Boto Tyre gives update on factory progress
Following the news in April 2009 that Shandong Wanda Boto Tyre Co., Ltd., was to build a passenger car production facility nearby its existing tyre manufacturing complex in China, company representatives have given a update of the construction process. Speaking to Tyres & Accessories back then, company representatives explained how, despite the ongoing economic downturn, Boto Tyre was planning to build a 15 million passenger car radial a year plant. Around 1 billion yuan was said to have been earmarked for the expansion work.
The latest update came from staff representing Boto at the recent Automechanika Middle East exhibition. They told T&A that the company’s truck and bus radial production line will be ready in 3 months, the new OTR tyre line in 6 months and the passenger car tyre production line in 4 months. Once this expansion work is complete the truck and bus factory is expected to be capable of producing 3 – 3.5 million truck tyres a year (across all the brands the firm manufacturers). Ultimately the OTR tyre production line will be able to output 40,000 tyres a year, but at the end of the first phase in 6 months capacity is expected to be roughly half this. And finally, when phase one of the passenger car tyre line is complete 5 – 6 million of the 15 million tyres a year capacity will be ready.