racing team, full access to tyre fitting machines and wheel balancing facilities.
The tyre are constantly changed and tested during a race. The tyre temperatures are recorded, because this is critical to grip and tyre performance.
Dunlop tyres racing team also have small tents that fit tyres in with a heater to pre-heat them up to the correct temperature. The heat aspect of the tyres is very critical for the overall tyre performance, and pressure of course.
regular travelers to Europe, especially France will have no doubt seen these giant Yellow trucks from the Dunlop tyres racing team, heading for different racing venues across Europe. The one in my image was taken by myself outside the Ibis hotel in Boulogne and heading for the weekends racing at the famous Le Mans racing circuit.
12 seconds = Fresh tyres a fuel tank of fuel and a fresh drink added (Fanta). #GoPro #HERO4SESSION #v8sc pic.twitter.com/NVdTb8e0UR
Dunlop Race Tyres on Nissan Altima
This is one of the best images I have ever seen?
The Jack Daniel’s Racing Nissan Altima driver. Rick Kelly’s Sunday race performance placed him 16th position. Exactly the same as the Saturday race. The race took place from the Castrol Edge Townsville 400.
This was an improvement from his qualifying position of 18th place. In this one of Australia premier racing events. I was lucky enough to watch the race live here on UK TV.
I am not sure which tyre Kelly’s car was using. Thinking that it would have been Dunlop race tyres. All of the other Jack Daniels sponsored Nissan’s run on Dunlop race tyres. So although i watched on TV. Then i did forget which tyres were used.As a result, i am almost certain that they would have been the “racing circuit slicks” .Because of the dry hot conditions on the racing days.
When approaching the chequered flag . Rick Kelly was just overtaken by fellow competitor Nick Percat. Having to settle for 16th position.
The V8 Supercars Championship. Hence, continues at Queensland Raceway from July 31st to August 2nd. Kelly is in tenth position in the championships after competing in 17 races.
Dunlop tyres Australia are the official tyre suppliers to the V8 Supercars race series,and as we all know in the tyre industry are one of the world’s leading makers of high performance and ultra high performance tyres. It has been involved in motorsport and has been at the forefront of motoring research development for 125 years.
Dunlop Race Tyres
Like their great rivals Michelin, Dunlop tyres have an impressive track record of motorsport success. Dunlop are an icon of the road and over the years have been the choice of racing legends due to their tyre products high performance qualities.
Dunlop continues to design. Develop and produce tyres right up to the present moment. Supplying tyres that constantly question and push the limits of technology. Helping to create a faster and safer racing experience .Hence, for the teams that they support in the motorsport industry.
This is the reason that in 2015 . This will be Dunlop racing tyres 14th consecutive year. Supplying the V8 Supercars in Australia and Dunlop racing series control tyres.
After winning its fourth control tyre contract in succession, its current contract will run from 2013-2017, and as in F1 racing the battle will commence for the right to supply tyres to this prestigious race series.
goodyear tyre and rubber company workers, became like a family for many of the people who worked in the iconic factory.
A great article. Thus, about the sad demise. Therefore, and closure of the remaining part of the Goodyear tyre and rubber company. Sadly, in Wolverhampton UK.
Many of the Goodyear tyre and rubber company workers, Were recent immigrants and have worked at the tyre factory all their lives. I remember when i visited the factory. Hence, on a number of occasions.Naturally, how friendly and family oriented. Hence, the giant tyre company employees were.
They were always willing to help. So with any questions and to talk to you. Thus, about things in general. Especially tyres.
These people will now become a small part of the Goodyear tyres history. Therefore, and will fade away into the past. Whilst another part of the world will gain by their demise? Very sad.
Goodyear tyre and rubber company workers have always been a close knit community all through the Goodyear rubber company history. I can always remember the warm welcome that i received as a total stranger, every time i visited the Goodyear tyres UK, plant in Wolverhampton, UK.
goodyear tyre and rubber company workers
I once had to attend a six week training course, in which i had to visit all parts of the factory, to learn about the different methods of tyre production and about the materials that were used to make tyre out of.
We were always made to feel at home all through our stay. The training staff were also extremely friendly and you could sense that most of the people who worked there knew each other and most were on first name terms, although this was a massive company, employing thousands of people from the near by Birmingham area.
Are very collectible along with other tyre companies. Hence, this sign shows clearly the famous Achilles heal emblem. I prefer the adverts from my era the 60’s and 70’s.
