U.S. Tire Manufacturers Recognized for Achievements in Worker Safety

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WASHINGTON, D.C., April 21, 2016 –Six tire manufacturers were recognized for excellence and improvements in worker health and safety by the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA).

RMA’s Safety and Health Improvement Program (SHIP), created in 1981, recognizes member companies for excellence and improvement in worker health and safety with awards. The SHIP awards reflect RMA members’ demonstrated commitment to worker health and safety.

“Safety is RMA members’ top priority for their products and their workplaces,” said Anne Forristall Luke, RMA president and CEO. “We are proud to recognize this commitment to safety.”

Two categories of awards are presented to companies that demonstrate workplace safety excellence and improvements, which are measured by the incidence rate for lost workday cases. The “Excellence” category is for facilities that achieve a Days Away Restricted Transfer (DART) rate that is 75 percent better than the average achieved by plants that provided data to RMA.

The “Improvement” award is for plants that achieve a Days Away Restricted Transfer (DART) rate that is both 10 percent better than its rate in the previous year and is the same or better than the RMA average incidence rate.

Seven Excellence awards and 13 Improvement Awards were presented.

Forty-five plants from RMA member companies supplied data for the annual survey to be eligible for awards. The data supplied to RMA is identical to information provided to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, which publishes annual injury and illness information on all industries.

 

Excellence Awards

Bridgestone Americas, Inc. Griffin, Georgia
Oxford, North Carolina
Trenton, South Carolina
 Cooper Tire & Rubber Company        Clarksdale, Mississippi
 Michelin North America, Inc. Starr, South Carolina (US8)
Anderson, South Carolina (US10)
 Yokohama Tire Corporation  West Point, Mississippi

Improvement Awards

Bridgestone Americas, Inc. Graniteville, South Carolina
Russellville, Arkansas
Abilene, Texas
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company Tupelo, Mississippi
Michelin North America, Inc. Spartanburg, South Carolina (US3)
Columbia, South Carolina (US5)
Lexington, South Carolina (US7)
Covington, Georgia (GEO)
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Fayetteville, North Carolina
Gadsden, Alabama
Lawton, Oklahoma
Social Circle, Georgia
Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas Inc. White, Georgia

 

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for tire manufacturers that produce tires in the U.S.  All RMA press releases are available at www.rma.org.

Adding Rubber to the Road

7th Rubber Modified Asphalt Conference Announced

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Dan Zielinski
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WASHINGTON, D.C., March 31, 2016 – Putting more rubber in the road is a key theme for the 7th Rubber Modified Asphalt Conference scheduled for November 2-3, 2016 at the Sheraton Ann Arbor Hotel in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The event is hosted by the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), the Scrap Tire Research and Education Foundation (STREF), Rubber Pavement Association and the Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society.

Conference co-hosts are: the Asphalt Institute, the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA), Rubberized Asphalt Foundation (RAF), and the National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT). The conference is in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the state host is the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

“The conference is an ideal educational forum for state department of transportation officials and state scrap tire regulators to help improve their understanding of rubber modified asphalt and increase its use,” said John Sheerin, RMA Director of End of Life Tire Programs.

“There is strong interest in rubber modified asphalt by the FHWA, state departments of transportation and industry,” Sheerin added. “FHWA is interested in more sustainable highways and practices. Additionally, there have been several significant changes in costs, applications and research advances that will lead to new opportunities to use rubber modified asphalt.”

Topics to be discussed will be non-commercial, definitive and will include the history of the technology, current usage and costs, and case studies from state departments of transportation.

Additionally the Scrap Tire Work Group will meet on Tuesday, November 1st to discuss the overall progress of the U.S. state scrap tire markets and programs.  The state-run Scrap Tire Work Group includes representatives from government, trade organizations, scrap tire publications, consultants, academia, and scrap tire recyclers.

Information about the conference will be available at www.stref.org.

 

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Two Cooper Engineers Receive STEP Ahead Honors for Leadership

Two Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. engineers are recipients of The Manufacturing Institute’s Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead awards for 2016.  Read full Press Release.

2016 U.S. Tire Shipments Projected to Rise

Industry Forecasts Record High for Passenger Replacement Shipments

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WASHINGTON, DC, March 9, 2016 – Total U.S. tire shipments are projected  to surpass 315 million units in 2016, according to the latest forecast by the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), the national trade association for tire manufacturers in the U.S.   RMA forecasts passenger replacement tire shipments to exceed the previous record set in 2014.

