ERJ staff report (DS)
Tokyo - The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., has established a Yokohama China Technical Center as the base for testing and evaluation of raw materials inside the premises of the tyre plant of Hangzhou Yokohama Tire Co., Ltd. in the Zhejiang Province, China.
In January 2012, the Center started operating with a total investment of 250 million yen including a building, evaluation/analysis machines and analytical instrument. The number of researchers was 14 at start, but it is planned to reach 23 in the next fiscal year. The Center is Yokohama Rubber's first overseas base for testing and evaluation of raw materials.
The Yokohama China Technical Center plans to test and evaluate raw materials for tyres and industrial products. The Center also will advise Chinese makers of raw materials on quality control and quality assurance through auditing. Chinese researchers trained in Japan will deal directly with local makers of raw materials, enabling accurate, speedy testing for employment. Many other advantages of the Center include easy confirmation of workability of raw materials at the adjacent tyre plant.
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Press release from Yokohama