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GOODYEAR, AKRON PAINT AND VARNISH ANNOUNCE DEVELOPMENT BREAKTHROUGH FOR ENVIRONMENTALLY ACCEPTABLE RETREADING ADHESIVE

 ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- A major breakthrough in the development of an environmentally acceptable adhesive for retreading operations was announced jointly today by the nation's leading tire company and the Akron, Ohio-based paint and varnish manufacturer that developed the chemical formula.
 The Goodyear Tire & Robber Company and Akron Paint and Varnish, Inc. (APV) made the announcement of their cooperative development of the water-based, sprayable adhesive, ZEVOC, at the National Tire Dealers and Retreaders Association Convention being held here.
 The ZEVOC adhesive was developed by APV with Goodyear's assistance. Goodyear agreed to use the adhesive in its retreading operations, analyze the results and feed back information to the manufacturer. The feedback enabled APV to refine ZEVOC into a commercially viable product.
 "ZEVOC is an acronym for 'zero volatile organic content,'" said David R. Venarge, president of APV. "VOC emissions are strictly controlled by federal and state environmental regulatory agencies that maintain VOCs contribute to air pollution."
 Goodyear Authorized Retreaders in Southern California tested ZEVOC for nearly a year, using it in more than 35,000 retreaded commercial truck tires, said Jerry R. Strigle, marketing manager for Goodyear retreading.
 The retread industry uses adhesives to hold components in place during the retread manufacturing process. Adhesive is applied to the back of precure tread rubber and to the casing and cushion rubber. It may also be used to seal buffed tire casings to prevent oxidation while the tire is being prepared for a new tread, Strigle said.
 He said retreading technicians give water-based ZEVOC high marks for fast drying, low odor and easy clean-up of hands and equipment.
 The two companies will continue to work together to further develop and evaluate the new water-based adhesive as a possible replacement for solvent-based adhesives in other applications, Strigle added.
 Although a container of ZEVOC costs more than solvent-based adhesives, the water-based material will treat more tires, making the price equivalent to conventional adhesives, Venarge said.
 Venarge said the new material meets all environmental requirements, including the stringent regulations set by California's South Coast Air Quality Management District.
 "It is my personal belief that the environmental concerns associated with solvent-based adhesives may be nearing an end in the tire retreading industry and the rubber industry as a whole," Venarge said.
 ZEVOC will be available through Akron Paint and Varnish.
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 /CONTACT: Doc Pingree of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, 216-796-4994/
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