KORBACH, Germany (June 9, 2016) — Continental A.G. has inaugurated production at the High Performance Technology Center (HPTC) located at the firm's Korbach tire plant, built over the past two years at a cost of more than $50 million.
The 129,000-sq.-ft. “factory within a factory” is dedicated not only to producing tires in the 19- to 24-inch rim diameter range but also to developing advanced manufacturing methods, Conti said.
Annual production is expected to hit 350,000 ultra-high-performance tires at full capacity. The center is staffed by 80 employees.
“In addition to producing ultra-high-performance tires to meet the exacting requirements of high-powered sports cars, we will also be building test tires as we develop and trial new manufacturing processes in Korbach,” said Plant Manager Lothar Salokat.
“Using cutting-edge technology, we document every detail of our research and development projects so that our innovations can then be rolled out in Continental tire plants worldwide.”
Effectively, this means that Korbach will be acting as an “extended workbench” for the central research and development department at Conti's Hanover-Stöcken, Germany, headquarters plant.