INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 24) — Two new air springs products introduced by Firestone Industrial Products Co. were chosen as outstanding new products by a jury of international journalists at the 2006 Specialty Equipment Market Association show, held in Las Vegas in November.
Firestone´s new Air-Rite-brand Digital Air Command and Red Label air springs were chosen by a panel of journalists from 22 countries in Europe, Asia, South America, Australia and Africa as products likely to succeed in their home markets, the company said. The judges reviewed 1,500 new style and performance products introduced at the SEMA show.
The new Air-Rite Digital Air Command is the latest addition to Firestone´s expanding line of accessories which fit a large number of light trucks, sport utility vehicles, vans, minivans, cars and motor homes, the company said. The Digital Air Command utilizes a standard duty compressor and features an easy-to-install, back-lit, digital gauge panel designed to integrate seamlessly with modern dashboard design.
The gauge controls and monitors air spring pressure with the touch of a finger and does not require routing an air line into the passenger compartment.
The Red Label air-spring design, to be used in custom car aftermarket suspension applications, is the result of more than two years of strenuous testing to exceed the demands of those who require higher air pressure to support and raise their vehicles. The air springs utilize proprietary high-strength cord with excellent flexibility and durability while operating up to 150 pounds per square inch and having a test pressure of 400 psi, Firestone said.
"We are very pleased to accept these International New Products Awards from such a prestigious judging panel," said Paul Gibson, Product Manager, Ride Rite Division. "Firestone´s continuing investment in research and development has resulted in new products incorporating the latest technology to make them better and safer.
"Receiving these awards is a testament to the increasing global appeal of — and demand for — our products."