Goodyear´s IntelliMax Groove Technology for truck tyres introduced with the low rolling resistance truck tyre FUELMAX S has been awarded this year’s innovation award by the Luxembourg Business Federation (FEDIL). This is the third award on truck tyres that Goodyear Europe, Middle East and Africa has received from FEDIL over the last five years.
The jury were impressed by the technology that ensures tyre performance continues at a high level throughout the tyre’s life. A feature of Goodyear’s recently-introduced FUELMAX S fuel-saving steer tyre, IntelliMax Groove Technology is a ‘hidden’ tread pattern moulded in the tyre. As the initial tread wears, a new pattern appears. This ensures that high levels of grip and low rolling resistance are maintained even though the tyre wears. The award again recognises the high level of innovation as well as the high research and development capabilities of the Goodyear Innovation Centre Luxembourg (GIC L) in Colmar-Berg.
The award ceremony took place in Luxembourg City on December 10th in the presence of Francine Closener, Secretary of State of Economy of Luxembourg. The prize was presented to Jean-Marie Feller, Project Manager Tire Technology Commercial at Goodyear Europe. Middle East and Africa, who accepted the award on behalf of GIC*L.
“We are again honoured to receive this award from the Luxemburg government. Winning this award for the third time is a clear proof of our high level of innovation at Goodyear. Our IntelliMax Groove Technology is not only innovative, it satisfies the needs of our customers in the road transport industry and helps them to reduce their operational costs by low fuel consumption,” said Henk van Tuyl. Director Tire Technology Commercial Tyre at Goodyear Europe, Middle East and Africa.”
IntelliMax Groove Technology
The new Goodyear FUELMAX family is Goodyear´s most fuel-efficient truck tyre range. The FUELMAX S steer axle tyre features IntelliMax Groove Technology to optimise rolling resistance. A special production technique moulds a ‘hidden’ tread into the tyre. This means that during the first part of the tyre’s life, the initial tread pattern, which has two circumferential grooves with three contact ribs, ensures high level of performance and low rolling resistance. As wear progresses to 50%, five new grooves with six ribs appear for mid-life of the tyre. At a wear level of about 75%, four contact ribs remain ensuring good wet grip until the end of the tyre’s usable life. The optimisation of the tyre geometry also ensures excellent balance between rolling resistance performance, mileage and road handling.