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DUNLOP ROLLS OUT NEW ALL-TERRAIN TYRE

Dunlop Tyres SA 29/03/2018

The innovative Grandtrek AT3G is an enhancement of Dunlop’s legendary Grandtrek AT1 radial tyre for the 4x4 and SUV market, which has been an Original Equipment specification on selected Toyota Landcruiser 70 Series models as a 265/70 R16.

However, the AT3G offers a variety of modifications for even more rugged performance off the beaten track. Chief amongst these is the heftier 3-ply sidewall that provides superior strength, improved high load capacity, better resistance to cuts and punctures than the standard 2-ply sidewall. This translates into the ability to load your vehicle and trailer to the limit, and go off the beaten track with confidence.

Riaz Haffejee, CEO of SRSA said: “This is the tyre of choice for 4x4 enthusiasts embarking on bumpy overland adventures to commercial users venturing into tough, rural terrain regularly. Thirteen tyre sizes available with this product give it immense appeal as an aftermarket fitment for any leading off-road vehicle that demands rough and tough performance from a tyre.”

SRSA’s two-phase, multi-billion-rand investment into its Ladysmith manufacturing plant will see SRSA increasing the output of high-quality passenger and SUV tyres, such as the AT3G, in the future.

The AT3G was put through its paces in mid-2017 when world-renowned professional adventurer Peter van Kets, photo-journalist Jacques Marais and crew set off on a mountain biking trip from the Angolan border through the unforgiving yet beautiful terrains along the Namibian desert edge to Walvis Bay. Their support vehicles were shod with the new Dunlop tyre. Post-trip inspection showed the AT3G tyres had surpassed all expectations, overcoming shale, rocks, sand, gravel and tar to emerge from the over 7000km journey barely worn and only with minor scuffing.

Peter van Kets said, “We put these tyres through their paces on normal long highway driving, as well as the worst encounters of off-road driving, being it gravel, soft sand or razor-sharp shale. No failures and the tyres just ate up whatever we threw at it. I’m currently driving my personal vehicle on the AT3G as well and enjoying the everyday performance both on- and off-road.”

Independent testing by a Gerotek test driver demonstrated that the AT3G out-performed competitors for wet handling, wet braking and overall performance across terrains including loose rock, sand and gravel road. These results were further verified in a recent all terrain tyre test by SA 4x4 Magazine and run in their March issue, where the AT3G comfortably outperformed the only other 3-ply competitor in the test.

The 13 sizes on offer for the tyre cover a wide variety of vehicles and add to Dunlop’s already impressive SUV/4x4 range from Original Equipment specified highway terrain patterns to serious off-road adventure tyres.

The AT3G is currently manufactured at the Sumitomo Rubber Industries factory in Thailand, but will be available from Dunlop Zone dealers and selected 4x4 specialist dealerships during the month of April 2018.

For more, visit http://www.dunloptyres.co.za/

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SUMITOMO RUBBER SOUTH AFRICA ACQUIRES 100% OE FITMENT FOR TOYOTA HILUX BLACK EDITION AND FORTUNER

Dunlop Tyres SA 26/01/2018

This means that SRSA is the only tyre manufacture that successfully meet Toyota’s stringent performance characteristics for this size 265/60R18 110H Grandtrek AT25.

The OE agreement comes after several months of consultation between the two parties which included close liaison amongst their Japanese counter parts to create the best tyre with superior on and off the road performance. The 18 inch tyre is Toyota’s highest pick up and SUV tyre specification, now manufactured in South Africa with superb wet grip, low drive noise, comfort, fuel economy and safety features.

The manufacturing in South Africa has been made possible by SRSA’s multi-billion-rand investment into their Ladysmith plant. The initial phase of R1.1 billion, which commenced in 2014, focused on the upgrading and modernization of the plant’s capacity, introducing new technology and equipment aimed at increasing manufacturing output of high quality Passenger, Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) and Light Truck tyres.

The Toyota Hilux and Fortuner have consistently maintained their new car sales top selling position in the pickup and SUV segments in South Africa over the last five years.

“We are proud to be the sole OE supplier for 18 inch derivatives for the Toyota Hilux Black Edition Toyota Fortuner in this competitive industry. The Toyota Hilux Black Edition and Toyota Fortuner can transform seamlessly from a sophisticated urban warrior to a fierce bush conqueror with Dunlop tyres. The tyre combines all three critical benefits of SUV/pick up tyres namely strong side wall, off road and on road performance and better puncture resistance”, said Riaz Haffejee, CEO, SRSA.

The OE supply is a welcomed addition by Dunlop Dealers as it will have a direct impact on their sales in the replacement market.

