In line with its commitment to ‘Go Vocal for Local’, Yokohama India is expected to hire 200 more employees at its Bahadurgarh plant to support the increased production capacity.
In 2018, Yokohama India had announced expansion plans for its production facility in Bahadurgarh, Haryana. Dubbed the 'second phase of expansion', it was, as per the original plans, due to be completed within Q4 2019. However, due to delays most likely caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the second phase of expansion has been completed now and Yokohama India has officially started commercial production at Bahadurgarh with increased production capacity.
With this, the Japanese tyre maker has more than doubled its production capacity to 1.6 million tyres per year in India. When Yokohama India has started production in the country back in 2014, this figure was pegged at 0.7 million tyres per year. Sharing his thoughts on the successful expansion plans, Mr Anil Gupta (Vice Chairman - Yokohama India) said, 'In response to the increasing demand for Yokohama tyres in India and keeping in mind the projected market growth, we decided to double our domestic manufacturing capacities. Incidentally, it has happened at an opportune time as restrictions on import of tyres have been announced by the government. This decision is in line with the government’s clarion call for “Atmanirbhar Bharat” – from the drawing board to the dealer shops, the new Phase-2 facility is fully equipped to meet the Indian market's needs.'
Post the Phase-2 expansion, Yokohama India will now commence manufacturing of select tyres from its Geolandar series (A/T and SUV) as well as the RV-02 model from the BluEarth series.