The International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) 2021 have honoured Hankook Tire as a finalist in the Automotive and Transportation category for its Hankook Platform System (HPS)-Cell innovation. HPS-Cell has already won a Red Dot Design Award in the Mobility and Transportation category in July and was announced as winner of the iF Design Award 2021 in the Professional Concept category in April.
Earlier this year, Goodyear debuted its TruckForce Service Excellence Award. The initial round of honours and those following in the second quarter of the year saw a total of ten network partners, including two in the UK, awarded for their exemplary service and performance. Goodyear has now announced its TruckForce Service Excellence Award winners for the third quarter of 2021 and has acknowledged a further five partners who “share a goal to deliver high performance and initiatives that benefit their commercial fleet customers.”
Taking a “no compromise on safety’ approach is paying off for Tructyre, who recently reported its receipt of a RoSPA Gold award in 2021. This award follows on from the Silver award it gained in 2020, and the commercial fleet specialist attributes its achievement of gold to the company’s commitment to health and safety.
Research into the use of locally sourced rubber in tyre manufacture has led to Continental’s Dr Carla Recker being nominated for a prestigious award in her native Germany. Together with fellow researchers Prof. Dr Dirk Prüfer from the University of Münster and Dr Christian Schulze Gronover from the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME, Recker has been shortlisted for the ‘Deutscher Zukunftspreis 2021’, an award for technology and innovation bestowed by Germany’s President.
Stellantis, the company created through the merger of Peugeot and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in January, has honoured Nexen Tire at its inaugural Supplier Awards. It awarded the tyre maker for Competitiveness, one of eight categories in this year’s event; Nexen was one of two firms recognised for “outstanding performance in terms of cost savings (commercial, process, technical solutions and logistics) and their proposals for a cost reduction portfolio in line with Stellantis’ objectives.”
Continental has collected silverware in the Auto Express Product Awards 2021, with its AllSeasonContact winning the all-season tyre category. The tyre maker states that gaining the Best All-Season Tyre award “highlights how committed Continental is to providing drivers with the safest and top-performing choice all year round.”
A further Red Dot accolade for Kumho, which has won a Red Dot Design Award 2021 in the ‘product design’ category. The Red Dot team honoured Kumho for its latest street legal competition tyre, the Ecsta V730. Kumho launched the Ecsta V730 in the US market earlier this year.
Trade association the Chemical Industry Federation of Finland has awarded Nokian Heavy Tyres Ltd during its annual Safety Awards ceremony, which took place yesterday. It honoured Nokian in the large companies category, acknowledging the tyre maker’s senior management for their strong commitment to improving safety.
Cross Magazin has given the Dunlop Geomax MX53 its ‘Product of the Year’ award in recognition of the motocross tyre’s wide range of performance and longevity after extensive testing. In its January 2021 issue, the German specialist publication presented Geomax MX53 as its ‘Product of the Year’ for 2020, explaining that its performance window as an intermediate to hard motocross tyre and durability after varied testing was not only an improvement over its predecessor the Geomax MX52, but outstanding in its own right.
Kumho Tire has the distinction of being the only tyre manufacturer to be honoured with a 2020 China Red Dot Design award. It gained this accolade via the Kumho Majesty 9 Solus TA93, an asymmetric tread summer tyre it adapted specifically for the Chinese market.
Ernst & Young has named Linglong Tire’s Wang Feng one of its entrepreneurs of the year in China. The tyre maker’s chairman and president was one of the ten award recipients at the 15th Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award China ceremony, which was held in Shenzhen on 18 December 2020.
The German Sustainability Award project is hailed as “Europe’s premier award for environmental and social engagement.” Held annually since 2008 and oriented towards the goals of Agenda 2030, the multi-stakeholder, government-supported awards honour those working towards a more sustainable future. Awardees for 2021 include Continental, whose Urban Taraxagum bicycle tyre caught the judging panel’s attention. The tyre is an award-winner in the Responsible Design category.
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics has named Goodyear Tire & Rubber an Elite Supplier, an award reserved for the top one per cent of Lockheed’s more than 1,400 suppliers. Goodyear was recognised for its contributions to the F-35 Lightning II programme.
Accuride Corporation reported this week that three of its facilities, including two of its wheel plants, have received 2019 Masters of Quality awards from Daimler Trucks North America LLC (DTNA). The awarded plants are the Accuride de México facility in Monterrey, which supplies DTNA with aluminium and steel wheels and is a seven-time awardee; the Henderson plants in Kentucky, USA, which supplies DTNA with steel wheels and is a three-time award recipient; the Rockford factory in Illinois, USA, which supplies Gunite wheel hub, drums, and brake rotors and is a fifth-time awardee.
Australian motorists have named Bridgestone as ‘Australia’s Most Trusted Tyre Brand’ for the seventh consecutive year in the annual Reader’s Digest Most Trusted Brands award.The brand’s unblemished record thus remains intact, with Bridgestone the only tyre company to win the title since the tyre category was introduced in 2014.