CRIA leaders visit Tianjin Wanda Tyre Group
ERJ staff report (DS)
Tianjin, China - Tianjin Wanda Tyre Group Co., Ltd. has welcomed the leadership of the China Rubber Industry Association. A long report on the CRIA website outlines a profile of the company.
The long report notes that the company opened in 1988 and now makes mainly small and two-wheeler tyres, including industrial tyres and tyres for agricultural vehicles. In a more recent development, the company has been expanding in the area of small off-road tyres for forestry, tourism and leisure (ATV tyres). The company made 360 million tyres in this category last year and claims to be China's biggest in this segment, offering a complete range throughout the country, with 90 percent of production exported, many going to OE customers. Total company sales were recorded at yuan 1800 million.
The factory is developing semi-steel tyres in the ATV segment. It will bring on stream a 4 million unit/year line in September 2012, and intends to move into larger agricultural radials. To do this, the company expects to buy more automated building machinery, to reduce its exposure to high labour costs.
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