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Yokohama Expanding OTR Production Capacity by 50%

(Akron/Tire Review) Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. says it is expanding its Onomichi, Japan, tire plant, a move that will boost production capacity for OTR tires by some 50%.

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Work has already begun on the expansion, Yokohama said, and production there should start by November.

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The project will increase Yokohama’s monthly OTR tire production capacity to 1,620 tons by 2009, up from 1,100 tons today.

Demand outside Japan accounts for about 80% of Yokohama’s OTR business.

The increased production will supply 25-, 33-, and 35-inch radial tires, used primarily on construction and mining equipment.

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