What is Goodyear Air Spring
They are high function, high quality air springs of which more than 2.5 million pieces annually are supplied to users all over the world.
The truck and trailer air spring division of Goodyear company was spun off and is now part of STEMCO company, who manufactures and markets various OE and aftermarket products.
Nakano Spring Company has signed a Distributorship Agreement with STEMCO to become the sole importer/distributor for Goodyear Air Springs in Japan.
The Main Features of Goodyear Air Springs
These Goodyear Air Springs are developed especially for the Japanese market with quality equal to, or better than, Genuine Parts, based on Goodyear’s extensive know-how and experience in tire manufacturing. The products’ reliability and quality have been proven through extensive testing as well as in the field where it counts. Also, through the development of specially durable materials and design, these products have light-weight, vibration-damping, long-life characteristics, the level of which are among the best in the industry. The extraordinary performance and comfort provided by Goodyear Air Springs will minimize driver fatigue and reduce wear-and-tear of parts, leading to safe and comfortable transport. Also a new, ozone-resistant rubber material specially developed for the Japanese market prevents cracking and extends product life.
Is this product made by Goodyear ?
It was originally made and sold by Goodyear U.S.A. Then this division separated from Goodyear and became an independent company, after which it went through M&A and now the Goodyear air spring development, sales and production divisions are owned and operated by Stemco, an American company, which continues this business. Stemco has a license agreement with Goodyear company which guarantees their right to use the Goodyear Air Spring trademark.
Is Goodyear Japan involved in the import of this product ?
The manufacture/import/sales of Goodyear Air Springs is based on an agreement between Nakano Spring Co., Ltd. and Stemco. Goodyear Japan company is not involved. Goodyear Japan is focusing on developing its tire business together with Goodyear head office. We may consider the possibility of some sort of collaboration in the future.
What kind of company is Stemco ?
It manufactures and sells mainly axle parts as well as control systems for the U.S. truck and trailer market. It has production facilities in various parts of North America as well as Mexico and China. Its parent company, EnPro Industries, is listed in the New York Stock Exchange.
Where are these Goodyear Air Springs manufactured ? What about their features and quality ?
Goodyear Air Springs have been manufactured in a city called San Luis Potosi in northern Mexico since it was part of Goodyear company. Currently they are producing 2.5 million sets annually with production capacity of 3 million. In the past, they have supplied their products to Japanese truck manufacturers as OE components as well as for after-market.
We are now offering products which are newly developed for the Japanese market taking into consideration Japanese quality standards and anti ozone crack measures, all backed by know-how accumulated through Goodyear’s world-wide operations as a major tire manufacturer, which guarantees comfortable driving with quality equal to, or better than, genuine parts.
Will a product warranty be offered ?
Goodyear Air Springs are sold world-wide, and are offered with several years warranty depending on local conditions. For the Japanese market we are in the final stage of finalizing the warranty period. Details will be informed soon so please wait for further notice.
How long is the service life of this product, and what is the recommended replacement time ?
The product is designed and manufactured based on detailed study and analysis of genuine parts used by the truck manufacturers, so basically it is similar to the service life of genuine parts which we understand is around 3-5 years.
Goodyear Air Springs are tested for durability along with competitor’s samples. The results show that Goodyear Air Springs’ durability is far above that of the competition. It has passed the internal durability target of 2 million cycles, and can be used with no concern regarding its quality.
Where can it be purchased ? What is the price ?
Nakano Spring Co., Ltd. is the sole and exclusive distributor in Japan, and handles the market research, ordering and import of this product. This time, for Goodyear Air Spring products, we set up a separate sales network apart from our existing business partners in order to make available these products to a wider range of customers in Japan. For this end we appointed our subsidiary company Japan Spring Sales Co., Ltd. as sole sales agent to set up new trade partnerships with Parts Stores, Service Workshops, and Fleet owners who operate in-house workshops, etc. Anyone interested in purchasing this product are welcome to contact Nakano Spring or Japan Spring Sales.
Our policy is to offer safe products of high quality at affordable prices.
Are these products used as original equipment by truck manufacturers ?
We are already negotiating with Japanese truck manufacturers, and believe it could be used as genuine components in the future.
Currently it is being supplied to Volvo Trucks as original equipment, as well as to Hendrickson and other manufacturers.
Are there enough stock for the Japanese market ?
Nakano Spring will analyze sales level and place orders accordingly. Stock will be kept at head office as well as at our branch offices. We also plan to request parts stores around the country to keep a reasonable amount of stock.
What kind of products are scheduled to be developed, and how many ?
We are developing aftermarket products which are in strong demand in the Japanese market, which will be introduced from this autumn onwards. We will then expand the product line-up in accordance with market needs.