In light of the first half results and the "challenging global marketplace," Goodyear has lowered its segment operating income expectations for the remainder of 2017.
"Despite the near-term challenges, I am no less optimistic about our ability to drive our strategic priorities against the favorable industry megatrends," Mr. Kramer said.
Segment operating income fell to $361 million in the quarter and to $746 million in the first half, whiles sales were off 5 percent in the quarter to $3.69 billion and 2.4 percent to $7.39 billion in the half. Unit volume fell 10 percent to 37.4 million units worldwide.
As a result, the firm's operating margin fell nearly four points to 9.8 percent for the quarter and two and a half points to 10 percent for the half year.
For the full year, Goodyear expects sales volumes to be down about 3.5 percent from 2016 and segment operating income to fall between $1.6 billion and $1.65 billion, down from $2 billion last year.
Net income fell 27 percent to $147 million and about 19 percent to $313 million.
In the Americas, operating income fell 26.8 and 22.5 percent in the quarter and half year on 2.9- and 1.3-percent lower sales.
Second quarter sales fell to $2.03 billion on 9-percent lower volume, Goodyear said, driven primarily by lower consumer demand, especially in the U.S. for tires in 16-inch rim diameters and below, due to increased competition. OE unit volume was down 12 percent, reflecting lower auto production.
The Europe, Middle East and Africa segment suffered a 12-percent drop in sales to $1.11 billion, driven by a 16-percent fall in unit volume, primarily in the consumer business.
The Asia Pacific segment reported a 3-percent sales gain, to $543 million, reflecting improved price/mix. Tire unit volumes were flat.