9 Feb 2024 14:17

Tatneft to produce and sell Attar branded tires in Kazakhstan

KAZAN. Feb 9 (Interfax) - Tatneft has decided to produce car tires under the Attar brand ("attar" means "horses" in Kazakh) at a newly built tire plant in the city of Saran in Kazakhstan, the oil company's press service said.

"The products will be produced by the Tatneft tire division facility in Saran and sold both in Kazakhstan and exported," the press release says.

Earlier, it was reported that KamaTyresKz LLP, a joint venture of Tatneft and Kazakhstan's Allur, had begun producing tires in December 2022 at a new plant in the city of Saran, Karaganda region of Kazakhstan. This was reported by the press service of the Head of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov, who heads the board of directors of Tatneft. The annual production capacity is 3.5 million tires: 3 million tires for passenger cars, and 500,000 tires for trucks.

Tatneft sold its tire business in Russia, which had been producing tires under the Kama and Viatti brands, in mid-2022. It was sold to Tatneftekhiminvest-Holding, a structure that coordinates the activities of enterprises of Tatarstan's petrochemical complex.

Two Tatneft subsidiaries, the Tatneft-Aktiv LLC Technology Park and geophysical company TNG-Algis LLC, acquired the unprofitable Eco Town LLC plant in Kemerovo from local entrepreneurs in the fall of 2022. The plant was originally built to process 10,000 tonnes of large tires per year into crumb rubber.

Tatneft announced in February 2024 that it would create a network of collection and processing points to convert used car tires into recycled materials for the production of recycled tires. The network will cover 17 Russian cities, including 10 cities with a population of over a million. Tatneft to date has started processing old tires in Kemerovo, Leninogorsk (Tatarstan) and Zernograd (Rostov region), the company said.