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: