Coming as some good news for Northern KZN—Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRSA) is set to inject new life into its Dunlop tyre manufacturing plant in Ladysmith, as the production facility marks its golden anniversary this year.
The investment drive will see the plant improve local production capacity, expand product lines and create new job opportunities. “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 SRSA CEO, Lubin Ozoux.
This new investment follows previous phases of expansion at the facility, including the launch of a new state-of-the-art truck and bus radial factory in 2018. The company has modernised its passenger car, sport utility vehicle and light truck tyre manufacturing capabilities at the plant, increasing manufacturing output and meeting the needs of the region’s tyre markets.
Ozoux pointed out that the investments lined up for the Dunlop Ladysmith manufacturing plant will not only improve capacity but will also provide more job opportunities, creating a positive impact on the local community.
“We believe that the future is bright, and we are proud to continue to serve as a trusted brand that delivers quality, reliability, and safety on the road,” concluded Ozoux.
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