Continental Rolls Out New Tire Plant
By Ian Cameron11 June 2019
With an investment of approximately 100 million euros, Continental is expanding its production facilities in Lousado, Portugal. The new capacity will be used to produce radial earth-moving and port tires with a diameter larger than 24 inches. In the course of the ramp-up, more than 100 new jobs will be created.
The new production hall is adjacent to the radial agricultural tire production facility opened in 2017.
Once at full speed, the production lines will deliver three earth-moving tire lines and another three port tire lines. Besides the new production facilities, the research and development centre in Lousado is being expanded and will be used for continuous performance and quality tests of all agricultural, port and earth-moving tires.
The Portuguese plant employs more than 2000 people. In addition to agricultural, port and earth-moving tires, Lousado also manufactures passenger car tires with a production coming to around 18 million tires.
The photo shows the new production hall for radial port and earth-moving tires which is being created next to the agricultural tire production facility.