Among the new codes are ones for Group Michelin factories in Brazil that it acquired in 2016 in its purchase of Levorin Pneus e Camaras—in Guarulhos, Sao Paulo, and Unidade Manaus, Amazonas — and one for Kenda Rubber Industrial Co. Ltd.'s factory in Yunlin, Taiwan, one of two plants it runs in Taiwan.
Kenda Rubber explained that the Yunlin factory up to now has produced primarily bicycle tires, but that obtaining a DOT code for this plant gives the company flexibility in terms of products for export destinations other than the U.S. that require DOT stamping as well as for temporary spare tires Kenda supplies to U.S. original equipment customers.
Kenda's other plant, in Yuanlin, Taiwan, produces passenger and light truck tires, but due to the elevated U.S. tariffs—in place since June 2021 the company has shifted most the factory's output to products for other markets.
The list also includes codes for a pair of Indian companies that have established sales companies in the U.S. in the past year or two: Mahansaria Tyres Pvt. Ltd. and Ralson Tyres Ltd.
The list also includes one issued in error, to Johnny Tire Service Unlimited L.L.C. in Jacksonville, Fla. Jonathan Ramdhan, manager of the company, said he notified the DOT of a name change for this company but did not intend to apply for a new tire code.