BIRMINGHAM, England—Dunlop Aircraft Tyres Ltd. will establish its first retreading facility in the U.S., according to the Birmingham-based company.
The company said it is evaluating several sites in the Southeast, and that it plans to open the facility early in 2016. It claims that new site will increase its competitiveness across the Americas, particularly for narrow and wide-bodied jet airliners and military aircraft.
“This new retreading facility, which will also distribute new tires, will position us to expand our market share on several popular aircraft, including the Boeing 737NG,” Ian Edmondson, Dunlop Aircraft Tyres' chairman, said in a news release.
Independent distribution and retreading partners in the Americas currently distribute new tires and retread the company's tire casings for regional turboprops and jets. By offering local retreading within the region, Dunlop said it will provide more options to airlines, military aircraft operators and maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities.
Dunlop services several U.S. airlines. The company said it provides tires for operators of regional jets and turboprops including the Bombardier Dash 8 series and Embraer E-Jets.
Customers include Compass Airlines, which operates 42 E-Jets for Delta Connection, and Republic Airlines, which operates more than 150 Dunlop equipped E-Jets for America Eagle, United Express and U.S. Airways Express. Republic recently ordered 50 aircraft, which will increase its total E-Jet fleet to 223 by 2017.
“Overseas expansion has been key to the company's recent success. We now export more than 80 percent of the products we make in Birmingham, and our strategy of offering local tire distribution and retreading has already proven itself successful in Asia-Pacific,” Edmondson said.
In 2009, Dunlop Aircraft Tyres opened a tire distribution and retreading facility in China that employs nearly 60 and supports airlines across Asia Pacific including Air Nelson, ANA, China Express, Japan Air Commuter, Mandarin Airlines, QantasLink and SpiceJet.