Sumitomo Rubber (SRSA), manufacturer of Dunlop Tyres SA, has set up a hotline to report stolen tyres. The company says it is aware that much of the stolen passenger and motorcycle tyre stock is now being sold online.
SRSA CEO, Lubin Ozoux, said: “The loss in stock and assets is estimated to be approximately R90-million, with 70 000 tyres stolen from our own warehouse from an estimated total of 140 000 tyres known to have been looted from across the tyre manufacturing chain.”
“Purchasing items known to have been stolen in large quantities during the looting only does further damage to our country’s economy,” he added.
Nduduzo Chala, Managing Executive, SATMC (South African Tyre Manufacturers Conference) added: “As the tyre sector value chain, let us stand together and fight the criminality witnessed. The tyres looted are already being sold on the streets and on social media platforms. We urge consumers not to support this and for tyre fitment centres to not fit loose tyres without valid proof of purchase. Together we can stop the cycle of criminality.”
Those who know or suspect the possession of looted tyres can report this anonymously to the Looted Tyres Hotline on (011) 418 3056 or [email protected].
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