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Goodyear Tyres Early Days-How things were In the nineties.

Goodyear Tyres Early Days

Goodyear Tyres Early Days- no longer number one in 1990.

So, in 1990 the French company Michelin tyres. Bought out another tyre company called BF Goodrich tyres of America.This was a good acquisition for Michelin because Goodrich had previously merged with Uniroyal tyres. So making a massive tyre manufacturing conglomerate.

of course, in Goodyear tyres early days. Consequently, Firestone tyres and General tyres had suffered declining sales volumes. Subsequently, at the hand of Goodyear tyres dominance. Especially, in the radial tyre market. Firestone were taken over by Bridgestone tyres of Japan.

GOODYEAR TYRES Early Days

The famous Goodyear Eagle emblem

 General  were bought out by Continental  of Germany.

Due these amalgamations. These bigger companies had now grown into the same size as Goodyear tyres. So,  having an impact on Goodyears sales. Goodyear, had their fingers in other non-tyre ventures. Including the “All American Pipeline”. This company was producing operational losses and was costing Goodyear over $3 billion of debt. However, Goodyear tyres were slow to react and make changes . Resulting in the appointment of a Mr C Gault as chairman of the company.

Goodyear tyres were now suffering. Consequently, between 1989 and 1991 they shed over 12000 jobs, 10% of its workforce. Redundancies came mainly from the white collar section of the workforce. The giant tyre company also set about restructuring its factories with some closures and others being modified, this reconstruction of the company was estimated to save Goodyear tyres over $250 million a year in savings.

Goodyear tyres believed adamantly in the research and development programs

Of course, they kept up the spending on new tyre development. Something that GOODYEAR TYRES  were very passionate about. The company started to bring out new products on the back of these new developments. Passionately, new tyres began to emerge. First ones been the The Goodyear Eagle GT and the Eagle GA. I remember these tyre well, they were modeled for the more luxury cars in the early nineties. These new products helped Goodyear tyres to regain the market share that they lost to the Michelin group and in 1992 they restructured their debts to a more manageable amount of around $1.5 billion.

 Another great new tyre to come out of Goodyear tyres in the early nineties

 Of course, was the “Aqua tread”, which was an all season tyre sold around the World and will be remembered by older drivers. The new tyre was launched simultaneously across the globe. I remember attending the Goodyear tyres launch on their test track in Luxembourg and the tyre became a huge success.GOODYEAR TYRES Early Days

the excellent Goodyear efficient grip tyre  Eric Roberts

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Goodyear Aquatred- Wet Weather tyres that combated Aquaplaning

Goodyear Aquatred

Original Goodyear aquatred lost grip as the tyre wore down

So, in 1991 Goodyear tyres took the tyre world by storm. Of course, by introducing the “Goodyear Ultragrip GW3”. Chiefly, this tyre was to combat the problem of aquaplaning. This  was designed to disperse the layer of water that builds up between the tread and the wet road surface. So, making motoring in the wet much safer than it had previously been.

The first tyres were good when their tread was new. But as the tread wore down, then the centre groove “that was a major part of the  design”. Hence, lost its depth, thus not allowing the water to get away as quickly. Meaning, that the tyre became less responsive as it wore down in wet weather.

To combat this Goodyear Aquatred tyres were modified by design       

GOODYEAR AQUATRED

Goodyear aquatred

Goodyear tyres  recognised 

Of course they knew that they had a problem with the new tyre. Notably, they brought out the “Goodyear Aquatred 2 “ tyre. This tyre was re-designed and was brought out with a harder compound. Solving the problem of the tyres wearing quickly.

So, the new tread compound was enhanced by the inclusion of a wider and deeper band. Of course, down the centre of the tread pattern. Of course, the new tyre also had a modified shoulder.Aiming the tyre at the family saloons and were available from 13 to 15 ins tyre sizes.

To be sure, the Goodyear aquatred had many advantages over the normal summer tyres. It was far superior in braking and accelerating whilst driving in wet conditions at fast speeds. The tyre was very suitable for very wet countries such as us in Britain and became very popular.

