Test Production Starts at Amtel-Vredestein Voronezh Plant
(Akron/Tire Review) Russian tyremaker Amtel-Vredestein N.V. announced the beginning of test production at its new facility in Voronezh. Amtel tyres will be the first to be produced there, followed by Vredestein and Maloya tyres after new rubber mixing equipment is installed by December.
The new 44,000-square metre facility was modeled after the tyremaker’s Vredestein Banden plant in Enschede, Holland. Voronezh II will initially produce approximately 2.5 million passenger car and light truck tyres per year, which could be expanded up to 4.1 million tyres per year with additional investment, according to Amtel-Vredestein.
The company plans to invest approximately $124 million in Voronezh by installing new equipment, tooling, moulds, production planning and management systems. “Voronezh II is a milestone project and the last major investment in an aggressive multi-year program to dramatically expand our production and distribution platform, as well as transform Amtel-Vredestein into a modern producer of premium passenger car tyres,” said Alexei Gurin, CEO.