Yokohama to build $109 million car, LT tyre plant in Thailand

TOKYO (May 12)–Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd., seeking to meet rising global tyre demand, will add passenger car and light truck tyre capacity in the coming 18 months at a new factory adjacent to its existing truck tyre plant near Bangkok, Thailand.

Yokohama has budgeted $109 million for the project, which will install 1.4 million units of annual capacity in a first-phase operation, with particular emphasis on tyres for sport-utility vehicles and light trucks.

The new plant–to be built on a 2.08 million-sq.-ft. (193 000 m2) plot of…

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