Giti locates tech center near Akron, Ohio
Giti Tire Group announced its new Giti Tire R&D Center for North America is in Uniontown, Ohio, which also is the home of Modern Tire Dealer.
The company says a highly experienced tire design and development team has been assembled at the center in less than one year. The center continues to add staff to satisfy its growing list of projects.
The new North American facility is one of five R&D centers for Giti Tire, a global tire manufacturer headquartered in Singapore and offering a complete range of tires and services to more than 130 countries.
The Ohio operation is responsible for Giti Tire’s product development needs in North America, development and application of advanced design technologies, testing support for North American programs, and technical and logistical support for marketing activities of Giti Tire USA and Giti Tire Canada.
“We are thrilled to be in our new facility and appreciate the warm welcome we’ve received from the local community,” says Hamid Aboutorabi, director of the center. “We look forward to taking advantage of the wealth of tire industry knowledge and resources in the Akron area and to helping our company bring best-in-class products to the North American market.”
According to Aboutorabi, the new center has conducted extensive benchmark testing of Giti Tire products sold in North America against competitors. He said tire design equipment and procedures are in operation, and the center has already developed original and modified tire designs for implementation into the North American product line.
A 25-year veteran of the tire industry, Aboutorabi holds a PhD in mechanical engineering and regularly participates in international tire conferences. He has extensive experience in the development and application of advanced modelling techniques in tire design across both OE and replacement markets.
Concurrent with the new North American center, Giti Tire also established an R&D center in Hannover, Germany. The company’s other R&D centers are located in the United Kingdom (based at the renowned MIRA facility), China and Indonesia. The company employs more than 600 R&D personnel.
The address of Giti's North American tech center is 3755 Boettler Oaks Drive, Suite A, Uniontown, Ohio, 44685. Uniontown is a suburb of Akron.
Headquartered in Singapore, Giti Tire Group operates eight manufacturing plants, produces a broad range of tire products and markets to customers in more than 130 countries worldwide. Giti Tire (USA) Ltd. is the sales, marketing, and distribution company for North America. It markets and sells a family of brands: GT Radial, Primewell, Dextero and Runway tires for high performance, passenger, SUV, light truck and medium truck vehicles. For more information, visit www.gtradial.com.