Founded in 1909, Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. (SRI) is a globally operating manufacturer of tyres and rubber products and is also the world’s fifth largest tyre producer, with a total workforce of around 40,055. SRI’s operations encompass 12 production facilities manufacturing over 124 million tyres per year. In addition to products for the Falken and Dunlop brands, SRI manufactures tennis racquets, tennis balls, golf balls and a range of other rubber products. The company is headquartered at Kōbe, Japan.

In 2011 and 2014 SRI was ranked in the Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovators list. To reflect its status and responsibility as an innovation leader, SRI invests in research into advanced production and mobility concepts of the future, dedicating the equivalent of approx. EUR 180 m to these activities in 2016.