The Dunlop 225/70R17C 108/106S Grandtrek AT20, 265/65R17 112S Grandtrek AT25 and the 265/60R18 110H Grandtrek AT25 are the perfect complement for the growing SUV and pick up markets in SA and Africa.

The Dunlop 225/70R17C 108/106S Grandtrek AT20, 265/65R17 112S Grandtrek AT25 and the 265/60R18 110H Grandtrek AT25 will be available at Dunlop Zone and Dunlop Express stores.

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Leading Tyre Manufacturer takes three finalist positions at this year’s SA Premier Business Awards

Dunlop Tyres SA 26/01/2018

The South African Premier Business Awards aim to recognise business excellence and honour enterprises that promote the spirit of success and innovation as well as job creation, good business ethics and quality.

SRSA’s exporter submission gave props to the businesses recent export sales success. This included the increase from 26% of total sales unit in 2015 to 28% in 2016.

The Enterprise Development submission highlighted the successful and impactful Dunlop Container initiative. The initiative was developed to formalize the informal township tyre trade business, thus creating employment opportunities and driving entrepreneurship in a sector previously unavailable to these business owners. At the core of the programme is the importance of safety.

The investor submission paid tribute to the multi-billion-rand investment into their Ladysmith manufacturing plant. The investment was aimed at upgrading and modernising the plant’s capacity, increasing the output of high-quality passenger and sport utility vehicle (SUV) tyres and to introduce and manufacture truck and bus tyres.

“Being a finalist in three categories at the SA Premier Business Awards is a great honour for our business. We pride ourselves in being a well-rounded corporate citizen and believe that platforms such as this give us an opportunity to demonstrate this. We are looking forward to the main event later in January.” said SRSA CEO Riaz Haffejee.

The Awards hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), in partnership with Proudly South African and Brand South Africa will take place on the 30th January 2018 in Johannesburg.

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COMMITTED TO SAFETY

Dunlop Tyres SA 08/12/2017

The topic of safety never loses its relevance, especially tyre and manufacturing safety. The two topics look seemingly different but link directly to one another. The only way you can ensure that you produce a safe tyre is by making sure that your manufacturing processes are safe and of global standards.

Tyre Safety

To date tyre safety remains a topical and relevant subject in South Africa with statistics from the Road Traffic Management Corporation stating that vehicle factors contributed to 7.8% of all road fatalities. 78% of these were due to tyre-related issues such as smooth tyres and burst tyres. The impact of not having the right tyre is a massive cause for concern and is a malady plaguing SA’s informal sector at present. Tyre Safety goes beyond just having a good conditioned tyre in place, it looks at the size, compatibility and fit which all have a direct impact on how safe the tyres on your car are.

When looking at tyre safety as a consumer, it’s important to keep the following in mind:

  1. Your car manual usually states the original tyre size that your car came with. It’s always safe to continue with this size
  2. Constantly check your tyre pressure. Tyre pressures naturally decrease as air slowly bleeds through the tyre's inner liner, meaning regular checks are a necessity.
  3. Regularly inspector your tyre’s tread surface to check if any screws, metal shards or fractured glass may have penetrated.
  4. Always buy brand new tyres, tread depth on second hand tyres can be dangerously low, resulting in aquaplaning on wet roads. In addition, as a buyer you will have no understanding of the age and repair history of the tyre, which can be equally dangerous.
  5. Make sure that you buy or have your tyres fitted by a reputable outlet.
  6. Don’t be scared to ask if your tyre fitter is accredited

Tyre Manufacturing Safety

Safety in the workplace is essential in any industry, but it’s especially important in manufacturing. As a manufacturer, you must take many factors into account starting from the time the raw materials are sourced to the production process and the final distribution of the product. Precautions must be built into your processes to avoid accidents.

At the core of our business strategy we drive safety under these pillars:

  1. Safety of all members of SRSA family
  2. Preserving the environment for future generation during production of tyres and post usage
  3. Consumer safety

Safety of all members of the SRSA family is about getting home in “onepiece”. While sounding like a relatively easy concept working in a high risk tyre industry does not always make it easy. Some of the main causes of accidents in this industry can be avoided. We therefore drive a culture of safety and awareness through several programmes. The message supporting this is simple- safety is everyone’s responsibility.

Our Dunlop Container programme was developed to formalize the informal township tyre trade business, thus creating employment opportunities and driving entrepreneurship in a sector previously unavailable to these business owners. At the core of our programme is the importance of safety. Township and rural areas tyre trading and fitment have in many cases been riddled by second-hand tyres and re-grooved tyres which result in road fatalities.

