SRSA CEO, Lubin Ozoux, said, “The 50th anniversary of our Dunlop Ladysmith manufacturing plants marks an exciting time for us, as we look to build on this impressive history and create a brighter future for the region.”
“We want to increase our impact on creating employment in South Africa over the next few years and months. We will, therefore, be investing in machinery and systems that will ensure that we have capability locally to meet the requirements of Original Equipment manufacturers, gain efficiencies to better serve the local market, and create a better and safer experience for motorists on the road,” said Ozoux.
The new investment drive follows previous phases of expansion at the facility. In 2018 SRSA officially launched its new, state-of-the-art, 180 000m² Truck and Bus Radial (TBR) factory at the plant, facilitating local manufacture of truck and bus tyres which it previously imported. This involved an investment of over R2.1 billion and marked the second phase of SRSA’s multi-billion-rand investment to upgrade and modernise the Dunlop plant’s capacity.
Prior to this, SRSA had also modernised its passenger car, sport utility vehicle (SUV) and light truck tyre manufacturing capabilities at the plant.
“These investments have enabled us to increase manufacturing output and meet the needs of the region’s tyre markets, particularly in the latter part of our five decades of operation at the plant,” said Ozoux.
As the manufacturer of popular tyre brands including Dunlop, Sumitomo and Falken, SRSA strives to deliver the newest, most ground-breaking tyre innovations.