Yokohama Rubber: New off-highway tyre plant in India
The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd. announced on 11 September 2020 that it will build a new plant in India’s Special Projects Zone, Atchutapuram Industrial Park, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. According to the company, the facilities will expand the production capacity of ATG (Alliance Tire Group), a Yokohama Rubber Group company engaged in the manufacturing and sale of off-highway tyres, such as those used on agricultural and other equipment.
The new plant will have a daily production capacity of 55 tonnes (rubber weight), with planned capital investment totalling USD 165 million. Construction will start in the third quarter of 2020, and the new plant is scheduled to come on line in the first quarter of 2023. ATG currently has two tyre plants in India—the Dahej Plant in the state of Gujarat and the Tirunelveli Plant in Tamil Nadu. The plants produce all three of ATG’s core off-highway tyre brands—the Alliance, Galaxy and Primex brands—which are used on agricultural, construction, industrial and forestry machinery.
With global demand expanding, Yokohama Rubber launched a project to expand the capacity of its existing line at ATG’s Dahej plant in February 2018. Upon the project’s completion, capacity has been increased 1.6-fold. However, expectations for further increases in demand for ATG’s off-highway tyres led to the decision to build an entirely new plant.
The Atchutapuram Industrial Park is located in the state of Andhra Pradesh in eastern India. It is also near the port of Visakhapatnam, which makes it an advantageous location for exporting finished products. The new plant’s site has a total area of about 320,000 m2, which provides plenty of room for future expansion. Yokohama Rubber’s current medium-term management plan, the Grand Design 2020 (GD2020) includes a commercial tyre strategy that targets “Positioning commercial tyres as a pillar of growth in our second century and off-highway tyres as a growth driver.” Accordingly, in addition to expanding sales of Yokohama tyres for construction, the company said that it is endeavouring to expand its off-highway tyre business, which includes ATG tyres as well as group company Aichi Tire Industry’s tyres for industrial machinery. The new plant in India will expand the Yokohama Group’s global off-highway tyre production network to eight plants in four countries, including three in India, one in Israel, one in Vietnam, and three in Japan. Global off-highway tyre daily production capacity will increase to 480 tonnes (rubber weight). Going forward, the group will continue to strengthen its global competitiveness in the off-highway tyre sector, said Yokohama Rubber.