Continental has staged a foundation stone-laying ceremony at its new greenfield tyre plant in Rayong.
The ceremony was attended by Charlee Chotiwong, chief of provincial administration organization for Maenamkoo district, as well as Continental management, the local project team, and suppliers.
Cameron Wilson, Continental's vice president marketing and sales passenger and light truck tyres for Asean, kicked off the formalities, highlighting the Rayong plant’s importance as part of Continental’s overall Tyre Division strategy.
“This investment is an essential part of the long-term growth strategy - ‘Vision 2025’ - aiming to expand and balance our global manufacturing footprint to best serve customers worldwide,” he said. “One important pillar of our long-term strategy is to operate with an agile and flexible set-up that enables us to react quickly to the market requirements, establish further production capacities in the growth region Asia with high-tech production capabilities – and Rayong perfectly serves this purpose.”
He said since the appointment of the general contractor, Thai Takenaka International in mid-September, the Rayong site has developed significantly. Temporary site offices and the workers village are currently being erected, the pile cutting and the foundation works are in full swing. At the moment, around 450 workers are on-site, and that number is expected to increase to more than 1,600 in the next three months.