Research and Development

Shaped by the past, looking to the future

Our R+D work allows us to stay the world leader in winter and forestry tires. Our approach has endured for more than 80 years – we develop superior tires for consumers driving in challenging conditions, who demand safety and durability in all situations.

Find your tires

Uncompromising testing and Northern devotion

Tires are surprisingly technical products, consisting of many components and subject to exacting requirements. They are active safety factors in vehicles, providing the only contact with the ground. Finns are, by nature, familiar with snow, ice, slush and fickle winter weather.

Smart traffic technology and bio-based materials

If we look at driving 20 years from now, we will see revolutionary, smart traffic technology, self-driving electric cars and winter tires made from bio-based materials.

Behind the scenes of product development

The Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9 was created by over one hundred professionals. The new tire’s journey from design to production varied and lasted more than four years. The aim was set high from the beginning: to build a safe tire with stable handling and extreme grip on ice. As the first tire manufacturer in the world, we have developed two different studs: one for the centre of the tread and another for its edges.

Our world records

Testing at the extremes is at the core of activities and it requires unique skill. We need to try new things and test our limits. Only this will allow us to develop safer, more durable tires in the future.

The world’s first winter tire with retractable studs

With revolutionary Nokian Hakkapeliitta concept tire and its unique stud technology the inventor of the winter tire gives a hint of the things to come in the future. With a press of a button, the driver can bring out the studs to improve the grip of the tire. When the studs are not needed, they can be retracted back into the tire.