Goodyear has announced plans to expand its manufacturing facility in Slovenia to meet the growing demand for premium tyres in the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa).
The company says the investment will add 5400 square metres to accommodate advanced tyre building machines, increasing the plant’s overall capacity by approximately 25 per cent, and allow for the production of an additional 1.8 million premium, A-segment consumer tyres annually. Production will focus on 17- to 19-inch replacement tyres.
The company expects to create about 160 new positions, mainly in the production area. The first phase of construction will begin in January 2019, with additional phases planned for 2020 and 2021 to reach full capacity.
Since 1998, Goodyear has invested over €270 million ($AU437 million) to develop its Kranj facility and Goodyear Dunlop Sava Tires (GDST) is now one of the biggest companies in Slovenia, as well as one of the country’s biggest employers. Since it was first established in 1998, the company has produced over 130 million tyres.