Story: Cars and the motor industry

Firestone factory

Firestone factory

The Firestone tyre and rubber factory opened in Papanui, Christchurch, in 1947. In 2009 Firestone still manufactured tyres for the domestic market and exported to Australia and the Pacific – by then it had made over 35 million tyres.

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Eric Pawson, 'Cars and the motor industry - Demise of the car-assembly and component industries', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 July 2024)

Story by Eric Pawson, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 1 Dec 2014