Tubeless tyre initiative high in  Superdoll, Michelin memorial

24Jun 2022
James Kandoya
The Guardian
Tubeless tyre initiative high in  Superdoll, Michelin memorial

MOTOR vehicle tyre makers need to chip in and set up manufacturing plants to utilise opportunities available here and in neighboring countries.

Exaud Kigahe, the deputy minister for Investment, Industry and Trade.

Exaud Kigahe, the deputy minister for Investment, Industry and Trade, issued this appeal in Dar es Salaam yesterday, officiating at a ceremony to mark 30 years of partnership between trailer manufacturer Superdoll and Michelin, a producer and distributor of tyres worldwide, and local partners.

As Tanzania is a gateway to a number of African countries; it is a strategic location to set up investments, for local and regional markets. Investing in Tanzania enables access to most of eastern and southern Africa, an area with over 400m people, he said.

The two companies’ partnership signifies the solidity of business relations between Tanzania and France, he said, noting that local production of tyres will reduce operational costs, enabling the product to be sold at affordable prices.

Neighbouring countries will also benefit, he stated, citing the fact that since President Samia Suluhu Hassan assumed the office, the key priority is to create a conducive environment for business and investments.

The partnership has transformed mobility in the country by introducing tubeless tyres, enhancing road safety with higher standards for tyres, he stated, while Superdoll chairman Seif Ally Seif expressed satisfaction with cooperation between Superdoll and Michelin.

Beaming, he said the relationship will continue to shine, as the two companies had transformed mobility with tubeless tires and ‘super single tubeless tires’ for heavy transit vehicles. Over 80 percent of local car owners use tubeless tires, a higher level that most neighbouring countries, he elaborated, intoning that this had greatly reduced unnecessary accidents.

Michelin Africa president Gaganjot Singh said Superdoll and Michelin think high of the partnership for its transformative role and technological advancement. This will help to bring about safe mobility, he stated, urging officials in the two firms to work hard to provide quality products for clients.

A 30 years partnership certificate was presented by Michelin to Superdoll, a trailer firm which from 1992 has partnered with the French tyres group to locally manufacture tyres.

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