Chris Delaney has been named president of Goodyear’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) business unit. He has been president of the company’s Asia Pacific business since joining the company in 2015. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementRyan Patterson has been named to succeed Delaney as president of Goodyear’s Asia Pacific business unit. He has been president of the company’s North America consumer business since September 2014.In addition, Scott Rogers has been named to succeed Patterson as president, North America consumer. He has been the chief marketing officer for the North America consumer business since 2009. All new roles are effective immediately.“With the announcement today of new roles for Chris, Ryan and Scott, we are placing proven Goodyear leaders in key roles that will enable us to further execute our strategy, deliver on our business objectives and create sustainable value for our shareholders,” said Goodyear Chairman and CEO Richard Kramer. The appointments were made concurrent with the announcement that Jean-Claude Kihn is retiring from his position as president of Goodyear’s EMEA business, effective later this year. Kihn’s distinguished career at Goodyear spans 30 years and has included key technology and business roles, including chief technical officer, president of Goodyear Brazil and president of Goodyear Latin America.“We also extend our sincere thanks and gratitude to Jean-Claude for three decades of leadership at Goodyear. All parts of Goodyear – our regional businesses, our product business units and our technology and innovation, to name a few – have benefited from his expertise. He has left a lasting impression on everywhere he has worked and on everyone he has worked with at Goodyear.”AdvertisementKihn has held a variety of senior leadership roles during his three decades at Goodyear. He joined the company in 1988 at the Technical Center (now Innovation Center) in his native Luxembourg. Among his research and development assignments in the 1990s were commercial truck tire development, first for Latin America in 1994 and later for Europe, Asia Pacific and Africa in 1996. In 2005, Kihn became the general director of the company’s Technical Center in Akron. He was named senior vice president and chief technical officer three years later.Kihn also served in key business management roles during his career, including Goodyear’s Asian and Latin American business units. He was managing director of Goodyear Peru in 2003 and held the same position in Brazil in 2013. In 2014, Kihn became president, Goodyear Latin America before moving to the same role in the EMEA business in 2016.For more information about Goodyear and its products, go to goodyear.com/corporate.
Steven Blowers, Bahri’s country manager in the USA, explained that the new office will house eight staff and cover the US Gulf, South American and Mexican markets. “We are focused on expanding in the Gulf, where a number of our large customers are located.””It is a fairly competitive market, but we are looking to invest in the downturn,” noted Blowers, adding that the company is looking to recruit new blood into the industry.Bahri was also recently enrolled into the United States Coast Guard’s (USCG) Qualship 21 programme, which enables the Saudi Arabian company’s vessels to benefit from faster clearance at US gateways and should give the carrier enhanced market credibility.In the general cargo business, Blowers explained that Bahri has achieved record profits in spite of the challenging environment. The carrier operates six con-ro vessels, with lifting capacities of 120 tonnes, as well as ramps with load capabilities of up to 250 tonnes.Blowers told HLPFI that its focus in the US market would lie in working with forwarders, engineering, procurement and construction contractors (EPCs) and other shippers to increase its high and heavy shipments to and from the Gulf.”The mining machinery market is not as buoyant as it has been,” said Blowers, adding that the truck and automotive market in Mexico is looking promising.”Construction projects in the Middle East continue to be at the core of our business, predominantly in Saudi Arabia.”In North America, Bahri is looking particularly at gaining cargoes related to upcoming LNG projects in the region, with its liner service that runs from the Gulf Coast to the Middle East and India via the US East Coast, Canada and the Mediterranean.”Our strategy is to focus on strengthening our transport and logistics capabilities in the general cargo business, with the backing of Bahri’s network behind us,” added Blowers. www.bahri.sa
Keysight Technologies has announced a new option for its industry-leading 89600 VSA software, that enables standard-compliant downstream modulation analysis of version 3.1 of the Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS 3.1). Option BHM provides decoding of physical-layer link channel (PLC) information and measurements of modulation error ratio (MER) and bit error rate (BER). At present, the option supports a variety of Keysight measurement platforms, including two that offer a bandwidth greater than 192 MHz – N9040B UXA X-Series signal analyzer and U5303A PCIe 12-bit high-speed digitizer. The UXA, which is Keysight’s flagship signal analyzer, provides the highest MER performance at all DOCSIS frequency bands over a wide power range. The U5303A is a lower-cost alternative that provides excellent MER.With the DOCSIS 3.1 option, the 89600 VSA software provides post-processing analysis of PLC-coded, standards-compliant downstream signals. The software extracts the next codeword pointer (NCP) from acquired signals, creates the necessary OFDM map and demodulates DOCSIS 3.1 signals. It can then measure MER and BER and accumulate long-term results. The 89600 VSA software is a comprehensive set of tools for demodulation and vector signal analysis. These tools enable developers to explore virtually every facet of a signal and optimize their most advanced designs.Developers can also use a separate option, BHF, custom OFDM modulation analysis, to characterize MER in upstream or downstream signals. This flexible diagnostic tool allows measurement and analysis of non-standard DOCSIS 3.1 signals with the full complement of capabilities in the 89600 VSA software.You can read more about this on the Keysight Website.