Sumitomo tires

Sumitomo History

Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. simply known as Sumitomo is a global tire company with headquarters in Japan. Sumitomo is one of the most important and influential tire manufacturers in the world. Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd is a member of the big Sumitomo Group. The main Sumitomo products include automobile tires, tennis, and golf balls. Back in 1615, the Sumitomo Group was a bookshop in Kyoto founded by Masatomo Sumitomo. The Japanese brand became a famous company through methods of copper refining. These methods and advanced techniques allowed the extraction of silver from copper ore.

Over time Sumitomo branched out into more business areas: coal industries, forestry, banking, and machine. Among the members are entering Mazda Motor Corporation, Nippon Sheet Glass Co Ltd, Sumitomo Precision Products, and Sumitomo Mitsui Construction.

The most important events in Sumitomo history are:

  • In 1983, Sumitomo launched the Falken Tire introduced in North America in 1985.

  • 1986- Year when Sumitomo acquired the Dunlop Tire Corporation of the US.

  • In 1997, Sumitomo and Goodyear formed a joint venture to manufacture tires for each other's markets.

Most popular Sumitomo tires

When it comes to passengers and load safety the most suitable tires are the TOURING LX, TOUR PLUS LX, and HTR ENHANCE CX2. For safety reasons, Japanese engineers develop the run-flat tires. Run-flat models come with a stronger structure designed to provide safety in case of air pressure loss. Due to this technology, the vehicle can continue driving around 40-50 miles at a maximum speed of 50 mph, even internal air pressure has dropped to zero.

The most popular and trustworthy all-season tires from the Sumitomo lineup are HTR A/S P03, HTR A/S P02, TOUR PLUS LS, and TOUR PLUS LS. All of these models are designed to ensure a quiet, comfortable ride, and responsive handling with a long tread life warranty.

The Japanese company has also a wide range of tires for Busses and RV: ST778+ SE, ST908, ST718, and ST918. These tires stand out with an extra-wide tread face which increased vehicle stability on the roads. The comfort, performance, the best grip is also guaranteed.

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