DETROIT (April 11, 2000)—Among tire manufacturers, Goodyear is the top supplier of original equipment parts to vehicle manufacturers in North America, but is surpassed by both Group Michelin and Bridgestone Corp. in worldwide OE sales.
With North American OE sales of $1.49 billion in 1999, Goodyear led all tire makers and was 24th overall in a recent ranking of the top 150 OE part suppliers to North America, compiled by Automotive News, a sister publication of Tire Business.
Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. was the next tire maker on the list, at 31st place overall, with OE sales of $1.35 billion, followed by Michelin North America at $1.06 billion (37th overall) and Continental General Tire (44th overall), with OE sales of 780 million.
On a global basis, Michelin was the leading tire maker, with total worldwide OE sales of $4.23 billion. (No overall ranking was done among all OE parts suppliers on the basis of global sales.)
Bridgestone´s worldwide OE sales for 1999 were estimated at $3.8 billion, followed by Goodyear at $3.35 billion and Continental A.G. at $2.6 billion.
Both Michelin´s and Bridgestone´s OE sales consist almost exclusive of tires and related components, while Goodyear´s also include belts, hoses, interior trim and air springs. Besides tires, Continental also supplies electronic brakes and stability management systems. &Copy;