Continental has selected an architectural partner for the construction of its new corporate headquarters in Hannover, Germany. The tyre and technology company will work with Munich-based firm Henn GmbH. A panel of ten judges selected Henn from a shortlist of three finalists.
Goodyear Dunlop Tyres UK has moved to a new headquarters near Solihull. The 26,498-square foot ‘GDHQ’ office is located in the Birmingham Business Park and houses the tyre maker’s sales and marketing teams for its five brands – Goodyear, Dunlop, Fulda, Sava and HiQ – as well as a research and development centre for the Dunlop motorsport business.
Towards the end of this month, Toyo Tire & Rubber will move into a new headquarters building. The Japanese manufacturer will relocate some ten miles, from Nishi-ku, Osaka to Itami, Hyogo. The move will take place on Sunday 28 May and see Toyo housed in a new six-storey building next to the company’s Tire Technical Center. Operations at the new headquarters will begin the next day.
Continental intends for its new corporate headquarters building in Germany to be finished in time for the company’s 150th anniversary in 2021, and while the tyre and automotive technology company hasn’t yet decided upon a design for the facility, it has at least narrowed the options down to three. Yesterday, Continental awarded prizes to three of the 13 submitted designs. A judging panel made up of representatives from Continental, the city of Hannover and its council, and other experts awarded the three designs first prize with equal ranking.
Bridgestone Americas has celebrated the ‘topping out’ of its new headquarters in downtown Nashville, Tennessee to mark the completion of the 30-storey structure. Joined by Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, Bridgestone Americas leaders also announced a new name for the headquarters; the new name, chosen by the company’s employees, is Bridgestone Tower.
In June, Continental signed a MoU with the city of Hannover, Germany to secure the site for its planned new corporate headquarters. The company is now moving forwards with the next phase of the project – according to the Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, 14 German and European architectural firms have been commissioned to develop concepts for a “creative head office.” The newspaper comments that rather than adopt a standard design, Continental seeks a solution that reflects the company’s foci on sustainability and innovation.
WAI, the manufacturing, sourcing, and distribution company of rotating electrical, ignition, window regulator, and engine management products, has opened a new corporate headquarters in Miramar, Florida.
Harvie Tyres has relocated its team, warehousing and logistics operation to a new sales and distribution hub in Blackpool, following two years of planning and organisation. The new offices, ample warehousing, modern conference facilities and customer/staff car parking has received positive feedback from customers and employees. Harvie states that the facilities offer a significantly enhanced working practice and significant logistical improvements.
In recent months Continental AG has been evaluating potential sites for its new headquarters, and has examined plots in Hannover and the nearby town of Garbsen. The company now shares that it is favouring the location near the ‘Pferdeturm’ in Hannover as the site for its future headquarters. Continental says it has officially entered concrete, detailed negotiations to this end with the city of Hannover.
Later this year, Hankook Tire’s North American headquarters will relocate from New Jersey to Nashville, Tennessee. Hankook Tire America Corp announced that an investment of approximately US$5 million will go into setting up its new headquarters there, adding that the project will create up to 200 jobs in the local area.
On March 30, Sumitomo Rubber Industries will decentralise the day-to-day supervision and management of its overseas offices and subsidiaries, handing responsibility for this over to three newly-formed regional headquarters. The tyre maker and industrial/sporting products manufacturer believes that the establishment of headquarters for Europe and Africa, the Americas and the Asia Pacific regions will help the company gain a greater understanding of the business situation in each area, and by doing so accelerate its decision making process.
Continental has outgrown its headquarters in Hanover, Germany, and is in the process of identifying a suitable site to build a new, larger premises. The city of Hannover has already made Continental an offer in order to keep the tyre maker and automotive industry supplier at home there, however towns in the surrounding region are also attempting to lure the company to a new location so that they may benefit from Conti’s local business taxes.
The new corporate headquarters for Kumho Tire USA is now officially open. Formerly situated in Rancho Cucamonga, California, the head office is now located in Atlanta, Georgia. The new site offers closer proximity to Kumho’s new factory in Macon, which occupies a 21 acre site close to Atlanta Airport, and its distribution centre in McDonough, Georgia; Kumho Tire USA says the positioning of its relocated headquarters will “help streamline communication and cooperation within our company.”
Infinity Tyres, part of the Al Dobowi Group, has announced two new appointments in European leadership positions. Mitchell Peeters and Riccardo Costa, formerly of Goodyear, have joined the company in the roles of executive director and general manager Europe respectively, operating out of a new European sales office, based in Madrid, Spain.
Eberspächer (UK) Ltd has opened a new purpose-built UK headquarters and manufacturing facility in Ringwood, Hampshire. The company, a manufacturer and supplier of vehicle, construction, marine heating and air conditioning systems, is part of the global Eberspächer Group, which is still family owned and is celebrating its 150th year.
The official opening was carried out on 25 March at Climate House, Yeoman Road, Ringwood, BH24 3FA by Eberspächer Group COO and managing partner, Heinrich Baumann and UK managing director, Vince Lee, with the Mayor of Ringwood Cllr. Barbara Woodifield in attendance.