REVIEW BY THE PRESIDENT AND CEO
Interim Report January–September 2022
Jukka Moisio, President and CEO:
“In the third quarter of 2022, our focus was on planning and taking the first steps to build the new Nokian Tyres without Russia. Today, we are pleased to announce that we will invest approximately EUR 650 million in a new greenfield tire factory in Romania – the first zero CO2 emission factory in the tire industry. The investment is a vital element in getting additional capacity and enabling our future growth, and we expect the commercial production to start in 2025. At the same time, we have continued to increase capacity at our factories in Finland and in the US.
In June, the Board of Directors decided to initiate a controlled exit from Russia as it is no longer feasible nor sustainable for Nokian Tyres plc to continue operations in Russia. In October, an agreement for the sale of our Russian operations was signed with Tatneft PJSC. Upon the closing of the transaction, all our operations in Russia will end.
In July-September, our net sales with comparable currencies decreased, reflecting changes in our passenger car tire supply as tire imports from Russia to Europe and North America ended in July. Heavy Tyres’ net sales declined slightly due to supply constraints. Vianor delivered a solid sales performance. Segments operating profit declined due to lower passenger car tire supply volumes and changed factory mix. However, we have succeeded in implementing price increases in a high-inflationary environment.
I want to thank all Nokian Tyres’ employees for their hard work and dedication as we move forward. Despite of the challenging times, we have been able to start building the new Nokian Tyres, increase production in Finland and in the US, and develop and launch high performing new products within our core segments.”