Schwalbe Starts New Factory in Vietnam
REICHSHOF, Germany – Together with its Korean partner, Pt. Hung-A Indonesia, Ralf Bohle GmbH is setting up a new factory for Schwalbe tyres and tubes in Vietnam. More production capacity is needed as: “Lead-times reached critical levels,” says CEO Frank Bohle.
Currently Bohle – Schwalbe and its exclusive partner Pt. Hung a Tyre are producing Schwalbe tyres and tubes in Bekasi, near to Jakarta. This Indonesian facility with its staff of about 4,000 is making tyres and tubes already in significant quantities.
In 2011 production in Indonesia was expanded to hi-end tubulars while also a logistic centre for its Asian OEM customers was opened; almost next door to its factory in Bekasi. Schwalbe Asia was set-up to reduce the tyre maker’s lead time for Asian OEMs.
Demand for Schwalbe growing
“The motivation for setting-up the new factory in Vietnam is very clear,” says Frank Bohle. “We need more capacity for Schwalbe as the demand for our brand is growing strongly and as a consequence lead-times for our OE and aftermarket partners reached critical levels. We are confident to improve supply of Schwalbe progressively from 2015 onwards.”
Production is already in the start-up phase at the new facility. The first production runs took place, as Frank Bohle says: “We have received first samples which undergo a tight analysis right now. In December the Bohle management will hold talks with Hung-A management in Vietnam. Thereafter, further announcements on the new facility like production capacity and the number of employees will follow.”