Dunlop Aircraft Tyres Signs First China Agreement
A three-year deal for the supply of bias tyres will see Taiwan based Mandarin Airlines become the first customer to utilise Dunlop Aircraft tyres’ new distribution and retreading facility in China. Dunlop Taikoo (Jinjiang) Aircraft Tyres Company Limited will supply tyres for the airline’s fleet of eight E-190/195 twin-engine medium range jets.
“We opened our facility just weeks ago and I’m delighted that we have already gained interest from operators in the region and also, in that short time, to have reached this agreement with Mandarin Airlines,” said Ian Edmondson, chairman of Dunlop Aircraft Tyres. “The facility enables airlines to return tyres for retreading at an operation that is efficient and that is ideally located for quick and easy shipping of tyres to and from the region.”
Dunlop Aircraft Tyres opened the Jinjiang, Fujian Province joint venture retread and distribution facility in November 2009, and the company states its presence boosts Dunlop Aircraft Tyres’ competitiveness in the global aviation marketplace and brings increased tyre choice to aircraft operators in Asia Pacific. The Birmingham based tyre manufacturer is the majority shareholder in the joint venture, which it partners with Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Limited, who holds a 28 per cent, and Taikoo (Xiamen) Aircraft Engineering Company Limited, who is a nine per cent shareholder.