Shipments of ‘flat’ treads from Continental Tire the Americas has begun from the company’s new central manufacturing plant in Morelia, Mexico. The plant officially opened on April 27th.
The 3,100 sq. meter ContiLifeCycle plant will produce 7,500 rolls of flat treads monthly-- enough to provide retreads for 22,500 truck tires.
“With this plant implementation, Continental is assuring its customers a high quality precure tread, along with reduced costs and delivery time throughout the Americas,” said John Barnes, ContiLifeCycle manager.
“The new ContiLifeCycle plant in Morelia is already supplying our six retread plants throughout Mexico and is poised to begin shipments to our locations in Ecuador. In the future, it will adequately supply our network of retread licensees throughout the Americas.”
Barnes said production at the plant will increase to meet the expected demand of over 1-million retreaded tires by 2015.
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 in 18/32nds of tread depth, and will soon expand to a 23/32nds product.