AKRON (May 11) — Goodyear has recognized nearly 350 of its technical associates for their inventions and innovations, including 19 "Inventors of the Year" and 11 special honor recipients for contributions over the course of their careers at Goodyear.
Those honored at a recent awards dinner were responsible for 159 U.S. patents and 70 trade secrets in 2005, Goodyear said. The honorees work at the firm´s technical centers in Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg, and Akron, and at factories around the world.
"We have become the industry leader in commercializing high-margin new products with relevant technology that consumers want — and we intend to get even better," said Robert J. Keegan, chairman and CEO.
"Theseàaward-winning products are at the top of their categories, helping to demonstrate that tires are no longer a commodity," he said.
Among the innovations that were unveiled in the past year are DuraSeal puncture-sealant technology for truck tires and the carbon-fiber-reinforcement technology in the Eagle with ResponseEdge.
The company recognized 19 associates as 2005 "Inventors of the Year," and 11 others were awarded special honors in recognition of their contributions over the course of their careers with the tiremaker.
The inventors of the year are: Jim Gillick, Bob Gartland, Cecil Bennett, Tom Madrin, Jennifer Wall, Bina Patel Botts, George Balogh, Lenny Reiter, Mike Crawford, and Luis Cabrera from Akron; Robin Steven and Bud Brown from Marysville, Ohio; and Jean Collette, Claude Jacoby, Dave Zanzig, Pascale de Briey, Richard Heinen, Philippe Manne and Andre Domange from Colmar-Berg.
Winners of the Silver Coin Award — given to inventors who achieved various ingenuity milestones through their career — are: Sam Landers, Akron, 60 patents and trade secrets; Mahmoud Assaad and Neil Maly, Akron, 40 level; and Bob Brown, Len Charek, Ramen Majumdar, Ralph Okonieski, Jimmy Richards, Greg Shteinhauz, Vito Sinopoli, Akron, and Laurent Colantonio, Luxembourg, 20 level.