The tyre was a great success in Northern Europe

Because of its performance in the wet weather. Then in my opinion,became a safer place.Because of the extra safety features that this tyre brought to us. The tyre was also very quite to ride on although it had a very heavy tread pattern compared to other standard tyres. Millions of people liked the new security that the tyre offered, and although not a cheap tyre it sold very well, giving families piece of mind, especially in wet weather, the kind of weather that we are experiencing at the moment, very heavy rain with flooding. They were also good in snow and ice conditions, and were originally going to be launched to coincide with the Winter Olympics .

Goodyear aquatred brought out No 3 in 2000

The concept of a directional tyre that dispersed water at a fast rate continued with the advance of the Goodyear aquatred 3 tyres. This tyre was not much different to its predecessor. It had more refined noise levels and better grip, but by then other tyre companies were bringing out tyres of similar design and the Goodyear aquatred family just drifted away and Goodyear Car Tyres took another path in its tyre development program.

For more excellent information about these Goodyear aquatred tyres please click the links bellow.

 http://happysandy.wordpress.com/2009/08/19/goodyear-the-aquatred-launch/

Eric Roberts

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Goodyear Tyre Leaders

Goodyear Tyre Leaders- Over the Years one of the Worlds Best Tyre Manufacturers

Goodyear Tyre Leaders

Goodyear Tyre Leaders Many changes over the years

Of course, over the past many years that I have been in the tyre industry. Goodyear tyres have always been at the fore front of tyre development and tyre technology. So, the company was started in the USA. Chiefly, after many years of tyre development. Goodyear Tyres were well established in the motoring world . Of course, this is when I started to take an interest in the tyre industry. Suddenly, after I became a failed mechanic (another story).Goodyear Tyre Leaders

In the beginning, I started working for a company by the name of “Tyreservices”. Which was a wholly owned subsidiary of Goodyear. It was hoped that Goodyear Tyre could run Tyreservices as a type of dealership. Replicating,the kind of tyre business that Goodyear did in the USA.

Unfortunately, this venture did not work out. Primarily, because in my opinion the British tyre market was was much smaller than the American market. So,to survive tyre retailers had to sell multi-brands to keep up with  the hot competition.

Goodyear were a premium brand

Of course, Goodyear tyre prices were kept highly inflated to try maximise profits. However, Goodyear owned a company called “Kelly Springfield Tyres”who had their own sales force. Consequently,who,operated separately from the Goodyear sales force.

Enabling branch managers like myself to sell Kelly but advertise them as cheap Goodyear tyres with free fitting . This ploy worked very well, all parties were happy. Kelly tyres were made of exactly the same rubber and produced in the same factory as Goodyear Tyre Leaders. This move to sell Kelly helped different branches to compete in their area, selling the Goodyear Car Tyres product but in the form of Kelly tyres.

We also got the chance to offer three grades of Goodyear tyres when they bought “Lee Tyres”, this became the third brand to be sold in the Goodyear name. The problem came when we entered another recession and all our sales dropped due to the lack of money from consumers (the same as it is at the moment). All the three Goodyear Tyre Leaders owned tyre companies began to argue with each other as the fight to sell tyres became tougher. The Goodyear brand became more difficult to sell . So, the sales of the cheap tyre went up. Because that’s all our customers could afford.

Goodyear tyres pay me for a cruise

We at the Huddersfield branch were doing extremely well selling Kelly tyres and I was often visited by the higher Goodyear Tyre Leaders management team to convert my sales to their products. One guy called John Evison was always trying to get the Tyreservices management to pursued me to buy their tyres, but I was a rising star in Tyreservices eyes as I had taken the Huddersfield branch into a £30,000 profit situation from a previous 5 years of losses, happy days ?. This by the way took me on a Caribbean cruise at the expense of Goodyear tyres and a great trip it was.

