NIZHNEKAMSK, Russia (Sept. 23, 2011)—Nizhnekamsk tire factory is ramping up production of all-steel radial truck tires at its new plant, based on Continental's manufacturing technology.
The company said it is making a limited number of tires, but will expand the brands it makes in the near future. Off-take production of Continental-brand tires began in January.
Nizhnekamsk is making seven models of tires in various sizes. By the end of this year it said it expects to bring out another four models, bringing the facility's production to full capacity of 1.2 million units/year.
In comparison with the semi-steel and textile constructions, the new all-steel radials can carry 8 percent more load per tire and reduce fuel consumption by around 10 percent, according to the company, which is based in the Tartarstan Republic region of Russia.
The company has put into production tires of model 12,00 R20 NR 701 and two models NF 202 and NR 202 in the size 315/70R 22.5. The Kama Series N Tires of 202 classification are designed for use on asphalt coat, rough terrain and dirt roads. The NF abbreviation stands for the use of tires to be installed on the front axle, while NR means installation on the rear axle.
The Nizhnekamsk SSC Tire Factory is a wholly owned subsidiary of OOO Tatneft-Neftekhim Management Co.