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Technology center in Spain

We are stengthening our all-season tire expertise and will be opening a new testing and technology center for all-season, all-weather and winter tires in Spain. The versatile development center allows for all-year product development and testing especially for all-season tires with high speed ratings. The first test tracks will open in 2019, and the technology center is expected to be fully operational in 2020.

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State-of-the-art testing technology

The new state-of-the-art testing and technology center will be located south of Madrid in Santa Cruz de la Zarza, and it spans some 750 acres. Versatile test tracks and modern test equipment make the new center a perfect place for conducting demanding tire testing.

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The centre will include an over 7-kilometre oval track that encircles the area. The track with banked curves enables us to test our summer and winter tires with high speed ratings at speeds of up to 300 km/h (186 mph).

 

The center will include an over 4.5 mile oval track that encircles the area. The track with banked curves enables us to test our all-season and winter tires with high speed ratings at speeds up to 190 mph.

Inside the oval track, there will be serveral shorter tracks to study the behavior of the tires in terms of aquaplaning, wet braking, and handling. These tracks will also be used for tire approval tests, such as noise testing.

Along with the test center, Nokian Tyres will also build an educational center where launches for new products as well as internal and external trainings will be held in the future. It will also serve as a place to welcome visitors and cooperation partners to the tracks.

Boosting all-season tire expertise

The warm climate of Southern Europe suits all-season tire testing very well. The new Santa Cruz de la Zarza technology center reinforces our commitment especially to all-season tires.

"There is a demand for tires with a high speed rating in North America, where we are currently seeking strong growth."
Antti-Jussi Tähtinen, Vice President, Marketing, Nokian Tyres plc

Nokian Tyres uses approximately 50% of its annual product development budget on testing. Continuous product development and thorough testing in the laboratories and real-life environments ensure that our products work in the best possible way. Read more about tire testing

New eco-friendly raw materials to be experimented

In addition to the tire testing, the technology center will be a great platform to develop future innovations. One of the development areas is a guayule plant. We are currently growing it in the test plants and studying it together with the local university as a possible source of high-quality natural rubber. The plantation is managed by local farmers.

"In the future, we aim to utilise the eco-friendly raw material in even more ecological tire manufacturing."
Nokian Tyres is among the first in Europe to experiment with growing ecological latex.


Nokian Tyres starts the construction of a new technology center in Spain

May 28 2018
Nokian Tyres has launched the construction of a new testing and technology center in Spain. The groundbreaking ceremony was held this Friday, May 25 on the grounds of the new center in Santa Cruz de la Zarza. The first test tracks will be completed next year, and the technology center is expected to be fully operational in 2020.