Eric Roberts

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Goodyear Tyre Leaders

Goodyear tyres still a great name

 

Early Radial Car Tyres-Which were the First Radial Car Tyres in the 1960’s

 Post Updated 26th Dec 2013

Early Radial Car Tyres;  car tyres my  beginnings and the tyre law

 My very first job in the auto trade was as an apprentice mechanic in a small Yorkshire garage. I only spent four years there and after having an argument with my

Early Radial Car Tyres

Early Radial Car Tyres; The Goodyear G800 will be one of the early tyres remembered by my older readers, but, unfortunately, the tyre was very noisy because of the block tread pattern and did not give very good mileage.

boss we decided to part companies. The best thing to come out of my old job was the fact that I became interested in tyres. Very strange you may think but that’s the truth. I had to repair all the punctured tyres and fit new tyres using a tyre lever, a very difficult thing to do until I got the knack of it.

Most punctures in those days were to tyre inner tubes. Most Early Radial Car Tyres in those days were fitted with tubes and tyres were used right up to the tyre becoming completely bald and beyond. There were no tyre laws in my early days this would come later on in my career.

I was now at home under my mother’s feet looking for, a new job. To my surprise, a vacancy for a tyre fitter appeared in the local paper. My mother rushed me off to the tyre centre within minutes of the advertisement appearing. The then manager a guy called Brian Pitchforth interviewed me and was very impressed that I could take off car wheels and fit and repair tyres by hand using tyre levers.

I received a polite letter saying that I had got the job. My mother was more pleased than me because I would be no longer under her feet and she would have my board money coming in again. I started work the week after and soon got settled into the job. I truly loved my new job and settled into my new role as tyre fitter.

This was to be the begging of my lifetime love for the tyre industry and was to set me up to run my own business in years to come.

The company was called The Tyre House, a local company soon to be bought out by the ever-expanding Dunlop retail outlet called Brigg’ s Tyres. Briggs were a group of tyre companies and were soon to merge with another group called Marsham Tyres, this was later to become National Tyres a wholly owned company of Dunlop Tyres.

In those days, the major tyre manufacturers were hell bent on buying out any tyre distributor to consolidate their share of the tyre market. This was due to the

Early Radial Car Tyres

Early Radial Car Tyres; Early Firestone tyres were coming into the UK from America and a new factory opened up in Liverpool

ever increasing market place as cars were becoming affordable to more and more people as jobs became more plentiful. Therefore more people needed Early Radial Car Tyres,

The first radial tyres came out and I was promoted to office manager

for my enthusiasm and it was beginning to get easier promotions in a large company such as Dunlop. I eventually left National Tyres and moved to Goodyear Wolverhampton and a  Goodyear owned company in Leeds to try my hand with giant earth mover tyres, but will never forget the friends I met some of whom were friends for life and my first job in the tyre industry.

 

 

About Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre industry now for 40 years. I worked for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre

, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business.

 

Goodyear Tyres winner-The Excellent “Efficient Grip” another great tyre product from Goodyear Tyres.

Goodyear Tyres winner

Goodyear Tyres winner; has launched its new tyre, the “Efficient Grip”.

 Pellon Tyres and Autocentre are very impressed with this new product. Which is the latest from Goodyears long line of great tyres? Naturally, will prove another Goodyear Tyres winner.

Goodyear started out making one of the first steel radials, the “G8”.Consequently, this was an effort to catch up with another leading tyre manufacturer.As expected, Goodyear began having problems. Thus, in the structure of the steel belt. Indeed had many tyre failures. Thus causing many tyres to be recalled. Because of faults on the protective coating of the steel belt wires.

Goodyear overcame the problems. As a result, the next generation from Goodyear was the G800+s. So, also this tyre had teething problems.But these were overcome. Goodyear regained its reputation as a world leader in the manufacturing. As expected, this was followed by many other tyre types. All with improvements in tread design. Indeed Goodyear was the first to create tread patterns.Hence to combat aquaplaning, on wet roads.

