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Goodyear expands hydraulic hose business

Akron, OH Goodyear Engineered Products will become a full-line provider of hydraulic hose, fittings and crimpers...


Akron, OH Goodyear Engineered Products will become a full-line provider of hydraulic hose, fittings and crimpers in North America in 2004. Hydraulic hose assemblies use fluid to transmit power for a wide variety of applications from precision systems to heavy-duty equipment.

Adding high-pressure braided, spiral and thermoplastic hose, as well as fittings and crimpers, fills out Goodyear’s comprehensive industrial hose offering to its distributor network, according to Tim Toppen, president of the division.

“Combining the breadth of Goodyear-branded products, training, support and the ease of doing business with us, we are a very strong single-source supplier in North America,” said Toppen. “This is a tremendous opportunity for our distributors to better serve customers and pursue additional market opportunities.”

Goodyear will stock the complete range of hydraulic hose classifications, from R1 though R17, with three-sixteenth- to two-inch inside diameters, that primarily conform to the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and European Norm (EN) standards.

With its strong industrial and automotive aftermarket distribution network, the company seeks to earn a share of the more than $1 billion North American fluid power hose market that is growing more than 3% annually.

Brett Ponton, general marketing manager for Goodyear Engineered Products in North America, said the company will target maintenance and repair operations for industries, such as mining, construction, manufacturing and steel, and will also supply industrial and transportation original equipment manufacturers.

Goodyear will expand into the hydraulics market through a strategic alliance with Italy’s Alfa Gomma S.p.A., a well-known leader in the hydraulic hose and fitting industry for more than 25 years.

“We are combining Goodyear’s brand recognition and highly-skilled, reliable North American distribution network, with Alfa Gomma’s technically-advanced product design and development,” said Ponton. “Both companies are committed to quality and the success of their customers.” He added that the supply arrangement is all about serving customers, providing system solutions and growing business. “End users are looking for reliability and performance, as well as availability of parts,” said Ponton.

Goodyear has produced hydraulic hose for more than 50 years, but never filled out its lineup, until now. In addition to industrial and automotive hose, it manufactures power transmission belts, air springs, and heavy-duty and lightweight conveyor belts.

For further information, visit www.hydraulics.goodyear.com.