Continental Tyre South Africa has appointed JJ Dowling as its new general manager of manufacturing at its Port Elizabeth plant; replacing former GM, Wayne Brown, who is moving to a position at Continental Tyre in the United States.

Dowling is well versed and experienced in all aspects of tyre production, he began his career as a student at Continental Tyre South Africa in 1996, studying rubber technology, thereafter formally joining the company in 1999 as a curing technologist in the product industrialisation department, amongst a variety of other roles. For the past four years, he served as plant manager for Continental Tyre Malaysia, before re-joining the Port Elizabeth team.

“I am delighted to be back in Port Elizabeth where I grew up, and where my career with Continental stared,” said Dowling. “We have a great team at Continental Tyre South Africa, and I look forward to continuing this journey with them as we focus on maximising our potential, and delivering the highest standards of product quality and efficiency for the company.”

Shaun Uys, managing director of Continental Tyre South Africa is enthusiastic to welcome Dowling back to his team, commenting that his wealth of knowledge and expertise will ensure that the Port Elizabeth team strive for greater efficiencies, productivity, growth, and overall sustainability.