Yokohama starts production at third off-road tire plant in India
18 Aug 2022
Operations begin four months ahead of schedule in response to high demand
Tokyo – Yokohama Rubber Co. (YRC) has started production at its third Indian off-road tire manufacturing plant in Visakhapatnam, on the Bay of Bengal.
Started up at least four months ahead of schedule, the facility is aimed to enable Yokohama Off-Highway Tires (YOHT) "to respond more quickly to expanding global demand for off-road tires," said Yokohama in a statement 18 Aug.
Yokohama began construction work on the $171-million (€146 million) facility in the third quarter of 2020 to support a 1.6-fold expansion project at its production unit in Dahej, in the state of Gujarat.
In its initial production stage, the Visakhapatnam unit will have a daily manufacturing capacity of 69 tonnes in rubber weight.
The daily capacity will be increased to 132 tonnes per day in the second phase, which is scheduled to start in the first quarter of 2024.
Further expansion of the plant’s capacity is under consideration.
Once fully completed, the Visakhapatnam facility will raise Yokohama’s overall production capacity for off-road tires to 548 tonnes (rubber weight) per day.
The plant will be operated by YOHT, a subsidiary that was formed in 2021 and combines Yokohama’s off-road tires business with that of the Alliance Tire Group (ATG).
YOHT operates two other tire facilities in India – the Dahej plant and the Tirunelveli unit in Tamil Nadu.
The three facilities produce three of the group’s core off-highway tire brands – the Alliance, Galaxy and Primex brands – which are used on agricultural, construction, industrial and forestry machinery.
Under its medium-term management plan, Yokohama Transformation 2023（YX2023), Yokohama has positioned off-highway tires as a “growth driver”.