Australian tyre retailer Beaurepaires is reportedly on the point of shutting up store after the now US-owned enterprise didn’t discover a new purchaser, placing greater than 700 native jobs in danger.
Information.com.au studies phrase from an insider near Beaurepaires that Goodyear Dunlop Tyres Australia – the model’s present proprietor, which itself is a subsidiary of US large Goodyear Tire and Rubber Firm – tried to promote its circa-100 retailers to the rival Bob Jane Company.
Nonetheless, it’s understood negotiations between the 2 tyre giants didn’t lead to a sale, leaving the way forward for the roughly 700 Australian jobs and the longest-running tyre retailer within the nation hanging within the steadiness.
The publication studies sure Beaurepaires places have been rebranded as Goodyear Autocare or Dunlop Tremendous Vendor, although this isn’t anticipated to save lots of each warehouse, retail outlet and franchise in Australia.
In September 2023, Goodyear instructed the US inventory promote it aimed to “enhance profitability in its Australia and New Zealand operations” by transitioning to a “third-party distribution and retail gross sales mannequin as an alternative of a company-owned strategy”, which it plans to do by the top of 2024.
Wholesaler TyreMax has been named because the unique distributor of Goodyear-branded tyres in Australia, whereas Nationwide Tyre and Wheel will turn into Dunlop’s distributor.
Goodyear is accountable for the manufacturing and distribution of Dunlop passenger automotive and light-weight business tyres in Australia, New Zealand, North America and Europe.
In 2022, Australian motorsport publication Auto Motion reported Goodyear had supposed for Dunlop’s motorsport tyres – akin to these used within the Supercars Championship – to be rebranded with its personal identify, nevertheless manufacturing constraints made this unfeasible on the time.