Uitenhage tyre plant tops in global audit

Sandile Mchunu

UITENHAGE tyre manufacturer Goodyear has beaten 53 other Goodyear plants in 22 countries by achieving the highest score in an international process and product quality (PPQ) audit.

The judges were internal Goodyear auditors representing the company globally and included experts in tyre manufacturing, including raw materials, mixing, component preparation, building, curing and the final product.

“This audit is an assurance to both Goodyear in South Africa and our customers that our continuous improvement is in line with the ever changing global demands and standards,” Goodyear group brand communications manager Lize Hayward said.

“We continuously evaluate and identify areas of proactive improvement to not only maintain the new highest score ever, but also to continuously lift the bar.”

Hayward said the international auditors used a stringent checklist to evaluate consistent quality.

The Uitenhage plant scored 97.3% in the audit.

“The higher the score, the better our control over process and quality, which in turn means less bad product and fewer returns.”

Hayward said the installation of two new tyre building machines, four new presses and the upgrading of a final finish area had made a big difference in ensuring they received the best ever international standardPPQ audit.

“The investment and development of our manufacturing facilities is in line with the long-term market requirements, ever- changing needs of consumers and growth in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.”

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