TASHKENT, Uzbekistan — Shandong Linglong Tire Co. has reached a new technical service agreement with the Uzbekistan Rubber Products Factory, marking the start of the second phase of the Uzbek tire and rubber project.
China-based Linglong said both sides signed the agreement in a virtual ceremony held Nov. 20.
The plant, constructed under the Uzbek 13th five-year growth plan, is Uzbekistan's first tire, conveyor belt and other rubber products manufacturing facility.The unit has the capacity to produce 3 million passenger car tires, 200,000 agricultural bias tires as well as 100,000 meters of conveyor belts.
Linglong finished supplying technology to the greenfield tire and rubber goods production plant in Angren, Uzbekistan in 2018.
The parties put the value of the project at $184 million.
According to Linglong, the new technical service agreement requires the company to provide "technical backbone and management elite" to the Uzbek factory for services such as on-site guidance, tire design assistance, product development, quality control and testing.
The project, it said, will move Linglong's position from a tire manufacturer to a provider of technical services and management support.