Goodyear Sells Cord Operations to Hyosung: Update
Following earlier reports of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company agreeing to sell its global tyre fabric operations to Hyosung Corporation, the company has released an official statement giving details of the transaction. Goodyear and its affiliates will receive $80 million for their tyre fabric manufacturing plants and assets, which include operations in Decatur, Alabama; Utica, New York; Americana, Brazil; and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg, subject to post-closing adjustments. The facilities, which employ about 1,000 people, produce and treat fabric that is used in Goodyear’s tyres.
In addition, Goodyear and Hyosung, a multinational corporation with substantial tyre reinforcement operations, would, upon closing, sign a “multi-year” supply agreement. Goodyear anticipates purchases of approximately $350 million to $400 million in the first year. The tyremaker said it believes that this agreement could provide it with significant cost savings and improved cash flow. The asset transaction is not expected to result in a material gain or loss.
“As Goodyear drives for improved profitability, we are focusing more activity and investment on our core business of providing innovative consumer and commercial tires for our customers,” said Robert J. Keegan, Goodyear chairman and chief executive officer.
“Our fabric associates manufacture outstanding products and have made important contributions to Goodyear over the decades. We thank them for these contributions,” he said. Hyosung, headquartered in Seoul, South Korea, has produced tyre fabric since 1968. It has operations in its home country as well as in China and the United States.