Dunlop Aircraft Tyres strengthens manufacturing, testing with ex-Yokohama equipment
Birmingham’s Dunlop Aircraft Tyres facility has announced that it has taken delivery of manufacturing and testing equipment acquired from The Yokohama Rubber Company. The Japanese firm, which Dunlop says had a strong reputation in Japan for manufacturing and retreading aircraft tyres, withdrew its brand from this sector of the market last year. “By acquiring this equipment we will enhance our global manufacturing capability and put Dunlop Aircraft Tyres in a strong position to expand its product range,” said the company’s chairman, Ian Edmondson.
The testing equipment, which includes a dynamometer machine, is expanding Dunlop’s in-house capability and capacity so that the company can further accelerate its new product development and bring tyres to market more quickly. Alongside this, the additional manufacturing capacity will support Dunlop Aircraft Tyres by enabling the company to accelerate its activity in the radial tyre marketplace.
“Yokohama has an excellent reputation in Japan with products developed to meet a harsh operating environment and these include tyres for Boeing 777s that are heavily utilised on domestic services,” Edmondson said of the equipment’s original owners. Dunlop celebrated its centenary last year, and recently opened a new tyre distribution and retreading facility in China.
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