ERJ staff report (TB)
Kunshan City, China - Taiwan's Cheng Shin Rubber Ind. Co. Ltd. has put into service a $150 million tyre test proving ground adjacent to its Maxxis International tyre plant in Kunshan City.
The site, under construction the past few years, covers 9.2 million square feet and comprises separate courses for testing tyre performance at high speeds, braking, dry and wet handling, pass-by noise, ride, durability and noise, vibration and harshness.
The track also contains dedicated testing areas for hydroplaning and severe dry/wet maneuvering conditions, according to Cheng Shin/Maxxis, which claims it has more testing capabilities than any other facility in China.
"The opening of this new proving ground is a huge step forward for Maxxis," said Robert Lo, chairman of Cheng Shin Tire & Rubber (China) Co., Ltd. in Shanghai. "As one of the world's top 10 tyre companies, we believe that our investment in this top-flight facility will pay off in ever-improving products for customers around the world."
In keeping with the company's focus on green practices, the test site allows Maxxis to upgrade its tyres to maximise environmental friendliness.
The site began operations in late October; Maxxis held grand-opening ceremonies Nov. 16.
From Tire Business (A Crain publication)