Sumitomo Rubber Industries Headquarters


Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (Pty) Ltd is a subsidiary of Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd (SRI), which is headquartered in Kobe, Japan.

SRI has an outstanding global reputation owing to its leading Japanese-engineered technological advancements, allowing Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (Pty) Ltd to deliver superior quality and service.

SRI has enjoyed a long relationship with the Dunlop brand both in terms of manufacturing and distribution. The company was first established in 1909 as the Far East Division of Dunlop UK and later incorporated as Dunlop Rubber (Far East) Co. Ltd in 1917. The company became Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd in 1963. In 1985, when Dunlop was taken over by BTR plc, the company acquired the automobile tyre assets of Dunlop, including the right to use the Dunlop brand on car tyres. In 1986, SRI also acquired the Dunlop Tyre Corporation of the US from its management. In 2013 SRI secured the rights to use the Dunlop brand throughout the African continent. The establishment of Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (Pty) Ltd in 2014 accelerated the pace of the company’s vision of expansion and development of innovative technology and safety throughout the continent; as well as accessibility to the iconic Dunlop tyre brand to every country within Africa.

Sumitomo Business Philosophy

Our Philosophy is based on Sumitomo Business Philosophy, which has been passed down from generation to generation throughout Sumitomo’s 400-year history.

Sumitomo Business Philosophy was first proposed by Sumitomo Masatomo (1585-1652), the founder of Sumitomo Group. It is a concise explanation of the business acumen he left behind for posterity. Based on the “Monjuin Shiigaki” (“The Founder’s Precepts”), it has been deepened over generations by Sumitomo's predecessors. The gist of it has been carried over as the Business Principles.

Article 1. Sumitomo shall achieve strength and prosperity by placing prime importance on integrity and sound management in the conduct of its business.

Article 2. Sumitomo shall manage its activities with foresight and flexibility in order to cope effectively with the changing times. Under no circumstances, however, shall it pursue easy gains or act imprudently.

-Quoted from the Sumitomo Goshi Kaisha Administrative Regulations (formulated in 1928)

The teachings that have been handed down to Sumitomo, are based on these Business Principles. The following four teachings are the foundation of Our Philosophy and are particularly important aspects of our company especially as we look towards the future.

Integrity and sound management

To value trust above all else and to always earn the trust of others.

Enterprising spirit

Responding to the changing times and being proactive in staying one step ahead.

People are our most important asset.

It is human resources that protect, promote and nurture a company.

Benefit for self and others, private and public interests are one and the same.

We must always strive maintain a sense of gratitude to society and conduct our affairs in harmony with the public interest.

SUMITOMO - Rubber and Beyond, Driving Our Future

Business philosophy

Integrity and sound management

Enterprising spirit

People are our most important asset

Benefit for self and others, private and public interest are one and the same


Being reliable and worthy of trust

Seeking out challenge

Valuing one another


Uniting our diverse strengths, growing together, driving and thriving on change


Through innovation we will create a future of joy and well-being for all

SUMITOMO - Rubber and Beyond, Driving Our Future

Rubber and Beyond

Expresses the future expansion of technological innovation of SRI, which continues to make great strides based on the Pioneer Spirit.

  • The most advanced rubber technology; and
  • To develop new technologies and provide value that will expand from there.

Driving our Future

Expresses our greatest hope for the future - to bring joy to the hearts of all who are touched by our products and services, driven by the boundless flexibility and endless possibilities of rubber materials. Evokes an image of accelerated progress, of driving ever faster toward a future society that is better for everyone.

Sumitomo Tyre Manufacturing Process




Member of the Board


Vice President: Head of Governance 

Member of the Board


Director: Finance 

Member of the Board


Group Director: Sales, Marketing, and Technical


Director: Operations & Services


Director: Corporate Planning


IATF 16949:2016 / ISO 9001:2015

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OHSAS 18001

OHSAS 18001 is an internationally applied British Standard for occupational health and safety management systems which assists organisations to put in place demonstrably sound occupational health and safety practices.

ISO 14001:2015

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The e-Mark is a safety and performance certification mark which the European Commission requires for member states to have on motor vehicle, parts and systems.