Yokohama to Treble HPT Capacity at Shinshiro-Minami
The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., has announced that it is to increase production capacity of its Shinshiro-Minami Plant in Aichi Prefecture. By expanding a tyre plant now in operation, the company will more than treble the plant’s production capacity from current 1 million to 3.1 million tyres a year in the 2009 full year. Yokohama Rubber plans to invest 10 billion yen in the plant expansion.
Yokohama Rubber constructed the Shinshiro-Minami Plant as a branch plant of Shinshiro Plant at a site of Shinshiro South Regional Industrial Park purchased from Aichi Prefecture in April 2002. Following a mixing plant’s start of operation in April 2003, a plant specialized in manufacturing high-performance tyres (HPT) with larger internal diameters for passenger cars and sports utility vehicles began operating in February 2004.