LAHORE, Pakistan — Pakistan's Service Industries Ltd. and China's Chaoyang Long March Tyre Co. Ltd. have agreed to set up a joint venture in Pakistan to oversee the construction of a radial truck/bus tire plant.
Located in Pakistan's southern Sindh province, the $250 million plant will be the country's first truck and bus tire factory, LongMarch officials told European Rubber Journal, a sister publication of Tire Business.
Service Industries, through its Servis Tyres business unit, will own 51 percent of the venture, which would build a plant capable of producing up to 600,000 truck tires a year initially. A Phase II expansion would double that capacity.
Production is slated to start by year-end 2020.
The plant's capacity would expand to 2.4 million units a year over time, Pakistan news reports quoted Omar Saeed, head of Servis Tyre.
Servis Tyre is a producer of two- and three-wheeler tires and tubes at a plant in Lahore.
Based in Chaoyang, Liaoning province, LongMarch was set up in 2003 and has 2.8 million units of annual capacity in China. It employs 1,600.
The truck and bus tire maker claims to be a leading tubeless tire producer in China with a portfolio covering 225 specifications in 51 sizes and 60 patterns.