With pre-registration underway for companies using chemicals under the European Union’s REACH legislation, Smithers Rapra in Shropshire are holding a one-day seminar responding to “the increasing concern amongst companies now faced with managing registration, technical dossiers, joint submission of data and the obligations of supply chain communication.” The seminar promises to be useful to small or medium-sized enterprises using chemicals in the tyre industry.
Akron, Ohio-based The Smithers Group has announced its leadership team for its newly amalgamated unit, reorganised from the previously separate organisations Smithers Scientific Services and Smithers Rapra.
Jim Dowey, previously vice president and managing director of Shropshire-based Smithers Rapra, is now the president of the division, while Jay Lutz – for two years the leader of Smithers Scientific Services – remains vice president and chief operating officer of the company. Former director of sales and technical consultancy for Smithers Rapra Michael Day has been promoted to managing director, leading testing, consultancy and processing activities in Shropshire, and Carole Lee, the former director of Smithers Rapra Information Products Group, has become managing director of the group. Having spent nearly 30 years with Smithers Rapra, she has lead the information group since 2000, overseeing the group’s implementation of many global growth and diversification initiatives.
Akron-based Smithers Group has opened an office in Shanghai, China. The company provides independent testing, consulting, and contract research organisation to the tyre and rubber industries. The new office in Shanghai will serve Chinese tyre and rubber companies, Smithers said. The company has hired Lin Yang as director of business development for the greater China region, and he will head up the Shanghai office. (Tire Review/Akron)
(Akron/Tire Review) Rapra Technology, a wholly owned European subsidiary of the Smithers Group, an independent testing, consulting and research organization, has announced the appointment of Hugh D. Pace as vice president and managing director.
Pace succeeds Andrew Ward, who has left the company to pursue other interests. Pace spent the past 30 years in senior executive positions at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
Jay H Lutz has been named vice president and chief operating officer of Smithers Scientific Services Inc., responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company’s independent testing, research and consulting activities. He replaces Raymond B Farmer, who has left the company.
Mr Lutz brings to Smithers 30 years of experience in operations management, R&D and engineering. He has held management positions with Kelsey Hayes and Allied Signal and most recently was director of research and development at Raybestos Products Co. in Crawfordsville, Ind. Prior to that, he served as vice president of operations and general manager within a unit of Kett Engineering in Brighton, Michigan.
Herman Karl Hochschwender, chairman of Smithers Scientific Services, passed away Thursday, 28 April 2005 in Naples, Flrorida. He was 85.
Born in Heidelberg, Germany, on 1 March 1920, Mr Hochschwender moved to the US in 1930. In 1944 he settled in Akron, Ohio where he lived most of his life. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Yale University in 1941, and did post-graduate work at Harvard Business School.
Michael Bair, former senior technical and regulatory advisor to the legal department at Michelin North America, has been named senior manager of technical services and sales for Smithers Scientific Services.
In his new role, Mr Bair will be responsible for the development of new tyre business, project management and product analysis. He will focus on business opportunities with various tyre manufacturers, suppliers, government agencies and military organisations, says Smithers in a recent news release.
“Mike has an excellent technical understanding about tyres, their performance characteristics, and proper selection and application,” said Raymond Farmer, Smithers’ vice president and chief operating officer.
The US independent tyre testing company, Smithers Scientific Services, has been awarded a $400,000 (£210,000) contract from the California Energy Commission to conduct a study of tyre characteristics in relation to rolling resistance.
The study will involve tyre rolling resistance, traction and treadwear testing, and according to the company will potentially serve as the basis for a fuel efficiency reporting system and minimum- efficiency standards.
Testing, research and consulting firm Smithers Scientific Services Inc. – with headquarters in Akron/Ohio (USA) – has confirmed that it has been awarded a $400,000 contract from the California Energy Commission to conduct a study of tire characteristics as they relate to rolling resistance. The study, funded by the Energy Commission, will involve tire rolling resistance, traction and treadwear testing, and will potentially serve as the basis for a fuel efficiency reporting system and minimum- efficiency standards. “Lower tire rolling resistance can directly lead to better vehicle fuel economy,” said David L. Schwarz, vice president of technical services and sales for Smithers. “However, as with any tire characteristic, there are potential tradeoffs. Thus, the Energy Commission study is not limited to rolling resistance testing. Additional work will be conducted to evaluate other performance attributes.” He pointed out that currently there is “really no information, in terms of tire rolling resistance or fuel economy, available to a consumer purchasing replacement tires.” The study will take about 18 months to complete. The rolling resistance testing will be conducted at Smithers’ indoor tire testing laboratories in Ravenna, Ohio.
Akron based Smithers Scientific Services has appointed Derek A Read as operations manager for its Ravenna, Ohio, laboratories. In his new position, Mr Read will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the facility.
Hayes Lemmerz International has announced that all facilities in its Brake and Powertrain Components Group have achieved ISO/TS 16949:2002 (with design) Certification, from the International Automotive Task Force (IATF), a worldwide consortium of automotive manufacturers and trade associations. The group’s systems were audited and certified by Smithers Quality Assessments Inc. (SQA), an independent accredited registrar. ISO/TS 16949 is an international quality management system that aligns existing American (QS-9000), German (VDA 6.1), French (EAQF) and Italian (AVSQ) automotive quality systems into a single standard, thereby eliminating the need for multiple certifications.
Smithers Scientific Services, the research and consulting firm, has announced that it will close its tyre and automotive testing complex at Pecos, Texas, due to lack of demand. 31 staff are affected and will be offered equivalent jobs at other facilities. The closure comes despite attempts to broaden the client base. The 5,800 acre facility, which Smithers bought from Uniroyal-Goodrich Tire in 1987, will be put up for sale.