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(Ministry of Economic Development photo) Sri Lanka's Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa talks with a worker at CEAT Kelani Holdings' new radial tire plant in Kelaniya at the plant's opening June 10.

KELANIYA, Sri Lanka (June 12, 2014) — CEAT Kelani Holdings has commissioned a radial car and truck tire plant in Kelaniya, according to Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Economic Development, valued at $7 million.

The new plant, operating as Asia Tyres (Pvt.) Ltd., opens with a rated capacity of 13 million units annually, according to the ministry. CEAT Kelani Holdings is a joint venture between India’s RPG Group and Sri Lanka’s Kelani Tyre.

Sri Lankan Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa was on hand to cut the ribbon at a June 10 dedication ceremony. Also attending were Chanaka De Silva and N.C. Venugopal, chairperson and managing director/CEO, respectively, of CEAT Kelani Holdings, along with a delegation of Sri Lankan government officials.

The new plant was built on land at CEAT Kelani’s manufacturing complex in Kelaniya, the ministry said.

CEAT Kelani offers both bias-ply and radial tires for cars, vans, light and medium trucks, two- and three-wheelers, and agriculture equipment, along with tubes and flaps. It also operates a plant in Kalutara.

Photos and a video of the plant and ribbon-cutting are at the ministry’s website.

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Titan International and the United Steelworkers union have petitioned the U.S. International Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Commerce seeking relief from OTR tire imports from China, India and Sri Lanka. What’s your opinion?

I wholeheartedly support their action – something needs to be done.
46%
(36 votes)
I think it’s a bad idea that could inevitably tie the hands of domestic tire makers.
13%
(10 votes)
I oppose any duties against tire importers—they only raise costs for distributors and make it harder to obtain inventory.
24%
(19 votes)
I’m kind of on the fence and not sure what’s right, but need more information before deciding.
14%
(11 votes)
I don’t really care whether or not relief is granted.
3%
(2 votes)
Total votes: 78