The building work of Nokian Tyres’ third factory starts in North America

Nokian Tyres held a groundbreaking ceremony today to celebrate the beginning of the building work of the Company’s third factory. The new factory will be the Company’s first manufacturing facility in North America.

The new greenfield factory will be located in Dayton (Rhea County), Tennessee, USA. The annual capacity of the factory will be 4 million tyres with an expansion potential in the future. The site will also house a distribution facility with a storage capacity of 600,000 tyres. Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2018 and the first tyres are to be produced in 2020.

“Nokian Tyres’ investment in Tennessee is supporting our growth ambition and commitment to serve our customers in North American market,” says Hille Korhonen, President and CEO, Nokian Tyres.

During the ceremony, Korhonen reaffirmed the company’s ambition to doubling sales in the next five years within North America. She also highlighted Nokian Tyres’ goal to lead the tyre industry in sustainable manufacturing as well as making sure the company is the employer of choice within the greater communities it serves.

Growing global product portfolio, improved customer care

First tyres will be produced in the new plant in 2020. Overall, the plant will focus on the increasing range of North American-specific car and light truck tyres. Total manufacturing capacity of 4 million tyres will be taken into use by 2022 and this will allow Nokian Tyres to meet the increasing demand throughout North America. Customer service will be improved through shorter lead times and improved flexibility. While the Dayton factory will serve North American customers more efficiently, it will also release capacity from other factories to serve other growth markets.

“We are investing in the future growth. Total sales are estimated to increase and additional production capacity will be needed. All three factories will have important roles in Nokian Tyres’ growth plan, serving different market areas,” says Pontus Stenberg, Vice President of Sales.

“We will be able to strengthen our global competitive position by installing leading edge technology. Also having increased production capacity enables us to reduce delivery times, grow our product portfolio and strengthen our overall ability to serve our customers globally.” Stenberg summarizes.

More info: www.nokiantyres.com/daytonfactory

Further information:

Antti-Jussi Tähtinen, Vice President, Marketing and Communications, tel. +358 10 401 7940

antti-jussi.tahtinen@nokiantyres.com

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Nokian Tyres is the world’s northernmost tyre manufacturer. The company promotes and facilitates safe driving in demanding conditions. It supplies innovative tyres for cars, trucks and special heavy machinery mainly in areas with special challenges on tyre performance: snow, forests and harsh driving conditions in different seasons. Nokian Tyres’ product development is consistently aiming for sustainable solutions for safety and the environment, taking into account the whole life cycle of the tyre. A part of the Nokian Tyres group, the tyre chain Vianor has approximately 1,500 stores in 27 countries. In 2016 Nokian Tyres had approximately 4,400 employees and net sales of approximately 1,4 billion euros. Nokian Tyres’ share is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki. Further information: www.nokiantyres.com

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Nokian Tyres is the world’s northernmost tyre manufacturer and one of the most sustainable companies in the industry. We offer peace of mind in all conditions by developing high-quality, safe and eco-friendly tyres for passenger cars, trucks and heavy machinery. We are especially well known for our innovative winter tyres. Our group also includes the Vianor chain, specialising in vehicle maintenance and tyre services. In 2017, the company’s turnover was approximately EUR 1.6 billion and it employed some 4,600 people. Nokian Tyres is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. Further information: www.nokiantyres.com

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