Well used to receiving Red Dot Design Awards for its road tyres, Kumho has now won one for its ‘Airborne Tire’, a revolutionary concept product aimed at the rapidly evolving UAM (Urban Air Mobility) sector. Kumho’s latest Red Dot Design Award was in the ‘Design Concept’ category.
Analytics firm Clarivate has published its 100 Top Innovators 2022 list, and several familiar names are present. Continental debuts as a new entrant, whilst Bridgestone and Michelin both return to the list for a fourth time. Michelin shares that it received this recognition from Clarivate during yesterday’s R&D forum at its technology centre near Clermont-Ferrand, France.
Truck manufacturer DAF recently recognised Goodyear as a ‘Master’ in its 2021 Supplier Performance Management Program. This is the first time that Goodyear has reached this level, and the tyre maker attributes the achievement to the ”work and dedication of its teams who constantly seek to improve the total customer experience year over year.” It particularly praises its teammates for maintaining Goodyear’s “high standards of operational excellence” despite a disruptive macro environment.
S&P Global has awarded two tyre makers a Gold Class rating in its Sustainability Yearbook 2022. In addition to Pirelli reaching this status, which we reported on 1 February, S&P Global has also placed Hankook Tire & Technology in the Gold Class.
Goodyear says it is “honoured to receive” a second Platinum certification in the Caterpillar Supplier Quality Excellence Process (SQEP). The tyre maker’s factory in Wittlich, Germany earned these back-to-back awards with the tyres it supplies for Caterpillar compact wheel loaders.
Shanghai played host to China’s 11th Philanthropy Festival on 13 and 14 January, and Linglong Tire shares that it was well represented at this event. In addition to the company winning the 2021 Philanthropy Driving Force Award, its chairman and president, Wang Feng, was named Philanthropy Person of 2021.
The German Agricultural Society (DLG) has awarded Continental a silver medal in its Agritechnica innovation awards 2022. It bestowed this honour upon the tyre maker for its Agro ContiSeal technology, a patented polymer applied to the inside of an agricultural tyre that can prevent punctures by immediately sealing any foreign object penetration.
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has won a FEDIL Environment Prize. The Luxembourgish multisectoral business federation awarded Goodyear in the ‘Process’ category for its traction resin, which the tyre maker developed at its Innovation Center in Colmar-Berg and uses in the manufacture of ultra-high-performance tyres.
In response to tougher local Covid measures and the ever-present risk of travel restrictions, the organiser of Agritechnica has confirmed the show’s postponement. The event scheduled to take place between 27 February and 5 March will no longer take place, and the German Agricultural Society (DLG) now plans to hold the next Agritechnica between 12 and 18 November 2023.
When the China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation announced its list of most energy efficient companies within the petrochemical industry (for 2020) in October, it recognised tyre maker Prinx Chengshan as a leading ‘Energy Efficiency Benchmark Company’ for the sixth year in a row. Prinx Chengshan attributes these half-dozen consecutive accolades to its focus on sustainability in recent years, including energy and materials conservation as well as efforts to promote a circular economy.
US motorsport entity the National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) has bestowed Goodyear’s Stu Grant its 2021 Buddy Shuman Award. The general manager for global race tyres at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company gained this accolade at the organisation’s annual awards celebration on Saturday.
Bestowed by the country’s President, the Presidential Export Award is considered Sri Lanka’s highest honour in recognition of outstanding contribution to the export sector and to the country’s economic development. The most recent awards ceremony took place on 26 November, and tyre maker GRI was named Best Exporter of Dry Rubber Products for the second consecutive year.
London-based company Enso Tyres has won the LA New Mobility Challenge 2021, an event co-hosted by CoMotion LA and Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) and supported by the UK Government. The judging panel awarded Enso for tyres that increase electric vehicle range while reducing both air pollution and micro-plastic tyre particulate matter pollution.
Based on its recent analysis of the fleet telematics market, Frost & Sullivan has recognised Bridgestone’s Webfleet Solutions with the 2021 European Fleet Telematics Company of the Year Award. The panel commended Webfleet Solutions for its strong leadership position and its innovative products, solutions and services that meet ever-evolving customer needs.
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.