Marangoni Group started its Franchising operations in India in mid-2018. Recently, the company established its first exclusive franchisee in North India. Manoj Tyres, an existing retreader at Kanpur, operates in one of the largest tyre markets in India in Uttar Pradesh (UP). Manoj tyres was sourcing retreading material from two leading Indian retreading companies before switching exclusively to Marangoni India. One result of the partnership is that a new greenfield facility has been commissioned with new equipment, including Marangoni’s RingTreader RT920.
Apollo Tyres’ Chennai Plant was recently awarded the Deming Prize, one of the highest awards relating to Total Quality Management (TQM). C Thomas Mathew, Unit Head, Chennai Plant, Apollo Tyres Ltd received the award from the Deming Prize Committee in Tokyo, Japan on Monday, 14 November.
At the end of the second quarter ended 30 September 2022, Apollo Tyres Ltd reported double-digit increases in sales and profitability that point to even great performance in the first-half of the company’s current financial year. And the data shows that company’s European operations are at the forefront of leading the company’s strong performance.
According to Dr Sawar Dhanania, chairman of the Government of India’s Rubber Board, natural rubber production within the country “will not be sufficient to meet the consumer industry’s demands” in coming years. He thus sees an “urgent need” to increase the area under rubber cultivation, something that tyre makers are helping to achieve via the NE-MITRA project.
Apollo Tyres has appointed Rajasekhara Reddy as Group Head, Supply Chain for its Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa (APMEA) region. In his new role, Reddy leads the regional SCM team and takes responsibility for providing leadership and direction to the regional SCM function.
According to local media sources, both Bridgestone and Maxxis plan to ramp up their activities in India. Maxxis Group intends to invest a further US$100 million over the next five years to capture a 15 per cent stake in the two-wheeler tyre market, while Bridgestone Corporation is looking to increase its production capacity for car tyres by ten per cent next year to meet rising demand from both OEM and aftermarket customers.
India’s anti-dumping duties on Chinese-made TBR tyres are scheduled to expire this month, but tyre association ATMA requested a review of these on behalf of Apollo Tyres, JK Tyre & Industries and MRF. The Directorate General of Trade Remedies published the results of this Sunset Review on 16 September, recommending the government continue charging duties for a further three years.
Strong demand for its two-wheeler tyres in India prompted Apollo Tyres to delay the rollout of its Vredestein motorcycle tyre range for Europe. But with a stated strategic focus upon the “premium motorcycling space” and market share for such products exceeding 20 per cent in India, it is highly feasible that Apollo will revisit its European plans at a later date. The company’s latest premium domestic products give us an idea of what we can expect.
Dipankar Ghosh has joined Apollo Tyres as Group Head, Human Resources (HR) for the Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa (APMEA) region. Dipankar has joined in a regional senior leadership role at Apollo Tyres and will be leading the regional HR team. Ghosh comes with 25 years of diverse experience in leading FMCG, Automobile and Service Industries, in the domain of HR Business Partnering, Strategic Human Resource Initiatives, Talent Assurance, Policy Making and Employee Relations.
Capacities at Apollo Tyres Ltd.’s production facilities in Europe were 88 per cent utilised between March and June 2022. The utilisation figure for the tyre maker’s plants in India was around 85 per cent, reports chief financial officer Gaurav Kumar. This gives the company little leeway for further growth in volumes, but Apollo Tyres believes it can address this issue without resorting to a greenfield or brownfield capacity expansion project.
As reported on Tuesday, Yokohama Off-Highway Tires (YOHT) has opened its third factory in India. Yokohama Rubber has shared some additional details about the new plant in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, which alongside existing facilities in Dahej, Gujarat and Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu will produce YOHT’s core Alliance, Galaxy and Primex off-highway tyre brands.
During a ceremony held today and attended by local and regional officials, Yokohama Off Highway Tires (YOHT) inaugurated its newest factory in India and broke ground on the second stage of work at the site. Located in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh state, the new plant is YOHT’s third in the country.
With capacity expansion projects now completed and being ramped up, BKT anticipates achieving a total capacity of 360,000 tonnes per annum by the end of March 2023. But further growth is necessary if the company is to keep pace with demand for its off-highway tyres. During a conference call with investors on 5 August, the tyre maker confirmed that plans are already “on the drawing board” for additional expansion beyond the current projects.
With Apollo Tyres launching a new Vredestein tyre specifically developed for electric vehicles (EVs) later this year, the debut of the tyre maker’s first EV-specific products in India is particularly interesting. Yesterday, Apollo introduced new ranges for cars and two-wheelers.
JK Tyre & Industries Limited has appointed Anuj Kathuria to the role of President (India). Based in Delhi, Mr Kathuria reports to Dr Raghupati Singhania, the company’s chairman and managing director, and managing director Anshuman Singhania.