Sri Lanka’s CEAT Kelani announces increase in truck bus radial tyre production
Sri Lanka’s CEAT Kelani Holdings has reportedly announced a significant increase in production that will more than double the number of Truck Bus Radial (TBR) tyres reaching the domestic market by June this year.
The company has stated in the local media that production of the CEAT Winmile AW in the 10.00 R 20 size widely used on trucks, prime movers and buses would, in two phases of expansion, increase from 18,000 tyres a year to 40,200 a year. It will accordingly give CEAT the ability to supply 42% of the local requirement for these tyres.
Incidentally, the CEAT Winmile AW tyre is the only Truck Bus Radial tyre produced in Sri Lanka, and is the result of a phased execution of a Rs. 3 billion investment begun by the company three years ago to expand product range, capacity and quality across multiple tyre categories, local media reports state.
CEAT’s ground-breaking TBR production facility had commenced production in April 2019 and the current expansion entailed the commissioning of three more tyre presses.
“Our original investments in expansion preceded the imposition by the Government of a temporary restriction on certain imports, but we have continued to invest in capacity expansion in the tyre segments targeted by the restrictions, to meet market demand,” CEAT Kelani Managing Director Ravi Dadlani has been quoted as saying.
“There is no restriction on the import of truck and bus tyres, but by August last year we had ensured that CEAT could supply 100% of the requirement in this category through a combination of bias-ply and TBR tyres, generating an annual saving of Rs. 11 billion in foreign exchange. This latest increase in production of TBR tyres will result in a further saving.”
Designed for carrying heavy loads and higher mileage, delivering better cost per kilometre over competitor brands, the CEAT Winmile AW has a Load and Speed Index (a numerical code associated with the maximum load a tyre can carry at the speed indicated by its speed symbol) of 146/143K.
Consisting of a natural equilibrium carcass design with high casing durability and retreadability, the tyre offers excellent belt and bead durability due to a high bonding belt compound and bead consolidated with high strength rubber and steel.
A strong Krebs design provides sidewall protection, while the tyre’s balanced combination of ribs generates outstanding traction. The robust tread design with wider footprint coupled with a cooler tread compound assures higher mileage and uniform tread wear.
According to reports, the increase in TBR production at the CEAT Kelani manufacturing complex in Kelaniya comes hot on the heels of an increase in production of passenger car radial (PCR) tyres for rim sizes ranging from 12 to 14.
Phase 1 of this increase has added 72,000 tyres a year to the company’s radial tyre inventory, while Phase 2, expected to come on stream in May 2021, will add another 100,000 radial tyres per annum.
The increase in production by CEAT Kelani is indicative of the growing business potential in Sri Lanka. With import restrictions imposed by the government of Sri Lanka on many commodities, local production lines have improved their manufacturing process. This has resulted in the expansion of Sri Lanka’s manufacturing sector creating new business/investment opportunities.
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