Aquaplaning is the thin layer of water. That forms between the tyre tread and the road surface.Thus causing the driver to lose control of his vehicle.Especially in very wet driving conditions. Goodyears  NCT range was designed to combat aquaplaning. Made public with a massive, extensive advertising campaign. Asa result, Goodyear were the leaders in World tyre sales.

New models followed.So, the next series were to be the Eagle range.Therefore, there is no doubt that Goodyear have always been at the forefront of tyre technology and innovation. They are World leaders all the way in tyre design.Thus, keeping up with the new speed and road conditions.Of course, that confronted designers all over the world.

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 The latest arrival to Goodyear Tyres winner innovations is the new Efficient Grip tyre.

Eric Roberts

 

DUNLOP VINTAGE TYRES- fitted to this great “vintage LANCHESTER”

DUNLOP VINTAGE TYRES, Michelin and Avon tyres were all used on the Lanchester

DUNLOP VINTAGE TYRES

Dunlop Tyres (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This car was originally owned by a family of mill owners.Hence, from the Halifax area of West Yorkshire. The car was bought for the Lady of the house.For this reason, was restored by a West Yorkshire restoration company.Run by the owner and his son John Horsfield http://www.horsfieldsofhalifax.co.uk/projects.htm. The company carry out fantastic restoration jobs. Hence, as well as running a wedding car business.

This short article. Shows the diversity of cars that are booked in for servicing and MOT testing. Accordingly, at  Pellon Autocentre. We would like to thank the owners of these cars.Of course, for trusting them with such valuable cars into their care.

The “LANCHESTER” was designed by Mr George Lanchester. Who created an upmarket version of the” BSA ten” from around 1933. They also developed a model of car known as theRoadrider”. Before the beginning of the second World War. Lanchester was later bought out by “BSA”. Hence, the owners of Daimler and the Lanchesters were made to take second place to the new Daimler models. Sadly in 1956. Because the last model of the Lanchester known as the sprite was phased out.

DUNLOP VINTAGE TYRES

The original holding company were facing financial difficulties.The bank called in the companies overdraft.Thus, calling for an immediate seizure of the companies assets. Lanchester cars were then produced at the BSA factory in Sparkbrook a (suburb of Birmingham), and because of this deal was struck to sell the Lanchester business to “BSA”. A deal was made in 1931 and Lanchester cars were bought out by BSA for £26,000 a significant amount of money in those days.

DUNLOP VINTAGE TYRES

Avon Tyres Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lanchester was now the same company as Daimler and production were transferred to their factory at Radford.

 

DUNLOP VINTAGE TYRES

Lanchester parked ready for a MOT test DUNLOP VINTAGE TYRES

The DUNLOP VINTAGE TYRES were also followed by Avon tyres the “Avon Turbospeed tyres” and also Michelin tyres appeared on the market. 

Hi, I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre, and I am MD for online battery company www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk. I have worked for a couple of national tyre companies in my younger days. Consequently, I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. A keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. Thus we are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

Efficient Grip Tyres Goodyear-World Contender Goodyear Tyres release new “Efficient Grip”tyre

Efficient Grip Tyres Goodyear

Efficient Grip Tyres Goodyear; have introduced their latest new tyre,the Efficient Grip.

Eric Roberts from Pellon Tyre and Auto centre in Halifax UK. Which is the latest from Goodyear’s  long list of excellent products; Hence, the Efficient Grip Tyres Goodyear.

Goodyear  started out making one of the first steel radial tyres the G8. Therefore, this was an effort to catch up with another leading tyre manufacture.As a result, Goodyear begun having problems in the structure of the steel belt. 

The next generation tyre from Goodyear  was the G800+s this tyre had teething problems but these were overcome and Goodyear regained its reputation as a world leader in tyre Efficient Grip Tyres Goodyearmanufacturing .Many other tyre types all with improvements in tyre tread design, indeed Goodyear were the first to bestow the advantages of tread patterns that combat aquaplaning. The  Grand Prix was another famous car tyre to come out of the Goodyear factories. The main target in car tyre production was to combat aquaplaning.

