Tyre price hike

Bridgestone will raise its tyre prices to cover the rising costs of raw materials

Tyre price hike
Tyre price hike

January 27, 2011

Tyre company Bridgestone will raise its tyre prices in Australia from March 1.

The three percent average increase applies to all tyre products, including passenger, truck, agricultural and industrial tubes and retreads.

Group Chairman and Managing Director Mr Nobuyuki Mieno says the price of natural rubber continues to increase at an unprecedented rate.

He also says the price of petrochemical-based materials such as synthetic rubber and carbon black remains at high levels.

"Bridgestone has implemented internal measures to offset rising raw material prices through increased productivity and enhanced manufacturing efficiencies," Mieno says.

"Raw material price increases have risen to a level that cannot be overcome entirely through internal measures."

He says Bridgestone had absorbed the impact of the continued rise in raw material prices for as long as possible.

"In other countries, tyre prices have already increased several times in the past 12 months," Mieno says.

Subscribe to our newsletter

Sign up to receive the ABC e-newsletter, digital magazine and other offers we choose to share with you straight to your inbox

You can also follow our updates by liking us on Facebook