I always like to see the old newspaper adverts. Also,TV campaigns that came from the big tyre companies. Especially, in the 60’s 70’s and 80’s.Naturally, the good thing about the ads is that they were mostly concerned with road safety. Of course, and producing better tyres. To match, the improving quality of cars that were coming out at that time.
Goodyear being an American company were very pro-active in advertising and produced some excellent advertising campaigns. Goodyear tyres signs became more prominent on advertising boards throughout the country and on our tv screens.
The giant tyre and rubber company, were becoming a household name across the globe. Tyre companies were some of the most prominent and prolific advertisers in the world and the Goodyear Achilles heel emblem would be seen by every motorist.
goodyear tyres signs
Goodyear tyres advertising. As expected, was to put the giant American tyre company into the worlds top three tyre companies. In my opinion Goodyear’s advertising efforts have taken a downturn. Especially, in recent years as new up and coming tyre companies have started to affect their influences.
Tyre companies such as Yokohama tyres and General tyres are battling in the world of motorsport. Also the other big players such as Pirelli and Michelin tyres. Thus, are taking centre stage and leaving Goodyear behind. Lastly, in the race for supremacy in the tyre market.
Goodyear Dunlop closes Wolverhampton-This is more bad news for Birmingham with the closure of the remaining Goodyear factory. This comes as no surprise to me?
The UK tyre industry. Has been in decline for years. Like most other industries. They will be moving the remaining rubber mixing and truck remoulds. Thus, to other factories and probably China.
As Goodyear Dunlop closes Wolverhampton. I feel sorry for the 330 workers.Naturally, who will lose their jobs. Wishing them the best of luck in the future.
This is a problem. Especially, when you are one of the rich nations in the world? Companies are trying to save money. Thus, to compete, by re-locating to
countries like China.
I can foresee a time when the tables will be turning. Thus when Britain moves away from the EU. Then we will be able to offer better deals . Especially for manufacturers to come and locate in the UK again. As expected, freed from the shackles of the silly EU laws and rules.
Goodyear Dunlop closes Wolverhampton
This bad news comes only a few years after Goodyear/Dunlop injected £6 million into the ailing tyre factory. In 2012 it was said that things were on the up and up for the motor industry, after this cash injection was announced.
Goodyear as a company have always been held in high respect. They gave me my first management job as the manager of their tyre retailing arm Tyreservices in Huddersfield Yorkshire, back in the seventies.
I made many visits to Goodyear Wolverhampton to attend various training and education seminars. They were the inspiration for me to set up my own business and helped by backing my new business with good credit facilities and help with point of sale and advertising aids.
It will be sad for many a tyre dealer here in the UK, who have been inspired by Goodyear tyres and the headlines of “Goodyear Dunlop closes Wolverhampton” will be hard felt across the Wolverhampton community.
Sourced through Scoop.it from: auto.economictimes.indiatimes.com
Goodyear tyres rice husks
Goodyear tyres Rice Husks for Silica
This is a great double edged sword. Hence, what used to be a waste product. Then, dumped into landfill as plant waste products. Thus, has now been tested and tried over the past two years. Of course, by Goodyear tyre and Rubber Company. Rice husks are used to produce “silica” which is a product that is used in the production of tyres.
The silica is used in the production of the rubber compound mix that makes the tyres and the silica gives the tyres extra strength and reduces rolling resistance. This in turn improves the tyres better overall fuel economy and therefore makes the tyre have “greener” credentials.
Goodyear Tyres Rice Husks
The Goodyear rubber company history is full of other tyre innovations that were created in the past. In more recent times Goodyear started to test the use of “soybean” oil in their tyres to reduce the amount of petrol-chemical based oils by up to seven million gallons a year, a great achievement.
Goodyear tyres Rice Husks are burned and turned to ash. It is this ash that they produce the silica from. The ash is first used to help generate electricity and then traditionally put into landfill, but now can be transformed into silica for use in tyre manufacturing.
Joseph Zekoski, chief technical officer at Goodyear said, “The use of rice husk ash will provide Goodyear an alternative source of silica while helping reduce the amount of rice husk waste being land filled,” “The use of rice husk ash will provide Goodyear an alternative source of silica while helping reduce the amount of rice husk waste being land filled,”
Goodyear Tyres Rice Husks
The race is now on by all the leading tyre companies to become environmentally friendly companies. It is hard to believe that not so long ago tyre manufacturing plants were very dark and dirty places. In my time I have visited several tyre manufacturing plants and these were the least environmentally friendly companies, on the planet.
Now though things have changed and you can eat your dinner off the floor in most of the factories now.