GRI marks one-year anniversary of Sri Lanka plant and announces plans for new mixing facility

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Specialty tire supplier GRI recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of its factory in Sri Lanka. Currently around 70% of the plant’s output is agricultural tire products and the remaining output consists of pneumatic construction tires and forklift tires.

In the coming months GRI plans to open a new mixing plant in order to increase its production capacity.

Radial tire models manufactured at the plant include the Green XLR 65, 70, 80 and row crop tractor tires and the Green XLR flotation tires as well as bias tire models including the Green EX RIB 3 implement tires, and Green EX F77 flotation and RT100 tractor tires.

Since the opening of the facility GRI has implemented increased automation via the utilization of leading-edge, modern manufacturing units. This has increased the degree of precision; enables more consistency in quality; shortened cycle times; increased efficiency; reduced waste; and improved safety.

Some of the recently obtained machines, which were the first of their kind to be commissioned in Sri Lanka, include a Marangoni tire building machine, a tire endurance tester, a plunger tester, and several other high-end machines.

“GRI is now well positioned to cater to the farming needs of the global agriculture industry with a large range of high-quality radial and bias tires,” said Prabhash Subasinghe, managing director of GRI.

According to Subasinghe, customers have commended the number of sizes produced by GRI and the quality and dependability of GRI’s specialty tire range.

GRI’s new specialty tire factory is completely self-sufficient and is certified according to ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015. It was also recently certified ISO 50001 Energy Management compliant. This is thanks to the 1.2MW solar panels of the factory, biomass boilers and waste recycling and water management systems.

“With the goal of advancement and continuous improvement at its forefront, and in an ever-changing, complex and uncertain world, we rise to the challenge of providing the best specialty tires possible,” commented Subasinghe.

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