Sumitomo Rubber Industries produced first United States made Falken Tire.

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Sumitomo Rubber Industries produced first United States made Falken Tire.

Sumitomo Rubber Industries is the parent company of Dunlop and Falken tires. The company was founded in 1909 in Japan. Sumitomo Rubber Industries has around 69 subsidiary companies and Dunlop and Falken are its Flagship brands.

Sumitomo Rubber USA (SRUSA) has cured its first Falken brand tire in North America at its plant in Buffalo, N.Y.

“It’s great to see the first Falken-branded tire come out of SRUSA,” said Kenji Onga, SRUSA CEO and chairman, and Sumitomo Rubber North America chairman. “Due to our domestic manufacturing, the tires that come out of Buffalo will enhance the level of service and increase the speed at which product is received for our customers.”

The Buffalo facility, acquired from Goodyear when the companies dissolved their alliance, is still in trial production, and tires made at the plant are scheduled to ship in the fourth quarter of 2016.

The alliance was formed in 1999 and primarily consisted of four joint venture operating companies in North America, and Europe and two in Japan.


Sumitomo Rubber USA, LLC (Formerly Goodyear Dunlop Tires North America, Ltd.) manufactures a wide range of automotive tires in the US and internationally. Located in Tonawanda, NY, a suburb of Buffalo, our expanding facility produces over 4 Million tires annually for a variety of applications such as passenger cars, trucks, buses, and motorcycles.