WASHINGTON (Feb. 18, 2014) — The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) issued 24 new tire plant identity codes — necessary for selling road-going tires in the U.S. — during 2013, double that of 2012 and more in line with the average for the previous several years.
Fourteen of the new codes are for plants in China and four are for factories in India, while the other six are for six different countries, including Continental Tire the Americas L.L.C.'s plant in Sumter, S.C. (VY), which started production late last year.
Bridgestone Corp. was issued codes for plants in India (W9) and Vietnam (1T), while Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd., Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. and Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. were issued codes for plants in Thailand (VA), Malaysia (CM) and India (YM), respectively.
The new codes, and the corresponding plants, are:
Code — Company/Location
1P — Shandong Haohua Tire Co. Ltd., Shouguang, China
1T — Bridgestone Tire Manufacturing Vietnam L.L.C., Hai Phong City, Vietnam.
7B — Shandong Longyue Rubber Co. Ltd., Heze City, China
CM — Toyo Tyre Manufacturing (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd., Taiping, Malaysia
DE — Jiangsu Roc Tyres Co. Ltd., Xuzhou, China
NP — I-Greatest Rubber Ind. Co. Ltd., Mexico City, Mexico
LH — Speedways Rubber Co., Jalandhar, India
M1 — Laoling Vheal Rubber Co. Ltd., Laoling City, China
NH — Qingdao Huasheng Rubber Co. Ltd., Pingdu, Qingdao, China
NU — Qingdao Honghua Tyre Factory, Qingdao City, China
PD — Xinjiang Kunlun Engineering Tyre Co. Ltd., Korle City, China
R1 — Dezhou Linglong Tyre Co. Ltd., Dezhou, China
RP — Taizhou Taiyangfeng Rubber Co. Ltd., Xianju County, China
VA — Sumitomo Rubber (Thailand) Co. Ltd., Amphur Pluakdaeng, Rayong, Thailand
VD — Qingdao Hongchi Tyre Co. Ltd., Pingdu, Qingdao, China
VY — Continental Tire the Americas L.L.C., Sumter, S.C.
V8 — Michelin India Tamil Nadu Tyres Pvt. Ltd., Gummidipoondi Taluk, Tiruvallur, India.
W7 — Jiangsu Chengtong Tire Co. Ltd., Xuzhou, China
W9 — Bridgestone India Pvt. Ltd., Pune, Maharashtra, India
Y3 — Shandong Goodtyre Rubber Co. Ltd., Dezhou, China
YM — Yokohama India Pvt. Ltd./Bahadurgarh Plant, District Jhajjar, India
YN — Aung Htet Myet Co. Ltd., Yangon, Myanmar,
YP — Hangzhou Shunyuan Tire Manufacture Co. Ltd., Hangzhou, China.
YV — Longkou Yongan Vehicle Window Co. Ltd., Longkou City, China.
Dezhou Linglong is a plant operated by Shandong Linglong Tire Co. Ltd.
Hangzhou Shunyuan Tire Manufacture is described on various trading sites as a butyl inner tube manufacturer.
Jiangsu Roc Tyres makes a range of OTR, industrial, agricultural and truck tires under the Roc brand name; company also known as Jiangsu Qiahong Tyres Co. Ltd.
Laoling Vheal Rubber makes truck tires under the Vheal brand name.
Qingdao Huasheng Rubber makes primarily bias-ply agricultural, forklift, OTR and light truck tires, under the Shuantong, DongBeiLong and HuaSheng brand names.
Qingdao Hongchi Tyre is a private enterprise manufacturing primarily Denfeng-brand OTR tires, Shanhu-brand light truck tires and Hongchi-brand agricultural tires.
Qingdao Honghua makes a variety of tires under the brand names Qinchi, Juli, Jinghua, Feilide, Weiyate, etc.
Shandong Goodtyre — previously known as Shandong Yinbao Tyre Group Co. Ltd. — produces truck, agricultural, industrial, OTR and light truck tires under the Good Tyre, Gold Tyre, Yinbao and Taidelong brand names.
Shandong Haohua Tire lists Lanvigator as its main brand, but does not specify what tire types it makes.
Taizhou Taiyangfeng Rubber makes tires and wheels, including Sun-brand industrial, trailer and motorcycle tires.
Xinjiang Kunlun Engineering Tyre is a "stock-system" enterprise, producing primarily "engineering" tires — farm, OTR, industrial, etc. — using the Kunlun brand. The firm's Web site references new capacity for steel radial truck tires, as well.
Aung Htet Myet Co. Ltd. is another name for Ywama Tyre Factory, a factory opened last year in Yangon, Myanmar, under the auspices of Myanmar Economic Corp., an enterprise tied to Myanmar's military complex. The plant has capacity for radial passenger and truck/bus tires along with other miscellaneous bias tires, inner tubes, liners and bladders. The company uses the Tristar brand.
Tire Business could not determine what Jiangsu Chengtong Tire Co. Ltd., I-Greatest Rubber Ind. Co. Ltd. or Shandong Longyue Rubber Co. Ltd. produce.
Longkou Yongan Vehicle Window is listed a manufacturer of windows for recreational vehicles. It appears the DOT has issued this code in error.
The latest additions bring to 334 the number of tire plant DOT codes issued to tire factories in China, according to the DOT's database. As many as two dozen, however, are considered duplicates for the same plants.
The latest list from the DOT shows 942 codes issued, including 87 issued in the past three years. Of the 942 codes listed, about 110 are for plants that are closed or no longer make tires, with another 30 or so for retread plants, factories that don't make tires or make only bicycle tires and/or tubes.
The alphanumeric DOT code indicates the tire maker certifies tires bearing the mark meet all U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard requirements. The manufacturer is not required to test the tires, but if they are sold in the U.S. they are subject to random testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), with penalties assessed if the tires aren't in compliance with federal standards.
Tires found not in compliance with these federal standards will be subject to recall, and the manufacturer is subject to civil penalties of up to $6,000 per tire — up to a maximum of $17.4 million for any related series of violations, according to agency documents.
Officially, the transportation department keeps codes for closed or sold plants in its active list for up to eight years after a change occurs, covering the limit of legal jurisdiction in which the DOT has to order a recall.
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