Rubber 'issue' causes temporary production halt at Dunlop Aircraft Tyres
Birmingham-based Dunlop Aircraft Tyres halted new and retread tyre production during the week commencing 15 November after identifying a “potentially sub-standard rubber” supply. According to the Birmingham Mail, managers at the Castle Bromwich plant suspended manufacturing for three days following a “potential issue” with the raw material.
Production workers employed on the new tyre lines were reportedly ordered to strip out already prepared tyres. Normal production has since resumed at the factory, but the suspension in manufacturing is said to have led to delays in deliveries to customers.
The Birmingham mail quoted one unnamed worker as saying: “Apparently there was a fault with a batch of rubber. The factory was effectively at a standstill production-wise.”
In a statement, Ian Edmondson, chairman of Dunlop Aircraft Tyres, said: “Our quality assurance process identified a potential issue with some raw material provided to us by one of our suppliers. As a precaution we immediately isolated new and retreaded tyres and we suspended all production for three days.”