Jiangsu Provincial Overseas Cooperation and Investment (JOCIC) and Chinese tyre manufacturer Roadbot have broken ground on the AED2.2bn ($614.37m) Roadbot Tire Project KIZAD, the first tyre manufacturing plant in the UAE, in KIZAD, Abu Dhabi’s industrial hub and part of Abu Dhabi Ports.
Developed by Roadbot, the factory is being built in KIZAD’s China-UAE Industrial Capacity Cooperation Demonstration Zone. Equipped with latest solutions in tyre production, the plant will be operational by October 2020.
JOCIC is developing the 2.2km² Demonstration Zone, where Roadbot will be the first Chinese firm to set up unit since JOCIC and Abu Dhabi Ports signed a 50-year agreement in 2017.
The Roadbot project was launched in 2018 Chinese Premier Xi Jinping’s visit to the UAE.
The 275,000m² factory will have an initial annual production capacity of three million passenger car radial (PCR) tyres and one million truck and bus radial (TBR) tyres. By 2022, production will be increased to 10 million PCR tyres and one million TBRs.
The facility is expected to strengthen Abu Dhabi’s position in the regional original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and replacement tyre markets.
The factory has been designed to meet the global tyre industry’s highest standards of design and construction and will be a fully automated and eco-friendly plant.
It will feature alpine waterfalls and ecological gardens in the atrium and will harness the latest technology such as the Internet of Things (IoT), logistics automation, smart equipment, equipment networking and system real-time data collection, and intelligent analysis, to enhance productivity.
Roadbot Tire Project KIZAD is expected to create 1,200 jobs and support the development of an innovative and sustainable ecosystem for the automotive industry in the UAE.
Recently, the CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal at Khalifa Port was inaugurated, positioning Abu Dhabi as the regional hub for COSCO’s global network of 36 ports and further connecting the Emirate to the major trade hubs along the Belt and Road Initiative.
The industrial zone already acts as a regional hub for completely built up (CBU) logistics for Al Futtaim and Ghassan Aboud Cars.
Autoterminal Barcelona’s RoRo/Car Terminal at Khalifa Port is positioning KIZAD and Khalifa Port as a regional hub for commercial car trade routes in the Gulf, East Africa and the Red Sea.
Automotive brands such as Toyota, Jeep, Dodge, Fiat and Honda have operations at KIZAD’s automotive cluster.
Image: Construction begins on $614m tyre manufacturing plant in Abu Dhabi. Photo: Courtesy of Abu Dhabi Ports.