September 27, 2017 11:00 PM, EDT

Doublestar Tire Looks to Build US Presence

Doublestar's Jason Ju Ju by John Sommers II for Transport Topics

ATLANTA — Chinese tire maker Doublestar Tire announced it is looking for a U.S. partner to “cooperate” in manufacturing and distributing its truck tires in the United States.

The company made its announcements at the inaugural North American Commercial Vehicle Show here Sept. 27.

“We are looking for business partners to develop certain products. We are taking baby steps. But once we have some interest, we will be very aggressive,” said Jason Ju, North America director, Qingdoa Doublestar Overseas Trading Co.

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The company is currently exporting tires to the U.S., Ju said, and distributing them through a network of multibrand dealers.

A key impetus in the search for U.S. partners is the possibility of increased U.S. tariffs on foreign goods, Ju said.

Doublestar’s manufacturing and warehouse operation in China is heavily automated, and the facility, built in 2014, uses about 250 employees, compared with the previous plant’s 1,000 employees, he said, adding the company is a leading brand in China and Asia.

DoubleStar is a unit of Tyrefull Rubber Industry Co.