Goodyear's DuraSeal technology wins two more awards

Dec. 9, 2005

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.'s DuraSeal commercial tire technology has received two more awards -- an MVP and a Fifty Nifty.

Newport's Heavy Duty Trucking magazine selected the technology for one of its Nifty Fifty awards, which recognizes 50 new products selected on "usefulness to the truck operator in terms of innovation,

serviceability and performance."

Sister publication RoadStar named DuraSeal technology as an MVP (Most Valuable Product) for its "ability to make driver's life safer, more comfortable or more convenient."

Donn Kramer, Goodyear's director of commercial tire marketing, said the company's innovations are focused on truck drivers as well as lowering a trucking fleet's tire cost per mile.

"It's exciting that the trucking media and fleets understand the value

in DuraSeal technology. The feedback from fleet managers has been

gratifying, and we plan to leverage the technology into more sizes and

applications this year," Kramer said.

DuraSeal, introduced in January, uses a gel-like, solvent-free compound built into the inner liner of the tire. It is designed to consistently and instantly seal punctures up to 1/4-inch in the tread area.

DuraSeal technology is available in Goodyear's new Unisteel G287 MSA mixed-service tire for the refuse and sanitation industry. New sizes in G287 and G288 MSA mixed-service tires, available early next year, will be used logging, landfill, construction, road building and other severe service applications.

DuraSeal will be featured in December editions of Heavy Duty Trucking and RoadStar magazines.