20 million tyres a year by 2022: Continental launches next expansion phase in Hefei

Philipp von Hirschheydt, executive vice-president of Continental’s Passenger and Light Truck Replacement Tires APAC business (l) at the phase four project signing ceremony

An agreement was reached last week on the fourth phase of expansion at the Continental passenger car tyre factory in Hefei, China. In a Chinese-language statement, the Hefei Hi-tech Industrial Development Zone reports that a signing ceremony was held on 5 July to mark the start of a project that will see capacity at the Hefei plant rise by 2 million tyres a year over the next half-decade, from a current capacity of 8 million tyres per annum to 20 million passenger car tyres a year by 2022.

In total, some RMB 2 billion (£228 million) has and is being invested in the 34-hectare Hefei site. In addition to producing replacement market and original equipment passenger car tyres for the mid- to high-end Chinese market, the Hefei factory also manufactures bicycle tyres.

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