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December 13, 2018

Cooper Tire and Sailun form joint venture for Vietnam TBR plant

Filed under: Tires — Tags: — Notch @ 1:41 pm

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company is forming a joint venture with Sailun Vietnam Co, Ltd to build a two million capacity truck and bus radial manufacturing plant. Pending closing and government approvals, the facility will be located near Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, at the site of Sailun Vietnam’s existing operations, which early in 2018 signed an offtake agreement to produce Roadmaster, Dean and Starfire brand tires for Cooper.

Sailun Vietnam operates two factories in Vietnam, including the Chinese manufacturer’s first outside its domestic market, located on Phuoc Dong Industrial Park, Tay Ninh Province, and manufactures car, truck, and OTR tires, with facilities for technical research for future product development.

Cooper will own 35 per cent of the new venture. Total investment in facility and equipment in the joint venture is expected to be between $220 and $240 million. Cooper said it would be funded through capital contributions and debt, with Cooper being responsible for its pro rata share.

Construction of the facility is expected to begin in early 2019, with production beginning in the first half of 2020.

Referenced article found here.

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November 12, 2018

BKT plans $100 million investment for U.S. tire plant

Filed under: Tires — Tags: — Notch @ 11:49 am

Off-highway tire manufacturer Balkrishna Industries Ltd. (BKT) is budgeting $100 million for the new tire plant it is planning to build in the U.S., the company disclosed this week.

The new factory will be BKT’s first factory outside of India and fifth tire plant overall. BKT is India’s fifth largest tire maker and thirty-ninth worldwide, based on fiscal 2017-18 sales of $692 million.

The company said it expects the new plant to open in the first half of 2021 with a capacity of 20,000 metric tons per year. That’s smaller than any of the company’s four plants in India. By comparison, the company’s newest factory, in Bhuj, Gujarat, is rated at 130,000 tons per year.

In a November investors presentation, BKT said the new plant would allow it to accelerate its business with North American equipment makers by being able to offer faster deliveries as well as enable it to export to neighboring countries “in a more competitive manner.”

BKT is represented in North America by BKT USA Inc. in Fairlawn, Ohio.

Read the full report here.

October 9, 2018

SRI doubles plant expansion in Brazil; launches plant in South Africa

Filed under: Tires — Tags: , — Notch @ 11:21 am

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. is doubling the scale of an ongoing expansion project at its tire plant in Fazenda Rio Grande, Brazil, to 1,000 truck tires a day to meet “steadily growing” demand for truck/bus tires in the country.

Meanwhile, Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (PTY) LTD (SRSA), manufacturer of Dunlop, Sumitomo, and Falken tire brands, officially launched its new, state-of-the-art truck and bus radial (TBR) factory in Ladysmith, Kwazulu-Natal on Tuesday, October 2, 2018.

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd (SRI), has tire manufacturing plants in Japan, China, Indonesia, Thailand, Brazil, Turkey, USA, and South Africa.

Read the Brazil press release here.

Read the South Africa press release here.

China’s JGST to build tire plant in Thailand

Filed under: Tires — Tags: — Notch @ 10:19 am

Jiangsu General Science Technology Co. Ltd., reacting to increasing international trade barriers, plans to build a passenger and truck/bus tire plant in Thailand’s Rayong Industrial Zone and is committing up to $300 million for the project. JGST first proposed building an overseas plant in April, in Cambodia, but has decided to change its location.

The plant is designed with capacities of 6 million passenger tires and 1 million truck/bus tires annually, the company said. Construction is slated to take 15 months, and the plant is expected to generate $36 million annual net profit on $320 million in revenue when on full stream upon the third year of its operation.

Among tire makers already manufacturing in Thailand are Bridgestone Corp., Michelin, Zhongce Rubber Co. Ltd. and Qingdao Linglong Tire Co. Ltd., JGST said.

Sourced article found here.

July 12, 2018

Linglong breaks ground on 4th tire plant in China

Filed under: Tires — Tags: — Notch @ 11:22 am

China’s Shandong Linglong Tire recently held a ground breaking ceremony for its fourth facility at its Hubei Linglong Tire 247-acre site in China.

Its projected production capacities are 12 million passenger tires, 2.4 million truck/bus tires and 60,000 OTR tires.

Yantai, China-based Linglong announced its plans for the $875 million project last March.

According to Linglong, the plant will integrate intelligent manufacturing, product lifecycle management, industrial big data application and a high-end brand. The company wants to “break through regional restriction” and serve customers at zero distance, while improving market share and reducing logistics costs.

