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South African road racer AJ Venter narrowly misses podium at Isle of Man TT (UK)

Dunlop Tyres SA 04/07/2019


Road racer AJ Venter, the only South African to enter the 2019 Isle of Man TT (IOMTT), finished up in 5th place in the Electric Bike category after a challenging time-trial based 24th place start. Fitted with Dunlop D213 GP Pro racing slicks, Venter said, “Having confidence in the tyres was pivotal to my performance, allowing me to break as late as possible, and get back on the gas even earlier. This saw me making a few really good moves on the breaks and coming out of corners.” The TT, known as one of the most dangerous public road racing events in the world, was held earlier this month. Dunlop tyres were the most successful tyre this year with five race wins and 12 podiums. The road legal D213 GP Pro slick, with its fast warm-up time, gave riders the confidence to set new lap records. Venter says. “I was simply blown away by the Dunlop D213 GP Pro on the road. It is really a superb tyre that I am very happy to put my name to.”

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Dunlop Tyres not associated with Dunlop companies in recent Constitutional Court ruling

Dunlop Tyres SA 03/07/2019

In respect of recent media coverage, Sumitomo Rubber South Africa wishes to point out that the information supplied in the coverage is incorrect. The Constitutional Court ruling refers to Dunlop Mixing and Technical Services (PTY) Ltd; Dunlop Belting Products (PTY) Ltd and Dunlop Industrial Hose (PTY) Ltd. For further information please view the full judgement here:http://www.saflii.org/za/cases/ZACC/2019/25.html

Again, we wish to reiterate that the action was not taken against the Dunlop Tyre Brand nor against Sumitomo Rubber South Africa.

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Dunlop Sponsors AJ Venter as he takes on the Isle

Dunlop Tyres SA 24/05/2019

Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (Pty) Ltd’s (SRSA) award-winning Dunlop brand is proud to be a sponsor of the legendary Allann Jon (AJ) Venter as he takes on the challenge at the Isle of Man TT (IoMTT) later this month.

“The internationally acclaimed Dunlop brand is renowned for its exceptional track and road performance, leading to many exceptional wins and we are thrilled to be partnering with AJ Venter as one of the greats in the motorcycle road racing fraternity,” said Riaz Haffejee, CEO of SRSA. “We will be gripping the edges of our seats as Venter puts the Dunlop D213 GP Pro through its paces during IoMTT, knowing that there is no better tyre out there to handle that track.”

Venter will again be the only South African represented at this year’s encounter with the “Mountain” at the IoMTT, having made his debut in 2013 and riding again in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018. As part of the sponsorship package, he will have a new set of tyres for each session and technical advice and support from the Dunlop team in Europe.

The Isle of Man TT, known as one of the “ultimate must see” events for motorsport fans across the globe, takes place from 25 May until 7 June 2019 on the Isle of Man, a tiny country between England and Ireland. During these dates the island turns into a motorcycle epicentre where the world’s greatest road racers gather to challenge the 60.72 kilometre course carved out of the mountain, in what is reputedly one of the most dangerous public road race events on the road racing calendar.


The IoMTT has taken place for over 100 years, with the inaugural race in 1907. Each evening from the 25 May until the 31 May competitors will ride out in qualifying runs to secure a position in the 1 – 5 June events during the Isle of Man TT Festival. Venter will be competing in three of the seven categories - the Supersport TT, Lightweight TT and Electric Bike categories

As a competitor in the fastest road race on the planet, Venter will not only be tackling the mountain but will face off against record breakers from 2018, Dean Harrison and Peter Hickman who will be returning to push for new lap records in excess of 135.452 miles/217.989 kilometres per hour. The stellar line up of the IoMTT field includes road racing greats John McGuinness, Michael Dunlop and Ian Hutchinson.

The new Dunlop D213 GP Pro promises to deliver, providing ultimate grip, endurance and stability. With Aramid JLB front construction and 2 Polyester Ply, deformation is controlled – even under centrifugal force and at lean angle limits. Excellent high speed and braking stability, predictable cornering behaviour and high levels of safety are all crucial benefits this tyre offers professional road racers.



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Prizes valued at R1.67 million awarded to support SRSA’s ongoing safety drive

Dunlop Tyres SA 03/05/2019

Yoshan Baboolall: SRSA Group Sales Manager KZN congratulates Phoenix Super Wheel Store owner, Nabeel Suleman.

As part of the company’s commitment to safety, Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRSA), manufacturer of the iconic Dunlop brand, invested a total of R1,67 million in wheel balancing equipment as prizes for 14 winning stores across the country as part of its Red-Hot Rubber Sale promotion.

Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRSA), manufacturers of the Dunlop, Sumitomo and Falken tyre brands, took its commitment to ensuring the safety of all South Africans a step further by investing a total of R1,67 million in wheel balancing equipment as prizes for 14 winning stores in its Red-Hot Rubber Sale promotion.

Prizes, which included installation, training and ongoing support in the Dunlop Zone, Dunlop Express and Dunlop Container stores, were handed over during the month of March across South Africa. Of the 14 winning stores, four were fitted with Corghi wheel balancing equipment valued at R250 000, five were outfitted to the value of R80 000 and a further four to the value of R20 000.

“We are very grateful to have won the state of the art Corghi equipment because we were in the market to upgrade our current equipment. Our owners feel that competitions like these strengthen relations between Dunlop and its customers, making it more than a transactional relationship. Working with brand new equipment has also improved staff morale and there has been a significant shift in our turnaround time. Our customers have also been giving us positive feedback as they are very pleased with the quality of the work that we are producing,” said Steven Halgryn, Branch Manager of Dunlop Express Store - Cornwall Tyre and Exhaust in Pretoria.

