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Three simple checks to save you money on your tyres

Dunlop Tyres SA 05/12/2019


"Road safety is the responsibility of all road users", says President Cyril Ramaphosa. “Safer roads begin with checking our vehicles and keeping them off the road if they are not roadworthy,” he said in a recent speech addressing various stakeholders and the public. The South African President mourned the loss of over 14000 lives due to accidents on our roads and acknowledged the estimated R147 million per year that roadway accidents cost the country. He went on to stress that roads will not become safer unless we, as road users, change our attitudes.

Being aware of what a safe tyre looks like, is part of arriving safely at your destination. As a board member of the South African Tyre Manufacturers Conference (SATMC), Haffejee has the following tips to share for staying safe on the road:

  1. Maintain pressure
  2. Check your tyre pressure at least once per month at the filling station. On the inside panel of the driver’s door, in the fuel cap or the vehicle owner’s manual, you will find a sticker that details the correct tyre pressure for your vehicle’s tyres. Always ensure that your tyres are maintained at the correct inflation as prescribed by your vehicle manufacturer, as this is the easiest way to extend tyre life and ensure that your car handles properly on the road. Under- or over-inflation of tyres can cause damage to the tyre, reduce their lifespan or could result in an accident.

  3. Inspect the tread and tyre regularly
  4. Around once a month, turn the steering to the far right to get a full view of the front tyres and inspect the tread. Look out for uneven tread wear and inspect the tyre tread depth. Then check the rear tyres as well. Tyre manufacturers include a tread wear indicator (TWI) within the tyre tread. This indicator looks like a small square in the groove of the tyre. As an international standard the TWI is set at 1.6mm and when the rest of the tyre tread is level with this indicator, or below, your tyres are no longer legal and need to be replaced. It is important to note that once you go below 3mm tread depth, the braking performance of your tyres will be reduced. Once the tread gets to the absolute minimum – the 1.6mm – your wet braking could increase by more than double, and you will have a problem stopping your vehicle in an emergency. The tyre is also illegal according The National Road Traffic Act.

    During this visual inspection, always make sure to check the sides of the tyres for bulges (or bubble type defects), gashes or cuts that expose any steel wires or fabric in the tyre. According to the National Road Traffic Act, a legal tyre must be free of these defects.

  5. Rotate regularly
  6. The general rule for tyre rotation is every 8000 – 10000km but diarise to have your tyres rotated and balanced by a reputable fitment centre once a year. If you see uneven tyre wear or feel a “shudder” when driving, get them checked straight away. Ask the tyre expert to give your tyres a thorough once over to ensure that they are safe for use on the road.

    Driving with worn or unsafe tyres could also result in your insurer rejecting your claim. “In the event of an accident, if your tyres are not in fit-for-use condition, your insurance claim will be rejected – even if the tyres were not the direct cause of the accident,” says Hennie van Staden, CEO Impac Underwriting Managers. “As part of an insurance contract, the onus of maintaining a roadworthy vehicle is on the vehicle owner. Failure to do so constitutes a breach of contract.”

    Your first choice should always be to replace a worn or damaged tyre with a new tyre. While second hand tyres may seem like a cost-effective solution to brand new tyres, there is a reason those tyres were removed from the previous vehicle they were on. Surveys show that over 61% of second hand tyres are not safe for use on the roads.² Buying Second hand tyres should be a very last resort, but if you do need to do so, go to a recognised retail outlet to ensure that the tyre you purchase is safe to reuse.

    As our President said, “We all have a right to safety, and it is up to each of us to create that safety through our own conduct. It is through our individual sense of responsibility that all of us will arrive alive, uninjured and without any infringements, fines or judgements against our names, all of the time.”

