Yesterday, Mayor Tan Chengxu met with Richard Kramer, the chairman and CEO of Goodyear at the Shangri-La Hotel. The two sides had an in-depth exchange on further deepening cooperation and expanding investment. Yi Qingtao, Secretary-General of Municipal Government, and Ryan Patterson, president of Goodyear's Pacific Asia operations, attended the meeting.
Tan Chengxu welcomed Richard Kramer's visit and thanked Goodyear for its contribution to Dalian's economic and social development over the years. He said Goodyear is the world's leading tire manufacturer and has great influence in the industry. Since its establishment in 1994, the total investment has reached nearly 1.4 billion US dollars, maintaining a good development trend. It is hoped that Goodyear will be able to seize the favorable opportunity for Dalian to expand its opening up. On the basis of successful cooperation, it will give full play to the advantages of technology, products and market, to further expand the scale of investment in Dalian, and to achieve mutual benefit and common development. Tan Chengxu said that the municipal government and government departments will actively create an international business environment and provide more quality services, including Goodyear, for investment enterprises in Dalian.
Richard Kramer expressed his gratitude to Dalian for its strong support to Goodyear. He said that Dalian is an important area for Goodyear's global layout., and Goodyear's Dalian factory has developed into the best of Goodyear's companies. Goodyear will continue to increase its investment in technology research and development and capital to make Dalian's factories stronger and bigger and make greater contributions to Dalian's sustainable economic and social development.