Last week, Continental Tire announced plans to double plant size and more than triple capacity at its ContiLifeCycle tread rubber manufacturing plant in Mexico. The plant, which was inaugurated in April 2011, can now produce more than 1.2 million ContiTread products annually. It supplies ContiLifeCycle licensees in Mexico, the US, and Andean region, and is expanding to the Mercosur countries as well. The flat treads produced at the plant currently include: ContiLifeCycle HDL Eco Plus (heavy drive long haul), HTL Eco Plus (heavy trailer long haul), HDR1 (heavy drive regional), D450 (a General brand drive tire), and the HSR (heavy steer regional) and HSC (heavy steer construction) tires for Mexico. The latest expansion doubled plant size and more than tripled its capacity in a project that was occurring more than a year earlier than anticipated due to strong demand for the plant’s products. The new expansion, which involves an additional curing and finishing line, increases the facility’s size to 4,000 square meters and raises capacity, which currently is enough to retread 1.2 million truck tires per year. An additional expansion is planned for 2014 and involves another curing and finishing line.
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