Steady economic improvement, low fuel prices and increases in vehicle miles traveled this year should create favorable conditions for growth in total U.S. tire shipments.

Original equipment passenger and light truck tires are expected to see the largest percentage increase in shipments while modest growth is anticipated for replacement passenger, light truck and truck tire shipments.  While 2016 commercial truck original equipment shipments are expected to decrease, last year’s shipments in this category were the highest since 2006.

2015 – Final 2016  Forecast % Change Units +/(-)
Original Equipment Tires
Passenger 49.7 51.1 2.7 1.4
Light Truck 4.4 4.5 1.8 0.1
Truck 6.2 6.0 -2.9 -0.2
Replacement Tires
Passenger 206.1 206.8 0.3 0.7
Light Truck 29.1 29.2 0.3 0.1
Truck 17.9 18.1 1.1 0.2
Total Shipments 313.5 315.7 0.7 2.2
Note: All shipments in millions. Figures are rounded.

 

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2016 National Tire Safety Week Dates Announced

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WASHINGTON, D.C., January 7, 2016 – Get your tire gauges ready for National Tire Safety Week 2016, which will be celebrated May 29-June 4, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), which announced the dates today.

National Tire Safety Week is an initiative of RMA’s “Be Tire Smart – Play Your PART” program, a year-round effort designed to help drivers learn the simple steps they can take to ensure that their tires are in good working condition. RMA is the national trade association for tire manufacturers.

“National Tire Safety Week is all about reminding busy consumers of the importance of taking good care of their tires,” said Anne Forristall Luke, RMA president and CEO.  “Properly maintained tires have a proven, positive impact on safety, save consumers money and benefit the environment through greater fuel economy.”

Tire manufacturers, retailers and other across the nation work to educate motorists about proper tire care and maintenance. RMA provides tire retailers, auto dealers and automotive repair shops with free “Be Tire Smart” brochures and other materials. Participating retail outlets join the nationwide effort to promote tire care through advertising, promotions, free tire pressure checks and community and media outreach.

Tire and auto service retailers interested in obtaining free RMA materials for National Tire Safety week can order them online at www.betiresmart.org; those who have participated in the event before can expect to receive materials again this year.

The Be Tire Smart program is funded by RMA’s tire manufacturer members: Bridgestone Americas, Continental Tire the Americas, LLC, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Michelin North America, Inc., Pirelli Tire North America, Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas Inc. and Yokohama Tire Corporation.

For more information on the Be Tire Smart Program and National Tire Safety Week visit www.betiresmart.org.

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End-of-Year Projection Indicates Slight Improvement in Tire Shipments

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WASHINGTON, DC, December 4, 2015 – Total US tire shipments are projected  to reach 312 million units in 2015, according to the latest forecast by Rubber Manufacturers Association, the national trade association for tire manufacturers in the US.

Passenger original equipment, light truck replacement and medium/heavy truck original equipment and replacement shipments are expected to increase in 2015. Light truck original equipment and passenger replacement tire shipments are projected to decrease.

 

RMA 2015 Projected Tire Shipments

2014 – Final 2015  Forecast % Change Units +/(-)
Original Equipment Tires
Passenger 47.8 50.0 4.7 2.3
Light Truck 4.6 4.4 -6.3 -0.3
Truck 5.7 6.2 9.1 0.5
Replacement Tires
Passenger 206.5 204.7 -0.9 -1.8
Light Truck 28.7 28.9 0.7 0.2
Truck 17.4 18.0 3.0 0.5
Total Shipments 310.7 312.1 0.4 1.4
Note: All shipments in millions. Figures are rounded.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for tire manufacturers that produce tires in the U.S.  All RMA press releases are available at www.rma.org.

RMA Names Anne Forristall Luke as President & CEO

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WASHINGTON, D.C., November 13, 2015 – The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) today announced that Anne Forristall Luke will be the organization’s next president and CEO. Luke will officially begin January 1, 2016.  She succeeds Charles Cannon who is retiring from RMA after nearly eight years.AnneForristallLuke_881

“Leading the RMA team and its membership into the second century of support and advocacy for the great contributions of our industry is an exciting challenge,” said Gary Garfield, RMA Chair, Board of Directors, and CEO and president, Bridgestone Americas, Inc. “Anne brings a breadth and depth of experience in public policy and is a proven, effective and visionary leader who earned the confidence of the RMA Board of Directors after a thorough executive search process this year.”

