Nippon Goodyear has newly appointed Yujiro Kanahara as president of the company. Kanahara joins Goodyear following a 36-year career with Bridgestone Corporation where he served in executive leadership roles in Japan and key markets around the world prior to his retirement from the company in 2014.
Kanahara succeeds Dale Brackin, who has successfully served as interim president during the transition period since October when Goodyear reacquired the Nippon Goodyear business.
Meanwhile, the company has launched its new UHP summer tire, the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3, which is said to deliver extremely short braking distances on dry and wet roads.
More than 36,000 engineering hours went into the development of the tire. This included over 5,000 tests incorporating 1,200 tests on the road and 3,800 at five test locations in five countries, covering a total of 330,000km.
On the original equipment front, Goodyear has been selected by Boeing to provide main nose and landing gear tires for its new 777X aircraft, which is scheduled for delivery in 2019. Goodyear will supply its Flight Radial tire for the aircraft.
December 17, 2015