Sumitomo Rubber to stop US OE tyre production for Goodyear
Sumitomo Rubber will stop supplying original equipment (OE) tyres to Goodyear Tyre and Rubber in 2018, opting instead to manufacture its Falken Tyre brand at the facility in Tonawanda, New York, news reports from Japan said.
Equipment at Sumitomo Rubber’s plant that has been used for Goodyear passenger car and bus tyres will be replaced to manufacture mostly Falken-brand SUV tyres to meet shifting demand in North America. The plant will first increase output of aftermarket tyres, with plans to begin shipping tyres for new cars to automakers in 2019, news sources said.
The plant near Buffalo, New York, was acquired from Goodyear in 2015 when Sumitomo Rubber dissolved its partnership with the US company. The facility has also been producing tyres sold by Goodyear under the Dunlop brand. Sumitomo Rubber plans to invest about $90 million to upgrade aging equipment and double production capacity at the facility to 10,000 tyres a day by the end of 2019. Sumitomo Rubber will continue OE production for Goodyear at other locations in the US.