The Sumitomo Rubber Group has achieved a major breakthrough in renewable energy with China’s tyre factories, now using 100% sustainable resources to meet their needs.
The Sumitomo Rubber Group has made an important step towards creating a carbon-free society by transitioning their two tyre factories in China to purchasing all electric power from renewable sources.
These two tyre factories are set to reduce their total annual CO2 emissions by an estimated 70% from 2020-2021 levels. In addition, with plans for solar power generators in the works throughout this year (second half), these facilities will now be able to achieve even lower overall production rates than before.
The new Corporate Philosophy Framework from the Sumitomo Rubber Group emphasises sustainable business activities while coexisting in harmony with society and nature. We hope this will be a major driving force for strategic group wide efforts to realise these ideals.
In August 2021, we announced a new sustainability policy. The goal is to reduce total CO2 emissions at all of our group factories worldwide by 50% (compared with 2017 levels) by the year 2030 and then achieve full carbon neutrality for ourselves in 2050. To get there though, it won’t just be about switching out old parts or installing some solar panels on top-everyone needs an active role here, so I’m going ahead with this challenge called “Driving Our Future Challenge 2050”. This will require us as businesses–from manufacturing plants right through distribution networks – to work together towards solutions that benefit society both environmentally.
Changshu Factory Profile
Company Name: Sumitomo Rubber (Changshu) Co., Ltd.
Location: Changshu Economic Development Zone (Jiangsu Province)
Representative: Mr. Eiichi Masuda (Chairman & CEO)
Start of Operations: 2004
Business Operations: Manufacture & Sale of Passenger Car Tyres & Tyres Molds
Production Capacity: 7,200 Tons/Month (New Rubber Consumption as of December 2020)
No. of Employees: 1,958 (as of December 2020)
Hunan Factory Profile
Company Name: Sumitomo Rubber (Hunan) Co., Ltd.
Location: Changsha City (Hunan Province)
Representative: Eiichi Masuda (Chairman)
Start of Operations: 2012
Business Operations: Manufacture & Sale of Passenger Car Tyres
Production Capacity: 2,950 Tons/Month (New Rubber Consumption as of December 2020)
No. of Employees: 1,149 (as of December 2020)
About Sumitomo Rubber Australia
Sumitomo Rubber Industries (SRI) is the fifth largest tyre manufacturer in the world. With 11 global tyre manufacturing facilities, SRI produces tyres for passenger cars, light trucks, trucks & buses, motorcycles and agricultural machinery. Sumitomo Rubber Australia (SRAU) is the local subsidiary and manages three brands – Falken, Sumitomo Tyres and Ohtsu. For more information, visit www.falken.com.au.