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Nexen Tire Europe relocates headquarters

6th September 2018 | 0 Comments

Nexen Tire Europe moved its head office and European technical centre to a new purpose-built 11,000 square metre location in Kelkheim, Germany on 5 September 2018. According to the company, the Lise-Meitner-Straße site was constructed in less than 13 months, with the focus on making an ecologically friendly building and using materials sourced from local companies.

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Valeo launches AI global research centre

26th June 2017 | 0 Comments

Valeo has launched the first global research centre in artificial intelligence and deep learning dedicated to automotive applications.

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Bridgestone opens new Asia tech centre site

Bridgestone opens new Asia tech centre site

26th May 2015 | 0 Comments

Last week, Bridgestone Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. officially opened its new Asia Pacific Technical Center (APTC) facility in Thailand’s Pathum Thani Province. The APTC team relocated to this new, larger facility in late March from a site north of Bangkok, where it had operated since its inauguration in 2013. Bridgestone says the new facility will help the APTC to “strengthen its functions and better develop products suited to the region’s customers’ needs and requirements.”

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Nexen Tire in Europe – new factory, R&D centre and distribution channels

Nexen Tire in Europe – new factory, R&D centre and distribution channels

14th April 2015 | 0 Comments

Times are changing for Nexen Tire in Europe. This year the Korean tyre maker intends to start work on its first production facility on European soil and on the construction of a new and larger European technical centre. Changes are also being made to the way Nexen tyres reach European customers. Nexen Tire Europe president Seung-Do Jin recently spoke to Tyres & Accessories about these plans, and on what the company hopes to achieve in Europe.

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Goodyear follows up a winter hit with the UltraGrip 9

Goodyear follows up a winter hit with the UltraGrip 9

6th August 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s never easy to follow up a smash hit – just ask Gotye – but with more than seven million UltraGrip 8s shipped in Europe since 2011, Goodyear’s ninth generation winter tyre is following an all-time great. Travelling to Goodyear’s Innovation Centre Luxembourg earlier this year with dealers from across Europe, Tyres & Accessories got an exclusive preview of the new tyre, in addition to some insights from Xavier Fraipont, director technology consumer tyres EMEA, about the development process that has led to the UG 9.

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Cooper plans Ohio technical centre to supplement Melksham facility

24th June 2014 | 0 Comments

Cooper has formally announced its plans for a $35.5 million Global Technical Center in Findlay, Ohio, Tire Review reports. Located at the tyre-maker’s headquarters the new tech centre will occupy the same building as the company’s North America Technical Center (NATC). Expected to be operational by the end of the year, the GTC will supplement the tyre-maker’s regional tech centres around the world, including its Asia Technical Center in Kunshan, China, its European Technical Center in Melksham, England, and its NATC, on site.

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Cooper Tire dedicates relocated Asia Technical Center

Cooper Tire dedicates relocated Asia Technical Center

17th June 2014 | 0 Comments

The formal dedication for Cooper Tire Asia’s new technical centre facility took place on 12 June, the company reports. The Asia Technical Center (ATC) in Kunshan, China is located near the Cooper Kunshan Tire (CKT) plant some 30 miles/50 kilometres from Shanghai. The new, purpose-built facility replaces the ATC operation in Shanghai and will house 65 material scientists and tyre engineers. The ATC is one of four Cooper Tire & Rubber technical centres around the world, and focuses primarily on the design and development of passenger car and truck tyres for the Asian and Chinese markets.

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New Falken tyres, technologies introduce brand’s next generation in Europe

New Falken tyres, technologies introduce brand’s next generation in Europe

7th April 2014 | 0 Comments

Showcasing significant technological and performance breakthroughs, Falken launched its latest Azensis and Sincera products at the Ascari Race Resort near Malaga, Spain. Tyrepress took the opportunity to speak to Isamu Ishida, managing director, Falken Tyre Europe, and Matt Smith, managing director UK & Ireland, about the direction of Falken post Sumitomo and Goodyear's Dunlop joint venture, having sampled the benefits of the new tyres at Ascari.

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Seat to produce first-ever SUV

Seat to produce first-ever SUV

27th March 2014 | 0 Comments

Seat has announced that it is to manufacture its first-ever SUV; it will come to market in 2016 and is already in development at Seat’s Martorell facility, Barcelona. “This is an excellent piece of news, since it takes Seat into a new territory, in one of the largest and fastest growing segments in the world,” […]

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Bridgestone to appoint new Europe tech centre MD

11th March 2014 | 0 Comments

At the end of April, Yutaka Yamaguchi will end his tenure as managing director of the Bridgestone Technical Center Europe. The tyre maker has not yet named his successor in this Italy-based role.

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Sailun welcomes new developer to European team

Sailun welcomes new developer to European team

29th November 2013 | 0 Comments

Sailun has announced the appointment of Thomas (WookChoon) Jang as the latest tyre developer to join its European head office team in Birmingham. Jang will specialise in the development of products for the Sailun passenger car and light commercial vehicle tyre range.

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‘A new era’ for Continental in Stöcken, as LifeCycle retreading plant opens

‘A new era’ for Continental in Stöcken, as LifeCycle retreading plant opens

20th November 2013 | 0 Comments

Continental has opened its new ContiLifeCycle Plant at its Hanover-Stöcken facility alongside the launch of its Technology Center Campus. With various other retreading and technology centres around the world, the facilities are characterised as nuclei for Conti’s global technological operations; Conti both sends “out into the world” its technological innovations from the Campus, in the words of Tire Division head and Executive Board member, Nikolai Setzer, and brings in specialists and their expertise from global markets to help develop technology for different markets. The LifeCycle Plant is thought to be the most technologically advanced retreading facility in the world, integrating into the manufacturing processes improved rubber recycling capabilities.

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Kumho OE for B-Class

Kumho OE for B-Class

19th November 2013 | 0 Comments

Kumho reports that in October it began delivering its Ecsta HM KH31 for original equipment fitment on the Mercedes-Benz B-Class. The compact Mercedes-Benz receives size 195/65R15 91H tyres produced at Kumho’s Tianjin factory in China.

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Bridgestone’s Aoki explains Phillip Island MotoGP race shortening

Bridgestone’s Aoki explains Phillip Island MotoGP race shortening

22nd October 2013 | 0 Comments

Shinji Aoki, manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department, explains that the “rear slick tyre allocation we supplied for the Australian Grand Prix experienced extreme temperatures which affected their durability.” The race was reduced from 27 laps to 19, including an enforced pit stop at half way after Bridgestone data from practice showed the hard rear slick should do a maximum stint of 14 laps. The tyre supplier of the supporting Moto2 race Dunlop encountered similar issues, with its race also run over a reduced distance.

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Giti Tire sets up technical centres in Germany, the US

Giti Tire sets up technical centres in Germany, the US

23rd September 2013 | 12,345 Comments

Giti Tire has announced the establishment of new technical centres in Germany and the US. The two sites will work in collaboration with the company’s MIRA-based UK facility as well as its centres located in Indonesia and China. Giti now employs more than 600 R&D personnel and describes the creation of a European and North American technical centre as marking a “significant development in the research and development capabilities of the company.”

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