Cooper Tire & Rubber Company and Sailun Vietnam Company has celebrated production of the first tyre at ACTR, their new joint venture (JV) facility located near Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Cooper owns 35 percent of ACTR, which will produce truck and bus radial (TBR) tyres for global markets. The ceremonial first tyre was the centerpiece of a special event held at the facility on November 18 to celebrate construction of the plant. The plant is expected to be operational and producing tires on a commercial level by early 2020. At full capacity, production is expected to be approximately two million tyres annually.

“Cooperation between Cooper and Sailun has been outstanding, and we thank our partner Sailun for working so closely with us over the past several months to construct this facility,” said Brad Hughes, Cooper President & Chief Executive Officer. “This is another important step in Cooper’s strategy to expand and diversify our TBR production globally, giving us additional capacity to supply quality Roadmaster TBR tyres to customers worldwide.”

Zhongxue Yuan, Chairman & President of Sailun Group, said, “ACTR is a highly modern tyre production facility with the latest technologies to drive quality and efficiency. We thank Cooper and all of those involved in the construction of the facility for their excellent support and cooperation. We look forward to many years of successful operation together with Cooper at ACTR.”