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A Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. associate is the co-recipient of a DuPont award that recognizes an advancement in hybrid cord technology that was successfully commercialized in the form of new tires.

Kevin Westgate, lead engineer in Goodyear's Global Material Science Group, along with three DuPont colleagues, is being recognized with DuPont’s 2009 Bolton/Carothers Innovative Science Award. The hybrid cord technology features DuPont Kevlar.

Other recipients of this prestigious DuPont award are Florencio Gopez of DuPont Protection Technologies R&D, and Mark Lamontia and Ted Diehl of DuPont Engineering Technologies. Westgate is the first non-DuPont employee to receive the award.

The four men worked collaboratively over a period of five years to develop and bring to market "a new technology creating substantial commercial success for both Goodyear and DuPont," according to Goodyear.

The Bolton/Carothers Innovative Science Award recognizes creative scientific invention or discovery that results in the creation of recently commercialized new products, technology, or business that is generating significant revenue with the potential for continued earnings.

The award presentations will take place on Jan. 19, 2010, at the DuPont Country Club in Wilmington, Del., headquarters of DuPont (E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co.)

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