Continental to expand truck tyre manufacturing capacity at Modipuram plant
The expansion will include an increased product range for 20” and 22.5” truck tyres. The plant will see consistent growth with the fourth planned expansion in the truck tyres production facility to cater to domestic and export markets
Modipuram (Uttar Pradesh)
The Germany-headquartered premium tyre manufacturer Continental
will significantly expand its truck tyres production capacity at the Modipuram plant in Uttar Pradesh. The capacity expansion initiative will be completed in the next 18 months, further increasing the product range for 20” and 22.5” along with the existing other range of Truck and Bus Radial (TBR) tyres produced at the plant. This expansion will enable increased export volumes to the APAC region, favorably impacting Continental’s production cost and profitability.
Claude d’Gama Rose, Head of Tyres Business, Continental India, said, “Our tyre business in India is expanding, and we are committed to manufacturing world-class products for our consumers. We are moving ahead with “in the market, for the market” approach and our plant is manufacturing products suitable to the Indian road conditions. Our offerings, both in commercial and passenger, has expanded in terms of product, size, and pattern. We have scaled up our production capabilities to serve domestic and export demand, coming from ASEAN, APAC, and select regions in South America.”
Continental, with an ‘in the market, for the market’ approach, has been consistently investing in the Indian market. For instance, the tyres business has been investing in the manufacturing infrastructure, production lines, and expanding the plant capacity to manufacture world-class tyres since the beginning of the operations in 2011. Further, the Modipuram plant will see significant expansion in phases until 2030. Both TBR and PLT (Passenger and Light Truck) tyres have witnessed tremendous new product introduction growth.
Kuldeep Singh, Vice President – Manufacturing, Modipuram, Continental India Private Limited, said, “Since we entered into the Indian market in 2011, we have grown substantially after the acquisition of Modi Rubber Limited, introducing a variety of products for passenger cars and commercial vehicles. We introduced the radial range of tyres to the Indian market. We are the first and only MNC in India that produces the TBX (Truck Bus/Bias X-ply), TBR and PLT range of tyres at one location. To facilitate the same, both our PLT and TBR facilities have undergone phased expansion in the past. The latest capacity increase for truck tyres will be the fourth such expansion in the last six years.”
Cutting edge technology
Continental manufactures tyres in India with the company’s state-of-the-art technology support from Hannover. All tyres produced at the Modipuram plant are of superior quality and robust in nature. The tyres are equipped with high silica compounding technology that ensures higher mileage, low rolling resistance, better fuel consumption, and safety. The tyre compounds are processed without any carcinogenic material, following Indian as well as all European norms.
Industry 4.0 and Sustainability
The tyres plant has been gradually adopting Industry 4.0 practices by deploying automation and enabling data exchange in the manufacturing area. Some of the activities include real-time online process analysis, traceability, validation, and inventory management for monitoring end-to-end processes. The highly robust supply chain and benchmarking quality standards ensure that quality products are delivered to customers without disruptions.
The plant is also equipped with fully automatic - fast lane tyre building machines, chemical dosing systems, tyre dimension studies, and tyre simulation studies for development. The plant utilizes different software for forces optimization in tyres to better uniformity and uniform wear structured process for customer complaint handling.
Industry 4.0 also emphasises the plant’s sustainability goals. The Modipuram plant has been consciously taking steps in adopting sustainable energy sources, alternative fuels, and treating hazardous waste through an authorized waste management process. The plant aims to become carbon neutral by 2030 and become a zero liquid discharge company by 2021.
Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for sustainable and connected mobility of people and their goods. Founded in 1871, the technology company offers safe, efficient, intelligent, and affordable solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic and transportation. In 2019, Continental generated sales of Euro 44.5 billion and currently employs more than 233,000 people in 59 countries and markets.
The Business Area Tyres has 24 production and development locations worldwide. Continental is one of the leading tyre manufacturers with more than 56,000 employees and posted sales of Euro 11.7 billion in 2019 in this business area. Continental ranks among the technology leaders in tyre production and offers a broad product range for passenger cars, commercial and special vehicles, as well as two-wheelers. Through continuous investment in Research & Development, Continental makes a major contribution to safe, cost-effective and ecologically efficient mobility. The portfolio of the Business Area Tyres includes services for the tyre trade and for fleet applications, as well as digital management systems for tyres.
Continental India Private Limited is a fully owned subsidiary of Continental Corporation, with its sales & marketing office at Faridabad (NCR) and the state-of-the-art production facility located at Modipuram-Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, the company manufactures premium tyres for buses, trucks, and passenger vehicles.