Chinese tyre manufacturer Qingdao Sentury Tire has contracted Cimcorp to automate logistics operations a new factory in Thailand, in a deal worth $33.5 million (£21.2m).
Cimcorp will be responsible for managing finished tire sorting, palletising, warehousing and shipping through the provision of finished tire buffers and palletising stations, rail guided vehicle (RGV) loops, stacker cranes in a high-bay warehouse, and shipping buffers in the dispatch area.
In addition, it will also provide a automated handling system that covers the handling of passenger car radial green tires from the tire-building machines to the curing presses.
The system is expected to go live in stages during 2015 and 2016.
Qin Long, president and CEO of Qingdao Sentury Tire, said: “We want to build a modern tire plant with the latest automation technologies to ensure high product quality and high productivity from the beginning.”
Material flow will be controlled by Cimcorp’s warehouse control software, which will integrate the various technologies – robots, monorails, RGVs, stacker cranes and pallet conveyors – into a seamless system.
Sentury manufactures and sells tyres under the brand names Landsail, Delinte and Sentury.