For Nabeel Suleman of Super Wheel Centre, a Dunlop Zone in Phoenix, KwaZulu-Natal, winning this state-of-the-art equipment has enabled the business to perform wheel balancing optimally. “The new equipment has helped us reduce the waiting period at the store, which has made our clients very happy. My goal is to be the Number 1 fitment centre in the country soon,” he said.

“While the promotion was launched to drive sales of our three tyre brands during the summer, safety is in our company’s DNA,” said Yvette Govender, Director: Marketing & Business Development at SRSA. “The promotion took place from October to December 2018 when South Africans traditionally prepare to take to the road for their annual holidays, and stores encourage vehicle owners to replace worn tyres to ensure their safety.”

“Incentivising stores by providing state-of-the-art wheel balancers as prizes was a natural fit for our promotion, reflecting that as a company SRSA truly supports our #SaferthanSafe drive,” said Riaz Haffejee CEO of SRSA and champion of the safety focus. “This message is promoted through all of our communication – both internally and externally. We acknowledge that daily, families trust us with their loved ones and commuters trust our tyres with their lives.”

The competition included all stores from top-end Dunlop Zones to Dunlop Express and Dunlop Containers, which are fast gaining traction in the townships. Dunlop Containers have helped formalise the informal township tyre trade business, where second-hand and re-grooved tyres are commonly fitted, compromising safety.

“The Dunlop Container programme centres are transforming containers into Dunlop branded tyre fitment centres and training and mentoring youth and women in tyre sales and repairs, with a strong emphasis on promoting safety,” Govender added.

One of the winners in the Red-Hot Rubber Sale was Dunlop Container Store owner, Mr Bunda Kazadi of Grace Tyres in Lusikisiki, who expressed his gratitude to Dunlop for raising the visibility of his tyre business through effective branding and marketing which had helped attract a growing clientele.

“With the help of Dunlop, my container store has grown a lot over the past two years, and I can now operate as an express store. Winning this Corghi wheel balancing equipment will be great for my business because it will allow me to keep up with industry standards and provide a specialised service to my customers, and hopefully attract even more customers,” he said.

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SRSA TACKLES TOWNSHIP UNEMPLOYMENT BY SUPPORTING ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Dunlop Tyres SA 26/04/2019

CEO of Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (Pty) Ltd (SRSA) Mr Riaz Haffejee (pictured centre) committed the company’s business support to Dunlop Container Tyre Fitment owners Mr Isaac Ntaba, from Gamalakhe, KZN South Coast (pictured on left) and Mr Thabede from Ladysmith

Guests and dignitaries attended the official opening of the 6th Dunlop Container Tyre Fitment centre in Gamalakhe Township on the KZN South Coast. As part of a drive towards sustainable township entrepreneurship, Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (Pty) Ltd (SRSA) has partnered with the KZN Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (KZN EDTEA) and iThala Development Finance Corporation in KwaZulu-Natal to establish a minimum of 25 containerised tyre fitment centres in KZN.

In an effort to drive sustainable township entrepreneurship, Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (Pty) Ltd (SRSA) manufacturer of the iconic Dunlop, Sumitomo and Falken Tyre brands has partnered with the KZN Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (KZN EDTEA) and iThala Development Finance Corporation in KwaZulu-Natal.

The partnership will see a minimum of 25 containerised tyre fitment operations established across KZN, creating employment for approximately 100 youth, women and enterprising entrepreneurs.

Speaking at the official launch of Isaac’s Tyres, the newest Dunlop Container business situated in the Gamalakhe Township on the KZN South Coast on Thursday, 25 April 2019, KZN EDTEA MEC, Mr Sihle Zikalala said: “We want to thank Sumitomo Rubber for lending a hand in the fight that the government is leading against unemployment and especially the unemployment of our youth. Unemployment statistics currently sit at around 27% with close to 75% of that being young people in rural areas and in the townships. We recognise that we cannot grow the economy without the private sector, and we thank SRSA for investing in our province.”

The Dunlop Container project was established in 2013 to drive sustainable township entrepreneurship and promote safety on the road using a model that has been tried and tested. Through the programme selected informal tyre businesses trading out of shipping containers are transformed into Dunlop branded tyre fitment centres. Technical tyre training and mentorship is provided by Sumitomo Rubber, ensuring business sustainability and serving to counter the growing number of illegal and dangerous second-hand tyres being sold to consumers.

“SRSA and the Dunlop Brand have a proud legacy of supporting economic growth, upliftment and development in South Africa,” said Riaz Haffejee, CEO SRSA. “We were the first local tyre manufacturer in the country to partner with rural and township areas to encourage community development in the tyre fitment enterprise. We believe that it is through initiatives such as this that we will see a reduction in the unemployment rates in our communities, in KZN – and in South Africa as a whole.”

There are currently over 122 Dunlop containers across South Africa’s nine provinces and to date the partnership with KZN EDTEA and iThala has resulted in six container businesses being awarded in KZN - in Port Shepstone, Estcourt, Ladysmith, Madadeni, Esikhaleni and Eshowe.

“We are proud to be playing a part in building sustainable businesses in the townships and I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate KZN EDTEA and iThala on its sustained efforts to stimulate and strengthen economic development within the province of KwaZulu-Natal. We look forward to our continued partnership,” said Haffejee.

The Dunlop Container 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 iThala Development Finance Corporation in KwaZulu-Natal.

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