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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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THREE DUNLOP EXPRESS STORES OPEN IN TANZANIA

Dunlop Tyres SA 27/10/2017

The opening of these stores speaks directly to SRSA Africa expansion strategy which sees them focusing on key African countries with great growth potential and expanding markets.

Tanzania and its larger cities have witnessed an evolution over the years, which has seen premium tyres brands previously reserved for government vehicles become available to everyday consumers. There has also been a gradual increase in luxury vehicles purchasing resulting in the requirement for premium tyres and service.

Nas Tyre Services (Ltd) (NTS) has been in operation in the country for over two decades, and started their partnership with SRSA in early 2014. The partnership has already bore fruit for both parties, with the market responding positively to two other Dunlop Express stores which have been in operation since earlier this year.

Amin B Lakhani, Managing Director of Nas Tyre Services (Ltd) (NTS) said, “The launch of our three Dunlop Express stores is testimony that the premium tyre market in Tanzania is growing. We are looking forward to providing our customers with quick and convenient service they have come to expect from our Dunlop Express stores.”

“We approached Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRSA) when we saw a gap in the market and understood that with their training assistance, technical expertise and superior quality products, we would be able to provide consumers with convenient, fast and effective tyre fitment experience as well as a comprehensive stock of quality premium tyres. Our short-term goal is to have a Dunlop Express store in every major city in Tanzania by mid new year”, he continued to say.

SRSA International Business Director Lubin Ozoux shares similar sentiments echoing that the success of the retail distribution will continue to bring quality products and superior service closer to where consumers are. “We have been fortunate to find passionate partners that prioritize price and convenience to the consumer, and share our safety-first mind set”

The new Dunlop Express store is already operational and officially launched on 26 October 2017.

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DUNLOP WARNS AGAINST EMPLOYMENT SCAM

Dunlop Tyres SA 19/10/2017

This comes after an individual posing as a Dunlop recruiter has been getting in touch with vulnerable job seekers with the aim of extorting money from them.

“We would like to state on record that these employment offers have not been issued by the company and advise the public to refrain from responding to such offers or paying any money if requested, said Riaz Haffejee, CEO Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRSA).

“We do not hire individuals under the Dunlop name as this is a brand within SRSA stable. All employment is done under the corporate company name being Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRSA).

SRSA has escalated the matter to the South African Police Service and opened a case against the individual running this scam. Dunlop and SRSA does not under any circumstances require payment from job applicants and only advertises vacancies via the official online career portal on its website or via reputable employment agencies. All due diligence is followed by the company’s human resources department when positions are advertised.

SRSA encourages job seekers to be wary of such activities, and recommends that they do not disclose any personal or financial information to any parties requesting such detail. Should you be aware of such activities, please report it to Ziphokuhle Danisa, Group Manager Security and Risk, contactable on 031 242 1468 or ziphokuhle.danisa@srigroup.co.za.

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SUMITOMO RUBBER MAKES FINALIST IN 3 CATEGORIES AT THE 2017 EXPORTER AWARDS

Dunlop Tyres SA 19/10/2017

This announcement was officiated by the Durban Chamber of Commerce and main sponsor Transnet Port Terminals recently.

The prestigious Exporter Awards are aimed at recognising key role players in the exporter industry and to highlight the importance of driving economic growth through exports for South Africa.

Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (Pty) Ltd has been named as a finalist in the following categories: Large Exporter of the year, Africa Exporter and Manufacturing Exporter.

“The KZN Exporter awards are an opportunity for us as SRSA to highlight our involvement and substantial contribution to the South African and more importantly the KZN economy”, said Lubin Ozoux, Director of International Business at SRSA.

“In 2015, our export sales accounted for 26% of total sales units and we have managed to increase this to 28% in 2016. We have achieved this through strategic actions within our existing markets and successfully attained several new markets in 2016” he continued to say.

The increase in SRSA’s exporting abilities is directly linked to Sumitomo Rubber over R1 billion investment into their Ladysmith factory in the last 3 years, with a further R1 billion going towards extending their local production into the truck and bus market. New machinery and technologies representing some of the finest available globally have been introduced, as well as significant investment in people, processes and infrastructure.

The main event is scheduled to take place on the 19 October at the Durban International Convention Centre.

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COMMITTED TO SAFETY

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THREE DUNLOP EXPRESS STORES OPEN IN TANZANIA

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DUNLOP WARNS AGAINST EMPLOYMENT SCAM

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SUMITOMO RUBBER MAKES FINALIST IN 3 CATEGORIES AT THE 2017 EXPORTER AWARDS

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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 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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Dunlop Tyres SA 10/04/2013

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