“RMA represents an extraordinary and innovative industry and I am confident that Anne will provide strong leadership for RMA members,” said Charles Cannon, RMA president and CEO.

“On behalf of everyone affiliated with the RMA, I also want to acknowledge Charlie’s leadership of and contributions to the RMA’s success since 2008 and wish him well in his retirement,” Garfield added.

Luke has more than 30 years of Washington government relations, public affairs and executive leadership experience in both the public and private sectors. Before joining RMA, Luke served as vice president, political and public affairs at the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), the trade association for off-road equipment manufacturers and suppliers operating in the agricultural, construction, forestry, mining and utilities industries.

Prior to AEM, Luke was president of the U.S. Tuna Foundation, representing the domestic and international business interests of the U.S. canned tuna processing industry. She also was a principal at MGN Inc., an independent government relations firm, and served as senior vice president and leader of public affairs in the Washington office of Ketchum Inc., a global public relations firm.

Luke began her career in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and held a variety of posts on Capitol Hill, including professional staff member of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee.

 

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Bridgestone’s Garfield Elected RMA Board Chairman

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WASHINGTON, D.C., November 13, 2015 – The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) today announced that it has elected Gary Garfield to serve as the organization’s Chairman of the Board of Directors. Garfield is CEO and president of Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (BSAM).

Garfield succeeds Pete Selleck, chairman and president of Michelin North America, Inc., who served as RMA Board Chairman since 2013.

“Gary will continue a trend of strong leadership as Chairman of the RMA Board of Directors,” said Charles A. Cannon, RMA president and CEO. “RMA is well-served by an active, involved and decisive Board of Directors, and Gary’s tenure will no doubt continue that firm guidance for the association.”

Garfield oversees all BSAM operations across five continents. BSAM accounts for about 45 percent of the global revenue of Bridgestone operations worldwide, making it the company’s largest subsidiary. With more than 55,000 teammates worldwide, BSAM manufactures and markets a wide range of tires for a variety of applications primarily under the Bridgestone and Firestone brands. BSAM also owns and operates the world’s largest automotive service and tire retailer, a world’s leading commercial roofing and building products company, and the worldwide leader in vehicle and equipment air spring technology.

“RMA is poised to enter a new era of growth as investments in the U.S. by tire manufacturers continue,” Garfield said. “Continued public policy challenges on environmental, safety advocacy and other matters will continue to be a focus of the association.”

Garfield was elected in October at the RMA Board of Directors meeting and will serve a two-year term.

 

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for tire manufacturers that produce tires in the U.S.  All RMA press releases are available at www.rma.org.

Tire Industry Project CEO Meeting

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development issued a press release announcing the latest results of  international research projects studying the potential environmental and health impacts of tires.

Mid-Year Projection Indicates Improvement in Tire Shipments

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Dan Zielinski
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WASHINGTON, DC, August  10, 2015 – Total US tire shipments are projected  to reach 314 million units in 2015, according to the latest forecast by Rubber Manufacturers Association, the national trade association for tire manufacturers in the US. This represents an increase of slightly more than one percent.

Passenger and medium/heavy truck original equipment and replacement shipments are expected to increase in 2015. Light truck original equipment and replacement tire shipments are projected to decrease.

RMA 2015 Projected Tire Shipments
2014 – Final 2015  Forecast % Change Units +/(-)
Original Equipment Tires
Passenger 47.8 49.7 4.0 1.9
Light Truck 4.6 4.5 -2.4 -0.1
Truck 5.7 6.3 10.5 0.2
Replacement Tires
Passenger 206.5 206.8 0.1 0.3
Light Truck 28.7 28.6 -0.2 -0.1
Truck 17.4 18.1 3.8 0.7
Total Shipments 310.7 314.0 1.1 3.3
Note: All shipments in millions. Figures are rounded.

 

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for tire manufacturers that produce tires in the U.S.  All RMA press releases are available at www.rma.org.