Smithers Enlarges Winter Testing Facility in Michigan

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 officials who gathered for the groundbreaking were, left to right, Frank Seman, Mayor of Ravenna; Keith Grabo, Goodyear; Kelvin Standard, Michelin; John Sabistina, Bridgestone; James Fogarty, Hankook; Nathaniel Leonard, Smithers; Mike Hochschwender, The Smithers Group; Jim Popio, Smithers Rapra; Jeff Endicott, Cooper; Knut Budde, Continental; and Bradford Ehrhart, Portage Development Board.

Smithers Breaks Ground on Tire Testing Expansion

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.  

Nokian is expanding its tire testing capabilities with a new facility in Spain. The company says it spends more than half of its research and development budget on product tests.

Nokian to Build Tire Testing Facility in Spain

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.

Hankook says its winter tire testing facility in Ivalo, Finland will be ready by December 2016. This is a rendering of a building on the site.

Hankook to Build a Winter Tire Testing Site in Finland

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.

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