Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. is expanding its research and development space in White, Ga., to boost its North American business. The work is scheduled to be complete in 2017.
The company also will add equipment to measure and evaluate the static and dynamic properties of the tire, and speed up the evaluation and feedback elements of product development.
Toyo says once the R&D expansion is complete, "we will be in a better position to expedite development of both original equipment and replacement tires that more closely meets customer needs, and thereby increase the value of its North American tire operations."
The expanded R&D center is the latest investment at Toyo's facility in Georgia. Toyo Tire North America Manufacturing Inc. completed its phase four expansion in 2016, increasing annual capacity to 11.5 million tires (calculation based on passenger tires.) The facility is now Toyo's largest tire manufacturing facility.
To further bolster its business focus on North America, Toyo has created a North America Business Development Division at its Osaka, Japan, headquarters effective Jan. 1, 2017. This unit will be directly involved with promoting the North American business, and will enable swift decision-making and appropriate management of the business, the company says.