FINDLAY, Ohio (Dec. 17)—Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. is joining forces with Taiwan's Kenda Rubber Industrial Co. Ltd. to build a plant in China for radial passenger and light truck tires. The joint venture factory will be built in China's Jiangsu Province, near Shanghai. The facility should be operational by late 2005, Cooper said, with initial production slated for export for Cooper. The companies did not disclose the anticipated investment or capacity. Cooper and Kenda have cooperated in the past, with Kenda supplying Cooper radial tires in Europe and bias-ply tires for North America. The deal follows by 10 weeks the company's decision to move radial medium truck tire production to China from Albany, Ga. The new venture also will give Cooper a sales base in China for future business, according to Thomas A. Dattilo, Cooper chairman, CEO and president.
Cooper, Kenda to build tire plant in China
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