The Sumitomo Group is a Japanese conglomerate that has been in business since the 1600s. By the late 1800s, Sumitomo was a manufacturing company with interests in the copper mining and refining industries. Later, Sumitomo entered such industries as banking and warehousing. In 1909, Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. was created to manufacture bicycle tires. Today, Sumitomo makes tennis rackets, tennis balls, golf balls, automobile tires and other rubber products. Sumitomo is part of a joint venture with Dunlop Tires.

Sumitomo offers a complete range of passenger and light truck tires for a variety of vehicles and for different driving styles. Sumitomo radials are designed for modern high performance cars. Their advanced features such as ultra micro carbon tread compounds and five pitch variation noise control maximize handling, comfort, and tread life. Sumitomo tires are very popular in the luxury and street tuner markets, Sumitomo high technology radials also are an excellent way to improve the performance of just about any late model sedan or coupe.

Sumitomo's HTR series are its performance tires. The HTR ZII delivers the ultimate grip and road handling capability. Ultra Micro Carbon Technology and Silica Based Rubber Engineering combine for improved wet and dry traction. This model has an ultra-modern, aggressive tread pattern. Its deep, circumferential center rain groove prevents hydroplaning and ensures excellent performance in wet weather. Sumitomo's Chaos Tread Pitch Sequencing minimizes noise to give a very quiet ride.

Sumitomo offers more medium truck tires than almost any other manufacturer. Their ST model shows off an aggressive tread design for off-road traction. Special rust inhibitor compounds on the surfaces of the steel breakers reduce rust. Curb defense ribs offer additional protection.

Sumitomo also makes several models of SUV/light truck tires. Among them is the HTR Sport A/T. This tire features a unique 2 in 1 tread pattern for long tread life and biting edges that dig deep for all season traction and control.

For more information on Sumitomo tires, visit your local specialty tire retailer.

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