Groundbreaking held for Gajah Tunggal proving ground
On 5 March PT Gajah Tunggal Tbk held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new proving ground in Karawang, on the Indonesian island of West Java. Construction of the 65 hectare proving ground will take place in four stages, with the first stages ready in mid-2014 and the final stages the following year. The proving ground will accommodate the development of commercial vehicle, passenger car and motorcycle tyres for the domestic and international markets.
In a statement reporting the ceremony, the Indonesian tyre maker writes that the proving ground’s construction embodies three commitments Gajah Tunggal has to being a world class manufacturer. First, it shows a commitment to developing quality tyres that meet the requirements of OEM partners in Indonesia and internationally, in line with Gajah Tunggal’s 2011-implemented corporate strategy. Second, the proving ground demonstrates a commitment to continuously improve product quality and customer satisfaction through research and development. Third, it shows a commitment to support the development of Indonesia’s automotive industry.
At the groundbreaking ceremony, Gajah Tunggal CEO Christopher Chan said the company decided in part to build the proving ground in Kerawang as it is close to other industry players. “It won’t be necessary to go abroad to prove our tyre quality; we can do it in Indonesia,” he said. Corporate Communication and Investor Relation director Chatarina Widjaja added: “We hope that this facility can function as we’re committed to developing quality tyre products as needed by our OEM partners in Indonesia and internationally.”