Article published in the March/April issue of ERJ
Hanover, Germany – Tire companies in China are developing in two directions, according to Trevor Xu, vice president EMEA region at Mesnac Co. Ltd.
On one side many Chinese companies have gone bankrupt, explained Xu, saying that the downturn had claimed around 10 such casualties last year alone.
On the other hand, he continued, some of the bigger Chinese tire makers have started developing in “a better way” and are investing in the direction of factory automation.
“This is a very clear trend now in the Chinese market,” said Xu, citing, for example, how Mesnac had recently received “a very large order” focused on the automation of a new factory being invested in by a China-based tire company.
“The order is not for the complete line but it is a really big range including, of course, mixing,” said the Mesnac executive – without identifying the client.
“There are many more [Chinese tire makers] trying to upgrade their production lines to make tires in a more automated way,” he added.