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Nokian Tyres rolls on with test centre in Spain

The new test center will mainly focus on summer and all-season tyres with a high speed rating, to meet high demand from Central Europe and North America.Nokian Tyres

Finnish tyre manufacturer Nokian Tyres has started the construction of a testing and technology centre in Santa Cruz de la Zarza, Spain.

The first test tracks of the new technology centre will be completed next year, and it is expected to be fully operational in 2020.

The three hundred hectare testing area will have more than 10 different test tracks. Image: Nokian Tyres

Nokian Tyres currently has two testing centres, one in Nokia and the other in Ivalo, Finland, and the third centre in the warmer Spanish climate will allow for year-round testing of its summer, all-season, and winter tyres.

“We have been planning the new centre for a long time in co-operation with the local authorities and other partners,” saysHille Korhonen, president and CEO of Nokian Tyres. “Now is the time to take the next step and start building a technology centre for the future that offers versatile opportunities for accelerating product development and growing our product range.”

The centre will employ around 200 people during its construction and up to 40 people once finished.

“Nokian Tyres investing in Castile-La Mancha is an important project for us too, creating new jobs and growth opportunities for the region,” comments President of Castile-La Mancha, Emiliano García-Page. “We believe it will have a positive impact on local business here in the heart of Spain.”

Published on 28.05.2018