Tire Discounters Inc. Vice President Chris Wood (far right) toured Kenda's new technical center with Jimmy Yang (far left), president of Kenda USA, and Tom Williams, Kenda's vice president of engineering.

Kenda's New Tech Center Is Developing Products for American Markets

Even with a team of 25 engineers and $2 million worth of tire testing equipment in place, there is a lot of space to fill at Kenda Rubber Industrial Co.’s new technology center in Green, Ohio. Tom Williams, Kenda's vice president of engineering, plans more engineers and more equipment for the 50,000-square-foot facility.

Aerodynamic flow from the upper part of the tire runs along the side of the tire and car body, while lower flow spreads out from the car body

Yokohama Aerodynamic Research Advances Again

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. is working to improve tire aerodynamics technology which controls the air flow around tires in motion. The tire maker says its latest research has resulted in advances in reducing drag and lift, which ultimately could lead to the development of tires with better fuel efficiency and safety characteristics.


Cooper exceeds goals for new technologies

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. has completed work under a $1.5 million government grant to develop advanced tire technology aimed at increasing vehicle fuel efficiency. The company says its technical team exceeded the grant’s goals for tire weight reduction and fuel efficiency.


Goodyear converts rice waste to... silica?!

Rice husk waste once headed for landfills is now helping the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. produce fuel-efficient tires. Goodyear says it will utilize ash left over from the burning of rice husks to produce electricity as an environmentally friendly source of silica for use in its tires.

Due to the Snowtrac 5's round contour, water is easily drained via the side of the tire, which minimizes the risk of hydroplaning.

Vredestein introduces Snowtrac 5

The new Vredestein Snowtrac 5 is a winter tire. However, it also was designed to have excellent traction on wet and dry roads.


Clemson tire conference calls for papers

Clemson University is accepting papers for the Clemson University Tire Industry Conference to be held April 23-25 at the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C.


Comparing 3 Lincolns and 3 eras

Last year, Modern Tire Dealer asked me to write an article comparing the 1970 Lincoln Continental MK3, the first American automobile to be equipped with radial-ply tires as standard original equipment, with a more recent Lincoln model. The purpose was to show how technology has advanced — and, in some cases, regressed — and what these changes and possible trends tell us about what is to come.

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