Jingmen, China – Linglong Tire has officially commissioned its tire production plant in in Jingmen, in the central province of Hubei, the company announced 13 Jan.
Billed as “green intelligent factory”, Hubei Linglong formally started the production passenger car tires on 11 Jan, a month after the official commissioning of its truck & bus radials manufacturing.
Spanning over 900,000 square metres with planned floor area of more than 700,000 square metres, Hubei Linglong Tire is targeted to reach an annual capacity for passenger car radial tires (PCR) of 12 million units; TBRs, 2.4 million units; and OTRs, 60,000 units.
At full production, sales revenue of Hubei Linglong is estimated to reach RMB5 billion (€68 million), said Linglong in its release without giving a timeline.
The new factory, said Linglong, is part of the company’s transformation and upgrade towards intelligent production and “high-end oriented products”.
The manufacturing base will integrate intelligent manufacturing, PLM (product lifecycle management), industrial big data application, high-end brand, according to Linglong.
In a speech during the event, Linglong chairman Wang Feng, said the new production facility would support local OEMs and retail customers in the province.
In 2017, Linglong moved to a ‘5+3’ strategy, with plans to build the fourth manufacturing base in Jingmen and increase its international locations to three.
The company is currently building its second overseas unit in Serbia to serve the European market and is mulling a third plant in the US.