ERJ staff report (DS)
Akron, Ohio -- Goodyear has said its aircraft tyre unit in Thailand is not operating, due to severe flooding in the country. The aircraft business may face a shortage of cross-ply retreaded tyres as a result.
In a statement, Goodyear said it, "...has been in regular communication with its commercial airline customers regarding a potential global shortage of bias (cross-ply) aviation tyres that it now has determined may begin affecting the commercial airline industry in February or March 2012."
The statement continued, "The floodwaters that idled Goodyear's [Bangkok] plant finally receded during the last week of November, allowing the company to make an assessment of the damage and to get a clearer understanding of the impact on the global aviation tyre business. "
One measure Goodyear has adopted is to source tyres from other, unidentified, aircraft tyre suppliers. The company said, "Seeking assistance from other aircraft tyre manufacturers to respond to an industry-wide concern. As this extreme natural disaster affects the global commercial airline industry, Goodyear is asking other aviation tyre manufacturers to help mitigate potential supply disruptions;"
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