Zhongce Rubber Group (ZC Rubber) has appointed Andrew Reitzner its national sales manager for the UK. Reitzner began in this role on 1 February and takes responsibility for the TBR & PCR portfolio of products with existing importers whilst looking at the UK market for new partners for ZC’s further brand portfolio.
Not only is Zhongce Rubber Group Co., Ltd (ZC Rubber) setting up a new factory in Indonesia, the Hangzhou, China-headquartered tyre maker has also unveiled plans for a plant in Mexico. The company is looking to establish a manufacturing facility in Saltillo, in the state of Coahuila, with a potential size of up to 600,000 square metres. It will also build a North American warehouse centre adjacent to the factory to improve the local distribution network and optimise cost efficiency.
Zhongce Rubber Group Co., Ltd (ZC Rubber) has officially confirmed its intention to establish a new tyre factory in Indonesia. Located within the Kendal Industrial Park near Semarang, in Central Java, the production base will cover an area of 500,000 square metres. ZC Rubber expects construction to be completed within a period of 10 months.
ZC Rubber subsidiary Yonggu is expanding its capacity to produce rubber tracks and other rubber products. On the site of the former Hangzhou Taihong Rubber Track plant in Jiande, in China’s Zhejiang Province, Zhongce Yonggu Rubber (Jiande) Co. will establish a facility that will ultimately have a capacity to make 1 million tracks a year.
The European Commission has provisionally recalculated anti-Chinese-produced truck tyre import tariffs to between €21.12 and €61.76 per tyre, equating to a reduction of between 0 and 51 per cent, depending on the manufacturer. Consultation on the provisional recalculation is now open until 23 January, before the final determination will be made on 25 January 2023.
An environmental impact assessment has commenced for the all-steel radial tyre plant that Zhongce Rubber Group (ZC Rubber) intends to build in Hangzhou, China. Subsidiary Hangzhou Zhongce Qiantang Industrial intends to set up the 6.5 million tyre a year greenfield facility in the Xiaoshan Linjiang High-tech Industrial Park; stakeholders now have an opportunity to comment on the project’s potential ramifications.
Zhongce Rubber Group (Zhongce) has acquired Tianjin United Tire & Rubber International Co, Ltd (TUTRIC), the manufacturer of the Tianli off-the-road tyre brand. The acquisition means Zhongce will expand its business into the agricultural and giant OTR tyre segments, while bolstering its already strong offering to OTR and industrial tyre markets. Established in 1985 in the coastal city of Tianjin, near Beijing, TUTRIC manufactures 35,000 tonnes of OTR and agricultural tyres per year. The TUTRIC factory at Tianjin covers an area of 480,000sqm, employing more than 1,000 people. Zhongce says the acquisition is the next step in its continued global expansion. The manufacturer is China’s largest tyre-maker, and the world’s ninth biggest in Tyres & Accessories’ 2021 ranking.
The last few months have been a challenging time for the tyre industry, but some of the first companies affected by the COVID-19 crisis are now reporting a return to normality. Zhongce Rubber Group (ZC Rubber) says its production at its plant in Hangzhou, China is now “in full swing” and its more than 9,200 employees back at work.
Earlier this month, Zhongce Rubber Group Co., Ltd. (ZC Rubber) and Nanjing Lvjinren Rubber & Plastic High-tech Co., Ltd. (Nanjing Lvjinren Rubber) agreed to expand their capacity to produce recycled rubber from end of life tyres. The two companies are working on a project to boost capacity for recycled rubber at their pilot plant by 20,000 tonnes a year. ZC Rubber says this will be “fully operational” by September 2020 and will be the “leading” Industry 4.0 recycled rubber intelligent plant and pilot recycling project within China’s tyre industry.
The second edition of the Tire+ exhibition, organised by China United Rubber Company, got underway today in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province China at the world-famous Canton show ground. The show runs in parallel with the large-scale Guangzhou Autoshow (itself a top three automotive event in China) as well as the China Essen Motor Show and continues until 19 November.