Kumho’s latest tyre plant with automated production
Kumho Tires Ltd. has completed construction of a tyre plant equipped with an automated production unit in Pyeongtaek, south of Seoul. The company is the first Korean tyre maker to have the automated system that so far is used by only the five top tyre companies around the world – Michelin, Bridgestone, Goodyear, Continental and Pirelli.
Kumho said the automated production unit combines nine stages of tyre production, cutting the length of the production line from 1.2 kilometers to 800 metres. About 100 billion won (84 million US dollars) was spent on the construction over the past two years and four months.
The new factory can produce 6,000 tyres per day, with annual production capacity expected at 2 million. The company’s total annual production now is 36.6 million tyres.