Goodyear was awarded "Tire Manufacturing Innovation of the Year" by Tire Technology International for its Retread Multi-Piece Cushion technology, designed to extend the life of truck tire retread cushion.

The only product of its kind in the tire industry, according to the company, Goodyear's Multi-Piece Cushion contains three layers, one being a barrier that extends the life of the tire.

The Multi-Piece Cushion's other layers consist of ingredients that, when mixed together, complete the curing package. Multi-Piece Cushion is heat-resistant, eliminating the need for refrigeration.

"And its round shape is unique, making it more user-friendly," says Jay Hofner, general manager, retread, for Goodyear's North American tire business "Traditional truck tire cushion gum is flat, with edges and corners that can stick to other layers of cushion gum."

"Goodyear is focused on delivering market-driven innovation to our customers and consumers around the world," says Jean-Claude Kihn, chief technical officer for the company. "We are honored to once again be recognized by Tire Technology International for the innovative Multi-Piece Cushion technology, which will be highly valued by our customers."