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KZN business scoops 2019 Exporter of the Year Award

Dunlop Tyres SA 31/10/2019

 

Image: From Left to right: Ian Pillay Group Manager: Sales (International Business) and Riaan Rix Group Manager: Sales (International Business)

Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (Pty) Ltd has won at the KZN Exporter of the Year Awards – for the second year in a row. Announced on 17 October at the awards banquet held at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban, the KwaZulu-Natal tyre manufacturer, better known as Sumitomo Dunlop, received the prestigious award of KZN Exporter of Year 2019 in the Africa category.

“2019 has been a challenging year for Sumitomo Dunlop. Apart from the tough economic conditions in the domestic market, which showed its third consecutive contraction in tyre market volume, we have also been commissioning and ramping up production after our investment into the factory upgrade and extension over the past few years. As a result, the export market has become even more important to us,” said Riaz Haffejee, CEO of Sumitomo Rubber South Africa. “This was also the year of our 130-year celebration of the Dunlop brand and to win the KZN Exporter of the Year Award is a such a great honour. This win further affirms that we are on track to be the number 1 tyre manufacturer in Africa.”

Currently exporting into 48 countries in Africa, Sumitomo Dunlop has a fast-growing retail footprint with close to 500 branded franchise stores. These cater for the tyre fitment needs of consumers and commercial fleet owners providing access to safe, quality tyres.

The Sumitomo Dunlop brand has continued to invest in the local economy, creating jobs in the region while increasing tyre output and export capacity. The upgrading of the existing Ladysmith passenger car, SUV/4X4 and light truck tyre facility improved access of our premium tyres into the continent. Officially launched in October 2018, the establishment of a world-class, 180 000m² custom built truck and bus radial tyre manufacturing plant, further expanded our offering, making inroads into this vital market.

“Africa holds great expansion and investment potential,” says Haffejee. “Sumitomo Dunlop continues to invest in innovative technologies, research and development to ensure that we continue to deliver quality tyre products to the market, prioritising safety on the roads.”

The company’s commitment to economic growth, skills development and safety have been recognised by both industry stakeholders and the public. At the inaugural KZN Investor Awards in September, Sumitomo Dunlop walked away with the KZN Investor 2019 Award, also winning the Most Impactful Investor and Major Capital Investor Awards. The Dunlop brand was again voted the #1 Tyre Brand by consumers in the 2019/2020 Ask Afrika TGI Survey – the seventh win since 2011.

The 2019 Exporter of the Year Awards, now in its 19th year, aims to recognise and celebrate exporters in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, highlighting the success of local businesses and stimulating the growth of the economy by encouraging other businesses to strive for similar achievements. The 2019 Awards were hosted by The Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry in partnership with Transnet Port Terminals, a key enabler of exporters and the country’s leading terminal operator responsible for commercial import and export operations.

Sumitomo Dunlop was up against impressive competition in the Africa company category, with Sappi Southern Africa and Imperial Armour amongst the finalists.

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Top honour for KZN business

Dunlop Tyres SA 20/09/2019

Nduduzo Chala, Group Manager Strategic Planning Sumitomo Rubber South Africa, Riaz Haffejee, CEO Sumitomo Rubber South Africa holding the awards for the 2019 KZN Investor of the Year , Most Impactful Investor and Major Capital Investor at the KZN Investor Awards 2019. Pictured with them is Jennifer Wallace, Manager of the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

(L-R) From Sumitomo Rubber South Africa - Nduduzo Chala, Group Manager Strategic Planning; Warren May, Divisional Head: Sales (OE); Riaz Haffejee, CEO; Hennel Nkonjela, Manager: Business Development and Akira Sasaki, Director: Corporate Planning holding the 2019 KZN Investor of the Year, Most Impactful Investor and Major Capital Investor Award Bottom pictured with them is (L-R) Vuyani Xhapha, Senior Associate: Automotive Engineering and Rachel Ngema, Associate: Channel Development


At the KZN Investor Awards 2019, tyre manufacturer Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (Pty) Ltd, known as Sumitomo Dunlop, walked away with the main award of the evening – the KZN Investor of the Year Award for 2019. The inaugural event, hosted by the KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Department (KZN EDTEA) and its agency - Trade and Investment KZN (TiKZN) was held at the Durban International Conference Centre in Durban, KZN on Thursday 12th September. Sumitomo Dunlop also scooped two major category awards for Most Impactful Investor and Major Capital Investor.

