April 24, 2024

KSA Tire expands operations with new manufacturing plant

Rise of KSA Tire in the automotive industry

KSA Tire was established in 1990 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia as a small tire production and distribution company. Over the past three decades, it has emerged as one of the largest tire manufacturers in the Middle East region. Starting off by producing basic passenger car tires, KSA Tire has expanded its product portfolio to include tires for heavy trucks, buses, off-road vehicles and various specialty applications. The company’s focus on quality, innovation and strong distribution network has enabled it to gain significant market share both within Saudi Arabia and across other Gulf and Middle Eastern countries. Currently, KSA Tire manufactures over 10 million tires annually at its three production facilities located in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam.

New manufacturing facility in Northwestern province

To further boost its domestic and export production capacities, KSA Tire has invested $200 million in setting up a new tire manufacturing plant in the Northwestern province of Tabuk. Spread over 500,000 square meters, the new factory is equipped with state-of-the-art German machinery and technology for all tire building processes. It has an initial annual production capacity of 4 million passenger car and light truck tires which can be expanded upto 6 million tires in future based on market demand. The new plant is expected to generate over 1000 direct jobs for Saudi nationals once it commences full commercial operations starting June 2023.

Strengthening local content and supporting Vision 2030

With the setting up of its largest plant so far in Tabuk, KSA Tire aims to significantly increase the local content in its tires. Majority of the raw materials including natural rubber, synthetic rubber, carbon black, steel and nylon cords required for tire manufacturing will be sourced from within Saudi Arabia. This will help in import substitution and strengthen the automotive component supply chain ecosystem in the Kingdom. The company has collaborated with several local petrochemical and industrial firms to secure long term supply agreements for critical input materials. The new facility aligns strongly with Saudi Vision 2030 goals of developing local manufacturing sector and realizing greater economic self-reliance.

Research & development activities ramped up

KSA Tire launched its in-house Research and Technology center in 2000 to focus on tire design, material science and testing aspects. Over the years, it has heavily invested in R&D infrastructure and manpower. The new Tabuk plant houses one of the largest tire testing facilities in the MENA region spread over 20,000 square meters. It is equipped with state-of-the-art test rigs and simulation equipment to develop tires for harsh desert terrains as well as niche performance applications. KSA Tire engineers work closely with various automobile and OEM companies to jointly develop special tires optimized for their specific vehicles. The company filed over 50 patent applications globally in past 5 years for its innovative tire technologies and designs.

Increasing exports to Africa and Asia

Africa and Asian countries present major growth opportunities for KSA Tire’s expanded production capacities. The company already exports significant volumes of tires to GCC nations, Iraq, Pakistan, parts of East Africa and Southeast Asia. However, with almost doubling of overall manufacturing scale after the new Tabuk factory commences operations, KSA Tire aims to step up focused marketing efforts in high potential African markets like Nigeria, South Africa, Angola and Asian countries including India, Indonesia, Philippines among others. It plans to offer more affordable tire models customized for prevailing road and climatic conditions in these regions. KSA Tire is also exploring possibilities for setting up local distribution and assembly units in few strategic export markets over medium term.

Employee training and higher Saudiization

An important aspect of the Tabuk plant has been an emphasis on staff training and development. KSA Tire operates one of the largest in-house technical training facilities certified by the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation which offers specialized programs related to tire engineering, quality control, production, logistics etc. Over 500 Saudi nationals have already completed various certificate and degree level skills development courses at this facility. Ensuring higher levels of “Saudiization” remains a key objective for the company’s labor force planning at all locations including the new Tabuk plant. It aims to achieve more than 80% Saudi employment across all functions once the facility reaches optimal scale of operations in next 2-3 years. This will generate substantial career opportunities for local youth in Tabuk and surrounding regions.

Strong emphasis on environmental & waste management practices

As one the largest manufacturing companies in the Kingdom, KSA Tire accords top priority to responsible resource use and minimal environmental impact. Its Tabuk plant has obtained ISO 14001 certification for environment management systems meeting global best practice standards. Efficient energy technologies like solar power, heat recovery systems and zero liquid discharge facilities have been incorporated in plant design and operations to optimize usage while reducing carbon footprint. Waste tire rubber generated is fully recycled back into production or used as fuel at the company’s multiple waste-to-energy plants located at different factory sites. Advanced water treatment facilities ensure wastewater discharged meets stringent regulatory norms before final disposal. Overall, KSA Tire aims to showcase benchmark sustainability processes and employee welfare practices through its new Tabuk manufacturing hub.

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