An official opening has been held at Nexen Tire Europe’s new plant in Zatec, Czech Republic – the firm’s second overseas production base. Operations began in April 2019.
Over 300 guests were in attendance, including Travis Kang, global CEO of Nexen Tire; Petr Ocko, deputy minister of industry and trade of the Czech Republic; Oldrich Bubenicek, governor of the Usti nad Labem region; Moon Seoung-hyun, Korean ambassador to the Czech Republic; Zadetz Zdenka Hamousova, mayor of Zatec; plus core OE and RE figures, business partners, local press, construction staff and employees.
“The opening of the Europe plant will enable an increase in Nexen Tire’s efficiency, in addition to a faster response to the neighboring auto makers. Recognizing the importance of being closer to our customers, we have established a production base to respond to their needs in a more prompt and flexible way,” said Travis Kang, global CEO of Nexen Tire.
“As Korea’s leading manufacturer with a 77-year history of knowledge and technology in the tire industry, we plan to increase global production capacity, going beyond the challenges and making big steps in the global tire industry.”
Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, guests at the opening were able to tour the plant and were introduced to the smart factory concept, which according to the tire maker, ensures zero defects in production.
Located in the Czech Republic, the factory has good access to Europe’s largest markets including Germany, France and the UK.