Meeting global standards
Vehicle manufacturers have varying specifications and targets to reach depending on the vehicle they are producing. Tyre design and construction play an important role in ensuring a vehicle meets global requirements such as emission standards, especially where a vehicle is planned for export
Ozoux says OE tyre manufacturing agreements are very good for the local tyre market and the South African consumer, as they compel local tyre manufacturers to think ahead about what the future global requirements are in terms of factors such as environmental impact and rolling resistance.
“This contributes towards improving tyre quality for local consumers. Being able to win a bid to produce tyres for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) shows that a tyre company can develop tyres that meet global standards,” said Ozoux.
“Being intentional about gaining market share in the OE sector has also been good for our business. It has pushed us to keep thinking ahead to ensure we have the necessary know-how and technology. OEMs generally choose a tyre supplier based on the company’s technical capability to fulfil the design and performance requirements, cost and risk to the project timing. They will be guided in their decision making on how you performed on previous projects. For this reason, we put a lot of effort into protecting the relationships we have built with OEMs, which means ensuring 100% quality and on time, in full deliveries to our OE customers,” he added.
SRSA is continuously enhancing its factory capability, which it considers key to meeting future OE tyre requirements. “The goal is to be able to industrialise the latest designs received from Sumitomo Rubber Industries’ headquarters in Kobe, Japan, where our designers are constantly tracking OEM trends and requirements and benchmarking competitor tyres to ensure our latest designs measure up.”
“A drive is currently underway to improve equipment and process controls with a view to producing light weight RRC tyres that are efficient without losing other performance characteristics,” Ozoux concluded.
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