Here is a list of Tire companies by ownership
for anyone who is interested. This is not a list of where the tires are made
but a list of companies/countries to where the money ultimately flows. Some American companies manufacture abroad, and some foreign companies have manufacturing in America. Some companies are made using the facilities of another company without any ownership relation between the two.
Subsidiaries are listed in parenthesis. Subsidiaries may or may not have specific headquarters in countries separate from their parents. Some of these companies or their subsidiaries own shares in competitors' companies. For example, a European subsidiary of Bridgestone is the largest minority shareholder of Nokian; Cooper owns ~10% of Kumho. Yeah, it's not as simple as some of you thought, right?
If a list of where tires are manufactured is desired, I could probably put one together, but it would be significantly
more work. Manufacturing is much more complicated as companies often manufacture in multiple locations in multiple countries and manufacturing location can often vary by model and/or market. It's very messy.
- Goodyear (Dunlop (Fierce), Kelly) (minor ownership in Sumitomo)
- Cooper (Mickey Thompson (Dick Cepek), Dean, Mastercraft, Starfire, Avon, Roadmaster, Chenshan, Austone, Fortune, Mentor)
- Pit Bull
- Transamerican Auto Parts (Pro Comp) (also owns Rubicon Express and Smittybilt)
- Tireco, Inc (Milestar, distribution of Canadian Westlake, Geostar, Geotrac, distribution of Taiwanese Nankang)
- Bridgestone (Firestone, Primewell)
- Yokohama (Prodigy)
- Toyo (Nitto)
- Sumitomo (Multi-mile, Falken) (Minor ownership in Goodyear)
- Michelin (BFG, Uniroyal, Kleber, Tigar, Riken, Kormoran)