Cooper breaks ground on Kunshan R&D centre
On 12 April, Cooper Kunshan Tire broke ground on its new Asia-Pacific Technology Center in China. The ground breaking ceremony was attended by Chuck Yurkovich, Cooper’s vice-president of Global Research and Development, Allen Tsaur (Cao Kechang), vice-president and general manager, Cooper Asia Operations, along with regional and government representatives.
A total of US$10 million is being invested in the facility, which should enter operation later this year. The tyre maker says locating its R&D centre near the Kunshan factory will enable it to more closely support the development of original equipment products.
“Cooper Tire will continue to invest and grow and China and we will further enhance our technical personnel and capabilities there,” stated Yurkovich. “Moving the Asia-Pacific Technology Center to Kunshan accelerates this growth.”