The Alliance Tire Group (ATG), owned by the Japanese major Yokohama Group, is setting up its third plant in the country in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh with an investment of USD 165 million (around Rs 1,240 crore).
The proposed USD 165 million plant will add over 20,000 tpa (55 tpd rubber weight) capacity to the 2.3 lakh tonne annual production from two India plants and will be commissioned by Q1/2023. The plant will generate around over 600 new jobs, adding to its 5,500 strong headcount.
ATG has one plant at Dahej in Gujarat with an annual capacity of 1.3 lakh tpa (360 tpd) and another at Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu with an annual capacity of one lakh tpa. The group has 45,000 tonne plant in Israel as well where it has its main R&D centre. The Tamil Nadu facility also has an R&D centre.
These two plants produce all the three key off-highway tyre brands of ATG for agricultural machinery, Galaxy for construction and industrial machinery, and Primex for forestry machinery and over 90 percent of the production is exported to over 120 countries. The new plant will also be for off-highway tyres only.
The new plant, with a daily capacity of 55 tonne (rubber weight), will come up in the special projects zone at Atchutapuram industrial park near the Visakhapatnam port.
The Yokohama Group has eight off-highway tyre plants across four countries — Japan, India, Israel and Vietnam.