Mitas' new plant in Otrokovice, Czech Republic, has started producing tires at full capacity. Mitas managed to build an entire new plant in less than a year. The total investment was about CZK 1 billion (about EUR 39.8 million), which includes construction, transfer and modernization of the production technology. The new Mitas plant in Otrokovice has production capacity of 42,000 tonnes a year.
“We managed to build this new plant, which is the most advanced of all Mitas production facilities, in under 12 months,” says Josef Kremecek, Otrokovice and Zlín Plant Director. “Mitas is committed to using the best available technology, and this makes the new plant one of the most advanced in the world in manufacturing agricultural radial rear tires."
The construction of the new facility started on August 7, 2012. By the end of May 2013, the construction of the production hall was complete, and on July 2, 2013, the company cured its first tire there. In less than a year Mitas managed to move all of the tire production from its previous facility at the Continental Barum industrial park to the new location near the TOMA industrial park. Mitas had to move all of its tire production from the existing Otrokovice production hall, which it had rented for a limited time from Continental since 2004, when Mitas acquired the agricultural tire division from Continental. The complete work force was moved to the new facility. The newly opened plant makes radial agricultural tires.
“The new plant in Otrokovice has reached full production, and Mitas’ North American factory already has the capacity to produce at full steam. Mitas is now ready to win on worldwide markets with top-quality and durable tires made at the most advanced tire factories in the world,” says Jaroslav Cechura, Mitas’ CEO. “Thanks to close cooperation and investments made in our other plants, we were able to optimise production capacity so the deliveries to our business partners during the process of transition were not affected.”