Linglong Americas, Inc. is a subsidiary of Shandong Linglong Tire Co., Ltd., a Top 20 global tire manufacturer with headquarters in Zhaoyuan City in the Shandong Province of China. In addition, the company is among the Top 3 tire manufacturers based in China with global sales of over $1.5 billion in 2016. Linglong employs over 12,000 people worldwide. The company’s "3 + 3" manufacturing strategy includes three production facilities in China and plans for three more plants in other countries. Linglong currently has production facilities in Zhaoyuan City, Dezhou and Liuzhou, China. In 2013, Linglong opened its first international tire production facility in Thailand for high performance radial passenger, light truck and truck-bus tire production. This gave the company annual production capacity of 51 million units. There are plans for future tire production facilities in Europe and the Americas. Linglong is striving to become a Top 10 global tire manufacturer in sales and achieve an annual capacity of 90 million units by 2020.
Linglong introduced the first indoor noise and rolling resistance laboratories in China for tire testing. The company has achieved more than 60 national standards in China and obtained over 300 domestic and international patents. Linglong has twice been awarded the "National Prize for Progress in Science and Technology" in China for innovative tire designs. The company has acquired multiple domestic and international certificates including China 3C, European ECE, Arab States GCC, Brazilian INMETRO, and American DOT and SmartWay certification. Linglong is also an OE (Original Equipment) supplier for GM, Ford, Volkswagen,Tata, Tenant-Nissan, Fiat, Hyundai, and more.
Linglong Americas was established in the U.S. near Akron, Ohio in 2009 as the company’s first international design and technical center. In 2014, in conjunction with IDIADA Automotive Technology S.A. of Spain, the company broke ground on a 365 acre tire proving grounds near the headquarters in Zhaoyuan City. This will be one of the first and most complete tire proving grounds established in China. The facility became operational near the end of 2016. For American market tires, Linglong Americas conducts performance testing of products at proving grounds in the U.S. on a contract basis.
In 2015, Linglong celebrated its 40th anniversary as a company. The name Linglong means "exquisite" in Chinese and the company’s goal is for that to describe its products. To reach that mark, the company is focused on developing a top-tier enterprise utilizing state-of-the-art facilities, quality products, and a well-established management team.
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The predecessor of Shandong Linglong Tire Co., Ltd., the Zhaoyuan Tire Manufacturing & Repairing Plant was officially established in 1975. Until 1986, the plant’s production methods were inflexible and the equipment was outdated. As the Chinese economy converted to a market-oriented economy, the plant was on the verge of bankruptcy.
In 1987, current Group Chairman Wang Xicheng became director of the factory. Mr. Wang proposed many new ideas and policies for improvement. As a result, the company’s products gradually progressed from lower-tier trailer tires to truck, OTR and advanced passenger car tires. By the year 2000, the company had formed more than 200 specifications in multiple categories of tires, which included TBR, agricultural, light truck, and passenger car. This completed the transformation from tire repair to full-scale tire production and made Linglong one of the largest manufacturers of bias-ply tires in China, ranking in the Top 10 domestically,
Radial Tire Expansion
Beginning in 2001, the company expanded into radial tire production, developing new radial tire projects and opportunities. Adopting a business strategy that included stabilizing bias-ply tire production, vigorously developing radial tires and constructing a tire industrial park, Linglong rapidly grew its radial tire production capability. The first passenger car radial production lines were put into operation in September of that year, with truck and bus radial lines following the next month. In October, 2002, the company started the "Linglong Speed" project which led to truck and bus radial tires being developed and put into production within 11 months.
Plan for the Future
Current Chairman and CEO Wang Feng has great plans for the future of Linglong. The company’s "3 + 3" strategy has already seen the manufacturing base expand internationally beyond the initial three tire plants in China, with a state-of-the-art tire manufacturing facility in Thailand. Future growth is planned for Europe and the Americas. With a total international R&D staff of over 1000, there are currently R&D Centers in Zhaoyuan City and Beijing, China as well as the U.S. Linglong markets and sells tires in more than 180 countries and all regions of the world, making the company a true global competitor. Linglong continually strives to be a first-class enterprise and a Top 10 Global Tire Manufacturer.