Cimcorp has been selected to supply Linglong’s future factories with state-of-the-art automated systems. As part of this deal, Cimcorp will first retrofit the tire maker’s factory in Zhaoyuan, China, which produces truck and bus radial tires.
With its modular design, Cimcorp’s Dream Factory solution is ideal for this brownfield project. The turnkey material handling solution will be installed in stages to ensure minimum disruption to production.
In spring 2018, Linglong placed another order with Cimcorp to automate the high-bay warehouse palletizing and shipping areas in its passenger car radial tire plant in Chonburi, Thailand.
Vice president of sales at Cimcorp, Kai Tuomisaari, commented, “We are delighted to begin working with Linglong, and Cimcorp will continue in its efforts to deliver the most advanced automation technology to leading Chinese tire manufacturers in order to help them achieve process optimization, quality improvement, maximum productivity and increased profitability.”
Cimcorp will also equip Linglong’s new factory in China where the first stones were laid only last week. Situated on a 223-acre site in Jingmen, Hubei province, the facility will cover an area of over 900,000m2 and have more than 700,000m2 of floor space.
Able to produce PCR, TBR and OTR tires, the factory’s annual capacity for PCR products will be around 12 million units; for TBR tires 2.4 million units; and OTR tires 60,000 units.
Linglong estimates that sales revenue – thanks to the extra output – could increase to RMB 5bn (US$749m) when the facility is up and running.
The Cimcorp systems and technologies installed there will showcase the latest concepts in intelligent manufacturing, product lifecycle management, and industrial big data application.