Bridgestone still in pole position as world’s largest tyre maker

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Bridgestone has retained its pole position as the world’s largest tyre manufacturer for the sixth year running.

Bridgestone maintained its spot at the top of the Global Top 75 with tyre-related sales last year of $27.4 billion, followed by Michelin with $25.5 billion, Goodyear in third with $17.6 billion and in fourth place, Continental at $11.2 billion.

While Pirelli regained fifth place ahead of Sumitomo, Hankook was seventh, Yokohama is in eight place, Maxxis takes the number nine spot and China’s Zhongce Rubber Group made up the Top 10.

Collectively, these Top 10 global companies accounted for nearly 63 percent of the world’s tyre sales last year, based on statistics available to Tire Business. This is down a couple of percentage points from a year ago, which reflects growth in the number of second-tier tyre companies.

Interestingly, it wasn’t the biggest names that achieved the highest sales per employee, that honour went to Nokian at $484,388, ahead of Toyo’s $368,179, Hankook’s $365,121 and Nexen’s $336,896.

etyres supply and fit a wide range of tyres to suit all budgets, including economy, mid-range and all the premium brands. Its customers also benefit from its mobile tyre fitting service, which means they can have their new tyres fitted at a time and location of their choice, whether that is at home or work.

Denna Bowman, Head Office

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