Francis J Drew, vice president of finance and chief financial officer, has advised Amcast that he will resign his position as of 5 November, 2004. Mr Drew has informed the company that he will make himself available on a consulting basis for as long as necessary to ensure a smooth transition.
Richard J. Kramer, senior vice president, strategic planning & restructuring for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, has been named executive vice president and chief financial officer effective June 1. Kramer (40) replaces Robert W. Tieken, who will retire on May 31. Tieken (65) has been Goodyear’s CFO since May 1994.
Wheel manufacturer Hayes Lemmerz has made some new appointments at Director level. Gregory A. Kalin has been appointed Director of Internal Audit, having held similar positions with other leading companies. In another appointment, George T. Haymaker Jr. (65) has been named as lead director of the board, bringing the number of directors at Hayes Lemmerz to seven. Mr. Haymaker holds a number of other non-executive directorships and chairmanships.
Kumho UK has been awarded a contract to supply tyres as original equipment to specialist van manager LDV. 70 per cent of LDV’s annual production of Pilot and Convoy vans will be equipped with Kumho’s radial 857 commercial van tyres in sizes 185 R14 and 205 R14. The contract follows a rigorous quality audit at Kumho’s Kwangju plant and tyre testing at the MIRA proving ground in the UK, resulting in the Korean manufacturer being awarded Approved Supplier status.
Michelin has been chosen by rail transport company Bombardier Canada to supply wheels and tyres for the new Las Vegas monorail; a nine-car vehicle linking eight hotels and the convention centre. The contract follows an audit of Michelin by Bombardier at Clermont-Ferrand, which proved satisfactory and gave Michelin an A rating.
The Environment Agency has announced a delay on the decision whether or not to approve the application from Blue Circle Cement to burn tyres for fuel at the company’s Westbury cement plant. A decision was expected on 21 February, but the EA says it is still considering matters raised during the consultation period. The EA says it will carry out a compliance audit at the site and new date has been set.
Kwik-Fit GB has been re-awarded ISO 9002 quality accreditation, following an external audit of 26 of the company’s centres, four divisional offices and the fleet office. The company gained its first quality certificate (which used to be called BS 5750) in 1992 and the latest re-certification is valid until the end of 2003.