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SUMITOMO RUBBER SOUTH AFRICA’S TRUCK AND BUS RADIAL TYRE MANUFACTURING PLANT OFFICIALLY COMMENCES WITH MANUFACTURING

Dunlop Tyres SA 07/08/2018

It is the latest milestone in a journey of expansion and development by Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd, which saw the world’s fifth-largest producer of automotive tyres and industrial rubber products acquire a South African tyre manufacturing plant in December 2013, resulting in the birth of SRSA. The acquisition sought to facilitate the procurement of an established manufacturing location on the African continent and control of the Dunlop brand rights for the whole of Africa.

In 2014 SRSA had announced the first phase of its multi-billion-rand investment, focused on the upgrading and modernisation of the plant’s capacity, introducing new technology and equipment aimed at increasing manufacturing output of high quality passenger and Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) tyres.

In 2016 a further R970 million was injected into the adjacent underutilised land at the existing plant with the sole purpose of enabling SRSA to introduce and manufacture TBR tyres locally.

The two investments resulted in positive socio-economic impacts, creation of employment opportunities and investing in skills development within the country, with emphasis on the Ladysmith community. The factory now employs 1 060 individuals, with over 80% of the workforce hailing from Ladysmith and surrounding areas. Employment has been created for 193 additional employees since the start-up including 118 in-service trainees, learnerships, graduates and apprenticeships, through which skills are being developed.

Empowered with the latest technology and Japanese engineering insights from SRSA’s parent company, Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd, the factory aims to eventually have the capability to manufacture enough tyres per day to meet TBR customer demand of Dunlop and Sumitomo branded tyres for both Replacement and Original Equipment market across the whole Africa.

SRSA Chief Executive Officer, Riaz Haffejee, expressed his excitement about the prospects for growth of its Dunlop and Sumitomo branded TBR tyre in Africa and highlighted the extensive research and development processes that have been followed during the design and production of these tyres.

“The total size range will be completed by September 2019; however, our customers will not have to wait until this period to experience our top of the range TBR product with sales of TBR tyres set to commence in Q4 this year”, said Haffejee.

Dunlop has a history of innovation and a proven pedigree in the tyre business, with the added advantages of Japanese technology and the backing of the world’s fifth largest tyre producer – Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. The brand has a legacy of Original Equipment fitment for some of the world’s leading motor vehicle, truck and bus manufacturers and transport operators.

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LEADING TYRE MANUFACTURER DONATES CLOSE TO R100K FOR R67 FOR MANDELA CAMPAIGN

Dunlop Tyres SA 06/08/2018

The tyre manufacturing giant – which has its headquarters at the Lion Match Office Park – donated a whopping R97 867.00 – or R67.00 from each of its 1 461 employees.

Spearheaded by UKZN and East Coast Radio, the campaign’s call for donations of R67.00 represented the 67 years that Mandela fought for social justice.

SRSA Chief Executive Officer Riaz Haffejee, said: “Education is a key pillar in our CSI strategy, and as a KZN based company we felt compelled to make a contribution to this great cause. We believe that education is the greatest weapon of change and a tool to eradicate poverty. In the words of the late Nelson Mandela, “The power of education extends beyond the development of skills we need for economic success. It can contribute to nation-building and reconciliation”.

Haffejee said that a number of the UKZN students supported through the campaign could go on to pursue fulfilling careers that would help to shape the future of industry in KZN and South Africa.

SRSA’s other education-focused initiatives include a tutorship progamme that provides stationery packs and tutoring in Mathematics and Physics to learners at Steadville High School and Bhekintuthuko High School in Ladysmith, where SRSA’s manufacturing plant is located. SRSA also recently held its inaugural Sumitomo Rubber South Africa Career Day at the two schools, through which approximately 2000 learners benefitted from career and study information and presentations.

Through the Tyres Can Do More initiative the company has also installed outdoor play gyms at various Ladysmith crèches to develop young children’s co-ordination and gross motor skills and encourage outdoor play at eight local pre-schools.

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2000 LEARNERS BENEFIT FROM DUNLOP MANUFACTURER’S CAREER DAYS

Dunlop Tyres SA 06/08/2018

Skilled professionals employed at SRSA addressed learners as part of the programme, providing information on the varied career options available to them within the automotive and manufacturing industries. This was aimed at better equipping learners to make suitable subject choices that would enable them to pursue a wide range of career paths. SRSA also distributed stationery packs and a lunch pack for the day to all pupils at both schools.

SRSA Chief Executive Officer Riaz Haffejee, said: “This two-day event was a demonstration of one of our corporate social investment pillars of education. As a company, we believe that education is the greatest weapon of change and a tool to eradicate poverty. We also believe that our role within the automotive industry at large can be used for community development, entrepreneurship and transformation of our economy. The career days tie in with other initiatives already in place at these schools, which include our tutoring of learners in Mathematics and Physics.”

Some of the areas of speciality that grade 8-12 learners were exposed to through presentations and discussions led by SRSA representatives included Legal, Supply Chain, Information Technology, Training and Development, Safety, Public Relations, Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, Labour and Finance. SRSA speakers shared their personal study and career paths that eventually led to their employment at one of the leading tyre manufacturers in the world.

Since 2014 SRSA has been progressing with a multi-billion-rand investment into its Ladysmith manufacturing plant, creating growth and a brighter future in the local community. To support the factory expansion, SRSA has already been recruiting for specialist positions, graduate programmes and learnerships that could change the lives of local learners from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Learnership opportunities have been granted to local applicants recruited proportionally across various areas in Ladysmith, who will eventually be absorbed into the system and employed as production staff.

