Giti Tire, which is building a 1.8-million-square-foot plant in Chester County, has received confirmation that two of its Giti-brand tire sizes will come as original equipment on the 2019 Volkswagen Passat.
The announcement marks the first OEM placements for Giti brand tires that will be manufactured at the $560 million plant, which is expected to begin production later this year.
Officials of the Singapore-based tire company added that Giti’s “Made in America” tires will be on Passats assembled at Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.
“One of our stated goals when we announced the Chester County plant was to become a valued original equipment supplier in North America,” said John Aben, senior vice president of OE & Consumer Sales North America, for GITI Tire (USA) Ltd., headquartered in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. “Today’s announcement is an important step in that direction, and we are thrilled that this first announced fitment is with such a prestigious automaker.”
The company’s premium All-Season Giti ComfortA1, which will be available on the U.S.-made Passats, will be sized in 235/45R18 95H and 235/40R19 92H.
A Giti Tire brand has been sourced as original equipment on the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, the German automaker’s all-new full-size sport utility vehicle (SUV). The Atlas, which will be produced at VW’s Chattanooga plant, has three rows and seats up to seven people.
Giti’s South Carolina plant, which will have the capacity to produce five million radial passenger and light-truck and SUV tires annually for replacement and OEM markets, is expected to create about 1,700 jobs over the next 10 years.
Giti, the world’s 10th-largest tire manufacturer, broke ground in February 2015 for the company’s first North American tire facility, which will include manufacturing and distribution operations.
The plant is located at the Carolinas I-77 Megasite (pdf) between S.C. Highway 9 and Old Richburg Road, near the town of Richburg.