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Unseasonably cool – Hankook presents all-season, winter tyre ranges at Test World

Unseasonably cool – Hankook presents all-season, winter tyre ranges at Test World

15th September 2015 | 0 Comments

When it comes to testing a vehicle or tyre’s winter aptitude, few places in the world better are suited to the job than the Finnish village of Ivalo, some 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle. The average daily temperature struggles to rise above -10⁰C in the dark months of January and February, and for half the year the white stuff beloved by skiers is abundantly present. No surprise then that Test World, the internationally-renown vehicle and tyre tester and type approval centre, chose to set up shop just outside Ivalo. But what does Test World do in summer, when its ice and snow circle turns into a massive birdbath? It moves winter indoors.

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Landsail beats Michelin – surprise result in Finnish tyre test

Landsail beats Michelin – surprise result in Finnish tyre test

12th March 2015 | 0 Comments

No less than 15 tyres took part in the 2015 summer tyre test carried out by Finnish trade publication Tekniikan Maailma (World of Technology). Size 205/55 R 16 tyres from premium, mid-range and budget manufacturers were fitted to a VW Golf and evaluated by specialists from Test World in Ivalo, Finland and ranked according to performance in a series of wet and dry tests. Continental’s ContiPremiumContact 5 topped the table with a score of 9.5 out of 10 and a rating of five out five stars, however an entry from another premium manufacturer didn’t fare so well.

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Sami Toljamo becomes Test World MD

Sami Toljamo becomes Test World MD

21st October 2014 | 0 Comments

Sami Toljamo has been appointed managing director of well-known Finnish test centre Test World effective 3 November 2014. According to the company, Toljamo has strong background in international business and in managing test facilities.

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Reifen 2014 heralds new era of Kenda European product development

Reifen 2014 heralds new era of Kenda European product development

29th May 2014 | 0 Comments

Taiwanese manufacturer Kenda has sold products into European markets for some time, but Reifen 2014 is seen as an opportunity to enhance and solidify its position. This rejuvenation of Kenda’s European business is inspired by the establishment of a new European headquarters in Oldenburg, Germany, and two key appointments.

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Winter tyre labelling 2.0?

Winter tyre labelling 2.0?

5th November 2013 | 0 Comments

With memories of Nokian’sill-fated alternative winter tyre label fresh in mind, I was interested to learn that Finnish tyre and vehicle test centre Testworld is making its own ice braking test result publically and freely available. Let’s cast our minds back almost exactly a year. The new tyre labelling laws had just been introduced following six months of various manufacturers making certain data available.12 months on virtually all of that has died down and it is far from clear exactly how the market has received this concept, let alone consumers (see "Labelling compliance worse...", "NTDA/Lanxess labelling report" and "Goodyear Dunlop: Labelling one year on" for more on this.

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Testworld publishes winter and studded tyre tests

29th October 2013 | 0 Comments

Artic tyre and vehicle test centre Testworld has published a winter and studded tyre test database called safewintertyre.eu. The centre based in Ivalo, Finland has published the results of 128 tyres categories as studded, un-studded Nordic and un-studded mid-Europe. And while the first two categories are fairly specialised, the last contains one performance metric for 49 mainstream winter tyres. So far the tests are limited to what the firm calls “ice braking” metrics, which set the tyres against an as-yet unnamed standard reference tyre.

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TestWorld building year-round winter test centre in Summer 2012

TestWorld building year-round winter test centre in Summer 2012

20th April 2012 | 0 Comments

Test World Oy, the well-known winter tyre and vehicle test operation in Finland has announced plans to build a year-round winter test centre which to fulfil the needs of vehicle and tyre manufacturers. According to the company, the first phase of construction will start in May 2012 and this part of the site will be in operation before the end of the year. The three-phase project to create the 30,000 square metre test centre will be completed by the end of 2015.

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