Conti upgrading Puchov plant, boosting TBR capacity
Continental has confirmed it will invest around €100 million increasing production capacity at its Puchov truck and bus tyre factory in Slovakia, boosting capacity from some 2.6 million tyres a year to over three million tyres. Puchov, Continental’s largest truck and bus tyre production facility within the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region, will also receive “extensive upgrades” to machinery and infrastructure in order to achieve maximum production efficiency.
“Despite the currently challenging economic situation in Europe, we see a considerable increased demand for our truck and bus tyre business in the mid-term,” commented Dr. Andreas Esser, head of Continental’s Commercial Vehicle Tires business unit. “With the exploration especially of the growth markets in Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa we foresee further potential in the years to come. In order to accommodate this rising demand in the near future, we have to expand and upgrade our largest production plant in EMEA further.”
Thierry Wipff, Conti’s head of Manufacturing Commercial Vehicle Tires, added that “Puchov will be the first plant to produce our new Generation 3 bus tyres. By this investment, we will increase our agility to follow the market demands.” He also commented that “in order to sustain a technology leader position and provide our customers with best-in-class products, we are constantly optimising our processes and production techniques.”
According to Continental, the exact timing of the stepwise capacity increase and corresponding invest will “depend on the market development and its influence on the customers’ demand for truck and bus tyres.”