Sumitomo starts TBR production at S Africa plant

Ladysmith, South Africa—Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd.’s South African subsidiary has inaugurated production of radial truck and bus tires at an expanded Ladysmith factory.

Up to now, Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (Pty) Ltd. had to rely on imports to supply African markets with Dunlop- and Sumitomo-brand truck and bus tires, SRI said. The start of local production ensures a stable supply for the company’s markets throughout Africa.

SRI committed $62 million in April 2016 to add capacity for radial truck and bus tires at the plant it acquired…

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