Taipei, July 31, 2012 (CENS)--The two leading tire makers in Taiwan, Cheng Shin Rubber Co., and Kenda Tires Co., both expanded production capacity of motorcycle tires in China and Vietnam recently. Cheng Shin, the world's largest maker of motorcycle tires with daily capacity of over 120,000 motorcycle tires, aims to raise such figure to over 150,000 after bringing online its plant in Zhangzhou, Fujian Province, China.
Xiamen Cheng Shin Rubber (Fujian Province), Chen Shin's biggest production base of motorcycle tires, has daily capacity of 75,000 motorcycle tires.
Tianjin Tafeng Rubber (Tianjin City, China), a subsidiary invested by Xiamen Cheng Shin Rubber, mainly manufactures tires for motorcycles and bicycles, with 15,000 motorcycle tires made daily, but is unable to expand plant due to lack of vacant industrial land.
To expand capacity of motorcycle tires, Cheng Shin has obtained 120 hectares in Zhangzhou to build a subsidiary, whose plant has been running since March to target 30,000 motorcycle tires daily.
Cheng Shin's plant in Vietnam manufactures 15,000 motorcycle tires daily and steadily more in the future.
Kenda Tires, the second largest tire maker in Taiwan, has its biggest production base for motorcycle tires in Shenzhen (Guangdong Province) with daily capacity of 32,000~35,000 units. Its plant in Vietnam will expand daily capacity for motorcycle tires from 26,000 to 28,000 units, with the one in Tianjin to raise daily output from 12,000 to 18,000 units, said J.G. Lin, an assistant manager.
Lin stated that, in addition to capacities from Kenda's plants in Kunshan (Soochow Province) and Taiwan, the company's daily capacity of motorcycle tires is expected to reach 95,000 to trail closely Cheng Shin's.
(by Andrew Wang)