When its new mixing plant is completed, GRI will be able to produce more agricultural and specialty tires at its plant in Sri Lanka.
GRI, short for Global Rubber Industries (Pvt) Ltd., recently broke ground on its mixing plant, also in Sri Lanka. The Board of Investment of Sri Lanka provided the company with several acres of industrial land in the Mirigama Export Processing Zone (MEPZ), and GRI initiated its next strategic move to further develop and diversify its roots in the vibrant specialty tre industry by utilizing this land to build a mixing plant.
GRI says the mixing plant will not only support future expansion, but also enhance Sri Lanka’s exports.
"Today I see in front of me, a dream being realized, in what is to be one of the largest mixing plant in Sri Lanka, that will wholeheartedly support our speciality tire manufacturing facility," said Prabhash Subasinghe, managing director, at the plant's groundbreaking on July 18, 2019. "I can humbly say, with confidence and courage, we shall triumph."
GRI's new mixing plant will have the capacity to increase the company's specialty tire production output by 100 tons a day following the first phase of the project. With the successful completion of the final phase of this project, the output is expected to reach 200 tons a day.
The plant will be equipped with the latest automatic material weighing equipment, feeding systems and high capacity Banbury mixers.
"GRI will increase its output via the effective utilization of leading edge and modernistic manufacturing units, ensuring that quality is at the highest level,” said Dr. Mahesha Ranasoma, CEO of GRI.
To protect the environment, specifically the surrounding atmosphere of the plant, all filler (power) material will be fed to the Banbury mixer using fully enclosed material feeding systems with the latest controls on material weighing and recipe controls.
GRI has offices in six countries, including the U.S., and sells specialty tires in more than 50 countries. The company says it produces "high performance" ag, construction and material handling tires in Sri Lanka.