Goodyear SA joins the Proudly South African team

Buying locally produced products is an important part of creating jobs and driving economic growth.

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Buyers of tyres can now buy Goodyear tyres with a clear conscience as the locally produced tyres from the manufacturer have been certified ‘Proudly South African’ by the country’s official buy local advocacy campaign, Proudly South African.

The certification means Goodyear’s tyres that are pressed out of the company’s manufacturing plant in Kariega and which include consumer and Off-The-Road (OTR) Bias tyres, are deemed to meet local content thresholds and, more importantly, quality standards.

It serves to note that Goodyear is currently the only tyre manufacturer that produces Off-The-Road Bias (OTR) tyres in South Africa. OTR tyres are fitted on heavy-duty vehicles, such as mining vehicles, which are vital to the daily operations of the mines in South Africa and elsewhere on the continent.

Eustance Mashimbye, Chief Executive Officer of Proudly South Africa, hands over the Proudly South African certificate to Richard Fourie, Managing Director of Goodyear South Africa.

“At Goodyear, we understand that local production is an important driver of our country’s economy and job creation for our people. Having Goodyear tyres, which are manufactured in the Kariega plant, certified Proudly South African is a huge milestone in our 75-year-old presence in the country and is futher proof of our commitment to the economic development of South Africa,” says Richard Fourie, Managing Director of Goodyear South Africa.

Goodyear takes great pride in its role as a key contributor to the South African automotive industry and economy for 75 years and counting. The first Goodyear tyre produced in South Africa rolled off the press in 1948. Today, Goodyear has grown to over 1000-employees strong in South Africa and produces over 2 million tyres annually in the country.

“As an organisation created to promote local industries and products, we are pleased to see that one more multinational is committed to the sustainable development of South Africa’s manufacturing industry,” says Eustace Mashimbye, Chief Executive Officer of Proudly South African.

“Goodyear has more than 1000 employees locally, emphasising the importance of the buy local to create jobs mandate and further highlighting the critical role localisation plays in our country. We welcome Goodyear to the Buy Local movement and look forward to a fruitful association as we continue with our localisation efforts as the country’s buy local campaign,” he adds.

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