Goodrich Corporation (ticker: GR, exchange: New York Stock Exchange (.N))
News Release -
BFGoodrich's Inflatable Seatbelt Technology Available to 'Sample' at Society Of Automotive Engineers 2001 World Congress
CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The BFGoodrich Company
(NYSE: GR) will demonstrate its aerospace-based safety innovations at the
Society of Automotive Engineers 2001 World Congress in Detroit, March 5-8.
The featured product will be the SmartBelt(TM) inflatable restraint system.
BFGoodrich and the Ford Motor Company are currently conducting research in
an effort to bring this inflatable seatbelt to the automotive market.
According to Larry Hansen, BFGoodrich's Director of Automotive Products, "The
SmartBelt system is being developed to offer a very high level of protection
for people in front and rear seats. It is also a major potential step forward
in side impact head protection in convertibles." Demonstrations, which allow
show goers to "sample" the product, will be conducted hourly in a retrofitted
2001 Mustang convertible in the BFGoodrich booth #2977.
BFGoodrich is working with all major automakers to bring advanced
aerospace safety technology to the driving public. According to Jay Cross,
Vice President and General Manager of BFGoodrich Passenger Restraint Systems
"A SmartBelt restraint is as simple as buckling your seatbelt. In a frontal,
side or rollover crash, the SmartBelt system inflates to pretension, hold,
cushion and protect you." This technology is of particular interest for the
use in convertibles where no other side impact protection is available.
With 2000 sales of $4.4 billion, The BFGoodrich Company (NYSE: GR) is a
leading worldwide supplier of aerospace components, systems and services, as
well as sealing and compressor systems and other engineered industrial
products. BFGoodrich is included on Forbes magazine's Platinum List of
America's best big companies and is ranked by Fortune magazine as one of the
most admired aerospace companies. The company has its headquarters in
Charlotte, North Carolina, and employs 24,000 people worldwide.
Full press kit containing SmartBelt system Q&A and high res. image library
available @ www.bfgsmartbelt.com.
SOURCE The BFGoodrich Company
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CONTACT: Gail K. Warner of The BFGoodrich Company, 704-423-7048
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CAPTION: CHTH007-e GOODRICH CORPORATION SMARTBELT(TM) SYSTEM LOGO SmartBelt(TM). (PRNewsFoto)[PM] CHARLOTTE, NC USA 04/27/2000
CAPTION: CHTH007-a GOODRICH CORPORATION MICHAEL VECCHIO Michael T. Vecchio, safety consultant, The Goodrich Corporation. During his 32 years working in the automotive industry, he spent the last 18 years in the crash safety field. Vecchio is assisting Goodrich Corporation in the development of SmartBelt(TM) systems, inflatable restraint technology that could revolutionize the automotive safety industry. (PRNewsFoto)[AG] CHARLOTTE, NC USA 04/27/2000
CAPTION: CHTH007-b GOODRICH CORPORATION DON LEWIS Don Lewis, innovation consultant, The Goodrich Corporation. Don Lewis, the inventor of SmartBelt(TM) systems, holds more than 90 patents for new product development. During his 40-year career, Lewis' endeavors span many arenas including electronic sound cancellation, electronic diesel fuel injectors, electronic and pyrotechnic devices. Goodrich expects to have SmartBelt(TM) systems available to the public by 2002. (PRNewsFoto)[AG] CHARLOTTE, NC USA 04/27/2000
CAPTION: CHTH007-c GOODRICH CORPORATION SMARTBELT (TM) The Smartbelt(TM). When deployed, the SmartBelt(TM) system gently pushes an occupant back in their seat. In initial applications, SmartBelt(TM) systems will provide added protection in cars for backseat passengers. Pictured in seat is Tom Watson, marketing analyst, The Goodrich Corporation. (PRNewsFoto)[AG] CHARLOTTE, NC USA 04/27/2000
CAPTION: CHTH007-d GOODRICH CORPORATION TOM WATSON Tom Watson, marketing analyst of The Goodrich Corporation. The SmartBelt(TM) systems--seatbelts that think like airbags--are made of space-age materials that are light weight and comfortable. (PRNewsFoto)[AG] CHARLOTTE, NC USA 04/27/2000