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DUNLOP LAUNCHES NEW SP FM800 IN NIGERIA

Dunlop Tyres SA 26/07/2018

Some 50 dealers were hosted at the launch, which was attended by Guests of Honour including His Royal Highness Prince Olusegun Aderemi, as well as Chairman of Tyre Express Nigeria, Jaber Abbas, Director Mr Govind Ram and Executive Director of Sumitomo Rubber Industries (SRI), Mr Yutaka Kuroda.

SRSA Chief Executive Officer Riaz Haffejee, expressed his excitement about the prospects for growth of its Dunlop and Sumitomo Tyre brands in Africa.

“Nigeria’s market for tyres is approximately 4 million a year and the country is a key market in terms of our Africa strategy, which sees us focusing on countries with great growth potential and expanding markets,” said Haffejee.

The Dunlop brand and retail presence were relaunched in Nigeria two years ago. With the launch of the FM800 tyre coinciding with International Nelson Mandela Day, Haffejee reminded the audience of the impact Mandela had on the world. “For us as Sumitomo Rubber South Africa, the famous quote attributed to Mandela - "It always seems impossible until it's done" - was so apt for our relaunch of Dunlop in Nigeria and we are very proud of the progress made since then,” he said.

“We have confidence in our distributors, Tyre Express Nigeria, a subsidiary of DWA, which operates in a number of countries in West Africa, to leverage these advantages. It is an ideal partnership, in that the company caters to all segments of this market, in particular Passenger Car Radial (PCR), 4x4 and Truck/Bus Radial (TBR),” added Haffejee.

Tyre Express Nigeria is the sole authorised distributor for Dunlop and Sumitomo tyres in Nigeria. It boasts a Dunlop Zone and four Dunlop Express stores in Nigeria, in addition to a well-established dealer network.

Haffejee said the distributor was taking tyre retailing to a new level in Nigeria by providing retail centres that are equipped with the latest fitting equipment, and which offer waiting lounges and free Wi-Fi.

He said SRSA, through Dunlop, offered training assistance and technical expertise to back up its superior quality products like the new Dunlop High Performance Sport SP FM800.

The SP FM800 tyre offers a new profile design that reduces deformation stress and improves energy consumption, rolling resistance, fuel efficiency and safety due to increased traction and braking response. Its next generation pattern with four wide, longitudinal grooves and deep lateral grooves incorporates the latest design and technology. This provides a tyre with all-round performance improvements including remarkable wet weather handling, braking and hydroplaning resistance, while a new compound with silica loading increases wet grip.

Mr Gautam Singh Ghai, Executive Director of Tyre Express Nigeria, said: “As sole distributors for the Dunlop and Sumitomo Rubber tyre brands in Nigeria, we are delighted to be able to offer products like the SP FM800. We have the on the ground experience in this market where we are active in the retail market with our Dunlop Zone and Dunlop Express stores, our dealer network and in the fleet and institutional business. Our retail stores are open 365 days a year from 07h00 to 22h00 every day of the week,” he added.

“We are the first company in Nigeria and West Africa to launch tyre insurance through a tie-up with a reputable insurance company in Nigeria,” he added.

SRSA’s two-phase, multi-billion-rand investment into its manufacturing plant in Ladysmith, South Africa, will see SRSA increasing the output of high-quality passenger and SUV tyres in the future. The investment into the factory enables the company to manufacture tyre patterns, like the SP FM800 locally to global standards.

Dunlop has a history of innovation and a proven pedigree in the tyre business, with the added advantages of Japanese technology and the backing of the world’s sixth largest tyre producer – Sumitomo Rubber Industries (Pty) Ltd. The brand has a legacy of OEM fitment for some of the world’s leading motor vehicle, truck and bus manufacturers and transport operators.

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LOCALLY MANUFACTURED FALKEN TYRE SELECTED AS OE FITMENT FOR THE POPULAR VOLKSWAGEN POLO HATCH

Dunlop Tyres SA 19/06/2018

The OE agreement enables SRSA to supply locally manufactured FALKEN tyres to Volkswagen South Africa for the new VW Polo Hatch assembled locally and exported around the globe.

The development of this world class tyre is one of the outputs from SRSA’s R 1.1-billion-rand investment into their manufacturing plant making it a progressive and modern tyre factory. This investment has made it possible to take a European specification tyre and manufacture it locally to global standards.

The Volkswagen Polo Hatch has been part of South Africans’ lives since 1996. Volkswagen Group South Africa will manufacture 133 000 Polo’s in 2018 with this increasing to in excess of 160 000 in 2019. The popularity of the Polo has been acknowledged through numerous awards globally and locally.

“The new Falken SN832A and ZE914A are the perfect complement for the vehicle, featuring superb wet grip, low drive-by noise and comfort. The tyre combines all three critical benefits for passenger tyres namely versatility, durability and performance. We're very proud to have been chosen as one of the OE suppliers for this vehicle in the Volkswagen stable”, said Riaz Haffejee CEO of Sumitomo Rubber South Africa.

The new Volkswagen Polo Hatch is already on sale across South Africa.

The tyre will be distributed in South Africa through Stamford Tyres, the accredited Falken dealer in this region.

For more information on Sumitomo Rubber, visit www.srigroup.co.za

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