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 modernisation 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,” said Josef Křemeček, 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,“ added Josef Křemeček.
The construction of the new facility started on 7 August 2012. By the end of May 2013, the construction of the production hall was complete, and on 2 July 2013, we cured the 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,” said Jaroslav Čechura, 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,” added Jaroslav Čechura.
MITAS a.s is one of Europe’s leading producers of agricultural tires. Mitas manufactures and sells tires under three brand names: the company’s own Mitas and Cultor, and Continental under licence. In addition, MITAS a.s. produces and distributes a wide range of Mitas-branded industrial and motorcycle tires. MITAS a.s. is a member of ČGS HOLDING a.s. and operates three production plants in the Czech Republic, one in Serbia and one in the USA, and maintains a global sales and distribution network.