Sumitomo Tires SWOT Analysis, USP & Competitors

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SWOT Analysis of Sumitomo Tires with USP, Competition, STP (Segmentation, Targeting, Positioning) - Marketing Analysis

Sumitomo Tires

Parent Company



Tyre Industry



Tagline/ Slogan



Second largest tire producing Japanese origin company; high brand equity and superlative performance.



Performance tires; light truck tires; Medium truck tires

Target Group

OEMS, automobile maintenance and repair;


Quality, service, lead edge technology;  premium brand

SWOT Analysis


1. One of the largest tire manufacturing companies in the world
2. Thrives on innovative design, precision engineering and superior quality.
3. High brand equity as premium tire brand
4. Owns Falkan brand which concentrates on motorsports category in all terrains


1. Still to have significant market share in developing countries
2. Company has less presence in OEMs.


1. Company needs to concentrate even in OEM apart from the Replacement market which at present is company’s major revenue earner.
2. They have growth opportunity in emerging economies like India, china, brazil etc.
3. Their successful branding as the most Eco-friendly tire company may take them a long way.
4. Opportunity to diversify more strategically to mitigate the risk of putting all the eggs in one basket and advertising that also.


1.  There is Stiff Competition from national and international brands.

2. Japanese and US economies are not growing much and have reached a maturity phase-as it has its major operations there
3. Government Policies w.r.t export duties, import duties, tax levied on automobile industries and economic condition of nation as it determines the sale of automobiles.

4. Introduction of other transport facilities like metro, monorails and local trains keeping pollution hazards caused by combustion of automobile fuels.
5. Volatility of raw material prices

6. Fluctuation of exchange rates



1. Yokohama
2.Cooper Tyres

3. Michelin

4. Bridgestone

5. Pirelli

6. Continental

7. Bridgestone

8. Hankook

The table above concludes the Sumitomo Tires SWOT analysis along with its marketing and brand parameters.


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