Michelin Breaks Ground on Central Mexico Plant - Tire Review Magazine

Michelin Breaks Ground on Central Mexico Plant

Groupe Michelin broke ground on its new $510 million passenger tire plant in León, Guanajuato, in central Mexico, on Aug. 22. During the official groundbreaking ceremony of Michelin’s 21st North America facility and largest global investment for 2016, the tiremaker honored government dignitaries, customers and company leaders.

“Our actions here today demonstrate our confidence in Mexico’s manufacturing environment, the skilled and talented workforce here and the infrastructure necessary to deliver tires efficiently throughout North America,” said Jean-Dominique Senard, CEO of Groupe Michelin.

“Michelin’s customers for passenger-vehicle tires are demanding more and more of our innovative, high-tech tires to meet the performance requirements of the growing market in North America,” Senard added. “This plant will improve our capacity to meet those demands, as a key element of Michelin’s ‘Service to the Customer’ initiative in North America and worldwide.”

Announced in July, the new facility will cover more than 1.5 million square feet on more than 240 acres in the Parque Industrial León-Bajio industrial park known as “Pilba.”

Michelin said construction is expected to begin immediately, with a completion date scheduled for late 2018. After the facility is completed, production will increase gradually and eventually produce 4 to 5 million tires a year. Tires produced at the facility will primarily be Michelin branded tires for high-performance and ultra-high-performance cars, light trucks, SUVs and cross-over vehicles.

Tires produced at the facility will be for original equipment customers in the region and for the North American domestic market, the tiremaker said in a previous press release.

Additionally, the tiremaker expects to employ at least 1,000 people once the facility reaches capacity.

You May Also Like

Continental appoints new ‘head of region’ for the US, Canada

In this role, Rob Schroeder will oversee all of material handling, port, earthmoving and agriculture tire business in the United States and Canada.


Continental revealed that Rob Schroeder, former Sr. manager of operations, marketing and analytics, will take over the responsibility of head of region for the United States and Canada. In this role, he will oversee all of material handling, port, earthmoving and agriculture tire business in the United States and Canada. The appointment took effect April 1.

Autel Energy Showcases EV Charging Solutions, Electrified Bronco at CES

At CES, Autel Energy showcased its suite of EV charging solutions and an electrified 1969 Ford Bronco.

2019 Newsmakers: Bridgestone Americas

Nearly all products in the Firestone family of tires have been upgraded over the past three years, and Bridgestone is on track to have all of its consumer tire portfolio across both the Bridgestone and Firestone brands either upgraded or replaced by the end of 2020.

2019 Newsmakers: Nokian Tyres

Nokian Tyres opened its first U.S. manufacturing facility and launched numerous new products. See what’s in store for 2020.

2019 Newsmakers: Nexen Tire America

Nexen Tire opened its North American Technology Center and debuted the Roadian GTX. Find out what’s in store for 2020.


Other Posts

K&M Tire adds Jon Zurcher as executive vice president

Zurcher previously served as COO for Best-One Tire for the past seven years.

Hercules Tire reveals spring rebate on five tire lines

From now until May 15, customers who purchase four qualifying Hercules Tires may be eligible to receive up to a $70 rebate.

Michelin leadership talks EVs, sustainability and airless tires

Executives discuss the future of sustainable tire manufacturing, the relationship between EVs and tire waste and what’s next for airless tire technology.

Kenda Tires becomes Cleveland Cavaliers associate partner for NBA playoff games

The tire manufacturer will be advertised on the court, with Kenda-branded rally towels, and will appear during local pre-game programming.