More Outsourcing For Cooper
Back in October, Cooper Tire & Rubber announced that Chinese manufacturer Hangzhou Zhongce would produce 300,000 radial medium truck tyres for the US company. Now Cooper has revealed that Hangzhou Zhongce is also to make one million passenger radials for the US market; these will be in six sizes under the brand names Cooper, Mastercraft, Dean and Starfire. Dick Stephens, president of Cooper’s Tire Group, said that the outsourcing will help Cooper meet growing demand, especially for the Zeon high performance lines.
“By outsourcing some of our broadline products, we can devote more production capacity to the more exotic performance tyres,” commented Stephens, adding: “We have increased capacity at all of our US plants and these tyres from Hangzhou will help fill the gap between our capacity and projected demand.” The tyres will be manufactured to Cooper’s specifications and engineers are currently in China conducting audits to ensure the highest quality standards. .