Nokian Tyres gets the wheels turning in Spain
Finnish Nokian Tyres will start constructing an all-new technology centre in Spain early next year.
By opening the new centre, the company aims to boost its year-round product development; the facility will be used especially for testing summer tyres with high speed ratings, as well as the characteristics of winter tyres.
The centre will be located in Santa Cruz de la Zarza, south of the capital Madrid. It will span approximately 300 hectares, including a five-kilometre oval track circling the area and other test tracks. The tracks will be used to study and test the behaviour of the tyres in terms of aquaplaning, wet braking, handling and other things such as noise testing.
With the new facilities Nokian Tyres is strengthening its expertise in summer tyres. When it comes to winter tyres, the world’s northernmost tyre manufacturer is already famous for its pioneering technology. The company’s gigantic testing centre in Ivalo, where tyres are tested in extreme conditions, is known as “White Hell” to its friends.
The construction is scheduled to finish in late 2019. However, the first stage will be completed during 2017.
The value of the investment is approximately 16 million euros, the company states in its press release.