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 – at this time it had manufactured 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 1 April 2020)

Story by Eric Pawson, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 15 Dec 2014