In the Tire business, Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. manufactures and markets tires under the Dunlop, Falken, Goodyear, Sumitomo and Ohtsu brands. In addition to overseas subsidiaries in China and Indonesia, the Group carries out tire production and sales in Europe and North America in joint ventures with The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. Moreover, we are constructing a tire factory in Thailand with the goal of starting operations at the end of 2006.
In the Sports business, SRI Sports Ltd. carries out operations. SRI Sports manufactures and markets Dunlop brand golf clubs and balls, and tennis balls and rackets in Japan, Taiwan and South Korea. In addition, SRI Sports sells the international SRIXON brand golf balls and clubs all over the world.
Industrial and Other Products Business
In the Industrial and Other Products business, SRI Hybrid Ltd. and Sumitomo Rubber carry out operations. In Japan, the Group produces marine dock fenders, blankets for offset printing presses and materials for sports facilities such as artificial turf. Overseas, the Group manufactures and markets natural rubber gloves in Malaysia, precision rubber parts for office automation equipment in China and bed-related products in France and Germany. Furthermore, we are constructing a factory in Vietnam for precision rubber parts for office automation equipment that is scheduled to commence operations in October 2006.