Dunlop Tech, Sumitomo Rubber Europe open European Development Centre

It is hoped the new centre will “open up a host of further expansion opportunities”

With a new 30,000 square metre facility, Sumitomo Rubber Europe GmbH and Dunlop Tech GmbH now have the capability to develop and test tyres, produce liquid latex and design tyre pressure monitoring systems. Following the start of operations in May, their ‘European Development Centre’ in Hanau-Steinheim, Germany officially opened yesterday.

The centre is housed within a historic building that was restored in accordance with heritage protection regulations. Renovations and construction took more than a year to complete, however all building work was finished and equipment installed on schedule.

(l-r): Bernd Schuchhardt, managing director, Dunlop Tech, Yutaka Kuroda, director & senior executive officer, Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Claus Kaminsky, Hanau Lord Mayor, Minoru Nishi, representative director & executive vice-president, Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Dr Bernd Löwenhaupt, managing director, Sumitomo Rubber Europe

“We are extremely grateful to the Hanau Business Development Agency and Head Mayor Claus Kaminsky, who provided excellent advice and assistance during our purchase of the property,” says Bernd Schuchhardt, managing director of Dunlop Tech GmbH. “We are delighted to have both companies, Sumitomo Rubber Europe and Dunlop Tech, now operating under one roof, so to speak; the new centre will simplify communication and focus expertise.”

“The spacious offices at our new centre will open up a host of further expansion opportunities for us,” comments Dr Bernd Löwenhaupt, managing director of Sumitomo Rubber Europe GmbH. “Our new technical and chemical laboratories provide us with the opportunity for testing and analysing tyre compounds and tyres in-house for the first time and are readily expandable. This will boost the speed and efficiency of our research and development operations in Europe. The tyre hall is also more spacious, allowing us to store and fit more tyres. These new and enlarged premises cater perfectly to the increased overall growth we have experienced in recent years.”

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