Dunlop Aircraft Opens Chinese Retread Plant
Dunlop Aircraft Tyres has opened its new retread and distribution facility in China. The facility, operating as Dunlop Taikoo (Jinjiang) Aircraft Tyres Company Limited, is a joint venture with Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Limited (HAECO) (28 per cent) and Taikoo (Xiamen) Aircraft Engineering Company Limited (TAECO) (9 per cent). Based in Jinjiang, Fujian Province, the operation has full site and product approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). The site has also received full repair-station approval from EASA. In addition to the retreading of aircraft tyres, the facility will support customers in Asia Pacific by distributing new tyres that have been made at Dunlop Aircraft Tyres’ manufacturing site in Birmingham, UK.
“We are the world’s only specialist aircraft tyre manufacturer and this new facility enables us to distribute our range of high quality tyres throughout Asia Pacific,” said Dunlop Aircraft Tyres’ chairman, Ian Edmondson, adding: “Airlines will be able to return tyres for retreading at an operation that is efficient and that is ideally located for quick and easy shipping to and from the region. By partnering with the region’s highly regarded engineering companies, HAECO and TAECO, we will be able to quickly access this significant and growing market.”
P.K. Chan, deputy chairman and chief executive officer of HAECO and chairman of TAECO, added: “I’m delighted that we have been able to enter into partnership with Dunlop Aircraft Tyres, build this facility and gain CAAC and EASA approvals in such a short period of time. Tyre retreading will enhance the service we provide to current and future airline customers in the Asia Pacific region.”