Myanmar’s first tyre factory opens
The Southeast Asian country of Myanmar, formerly Burma, now stands amongst the ranks of the world’s tyre producing nations. The country’s first tyre factory, MEC Tire, officially entered operation on 1 May. The occasion was marked by ceremony attended by Myanmar commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing, the commander of the Navy, commander of the air force and other military and government officials, along with representatives from Chinese rubber and tyre industry machinery supplier Mesnac, who set up the plant. The MEC Tire facility was Mesnac’s first overseas turnkey project.
Min Aung Hlaing and other visiting dignitaries visited the factory and were briefed on the equipment and technology it uses. Mesnac shares that after listening to the report, the c-in-c “spoke highly of the whole staff for having done such a remarkable and impressive job.”
The MEC Tire project got underway in December 2010 and Mesnac reports the plant manufactures an astonishing array of products; a press statement issued by the Chinese company says MEC Tire’s product lines include TBR and PCR tyres, cross-ply tyres, inner tubes, liners, bladders and rubber powder. Tyres & Accessories has been unable to confirm the veracity of this claim.