The Japanese tyre maker Yokohama has begun commercial production at the Bahadurgarh plant in Haryana, post completion of second phase expansion. Yokohama India, a wholly owned subsidiary of Yokohama Japan, has more than doubled its manufacturing capacity to 1.6 million tyres per year in India from the initial capacity of 0.7 million tyres per year.
Speaking about the development, Anil Gupta, Vice Chairman Yokohama India, said, “In response to the increasing demand for Yokohama Tyres in India and keeping in mind the projected market growth, we decided to double our domestic manufacturing capacities. Incidentally, it has happened at an opportune time as restrictions on import of tyres have been announced by the government. This decision is in line with the government’s clarion call for Aatmanirbhar Bharat - from the drawing board to the dealer shops, the new Phase-2 facility is fully equipped to meet Indian market needs."
With the technological expertise from the parent company in Japan, Yokohama will now mass manufacture its extremely popular Geolandar A/T along with Geolandar SUV, BluEarth-RV02 at this state-of-art facility. Several new offerings are also on the anvil to meet the changing needs of Indian motorists.
Reinforcing Yokohama India’s commitment to ‘Go Vocal for Local’, Anil Gupta, said, “This development also creates more job opportunities locally. Currently the Bahadurgarh plant has over 500 employees and now with increased production we see the number going over 700.”
Yokohama India Pvt Ltd, which began local production in November 2014 by setting up a plant at Bahadurgarh, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Yokohama Rubber Co Ltd. Yokohama India has been supplying high quality passenger car and SUV tyre since 2007 in the Indian Market.
Globally, Yokohama supplies tyres to many renowned car manufacturers like Audi, Honda, Mercedes Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porsche, Suzuki and Toyota in addition to selling them in the replacement market.