Goodyear is evaluating the possibility of having its Steelmark radial truck tire line made in China, most likely by Triangle Tire Co. Ltd. at its factory in Qingdao.
Goodyear has been evaluating Triangle's production capabilities since early 2003, according to Joe Gingo, Goodyear's executive vice president for quality systems and chief technical officer. However, the companies have not concluded a formal off-take manufacturing agreement, a company spokesman said, and the brand continues to be made at the firm's Danville, Va., plant.
Steelmark is Goodyear's lower-priced brand below its Goodyear, Dunlop and Kelly flag brands, offering ``low mileage operators an excellent value tire,'' according to Goodyear sales literature.
The Steelmark is now also available through Sam's Club in addition to more traditional channels.
Triangle Tire is considered the world's 12th largest tire maker, with 2003 sales of $765 million and annual production capacity of 9 million units, of which 5.5 million units are radial. Besides radial and bias truck tires, Triangle makes radial and bias car tires, and bias OTR, agricultural and industrial tires.