Continental marks 15 years of tyre biz in Thailand

Continental marks 15 years of tyre biz in Thailand German tyre maker Continental recently celebrated 15 years since establishing its tyre business in Thailand and five years of tyre production in its tyre plant in Rayong. The tyre manufacturer had invested a total of EUR250 million in the plant located in the eastern part of the country.

With around 900 local manufacturing employees, Continental’s Rayong tyre plant has an annual production capacity of 4.8 million passenger and light truck tyres (PLT) as well as motorcycle tyres, serving both the original equipment and replacement sector.

“The Asia-Pacific region is one of Continental Tires’ strategic growth markets. Our Rayong tyre plant serves our customers with premium tyres locally in Thailand, regionally in the Asia-Pacific region, and even globally,” said Dalibor Kalina, Head of Continentals Business Area Replacement Tires in the Asia-Pacific region.

At its Rayong plant, Continental produces premium tyres, like the newly launched MaxContact MC7 tyre, which had been released to Asian-Pacific markets beginning of April 2024. The tyre was designed to elevate everyday driving experiences with enhanced safety features. Moreover, Continental produces tyres at Rayong that meet the specific requirements of electric vehicles.

In 2023, Continental says it equipped all the top five highest-volume manufacturers of electric vehicles in the Asia-Pacific region with original equipment tyres. In addition, Rayong is one of the biggest Continental motorcycle production facilities worldwide, distributing motorcycle tyres globally.

Further, in 2023, the plant expanded its on-site photovoltaic capacity by an additional 2.5 megawatts peak, reaching a total of 6.7 megawatts peak. Currently, the installed solar panels contribute 13% of the total electricity necessary in tyre production per year.