AKRON-Demand for car and truck tires in India should grow 8-12 percent annually through 2000, spurred by a 66-percent jump in the number of automobiles, according to a recent study by Smithers Scientific Services Inc. of Akron. Car and truck tire sales will reach 15.4 million units by 2000, the firm forecast-an annual growth rate of 8.2 percent.
Virtually all tires sold in India are made locally. There are 29 domestic tire manufacturers with a total of 43 plants, Smithers said. Recent production topped 27.5 million tires, 36 percent of which were for mopeds, scooters and motorcycles.
Other trends identified in the study include growth in radial tire production, improvements in product quality and increases in the number of tires exported.
New CEO at South Pacific Tyres
MELBOURNE, Australia-John Gurrieri has succeeded Rod Chadwick as CEO of South Pacific Tyres, a 50-50 joint venture between Goodyear and Australia's Pacific Dunlop Ltd.
Mr. Gurrieri had been CEO of SPT's New Zealand operations. Mr. Chadwick has been named director of businesses in Pacific Dunlop's newly formed Industrial Group.