Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRA) Business in a Box Programme for South Africans

Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRA) Business in a Box Programme for South Africans

Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (Pty) Ltd (SRSA) is offering committed young entrepreneurs the opportunity to access the skills and capital they need to reach their full potential. With our Business in a Box Programme, you can own your own business, backed by an international powerhouse!

Who We Are

SRSA manufactures and distributes the Dunlop, Falken and Sumitomo tyre ranges in South Africa and into the African continent. We create journeys to better people’s lives, with safety central to everything we do – from manufacturing, to delivery of our products, and ensuring their safe use on the road.

SRSA is owned by Japanese listed company Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd (SRI), situated in Kobe, Japan – one of the leading premium manufacturers of automotive tyres and industrial rubber products in the world. Our existing South African plant in Ladysmith (founded in 1973) produces passenger car, sport utility vehicle, light truck and truck and bus radial tyres, which are sold in South Africa and exported across Africa and other countries.

Our Business in a Box Offering

As a key contributor to the South African economy, SRSA offers innovative sales channels and development opportunities for entrepreneurs.

Our Dunlop Container project was established in 2012 to drive sustainable township entrepreneurship and promote safety on the road. To make this a reality, we’ve partnered with national and provincial government, and recommended funders of SRSA’s initiatives.

Today, we have a national footprint of over 80 branded Dunlop Container stores employing around 400 people.

We help these dealers take their businesses to the next level, from entry-level enterprises serving the man-in-the-street, to fully-fledged businesses that can support the taxi industry and government departments.

Get the perfect business in the perfect package

Our Business in a Box is a plug-and-play solution for informal tyre businesses often trading from makeshift facilities, to be transformed into Dunlop-branded fitment centres.

Our Gold Package, with a fully fitted 12m container, gives entrepreneurs everything they need to run their own tyre business and offer much-needed services in their local area.

Services On Offer

With Dunlop’s Business in a Box, these fitment centres can offer these and other high-quality products and services to their community:

  • Tyre fitment
  • Tyre repairs
  • Wheel balancing
  • Wheel rotation
  • Battery sales, testing and recharging
  • Motor spares

Purchaser’s Requirements:

  • 18 years old and above
  • South African Citizen
  • Registered Business
  • Valid Tax Clearance Certificate and VAT Registered
  • Business Bank Account
  • Updated Financial Statements (For already existing businesses)
  • A Comprehensive Business Plan (For the Tyre Business)
  • Suitable premises, approved by SRSA inspectors
  • Site Permit/ Site Lease Agreement
  • Proof of electricity connection from Eskom or your local municipality
  • Police Clearance

We value diversity, so women, young people and disabled persons are welcome. Entrepreneurial business experience and the right character and ethics are key – we’ll chat to you during a virtual interview so that we can get to know you a bit better!

Final Steps
We’ll link up shortlisted candidates with recommended funders to apply for total funding of the Business in a Box.

Applicants who secure funding in the Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRA) Business in a Box Programme for South Africans will be able to access the following:

Training at one of SRSA’s Retail centres to gain the skills necessary for their business to succeed
Support to comply with all legal and regulatory requirements

Once your application and site are approved:

  • We’ll send you an official Container Agreement document with terms and conditions.
  • Sign, complete and return this to us.

Why you should choose Dunlop’s Business in a Box:

  • A tailor-made and fully fitted Dunlop branded container – complete with equipment, retail software, start-up stock and point-of-sale material.
  • Full non-financial support from a major international manufacturer
  • High-quality machinery built to global standards
  • Top-quality products you can sell at competitive prices
  • The best technical training for your staff
  • Strong familiar branding that your customers will trust
  • Marketing and advertising support
  • No direct competition in your area
  • SRSA promotions, giveaways, and competitions for top dealers
  • Fully funded training accredited by MERSETA and SRI to help you take your business to the next level. Choose from four focus areas – Technical Skills, Occupational Health & Safety, Business Acumen and Sales and Customer Care.

You’ll be all set to provide a professional service, and to offer top-quality products under a recognised and trusted brand. Simply connect to the electricity and start trading!

The future is bright

We’re constantly refining our Business in a Box solution to ensure that we identify young people with the right attitude and provide them with the help they need to create sustainable businesses that create jobs for themselves and others.

With unemployment statistics sitting at around 35% and close to 75% of that being young people in rural areas and in the townships, our enterprise development initiatives have been incredibly well supported.

Through this public-private partnership, SRSA is aiming to create 24 viable youth entrepreneurs and over 100 job opportunities by 2023!

And it doesn’t end there. Ultimately, we want to have the largest footprint of sustainable branded Dunlop stores that cater for the tyre fitment requirements of the township and rural areas of South Africa.

We’d like to convert more independent retailers to Dunlop fitment centres. We want to meet the needs of the taxi industry by introducing Dunlop Business in a Box centres at taxi ranks. And finally, we want to upgrade our top performing Dunlop containerised fitment centres into Dunlop Express and Dunlop Zones in the townships, and introduce Mobile Fitment Centres to support government departments serving townships and rural areas throughout South Africa.

Making sure that our township entrepreneurs and their employees are trained for success is currently our priority.

For more Information: Visit the website for Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRA) Business in a Box Programme 

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