Cooper Tire & Rubber Company has entered into a multi-year manufacturing offtake agreement with Sailun Vietnam Co. Ltd., for the production of truck and bus radial (TBR) tires for global markets. The offtake agreement gives Cooper a third global source of TBR tire production to meet growing customer needs. Tires will be manufactured under the Roadmaster, Dean and Starfire brands.
“Cooper has been expanding our TBR business in both the replacement and original equipment segments,” says Brad Hughes, Cooper president and CEO. “The Sailun facility in Tay Ninh, Vietnam, where our TBR tires will be produced, is a state-of-the-art plant with an experienced team that is committed to outstanding product quality. We look forward to working with them as we continue to grow our TBR business and meet customer demand for our products.”
In addition to the manufacturing offtake agreement, Cooper also announced it will open a new North America distribution center dedicated to its TBR business. The 400,000-sq.-ft. facility, to be leased by Cooper, will open in San Bernardino, Calif., in the spring. It will enhance the speed and efficiency of Cooper’s service to North America TBR customers, according to the company.