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The Tyre Industry Updated Report Available
BY Yasmin Mahomedy
South Africa
03 September 2019
R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
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The Tyre Industry


South Africa’s four tyre manufacturers - Goodyear, Bridgestone, Continental and Sumitomo (Dunlop) are all owned by international tyre companies with extensive global footprints. These four manufacturers supply tyres to automakers and the tyre replacement market and they send consignments to other parts of Africa. An average 11 million tyres are sold in South Africa each year.


Plant Closures


Although tyres are an essential purchase, consumers are buying cheap imported tyres, and the major manufacturers compete against an estimated 200 importers of tyres of various brands, with most coming from China and Japan. With excess local capacity and an increasing volume of imports, manufacturers are under pressure to grow their market share and reduce costs. Continental Tyres is shutting down its ground mining tyres and agricultural tyres production unit in Port Elizabeth and moving production out of South Africa as part of restructuring of the global commercial specialty tyre business.


New Technology


South African tyre manufactures benefit from the research and development of their international parent companies. Recent advances in tyre technology include Goodyear’s futuristic Oxygene photosynthesis tyre, which integrates living moss in its sidewall and generates its own light and Michelin’s puncture-proof airless concept tyre which will be virtually maintenance-free and will not have irregular wear from over- or under-inflation.


Report Coverage


This report focuses on the tyre industry in South Africa and provides information on the state of the industry and the factors that influence it. There are comprehensive profiles of 17 companies including Sumitomo Rubber which last year launched its new, truck and bus radial factory in Ladysmith, on which it has spent more than R2bn and Goodyear, which has invested almost R1bn in its Uitenhage facility to improve the plant’s high tech consumer tyre production capacity. Other companies profiled include Apollo Tyres, Bandaq, Kwik Fit Trentyre and Michelin.


Page
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 2
2.2. Geographic Position 3
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 4
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 5
4.1. Local 5
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 7
4.1.2. Regulations 7
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 9
4.2. Continental 10
4.3. International 10
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 11
5.1. Economic Environment 11
5.2. Rising Operating Costs 12
5.3. Government Support 12
5.4. Unsafe Tyres 12
5.5. Labour 13
5.6. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 15
5.7. Environmental Concerns 16
6. COMPETITION 18
6.1. Barriers to Entry 18
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 19
8. OUTLOOK 19
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 19
10. REFERENCES 20
10.1. Publications 20
10.2. Websites 20
APPENDIX 1 21
Summary of Notable Players 21
COMPANY PROFILES 26
APOLLO TYRES AFRICA (PTY) LTD 26
AUTO AND TRUCK TYRES (PTY) LTD 28
BANDAG SOUTHERN AFRICA (PTY) LTD 30
BRIDGESTONE SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 33
BRIDGESTONE SOUTH AFRICA COMMERCIAL (PTY) LTD 36
CONTINENTAL TYRE SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 39
GLASFIT SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 42
GOODYEAR SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 49
HI-Q AUTOMOTIVE (PTY) LTD 51
LEADER RUBBER COMPANY SA (PTY) LTD 57
MICHELIN TYRE COMPANY SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 59
NUVO SOLID TYRES (PTY) LTD 61
PG GROUP (PTY) LTD 63
PROTEA VERSOOLWERKE (ERMELO) (PTY) LTD 67
SUMITOMO RUBBER SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 69
TIAUTO INVESTMENTS (PTY) LTD 72
TRENTYRE (PTY) LTD 75