Continental, one of the worldwide leaders in the automotive industry, plans to expand the production process of the passenger and light truck tires plant in Timisoara by building a new unit for processing the master batch. The investment will allow the company to have a completely integrated production unit, which will consolidate the tire business in Romania and increase the cost competitiveness of the tire plant. The investment volume of the project is a two digit million amount and will lead to creating middle- term around 200 new jobs.
“We continue implementing our long term development strategy for the Continental plant in Timisoara, relying on consolidating our position as a major tire producer in Central and Eastern Europe”, said Thierry Wipff, director of the Continental tires plant. “This investment proves our commitment to the local business and to the community of Timisoara. By the completion of the master batch processing unit, the plant will benefit from state of the art technology that is in full compliance with the European Union quality, safety and environment requirements”, added Wipff.
The plant in Timisoara currently produces 40,000 passenger car tires per day. The expansion program will improve the technological flow and will ensure complete autonomy to the plant. The technological process fully complies with the current European Union regulation regarding the environmental protection. All emissions will be collected, a filtration system will be installed, and the carbon black and oils will use a pressure-tight isolated circuit. The standards of the fire protection system will be among the most complex in this field. A permanent environment monitoring system will be installed, according to a pre-established plan.