Goodyear completes EUR94 mn expansion at tyre plant in Slovenia

Goodyear completes EUR94 mn expansion at tyre plant in SloveniaUS-based tyre maker Goodyear’s branch in Slovenia, Goodyear Slovenia, has expanded production capacity by 25% and created 160 jobs as part of a EUR94 million investment at its plant in Kranj, in the north-west of the country.

The expansion that started in January 2019 and was completed recently will allow Goodyear to meet the growing demand for car tyres of larger dimensions by up to 1.8 million units/year.

The first phase of the investment was completed in 2019, while the second started in 2020 and was supposed to end by the beginning of 2022.

The company said the reason for the delay was the Covid-19 pandemic and longer wait times for all the permits.

The existing complex in Kranj was expanded by two new buildings featuring advanced equipment for production of tyres. The equipment reduces the amount of man-hours per unit but creates a greater demand for skilled workers, such as machine operators, maintenance workers and engineers, the company said.

Since 2015 an increased demand has been recorded in the European market for large-wheeled cars, such as premium SUV and electric cars.

Part of the Goodyear multinational since 1998, Goodyear Slovenija is one of the leading tyre manufacturers in South-East Europe. It employs some 1,700 people.

The company manufactures and sells tyres for cars, vans and trucks, industrial and construction machinery and motorcycles. Its product range features five brands – Goodyear, Dunlop, Sava, Fulda and Debica.