Apollo Tyres Ltd. produced its millionth truck-bus radial (TBR) this week at its manufacturing facility in Chennai, India.
The company says the TBR unit went on-stream with an initial production of 250 tires a day in April 2010, and has been gradually ramped up to 4,000 a day now. Truck-bus radials account for 19% of the total commercial vehicle tires produced by Apollo.
“The fact that we have been able to put in capacities quickly to adequately address the needs of the growing Indian vehicle manufacturers, is a point of pride,” says Satish Sharma, chief, India Operations, Apollo Tyres. “From here, we are aiming to speed up the process and hit our next million in the next 10 months.”
From the Chennai plant, Apollo Tyres is an OEM supplier to some of the most established commercial vehicle manufacturers like Tata Motors, Ashok Leyland and Eicher.