Goodyear has signed a contract with the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) to become the exclusive tyre supply partner for the FIA European Truck Racing Championship. The contract was signed recently in Paris by Jean Todt, President of the FIA, and Davide Califano, Director Marketing Activation Commercial Tyres at Goodyear Europe, Middle East and Africa, at the official launch ceremony of the FIA European Truck Racing Championship.
The contract sees Goodyear become a partner of the newly formed ETRA Promotion GmbH (ETRA) – the series’ new promotor. It means that all trucks in the series will race on Goodyear Truck Racing tyres, which have been specially developed for the sport for the next three years. The supply and support for these tyres will be provided by the Truck Race Organisation (TRO), for the FIA European Truck Racing Championship at every race.
“We are very pleased to have been selected by the FIA to produce, supply and support the tyres for the FIA European Truck Racing Championship. We started supplying truck race tyres in 2004 and over the years have continued to develop tyres that are optimized to withstand the extreme conditions found on the race track,” said Davide Califano. “A further benefit is that racing allows us to test new technologies that will ultimately benefit our standard truck tyres and consequently our customers.”
For the 2016 season, Goodyear will supply the specially developed Goodyear Truck Racing tyres in size 315/70R22.5.
The provisional 2016 FIA European Truck Racing Championship program:
- May 22 – Red Bull Ring/Spielberg – Austria
- May 29 – Misano – Italy
- June 12 – Nogaro – France
- July 3 – Nürburgring – Germany
- August 28 – Hungaroring – Hungary
- September 4 – Most – Czech Republic
- September 18 – Zolder – Belgium
- October 2 – Jarama – Spain
- October 10 – Le Mans – France
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Goodyear South Africa recognized as top company by Nelson Mandela
Goodyear South Africa has been recognised by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM) as one of the Top 50 companies in the region at an award ceremony on March 3, 2016. The Municipality recognised and honoured top Nelson Mandela Bay based companies for their confidence in the region, their commitment and contribution to job creation and sustainability, economic growth, increase in exports, investments and expansions.
Receiving the award on behalf of Goodyear South Africa was Manoel Almeida, Group Finance Director who stated, ‘Goodyear South Africa is a major investor in the region with a manufacturing plant in Uitenhage which employs over 1000 associates. Goodyear South Africa’s recent announcement of its investment of ZAR670 million to increase production of high-value-added (HVA) consumer tyres at its Uitenhage manufacturing plant to drive profitable growth and meet market demands is testament that the Company is not only committed to the region but the country as a whole”.
The municipality’s primary objective of recognising these companies is to retain the top 50 NMB companies for their respective contributions to the economic growth of the region across five specific categories, namely; Top Exporters; Top Investors; Top New-Comers; Long Standing Companies and Top Job Creators. The second objective is to extend and re-introduce the service offering of NMBM and the Export Helpdesk through strategic engagement with these stakeholders. Recognising these companies at the award ceremony on behalf of NMBM was Executive Mayor, Danny Jordaan.
In closing Almeida said, “Goodyear South Africa is honourned to be recognised as one of the Top Companies in the region and we look forward to forging strategic partnerships with the Municipality.