Yokohama names US plant designer
A little over two months ago, Yokohama Tire Corporation (YTC) announced its plan to build a new commercial tyre plant in the US. On 11 July it announced that the first phase of the facility in West Point, Mississippi will be designed by Kajima Associates/Architects & Engineers, PC of Atlanta, Georgia. The project taken on by Kajima Associates calls for the design of a 931,000 square foot (86,500 square metre) factory that includes production, warehousing and operations facilities.
This phase of work is being financed with a US$300 million investment and construction work will begin this summer. When completed in October 2015, the factory will have a manufacturing capacity of up to a million tyres a year.
“We planned for the project to take on a brisk pace and we are extremely pleased it is progressing as scheduled,” said Thomas Masuguchi, YTC’s senior vice-president and chief strategy officer. “The demand for Yokohama’s commercial tyre products is outpacing our current production capacity and the faster we move along the plant’s timeline, the faster we can increase our supply to meet our dealer requirements. We are confident that Kajima Associates/Architects & Engineers, PC will provide us with design plans for the factory that are aimed at optimum productivity and efficiency.”
“We are honoured to have been selected as the design firm,” said Yoshi Koshiyama, KA/AEPC’s design director. “We look forward to being a partner in translating Yokohama’s strategic vision for their new plant to reality by providing extensive services from building information modelling (BIM) to structural and interior design.”