First OE Tyres Shipped From Apollo’s Newest Plant
The first shipment of original equipment tyres left Apollo Tyres’ new factory in the city of Chennai. A batch of 500 Acelere passenger car tyres were despatched to Hyundai Motor India Limited on July 20. To mark the occasion, the Indian National flag and the Apollo flag were formally hoisted at the entrance of the Plant by Apollo’s chief of projects and unit head.
Apollo’s greenfield plant in Chennai is the company’s ninth manufacturing unit globally and its fourth in India. Construction began in November 2008 and the facility was built within 14 months. The plant entered operation in February 2010 and a further four months were needed in order to receive the necessary certifications and clearances for OE supply.
“Once completed Chennai will be our largest manufacturing unit, globally,” stated Satish Sharma, Apollo Tyres’ chief of India Operations, commenting on the first shipment. “The plant is still under construction, however once the first phase is completed it will produce around 16,000 passenger car tyres and 6,000 truck-bus radial tyres a day, enabling us to cater to the demands of the growing automotive sector.”