In 2007 Eurotire announced a plan to build a new OTR radial tyre manufacturing facility in Drobeta-Turnu Severin, Romania. The location was selected as being a shipping and transportation hub for the efficient delivery of large OTR radial tyres to customers throughout the world and it had a ready and highly qualified employee base.
The plan was aggressive - build a state of the art radial tyre manufacturing facility with on-site laboratory, testing and product development capabilities and have it ready to begin producing radial tyres by 2010. Eurotire confirmed that the plan was progressing when a prototype Eurotire radial tyre was displayed at the 2008 MINExpo. Since that time information regarding the new facility and the products to be created there was kept secure for competitive reasons.
Eurotire can now confirm that the newest OTR radial tyre manufacturing plant in the world is fully completed and that limited production of OTR radial tyres was initiated in 2010. Field testing and proving of the new radial tyre products produced at the plant was started in earnest at that time. Furthermore, additional sizes, material compounds and tyre designs have continued to be developed and tested at the facility. Production levels of certain tyre sizes have already been increased.
The attainment of this goal gains greater significance from the fact that the output capabilities originally planned for the completed facility were expanded while construction was still in process. This will allow the facility to provide higher manufacturing volumes when running at full production. With more than US$300 million invested and nearly 1 million square feet of high-tech manufacturing and product development space, Eurotire has created a true world-class radial tyre manufacturing facility - a facility that includes one of the most modern laboratories and dynamic tyre testing facilities in Europe.
Eurotire continues field performance evaluations on a wide range of radial tyre sizes at multiple customer mine sites around the world. In addition, discussions are in process with mining companies who want to secure future production of Eurotire’s radial tyres as well as Eurotire’s OTR bias tyres. Eurotire is committed to supporting its dedicated customers in having a consistent supply of high quality radial and bias tire products in the months and years to come.