By Denna Bowman
Customers who opt for cheap imported tyres while money is tight are putting lives at risk, according to a leading tyres company boss.
Mr Kennedy Mandevani, managing director of Dunlop Zimbabwe Ltd, said: ‘Consumers must resist the temptation to buy purely on price as quality considerations are very important.
‘A tyre can make all the difference between life and death.’
Mr Mandevani spoke out about his concerns over the influx of imported tyres on the Zimbabwean market.
He added: ‘The Dunlop quality product is tried and tested and in addition there is strong product support.’
Dunlop Zimbabwe is expecting to boost tyres production on the back of significant falls in international rubber prices that were triggered by the global economic recession.
In an interview with Zimbabwe Sunday Business, Dunlop managing director, Mr Kennedy Mandevani, said rubber prices had taken a knock over the last few months due to the financial crisis sweeping across the world.
He said: ‘The international market has been characterised by the global recession which has seen a significant fall in the price of rubber which will benefit us shortly once current stock piles are exhausted.’
The rubber industry was one of the hardest hit sectors by the global recession and due to the recession, global prices of rubber plummeted by more than half on most international markets.
At one time farmers were even reluctant to harvest the product protesting against the prices.