GRI breaks ground on new Sri Lankan mixing facility

Specialty tyre manufacturer GRI is to open a new mixing plant in the Mirigama Export Processing Zone (MEPZ), Sri Lanka, to support its future expansion and simultaneously enhance the nation’s exports. GRI’s Managing Director, Prabhash Subasinghe, said that the new plant, touted to be one of the largest, will support GRI’s Specialty Tire Manufacturing Facility – the foundation was set in July 2019 on a swathe of industrial land provided by the Sri Lankan Board of Investment (BOI).

The new mixing plant will have the capacity to increase GRIs specialty tyre production output by 100 tonnes a day in the initial phases of the project and the output is projected to double upon successful completion of the final phase.

Further, the plant will be equipped with the latest automatic material weighing equipment, feeding systems and high-capacity Banbury mixers. According to GRI, products from this mixing plant will be of consistently high-quality thanks to the industry-leading machinery.

GRIs Mixing Plant will also be operated by highly experienced mixing experts who are well-versed in the latest techniques and technologies, to ensure high-quality mixing and optimum output.

In addition, as an environmental initiative, all filler (power) material are to be fed to GRI’s Banbury mixer using fully enclosed material feeding systems with the latest controls on recipe/material weighing.

The company CEO, Dr. Mahesha Ranasoma, adds: “GRI will increase its output via the effective utilisation of modernistic manufacturing units, thus ensuring that quality is at the highest level.”

Based in Sri Lanka, GRI currently produces high-performance agricultural, construction, and material handling tyres for use in international markets.