OTROKOVICE, Czech RepublicCzech tire maker Mitas A.S. has commenced commercial-scale production of radial farm and off-road tires at its newest plant, in Otrokovice, just 15 months after work started on the $55 million facility.
The new plant, located in Otro-kovice's TOMA industrial park, was built to accommodate off-road tire production previously housed in a section of Continental A.G.'s tire plant in the same city. Mitas had been leasing the space since 2004, when it bought Conti's agricultural tire business.
We managed to build this new plant, which is the most advanced of all Mitas production facilities, in under 12 months, said Josef Kremecek, director of Mitas plants in Otrokovice and Zlín, Czech Republic.
Mitas is committed to using the best available technology, and this makes the new plant one of the most advanced in the world in manufacturing agricultural radial rear tires, he added.
Mitas' parent announced plans for the plant in Sept. 2010; construction began in August 2012.
In the past year, Mitas moved all of its tire production and work force to the new plant, where trial production started in July. Capacity is listed as 42,000 metric tons per year.
Mitas said it was able to maintain deliveries to customers during the transition period by optimizing capacity at its other factories, including its plant in Charles City, Iowa.
Mitas, which sells under the Mitas, Cultor and Continental brands, is ranked 42nd among the world's tire makers, with 2012 tire-related sales of $572 million.