YOKOHAMA TIRES INVESTING P728-MILLION IN CLARK

Clark Field, May 13, 2003 -- The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., recently 
announced it will invest P728 million to its unit with manufacturing 
facilities at the Clark Special Economic Zone.

Yokohama Tire Philippines, Inc., will upgrade its facilities to increase 
production by 25 percent, YTPI president Seiji Andrei Takai told Clark 
Development Corp. president Emmanuel Y. Angeles.

The expansion program will start this month, increasing production from two 
million tires a year to 2.5 million.

Yokohama will increase production of 16-inch and large high-performance car 
tires and of recreational vehicle tires to meet growing demand in the 
international market.

The Clark tire firm is currently manufacturing passenger tires of 13-to-16 
inches. By year-end, 16 inch and larger models and recreational vehicle 
tires should account for about 30 percent of production. The upgrade will 
entail the construction of new facilities on that company's current property.

Yokohama in Clark was established in April 1996, with full production peak 
being reached in January 1998 and has been profitable since.

The new facilities will also feature highly efficient production lines that 
simply categorize models and sizes. About 90 percent of its production is 
exported to Europe, the Middle East, and other ASEAN nations. The remaining 
production is supplied for the aftermarket and Japanese automakers in the 
country.

Takai also said the Yokohama has about 560 workers inside the zone.

Angeles said the Yokohama expansion program is a manifestation of continued 
progress and the investor's confidence in the sound business policies being 
implemented inside the zone.

More are expected to expand operations this year such as the biggest air 
cargo delivery United Parcel Service (UPS), Cyber Teleservices Inc., Luen 
Thai Philippines (LNT Phils.) and several manufacturing firms due to the 
improved operations generated last year, Angeles stressed.

Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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