Sumitomo Rubber Industries (SRI)

Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. (SRI) was founded in in 1909 and is the world’s fifth largest tyre producer. The operational side of SRI boasts 12 production facilities where over 110 million tyres are manufactured a year for their major brands Falken, Dunlop, Ohtsu and Sumitomo Tyres. In addition to manufacturing tyres on a global scale, SRI also produces a range of other rubber products including golf balls, tennis racquets and balls.

SRI was ranked in the Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovators list in both 2011 and 2014. SRI invests in research into advanced production and mobility concepts of the future strengthening its status and responsibility as an innovation leader. The company’s headquarters are in Kobe, Japan.

Sumitomo Rubber Industries (SRI) acquired 100% of the Micheldever Group Ltd in 2017. MTS is a wholesale distributor and retailer of tyres, brake cables and exhausts for cars, motorbikes, tractors and trailers. Since the takeover, the retail division of the Micheldever Group, Protyre, has vastly expanded with a UK network of over 150 fast-fit garages and has ambitious plans to continue to grow, doubling this number size by 2025.

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd’s brands include Dunlop Tyres, Falken Tire and Ohtsu Tire with manufacturing facilities in Japan, Indonesia, North America and Europe and a global distribution network.

SRI core values

We are proud to be part of the Sumitomo Rubber Industries family and embrace the Sumitomo spirit, sharing their values of:

Integrity and soundness

Valuing technology

Mutual prosperity

Respect for people

The MTS way

Micheldever Group takes great pride in valuing people as individuals and we are committed, dedicated and passionate about the continued success of our business with our parent company SRI.

We strive to: “Deliver excellence and build trusted customer relationships through exceptional service.”

Our company values are closely aligned with SRI’s:

  • Integrity and trust
  • Openness and honesty
  • Having clear challenging goals
  • Delivering results through teamwork

In 2018, Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd moved up to 5th in the top tyre manufacturers in the world by revenue, behind only Bridgestone, Michelin, Goodyear and Continental, respectively. This not only enhances the reputation of SRI within the global tyre market but also ensures that MTS has a stable platform on which to achieve our ambitious growth plans.

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