“To be chosen as the KZN Investor of the Year is a great honour for our business.” says Riaz Haffejee, CEO of Sumitomo Rubber South Africa. “Safety, enterprise and skill development are aspects of business that are especially close to my heart. We recognise that the promotion of the entrepreneurial spirit is vitally important for the health of the economy as it boosts productivity and diversifies opportunity in our society. This award is evidence that the dedication and passion with which we approach the manufacturing of tyres for the African continent, always placing safety, innovation and technology as a priority, is not only of benefit to our business but also to our customers, communities and our province.”

The Most Impactful Investor Award was bestowed on Sumitomo Dunlop for the company’s Enterprise Development initiatives which include the impactful Dunlop Container Programme. The programme now boasts over 120 branded Dunlop Containers across the country. Working closely with the KZN EDTEA, Sumitomo Dunlop seeks to develop young entrepreneurs with a strong focus on supplier development, driving local procurement of goods and services.

The investment of over R2.1 billion into the Sumitomo Rubber South Africa manufacturing facility in Ladysmith put Sumitomo Dunlop in the running for the Major Capital Investor Award. Culminating in the launch of a custom-built 180000m² truck and bus radial tyre manufacturing facility, the upgrade of the existing factory resulted in the increased output of passenger car, SUV and 4x4 tyres to meet the African continent’s quality tyre needs.

“As a leading tyre manufacturer, we consider being a well-rounded corporate citizen, as business priority and being joint-winner of the Most Impactful Investor Award is evidence that we are indeed on track with that” Haffejee said. “For the Major Capital Investor Award, Sumitomo Dunlop competed with giants from various industries including Sappi and Transnet. This category is reserved for an investment of over R1 billion. We are extremely proud to be ranked so highly, showcasing our commitment to investment in the region.”

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Dunlop continuing to build a strong South African heritage on a 130-Year foundation

Dunlop Tyres SA 20/09/2019



The Dunlop brand’s legacy of quality and reliability has stood the test of time, dating back to the invention, by John Boyd Dunlop in 1888, of the first practical pneumatic tyre. As part of the brand’s heritage of firsts, the first Dunlop factory in South Africa was opened in Durban in 1935 – manufacturing the first locally produced tyre – a beaded-edge 30 cm car tyre. The establishment of the Dunlop steel-radial tyre factory in Ladysmith followed in 1973.

Dunlop went on to become the first South African tyre company to produce a 17 and 18 inch UHP (ultra-high performance) tyre. In 2002 the South African land speed record was set at 388,538km/h with Ladysmith produced Dunlop SP Sport 7000 DW-rated passenger tyres. The first super single truck steer axle tyre was manufactured in 2004 and in 2007 the Dunlop Interactive Display Module, the first interactive touchscreen customer tool of its kind for the tyre industry, was introduced.

Sumitomo Rubber South Africa was established in 2014 after parent company Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd acquired rights to the Dunlop brand for the African continent in 2013. Showing both confidence and commitment to the local economy, Sumitomo Rubber South Africa’s extensive investment from 2014 into the upgrading and extension of the world-class Ladysmith manufacturing facility increased production of passenger car and SUV tyres to meet the continent’s need for quality tyres. Further investment resulted in the establishment of a dedicated truck and bus radial (TBR) tyre manufacturing facility at the Ladysmith plant, which was officially opened in 2018, improving access to world-class TBR tyres.

The launch, in 2018, of the next generation tyre, the Dunlop SP Sport FM800 which incorporated the latest in design and technology, brought all-round tyre performance improvements to passenger car drivers. The Dunlop Grandtrek range release was another coup for 2018 enabling Dunlop to bring to market an exceptionally comprehensive SUV/4X4 range, meeting the diverse needs of drivers from suburban and highway road users to off-road adventurers and professionals tackling challenging terrain.

