Asia Pacific Goodyear Network Workshop. August 8 – 9, 2005 , Manila. 1. History of Goodyear. 1898 founded by Frank & Charles Seiberling in Akron, Ohio, USA named after Charles Goodyear (inventor of the vulcanisation process) 1916 world‘s largest tire maker
August 8 – 9, 2005 , Manila
Lay-offs and plant closures followed.
5700 patents issued or granted around the world. Presence in most countries of the world, even the major world markets
26 Litigation (e.g. Entran II)
Increasing raw material costs: natural rubber +36% crude oil +25% based on the figures of 2003!
Source: Rubber & Plastic News, July 11, 2005
What are the solutions of the companies?Bridgestone/Firestone owns the world largest rubber plantation in Liberia. It produces only a small percentage of BFS needs.Goodyear reduces the part of NR about 8% in the tire without losing performance.The Colorado States University and the Ohio States University are working on genetically engineering of Rubber trees to produce more and better Latex.Research on SR to substitue NR
Using nanotechnology to get the same performance with less NR andto produce leighter tires
Country Location Products
Melbourne Aero retread
Sommerton Tires (50:50 jv)
Qindao Hose products
Dolok Merangir Estate Rubber plantation
Importent developments in the region
The ICEM is sharply critical of labour practices being carried out by Goodyear Thailand Ltd.. Local management at the 600-worker factory in Bangkok has systematically denied basic trade union rights to members and officers of ICEM affiliate Petroleum and Chemical Workers\' Federation of Thailand (PCFT). In March, managers fired the chairman of the Goodyear Thailand branch of the PCFT, Anan Pol-ung, for merely carrying out his lawful responsibilities in attempting to achieve social benefits for workers in the factory\'s rubber stock division.
In a letter to Goodyear‘s Thai management, ICEM General Secretary Fred Higgs said, „Preventing a trade union leader‘s right to recruit and organise in the workplace is a gross violation of international standards on labour and human rights. We intend to take this injustice and ensure that Goodyear is linked to a serious labour human rights infraction throughout the world.“