Goodyear completes R1 billion tyre facility

2017-11-02 06:00

Goodyear South Africa is set to launch its state-of-the-art tyre production facility in Uitenhage next Tuesday, November 7th.

The R1 billion manufacturing facility employed the use of technology in order to meet the strong and growing market demand of high value-added (HVA) consumer tyres in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa.

The new technology and accompanying comprehensive employee training are to improve the plant’s capability and capacity to produce low rolling resistance tyres that promote fuel economy in vehicles. This to meet the growing demand from vehicle manufacturers and the replacement market, as well as meet the increase in market requirements for HVA 4X4 SUV tyres.

The tyre market in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to experience double-digit growth through 2020 led by the consumer segment.

“These changes are an integral part of our overall approach to align production capability and capacity with market demand, decrease complexity and reduce costs in our manufacturing operations,” said Jean-Jacques Wiroth, Managing Director, Goodyear South Africa.

“Our aim is to create a sustainable and competitive business over the long term that benefits our employees, customers, and ultimately the Uitenhage community at large.”

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