 Kicking off, with a massive extensive advertising campaign. Goodyear tyres were the leaders in World tyre sales.

The arrival of Goodyear tyres Efficient Grip Tyre

New tread designs followed.Consequently, the next series of car tyres were to be the Eagle range. As a result, there is no doubt that Goodyear, have always been at the forefront of tyre technology and innovation. World leaders all the way in tyre design and technology.Hence, keeping up with the new speed and road conditions. 

The latest arrival to Goodyear innovations is the new Efficient Grip Tyres Goodyear. This has been with low emission greener cars in mind, cars like the new Renault electric vehicle , that require a tyre with much lower rolling resistance. The giant tyre company have managed this by making this Efficient Grip Tyres Goodyear a lot lighter. This has been achieved by using lighter plastic materials in the construction, reducing the weight by 10%, also they have added a new material into the compound creating less heat generation and therefore reducing a lower rolling resistance and better performance. More information can be found at www.goodyear.eu/uk and this excellent product can be purchased at Pellon Tyres Halifax UK.

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Goodyear Tyres Efficient Grip Tyre-another great Goodyear product

Goodyear Tyres Efficient Grip Tyre;Goodyear has launched its new tyre,the Goodyear Efficient Grip.

Eric Roberts from Pellon Tyre and Autocentre is very impressed with the new product. Which is the latest from Goodyear Tyres Efficient Grip Tyre long line of excellent products. Eric started out in his 35 year career working for Goodyears retail side. Consequently, has first hand experience in dealing with their extensive products range. Indeed Eric was selected to attend a six week managment training

Goodyear Tyres Efficient Grip Tyre

Goodyear Tyres Efficient Grip Tyre;Goodyear put in millions of $s to research and development.These racing tyres will one day benefit the normal road user

coarse at their Birmingham Wolverhampton tyre plant.

Our coarse took in diverse subjects including all aspects of tyre designs. This included a regular visits to the tyre factory. Followed by classroom lectures about tyre design and related occurring problems when fitted to the actual vehicles.
Eric also had to solve problems in brain storming sessions. These were videoed and later pulled apart in the lecture room. This was to give the participants confidence for future assignments. That Goodyear were planning for certain individuals. Indeed Eric was later interviewed for a retail role that would have taken him to Australia. The giant tyre company were very disappointed when Eric had to turn the job down because of personnel reasons.

Goodyear Tyres Efficient Grip Tyre

Goodyear started out making one of the first steel radial tyres the G8. 
The next generation tyre from Goodyear was the G800+s this tyre had teething problems but these were overcome and the companies Car Tyres regained its reputation as a world leader in tyre manufacturing . This was followed by many other tyre types all with improvements in tyre tread design, indeed Goodyear were the first to bestow the advantages of tread patterns that combat aquaplaning.

Goodyear Tyres Efficient Grip Tyre.

Aquaplaning, is the tiny lair of water that forms between the tyre tread and the road surface. Therefore, causing a driver to lose control of his vehicle in very wet driving conditions. Goodyear NCT range were designed to combat aquaplaning with a massive extensive advertising campaign, Goodyear were the leaders in World tyre sales.

The latest arrival to Goodyears innovations is the new Goodyear Efficient Grip tyre.

Goodyear Tyres Efficient Grip Tyre

Goodyear Tyres Efficient Grip Tyre

Consequently,resulting with low emission greener cars in mind, cars like the new Renault electric vehicle , that require a tyre with much lower rolling resistance. Goodyear Efficient Grip Review have managed this by make this tyre a lot lighter. The objective,has been achieved by using lighter plastic materials in the construction. Thus reducing the weight by 10%, also they have added a new material into the compound creating less heat generation and therefore reducing a lower rolling resistance and better performance. Goodyear Car Tyres  can be bought online at www.pellontyres.co.uk