Will automated tire plants employ less people?

Readers’ views sought on issues raised in report published in the July/August edition of European Rubber Journal magazine:

Cologne, Germany – Two distinct lines-of-thought emerged regarding the impact of digitalisation and automation technologies on employment in the tire industry at this year’s Future Tire conference in Cologne.

In a presentation about the first year of operation of the Hefei Wanli plant – said to be the world’s first smart tire factory – it emerged that the Chinese TBR facility had a workforce of just 700. This compared…

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