In an effort to enhance profitability in Australia and New Zealand, Goodyear Tire & Rubber has announced plans to eliminate 700 positions in the Asia Pacific region. The company is implementing a strategic shift away from a company-owned model and towards a third-party distribution and retail sales approach.
As part of this restructuring plan, Goodyear Tire & Rubber will be closing down nine warehouse locations and divesting approximately 1,000 retail and fleet store locations. These measures are expected to bring about improvements in the Asia Pacific segment’s operating income, with an estimated increase of $50 million to $55 million annually starting in 2025. The main drivers of this improvement will be the reduction in selling, administrative, and general expenses.
To support these changes, Goodyear Tire & Rubber anticipates incurring charges of $55 million to $65 million related to the implementation of the restructuring plan. The company expects approximately $20 million of pretax charges to be recorded in the third quarter and an additional $5 million in the fourth quarter of this year. The remaining costs will be accounted for in 2024.
By implementing these strategic measures, Goodyear Tire & Rubber aims to streamline its operations in the Asia Pacific region and drive long-term profitability. The company’s decision to shift towards a third-party distribution and retail sales model reflects its commitment to adapt to evolving market conditions and secure its position as a leader in the tire manufacturing industry.