Otrokovice, October 12, 2016 – Yesterday, worldwide premium tyre manufacturer and technology company Continental inaugurated a newly reconstructed truck tyre production hall at its manufacturing facility in Otrokovice, Czech Republic.
The reconstruction project was Continental Corporation’s biggest investment at the Otrokovice tyre plant in the last three years, amounting to around £148 million and the creation of 130 new jobs.
The inauguration of the new manufacturing building was attended by Stanislav Mišák, Head of Region Zlin, as well as business partners, suppliers and representatives of regional and local statutory authorities. The opening ceremony also brought together representatives from the top level management of Continental Corporation, including Mr. Andreas Esser, Head of Commercial Vehicle Tyres, Constantin Batsch, Vice President Region Truck Tyres EMEA, Thierry Wipff, Head of Manufacturing CVT & Engineering Tyres, and many others.
The CVT management outlined the strategic development of the production of truck, bus and specialty tyres in the coming years in Otrokovice. “Today we are celebrating the finalisation of a three-year project, a strategic step focusing on long-term market growth of Continental’s Commercial Vehicle Tyres business unit. As the largest tyre plant worldwide, Otrokovice plays a special role in our manufacturing landscape. With this investment, the plant has developed into a production hub for America, as well as for the emerging markets in Asia Pacific”, said Andreas Esser, Head of Commercial Vehicle Tyres.
“Here in Otrokovice, we have implemented state of the art manufacturing processes as well as sophisticated technologies. Once again, I am impressed with the great achievements of the Otrokovice plant team in this project. Despite the high level of complexity, the plant team showed us yet again that we can rely on their expertise, their team spirit and their passion to win. Therefore, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to all those involved in the project”, added Thierry Wipff, Head of Manufacturing CVT & Engineering Tyres.
The reconstruction and expansion of the CVT2 production hall started at the end of 2013, being gradually equipped before its completion last year, with trial operations already in fruition. The first unit in the CVT2 hall was cured in 2014 while the testing of presses was taking place, and the first serially produced tyre was manufactured in April 2015 after production had started using one tyre-building machine and six vulcanizing presses. By the end of 2015, additional tyre-building machines and presses allowed production to grow, and now all machines have been installed and are in operation.
The tyre-building and curing departments run nonstop across four shifts. The production capacity of truck tyres will therefore grow to nearly 1.6 million tyres per year. Libor Láznička, Plant Manager in Otrokovice, emphasised: “This investment shows the trust that our management and customers have in the expertise of our Otrokovice team. I would like to thank the local authorities and our team for their constant support in making this project a success.”
In 2015, Continental Barum produced 21.1 million units of passenger tyres, 919,000 units of truck tyres and 119,000 units of industrial tyres. This year, one million units in truck tyre production will be surpassed. In comparison to 2005, production has increased almost threefold, driven by a project supporting the manufacture of 22.5” tyres and mostly by production in the new hall.