ERJ staff report (TP)
Findlay, Ohio – Cooper Tire Asia held a formal dedication ceremony on 12 June for a new Asia Technical Center (ATC) in Kunshan, China, which is also the site of the Cooper Kunshan Tire (CKT) manufacturing plant, approximately 30 miles (48 km) from Shanghai.
The ATC was relocated to Kunshan from Shanghai to a new facility constructed specifically for Cooper’s R&D activities and staff of 65 material scientists and tire engineers.
The ATC is one of four technical centres the Cooper Tire & Rubber Company family of companies operates on three continents around the world. It features state-of-the-art testing equipment and expanded R&D capabilities focused on designing and developing new passenger and truck tires primarily for China and the Asia market.
Allen Tsaur, vice president and general manager of Cooper Asia, said: “Our two strategic focus areas for Asia are passenger/truck tire growth and continued expansion of our successful work within the original equipment (OE) market.
“Working with OEs such as Great Wall and BAIC, ultimately translates to consumer demand for replacement tires, and it is the best way to continue to grow our brand as we simultaneously expand distribution points to serve consumers throughout Asia.”