Yokohama expands Advan line into aircraft tires
Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. is extending the use of its ``Advan'' high-performance tire line name to the skies, launching an Advan-branded radial aircraft tire designed for Boeing Co.'s 777 line of passenger jets.
The ``Advan AC Y-255'' was developed in response to the need for tires with enhanced durability and reduced weight, Yokohama said, as the aircraft become even more advanced and sophisticated.
Tires for aircraft such as the Boeing 777-300 are subjected to severe operating conditions, having to support 300 tons at speeds of 210 mph and more through repeated takeoffs and landings, Yokohama said.
The company began delivering the new tire, in size 50x20.0R22 (26PR and 32PR), in March to Japanese carriers using Boeing's 777 series planes.
BASF adds surcharge to boost polyurethane prices
BASF Corp. has imposed a fuel surcharge of 2 cents per pound for all tank, truck, tote and drum shipments of the firm's polyurethane product line in North America.
The move, which went into effect May 15, was made to offset the impact of high diesel and gasoline prices on BASF's inbound and outbound freight costs, according to Larry Berkowski, director of the company's polyurethanes systems business in North America.
The business supplies custom-formulated urethane systems for a wide range of applications.
Researcher from Michelin honored for achievements
Patrick King, global electronics strategist at Michelin Americas Research & Development Corp., has been awarded the 2006 Don Percival Award in recognition of his work to develop and standardize Radio Frequency Identification tags for tires.
The award is presented by AIM Global, the association for Automatic Identification and Mobility, and ``SCAN: the Data Capture Report,'' a management and marketing newsletter of automatic data capture. The Percival Award acknowledges contributions to the advancement of automatic identification and mobility solutions.
Monmouth receives UL listing for materials
Monmouth Rubber & Plastics Corp. has received an Underwriters Laboratory listing for its full series of neoprene/EPDM products, specifically its Durafoam-brand line.
The Durafoam DK series has a UL listing covering safety standards for enclosures for electrical equipment, gaskets and seals, industrial control equipment and testing for flammability of plastic materials, according to John Bonforte Sr., Monmouth general manager and technical director.
The series offers a full range of five hardnesses to ASTM compression deflection, allowing gasket cutters and fabricators to give a complete range of closed-cell foam solutions to customers, Bonforte said.
GPX completes buyout of Maine Industrial Tire
GPX International Tire Corp. has completed its purchase of Maine Industrial Tire Ltd. of Gorham, Maine, for an undisclosed amount.
GPX-formed by the merger of Dynamic Tire Corp. and Galaxy Tire & Wheel-announced the pending deal in late March.
``With the acquisition of MITL, GPX has significantly fortified its position in the industrial tire market,'' said Robert Sherkin, chairman and co-CEO of GPX. ``To further increase MITL's competitive stature, GPX will review all elements of the production and sales cycles, as we are confident that GPX's global sourcing and distribution channels offer opportunities for immediate positive results.''