Double Coin has completed construction on its new advanced manufacturing facility in Thailand – Double Coin’s first manufacturing plant outside of China – which has begun to manufacture truck, bus, industrial and OTR tires for the North American market.
Tim Phillips, Double Coin’s vice president of marketing and operations, says the plant was needed in order to meet growing demand for Double Coin tires and supports the company’s plans to expand its product line.
Built on a 3.6 million square-foot site, the new facility is set to manufacture over 2.5 million TBR tires as well as fifty thousand OTR tires. New technologies and new equipment are being used in the project. For example, manufacturing and material transfer are automated. The entire plant is controlled by the MES software (Manufacturing Execution System) and is integrated with the SAP management system. The project is designed according to the Industry 4.0 concept. This is a level of automation that reduces the number of employees in the factory to half of what is needed in a traditional tire factory and ensures the quality of the products produced is more stable and reliable.