Matt Kent has been named technical director of the Smithers Rapra Tire & Wheel Test Center in Ravenna, Ohio.
Smithers Rapra Inc. is expanding its winter testing center in Brimley, Mich., with an additional 130 acres of new track surfaces, plus a 5,304-square-foot conference center, cafeteria and two rental buildings.
The Smithers Group has broken ground on an expansion of the Smithers Tire and Wheel Test Center which will allow for tests of higher wheel torque and increased longitudinal and lateral load limits.
The Millbrook Group is doubling its indoor tire testing space at Test World in Finland, and adding facilities for wet and dry braking.
Continental Tire the Americas LLC plans to build a $10 million indoor tire testing facility at its existing proving grounds in Uvalde, Texas.
The Smithers Group has upgraded its tread wear testing capabilities at its primary Tire and Wheel Test Center in Ravenna, Ohio.
Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. is opening a USA Technical Center this month, and says the center will help the company develop products more quickly to meet customers' needs in North and South America.
Nokian Tyres plc is building a technology and testing center in Spain, and the tiremaker says the center will allow for year-round product development and testing of both summer and winter tires.Construction is to begin in early 2017.
Consumer Reports lists its "best" tire buys in six categories in its April issue. It also suggests "good" tire options.
Hankook Tire Co. Ltd. is establishing its own European winter tire testing facility in Ivalo, Finland, some 300 km/h north of the polar circle. The company has recently signed a contract to build the facility with the Finnish tire testing company Test World Oy next to their own testing area Mellatracks.
I am often asked this loaded question: "What is the best tire?" My answer is always the same: There are a lot of great tires out there, and I don't use the term "great" loosely.
Consumer Reports recently tested Chinese consumer tires for the first time. The experience was enlightening, to say the least.
Tire Rack Inc. has released results of tests comparing the new Dunlop Direzza DZ102 ultra high performance summer tire to three tires in the same category.