South Asia’s largest tyre manufacturing factory declared open
January 14, 2021 04:13 pm
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today declared open Ferentino Tire Corporation PVT Ltd, the largest tyre and radial tyre manufacturing factory in South Asia.
The factory has been set up on a 155-acre land which belongs to BOI Industrial Zone in Wagawatta, Horana. Investment of the first phase is USD 100 million. Manufacturing will be carried out using European technology and state-of-the-art equipment.
Special tyres will be manufactured for SUVs while catering to the demand in the world market for tyres for cars, bicycles and three-wheelers. 80% of the production will be exported and the remaining 20% will be supplied to the local market. The first stock of production will be exported to the USA this month.
Promotion of the export market potential of this country, generating a large number of direct and indirect employment opportunities and the ability for local rubber producers to obtain a higher price are some of the benefits of the factory.
The management of the factory has taken measures to recruit qualified women to fill the vacancies for technical positions beating adopted standards in the industrial sector. The factory is an ecofriendly entity.
Upon arrival at the event, President Rajapaksa was welcomed by the Chairman of Ferentino Tyre Corporation PVT Ltd Nandana Lokuwithana.
After unveiling the plaque the President inspected the entire manufacturing process at the factory.
The President also presented a memento to Dewmi Yasasmi of Sumanajothi Vidyalaya in Ingiriya who obtained 200 marks in the Grade 5 Scholarship Examination held recently.
Maha Nayaka of Sri Kalyani Samagri Dhamma Maha Sangha Sabha, Sri Jayawardenepura, Kotte Most Ven. Iththapane Sri Dhammalankara Thero and Maha Sangha, Ministers Wimal Weerawansa, Rohitha Abeygunawardena, Mahinda Amaraweera, Ramesh Pathirana, State Ministers Piyal Nishantha, Kanaka Herath, D. V. Chanaka, Member of Parliament Sanjeewa Edirimanna, several officials of public and private institutes were among the gathering.