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Dunlop acquires Yokohama aircraft tyre equipment

Dunlop Aircraft Tyres is strengthening its position in the global aircraft tyre marketplace with the acquisition of testing and manufacturing equipment from The Yokohama Rubber Company Limited.  

Last year, Yokohama, which has a strong reputation in Japan for manufacturing radial and bias tyres, announced that it was withdrawing the Yokohama brand name from the aircraft tyre business.  

Under this agreement announced today, Dunlop Aircraft Tyres will acquire Yokohama's radial and bias new tyre manufacturing and testing equipment, including an additional dynamometer that will enable the company to bring new products to market more quickly.  

The move will expand Dunlop's manufacturing capacity so that the Birmingham-based company can further boost its range with products such as radial main tyres for the Boeing 777.  

"Yokohama has an excellent reputation in Japan with products developed to meet a harsh operating environment," said Dunlop Aircraft Tyres' chairman, Ian Edmondson. "These include tyres for Boeing 777s that are heavily utilised on domestic services.  

"By acquiring Yokohama's equipment we are enhancing our global manufacturing capability and putting Dunlop Aircraft Tyres in a strong position to expand its comprehensive product range.  

"We are aiming to have the equipment up and running in our UK manufacturing facility within a few months.  

"This agreement means that Yokohama's former aircraft tyre customers will continue to have the opportunity to benefit from bias and radial tyre products under the internationally recognised Dunlop brand name".  

Dunlop Aircraft Tyres, which this year celebrates 100 years of world class aircraft tyre manufacturing, has recently opened a new tyre distribution and retreading facility in China.

Press release issued by Dunlop Aircraft Tyres Ltd. on February 26, 2010

 

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The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd. Bellows, Lavatory Equipment, Water Systems, Tyres, Waste Water Systems, Prepreg
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