Referenced article found here.

May 28, 2018

Saudi NTC to work with Samsung on $1.6 billion tire project

Filed under: Tires — Tags: — Notch @ 5:03 pm

Saudi Arabian National Tire Co. (NTC) has awarded a contract to South Korea’s Samsung Engineering for the engineering, procurement, and construction of its planned $1.6 billion tire plant in Saudi Arabia.

NTC plans to build the factory in Jubail, an industrial city in the eastern part of the kingdom on the Persian Gulf. Production is expected to start by year-end 2020. The plant will be rated at 20 million units a year capacity, with a staff of about 4,000 employees.

NTC is an initiative of Fahad Bin Abdul-Rahman Bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud, a member of the Saudi royal family.

Triangle clears government hurdles for funding of new U.S. tire plants

Filed under: Tires — Tags: — Notch @ 3:56 pm

China’s Triangle Group Co. Ltd. is one step closer to breaking ground on its passenger and light truck tire factory in Edgecombe County, east of Rocky Mount, N.C.

The government in China signed off on agreements and approvals to fund the first phase of the $580 million project, a passenger and light truck tire plant with capacity for 6 million tires annually, according to Manny Cicero, CEO of Triangle Tire USA, and Marketing Director Mary Ma. All that remains is the securing of several site permits, including one for air quality, before construction can commence, they said in an interview at the company’s office in Franklin on May 22.

Triangle announced late last year that it plans to build two tire plants in the U.S. on a 1,449-acre plot of land in Edgecombe County. Phase one will be a passenger and light truck tire plant. Groundbreaking for the second plant, a 1 million tire capacity truck and bus tire facility, will begin six months after the start of construction on the first plant. The factories will share a rubber mixing facility located between them, Cicero said.

The target date for phase one completion is April 2020.

Referenced article found here.

March 17, 2018

Maxxis opens 2-wheeler tire plant in India

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Maxxis International has launched its first tire manufacturing plant in India. The facility was inaugurated by Gujarat Chief Minister Vijaybhai Rupani.

Capacity at the Ahmedabad plant is rated at 20,000 motorcycle tires and 40,000 tubes a day in phase-one. The Taiwanese company invested $400 million to build the plant, its first in India.

The tire maker operates six plants in Taiwan; eight in China; and one each in India, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam. Capacity totals over 1 million tires a day.

Maxxis Tires is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cheng Shin Rubber Ind. Co. Ltd., the largest two-wheeler tire manufacturer and the ninth largest tire company in the world.

Referenced article found here.

Saudi NTC advances $1.2 billion tire plant project

Filed under: Tires — Tags: — Notch @ 3:32 pm

Saudi Arabian National Tire Co. is in the final stages of awarding the construction of its $1.2 billion tire production plant to an EPC contractor, according Farid Dudin, general manager of Victoria Trading FZCO and head of the tire plant project.

Among the top bidders is South Korea’s Samsung Engineering, Dudin said at the Tire Technology Expo, held Feb. 21-23 in Hanover, Germany.

“The EPC contractor will be fully-involved as an EPC contractor, but we will be in charge of selecting the machinery,” Dudin said.

The scope of the project has expanded to $1.2 billion from the original $1 billion, announced in January.

According to Dudin, the machinery will cost $800 million, and an additional $400 million has been set aside for land, construction, and other EPC costs.

Referenced article found here.

March 8, 2018

Linglong to build fourth China plant, considers two more overseas

Filed under: Tires — Tags: — Notch @ 1:10 pm

Shandong Linglong Tire Co. Ltd. plans to build a fourth factory in China, an $875 million project in Hubei Province, and continues to research locations in Europe and North America for possible expansion.

Yantai-based Linglong plans to break ground in May on the factory—with a capacity of nearly 14.5 million car, truck and industrial tires annually—at a 247-acre site in Jingmen, a city of nearly 3 million residents in central Hubei Province. Construction is expected to take three years.

The plant is designed with annual capacity for 12 million passenger, 2.4 million truck and bus, and 60,000 engineering tires, Linglong said. The plant also will have an annual capacity of 1.5 million inner tubes and flaps as well as for plastic pads.

The company has three plants in China: in Liuzhoui, Guangxi Province, and Dezhou and Yantai, Shandong Province, as well as one in Rayong, Thailand, that it opened in 2014.

Besides the new site in Jingmen, the company also envisions building one more in China and two overseas, one each in Europe and the U.S.

Referenced article found here.

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