Vittoria Opens a New Innovative Cotton Bicycle Tire Factory in Bangkok
October 4, 2023
The worlds’ first carbon-neutral facility of high-performance and sustainable bicycle tires.
BANGKOK (THA) /ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – As part of its ambitious growth and investment plans to continue supplying cyclists of all kinds with the most advanced and sustainable bicycle tires on the planet, Vittoria is excited to announce the opening of a cutting-edge factory in Thailand dedicated to the production of cotton tubular and clincher bicycle tires.
This €20 million investment will expand the Vittoria Tyres Thailand (VTT) factory premises from 36,000 to 51,000 square meters in the Bangpoo industrial district, near the current VTT headquarters. The 10,000-square-meter plant will employ approximately 200 people in workspaces designed to provide a friendly and enjoyable working environment. Building operations started in January 2022 and finished in March 2023.
A new carbon-neutral home for Vittoria’s finest tires
Following a strong ESG commitment in the building’s design and construction, Vittoria is proud to open the world’s first carbon-neutral factory of bicycle tires. The new Vittoria Cotton Tires Factory features electric vulcanization processes, solar panels on the rooftop, reliance on renewable energy, paperless operations, electric automated guided vehicles, and carbon credits. These practices have earned the new factory the CarbonNeutral® certification.
This accreditation, awarded by CarbonNeutral certifier Climate Impact Partners, recognizes that Vittoria has met the provisions of The CarbonNeutral Protocol – an open-source standard and guide developed for businesses that bring together leading independent standards for greenhouse gas accounting into a practical guide to carbon neutrality.
The new facility will be dedicated to the production of premium cotton bicycle tires, used by professional and amateur cyclists around the world, including the Vittoria Corsa PRO – the most advanced road bicycle tire winning the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France, Vuelta a España, World Championship and many other World-Tour level competitions in 2023 alone.
The building will also give birth to the most sustainable tire ever made that will be released into the gravel segment in spring 2024. This new “green” tire will be the first bicycle tire ever built with recycled materials featuring organic rubber compounds. With this project, Vittoria aims to revolutionize bicycle tire production by relying less on new nylon fibers, plastics, and synthetic rubber in its tires construction.
The Vittoria Cotton Tires Factory is yet another demonstration of the company’s innovative mindset, aimed at revolutionizing the cycling industry. It follows last year’s inauguration of the Vittoria Park at Vittoria Group HQs in Italy – the first bike park experience dedicated to all cycling disciplines – and the opening of the new US offices in Bentonville – the American cycling hub.
The opening of the most advanced cotton tires factory in the cycling industry
On October 3rd, 2023, the new Vittoria Cotton Tires Factory will be inaugurated in the presence of senior managers of Vittoria Tires Thailand, local authorities, representatives of Thai and Italian industry, the Italian Ambassador H.E. Paolo Dionisi, the Italian Deputy Minister of Enterprises and Made in Italy Valentino Valentini and the President of Lombardy Region.
The relationship between Vittoria Group and Thailand has deep roots. Since the opening of the first factory in Bangkok in 1988 under the name of Lion Tyres Thailand (LTT), it has grown to become the leading global producer of high-quality bicycle tires. Current operations span five buildings in Bangkok and Rayong, including the famous Graphene compound research and production facility and the unique 4C extruder, merging four compounds in one single bicycle tire tread.
Vittoria is the world’s leading brand of performance bicycle tires, known for its unique graphene-enhanced compounds and advanced cotton & nylon casings. Vittoria produces at its factories in Thailand and sells through subsidiaries in Asia, Europe and North America. With its global R&D capabilities, Vittoria develops bicycle tires for all performance levels in road, off-road and urban use.
About Vittoria Tyres Thailand
Vittoria Tyres Thailand is located in Bangkok and Rayong (Thailand), where the Vittoria Group concentrates most of its development and production of quality bicycle tires, tubulars and inner tubes. Vittoria Tyres Thailand employs more than 1300 employees across five buildings and produces more than 7 million tires per year.
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