The programme is centred around township containers being transformed into Dunlop branded tyre fitment centres. It provides opportunities for unemployed youth and women to be trained and mentored in tyre sales and repair.

A good safety culture is in our company’s DNA and resides in all our processes. At the core of our business we understand that daily commuters trust our business with their lives, families trust us with their loved ones and future generations depend on us for a sustainable environment. SRSA is truly #SaferthanSafe

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TOWNSHIP AND RURAL ECONOMIES TO CHANGE THE DEVELOPMENT NARRATIVE

Dunlop Tyres SA 15/11/2017

Thanks to a successful public-private partnership which recognises the potential for emerging enterprises to contribute towards job creation and the mainstream economy.

To ensure their sustainability and competitiveness, government is intensifying its support to township enterprises. As a catalyst for job creation, SMMEs are seen to be the solution to the country’s unemployment woes and the achievement of the National Development Plan’s objective of creating 11 million jobs by 2030.

A three-year partnership between Sumitomo Rubber SA’s iconic brand, Dunlop, and Ithala Development Finance Corporation’s Small Business Growth Enterprise division will see a minimum of 25 containerised tyre fitment centres being established across KwaZulu-Natal and 100 jobs created.

“Sumitomo has been driving this initiative since 2013 and currently has over 100 Dunlop containers across our country’s nine provinces. We are proud to be the only tyre company in SA to partner with rural and township areas to grow communities,” said Yvette Govender, Director: Marketing & Business Development at Sumitomo Rubber SA.

“The programme not only opens the economy to this sector but counters the growing number of illegal, dangerous second-hand tyres being sold to consumers. Our programme has opened doors for us to partner with government and SOEs enabling all parties to play an active role in eradicating poverty and growing our economy.”

Informal tyre trading containers in townships and rural areas are transformed into Dunlop-branded containers which provide opportunities for unemployed youth, women and aspiring business owners to be trained and mentored in tyre sales and repair. Technical tyre training and business mentorship are provided jointly by Sumitomo and Ithala.

Under this partnership, Ithala has allocated funding totalling R4.1 million over the three-year partnership agreement for the supply, branding and fitment of containers.

The initiative aims to nurture, grow and sustain small business enterprises in KZN and create employment in and around the province. To date, the partnership has resulted in five container businesses being awarded in Estcourt, Ladysmith, Madadeni, Esikhaleni and Eshowe.

The Dunlop Container Tyre Fitment Centre programme forms part of the KZN Revitalisation of Township and Rural Economies policy framework spearheaded by the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs and is closely aligned with Ithala’s mandate to develop township and rural economies.

“For far too long, micro-entrepreneurs trading in marginalised communities have been yearning to participate in the mainstream economy,” said Themba Mathe, Acting Group Chief Executive at Ithala.

“As a development finance institution, we remain steadfast in our commitment to championing development in poor and marginalised communities and investing in people to enable an improved quality of life and improved prosperity.

“We fully support the call by government to put youth, women, people with disabilities and historically marginalised communities at the forefront of the socio-economic transformation agenda.”

He said the partnership was all-encompassing in that it promoted proper skills transfer and training, access to finance and importantly, ensured the profitability and sustainability of enterprises.

According to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) report 2016/2017, efficiency-based economies including South Africa should be opportunity versus necessity driven. The report found that almost three-quarters of South African entrepreneurs were opportunity-driven; a statistic that is higher than the average for other efficiency-driven economies as well as substantially higher than the average for the Africa region.

For more information on the Dunlop Container Tyre Fitment Centre programme and how you can participate call Hennel Nkonjela on +27 31 242 1480 or email Hennel.Nkonjela@srigroup.co.za

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COMMITTED TO SAFETY

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Dunlop Tyres SA 27/10/2017

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Dunlop Tyres SA 19/10/2017

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DUNLOP UNVEILS ITS MOST ADVANCED PASSENGER TYRE – THE TYRE FOR EVERYONE

Dunlop Tyres SA 19/10/2017

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Dunlop Tyres SA 19/10/2017

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Dunlop Tyres SA 17/10/2013

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Dunlop Tyres SA 10/10/2013

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DUNLOP ZONE OPENS IN GHANA

Dunlop Tyres SA 13/09/2013

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DUNLOP OPENS SECOND STORE IN GHANA

Dunlop Tyres SA 13/09/2013

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Dunlop Tyres SA 14/08/2013

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Dunlop Tyres SA 07/08/2013

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Dunlop Tyres SA 01/08/2013

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Dunlop Tyres SA 24/07/2013

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Dunlop Tyres SA 05/06/2013

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Dunlop Tyres SA 22/05/2013

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