07/05/2010

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PC/LT tyre plant in Thailand to undergo third-term expansion

Yokohama Rubber plans to start the increased production in April 2011, and it will make an investment of 9.7 billion yen.

Yokohama Tire Manufacturing (Thailand) is a tyre manufacturer/distributor established in 2004 in Rayong Province. Its site area of 420,000 m2 is the largest among the tyre plants of the Yokohama Rubber group around the world. It has already been producing tyres for trucks and buses since April 2005, and PC/LT tyres since November 2006.

The PC/LT tyre plant began operating with an annual production capacity of 1.4 million tyres. The production capacity was going to be expanded to 2.6 million tyres within the fiscal year ended 31 March 2010, through the second-term expansion formulated in March 2007, which was interrupted by Lehman Shock in the fall of 2008 and forced to postpone its completion until April 2011. As of March 2010, the plant's annual production capacity stands at 1.9 million tyres.

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