WASHINGTON (Feb. 15, 2017) — The U.S. Department of Transportation issued 22 new DOT plant identification codes in the past year for tire factories worldwide, including 14 for plants in China.
Tire manufacturers wishing to sell tires intended for use on U.S. roadways must have a DOT code for each plant, and that code must be molded into the sidewalls of each such tire.
Of the new codes issued, only one—for Yokohama Tire Corp.'s truck tire plant in West Point, Miss.—is in North America.
Eight of the new plant codes are for multinational tire companies, including:
- Apollo Tyres Ltd., for its plant under construction in Gyöngyöshalász, Hungary.
- Bridgestone Corp., with new codes for its European technical center near Rome and for a new plant being built in Turkey by its Brisa Bridgestone joint venture there.
- Ceat Ltd., for its Associated Ceat (Pvt.) Ltd. venture in Sri Lanka.
- Cheng Shin Rubber/Maxxis International for its P.T. Maxxis International unit in Bekasi, Indonesia.
- Kumho Tire Co. Inc., additional codes for existing plants in China and South Korea.
- Yokohama's plant in Mississippi.
The companies that were issued DOT plant codes in the past year, with the plant and code, are (listed alphabetically):
- Apollo Tyres Ltd., Gyöngyö-shalász, Hungary. Code: 023
- Associated Ceat (Pvt.) Ltd., Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. Code: 012
- Bridgestone Corp., Castel Romano, Italy. Code: 025
- Brisa Bridgestone Sabanci Lastik Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S., Aksaray Province, Turkey. Code: 027
- Dongying Ruisheng Rubber Co. Ltd., Dongying, Shandong Province, China. Code: 021
- Future Tyres Pvt. Ltd., Kalol, Gujarat Province, India. Code: 028
- Hefei Wanli Tire Co. Ltd., Hefei, Anhui Province, China. Code: 026
- Henan Shengbang Tire Co. Ltd., Huixian, Henan Province, China. Code: 015
- Jiangsu Gunade Tyre Co. Ltd., Changzhou Province, China. Code: 02A
- Jiangsu Sanyuan Tire Co. Ltd., Suqian, Jiangsu Province, China. Code: 013
- Kumho Tire Co. Inc., Gwangsan-gu, Gwangju, South Korea. Code: 1H2
- Nanjing Kumho Tire Co. Ltd., Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China. Code: 022
- P.T. Maxxis International Indonesia, Bekasi, West Java, Indonesia. Code: 017
- Qingdao Moonstar Vehicle Co. Ltd., Qingdao, Shandong Province, China. Code: 018
- Qingdao Jingcheng Rubber Products Co. Ltd., Qingdao, Shandong Province, China. Code: 019
- Shandong Hongsheng Rubber Technology Co. Ltd., Dongying City, Shandong Province, China. Code: 011
- Shandong Okloong Rubber Technology Co. Ltd., Weifang City, Shandong Province, China. Code: 014
- Suzhou Chenxin Tire Co. Ltd., Wujiang, Jiangsu Province, China. Code: 02B
- Tianjin Feiyada Rubber Products Co. Ltd., Tianjin, China. Code: 024
- WPI Global Ltd., Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province, China. Code: 016.
- Yancheng Luxeway Tires Co. Ltd., Yancheng, Jiangsu Province, China. Code: 029
- Yokohama Tire Manufacturer L.L.C., West Point, Miss. Code: 020