TECHNOLOGY company Continental today celebrated the inauguration of its new state-of-the-art rubber compound mixing facility at its tyre plant in Alor Star.
Since 1979, Continental has been producing passenger and light lorry tyres as well as two-wheel tyres in Malaysia for the Asia Pacific market.
The plant at Alor Star currently employs more than 1,000 people and will be celebrating its 40th anniversary at the end of this year.
Continental invested more than RM65 million for the new mixing facility that will further enhance the manufacturing process by adding state-of-the-art rubber compound mixing technology locally.
The plant’s general manager Carlos Bernabe said: “Continental’s tyres deliver safety and top performance. Quality is our top priority. Our new rubber compound mixing facility at Alor Star will help us keep our competitive position in the global Continental manufacturing network. We deliver only the best in quality and performance tyres to our customers.”
“Additional benefits of the new facility include an increase of its capacity and flexibility, thus strengthening tyre production at the plant and adding to the local content portfolio, ‘German Technology made in Alor Star’.”
The newly-built facility that will extend production space by approximately 3,200 square meters was officiated by Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir.
“Continental has been active in Malaysia for decades. Its tyre production facility at Alor Star will be celebrating its 40th birthday soon. We value the very good and trustful relationship we have built up in the past. The most recent extension is a good sign for the local communities and demonstrates our regions attractiveness to international businesses overall,” Mukhriz said.
Bernabe added: “I am very proud of my team and I would also like to express my sincere big thanks to our dedicated team who demonstrated the passion to win in reaching this important milestone, which was only possible through excellent effort, commitment, teamwork and the collaborations with all parties involved.”