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Firestone Industrial Products Wins Second Place Innovation Award for Breakthrough Air Damping Technology


INDIANAPOLIS (USA) (September 21, 2016)—A groundbreaking air damping
technology from Firestone Industrial Products, LLC (FSIP) (Hall 16, Stand C01)
today placed second in the prestigious Trailer Innovation Awards at the IAA
Commercial Vehicles Show, Sept. 22-­29, in Hanover, Germany.
The international award program, now in its eighth year, is presented in
partnership with the German Association of the Automobile Industry (VDA) and
honors outstanding ideas and new products from the trailer and body industry.
Firestone Air Damping was selected by a jury of 14 leading European transport
industry magazines for a second place award in the components category.
“For the first time ever, commercial truck owners and operators can achieve
proper trailer damping, including both body and axle control, with a single,
integrated product,” said Mary Kay Bryja, division marketing manager, FSIP.
“This technology builds on Firestone’s heritage of innovation and
uncompromising commitment to delivering game-­changing solutions, and this
award is a testament to our dedication.”
Making its debut at the international trade show, Firestone Air Damping system
dramatically simplifies a commercial truck’s suspension system by combining
spring and hydraulic damping into the trailer’s suspension air spring. The system
is engineered with patented technology that enables true chassis body and axle
control with no additional moving parts. This ensures optimum maintenance and
wear properties on the truck’s suspension components and tires, regardless of if
the trailer is empty or fully loaded.
The benefits of the technology are many, and all add up to lower total cost of
ownership and less overall wear on the vehicle. Because Firestone Air Damping
technology was designed around an absolute minimum number of components, it
allows for longer maintenance cycles and is not subject to the same level of
environmental wear as traditional hydraulic damper modules. And since
Firestone Air Damping is a lighter weight alternative to traditional damping
systems, fuel economy or payloads can be increased.
FSIP is known industry wide for quality air springs that improve driver comfort,
protect cargo and provide miles of trouble-­free service. Airide™ springs were
pioneered and perfected by Firestone Industrial Products, and only FSIP offers a
complete line of Airide replacement springs for virtually every vehicular air
suspension system. Today, Airide springs are used by practically all
manufacturers who offer air suspension on their vehicles.

About Firestone Industrial Products Company, LLC:

Firestone Industrial Products Company, LLC, specializes in air spring manufacturing and technology with a history of more than 75 years of research and development on technologically advanced air springs for the global marketplace. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., Firestone Industrial Products manufactures air springs and related products for commercial trucks and trailers, cars, sport utility vehicles, light trucks, mini vans, motor homes, buses, agricultural equipment, rail and industrial applications. The company has quality-certified manufacturing/assembly plants and technical centers in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit

Firestone offers a line of Complete Suspension Solutions that includes Ride-Rite™, Sport-Rite™, Coil-Rite™, and Level-Rite™ Air Helper Springs, and Work-Rite™ Load Assist Springs. These products have become synonymous with quality, durability and outstanding customer support. For more information, visit