The extensive Dunlop Dealer Network currently boasts over 500 retail stores across Africa. Designed to satisfy the needs of every sector of the market, the Dunlop Zone and Dunlop Express cater for the suburban consumer, the Dunlop Container programme to the township consumer and entrepreneur, and the Dunlop Commercial Channel to the fleet, truck and bus owner.

Haffejee says, “Despite the challenging economic climate, Dunlop is still positioned as a household name. Consumers have spoken and again shown their confidence in their loyalty to and love for our tyres, by voting Dunlop the #1 Tyre Brand in the 2019/2020 Ask Africa Icon Brands Survey.” This win comes as the seventh triumph since 2011 and is testimony that Dunlop continues to be the consumer’s brand of choice. The Ask Afrika Icon Brands Survey, run by Target Group Index Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd, surveyed over 23000 consumers representing nearly 27 million adult South African consumers.

Dunlop also continues to gain vehicle manufacturer approval with the brand selected as the original equipment supplier for tyres with vehicles such as the Toyota Hilux Black Edition and Toyota Fortuner 18-inch derivatives leaving the factory floor fitted with Dunlop Grandtrek AT25 and Toyota Landcruiser 70 Series models with Grandtrek AT1 radial tyres.

“We look forward with excitement to what the future holds for the Dunlop brand on the African continent,” says Haffejee. “We will continue to invest in research, development and innovation and deliver quality tyre products to the market, prioritising safety on the roads as the custodian of #SaferthanSafe, enabling consumers to take on any journey they choose - whether on- or off-road – with confidence,” he says.

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Consumers choose Dunlop as No.1 brand for the seventh time

Dunlop Tyres SA 29/08/2019

The 2019/2020 Ask Afrika Icon Brands Survey, run by Target Group Index Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd, surveyed over 23000 consumers representing nearly 27 million adult South African consumers.

“We are overjoyed to win this award for the seventh time,” says Riaz Haffejee, CEO of Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (Pty) Ltd, manufacturers of the Dunlop tyre brand. “The nation's love, trust and loyalty to the Dunlop brand, despite pressing economic times, shows great confidence in our tyres.”

Haffejee says Dunlop encourages consumers to take the road and to embrace their personal journey with confidence. This speaks to the company’s vision of creating journeys to better people’s lives. “Through consistent research, development and innovation we will continue to deliver quality tyre products to the market, enabling consumers to do just that, to take on any journey they choose - whether its on- or off-road - safely and with complete ease,” he says.

Founded in 1888, the Dunlop brand is renowned for many firsts, from John Boyd Dunlop’s invention of the first practical pneumatic tyre to trailblazing innovation in tyre safety, achieving exceptional performance milestones in motorsport and taking tyre retailing to new levels of excellence.

Dunlop products are developed with an emphasis on customer safety, quality and comfort, with stringent manufacturing processes both meeting and exceeding global standards. The brand’s retail channels have been established to satisfy the needs of every sector of the market from the suburban consumer catered for with Dunlop Zone and Dunlop Express fitment centres, the township consumer and entrepreneur supported through the Dunlop Container programme, to the commercial fleet, truck and bus owner with Dunlop Commercial branches.

Dunlop also continues to gain vehicle manufacturer approval internationally, with factory floor fitment of various tyres including the Dunlop Grandtrek AT25 on the Toyota Hilux Black Edition and Toyota Fortuner 18-inch derivatives and the Grandtrek AT1 radial tyre for selected Toyota Landcruiser 70 Series models, specified as original equipment in South Africa.

“This win serves to reinforce our commitment to bring #SaferthanSafe tyres to the African continent’s roads,” says Haffejee. “Backed by Sumitomo Rubber South Africa, Dunlop will continue its legacy of innovation, producing solutions driven by the needs of its customers.”

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