By Alex Kapadia
Goodyear have linked up with dozens of their key suppliers from around the world to share their knowledge on global trends in the automotive and tyres industries in a bid to inspire successful innovation.
The tyres manufacture orchestrated the pro-active initiative so that they can see how their research and development plans are likely to be received.
It also gave each of the companies the opportunity to break down secrecy barriers in order to have a clearer understanding of what is needed to succeed during the challenging trading environment.
Jean-Claude Kihn, chief technology officer for Goodyear, said: “We brought together our key suppliers from across a wide array of industries and laid out our vision of the future for them.
“We described the technologies we need to be successful in the future – to drive relevant innovation into our new product engine.
“Our message to them was simple: our goal is innovation leadership. We can try to achieve it separately, or we can succeed as a team, multiplying the shared benefit of our combined R and D efforts.”
Dozens of business leaders from around the globe gathered at Goodyear world headquarters in Akron to take part in the meeting.
Goodyear have taken the view that in today’s redefined auto market, there is no room for slow players and the key to success is a more open philosophy regarding innovation and new product development than is common in the tyre industry.