The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., is to expand the Yokohama Group’s global production capacity for off-highway tyres by adding new facilities at ATC Tires Pvt. Ltd., the Indian tyre manufacturing and sales subsidiary of the Alliance Tire Group (ATG), which Yokohama Rubber acquired in July 2016. Construction of the new facilities will begin in February at ATC Tire’s Dahej Plant in the state of Gujarat.
Total planned investment is US$45.50 million (AUS$57.25 million). The investment will boost Dahej Plant’s annual production capacity from 57,000 tons to 91,700 tons by the end of 2019. With its tyre sales on a strong upward trend, Yokohama Rubber says it had decided to expand production capacity to avoid insufficient supply capacity in the medium term.
The Dahej Plant began operations in March 2015 and now produces three core ATG tyre brands—the ALLIANCE, GALAXY and PRIMEX brands, which are used on a wide range of off-road vehicles, including agricultural, construction, industrial and forestry machinery.
The company says the investment to expand production capacity in India will further strengthen the Yokohama Group’s commercial tyre business and accelerate its ongoing globalisation.