Smithers Rapra upgrades US testing facility for larger wheels

Ravenna, Ohio — Polymer products testing company Smithers Rapra has upgraded the wheel-testing capabilities at its Tire and Wheel Test Center in Ravenna to handle wheels with rim diameters up to 24 inches.

“Recent trends toward larger wheel sizes on SUVs and trucks have created a need for testing of larger diameter wheels,” Jim Popio, vice president – North America, said.

“This new machine addresses the shift in the wheel market by accommodating 24-inch wheels and using more sophisticated data controls in product analysis for our clients.”


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