AKRON (Oct 4)—Goodyear has implemented temporary reductions in production at its North American tire plants due to disruptions in the supply of some raw material following the impact of Hurricane Rita in Texas and Louisiana.
All of Goodyear´s North American tire and engineered products facilities are operating, the company said, but tire production has been cut about 30 percent because of supplier shortages, the company said.
The tire maker expects to increase production as raw material disruption eases within the next few weeks, the firm said.
Goodyear is meeting with customers to determine their priority needs, said Christopher W. Clark, senior vice president for global sourcing. He said the company´s present production and inventory levels will allow it to meet current obligations.
The firm´s chemical facilities in Texas suspended operations in anticipation of the hurricane but production resumed in Bayport, Texas, and Houston after the hurricane hit. The company´s Beaumont, Texas, factory is operating at partial production and full capabilities are expected when utilities are restored.