Goodyear at that time said it decided to move on dissolving the alliance after determining SRI had engaged in “anticompetitive conduct in violation of applicable antitrust laws.”
Neither part has commented publicly in the interim on the nature of Goodyear's allegations.
The alliance dates to 1999, when Goodyear acquired 75-percent of SRI's manufacturing and sales assets in Europe and North America, which operate as Goodyear Dunlop Tires Europe B.V. (GDTE) and Goodyear Dunlop Tires North America Ltd. (GDTNA). The deal includes rights to the Dunlop brand in these markets.
The firms also operate joint ventures in Japan — 75-percent owned by SRI — covering sales of the Goodyear and Dunlop brands to the Japanese OE and replacement markets, and other ventures covering technology and materials procurement.
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