Who Is The Largest Tire Manufacturer?

The automotive world moves a lot of money. Our ability to move freely thanks to the automobile is made possible by the automobile manufacturing industry, the ancillary industries, and all the services linked to the automobile. In this post, we will show you who is the largest tire manufacturer currently.

Who Is The Largest Tire Manufacturer In The World?

Bridgestone is the world’s largest tire manufacturer for the eleventh consecutive year. Bridgestone Corporation has been named the top tire manufacturer in this year’s Tire Business rankings. Michelin (France), Goodyear (United States), Continental (Germany), and Sumitomo (Japan) are also among the top five.

PositionCompany CountryRevenues
1Bridgestone Japón $27.1 mil millones 
2MichelinFrancia $22 mil millones 
3Goodyear Estados Unidos $16 mil millones 
4ContinentalAlemania $11.4 mil millones 
5PirelliItalia$7 mil millones 
6Sumitono Rubber Japón $6.1 mil millones 
7HankookCorea del Sur $5.7 mil millones 
8YokohamaJapón $4.2 mil millones 
9Cheng Shin Taiwan $3.8 mil millones 
10CooperCooper$3.8 mil millones 
11Toyo Tire Estados Unidos $2.6 mil millones 
12Kumho Tire Corea del Sur $2.3 mil millones 

Bridgestone

According to Wikipedia, Bridgestone is the main brand of the Japanese Bridgestone Corporation, founded in 1931 by Shojiro Ishibashi. It is a brand that invests a lot of money in the sponsorship of motorsports events (Formula 1 and Moto Gp).

Like other manufacturers, it has many brands of tires depending on their markets, type of vehicle, and type of customers and/or uses:

  • Bridgestone is the first brand.
  • Potenza, Dayton, Saetta, Seiberling, Roundia, and Protread.
  • Bandag, DriveGuard, Blizzak, Turanza, Ecopia, Dueler and Duravis.
  • Firestone: founded in the USA in 1900, in 1988 it was acquired by the Corporation.
  • Nokian: is a Finnish brand specialized in the winter tire market.
  • Uniroyal: brand acquired by Bridgestone Australia.
  • Battlax, Battlecross, Battlecruise, or Exedra are some of its motorcycle tire brands.

Michelin

Michelin virtually leads the world tire market with Bridgestone. SCA Compagnie Générale des Établissements Michelin was founded in 1889 in France by brothers Édouard Michelin and André Michelin. Although it started out selling bicycle tires today it has a very diversified portfolio. This includes the marketing of road maps and tourist guides such as the Michelin Guide.

Michelin’s best-selling tire models are the Pilot, but it also offers the Defender series. But it also has brands such as F Goodrich 84×4), Kleber, Riken, Kormoran, Tigar or Uniroyal (Michelin US).

Goodyear

Goodyear is the main tire brand of The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, an American company founded in 1892 by Frank Seiberling in Akron (Ohio).

It manufactures tires for cars, trucks, airplanes, agricultural machinery, and heavy machinery.

In addition to Goodyear, the brand has other brands such as Dunlop, Sava, Fulda, Debica, Douglas, Kelly, Fierce, and Lee.

Its most popular tires are Goodyear Vector 4Seasons, Eagle F1, EfficientGrip Performance. It also owns the SoundComfort technology to reduce the noise level inside the car.

Continental

Finally, in Europe, we have the German company Continental-Caoutchouc- und Gutta-Percha Compagnie founded in 1871, today Continental AG, which emerged to meet the demand for bicycle tires in its early years. In 1882 it adopted the piaffe horse as its logo and has not abandoned it since.

It has tires for all types of vehicles, including motorcycles and bicycles. And its more than 1,000 engineers design all kinds of solutions for the automobile, beyond the tire, for safety and comfort.

Continental tires are the main brand, but the company also has other well-known brands such as Barum, Semperit, or Uniroyal.

Its best known models are the AllSeasonContact, EcoContact, SportContact, PremiumContact, ContiSportContact, ContiEcoContact or ContiPremiumContact series.

Pirelli

Pirelli & C. S.p.A. is a Milan-based, Chinese-owned Italian company founded in 1872 by Giovanni Battista Pirelli.

Pirelli has been the exclusive tire supplier to the Formula One World Championship since 2011 and until the end of the 2023 season.

Pirelli has launched innovations such as Run-Flat ™ and Seal Inside ™ tires that allow cars to continue driving after a puncture. Or the noise reduction system Pirelli Noise Canceling System.

In addition to its racing tires, it is known for the Pirelli calendar, originating in 1964 characterized by the sensuality of its sensual poses of actresses and models.

FAQS

Who Is The Largest Tire Manufacturer In the United States?

Goodyear

The origin of this company dates back to 1892 in the United States. Its name comes from the inventor of rubber vulcanization, who was Charles Goodyear. It is a clear winner by having a total revenue of $15.37 billion in 2018.

Goodyear tires have been very popular in Formula 1, as for years they supplied teams such as Ferrari, McLaren, and others.

What Company Manufactures The Most Tires?

Contrary to what it might seem, the company that manufactures the most tires worldwide is the Lego Group, yes, Lego, the Danish toy manufacturer.

The Danish company Lego, which until 1949 only manufactured wooden toys, annually produces some 381 million tires of various sizes, ranging from tires barely more than one centimeter in diameter to somewhat larger ones exceeding 10 centimeters.

Lego tires are largely responsible for the company’s success and have been marketed with its products since 1962.

Have Tires Always Been Black?

The first tires were not black, due to the very nature of rubber, which is light in color. The problem was that they got very dirty and were not very resistant. So, over time, carbon black was added, which, in addition to darkening the tire, made them more durable.

What Are Tires Made Of?

A single tire is made up of about 200 different types of components, each with its own characteristic properties, and more than 30 different types of rubber.

How Much Do The Largest Tires Weigh?

The largest tires in the world weigh more than 5,000 kg: they are those used on huge mining trucks and can reach a height of up to 4 meters. Each of them can support a weight of up to 100 tons.

How Much Do Tires Affect Fuel Consumption?

Tires ‘consume’ fuel and not a little. In the movement of a vehicle, multiple resistance forces increase the vehicle’s energy consumption by between 20% and 35%.

What Is Done With Used Tires?

In Spain, as in many other countries, all end-of-life tires (ELT) are reused or recycled to control their environmental impact.

What Do The Tire Numbers Mean?

These codes specify tire dimensions and some of their key limitations, such as load capacity or maximum speed. Over time they have become increasingly complex to the point of indicating data such as traction, wear, or temperature of use.

Do Tires Accumulate Static Electricity?

Yes, this happens when a lot of silicon oxide is used in their manufacture, as this reduces the level of connectivity. To avoid this, they usually use a thin strip of rubber (zebra stripe) on the tread to improve conductivity.

Liam

Hi, I'm the initiator and writer of this blog. Cars were and will be my first love, and my favorite hobby, that's why I decided to start this blog and write about my discoveries and techniques to improve my cars or repair them.