According to the company's plan, the first locally produced Continental tyres will be delivered to the Chinese market in early 2011. The Hefei plant is aiming for an annual production of 4 million PLT tyres in this first step. In the long run the capacity will be further extended, says the company.Continental resumed the civil works for its new plant in September 2009 after a one year suspension due to the effects of the economic recession. According to Continental, it normally takes 15 months to build a tyre factory, from construction to machinery installation, but the company has finished this installation project within only 10 months.The new plant will manufacture premium medium- and high-end passenger car tyres. In response to Hefei City's overall city planning, Continental attributes great importance to product and process environmental friendliness, sophisticated equipment, and the latest manufacturing processes being applied in this new manufacturing unit. The Hefei plant also benefits locals, as it has started to recruit and intensively train new employees.