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Michelin to double Chennai plant capacity by 2018

16 MichelinXGuardLineFrench tyre major Michelin has inaugurated a new state of the art production line for the MICHELIN X® Guard™ range of tyres in its Chennai plant. The new production line will help double the current capacity of the plant by 2018. 

While inaugurating the new production line, Jean-Dominique Senard, Chief Executive Officer of Michelin Group said: “India is a priority market for us and growing demand for our products in the country reaffirms our commitment to keep innovating for our customers here. In a very short time, our Chennai plant has evolved to become one of our most advanced manufacturing facilities globally.”

The expansion is in line with increase in demand from both the replacement market and original equipment manufacturers in the country.

Michelin has also announced that it has signed a commercial agreement with Ashok Leyland to supply MICHELIN X® Guard™ range of radial truck tyres for its Captain 3718 PLUS long and medium distance commercial vehicles. The industry defining performance of this tyre range is expected to enable Ashok Leyland to pass benefits of fuel efficiency and optimized payload to their customers.

Speaking on the occasion, Vinod K. Dasari, CEO and Managing Director, Ashok Leyland said: “MICHELIN X® Guard™ radial tyres provide us tremendous fuel efficiency, helping us offer a differentiated product in this segment.  It is heartening to see the new tyre developed using Michelin’s world class innovations right here in India.”

Technologies of MICHELIN X® GUARD™ range

The MICHELIN X® GUARD™ range takes advantage of the latest developments in 3D printing, which is used to produce the tyre moulds. As a result, Regenion™ technology is integrated which regenerates new grooves as the tyre wears, ensuring it retains grip right until the very last mile. The performance of this tyre also benefits from another technology - InfiniCoil™, a several hundred-meter-long thin wire wrapped round the tyre structure giving it added robustness without extra weight, while delivering up to 10%* fuel savings.

Bridgestone to invest $304 m in Pune & Indore facilities

bridgestoneIndiaBridgestone India has announced that it will invest $304.3 million in expanding two production facilities based at Chaken (Pune, Maharashtra) and Kheda (Indore, Madhya Pradesh). The investment will be made in a phased manner over the next five years beginning from ongoing calendar.


“This investment affirms our commitment to expand Bridgestone’s footprint in India, which is one of the fastest growing markets in the world, and will enable Bridgestone India to be equipped with advanced manufacturing technology and processes that will allow us to better serve our customers with products of superior quality,” Kazutoshi Oyama, Executive Director at Bridgestone India, said.


The expansion will enable Bridgestone to meet surging tyre demand in India due to growing vehicle population and production. 


Part of the investment will also involve in enhancing products mix to cater new models being launched in the domestic market. 


The installed capacity of both units is likely to be hiked by about 15,000 tyres each day, raising total daily production to around 41,000 tyres by 2022. 


The expansion will also create 450 additional jobs at both facilities.


Tokyo headquartered Bridgestone Corporation is the world's largest tyre and rubber company, selling products in over 150 countries around the world.

Bridgestone to invest $304 m in Pune & Indore facilities

11 bridgestoneBridgestone India has announced an investment of $304.3 million to expand two production facilities based at Chaken (Pune, Maharashtra) and Kheda (Indore, Madhya Pradesh).

A new trio of Barum truck tyres

10 barum-r-seriesEuropean based manufacturer Barum has recently expanded its range with three new truck trailer patterns for their 200 R-Series with the BT 220 R now available in additional sizes 385/65 R22.5. 385/55 R 22.5 and 445/45 R 19.5.

The new Michelin AxioBib 2 Agri range enters the field!

9 AxioBib2Michelin Europe will be launching their new AxioBib 2 tyre range in January at the LAMMA 2017 show which is earlier than its anticipated debut.

Davanti racing ahead in Portugal

14 Porsche fitted Davanti DX640sDavanti continue their impressive hot streak this year as they announce a new partnership with the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve Racing School in Portugal.

Pirelli to invest in its Romanian plant

13 Pirelli-Slatina-plantPirelli has announced new plans to further invest in their site in Slatina, Romania on the 10th anniversary of opening the facility.

Goodyear to invest $485 m to raise large-rim-diameter tyre capacity in Dalian plant

11 Richard J. Kramer GY chinadailyGoodyear has announced the $485 million expansion of state-of-the-art tyre factory in Pulandian, Dalian, China. The expansion will raise plant capacity by about 5 million tyres annually by 2020.

Bridgestone to invest JPY 2.1 billion in hiking APR capacity at Kurume plant

26 japanBridgestone has announced that it will increase capacity of its manufacturing plant at Kurume, Japan to produce more aircraft radial tyres (APR) to respond to the strong medium-to-long-term global demand projected for these tyres.

New truck production facility for Continental in Europe

19 Aerial-view-rebuilt-CVT2-hall-in-OtrokoviceContinental has announced the opening of their recently rebuilt truck tyre production hall at their manufacturing facility in Otrokovice, Czech Republic.

BFGoodrich launches on/off line for Middle East & Africa market

17 bfgoodrich-logoBFGoodrich Tires has announced the launch of a tyre product line for the commercial truck/bus market that covers highway, regional and on/off road application for the Middle East and Africa markets.

Pirelli to invest in its Romanian plant

7 Pirelli-Cord-RomaniaPirelli has announced new plans to further invest in their site in Slatina, Romania on the 10th anniversary of opening the facility.

Marangoni to set-up car radial plant JV in Sri Lanka

13 Marangoni logoItalian firm Marangoni S.p.A is planning to set-up car radial manufacturing plant with an investment of $75 million in Sri Lanka as per the local media reports.

Sumitomo Rubber to Begin Producing Truck & Bus Tyres at Brazil Factory

9 SumitomoSumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. is pleased to announce that we have decided to begin production of truck and bus tyres at our group's factory in Brazil in order to ensure a steady supply of truck and bus tyres for the Brazilian domestic market.

Apollo investing in tyre plants

25 Apollo-tyres-logoApollo Tyres is investing between $238-253 million in its Chennai facility as well as $226 million in a Hungary-based greenfield plant in 2016-17, according to the Business Standard.

Sumitomo expands tyre production in Brazil

27 Sumitomo BrazilSumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. announced plans to invest $312 million to add bus and truck tyres production in Brazil, expanding its existing facility by an additional 144,000 square feet.

New size in their Port tyre range from Continental

23 FOT Continental TractorMaster 280 75R-22.5German based Continental Commercial Specialty Tires (CST) has announced the arrival of a new size option - 280/75R22.5 for their increasingly popular TractorMaster port tyre range.

This is reported to be the very latest development in Continental's development of its specialty range to maintain the best solutions for customers individual needs from a single source and every type of port vehicle.

Apollo Tyres' net profit increases 12% annually

Apollo-tyres-logoHigh imports continues to be a cause of concern for company's Indian Operations

New truck patterns from Sava and Fulda

13 Sava steer tyresGoodyear's European truck tyre range has recently been extended with the introduction of new drive and steer patterns into their Fulda and Sava brands.

BKT launch the Earthmax SR 31 heavy duty tyre

29 BKT Earthmax-SR-31BKT has recently introduced its brand new Earthmax SR31 which has been produced for use on articulated dumpers, loaders and bulldozers.

Cooper Posts Record Operating Profit in 2015

25 cooperhqCooper Tire & Rubber Co. had a record operating profit of $354 million in 2015, as well as an increase in net sales and unit volume, according to the tiremaker's 2015 financial results.

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