TOP 10 BEST SELLING TIRE MANUFACTURERS IN THE WORLD
Tires are of critical importance to the performance, ride, comfort and safety of your automobile. Even with proper care of your vehicle and its tires, you’ll still have to replace your automobile’s tires multiple times during its life. Practicing good, disciplined tire maintenance is a must in terms of extending the life of your tires. However, you’ll potentially be fighting a losing battle if you opt for the most inexpensive pair on the rack.
Although many tires look the same, they perform and are priced much differently. Your local Tire Dealer often displays an overwhelming selection of tires for the average consumer. So how do you break this down to try and gather some understanding of the top tire manufacturers? Have no fear, the purpose of this article is to help you do just that. We’ll give you a flavor for some of the major tire manufacturers in the world. Let’s take a look at the Top Ten:
Based in Tokyo, Bridgestone is the world’s largest tire and rubber company with products sold in 150 nations and territories throughout the world. In addition to tires, Bridgestone manufactures a broad range of diversified products, including industrial rubber and chemical products and sporting goods. Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. The corporation manufactures and markets the Bridgestone brands you are likely familiar with today, including Bridgestone, Firestone, Dayton and Fuzion tires. Bridgestone and Firestone tires are the leaders in quality among their brands.
Goodyear is the best selling tire manufacturer in North America and one of the top 3 best selling tire manufacturers in the world. Based in Akron, Ohio in 1898, Goodyear is a major supplier of original and replacement tires for most applications. In addition to the Goodyear line, the company owns Kelly-Springfield and 75% of Dunlop tires. Goodyear and Dunlop have often been leaders in quality among their peers.
Based in Clermont-Ferrand, France, Michelin is the 2nd largest tire manufacturer in the world, behind only Bridgestone. Michelin, founded in 1891, operates its North American headquarters out of Greenville, South Carolina. As a global tire manufacturer, Michelin makes tires for almost all applications. Michelin was the first company to introduce the radial tire and continues to be a pioneer in tire technologies. In North America, Michelin owns the BFGoodrich and Uniroyal brand tire lines. Michelin tires are generally of very high quality in all-weather tests and offer many models with low rolling resistance and long tread life.
Based in Hanover, Germany, Continental is a distant fourth place in North American and Global sales, behind Bridgestone, Goodyear, and Michelin. Continental (internally referred to as Conti for short), sells a full complement of original and replacement tires. Additionally, Continental is a top automotive supplier of brake systems and various vehicle components. With U.S. tire operations headquartered in Lancaster County, S.C., the company offers the Continental and General tire brands. Historically General has been well known for high quality light-truck tires.
Based in Milan, Italy, Pirelli also has a United States tire manufacturing plant in Rome, Georgia. Pirelli’s bread and butter is the high-end market with tires commonly found on sports and luxury automobiles. The Pirelli Group business sectors also include broad-band solutions, real estate and environmental technologies. Although Pirelli has a stronger presence in Europe than in the United States, Pirelli is an original equipment supplier to the domestic car manufacturers on selected car models. The firm offers a full line of replacement tire models to fit most cars and light trucks. Pirelli tires are known for their high quality as it pertains to handling, dry and wet grip.
Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Yokohama is a solid company with a global presence. With North America headquarters in Fullerton, California, Yokohama prides itself on targeting performance enthusiasts by placing emphasis on handling and dry and wet grip. Generally Yokohama tires are considered a very good choice for consumers who live in climates where winter driving is not a significant factor.
With origins dating back to the early 20th century, Cooper is one of the few independent tire manufacturers in the United States. Based in Findlay, Ohio, Cooper Tires offers a wide variety of tires, including the Starfire, Avon and Mastercraft brand lines. Although Cooper tires can be found online, they are more commonly sold by independent dealers. Historically, Cooper is best known for their high quality light-truck tires.
With headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Hankook also has North American headquarters in Wayne, New Jersey as well as a technical center in Akron, Ohio. Hankook is commonly used as original equipment on many foreign and domestic automobile nameplates. The firm offers a complete line of tires to fit most light trucks and domestic automobiles. Hankook is arguably best known for offering very good quality, all-weather performance at a reasonable price.
This Korean tire manufacturer is also based in Seoul, Korea. Launched in 1960, Kumho entered the North American market in 1975 with the introduction of its Rancho Cucamonga, CA North American Headquarters. Kumho offers a full array of car and light truck tires. The Kumho tire is noted for excellent value and good all-weather performance.
Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Sumitomo also maintains a North American headquarters in East Norriton, PA. Established in 1919, Sumitomo is a reputable tire manufacturer which also owns Falken, Ohtsu and 25% of Dunlop tires. Sumitomo enjoys a reputation for innovative design, precision engineering and superior quality.