The world's largest tire producers in 2012, based on total revenue (in billion U.S. dollars)

 Revenue in billion U.S. dollars
Continental
(Germany)
43.16
Bridgestone
(Japan)
35.11
Michelin
(France)
28.31
Goodyear
(U.S.)
21
Sumitomo
(Japan)
9.36
Pirelli
(Italy)
8.01
Hankook
(South Korea)
6.6
Yokohama
(Japan)*
6.47
Cheng Shin
(Taiwan)
4.5
Cooper
(U.S.)
4.2
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This graph shows the world's largest tire manufacturers in 2012, based on total revenue. Pirelli generated 2012 revenue of around 7.8 billion US dollars. The Milan-based company was ranked sixth in 2012.


The world's largest tire makers by total revenue

In 2012, the ranking of the world’s largest tire manufacturers was dominated by European and Asian manufacturers. Fourth–ranked Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. and tenth–ranked Cooper Tire and Rubber Co. were the key tire makers with headquarters in the United States. In terms of total revenue, Germany’s Continental AG continues to be the key player in the tire manufacturing business. That said, Continental is active in various fields, including the production of tires, brake systems, tachographs and automotive safety, while Continental’s closest rival, Bridgestone of Japan, generated around 85 percent of its revenue from the tire segment in the fiscal year of 2013. Continental was founded in 1871 as a rubber manufacturer. The company generated more than 33 billion euros in revenue, and had over 177,000 employees worldwide in the fiscal year of 2013. That same year, some five percent of Continental’s worldwide sales went to the company’s research and development division. Following a takeover bid in 2009, Schaeffler AG became Continental’s controlling shareholder. Today, the manufacturer of roller bearings owns just under 50 percent of Continental shares.

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